E3 Visa Appointment Wait Times

e3 visa appointment wait times

E-3 visas are available to Australian citizens working in “specialty occupations”.

As opposed to H-1Bs, L-1 visa applicants don’t require filing an official petition with USCIS.

However, you must attend a visa interview at either an Australian Consulate or abroad in the US and present yourself for interview by US Consular officers in order to be granted your visa.


The E3 visa is an employment-based work visa available exclusively to Australian citizens and allows its holders, their spouse and any children under 21 living and working in the US without annual caps being placed on its availability; making this an excellent solution for skilled professionals.

For an E-3 visa application, applicants must provide their employer with details regarding their job offer and submit Form ETA 9035 with the United States Department of Labor to show they will pay a fair prevailing wage and not compromise the working conditions or salaries of other employees in similar occupations.

Once employees submit these documents, they must attend an interview with a US consular officer at their country of residence’s Embassy or Consulate. At this interview, an officer will assess their qualifications and work experience and decide if they qualify for an E-3 visa. To be successful during this interview, employees should ensure they bring along any needed documentation and are well prepared.

An interview will involve questions regarding an applicant’s background and intentions, so it is crucial that answers provided are accurate and truthful if answering honestly is required of you. If the officer suspects that your plan is to permanently reside within the United States, your application could be denied.

Application Process

Australian citizens looking to work in the US should seriously consider applying for the E3 visa, which allows you to stay for two years and can be renewed indefinitely. You are also permitted to bring along spouse and children; additionally, holders can also apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), which allows legal work within US borders.

An E3 visa application process begins with your employer submitting a labor condition application (LCA). The LCA certifies that you will receive fair prevailing wages and similar working conditions as those found among US workers, taking up to 10 business days for approval by the Department of Labor. Your employer should file Form 9035 with them as well in order to secure such certification.

Once your LCA has been approved, you can begin applying for an E-3 visa with the US Consulate in Australia – this process should be much quicker than applying for a change of status in the US. The consulate will require extensive paperwork regarding job offers and educational qualifications as well as meeting with an interview officer from their consular department.

At your US Embassy interview, a representative will assess your case and ask questions regarding your character and plans to return home to Australia. It is essential that all questions be answered honestly and accurately as any hint at wanting to remain permanently could lead to its denial and be grounds for visa revocation.

Appointment Schedule

Recently, many US Consulates worldwide have resumed normal visa issuance and interview schedules (except in areas affected by natural disaster). Estimated wait times for nonimmigrants can be found via an online tool on the Department of State website; additionally it would be beneficial to check each Embassy or Consulate Visa Section website for local procedures, interview schedule availability, and other pertinent details.

E-3 applicants must attend a visa interview prior to being granted E-3 status and entering the United States with visa stamp in passport. To decrease wait time for interviews and secure approval more quickly, schedule one immediately once your E-3 Application in DestinyOne has been received by ISSS.

Once ISSS receives your completed application, we will initiate the Labor Condition Application (LCA) process with the Department of Labor; which typically takes no less than seven days. When complete, we send the LCA document directly to you abroad so you may then schedule your interview at an U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

The E-3 visa is an ideal solution for Australians seeking employment in the US, and should be given due consideration by employers who may need staff traveling internationally in the near future. However, for existing workforces that need to be deployed there instead of filing directly at consulates such as H-1B or L-1A visas are better as these may allow direct filing with USCIS instead of through consates procedures.


The E-3 visa permits US employers to hire Australian specialists requiring theoretical and practical application of highly specialized body of knowledge for employment purposes in occupations requiring them. It’s a temporary work visa that may be renewed as long as their employment with their current company remains unchanged and they do not demonstrate intent to immigrate permanently to the US.

An Embassy or Consulate typically reviews and accepts your US visa application within four weeks, at which point they’ll schedule your interview appointment – something which may take up to an additional four weeks due to time restrictions or commitments such as work or school.

Visa appointment availability can be checked via an online tool on the Department of State website, although its actual availability depends on each consulate’s workload and staffing levels. Wait times vary weekly; wait times cannot be guaranteed either. Furthermore, some embassies and consulates waive an in-person interview altogether for certain categories of applicants; this information isn’t reflected here. Therefore it is always wise to apply for your US visa well ahead of your travel date to avoid disappointment!

Additionally to visa application fees and interview costs, passport processing fees may also apply and it can take six months or longer for a U.S. passport to arrive from when a visa has been approved by a Consulate.