E3 Visa Extension – A Great Option For Australian Citizens With US Job Offers

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If you are an Australian national who has received an employment offer in the US, an E3 visa may be ideal. Validity typically extends for two years but this period can be extended indefinitely; additionally spouse and children of E3 holders can work.

Under current regulations, if your employer files an extension petition prior to your visa’s expiration date, you are allowed to continue working while this petition is being considered for up to 240 days while being processed.

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The E3 visa permits US employers to hire Australian citizens in specialty occupations temporarily for two years at a time and allows their spouse and children to visit. It can also be renewed after each two-year renewal cycle; applicants must possess educational qualifications as well as work experience related to their chosen field of expertise.

Prior to hiring an E3 worker, employers must submit a labor condition application (LCA) with the Department of Labor to ensure that foreign employees do not negatively impact the wages or working conditions of US workers in similar occupational fields. Furthermore, an LCA ensures that employers provide minimum wages required by state laws for roles being filled by E3 workers.

Once an LCA is approved, an employer may submit a petition on behalf of their visa holder to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This petition should contain details regarding duties and qualifications for the job in which the visa holder works. USCIS will review this petition to assess if it fulfills visa requirements.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will conduct an interview to evaluate an E-3 visa applicant’s education, work experience and nonimmigrant intent. At this interview, the officer may pose questions related to your character, plans in the US and intentions to return back home after your work in America has concluded. It’s essential that you prepare and answer truthfully during this process as any false statements could result in the visa being denied.

Employer’s petition

Your employer’s petition for E-3 visa extension depends on several factors. One is how long it takes the government to process the petition; another factor is assessing your employer’s prevailing wage; to do this, USCIS uses various methodologies including federal government wage data, the National Prevailing Wage Center determinations, union contracts or collective bargaining agreements, private wage surveys and/or company-specific wage information.

Employers that file an E-3 visa extension petition prior to the expiration of an employee’s I-94 will typically allow them to continue working while USCIS makes its decision on it; otherwise they must depart the country and apply for another visa at a U.S. consulate abroad.

To extend an employee’s status, an employer must submit a Form I-129 with USCIS at least 21 days in advance of his/her current I-94 expiration date and provide new LCA. Premium processing requests, which reduce case decision times from 45 days to 15 days for certain nonimmigrant worker categories such as E-3 workers.


The E3 nonimmigrant visa provides Australian citizens working specialty occupations in the US with an attractive immigration option. Valid for two years, renewable indefinitely with no annual limit of 10,500 E-3 visas being granted each year, the spouses and children of E-3 holders can accompany them as E-3 dependents and accompany them into America under this category of nonimmigrant status – ASU’s International Students and Scholars Center can assist with this process as part of its services to its students and scholars.

The USCIS requires you to submit several documents as part of your E3 visa application, including copies of Form I-129 from your petitioning company and biographic pages from your passport. In addition, your U.S. employer should also provide a letter outlining your qualifications for the position while providing evidence of payment; additionally you may need to include copies of both degrees and academic credentials with this submission.

If you are currently in the United States on an E3 visa and would like to switch employers, the best way is through filing a Change of Status petition with USCIS. While this process may be longer and more complex than applying for an extension, it can still be completed within five months before your visa expires. Furthermore, an I-134 Affidavit of Support must also be obtained as evidence that sufficient financial resources exist for your support while here in America.

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The E3 visa is an ideal work visa option for Australian citizens looking to live and work in the United States, offering benefits such as minimal application costs, quick processing times and unlimited renewals. Furthermore, spouses and children of beneficiaries can join them there; additionally it does not have an annual lottery application process and thus it may be utilized year-round.

Step one of applying for a US visa abroad involves visiting one of our Consulates or Embassies abroad and applying for it through them. Submit a completed visa application along with supporting documents – these may include copies of your job offer letter and Form ETA 9035 as well as proof of academic credentials or evidence of your bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.

Once your application and supporting documents have been received, they will be reviewed by a consular officer for approval or denial. If approved, a visa label will be added to your passport and you can enter the United States; if not approved while abroad however, then another visit to a consulate or embassy might be necessary to acquire one.

If you want to switch jobs while on an E3 visa, filing a petition with USCIS will allow you to continue working while your request is pending – though only do so if you can afford the wait and international travel costs.