E3 Visa Sponsorship

e3 visa sponsorship

E3 Visa sponsorship is a great option for Australian citizens looking to work in the United States. However, the process can be stressful and complicated. It is important to seek help from a qualified professional.

The visa is initially granted for a two-year period, and it can be extended indefinitely. It also allows the spouse of the visa holder to work in the US.


The E3 visa is available only to Australian citizens and offers unique advantages over other work visa routes, such as unlimited renewals. Those wishing to apply for the visa must have a US-based employer sponsor them and offer a role that qualifies as a specialty occupation. This means that the role must require the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge.

The visa also requires that the employee have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, and that they can prove they have met all academic and occupational requirements. This includes being able to perform the duties of the job and having enough funds to cover expenses during their stay in the US.

The employer must submit Form ETA 9035 to show they have LCA certification and that the job meets certain DOL regulations, including that it pays a fair prevailing wage, and that the working conditions are similar to those offered to U.S. workers in similar roles. The employer must also guarantee that they will return the employee to Australia if their employment terminates.

Labor Condition Application (LCA)

A US employer must file a labor condition application (LCA) with the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration on behalf of an employee seeking to obtain a nonimmigrant visa under the H-1B, H-1B1 or E-3 program. The LCA is filed electronically through the FLAG system and can be submitted no more than six months before the start date of employment.

The LCA must include a number of basic attestations such as that the position is a specialty occupation, the wages offered are at least the prevailing wage for the area and that employing the foreign national will not adversely affect current employees. In addition, the employer must post the LCA notice in two locations and share a copy with union representatives and employees if applicable.

An approved LCA is a prerequisite for the Australian citizen to obtain an E-3 visa at a US Embassy or Consulate overseas. The OIS will file a certified LCA along with the appropriate supporting documentation for the E-3 petition.

Employer’s Statement of Financial Support

The E-3 visa is a nonimmigrant work visa designed for citizens of Australia working in specialty occupations. E-3 visas are employer-specific so you must work for the company that sponsors you on this visa. In order to sponsor an E-3 employee, UCSF must submit a Labor Condition Application (LCA) to the United States Department of Labor and guarantee that you will be paid the minimum prevailing wage for your job position.

In addition, the U.S based employer must provide the scholar with a job letter that establishes that they are engaging in qualifying work in a specialty occupation and will be paid the actual or prevailing wage for that occupation. This process is less complicated than a H-1B visa sponsorship and does not require a USCIS petition for pre-approval. The visa is typically processed within a week of the interview at a U.S Consulate abroad. If you are transferring to the E-3 visa from another status, you will need to complete a change of status form in order to be admitted to the United States.


The process for obtaining an E3 visa requires the employer and the employee to complete several steps. This includes compiling extensive documentation and attending a visa interview. It’s important that the employer understands and supports the applicant’s immigration process.

The interview is one of the most significant parts of the visa application process. A US Embassy official will evaluate the applicant’s character, job in the United States and other factors. The interviewer will also ask the applicant about their family and if they intend to return home upon completion of their work in the United States.

The best way to prepare for the visa interview is to organize all of the documents the consular will want to see and have a clear plan about how you’ll get there (it’s also a good idea to have student health insurance). When you book your visa interview, the embassy/consulate will provide you with strict instructions on what can be taken into the interview and what to expect.