How Can an E3 Visa File a Tax Return?

The E3 visa provides Australians the ability to work in the US for up to two years, making it an attractive option for expats hoping for career growth or looking to remain close to family in Australia. There are a few key considerations when considering whether an E3 visa is right for you:

Keep this in mind: you must file a tax return in the US; failing to do so could subject you to fines and penalties. Furthermore, any foreign bank accounts held within US borders must also be reported so as to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing.

If you don’t understand how to file a US tax return, hiring a professional to do it for you may be the wisest move. They will ensure that everything is filed correctly in compliance with US laws while being available should any questions arise; an excellent professional should also be able to answer them swiftly and thoroughly.

Uptrend Advisory is a US tax firm that specializes in working with Australian expats residing abroad. Since 2001, we have successfully assisted hundreds of clients navigate both US and Australian tax systems with ease, and are passionate about making sure their US taxes are correct. Based in San Francisco but available remotely as needed.

To qualify for an E3 visa, you must first obtain an employment offer from a U.S. employer in your specialty occupation and satisfy certain criteria before filing a Labor Condition Application with USCIS proving this fact. Your Labor Condition Application should demonstrate how the position in question requires theoretical and practical application of specialized knowledge – something your current position does not do.

Your specialty field requires at least a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification for practice in the US, along with three years’ worth of experience and proof that English proficiency.

Cost of Applying for an E-3 Visa The costs associated with applying for an E-3 visa are relatively minimal compared to other work visa types, costing $270 without additional expenses such as passport or application fees or $100 Visa Issuance Fee which must be paid twice for spouses accompanying you; plus you need to pay $131 Consular Application Fee and AWCIA Fees (AWCIA means Asian Workers Credit Information Center Authority).

If you are applying for an E3 visa, it is vital that you conduct thorough research and prepare thoroughly. Failure can arise without proper guidance; thus it would be prudent to hire an attorney who is experienced with this process to guide your efforts.

As an Australian living in The US, I understand how daunting and disconcerting it can be to have your US taxes prepared incorrectly and then be fined or penalized for filing them incorrectly. That is why it’s crucial that Australian expats work with an expert that specializes in US tax preparation for Australian expats.