How Early Can I Apply E3 For a Visa?

how early can i apply e3 for a visa

If you want to apply for an E-3 visa, first ensure you are working as an employee for a US company and possess an employment offer from it. Your US Employer will file a Labor Condition Application (LCA), which must then be certified by the Department of Labor before you can attend an interview at a US Consulate.

An LCA provides details of your job and salary proposals in detail, and ensures they qualify as specialist occupations and offer fair and reasonable pay. A separate application needs to be filed for each place where you intend to work; if in doubt about its classification as such it’s wise to seek professional advice from a visa lawyer before moving forward with any filing processes.

To qualify for an E-3 visa, you will require either a Bachelors Degree or higher in your chosen field of study, or significant work experience without one. A third party professional assessment company could write an equivalency letter on your behalf that details how years of work experience translate to degrees in specific areas.

Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond your planned stay in the US, while dependents will require their own passports as well as proof of their relationship to you (marriage certificate for spouses and birth certificate for children).

Once you have all of the documentation listed above, it is necessary to attend an E-3 visa interview at one of Australia’s US Consulates. Due to pandemic pandemic conditions, visa wait times at most consulates around the world have become very long; as a result interviews must be booked well in advance and your documents in order will help the process run more efficiently.

If you are fortunate to receive an E-3 visa, it allows you to work in the US for two years, with renewal options indefinitely available. It is important to keep in mind that should your job contract end prior to lodgement of an extension form before its expiry, then either exit within 60 days or change visa status before its expiry.

Change of employers while on an E-3 visa may also be possible, provided your new employer agrees to sponsor and file a new LCA for you. Furthermore, any specialty occupation should offer at least the prevailing wage in that occupation. If you would like to find out how an E-3 visa could benefit your company, reach out. Our team of visa lawyers has extensive experience handling this type of immigration case and would be more than willing to help you in this endeavor. Our firm provides complimentary consultations via phone or in person at our Melbourne and Sydney offices, where we strive to offer only the highest level of services and support to all of our clients. To start off, fill out the contact form below and one of our representatives will reach out shortly!