How Long Can I Stay in the US on an E-3 Visa?

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The E-3 Visa is a work-based visa designed for Australian citizens living and working in the US. It’s an ideal solution for individuals with significant specialized knowledge who wish to advance their career or contribute in their field. Although similar to H-1B status, there are key differences that you should be aware of prior to making an application for one.

E-3 visas differ significantly from H-1Bs by not being subject to caps; you can remain in the US for up to 2 years at any given time and change employers without going through an H-1B transfer process. However, as there is only an annual quota of 10,500 visas, early application can help increase your chance of approval.

To qualify for an E-3 visa, applicants must possess either a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in their specialty occupation, or the equivalent work experience and be paid at least the prevailing wage for your position. You may also be able to prove this via USCIS through formulae developed specifically for such cases.

Before being granted a visa by USCIS, an interview must take place at an US Embassy or Consulate in your home country. Here an interviewer will assess your character, job in US, qualifications, intention to return home once your work is done and any hint that could put it in jeopardy – making sure not to hint that staying permanently may compromise it all! It is crucial that all answers provided during an interview be truthful in order to receive approval of their application for residency visa in US.

USCIS can approve E-3 visa petitions within 60 to 180 days, depending on their complexity and how quickly you gather all required documentation. You’ll typically need a Labor Condition Application (LCA) from your new employer and evidence of your specialized knowledge via certificates or letters of reference; you must also show there were no strikes, lockouts or work stoppages occurring within your occupation at the time you filed for an LCA; an LCA fee of $270 non-refundable fee (divided equally among both you and employer); plus additional fees for visa stamping fees, background checks and medical examination.