How Long Does E3 Visa Last?

The E3 visa is a two-year multiple entry work visa which may be extended indefinitely. It’s available to Australian citizens working in specialist occupations that require at least a bachelor’s degree and pay at or above the prevailing wage; additionally, spouses and children of E-3 visa holders may also work alongside them across industries.

Employers must submit a Labor Condition Application (LCA) with the Department of Labor that certifies they will not negatively impact salaries and working conditions for US employees. It should be filed before employees start work, and professional assistance may be useful in filling it out correctly.

E-3 visa holders can switch jobs while still in the US, provided their new employer files a LCA and obtains approval prior to beginning work. This ensures smooth transitions and helps maintain visa status. When an employment relationship ends either involuntarily or voluntarily, visa holders have 60 days from either termination to either find another position or switch status into visitor status.

Contrary to H-1B visas, E-3 visas do not come with any caps on annual allocation, making them more accessible for smaller companies and IT consultancies. Furthermore, there is no lottery system involved that makes getting visas more challenging for larger firms and IT consultancies.

To qualify for an E-3 visa, applicants must be nationals of Australia with at least a bachelor’s degree in their specialty field or demonstrate 12 years of relevant experience through third-party assessments that detail how it corresponds to a full bachelor’s degree in their field of study.

While applying for an E-3 visa within the US is impossible, it may be an attractive alternative for travelers planning to depart soon and seek to circumvent lengthy processing times associated with petitioning USCIS for status changes.

After receiving approval for an E-3 visa, an individual will receive a passport stamp with all the relevant details on it. It’s essential that the dates, employer name, and other essential data is correct before returning it for consulate review; should any issues arise they will notify both party involved immediately as well as request further interviews (this usually doesn’t occur).