How Long Does it Take to Get an E3 Visa?

When applying for an E3 visa, it’s important to remember that its processing will be more time-consuming than most other work visas. This is due to an application being filed at a US consulate abroad instead of USCIS; thus creating another step between applying and interviewing with US Consulate Official. Depending on how quickly your employer files the LCA form and you book an appointment at Consulate; total time frame can range between one month to several years for completion of E-3 process.

To qualify for an E3 visa in the US, your qualifications must meet or surpass those of an American in your field of work, both academically and professionally. Furthermore, it must be shown that you intend to return back home upon the completion of your work here.

As part of the e3 visa application process, your first step should be finding employment in the US with a US-based employer. This can be accomplished remotely from Australia using Skype interviews with potential employers until a job that suits you is secured. Once found, once hired your US-based employer must file an LCA (Labor Condition Application) with the Department of Labor to assure they will pay you fair prevailing wages in accordance with US standards while not negatively affecting wages or working conditions of US workers.

Once approved, your US-based employer can submit an e3 visa petition with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), typically taking months due to extensive documentation needed and an interview with a DHS officer.

Once your petition has been approved by DHS, the next step in receiving your visa stamp will be making an appointment at one of the U.S. embassies or consulates abroad based on your location and available appointments at that embassy or consulate. Typically this takes 1-2 months depending on availability.

At your interview, you will be asked questions regarding your background and plans to return home after you complete employment in the US. Be honest when answering these queries; otherwise your visa could be denied.

Remember to take good care in approaching this process, particularly if you are just starting a new job. Reaching out for support can help ease anxiety about the whole thing; professional assistance could also assist by making sure all necessary documents are submitted on time and efficiently.