How Many E3 Visa Can You Have?

how many e3 visa can you have

If you are an Australian citizen who’s received a job offer in the US and would like to relocate there, having secured an E3 visa may be your solution. It is designed for professionals with specific skills who will fill specific jobs. Unfortunately, however, the process for acquiring this type of visa can be time consuming and complex; here we explain what are your options and answer some of the frequently asked questions about it.

E3 Visa Requirements

To qualify for an E-3 visa, one must hold a job in a specialty occupation. This category encompasses roles that require theoretical and practical application of highly specialized knowledge within fields like engineering, architecture, computer science, IT or mathematics. In order to work in this industry at least a bachelor’s degree is required or equivalent experience within that particular field.

Your hourly wage must at least $65 an hour or higher and is determined by the Labor Condition Application (LCA) submitted by your employer to USCIS as part of your E3 visa application. Please be aware that this does not represent minimum wages required by law but rather what your employer can pay you in relation to the position they have open for you.

Application for an E3 visa depends on your situation and can take various forms. In some instances, you may be eligible to file your petition from within the US (via form I-129); however, for the fastest processing times it’s always preferable to apply from Australia itself.

One of the key steps of applying for an E3 visa is attending an interview at a US Embassy or Consulate, during which a consular officer will assess your qualifications and evaluate your nonimmigrant intent. Make sure to avoid making statements which could compromise your visa approval such as making statements that indicate permanent residency plans in America.

The E3 visa provides Australian citizens looking to work in the US an excellent opportunity. It’s tailored specifically for professionals working in specialty occupations and allows their spouses and children to join them as well. Furthermore, this visa does not have an annual quota limit unlike its H-1B counterpart which means companies can plan and budget annually when hiring E3 candidates. You can learn more by watching this video featuring attorney Matthew Curtis of Lightman Law Firm who discusses more details of this option.