How Many E3 Visas Can You Have?

The E3 visa is a nonimmigrant work visa that allows Australian citizens to live and work in the US. It’s an ideal solution for professionals looking to relocate without waiting until their Green Card application can be processed; however, there are certain important points they should keep in mind about this type of visa.

The E3 visa annual cap is significantly lower than H1B visas at 10,500, making them more cost effective and an increasingly popular choice among Australians.

E3 visa holders are entitled to bring their spouse and children with them, who will each receive E3 dependent visas. They may stay with the visa holder in the US for two years at a time before seeking extensions.

To be eligible for an E3 visa, one must be employed in a specialized profession such as computer engineers, software developers, architects, engineers and graphic designers. You can find a list of qualified occupations on O*Net Online website.

To qualify for an E3 visa, applicants must possess at least a bachelor’s degree or have equivalent experience. If this isn’t possible for you, third-party assessment companies offer services for writing an equivalency opinion that outlines your employment history as it relates to various fields of study; for instance if you have 12 years experience selling products then an assessment company might determine that this corresponds with an equivalent Bachelor of Marketing degree.

Once you have collected all of the documents necessary, USCIS must receive them. Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker will contain information about both yourself and your employer; in addition, an LCA certified by the Department of Labor will ensure you are being paid at a rate which meets prevailing wage for your job.

Your must provide copies of your valid passport and any relevant documents, and pay any associated fees that may vary, such as the nonrefundable processing fee of $1,410 and consultation with an immigration lawyer; attorney fees depend upon the complexity of your case.

An interview will enable a consular officer to assess your eligibility for a visa and will ask questions about your career goals, reasons for moving to the US and plans for returning home when your work is complete. When answering these questions it’s essential to answer honestly and clearly as any hint that you intend to remain permanently could cause your visa application to be denied; an experienced immigration lawyer should help to ensure your application is complete and accurate.