How to Explain E3 Visa

The E3 visa is a US work visa available only to Australian citizens. First introduced as part of Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA), this two-year work permit provides Australian nationals with significant job skills and education equivalent to having earned at least a bachelor’s degree as well as experience comparable. Extensions may be granted every two years with each renewal being allowed every two years thereafter, and its holder also allows their spouse and children to reside with them in the US.

Prior to hiring any foreign national employee in the United States, employers must obtain approval from the US Department of Labor (DOL) by filing an LCA with them and receiving its approval. An LCA serves as proof that an employer has met certain requirements such as paying their employee a wage that meets or exceeds the prevailing wage for that position. Employers seeking E-3 employees must submit an LCA to DOL before hiring foreign national employees and submit copies with visa applications.

Once a foreign citizen has been approved for an E3 visa, they must make arrangements with their employer to move into the US. This usually involves filing a Request for Change of Status petition with USCIS which can take anywhere between four and eight months depending on when they submit it and which documents are needed. Once in, visa holders can then apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), which lasts two years but can be renewed indefinitely as long as employment remains E3 status.

As an E3 visa holder, you are able to travel freely within the US with any valid passport; if returning home at any point during your EAD period is necessary for any reason, your passport must be stamped by USCIS office which approved your E3 visa before leaving. Your valid passport also allows travel across borders such as Canada and Mexico.

The E3 visa provides companies with an ideal means of recruiting qualified Australian talent into the United States. It can be applied for from either Australia or America and provides numerous advantages for both employers and employees – such as faster processing time and the potential to extend it indefinitely. Please be aware that Aussie Recruit does not provide legal advice; readers and viewers are always advised to consult a private attorney regarding any particular legal matter that affects their situation; we hope that this article has provided helpful insight for anyone considering an E3 visa – best of luck!