The E3 Visa – A Guide For Australian Citizens Looking to Work in the US

The E3 visa is a fantastic choice for Australian citizens who are hoping to work temporarily in the US. Here we explore its eligibility criteria, processing timeframe, cost implications and more.

The E3 visa interview is an integral step of the application process. Here, your documentation is carefully examined and security checks conducted.

How to prepare

Aussie Recruit aims to fill this knowledge gap by connecting Australians looking for work in the US with companies offering E-3 visas.

As your interview date approaches for an E3 visa interview, it is vitally important that you are well prepared. Although it’s always better to bring more items than necessary, here is a comprehensive list of what should be brought with you: your passport with at least six months left remaining on it and a copy of your DS-160 Confirmation Page are musts!

What to bring

Australian citizens with job offers in the US may want to consider applying for an E3 visa as they work in specialty occupations for up to two years and can be renewed indefinitely. Furthermore, this visa is significantly easier and cheaper to acquire than an H1B one; its only drawback being it cannot lead to a green card status.

Preparing for your interview requires gathering all necessary documents. Be sure to bring copies of your resume, Form I-129 petition and biographic pages from your passport as well as medical examination reports from approved physicians (click here for list). These should all be brought along prior or subsequent to an interview appointment.

Make sure to bring copies of your academic credentials. Many forget, but the consular officer will need to see your educational background; you will require either a bachelor’s degree or documentation proving its equivalence.

The US Consulate will determine your qualifications for employment by looking at your work experience and nonimmigrant intent. Their interview process seeks to ensure you are an ideal candidate for this visa; otherwise you will be denied.

What to expect

The E-3 visa is a non-immigrant visa designed to permit Australians working in specialty occupations in the US to do so without needing to file with USCIS first; instead, required documents can be brought directly to an interview and assessed directly by a consular officer at that point.

Eligibility criteria for employment in the US is defined as performing roles that qualify as specialty occupations; typically defined as roles requiring at least a Bachelors degree to secure employment with specific U.S employers, with which one needs highly specialised knowledge in specific fields.

Creative artists such as actors and musicians cannot be considered specialists, however if their roles involve commercial aspects such as production and marketing they could qualify for an E-3 visa as their role does not solely comprise creative performance.

There may be concerns regarding an E-3 visa holder’s ability to support themselves without using public welfare and benefits in the US. This can become especially worrisome where their role only provides for $300 in expected weekly income; however, this hurdle may be surmounted with significant savings held by them.

Aussie Recruit makes finding employment at E-3 Visa-friendly companies easier by connecting Australians with jobs for which their visa can be accepted.

Tips from an immigration lawyer

Australians seeking employment in the US may qualify for an E-3 visa. To make sure their application goes through smoothly and swiftly, it’s essential that all guidelines and documentation required prior to their interview date is in order. This will ensure a quick process.

If you need guidance in getting started with immigration applications, consult with an experienced immigration attorney. They will advise on what documents and forms to bring, when to schedule interviews at convenient times, as well as help prevent common mistakes that lead to delays or denials of applications.

Be ready to answer questions about your background and employment history. Additionally, be prepared to explain why you’re applying for the visa and how your work will benefit both yourself and the company.

Bring copies of all supporting documents you have submitted, such as Form I-129 petition for nonimmigrant workers and Labor Condition Application (LCA), along with copies of your biographic pages from passport(s). Also keep your DS-160 confirmation page handy. Keep in mind if your employment changes while in the US, that either new petition/LCAs must be filed or visa interviews must take place at consulates.