What is a E-3 Visa?

what is a e3 visa

The E-3 visa is a specialty occupation visa for Australian nationals. The initial visa and extensions are issued in 2-year increments and can be renewed indefinitely.

The E-3 is usually obtained by applying at a US consulate abroad. This is especially useful when the beneficiary is currently outside the United States or in a status that does not permit change of status inside the United States.

UC Davis International Students and Scholars Center (ISSC)

The ISSC provides help to UC Davis students, faculty and researchers (“scholars”) and their accompanying family members on visa matters throughout their stay. Each scholar is assigned a SISS Student Advisor who can assist with immigration issues as needed, such as helping to complete necessary paperwork or answering questions about US immigration law and procedures.

The E-3 Visa is exclusive to Australian nationals and allows them to work in the United States in a “specialty occupation.” A specialty occupation requires at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent as well as the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge. This visa has no annual limit and extensions can be granted in two-year increments. Dependent spouses and children of E-3 holders are eligible to be employment-authorized incident to status.

Those applying for this visa must undergo an interview at the consulate outside of the United States. Consular processing is faster than filing a change of status petition inside the United States and it does not require paying any fraud or accuracy misrepresentation fees.

UC Davis Departments

The E-3 visa is a work visa that allows Australian citizens to perform services in a “specialty occupation.” This type of visa does not have an annual limit, unlike the H-1B. However, there is a cap of 10,500 E-3 visas issued each fiscal year. This limit does not apply to dependents of the principal E-3 visa holder.

To qualify for an E-3 visa, you must have a job offer from a US-based employer that indicates you will be employed in a specialty occupation and you will be paid at or above the prevailing wage for that occupation. You must also have a Labor Condition Application (LCA) certification from the Department of Labor, and a copy of your degree or documents demonstrating equivalent experience.

Unlike most other employment-based visas, you must apply for an E-3 visa at a US Consulate abroad. This is a good option if you are already outside of the United States, as it is generally faster than submitting a change of status petition to USCIS inside the United States.

UC Davis Postdoctoral Scholars

The UC Davis Postdoctoral Scholars (PSA) program provides resources, representation and community for its members. They are highly-valued by the University and play an important role in its research endeavors. Scholars receive a salary based on the National Institutes of Health postdoctoral salary scale, University of California benefits and supplemental funding for professional development. They are also eligible for UC-sponsored medical, dental and vision insurance including the required repatriation and medical evacuation coverage at no additional cost.

The E-3 visa offers a simplified application process, but candidates must be prepared for a detailed interview with the US consulate. They will need to provide a copy of the LCA, an offer letter and academic credentials. In addition, they must have proof of their intent to depart the United States upon termination of their employment. This is an extremely important requirement because the consulate will consider this evidence as a sign that you do not plan to remain in the United States permanently.

UC Davis Family Members

E-3 visas are available to Australian citizens who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in a specialty occupation from a US university or institution. The visa is offered for a specific job in the United States, and requires that the US-based company file a Labor Condition Application (LCA) with the Department of Labor. In addition, the employee must have been offered a position at or above the “prevailing wage” for that particular occupation.

The prevailing wage is determined by the Department of Labor and takes into account factors such as geographic location, level of skill, and industry standards. The visa can be extended in two-year increments, and the holder may bring their spouse and children along to work with them.

Unlike most other nonimmigrant visa categories, the E-3 is not eligible for premium processing. However, the process of applying for the visa at a U.S. consulate is usually faster than filing a change of status petition with USCIS.