What is E3 Visa in USA?

The E-3 visa is granted to Australian citizens who receive employment offers from US employers in specialized occupations. It comes from the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA), and only applies when offered a job directly related to their field of expertise. Furthermore, employers must file with the Department of Labor that no qualified US worker is available at prevailing wage.

To be eligible for an E3 visa in the US, your occupation must fall into what’s known as “specialty occupations.” According to US regulations, this refers to jobs which involve applying specialized knowledge theoretically and practically; typically this requires having earned a higher education degree but this requirement can also be fulfilled through experience and educational qualifications; at minimum three years of progressively responsible experience are needed under this rule in order to be eligible.

E3 visas may be filed by those outside or inside of the US on another nonimmigrant status, however ideally you should apply before your current visa expires to reduce any potential extensions to avoid waiting for an interview at a US consulate.

Applying for an E-3 visa requires possessing a valid passport, Labor Condition Application (LCA), and evidence from US employers offering employment in their specialty occupation. For best results it is advisable to seek advice from an experienced immigration attorney when making this application.

Once all necessary documents have been provided to USCIS, an interview will be scheduled with them – typically by phone but it could also occur face-to-face if necessary. At this meeting, they will review your documentation to assess eligibility as well as asking you questions about your background, education/training and career objectives.

E-3 visa holders may work in the US up to the duration of their LCA’s validity – usually two years but extendable indefinitely. Furthermore, unlike many other visas there are no restrictions or renewal limitations associated with an E-3.

As opposed to some other work visas, the E-3 visa does not require its applicant to prove they will return home upon completion of their work in the US. This flexibility makes the E-3 visa especially useful for individuals planning on continuing research or development beyond its initial 240 day limit. If they travel overseas during this extension period, however, an E-3 visa from a US consulate must be obtained prior to returning back into the country so they may resume work immediately upon their return home.