The E-3 is a non-immigrant category established exclusively for Australians. The E-3 is a non-immigrant category that is identical to the H-1B, except it is exclusively for Australians.
The E-3 visa permits Australian nationals to enter the United States to work for a “speciality occupation” as defined by the federal regulations.
In general, a specialty occupation is one that requires the theoretical and practical application of a body of knowledge in a professional field and the attainment of at least a four-year bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent.
Each fiscal year, 10,500 new E-3 visas are available for Australian nationals seeking temporary work in “specialty occupations,” as defined under the H-1B provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. (“INA”).
Federal regulations require that sponsoring employers file a Labor Condition Application (“LCA”) with the Department of Labor. To certify a position for E-3 status, the Department must find – and certify to the Departments of Homeland Security – that the employer’s attestations meet the same governing labor certifications for the H-1B program.
PETITION NEED NOT BE FILED
No petition needs to be filed with the Department of Homeland Security as a prerequisite of visa issuance. Instead, in the case of an employee seeking a visa, the employee will present the necessary evidence for classification directly to the consular officer at the time of the visa application. Such evidence will include the original or a copy of the Labor Condition Application signed by the prospective employer and approved by the Department of Labor.
LENGTH OF STAY
E-3 non-immigrant status is initially granted for a period of no more than two years. Extensions of stay may be granted indefinitely in increments not to exceed two years.