Specialty Occupation Professionals from Australia Visa – Non-immigrant Visa: E-3 Visa

A special non-immigrant visa program by the US for Australians, E-3 allows professionals in the country to work in a specialty occupation. The visa classification is a result of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA), although it is never officially declared as a part of the agreement. Only those Australian professionals are eligible to apply for the visa who have a university degree or degree-level skills for relevant jobs in the US.

Australians can apply for E-3 only if they receive a genuine work offer from a US-based employer or an organization. In addition, the applicants must prove that they have relevant experience to get the job. The visa can be obtained with a two-year stay, which can be extended many times for the same period of time.

Spouses and unmarried children (only those who are under 21 years of age) can accompany the E-3 petitioner under E3-D visa program. It is not necessary for their spouses to be Australian residents. They can also work in the US after getting approval from the Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

Requirements For E-3 Visa

In addition to proving Australian residency, there are several requirements that applicants have to meet while filing for an E-3 visa.

  • Petitioners must show a legitimate offer from a US employer.
  • Applicants have to file for Labor Condition Application (LCA), which tells US Department of Labor if the Australian individual is eligible to work in the US.
  • Petitioners must have at least a bachelor’s degree in a specialty occupation.
  • They must fill the Form I-129. 

Get In Touch With Experienced Immigration Attorney

In addition to paperwork, there are certain requirements that petitioners must meet while applying for a E-3 visa. Hiring a E-3 visa lawyer can assist you in following all the USCIS regulations. We have an experienced immigration law team who can provide you with the guidance to fill the visa application and other necessary paperwork in the proper/required manner and eliminate possible errors.