E-3 Visa

Are you an Australian citizen looking to work in a specialized field in the United States? If so, the E-3 Visa might be the perfect option for you. Our team of experienced attorneys is here to help simplify the E-3 visa process and turn your dream into a reality.

What is the E-3 Visa?

The E-3 temporary worker visa is specifically designed for Australian citizens who intend to work temporarily in the United States in a specialized occupation. A specialized occupation is defined as one that necessitates a high level of specialized knowledge, both theoretical and practical, and requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.

Who Qualifies for the E-3 Visa?

To qualify for the E-3 visa, applicants must meet the following criteria:

a. Australian Nationality

The applicant must be a citizen of Australia.

b. Specialty Occupation

The offered position in the U.S. must qualify as a specialty occupation, typically requiring a bachelor’s degree or higher in a specific field.

c. Job Offer

The applicant must have a genuine job offer from a U.S. employer for a role in the specialty occupation.

d. Credentials

The applicant must have the necessary academic or other qualifying credentials, including licensure, if required for the profession.

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    How Does the Application Process Work?

    The application process for an E-3 visa typically involves the following steps:

    Step 1: Job Offer

    You should obtain a legitimate job offer from a U.S. employer for a position that qualifies as a specialty occupation, usually requiring at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in a related field.

    Step 2: Labor Condition Application (LCA)

    We manage the filing of the LCA with the DOL, confirming that the employment conditions comply with U.S. regulations.

    Step 3: Application and Fee Payment

    We guide you through completing the DS-160 form and advise on the fee payment process, ensuring all information is accurately submitted.

    Step 4: Visa Interview

    We provide comprehensive preparation for your visa interview, helping you compile all the necessary documents and prepare to answer questions effectively.

    Step 5: Visa Issuance

    With your visa approved and placed in your passport, you can now enter the United States and start working.

    At Oguz Law, we’re dedicated to providing thorough and clear support to simplify your E-3 visa application. Reach out for personalized assistance tailored to your case. Don’t miss this opportunity to pursue your goals and make your dreams a reality.

    What Are the Benefits of the E-3 Visa?

    The E-3 visa offers several benefits, including:

    a. Renewable Status

    The E-3 visa is generally granted for two years and can be renewed indefinitely in two-year increments.

    b. Spousal Employment

    Spouses of E-3 visa holders are eligible to apply for work authorization in the United States.

    What Are the Required Application Documents?

    When applying for the E-3 visa, applicants must submit several documents, such as:

    a. Application Form

    Completed Form DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application.

    b. Passport

    A valid Australian passport.

    c. Job Offer Letter

    A formal job offer letter detailing the terms and conditions of the employment.

    d. Labor Condition Application (LCA)Approved Form ETA-9035 from the Department of Labor.

    e. Academic Credentials

    Evidence of qualifications, such as diplomas, transcripts, or professional memberships.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    The initial stay period is limited to a maximum of two years.

    Yes. Visa extensions are subject to the extensions granted on the Labor Certification Application (LCA) form but cannot exceed two years. The good news is that there is no restriction on the number of extensions you can be granted.

    Yes, there is a cap, which currently stands at 10,500 per year. However, this cap is often not reached.

    Yes, you can. To do so, your new employer must file a new Labor Certification Application (LCA) on your behalf, along with Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker.

    No, only citizens of Australia are eligible for an E-3 Visa.

    Yes, work experience can be considered. For every year of a bachelor's degree, three years of work experience in your field of expertise can be substituted. This means that having 12 years of work experience can make you eligible for an E-3 visa even without a bachelor's or higher degree.
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