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    E-3 Visa

    Are you a citizen of Australia?

    Do you want to come to the U.S. to work temporarily?

    If you answered “Yes” to the above questions, then the E-3 visa for Australians might be for you! The E-3 visa is a temporary work visa that is only available to Australian citizens. This visa allows U.S. companies to bring qualified foreign professionals from Australia to their businesses for jobs that require a bachelor’s degree and specialized skills. The E3 has an annual limit of 10,500 visas, not including children and dependents, and E3 visa extensions. Nevertheless, E-3 visa demand has never exceeded the number limit, so quota has not been an issue this far.

    WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR AN E-3 VISA?

    The foreign national must have a specialty occupation, which means an occupation that requires the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge. The applicant must also have a bachelor’s degree or higher in the specific specialty field.

    WHAT ARE THE STEPS AND DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO OBTAIN AN E-3 VISA?

    The hiring employer must file a Labor Condition Application with the Secretary of Labor. The process is somewhat similar to the procedure outlined in the H-1B visa chapter. The employee must submit Immigration Form I-94 to be considered for this visa.

    HOW LONG CAN I STAY IN THE U.S. ON AN E-3 VISA?

    The E-3 visa is usually issued for two years at a time. This visa can be renewed indefinitely in two-year extensions for as long as the applicant is still meeting the minimum requirements.

    CAN I BRING MY FAMILY WITH ME TO THE U.S.?

    E-3 visa holders can bring their spouse and children under the age of 21 to the U.S. under the E-3D visa category. The spouse and children do not have to be citizens of Australia to be eligible for the E-3D visa.

    CAN MY SPOUSE AND/OR CHILDREN WORK WHILE IN THE U.S.?

    Yes. The E-3D visa holders can work while they are staying in the U.S. The spouse and children must obtain Employment Authorization.

    CONCLUSION

    The E-3 visa is a work visa set up for Australian citizens who have specific qualifications in a specialty occupation field. A specialty occupation is a job that requires the theoretical and practical application of specialized knowledge. The applicant should have a bachelor’s degree or higher in the specific field to work within the United States. The E-3 visa is temporary and only allows the applicant to stay for two years but can be renewed. The E-3D visa allows the E-3 visa applicant to bring their family with them to the United States.

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