1. What is an E-3 visa?
The E-3 is a new visa category only for Australians going to the U.S. to work temporarily in a specialty occupation.
2. Why are only Australians eligible for this visa?
The legislation limited the E-3 to nationals of Australia.
3. Are Australian permanent residents eligible to apply for the E-3 visa?
No. The E-3 visa is only available to Australian citizens or nationals, Australian permanent residents are not eligible for the E-3 visa. You must have an Australian passport at the time of your E-3 visa interview.
- Minister of religion
- Working in a professional capacity, either in a religious vocation or occupation
- Other religious worker working in a religious occupation or in a religious vocation
4. How do I qualify for the E-3 visa?
The new E-3 visa classification currently applies only to nationals of Australia as well as their spouses and children. To qualify for an E-3 visa you must demonstrate that:
- You have a legitimate offer of employment in the U.S.
- The position you are coming to fill qualifies as specialty occupation employment
- Are an Australian citizen
- You have the necessary academic or other qualifying credentials
- Your stay will be temporary
- If required before you may commence employment in the specialty occupation, that you have the necessary license or other official permission to practice in the specialty occupation
- An approved Labor Condition Application is required and no more than 10,500 E-3 visas can be issued per year
5. Do I have to have a job in the US first before applying for an E-3 visa?
Yes. You need to have a job offer from a US employer before you can apply for an E-3 visa.