Australian nationals who would like to enter the United States to perform services in a speciality occupation may be eligible to apply for an E-3 visa. This non-immigrant classification requires applicants to apply a theoretical and practical body of knowledge in a professional field and have at least a bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent.
To qualify for an E-3 visa, an applicant must prove he/she:
- Is a national of Australia
- Has a legitimate offer of employment in the United States
- Possesses the necessary academic or other qualifying credentials
- Will fill a position that qualifies as a specialty occupation
If the applicant is currently and lawfully in United States, his/her prospective U.S employer must initially apply for a Labor Condition Application (LCA) on behalf the applicant which, upon approval, must be submitted to USCIS along with evidence of the applicant’s credentials, job offer and, if applicable, required licenses. Australians outside of the United States must be petitioned at a U.S embassy or consulate.
Once the visa is granted, recipients may stay in the United States for 2 years and may thereafter apply for extensions of up to 2 years.
Immediate family members of E-3 visa holders are entitled to the same classification subject to certain conditions.
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Gold Law Group assists clients with a wide variety of business-related immigration matters including E-3 visas. If you are an Australian national seeking a E-3 visa or if you are a U.S employer wishing to file a petition on behalf of a prospective Australian employee, please call 323.394.1281 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.
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