The United States and Australia are parties to a treaty that allows for Australian nationals employed in specialty occupations to apply for their own special temporary visas to work in the U.S. At Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP, our San Francisco E-3 visa lawyers have knowledge and experience working with these special visas. Contact us directly to discuss our immigration services in more detail.
Eligibility Requirements For An E-3 Visa
Similar to an H-1B visa, anyone applying for an E-3 visa must be applying to work in a specialty occupation. A specialty occupation is generally any occupation that requires specialized knowledge and training equivalent to a bachelor's degree or higher.
If you are prospective employer, you will be required to submit a labor condition application in support of the Australian national. Once the LCA has been approved, the Australian national will then need to submit a completed visa application to their local U.S. consular office. Our attorneys understand how this process works and how to properly fill out and file the necessary paperwork to avoid delay.
Benefits Of Applying For An E-3 Visa
There are several benefits for an Australian national to apply for a nonimmigrant work visa through the E-3 process instead of the H-1B process. Most importantly:
- An E-3 visa is a temporary work visa open to Australian nationals only, which means you will not be subject to the H-1B visa cap that exists.
- E-3 visa holders are able to bring over their spouses and children, even if they are not Australian nationals, under an E-3D visa.
- E-3 visas are issued for two-year time periods and can be renewed multiple times.
Contact Us For More Information On U.S. Visas
For more information about the E-3 visa or any other U.S. temporary work visa, contact us directly at our San Francisco, California, law offices to schedule an appointment. Initial consultations are provided at a rate discounted from our standard fee.
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