The E-3 Visa is a temporary visa for Australian professionals seeking to work in the US. The E-3 Visa may be issued to Australians with a job offer from a US employer in a position that requires at least the US equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree in a field related to the job offered.
Requirements for the E-3 Visa are essentially the same as those for the H-1B Visa. However, major differences are that government filing fees are much lower, and an E-3 Visa may be filed at a US consulate abroad instead of with a USCIS regional service center (no USCIS approval is necessary for the E-3 Visa), making processing time considerably shorter in most cases.
To qualify for the E-3 Visa, an applicant must have:
After entering the US on an E-3 Visa, dependents of Principal E-3 Visa holders may apply to the USCIS for blanket work authorization which is valid for 2 years and renewable as long as the Principal’s E-3 Visa is valid. The annual quota for the E-3 Visa is 10,500 new visas per US Government fiscal year, and applies only to principal applicants, not to their spouses or children.