E-3 Certain Specialty Occupation Professionals from Australia


The E-3 nonimmigrant classification is available to nationals of Australia who are coming to the United States solely to perform services in a specialty occupation. Accompanying or following dependents are required to apply for an E-3 dependent visa. E-3 spouses (not children) may also apply for work authorization.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a national of Australia
  • Have a legitimate offer of employment in the United States
  • Possess requisite academic or work experience credentials
  • Will fill a specialty occupation position:
    • A specialty occupation requires theoretical or practical application of a body of knowledge in a professional field and at least a bachelor’s degree and its equivalent to enter the occupation in the U.S.

Length of Stay

The initial stay on an E-3 visa is two years. Extensions may be requested in increments of two years for an unlimited period of time, with some exceptions.

Family of E-3 Visa Holders

Your spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age are entitled to the same E-3 classification. Your spouse is entitled to work authorization, but not your children. To apply for work authorization as a spouse of an E-3 nonimmigrant, your spouse would file a Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. For more information on the application procedures, see the “Work Authorization” page.

What We Do

  • Provide assistance in the E-3 application and evidence required
  • Review applications to identify potential concerns that may affect the outcome of the application
  • Provide guidance in maintaining the E-3 status
  • Provide assistance to E-3 holders within the United States that wish to extend their visa, apply for a Change of Status, or Adjustment of Status

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