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Applying for an E-3 work visa

Foreign nationals across the globe come to America for a wide variety of reasons. One of these reasons is for work. Whether it is long term or for a short duration, immigrants need to get the proper documentation and file the appropriate paperwork to work in the U.S. In some cases, specific work visas are designed for immigrants of certain countries.

Take the E-3 visa, for example. This visa is designed for Australian nationals. In order to qualify for this specific work visa, the applicant must be an Australian national, have a legitimate offer of employment in the U.S., possess the necessary academic background or qualifying credentials and will fill a position that qualifies as a special occupation.

In order to obtain this visa, one must file form I-129. This form changes their status to an E-3 non-immigration temporary worker. When filing this form, supporting documents are necessary. This includes: a Labor Condition Application; academic or other credentials that demonstrate that the applicant qualifies for this type of work visa; a letter or offer from an employer or documentation that establishes that the applicant with be engaged in a specialty occupation; and the necessary licensure for the specialty occupation.

When one is approved for this visa, they are able to work in the U.S. for up to two years. It is possible to receive an extension of up to two years, and there is no maximum number of extensions for this visa. If one changes their job while working on this visa, it must occur within 10 days, so there isn't a gap of unemployment for more than 10 days. One should also note that spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 are entitled to the same E-3 classification.

It is important to fully understand the process of applying for a visa and what is required of an applicant. This can help one avoid any obstacles or complications during or after the application process.

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