Temporary Work Visas
E-3 Specialty Occupation Nonimmigrant Visa for Australian Nationals
The E-3 visa category applies to Australian nationals only, as well as their spouses and children. Note, however, that spouses and children of E-3 visa holders do not need to be Australian citizens.
In order to qualify in the E-3 visa category, the beneficiary must have earned a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a specific specialty (e.g., Biology, Computer Engineering, Mathematics, etc.), and the position for which the beneficiary's services are sought must ordinarily require at least a Bachelor's degree in specialized fields.
Under USCIS regulations, a "specialty occupation" is
- . . . an occupation that requires theoretical and practical application of a body of specialized knowledge; and attainment of a Bachelor's or higher degree in the specific specialty (or its equivalent) as a minimum for entry into the occupation in the United States.
E-3 visas can be granted for an initial period of up to two (2) years and can be extended indefinitely in two-year increments. The E-3 is an "employer-specific" visa, which allows the beneficiary to work only for the sponsoring employer. The beneficiary may change employers by having a new employer file an E-3 transfer petition with USCIS or by applying for a new E-3 visa at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy abroad.
Spouses and children of E-3 visa holders, who are classified as E-3D "dependents", are entitled to work in the United States and may apply for an Employment Authorization Document.