Overview of the E-3 Visa
The E-3 visa is a temporary work visa available exclusively to citizens of Australia. It enables them to live and work in the U.S. for a period of up to two years. Similar to the H-1B visa, the E-3 visa allows for the admission of a temporary worker to perform services in a “specialty occupation,” or an occupation that requires specialized knowledge and skills. Although the E-3 visa is initially granted for a period of up to two years, it can be extended in two-year increments.
Qualifying for the E-3 Visa
To qualify for an E-3 visa, an applicant must be an Australian citizen and have a legitimate offer of employment in the U.S. The E-3 applicant must be coming to the U.S. to work in a specialty occupation requiring a bachelor’s degree or higher (or its equivalent). The applicant must also possess the appropriate degree (or its equivalent) in the field in which the applicant wishes to work.
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