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Apr 30, 2014

The E3 Work Visa – Ticket to Work in USA

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E3 visaThe e3 work visa is your ticket to work in America. The e3 visa was approved in the year 2005, which exclusively allows the skilled Australian professionals to get jobs in the USA. This visa category designed out of Australia’s AUSFTA agreement with America. But it’s not formally part of the treaty itself. The visa helps the Australian skilled workers to get desirable jobs and at the same time the US employers are advantaged with the bright minds. They contribute in the growth and development of the country. Around 10,500 e3 work visa is issued to the citizens of Australia who are desired to work in United States.  The e3 visa is equivalent to the H1B visa for specialty occupations. Actually, the requirements for E3 visa and worthy E3 job categories are virtually same; also the process by which you get an e3 visa begins the same way i.e. by getting hired for a job with a sponsoring U.S. employer.

There are important benefits of an e3 Work Visa that the Australian citizen enjoys when compared to other U.S. non-immigrant work visas. For instance, e3 spouses also can work unrestricted in the USA. This is a significant difference from work visas like the Tn1 and even the H1B. Both require spouses to obtain separate working permits if they are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. E3 work visa spouses and children don’t count toward the cap total. Spouses also do not have to be Australian citizens. The visa is also renewable in every two years for an indefinite period of time. But the H1B visa is valid for up to 10 years. The e3 visa is not a dual-intent visa, so applicants must reasonably demonstrate non-immigrant intent before they can get one. The fee for filing this visa is lower than the ones for the H1B visa. And while the e3 visa technically is a temporary work permit, it is renewable every two years; meaning you can remain in the U.S. indefinitely so long as you are employed with the sponsoring company.

Requirements of E3 Work Visa:

Certain mandatory e3 visa requirements needs to be satisfied in terms of education and work experience. The e3 visa is a professional work visa intended for professional individuals only.

  • Should have a equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree
  •  Great experience in your field (more than 10 years)
  • Meet the salary offers

The e3 work visa fees (or non-immigrant visa processing fees for the e3 visa) cost $270, which were lowered from $390. This fee is considered standard and non refundable.