E-3 Specialty Occupation Professionals from Australia


The E-3 nonimmigrant visa is a readily available work visa created by treaty for Australian professionals.


The requirements for the E-3 visa are similar to the H-1B visa, except it’s readily available (i.e. no lottery) and generally involves skipping USCIS. Specifically, an Australian citizen must prove that they have a job offer in the United States in an occupation that ordinarily requires a Bachelor’s degree in a specific field that the Australian possesses.

An experienced business immigration attorney can confirm whether the U.S. employment should qualify.

Application Procedure

  • Preparation and Filing of Labor Condition Application (LCA) with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) by U.S. employer, which also must maintain a “Public Access File” and post a Notice of Filing at the worksite.
  • Application by Australian citizen at a U.S. Consulate Abroad

The above is informational and not intended to be legal advice. Please consult with an experienced business immigration attorney on your specific facts and circumstances before proceeding with any U.S. immigration strategy.