The E-3 Visa category is available to nationals of Australia who are coming to the United States solely to work in a specialty occupation. Similar to the H-1B visa, the E-3 Visa also requires theoretical and practical application of a body of knowledge in professional fields and at least the attainment of a bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, as a minimum for entry into the occupation in the U.S. To qualify for the visa, it also must be demonstrated that the employee is:
- A national of Australia
- Offered employment in the United States
- Qualified by having the necessary academic or other qualifying credentials
Among the requirements for the E-3 Visa, the offer of employment must offer a salary which will pay the higher of the actual or prevailing wage. An E-3 Visa worker will be allowed to stay in the United States for 2 years and can extend for additional periods of 2 years. Spouse and children under the age of 21 are also entitled to accompany the principal worker with E-3 visas. Unlike the H-1B visa category, spouses are allowed to seek an employment authorization card.