How Long Does An E-3 Visa Last?

Applicants have an initial stay of two years. They can then apply for extensions in two-year increments. As such, the total stay for an individual on the E-3 visa varies. 

If the temporary nature of the assignment changes, please speak with your attorney. 

If the foreign national is outside the U.S., he/she likely will need to apply for a visa to enter the U.S. in the specific visa category prior to entering the U.S. in the specific status.


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E-3 Visa Application and Filing Fees

- Consulate application filing fee: $205
- USCIS application filing fee: $460. Applicants typically apply for the E-3 visa at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy abroad and can be extended with USCIS as needed.
- Premium processing: $2,500. Employers can pay the premium processing fee when available, and USCIS will adjudicate the E-3 petition within 15 calendar days. This means USCIS will approve, issue a request for evidence or deny the visa petition.

How to Obtain An E-3 Visa

Australian citizens must meet the following eligibility requirements: 

- There’s a legitimate offer of employment in the U.S.
- The individual possesses at least a U.S. bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
- Will fill a specialty occupation that requires a specific skill set or specialized knowledge. Specialty occupations typically include health care, biotechnology, human resources, education, engineering, computer sciences, medicine and more.

The U.S. employer must make attestations about the wage and working conditions in a Labor Condition Application (LCA), which is submitted to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). 

E-3 Australian Speciality Occupations

What Is the E Visa?

The E visa is for treaty traders and investors who come to the U.S. under a treaty of commerce and navigation between the U.S. and the country of which the treaty trader or investor is a citizen. See below for a list of participating countries.

There are 3 types of E Visa:

E-1 Treaty Traders
E-2 Treaty Investor
E-3 Australian Specialty Occupation Workers

What Are the E Visa Treaty Countries?

In order to qualify for an E visa, you have to be a national of a country that has a Treaty with the U.S. for E visas.

All the treaty countries are listed on the U.S. Department of State’s website.

What is the E-3 Visa?

The E-3 Certain Speciality Occupation Professional is a visa available to Australian citizens only

How to obtain an E-3 Visa
E-3 Visa Application and Filing Fees
How long does an E-3 Visa last?