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Specialty Occupation Workers from Australia (e-3)

The E-3 visa is available to Australian nationals who intend to work in "specialty occupations" in the United States. Such occupations include architecture, computer programming, accounting, engineering, nursing and management consulting. Generally, to be eligible for an E-3 visa, the applicant must have at least a bachelor’s degree or degree equivalent in a specialty field.

Duration of status

An E-3 nonimmigrant is admitted to the U.S. for a period of up to two years. This time period may be extended indefinitely. 

Labor Conditions Application

Prospective U.S. employers of E-3 visa applicants must file a Labor Conditions Application (LCA) with the U.S. Department of Labor. Among other things, in the LCA, the employer must attest to the fact that the E-3 applicant will be paid the higher of (i) the actual wage paid by the employer to all other individuals with similar experience and qualifications, or (ii) the prevailing wage level for the applicant's occupation in the area of employment.

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