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E-3 Visa: Certain Specialty Occupation Professionals from Australia

E-3 visas allow employers to temporarily employ an Australian worker in the U.S. on a nonimmigrant basis in a specialty occupation. 

To be eligible for E-3 status the following conditions must be met:

  • Must be a "specialty" occupation requiring "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."
  • The department must agree to pay at minimum, throughout the entire duration of employment, the prevailing wage as approved by the Department of Labor.
  • The employee must:
      • Possess the degree specified.
      • Be an Australian national.
      • Possess " highly specialized knowledge and attain[ed]  a bachelor's or higher degree in the specific specialty" of the position.


If you are uncertain if this is the most appropriate category for your employee, please contact VIS.