E-3 Visa Attorney in New Jersey
Obtaining a Visa for Australians
employment visa is specifically for Australian nationals who wish to work in a specialized
occupation in the United States. It began in 2005 when President Bush
signed a bill authorizing this visa. A specialty occupation means an occupation
that requires the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly
specialized knowledge, and attainment of a Bachelor's or higher degree
in the specific specialty as a minimum for entry into the occupation.
An Australian BA degree and work experience may be acceptable to equate
to a US Bachlors degree.
Requirements for an E-3 Visa
The E-3 Visa requires that the applicant possess an equivalent of a U.S.
bachelor's degree in a field of study that is needed by a US employer.
In some situations work prior work experience will satisfy the educational
requirement. Once the visa is approved, you will be entitled to work authorization
under the E-3 visa. Your spouse can also work if a application is submitted
to USCIS. Children under the age of 21 are entitled to the E-3 classification
but it does not authorize them to work.
The E-3 Visa can be extended for two year periods an unlimited number of
times with some exceptions. Extensions can be filed from within the US
or at consulates abroad in the event of travel. Due to significant processing
delays we recommend travel. If you wish to change jobs while in the United
States, your new employer must submit a new Labor Condition Application
and a new E-3 Visa application. This can be done from within the U.S.
but the gap in employment cannot be more than 10 days, this applies to
extensions as well. Therefore extension requests to be filed from within
the US must be filed with sufficient time to allow for processing delays.
Most people chose to change or extend from Consulates abroad as the wait
times are significantly less. There is an annual cap of 10,500 visas per
year but the caps have never been reached.
In May of 2014, the USCIS issued a proposed rule change. These changes
would establish E-3 visa holders as being eligible to work in the United
States upon entering the country, and also that employers may file an
extension petition on their behalf. These visa holders may also benefit
from the 240 day rule, which authorizes an individual's continued
employment for up to 240 days after the current work authorization period
expires, provided that the employer files an extension of stay petition.
As an experienced
New Jersey immigration lawyer, I can assist you with any E-3 visa issues inside or outside of the US.
Contact me today to discuss further.
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When looking to obtain an E-3 visa for the United States, The Law Offices
of Lloyd E. Bennett, Esq., P.C. have the skill and knowledge needed in
order to properly prepare your application for approval by the USCIS.
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