For professionals from Australia with a specialty occupation job offer.
Same criteria for an H-1B visa apply regarding the specialty occupation, See H-1B Qualifications
Strict nonimmigrant intent required
10,500 yearly cap
E-3 dependent spouses can work
Average processing time: if applied for directly at a U.S. consulate– depends on visa processing time at a particular consulate, if applied with USCIS – 4-6 months. NO PREMIUM PROCESSING AVAILABLE (it may take 7-10 days to prepare the paperwork for filing)
E-3s can be admitted for up to 2 years extendable in 2-year increments with new LCA. No maximum time limit.
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