E-3 Visa Law and Legal Definition

The E-3 Visa is a temporary work Visa available only to Australian citizens. The E-3 Visa is usually issued for a period of 2 years. However, it can be renewed indefinitely, in two-year extensions. The E-3 Visa applicant must be going to the United States for the purpose of working in a specialty occupation. The term "specialty occupation" means an occupation that requires theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and attainment of a bachelor's or higher degree in the specific specialty (or its equivalent). The definition of “specialty occupation" is the same as the Immigration and Nationality Act definition of an “H-1B” specialty occupation.

The spouses of E-3 Visa holders are entitled to E-3D (dependent) Visas and work authorization, thereby enabling them to work in the United States without any restrictions. The spouse and children of the E-3 Visa applicant need not be Australian citizens. For the E-3D Visa, the dependents must make separate applications. The annual quota for E-3 Visas is 10,500. It is a multiple-entry Visa.