The treaty alien in a specialty occupation (E3) was the result of a law enacted in May 2005, creating a new visa classification for Australian professionals who wish to enter the United States on a temporary basis to perform in a specialty occupation for a US employer on a full or part time basis. Australian nationals who wish to apply for this classification may do so at any United States consular post that processes nonimmigrant visas. Please note, although it is not possible to apply for E3 classification from within the United States, a request for extension of E3 status or change of employer may be submitted to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
The requirements for an E3 visa are as follows:
The principal E3 visa applicant’s family members are permitted to enter the United States in E3 classification. A spouse of the E3 employee is permitted to work, and thus, may request an employment authorization document from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) upon entry to the United States.
E3 visas are granted for a maximum validity period of 2 years. E3 status may be extended while on the United States in 2 year increments. There is no cap on the number of years that an E3 worker may remain in the United States as long as he or she maintains the terms of his or her authorized stay.
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