The E-3 Visa is a nonimmigrant work visa that is specifically for Australian nationals. This visa category is designed for individuals who wish to work in a specialty occupation in the U.S. The definition of a specialty occupation is similar to the H-1B visa, requiring a role that typically requires a bachelor's degree or higher in a specific field.
The E-3 Visa allows an initial stay of two years, which can be extended indefinitely in two-year increments. The spouse and children of E-3 visa holders may accompany the principal visa holder and spouses can apply for work authorization.
To apply for an E-3 visa, the U.S. employer must obtain a Labor Condition Application (LCA) from the Department of Labor. The E-3 visa application must then be filed by the Australian citizen and include the LCA, a job offer letter, and evidence that the applicant has the necessary credentials for the job.