The E-3 is a visa for Australian nationals to work in a "specialty occupation" in the U.S. It has many advantages over the other types of working visas, including the ability for spouses of E-3 recipients to apply for work authorization. The E-3 non-immigrant can enter the U.S. for up to two years at a time and renew E-3 status up to 2 year increments without maximum limitation.
Because the E-3 is employment specific, the E-3 visa holder can only work for the intended employer. UCSF restricts E-3 sponsorship to full-time academic appointments in teaching, research, and clinical positions for which UCSF is the formal employer.
Key Elements of E-3:
- Specialty Occupation: a specialty occupation is an occupation that requires 1) the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge, and 2) attainment of at least a bachelor’s degree in a directly related field (or its equivalent).
- Compliance with DOL Labor Condition Application (LCA) regulations: DOL regulations require that UCSF meet or exceed a pre-determined minimum prevailing wage and that the employee be compensated with employment benefits equivalent to that of any other employee in the same position and level.