Sponsoring or Extending an E-3
E-3 sponsorship requires that the scholar meet the following criteria:
Before You Sponsor
Begin the process immediately, once the position has been offered. Processing time will depend on whether E-3 status is obtained by travel or inside the U.S.
Visa application at a U.S. consulate is recommended over a petition within the U.S.
Application by I-129 petition to the USCIS inside the U.S. is not recommended as USCIS processing time is unpredictable, lengthy, and cannot be expedited through Premium Processing. We recommend that the E-3 status be obtained through travel.
How to Sponsor / Extend
Gather your documents
We need these documents for the Department of Labor (DOL) component of the E-3 application.
Use our Upload Form to upload the supporting documents as one pdf file
Do not upload documents without first initiating the case through the SSP.
We will contact you
Wait for us to confirm that the position meets Department of Labor eligibility.
Receive the LCA
When we receive the certified Labor Condition Application (LCA) from the Department of Labor, we will email you for pick-up at our office, in the Nash Building, 3280 Broadway, Suite 510. The processing time is dependent on the individual application, but generally within 20 days.
Prepare a letter for your scholar’s visa application
This for the prospective E-3 to take to a consulate, preferably in Australia.
The letter should:
Failure to notify us may result in fines imposed on the University and the barring of one year of the hiring of E-3 employees.
Extending an E-3
Before You Extend
E-3 status can be granted for a two-year period at a time. Although there is no time limit for E-3 status it does require "nonimmigrant intent" and the individual may face increasing scrutiny if they continue to extend over a period of years.