Department Of State Update on Implementation of E3 Visas for Australians

Our office receives many questions about when the new E-3 visa category will become available for Australian nationals. Until the Department of State (DOS) finalizes the procedures for the issuance of E-3 visas, these visas remain unavailable. Hopefully, processing for Australians in the E-3 classification will start in the next month or so.

Last week the DOS’s Visa Office (VO) informed the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association that it is actively working to finalize the implementation of the new E-3 visa for Australian nationals performing services in a specialty occupation. According to the VO, the draft regulations are currently undergoing internal review by other interested agencies. Moreover, the DOS is seeking assurance from the Australian government that American citizens will also receive reciprocal treatment. According to the VO, the regulations should be ready to be implemented in approximately 2 months.

As more updates become available on this issue, we will continue to post them on this site.