Starting February 24, 2021, individuals seeking a change of status to E-3 or an extension of E-3 status will have the option to request Premium Processing service for their petition.  The USCIS Premium Processing service allows petitioners to pay an additional filing fee of $2,500 to expedite the adjudication of their petition within 15 days.

The E-3 visa applies to nationals of Australia who are coming to the United States to perform services in a specialty occupation.  To qualify for the E-3 classification, the beneficiary must:

  • Be a national of Australia;
  • Have an offer of employment for a position that qualifies as a specialty occupation; and
  • Possess the necessary academic or other qualifying credentials.