How to Sponsor an E-3 Australian Professional

Unlike the H-1B, the E-3 does not require adjudication from US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) prior to the beneficiary applying for a visa at a US consulate. USCIS involvement is required only when the beneficiary is in the US and applying for a change of status to, or an extension of, E-3 status. Unless extending or changing status to E-3, the beneficiary applies in person at a US consulate for an E-3 visa by presenting Form ETA 9035 Labor Condition Application (LCA) issued by the University of Washington. Departments may begin the E-3 process up to six months in advance of the employment start date.

UW will sponsor E-3 status only for individuals eligible for H-1B sponsorship. Though the E-3 may occasionally be a useful alternative to the H-1B, the H-1B is often the better option. Before agreeing to sponsor a foreign national for E-3 status, please email acadvisa@uw.edu to discuss.

How to Submit a Visa Request for an E-3 Petition (New or Extension)
  1. Follow the UW Visa Request Instructions.
  2. Attach all supporting documents.
  3. Forward the packet containing the signed UW H Visa Request Form and all supporting documentation to ISO.  You will receive an email notification from acadvisa@uw.edu upon its receipt.
What You Will Receive
  1. Copies of the Form ETA 9035 Labor Condition Application and additional instructions will be forwarded to both the hiring department and E-3 beneficiary.
  2. If a change of status or extension petition is filed, you will receive a USCIS Receipt Notice (Form I-797). The Receipt Notice provides a file number which can be used to track the petition’s progress on the USCIS website.  You will also receive a USCIS I-797 Approval Notice which should be forwarded to the E-3 beneficiary.
Applicable Fees

Departments are charged a processing fee of $213, payable by cost transfer invoice (CTI), for each E-3 petition. Departments may not seek reimbursement of the processing fee from the E-3 worker. Budget documentation will be sent to the Budget Contact listed on the UW H Visa Request Form. The processing fee is in addition to any fee(s) paid to USCIS. Note: federal and non-federal budgets may be used to pay for the E-3 processing fee.

If applicable, the USCIS filing fee for the E-3 petition (Form I-129) is $460, paid by check to “US Citizenship and Immigration Services.” It is the responsibility of the hiring department to pay the fee(s) on behalf of the foreign beneficiary.