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 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 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 $235, 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.