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International Students & Scholars

E-3 Australian


The E-3 visa category applies only to Australian nationals. This category is similar to the H-1B, as it is a specialty occupation visa. The work the E-3 will engage in must require a bachelor’s degree or higher to meet the high level of expertise necessary for the position. This visa is fit for all types of university faculty and staff positions.  E-3 visas should be requested for a minimum of two years.


If your department would like to apply for an E-3 for an Australian national:

Processing Time: Petitions can only be started 6 months prior to the foreign national’s employment start date.

Processing Flow:

  1. Department submits request to OIP (E-3 request Forms for Department)
  2. E-3 employee fills out the (E-3 Request Forms for Worker).
  3. OIP prepares the PW and LCA
  4. OIP emails the LCA to the department
  5. Department posts LCA for 10 days
  6. Department returns LCA to OIP
  7. OIP prepares E-3 packet and sends to USCIS for individuals already in the U.S.
  8. OIP prepares packet for the Australian National who is currently outside the United States to take to US Embassy



International Students & Scholar Services · Sullivan Center, 6339 N. Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660
Mailing Address: 1032 W. Sherdian Road, Chicago, IL 60660
773.508.3899 · iss@luc.edu

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