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    Hi group- has anyone been granted an E3 Aussie visa yet and any tips to watch out for? Anyone in the process of applying - can the standard LCA be used?


  • #2
    Hi group- has anyone been granted an E3 Aussie visa yet and any tips to watch out for? Anyone in the process of applying - can the standard LCA be used?



    • #3
      E3 Update - applied for E3 visa at US consulate in Sydney today. Standard LCA form annotated "E3 - Australia - To Be Processed" is NOT acceptable. Please note that many web sites from lawyers in the US suggest this is OK, not so. The US consulate will process 'awaiting' the new LCA that is being created by US authorities, but will not issue visa until the new form is presented. However they will accept a fax copy of the LCA as processed in the US. Have fun!


      • #4
        Hi Colin

        I think you will find more information and response to your questions at

        Please keep us updated here though, as some of us are interested in the Australia thing.



        • #5
          Update - there are two forms of LCA! One is electronic and cant be used, the 9035 not being electronic can be used if annotated correctly. However right now a new electronic form is in the process of being created. So, if you have the 9035 you may have a chance of getting the visa, otherwise you need to file the 9035, or new electronic form (not available as of today) and wait for the paper to be processed. I've no idea how long these manual forms take, but can assume that very few, id any, E3s have been issued right now. Anyone have any idea of how long the manual form takes?


          • #6
            From my partner, today 28th Sept.... 1st issue of E3?
            In my interview the chap said I had now met all the requirements to be issued the E-3 visa BUT, the certified form number syntax is different to what they were expecting. As I am the first E-3 visa the consulate is issuing, he did not want to issue it incorrectly. I made the point that there was no solution here, as the information was correct and will not change and if resubmitted and recertified will come out with a number of similar syntax - presumably, ie nothing more I can do so the visa should be issued.

            He kept my documents and said that the visa should be issued before Friday and they will give me a phone call when it is done - it is just internal administration.

            Enjoy :-)


            • #7
              Hm... 'issued before Friday' - well Thursday has gone and no news. Which Friday do you think they were pointing too :-)


              • #8
                thanks so much for posting this Colin. please keep us updated. this is invaluable information!

                you can apply for the E3 in Canada now but who is going to be brave enough to be the first. being the united states government, you just know they are going to screw something up for the first few unlucky people!


                • #9
                  Hm... 'issued before Friday' - well Friday has gone and no news.

                  Public holiday in NSW on Monday, so we wait for Tuesday. Will update as soon as I hear. It would be nice to know if anyone else has applied???


                  • #10
                    Tuesday, Wednesday.... sent email Tuesday and still awaiting reply. Clearly this E3 is causing some concern at the US consulate in Sydney. How can it be so difficult - the regulations as per the US consulate WEB site have been met, their staff agree and still a problem.........


                    • #11
                      I too am applying for the new E-3 visa and i'm from Brisbane. I've cancelled my interview with the Sydney Consulate 3 times already and phoned them a number of times (which isn't free) and always get conflicting information. I've struck trouble with the LCA ETA 9035 form, where my employer has sent it over to the DOL and they sent it back denied, as the form was filled out incorrectly. It's taken more than 3 weeks to get to this stage of trying to get the ETA form ready.

                      The major trouble i orginally had is whether they will accept the certified faxed form or want the original. The three different people that i've spoken to say that faxed is NOT acceptable nor a scanned copy, and they want the original posted?.... (i think you had better success with the faxed form?..... did they question it or not accept it - any advice would be good!).

                      Its costing me about $300 to fly down to Sydney so i don't want to stuff up my interview, as i need my visa fast. I'm meant to start work on NOV 2.

                      The earliest interview i got was Oct 25, but i'm still waiting on the certified LCA ETA 9035 form.

                      On top of that there's social security forms, IRS forms etc that you can't lodge until you have your visa, and you have to physically go to the social security office to do the paperwork.

                      So any tricks or info that you know about, please pass on, as i reckon i'm the second person after you to get an E-3.

                      I hope that you get your e-3 soon though!. it should have only taken two days after your interview.



                      • #12
                        Where did you guys look for jobs where employers will sponsor 'E3' aussie applicants.



                        • #13
                          Any updates Colin or JC?

                          Does anyone know what the situation is if you leave your E3 employer? On an H1 you have to leave the US immediately. On an E3 can you stay and find another job or must you leave?


                          • #14
                            Will be going for my interview tomorrow at the Sydney consulate. Haven't got my ETA 9035 form back from the dept of Labor and my Boss in the US has been trying really hard but the feds still don't know what they're doing. Hopefully i'll be leaving in the next week or so.

                            my understanding is that the E3 is the same as the H1 but the only difference is that Australians don't have to compete globally for visas. The cost is also less and the timeframes not as long. If you lose employment or sponsorship, then you must return. I will ask in my interview tomorrow about the change in sponsorship or employment for you. Will update on wednesday.


                            • #15

                              Went to Sydney for interview and waited hours only to be turned away as the DOL hasn't forwarded the approved certified ETA9035 form. It seems as thought the customer service people and the US consulate haven't got their info right. After much discussion, my passport and some information was returned, but my intial application was still retained (including the fee!).

                              Still no further in getting to the US. Hopefully the ETA form will arrive before the end of the week.


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