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Apply for an Initial E3

The OISS only accepts E-3 requests from NU sponsoring departments, so any E-3 application should begin with the E-3 applicant speaking with his or her sponsoring department; once the department has confirmed its sponsorship, the Australian National (AN) can apply. See these host department steps.

Petitions can only be started 8 months prior to the employment start date. OISS processing times are subject to change based on processing volume.

Instructions for Incoming E-3 Beneficiaries

1. Submit required documentation to your host department.

Your host department must submit your forms and documents (listed below) along with its own documents as a complete package to the OISS.

If you once held a J-1 visa and are subject to the 212(e) two-year residency requirement:

  • Copy of waiver recommendation
  • Copy of I-612

If you once held an E-3:

  • Copies of all past E-3 approval notices

2. Complete the online questionnaire in Law Logix.

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISS) will send you necessary login information to Law Logix ( after your sponsoring department has submitted their request to the OISS.

3. Make a visa appointment at a U.S. Consulate/Embassy to obtain your E-3 visa.

After processing, you will be sent required documentation for visa appointment.

You can obtain E-3 visas for your dependents at this time.

4. Arrival and check-in.

You are required to check-in at the Office of International Student and Scholar Services prior to starting work.