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Changing Employers and Renewing Visas

Changing Employers and Renewing Visas

  • Can I renew the E-3 visa? Is there a limit to the amount of times I can renew?

    Can I renew the E-3 visa? Is there a limit to the amount of times I can renew?

    • E-3 visa applicants may be admitted for up to a two-year period, which is renewable indefinitely, provided the alien is able to demonstrate that he/she does not intend to remain or work permanently in the United States.

      There is no limit to the number of E3 visas that an applicant may hold over the course of their life.
  • Can I change employers once I am in the U.S. and stay on the E-3 visa?
  • I am already in the U.S. on an E-3 visa and want to change employers. Do I need to come back to Australia for another interview?

    I am already in the U.S. on an E-3 visa and want to change employers. Do I need to come back to Australia for another interview?

    • You do not need to have another interview or make a new visa application to change employers while you are in the U.S. on an E-3 visa. However, you must complete a transfer process through the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) in the U.S.

      Please direct any inquiries about the transfer process to USCIS, as once you are in the U.S. you are responsible for maintaining the correct immigration status with USCIS. Please see USCIS’s website at http://www.uscis.gov/ or contact their National Customer Service Center (NCSC) at 1-800-375-5283.

      Please note, changing or extending your status via USCIS is not the equivalent of a visa. If you change or extend your status then leave the United States, you must still apply for a new visa in order to re-enter.

  • I am already in the U.S. on a different category of visa and want to change to an E-3 visa. What should I do?

    I am already in the U.S. on a different category of visa and want to change to an E-3 visa. What should I do?

    • Once in the United States you are responsible for maintaining the correct immigration status with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

       

      You may apply to change or extend your nonimmigrant visa status if you were lawfully admitted to the United States with a nonimmigrant visa, your nonimmigrant status remains valid, and you have not committed any crimes that would make you ineligible. You should apply for a change of status/extension of stay from the USCIS office in your area before your authorized stay expires; this date is indicated in the lower right-hand corner of your Form I-94 (Arrival-Departure Record), which is stapled inside the passport on arrival. To locate USCIS services in the area, you may refer to the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis or contact their National Customer Service Center (NCSC) at 1-800-375-5283.

       

      You may not apply to extend your stay if you were admitted to the United States in one of the following entry categories:
        -  (VWP) - Visa Waiver Program
        -  D - As a crewman
        -  C - As an alien in transit or in transit without a visa
        -  K - As a fiancé of a U.S. citizen or dependent of a fiancé
        -  S - As an informant (and accompanying family) on terrorism or organized crime

       

      Please note: Only a U.S. Consulate or Embassy can issue a visa.  If you have a change in status and exit the United States, you will need to file an application for a new visa before you may re-enter.