E-3 Specialty Workers

The E-3 classification applies only to nationals of Australia. The individual must come to the United States solely to perform services in a specialty occupation. The specialty occupation requires theoretical and practical application of a body of knowledge in professional fields and at least the attainment of a bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, as a minimum for entry into the occupation in the United States.

This status is reserved for tenure-track faculty members, temporary faculty, and researchers with Australian citizenship when J-1 is not appropriate or available. The university will only file E-3 petitions for full-time appointments. The Academic Personnel Office policy on hiring noncitizens can be found here. Contact an International Scholar Advisor at ischolar@ucsc.edu to determine if this category of work authorization is applicable.

Last modified: Jan 25, 2024