U.S. E-3 Visa Expiry Concerns During Covid-19 Travel Restrictions
It is likely Australian citizens already working in the U.S. on an E-3 visa which carries up to 2-year validity may be reaching their visa expiry date. Under prevailing Covid-19 travel restrictions and closure of U.S. global consulates, the normal requirement that a new E-3 can only be applied for outside of the U.S. poses an unprecedented problem for those E-3 holders who are already working in the U.S. and reaching their expiry date.
A temporary deviation from normal USCIS practice has been introduced whereby an E-3 holder may apply to extend their E-3 status without the need to travel offshore. This facility can provide continuation of authorised employment for a further 240 days while the application is reviewed. It should be noted the facility if purely an extension and not a visa. Therefore, if you depart the U.S. during the period of extension, you will not have the right to return and work unless a new E-3 or other visa is applied for while offshore.
This is an important and welcome accommodation for current E-3 visa holders to ensure their, and their employers’ immigration compliance. However, it must be noted that additional steps are required to achieve a conclusive outcome. Expat International will be pleased to discuss and activate the necessary measures to ensure positive outcomes.
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