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Is there a QUOTA applicable to the number of E-3 visas issued each year?

Yes, there is a maximum of 10,500 E-3 visas issued annually. Spouses and children of principal applicants do not count against the numerical limitations.

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I was wondering if there is a cut off date for applying for an E3 visa? I understand there is one for H1B ending Oct 31st each year, and re opening April...is this the same deadline for E3 application? And am I am able to apply for it all year round?
Thanks for your time



E3 Cut off date?

There is no E3 "cut off" date.  There is an annual quota, which is currently 10,500.  However, the E3 quota has never been reached so far, in any year, since its inception.

Regarding H-1B visas, there is also no fixed "cut off" date.  However, the H-1B quota has been reached in the past few years.  In fact, for the fiscal year which begins on October 1, 2007, the H-1B quota was reached on the first day which applications were accepted for that fiscal year, namely, April 2, 2007.  You're probably confusing those dates with the notion of a "cut off date".

In any event, this state of affairs is very good for Australian citizens because it means that Australians have an advantage in the job market--since Australians who qualify for E3s are able to obtain work authorization, whereas citizens of other countries who can only apply for H-1Bs are often unable to obtain any work authorization.

E3 response

Thanks for your reply. if I found a job in the US and was able to file all the paper work and be approved for the E3 Visa, would I be able to start in January? Is there an application acceptance date for the E3? Thanks for your help, I am just trying to get my head around it.


Application acceptance date for the E3?

There is no application acceptance date for E3 visas.  Whether you would be able to start in January would depend upon how quickly the petition could be prepared and adjudicated by the government.  Basically, the sooner you get started the better because backlogs can often develop in the processing time.  

E3 quota

Was the E3 quota reached in 2007 or 2008? Thank you

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