How to Get A Job on the E-3 Visa?

If you read through my many posts on the E3 visa, you will realize I have already covered most of this information already in other parts in depth. However I thought I would a quick step by step guide of how a person can get a job on the E-3 visa in the US.

For reference previous posts include;
What is the E-3 Visa?
How much does it cost to get your E-3 Visa?

Do I need a Lawyer for my E-3 visa process?
Creating a US-style resume for E-3 visa job applications

Are their E-3 Visa jobs available for Australians right now?
E-3 visa terms and definitions

E-3 Visa Jobs
Extending, Renewing or Changing Employers on your E-3 Visa

E-3 Visas and Green Cards

How to explain the E-3 Visa to a prospective employer

E-3 Visa and the F-1 Student Visa
Laid off on an E-3 Visa

The E-3D Partner and Dependent Visa
E-3 Visa Job Interviews

So as you can see there is a really comprehensive list of resources and information we already have to help you land your E-3 Visa position and also informaiton in many other posts that is useful as well even though documented for other US visas.

In the E-3 visa jobs link above we mention some of the best tips like;
– sites to visit
– having a US phone number if you are overseas
– setting up job interviews
– using other visas as a stepping stone like the J-1 Internship visa and F-1 student visa
– looking at smaller companies beyond the well known brands

So I don’t want to re-hash directly information you can easily read in other article. However we will try to provide some new and different ideas as well as to how you can get your E-3 visa.

An interesting thing that I know from reading others experiences is that those on the E-3 visa who took a chance and went to many interviews found that once they were in the door they were looked upon favorably initially. Although it was more difficult to get that first interview and then sustain the enthusiastic interest right to the end of the process and a job offer.

More often than not you will either be directly competing with a local US candidate or the image in the head of the recruiter/employer of the ideal US candidate. So you kind of have to show qualities that said US candidate is unlikely to or does not process.
Unlike Australians, the US are much more global in their business thinking (i.e. think to the fact and mindset they call the champions of the US NBA and Major League Baseball “world champions) so the fact that you already are a global person is something you should emphasize in interview answers while ensuring you have complete grasp of US concepts.
So for example if a question is asked about your experience in said field and your thoughts on the current market, give answers from both a US perspective and a foreign/global perspective.

You will obviously be assessed on your ability to fit in an organization and this is where you do have an advantage. The general and relaxed nature and demeanor of an Aussie versus an American comes across naturally if you just remain personable in your usual way. Of course ensure the fact you have strong desires and work ethic is coming across too while keeping that demeanor.

In the US as I state a lot they are a lot more upfront about salary and bonus requirements and it may be one of the earliest questions you get asked in an initial phone interview. This is something I learned over time that being firm in your response (which is unnatural to many Australians when talking about money) of what you are worth will convey to the interviewer many of the above qualities as well as an understanding of the industry. Of course if your demand is way way off the said industries general scales you may also be discounted at that point too.

If you are within the US, and you are applying in other cities and locales, often the prospective employer will pay for you travel expenses to get to an interview so do not be shy to ask. Also take it as a good sign that they do accept as at this stage you know at least they are pretty serious about your candidacy.

Finally ensure that you talk about benefits in your interview chats. Of course in Australia, Health Insurance is not really a topic of comversation with employers and Time off and Sick Leave is often assumed to be industry standards of 4 weeks and 2 weeks respectively. In the US, you should ensure your employer is covering your medical, dental and optical insurance and probably a life insurance package along with a 401(k) plan which is their non-mandatory equivalent of superannuation in Australia.

As for time off if you are getting 3 weeks annually you are doing well for an initial start and remember most companies allow you to take unpaid leave as well should you need more. Sick leave is weird in the US in that some companies don’t even have it all and it just approved based on your circumstances. Generally a good workplace will let you be an adult with this but abuse of it tends to be looked upon unfavorably come bonus, promotion and these days lay-off times.

Good Luck 🙂


7 thoughts on “How to Get A Job on the E-3 Visa?

  1. Hi CJ
    Thanks for the great site again! I’m now in NYC trying my luck, but as you mentioned, the first interview is always the hardest to get. I’m being shrugged off by agencies and ignored by companies. Would you happen to know of any forums where other Aussies post their experience and story, just to get my spirits up a bit?

    I know I’ve only been here for one week, but after 10 phone calls (only 1 answered), 40 job applications and near 0 feedback save for one agent who told me that I’m on a tough road, I would like to see some success stories to keep me going! 🙁

    A million thanks! Cheers!

  2. Grete it is a tough journey and there are a couple posts on here about other’s journey. Just keep networking, use all the sites on the Visa Resources page here and just apply, apply, apply.

  3. Hi CJ,
    I’ve been living in the US for nearly 3 years on an A2 diplomatic visa but I’m seeking to get an E3 visa to (a) head in a different career direction that I can’t do on my current visa and (b) join my boyfriend living in a different part of the country!
    I’ve looked at and applied for a number of jobs, but it seems that most of them quote in their job advertisements/postings “must be eligible to work in the US” (I’m paraphrasing, but you get the idea).
    Do you think this means they flat out refuse to consider someone like me (a foreigner) or that they just don’t want people actually from Australia or other countries applying and having to face relocation, time for relocation etc.
    I live in Hawaii and am wanting to move to California and could quite literally do it on a couple of weeks’ notice. I’m not seeking relocation costs and with my BF living in CA, wouldn’t need time to set up house etc. I’d be ready to go.
    What do you think?

  4. Hi Ali,
    You essentially have the same challenges and opportunities that any other foreigner has applying for work in the US. It is certainly possible but it is challenging and can take some time. Many ads may say that and some might outright reject applications where they really they will have to sponsor the candidate. However many just might state that but in practicality they might hire you if you are an exceptional candidate and make you eligible so to speak. Just read through all the E3 visa posts on here and and you can learn all the other criteria and tips.

  5. Hey CJ,

    It’s been almost a year since I’ve graduated from college and I’ve been doing an unpaid internship to stay here in the US under the OPT on my F-1 visa. However, my visa is expiring soon(July 14th) and it has been really really tough to get even a first round interview with a recruiter after I apply online. My skill don’t qualify me as an experienced hire, which are most posted positions, and most big firms have very structured campus recruitment which I have trouble to even get noticed. Most small firms would not consider me as a potential candidate as most of my past internship experience is overseas. One look at that and they are frightened away by the thought of sponsorship. I don’t even get a chance to explain to them how easy it is to get the E-3 visa due to my citizenship. I’ve been to networking events, write letters to alumni partners of firms, cold call potential employers but I have had little luck. I was hoping you have a super-method/advice for me to follow in my remaining time here in the US. I have really been working hard and have probably been in contact with over 200 firms. It has been very demoralising.

    Looking forward to your reply. Thanks


  6. I have a question regarding E3 visa. Is it possible to work on 2 jobs on E3 visa? I suppose it may be an issue with one E3 visa but if I possess 2 E3 visas for 2 jobs, would it be an issue?

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