[Date: 29 August 2019]

At Zed Legal, we’ve been busier than normal answering questions about the E-3 visa. We thought we’d take the opportunity to delve a little deeper into this visa and undertake a statistical analysis of the 2018 data and hope that you find this beneficial.

1. Top 10 E-3 Visa Employers in 2018

In 2018, the following were the Top 10 employers that employed Australians via the E-3 visa process:

Google LLC
Facebook, Inc.
Amazon Fulfillment Services, Inc.
Microsoft Corporation
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Uber Technologies, Inc.
Skywest Airlines
Tesla, Inc.
Amazon.com Services, Inc.
Apple Inc.

2. Top 10 Occupation Classifications in 2018

The following comprise the top 10 occupation classifications for certified labor condition applications for the E-3 visa in 2018.

Software Developers, Applications
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
Marketing Managers
General and Operations Managers
Financial Analysts
Computer Occupations, All Other
Computer System Analysts
Management Analysts
Accountants and Auditors
Financial Managers

3. Attorney-Represented v Self-Represented

In 2018, attorneys acting in relation to the filing of labor condition applications that were ultimately certified represented 77.56% of all certified applications. That means, that of the applications that were certified, 22.44% were lodged by self-represented parties.

22.3% of those labor condition applications that were denied were lodged by attorneys, compared to 77.7% of denials being lodged by self-represented parties.

4. Top 10 States

The most popular states having the most approved labor condition applications in 2018 (together with the proportion they represented in relation to the total number of approved applications) were as follows:

New York 31.44%
California 28.48%
Texas 5.57%
Washington 4.91%
Illinois 3.02%
Massachusetts 2.57%
New Jersey 2.26%
Florida 2.16%
Colorado 1.81%
Virginia 1.49%

5. Occupation Classifications with Highest Rates of Denials

The occupation classification that had the highest number of denials was “General and Operations Managers” and represented 4.97% of all denied applications. Of those denials, 20.83% listed the rate of pay to be less than the prevailing wage for the occupation.

The other 4 occupation classifications that had the highest number of denials (together with the proportion they represented in relation to the total number of denied applications) were as follows:

Chief Executives 4.56%
Marketing Managers 4.56%
Market Research Analysts
and Marketing Specialists
Public Relations Specialists 3.32%

6. Wage Information for Denied Applications

Of the labor condition applications that were denied, the table below represents the 5 lowest rates of pay listed and the corresponding occupation classification (disregarding one application that had no rate of pay listed).

$8.65 per hour Athletic Trainers
$11.00 per hour Childcare Workers
$11.50 per hour Sales Managers
$12.00 per hour Animal Trainers
Food Service Managers
Printing Press Operators
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
$13.00 per hour Athletic Trainers
Medical Assistants
Medical Scientists, Except
Physical Therapist Aides

Of all of the above denials, 100% of the applications were lodged by self-represented applicants.

At Zed Legal, we love assisting Australians follow their dreams of living and working in the USA. If you would like to schedule a consultation with us to assess whether the E-3 visa might be suitable for your needs, please contact us today at [email protected]

Disclaimer: our statistical analysis has been undertaken in reliance on information reported by the US government. Our interpretation of the data is provided purely for informational purposes. Please note that the historical data used in our analysis does not necessarily indicate future patterns so you should consider this in drawing any conclusions or in seeking to rely upon this information.

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