[Date: 16 January 2022]

As Australian borders have reopened, we are finding that queries for the E-3 visa are increasing. The E-3 visa is a work visa for Australian citizens to work in a “specialty occupation”. You can read more about the E-3 visa HERE. We have decided to take this opportunity to explore the E-3 Visa and undertake a statistical analysis of the 2021 data relating to this type of visa, and we hope this information is beneficial to you.

1. Top 10 E-3 Visa Employers in 2021

In 2021, the following were the top 10 employers that employed Australians via the E-3 visa process:

Ernst & Young U.S. LLP
Uber Technologies Inc.
Tesla, Inc.
Apple Inc.
Macquarie Global Services (USA) LLC & Macquarie Holdings (USA) Inc.
JP Morgan Chase & Co.

2. Top 10 Occupation Classifications in 2021

The following comprise the top 10 occupation classifications for certified labor condition applications for the E-3 visa in 2021.

Software Developers, Applications
Marketing Managers
Market Research Analysts & Marketing Specialists
Financial Analysts
General and Operations Managers
Management Analysts
Computer and Information Systems Managers
Financial Manager
Software Developers, Systems Software

3. Attorney-Represented v Self-Represented

In 2021, attorneys acting in relation to the filing of labor condition applications that were ultimately certified represented 78.79% of all certified applications. That means, that of the applications that were certified, 21.21% were lodged by self-represented parties. This data continues to show a greater success rate for applications lodged by attorneys.

Only 33.91% of those labor condition applications that were denied were lodged by attorneys, compared to 66.09% of denials being lodged by self-represented parties.

4. Top 10 States

The most popular states having the most approved labor condition applications in 2021 (together with the proportion they represented in relation to the total number of approved applications) were as follows:

California 28.76%
New York 27.28%
Texas 6.50%
New Jersey 5.06%
Washington 5.05%
Illinois 3.98%
Massachusetts 2.97%
Florida 2.66%
Colorado 2.16%
Pennsylvania 1.65%

5. Occupation Classifications with Highest Rates of Denials

The occupation classification that had the highest number of denials was “Marketing Managers” and represented 7.30% of all denied applications.

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) are set out in the table below. This is similar to the 2021 data so we are seeing a pattern of a high number of denials in these occupations.

General and Operations Managers 5.58%
Market Research Analysts and
Marketing Specialists
Public Relations Specialists 4.51%
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers 4.51%

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.

$13.75 per hour Stock Clerks, Sales Floor
$14.00 per hour Insurance Sales Agent
$15.00 per hour Textile, Apparel, & Furnishings Workers, All Other
$15.87 per hour Reporters & Correspondents
$16.00 per hour Marketing Managers

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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