Can I apply for an E-3 if I am a citizen of New Zealand?
No, only Australian citizens are eligible for the E-3 visa. The E-3 visa was created by the United States government as part of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) and is specifically reserved for Australian nationals.
The E-3 visa is a special category of nonimmigrant visa specifically designed for Australian citizens who are coming to the U.S. to work in specialty occupations.
New Zealand citizens are not eligible to apply for E-3 visas. However, New Zealand citizens may be eligible for a different type of work visa, such as H-1B visa or the L-1 visa, depending on their qualifications and the job offer in the United States.
Multiple avenues may be available for temporary or permanent transfer to the US. Request a consultation with an immigration attorney to discuss your case.