The E-3 Visa: What an Applicant Should Know Before Their E-3 Consulate Appointment

E-3 visa interview at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy may include a variety of questions to determine the applicant’s qualifications for the specialty occupation and their intent to return to their home country after the E-3 visa expires.

Generally, consulate officers will want to ascertain that:

  1. that the applicant is truthful and can be trusted to undertake the duties outlined in the E-3 petition;
  2. that based on the merits of the case, the applicant qualifies under all E-3 requirements; and
  3. that all required documents are prepared and presented at the interview.

Some possible interview questions during an E-3 interview may include:

  • Can you describe your current job and your responsibilities in it?
  • What is your educational background and how does it relate to the specialty occupation for which you are seeking an E-3 visa?
  • What are your qualifications for the specialty occupation?
  • What is the name and address of the employer in the United States?
  • Can you explain the nature of the employer’s business and how it relates to the specialty occupation?
  • How long do you plan to stay in the United States?
  • What are your long-term career plans?
  • Can you provide evidence of your qualifications, such as diplomas, certificates, and/or work experience?
  • Do you have any other family members living in the United States?

This is a non-exhaustive list and each interview can go in many different ways.

Consular officers will assess not just the applicant’s qualifications but also the employer’s need for the E-3 worker. They will also want to verify that the position being offered is a specialty occupation, meaning that it requires a bachelor’s or higher degree in the specific specialty (or its equivalent).

Often, it is not possible to predict all the questions that the consular officers may ask, but it is possible for the applicant to gain an understanding of the laws and regulations governing E-3 and be better prepared for the E-3 interview.

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