Dreaming of moving to America? How thousands of Australians are moving to the U.S. using a little-known visa - and how you can easily do it too!
- The E-3 visa is making it easier for all Australians to live and work in the U.S
- The process is cheap and easy, with applicants waiting only 1 month for approval
- E-3 visas also allows applicants to bring their families over with them
- If you're the right candidate, you could be living and working in the U.S. in 2017
Eden Ng had always dreamed of living in New York.
The former assistant at Streets Ice Cream felt like she had limited housing opportunities in Sydney, so she applied for a little-known visa specifically designed to make the process easy for Australians.
For the past year, she's been living and working in New York as a marketing manager, and hasn't looked back.
'I love living in New York. I love the convenience of having everything at your fingertips 24 hours a day. I love that no matter your interest, you'll always be able to find like-minded people. There's something for everyone if you look hard enough.'
As for the visa process; 'the application process was easy', Eden explained. 'The entire process from start to finish only look one month.'
For years, Australians sat with their fingers tightly crossed, hoping to be the lucky winners of the Green Card lottery or to secure the elusive H-1B visa.
But now, gone are the days of strict immigration policies and mountains of paperwork, thanks to the Free Trade Agreement negotiated specifically to make Australian's passage to the U.S. easier.
Australian citizens can apply to work in America under the special E-3 visa.
The visa is open to any Australian, from office workers to tradies, provided they can show a degree or relevant work experience.
According to a U.S. Consulate Spokesperson in Canberra, a maximum of 10,500 E-3 visas issued annually, and is one of the many advantages of the strong US-Australia relationship.
The E-3 visa also allows applicants to bring their families over with them.
For former Macquarie Bank actuary Michael Kogan, now quantitative strategist on Wall Street, the E-3 visa allowed him to bring his wife over with him, and the couple have just welcome their first child.
'The E-3 visa was not only incredibly easy to get, but my wife could come over with me on a E-3-D visa for dependents', he explained. 'It's great for her because she can move from job to job without any problems'.
Usually the word 'visa' scares employers off as many US visas place significant financial burden on employers and require them to prove that the applicant is the only person capable of doing the job.
But an Eden explains, once she'd explained the simplicity of the E-3 visas to prospective employers, they jumped at the chance to hire a highly-skilled Australian.
'If you are the right candidate, most employers would definitely jump at the chance to hear about a cheaper, easier, less bureaucratic visa that they could sponsor', she explained. 'It sounds almost too good to be true, but it is'.
From a 10,000 person town in rural NSW, to a bustling metropolis, Brooke has landed herself a role at one of the top creative brands in New York, and regularly dines with her personal idols.
She advises that anyone thinking about applying for an E-3 visa should just 'do it!'
'What's to lose?', she says.
'If you have all the correct paperwork, everything runs smoothly. I couldn't even imagine where and what I would be doing if it wasn't this.'