USCIS Extends Premium Processing to E-3 Petitions

February 24, 2021 Anne Walsh

Key Points

  • Starting February 24, 2021, USCIS is extending premium processing service to E-3 petitions
  • E-3 premium processing is available to Australian nationals working in the U.S. in a specialty occupation
  • E-3 petitioners may use premium processing to request a change or extension of status
  • E-3 applicants may still apply from outside the U.S. through the Department of State
  • Premium Processing service guarantees 15 calendar day processing


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it has extended premium processing services to E-3 petitioners. The change is effective immediately.

What are the Changes?

Premium processing is now available for petitioners who are filing a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, to request a change or extension of status for an E-3 employee beneficiary.

Who is Affected?

The change applies to Australian nationals who perform services in a specialty occupation.

What Should Employers and Applicants Know?

Australian nationals who are applying from outside the U.S. can apply for an E-3 visa directly through the U.S. Department of State (DOS). Applicants who are already in the U.S. can submit their Form I-129 with USCIS. Employers with E-3 candidates or employees inside the U.S. can now assess the benefits of adding Premium Processing to their petitions with legal counsel.

To qualify for E-3, in addition to being an Australian national, applicants must have a legitimate offer of employment in the U.S., meet all necessary academic or other qualifying credentials, and fill a position that qualifies as a specialty occupation.

Looking Ahead

E-3 premium processing service guarantees 15 calendar day processing and may benefit employee start date or other employee and employer interests.

 Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Anne Walsh, who is a Managing Attorney at Global Immigration Associates, P.C. (, Envoy’s affiliated law firm.

Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an Envoy-affiliated attorney or another qualified professional.

About the Author

Anne is a Partner with Global Immigration Associates. In this role, she provides counsel for companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500 corporations and their foreign national employees. Anne’s practice focuses on obtaining visas and employment-based green cards in all categories; immigration compliance arising from corporate changes, such as reorganizations and restructuring; and office relocations and company immigration policies and best practices. She also has extensive experience preparing and reviewing business immigration filings, requests for further evidence and appeals, and in researching and analyzing immigration statutes, policy and procedure. Anne works with clients in several industries, including software, cloud technology, manufacturing and electronics. In addition to her employment-based practice, Anne provides counsel for individuals pursuing visas and green cards through family relationships.

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