E-3 Visa for Medicine/Hospital

Client:Registered Nurse in Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Visa Type:E-3 Visa

Medicine/Hospital - Case Studies

Davies & Associates assisted an Australian nurse in obtaining an E-3 work visa to fill the position of Registered Nurse in the Pediatric ICU at a major U.S. hospital.

Highlights & Challenges

Historically, it can be difficult to obtain an E-3 or H-1B visa for a nursing position. In the United States nurses can often find employment after obtaining a 2-year Associates Degree. The law related to H-1B and E-3 visas specifies that the job being offered in the U.S. must be a “specialty” occupation, which means that the job is the kind that normally requires a Bachelor’s degree (typically 4 years of study). While our client did hold a BSN from an Australian school, the visa beneficiary must separately prove that the position being filled normally requires a Bachelor’s degree.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic’s publishes useful information with regards to this type of visa processing. Specifically, a synopsis of the Registered Nurse profession states that the educational requirement for entry into this career is usually only an Associate’s Degree. Thus, in order to have success with an E-3 application for a nurse, you need to provide sufficient evidence to prove that in fact the particular U.S. nursing position being offered requires a Bachelor’s degree.

Upon further evaluation we drafted a persuasive support letter clearly emphasizing legal reasons as to why the Registered Nurse position in the Pediatric ICU did qualify as a “specialty” occupation. This letter was signed by the U.S. hospital seeking to employ the Australian nurse, and was presented at her visa interview at the U.S. consulate in Sydney.


The visa application was approved.

Client Comments

“I told [the E-3 visa holder] that we were lucky to have your expertise -- that was very complicated!” - Chief Nursing Officer at the U.S. hospital