Required Documents

You are required to furnish the following forms and documents in support of your visa application:

  • Confirmation page of the online nonimmigrant visa application form DS-160;
  • Appointment confirmation page (if relevant);
  • A passport or other travel document: Your passport or travel document must be valid for at least six months beyond your stay in the United States and contain at least one blank page.  The six-month requirement does not apply to United Kingdom passports. For other nationalities, please click here.  If your passport is damaged, we recommend that you obtain a new passport before applying for the visa to avoid any delay in the processing of your application;
  • One 5 x 5 cm (2” by 2”) color photograph taken within the last six months: If you have successfully uploaded a photograph to the DS-160, you are not required to submit an additional photograph with your application. If there are any issues with the uploaded photograph, however, you will be required to provide a new one which may delay the processing of your application;
  • Evidence of your status in the United Kingdom, if you are not a U.K or EU passport holder;
  • Evidence of previously issued U.S. visas: If you are no longer in possession of the passport(s) containing the visas, you may advise the consular officer at the time of your interview or if applying by courier, include a statement with your application;
  • A job offer letter or other documentation from the prospective United States-based employer establishing that upon entry into the United States you will be engaged in qualifying work in a specialty occupation and that you will be paid the actual or prevailing wage;
  • The approved Labor Condition Application, Form ETA 9035E, specified for “E-3Australia”;
  • Evidence of the necessary academic or other qualifying credentials. A certified copy of the foreign degree and evidence that it is equivalent to the required U.S. degree could be used to satisfy the “qualifying credentials” requirement. Likewise, a certified copy of a U.S. baccalaureate or higher degree, as required by the specialty occupation, would meet the minimum evidentiary standard. In the absence of an academic or other qualifying credential(s), you may submit evidence of education and experience that is equivalent to the required U.S. degree, and if required
  • A certified copy of any required license or other official permission to practice the occupation in the state of intended employment if so required or, where licensure is not necessary to commence employment immediately upon admission, evidence that you will be obtaining the required license within a reasonable time after admission; and
  • If you have ever been arrested, cautioned, convicted you are required to declare it, even if it is considered spent and furnish a police certificate known as an ACRO. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act does not apply to U.S. visa law.  Click here for further information;
  • If you have a medical condition that could have a bearing on your eligibility for a visa, furnish a letter from your physician which discusses your current state of health. Click here for further information;
  • If you have been denied entry into or deported, or removed from the United States furnish documents relating to this. Click here for further information

Reminder: We always recommend that individuals apply for visas well in advance of their proposed date of travel. No assurances regarding the issuance of visas can be given in advance. Therefore, final travel plans or the purchase of nonrefundable ticket should not be made until a visa has been issued and you are in receipt of the passport.