The University of Pennsylvania uses the E-3 Australian Treaty Worker in Specialty Occupation category for some faculty positions, and research associates, as well as certain staff positions such as programmer/analysts and research specialists.
- Current immigration law makes the E-3 category available to Australian nationals in a “specialty occupation,” that is, a position “which requires theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and attainment of a baccalaureate or higher degree or its equivalent [in the specialty occupation] as a minimum requirement.”
- The E-3 employee must have met the minimum qualifications for the position at the time of applying for an E-3 visa. The Australia-US Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) allows a maximum of 10,500 E-3s per fiscal year.
The hiring departments and the foreign nationals are not authorized to file their own E-3 cases.