ISSS may take up to 45 days to complete the processing of the materials for this petition so the department should submit a complete application to ISSS no later than two months prior to the requested E-3 start date. Missing information will cause delays in processing this application. Note that Temple University does not support E-3 status for part-time faculty positions.

 The E-3 category allows aliens who are nationals of the Commonwealth of Australia to come to the United States to perform services in a "specialty occupation."  The definition of “specialty occupation” is one that requires 1) a theoretical and practical application of a body of specialized knowledge; and 2) the attainment of a bachelor’s or higher degree in the specific specialty (or its equivalent) as a minimum for entry into the occupation in the United States.