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Downsides switching to H1B from E3?

Cruise Automation opet40
Jan 11

I’m currently on an E3 and my company is down with putting me in for the H1B lottery every year, I’m interested because it provides a path to immigration whereas an E3 is not dual intent.

That being said are there any downsides I’m missing? Is switching employees on a H1B more difficult? Travel?

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  • What's E3?
    Jan 111
    • Cruise Automation opet40
      OP
      Dedicated visa for Australians, but not a dual intent immigration visa (no path to citizenship etc).

      It’s easily granted and has an annual cap that’s never been hit. It’s tied to the employee but only requires the employer to file an LCA and the individual to file a DS-160 online and attend a consulate appointment (in Australia, though).
      Jan 11
  • Staples gtfo_quick
    Spouses of E3 can work but not in case of H1B
    Jan 115
    • Cruise Automation opet40
      OP
      My long time girlfriend is American so not an issue here.
      Jan 11
    • Staples gtfo_quick
      Switching jobs on H1B is a pain, how’s it on E3?
      Jan 11
    • Cruise Automation opet40
      OP
      Pretty easy. Employer files an LCA, I file a DS-160, make a consulate appointment in Sydney, fly home, do interview, get visa back within 2-3 days.
      Jan 11
    • Cruise Automation opet40
      OP
      What’s the H1B process?
      Jan 11
    • Staples gtfo_quick
      So get ready for an intermediate step between LCA and DS-160 that will make you think why did you ever get H1B.
      Jan 11
  • Yahoo Genius
    Well your girlfriend is US Citizen so that's another immigration path if you guys get married and it's quicker than any other path.
    Jan 110

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