Cornell will sponsor an E3 petitions for qualified individuals with Academic Positions. The E3 category available to Australian nationals in a "specialty occupation;" a position "which requires theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and attainment…"
The E3 category allows for entry of up to two years, at a time. The E3 is a non-immigrant visa, and the applicant must satisfy the consular officer that s/he intends to depart the US upon termination of E3 status. The E3 may be renewed in increments of two years. There is no grace period for the E3 employees. So, the individual is expected to leave the US on the last day of employment.
All E3 applications, including extensions and amendments, require three steps:
The spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age of E3 employees may apply E3D status. The spouse of an E3 nonimmigrant may apply for an EAD (Employment Authorization Document) to work in the US.
The E3 is specific to the employer and job/position for an individual E3 employee. E3 employment authorized for Cornell does not allow employment with another department, at another location, or for a different employer. E3 employees are not allowed to accept honoraria from outside sources.