[plug] {Somewhat Offtopic} Self Education, US Visa's and Linux - The E3 Visa

Paul Antoine pma-la at milleng.com.au
Mon Dec 23 14:13:36 UTC 2013

I have no experience with E3, but my experience with H1B1 was that they required 4 years of experience per year of degree equivalency such that 16 years equals their standard 4 year undergraduate degree.  I was required to submit my detailed resume to a professor of Computer Science who, for a fee, verified that my experience might be equivalent to a 4 year undergraduate degree.

This was back in 2001.  My immigration lawyer (they are a thing in the US) later informed me that because I was a published author, and had had media pieces written about me in the past, that I could have applied for another type of visa (I forget the letter designation) for people with some renown in their field.

I dare say you could get the opinion of such a lawyer for a fee... but having one handle the whole visa application process cost some $US10k back in 2001 when I and my partner did it.

Does the almost-12 years include the time spent at TAFE? If not, I dare say the TAFE time will count towards your E3 requirement and tip you over the 12 years needed. I imagine they'd see TAFE as not equivalent to university, but better than plain work experience. The CCIE qualifications may help... not sure.

I remember being told to join the ACM and IEEE... and successfully became full member of each of these based on my experience alone (and not the multiple failed university degrees.)

Hope this helps...


On 23/12/2013, at 5:04 PM, nervlord at internode.on.net wrote:

> Hi Guys
> Long time subscriber not very often poster, This is slightly off topic but as IT professionals some of you are probably, like me: self taught, no uni degree. 
> Long story short: been offered a job in the US doing System Admin/Network Engineering for Linuxy/Ciscoy stuff., I  have ALMOST 12 years work experience, a tafe degree in programming and triple CCIE, but no uni degree! I am a bit worried about getting the E3 Visa, which requires apparently 12 years experience, I am so close (11 years 6 months) and with everything else including being published in computerworld and a few other bits and bobs remain somewhat hopeful.
> I guess i would feel even better if anyone could share any success stories: do you know or have you yourself ever gotten an E3 or H1B1 Visa from work experience alone (no uni degree) and if so how many years experience did you have or what else did you use?
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