The E3 visa is perfectly suited to working as an independent contractor, provided you have a company who can sponsor the visa and subcontract your services to all your clients. Because the visa is tied to one employer it is best to use a Professional Employer Organization to act as your umbrella company. This saves the expense and hassle of transferring your visa each time you change clients, and also gives the possibility of working for multiple clients whilst on an E3. Plus you will earn more by utilising salary packaging and LAFHA,
Our American partner company has sponsored hundreds of Australians for freelance work on the E3 visa. We have dealt with E3 visa consultants ranging from Oil and Gas contractors doing fly-in fly-out (FIFO) hitches in the Gulf of Mexico, to software developers working in Silicon Valley by day and pursuing their own projects at night, to graphic designers juggling a range of clients. The flexibility of the visa makes this possible. As long as you have a reasonable contract job offer the process is very straightforward. The visa processing costs USD 2750 and takes around 2 weeks (maximum of 4 weeks). Note that you must visit a US consulate during the application process.