Recruiting On-Cycle for PE Associate with E-3 Visa (Australian)

Just wondering if anyone has particular experience with this? I'm a first year Analyst at a top group at GS/MS/JPM/PJT/EVR who is looking to participate in on-cycle U.S. PE Associate recruiting this year. Graduated from a top target Ivy League but am an Australian citizen (currently on OPT with access to STEM extension as well). However, being Australian means I have access to the E-3 visa, which takes a lot of the pressure off for the H1-B lottery. I'm just wondering if any other Australians have had success recruiting at the PE Associate level with the E-3 visa? While I'm sure most headhunters and PE firms won't necessarily know about the E-3, are they willing to work with you for interviews / hire you as a PE Associate with the E-3 once you explain the visa to them? Or are you bucketed into the same group as other internationals without H1-B and face an uphill battle in terms of less headhunter interest / having to target MFs and meet a higher standard to get an offer due to the perceived risks with sponsorship? Thanks!

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Sep 7, 2020 - 4:38am

Fellow Aussie here who did study abroad in the US. 

No one over there knows what the E3 visa is. Even the immigration department barely knows what it is. 

I reckon your best bet is to network your way in since once they know you, they're more likely to put up with all the BS of immigration

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