E-3 extensions are initiated through departmental request to the Office of Global Services. Unlike the H-1B visa, there is no automatic extension of employment authorization for 240 days when a timely filed application for E-3 status is filed. Furthermore, USCIS currently does not accept applications for premium processing for E-3 extensions of stay. Therefore, if an E-3 employee wishes to file for an extension of stay within the U.S., it is extremely important that the hiring department contact the Office of Global Services 6 months prior to the expiration date so that there will be no break in employment authorization. If the E-3 status expires while the USCIS petition is still pending, the E-3 must stop work until the extension has been approved.