Having access to professional advice is essential to understanding the many pitfalls in applying for an E-3 visa and International travel during COVID-19.

Applying for an E3 visa is not the same as it was in 2019. COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on our lives. Importantly for anyone looking to renew an E-3 visa, it has disrupted US Consulate appointments. Further, past information on which USA Embassy is “best” for visa approvals can no longer be relied upon. 

New and proposed USCIS changes to the E3 visa seem to be happening weekly.  Therefore, you must understand how these changes effect applying for an E3 visa or other US visas for Australians at US Consulates. 

The Australian Community has been working with experts. Our goal is to keep our members up to date on where new E3 visa appointments are available at which USA Embassy.  Further, we highlight travel strategies for those applying for an E3 visa and renewing existing US visas for Australians.

If ever there is a time to rely upon experts, now is the time. As the below videos will explain, what may have been a simple process pre COVID-19, is now complex, and a wrong move could have irreparable consequences.

Below are a series of videos that provide important visa and travel updates. Further, they highlight the need for coordination between an Immigration attorney and travel experts to understand how to navigate Consular appointments during COVID-19.

To watch all of our current and past videos you can visit our YouTube Channel.

Immigration Update:

These videos are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice.  Please contact Cammisa Markel PLLC for specific legal advice regarding your situation.

  • 0:00 Introduction
  • 0:19 USCIS announces suspension of Biometrics for certain I-539 applications, including the E-3D
  • 5:08 US Travel Ban Updates
  • 8:25 Tightening of National Interest Exemption
  • 13:05 E-3 visa Consular Appointment Updates (including Mexico)
  • 15:18 “Request for Evidence” feedback on I-129 applications – Basic missteps and why an Immigration Attorney needs to be consulted.
  • 23:00 USCIS is now giving Deference to previously approved petitions filed with USCIS.
  • 26:18 How to position the E-3 visa when a prospective Employer brings up the topic of “Sponsorship”.

Immigration Update:

  • 0:00​ Introduction
  • 0:40​ New Administration’s updates on Travel Restrictions into the US.
  • 2:14​ National Interest Exemptions into the US.
  • 3:28​ COVID test requirements for entering the US.
  • 5:36​ International and Domestic quarantine rules, and their impact on travel to US Consulates.
  • 9:00​ Is Australia now the best option for visa applications?
  • 10:03​ Why Mexico City is (for the moment) not a viable destination.
  • 11:15​ Challenges in obtaining Emergency Appointments at US Consulates.
  • 12:14​ The I-129 in-country renewal may now be an option for some E-3 and other visa holders.
  • 14:03​ The “Shifting Sands” of Consulat appointments and why past performance does not guarantee future returns!
  • 15:38​ Delays in obtaining Biometric appointments impact EADs, Green Cards, Change of Status, and Re-entry Permits.
  • 23:10​ Fall in E-3 approvals in 2020. In part, are Australians staying in roles rather than changing employers?
  • 25:59​ Applying for a Travel Exemption to and from Australia.
  • 27:53​ Travel to the US on a Visa Waiver and extending VIsa Waivers through Satisfactory Departure.
  • 29:23​ Proposed Green Card Lottery increases from 55,000 to 80,000 and why this favors Australians.
  • 30:02​ Simplified process for traveling on an expired Green Card after filing your I-90 renewal.
  • 30:56​ Premium Processing approved (but pending) for E-3, EAD, and Visa Status Change will reduce processing times to 30-45 days.
  • 33:52​ How to contact Cammisa Markel PLLC.

Premium Procesing Update:

Comparison of E-3 Approvals by Month

The charts below show the total number of E-3 visas issued Globally, as well as which US Consulates are issuing visas.  Very importantly, travel is now a major factor in applying for an E3 visa.  Flights, as we know, have been severely limited to Australia, and the expense may be prohibitive.  Choosing which Consulate to apply for your E-3 visa is no longer just a factor of securing an appointment, but travel and quarantine considerations need to be factored into your decision process. 

Consular E-3 Approvals

April 2022E-3E-3DE-3R
Abu Dhabi2
AIT Taipei11
Auckland561
Bangkok42
Belfast431
Bogota1
Brussels1
Buenos Aires 21
Calgary373
Chennai (Madras)122
Colombo1
Copenhagen13
Copenhagen13
Dubai2
Dublin13
Frankfurt19162
Guangzhou1
Hanoi2
Hong Kong51
Hyderabad35
Jerusalem1
Johannesburg11
Kolkata33
Kuala Lumpur15
Lisbon1
London615242
Madrid469
Melbourne9780127
Mexico City11
Monterrey3
Mumbai2
Munich451
Nassau232
New Delhi692
Paris181612
Perth423114
Port Moresby1
Rio De Janero2
San Jose11
Sao Paulo31
Seoul22
Shanghai22
Singapore80451
Tokyo2
Toronto2
Vancouver311
Vienna111
Zagreb1

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