For a number of years we have been publishing data from the Department of Homeland Security on Australian visas approvals including the E-3 visa. This article answers a persistent questions on social media: “Has anyone recently applied for an E-3 at [INSERT CONSULTE NAME]?”.
Digging into the data we have found a report with the latest data (February 2019) showing the number and types of E-3 visas broken down by US Consulates from around the World.
Some surprising data is that three of the top four locations are in Australia. Sydney was the clear leader, with London splitting Melbourne and Perth. Bridgetown, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, Nassau and Hyderabad rounded out the Top Ten.
Last Summer when we first reported these numbers, we needed to check to see where some consulates were on the map! Possibly the most remote US Consulate for an E-3 was Kathmandu in Nepal, but no surprise that there were no approvals in the middle of winter.
As they say on Wall Street; “Past performance does not indicate future returns”. Trekking to Nepal for your E-3 in Summer may not be the best idea if you have a marijuana possession charge, or an overstay on a past US visit and your applications ends up in three months of Administrative Processing!
As we have outlined in several articles and in a recent video series on Immigration questions, unless you have a lay down misère E-3 application, you might consider a US Consulate inside Australia. An Immigration attorney might also be a good idea if you do have something lurking in your past that might arise during your E-3 interview.
What this report does NOT show, is how many E-3 visas were denied by individual US Consulates. As this data is from February 2019, and we will try to update it as new data becomes available..
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