Applying for an E3 visa is not the same as it was in 2019. Therefore having access to professional advice is essential to understanding the many pitfalls that have arisen in applying for an E3 visa, and other visas during COVID-19.
For a number of years we have been publishing data from the Department of Homeland Security on Australian visas approvals including the E3 visa. As a result, this information answered a persistent question buzzing around on social media: “Has anyone recently applied for an E3 at [INSERT CONSULATE NAME]?”.
COVID-19 however, has had a devastating impact on our lives, and disrupted U.S. Consular appointments Globally. Most importantly, past information on which U.S. Consulates are “best” for visa approvals can no longer be relied upon. Further, The Australian Community has been working with experts to keep our members up to date on where new visa appointments are available, as well as strategies for those who are looking to to renew their existing visas.
The charts below show total number of E-3 visas issues Globally, as well as which U.S. Consulates are issuing visas. Very importantly, travel is now a major factor in obtaining a 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.
Global E-3, E-3D and E-3R Approvals by Month
August E-3, E-3D and E-3R Consular Approvals
Below are a series of videos that provide important travel and visa updates, more are available on our YouTube Channel. Further, they outline strategies for obtaining a new visa, or renew an existing visa. These videos cover important topics including where visas are being approved. However, details are changing on an almost daily basis.
If ever there is a time to rely upon the expertise of an Immigration attorney, now is the time. As these videos will explain, what may have been a simple process pre COVID-19, is now complex, and a wrong move could have irreparable consequences.
This video was recorded with Jamal Shah, a Flight Expert with Liberty Travel. Jamal discusses the challenges many Australians are facing in securing flights to Australia, and strategies for booking international travel.
We recorded the below videos with Zjantelle Cammisa Markel, a U.S. Immigration attorney based in NYC. These videos cover topics such as Consular openings and how to extend your stay if you are laid off. They also provide guidance on eligibility for Unemployment Insurance.
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