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 visas, and International travel during COVID-19.

COVID-19 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. 

New and proposed USCIS changes to the E-3 visa seem to be happening weekly.  Therefore, it is vital that you understand how these changes effect new and renewal E-3 visas. 

The Australian Community has been working with experts to keep our members up to date on where new visa appointments are available.  Further, we are highlighting travel strategies for those who are applying for new visas as well as renewing existing visas.

If ever there is a time to rely upon experts, 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.

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

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

October Immigration Update:

We recorded the below video with Noah Klug, a U.S. Immigration attorney based in NYC. This video is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.  Please contact Klug Law Firm for specific legal advice regarding your situation.

The topics covered in this video include:

  • 00:00 Introduction.
  • 02:15 How your I-94 determines when you need to renew an existing E-3.
  • Check when your I-94 expires at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home
  • 05:22 Where to renew your E-3 if your I-94 is expiring.
  • 10:01 Apply for the Green Card Lottery up to November 10, 2020
  • 12:03 How to maintain your Green Card when outside the US for extended times
  • 17:31 Significant impact to the E-3 through USCIS tightening up language of “Specialty Occupation”
  • 22:26 Update on proposed changes to USCIS Fee Structure – why is is good to apply for citizenship now.
  • 24:48 Significant impact to the E-3 through USCIS increasing the Prevailing Wage by 30%!
  • 31:28 How to contact Noah Klug: info@klugfirm.com

October Travel Update:

The video below was recorded with Jamal Shah, a Flight Expert with Liberty Travel.

Strategies for booking international travel for your next E-3 visa appointment.
  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 00:32 Update on flights to Australia
  • 04:21 Closest and most cost effective destinations to (re)apply for an E-3 visa (East Coast)
  • 08:21 Closest and most cost effective destinations to (re)apply for an E-3 visa (Central and West Coast)
  • 09:43 Advice for those concerned about travelling to Mexico.
  • 11:53 Different quarantine and testing requirements for travel outside of the U.S.
  • 13:11 Recent changes to Airline refund policies.

Applying for an E-3 Visa in Mexico:

David Ford shares his experience travelling to Mexico to renew his E-3 visa. You can read the detailed article of David’s trip to Mexico City along with important links here.

  • 00:00 Introduction.
  • 00:32 David’s experience renewing his E-3 visa in Mexico for the first time.
  • 01:01 Why Mexico City?
  • 02:14 What is your view on using an Immigration attorney to help prepare your E-3 visa application?
  • 05:00 Travel to and from Mexico, COVID-19 and personal safety in Mexico City.
  • 07:22 Visa turnaround time and what to do while awaiting your visa?

Comparison of E-3 Approvals by Month

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. 

September 2020 E-3, E-3D and E-3R Consular Approvals

The topics covered in this Travel Update include:

ConsulateE3 E3DE3R
AIT Taipei1
Auckland87
Brussels2
Budapest1
Calgary31
Frankfurt3
Hermosillo1
Hong Kong1
Melbourne18146
Mexico City661613
Monterrey33
Mumbai21
Perth42
Seoul11
Singapore59
Sydney452321
Toronto24
Vancouver2
Warsaw21
Total1707742

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