U.S. Visa Locations

Looking to get a US Visa at the a Consulate or Embassy around the world?

Below you will find reviews from others who have, including turnaround times, and appointment wait times. Click on the location you’re interested in.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to comment below or email immigration@americajosh.com – I love getting your questions!

If you’ve recently gone through a visa process (good or bad), I’d love to hear about it so I can help people in the future!

Please note: Visa wait times are taken directly from the State Department’s website. It is generally accepted that they are not accurate and are generally much longer.

Athens, Greece

5.00

2.5 days

3 days

2 reviews

5

E-3 New
2 Days
Recommends
Nicole
about 3 years ago

5

E-3 New
3 Days
Recommends
Has the same booking system as London- very easy and quick.
DC
about 9 months ago

Berlin, Germany

5.00

3.5 days

temporarily closed

2 reviews

5

E-3 Renewal
5 Days
Recommends
Did Berlin last year (September) and it was totally fine. one week turnround
Jessica
about 2 years ago

5

E-3 Renewal
2 Days
Recommends
Great quiet suburban location near S-Bahn station
B
about 2 years ago

Bern, Switzerland

5.00

4 days

14 days

1 review

5

E-3 New
4 Days
Recommends
Sabina
about 1 year ago

Bridgetown, Barbados

4.85

3 days

1 day

14 reviews

5

E-3 New
3 Days
Recommends
Got an E3 in Barbados in August also no issues, very straightforward 3 day turn around
Sarah
about 8 months ago

5

E-3 New
1 Day
Recommends
I had my first E3 interview in Barbados mid feb and got my passport back the next day.
Paul
about 1 year ago

5

E-3 Renewal
1 Day
Recommends
Just did my renewal last week in Barbados. Took 3 minutes at the counter, got asked 4 questions. Visa was ready the next day.
Greg
about 8 months ago

5

E-3 Renewal
4 Days
Recommends
E3 renewal in Barbados 6 weeks ago. No problems at all, easy interview and passport was ready in 3 or 4 days.
Cat
about 9 months ago

1

E-3 New
7+ Days
Doesn't recommend
My visa was denied for an outrageous reason, along with other Aussies. I resubmitted the same paperwork in Perth less than two weeks later and it was approved. Do not recommend
Ed
about 3 years ago

5

E-3 Renewal
3 Days
Recommends
Justine
about 10 months ago

5

E-3 New
2 Days
Recommends
about 9 months ago

5

E-3 Renewal
3 Days
Recommends
This was my third renewal, I got it done in May this year (I forgot the actual date at this point) but it was quick and easy. Allow 3 business days eg if you do it on a Wednesday be prepared for a Monday return. Sometimes it will only take 2 but don’t count on it
Jen
about 11 months ago

5

E-3 New
2 Days
Recommends
Easiest experience of my life. Received LCA back on the Thursday, booked the appointment for the following Wednesday (there was also a availability on the Tuesday) received an email indicating passport was ready to be collected on the Friday. In the interview I was asked what I did it Australia and what will I be doing in New York. Was not asked for any of my supporting documentation. Highly recommend.
Luisa
about 7 months ago

5

E-3 New
2 Days
Recommends
Fast turnaround - Monday appointment with passport pickup on Wednesday at 12 noon. Embassy notification email was sent regarding release of passport and the passport was already waiting for collection at the DHL courier office. There was no lag time between embassy notification email and shipment time to courier office. Hence notification email from Embassy seems to indicate passport is ready for pickup (in my experience).
Ed
about 6 months ago

5

E-3 New
3 Days
Recommends
Booked on a Wednesday for the following Monday (could’ve got an even sooner interview on the Friday had I wanted to). Only things required at interview were passport, LCA, passport photo and DS160 confirmation page. Was asked three questions. What did I study, where was I working and how did I find out about the job. Told on the spot that the visa had been approved and would be ready in 3-5 days. Received email first thing Thursday saying it was ready to be picked up at DHL.
Ben
about 6 months ago

5

E-3 Renewal
3 Days
Recommends
Arrive as early as possible. I had a 10am appointment but arrived at 7:50. Was finished by 9:30am. Very minimal questions from the interviewer.
Rachael
about 4 months ago

5

E-3 Renewal
3 Days
Recommends
Really quick and easy process!
Josh
about 25 days ago

5

E-3 New
5 Days
Recommends
The interview was very basic. However it took a bit longer than expected to get passaporte back, and we started to worry because when we checked online it said: Administrative Processing. We started to wonder if something went wrong because we are Brazilian and Australian citizen. So on the fifth business day my husband decided to go to Embassy personally and ask about it. It took a few minutes and they came back with the passaport and visa printed!!! Praise the Lord!!!!
Alice
about 14 days ago

Cape Town, South Africa

5.00

4 days

14 days

1 review

5

E-3 Renewal
4 Days
Recommends
Chris
about 11 months ago

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

4.00

7+ days

6 days

1 review

4

B-1/2 New
7+ Days
Recommends
Aarthi
about 3 years ago

Dublin, Ireland

5.00

4 days

8 days

1 review

5

E-3 Renewal
4 Days
Recommends
about 2 years ago

Hong Kong

4.00

2 days

2 days

1 review

4

E-3 New
2 Days
Recommends
I had rights to work in Hong Kong, potentially making the process easier for me. E-3 not a common visa they process.
about 2 years ago

Johannesburg, South Africa

5.00

2 days

8 days

1 review

5

E-3 New
2 Days
Recommends
Probably not the most common US visa that they issue. The one lady did disappear for 10mins with my passport which was alarming, but she came back & confirmed that I don't need to get ten-printed again given that I was previously ten-printed for my first E3. Next question was who I will be working for in the US & then my visa was approved. Oddly though my visa stamp had no employer name printed on it, but didn't have a problem getting back into the US.
Brand
about 5 months ago

Lima, Peru

1.67

5 days

8 days

2 reviews

3

E-3 Renewal
3 Days
Recommends
It was a 3 day turn around time to pick up in Lima, but I got it sent to Cusco (so it was 7 days). Please note you will need to have a second passport to travel around the country. They messed up my company name (they used the founders name rather than the company name, but I have not had any issues with immigration to date)
Jenna
about 2 years ago

1

J-1 New
7+ Days
Doesn't recommend
Took almost 3 weeks to get a visa. Very poor communication from the embassy and it's very crowded given everyone from Peru needs to have a visa to travel to the US (and there are a lot of people who want to do this!). Traveled around Peru during that time without a passport (this is highly not recommended - you will have a very hard time getting out of Lima airport but at the regional locations, they are more forgiving).
James
about 4 months ago

London, UK

4.86

3.95 days

1 day

19 reviews

5

E-3 Renewal
5 Days
Recommends
Perfectly easy and no hassles in London No questions really friendly polite guy
Lesley
about 1 year ago

5

H-1B New
2 Days
Recommends
I was not expecting such a quick turnaround time! I had stressed to the officer that I had a flight out in a few days and needed my passport back by then - I'm not sure if that sped up the process, or if 2 days is the normal processing time.
Nicole
about 8 months ago

5

E-3 New
4 Days
Recommends
Super quick and easy, be sure to check the system for any cancellations to get a sooner appointment.
DC
about 1 year ago

5

E-3 New
3 Days
Recommends
August is a quiet month in Europe, so there were no lines and I was admitted to the Embassy 45 minutes prior to my 12:30pm appointment time. They asked me two questions (what is the job? What is your degree?) before my visa was approved on the spot. I had my passport in hand with the visa inside three days later.
Aimee
about 8 months ago

4

E-3 New
7+ Days
Recommends
it was a good 2 + weeks until I got my passport back.
Jana
about 2 years ago

4

E-3 New
5 Days
Recommends
Daisy
about 2 years ago

5

E-3 New
2 Days
Recommends
Process was super quick and streamlined. Overall I was probably at the embassy for just over an hour. My interview took less than a minute. They only asked me what the new job was, which company it was for, what my salary was and if I had a degree. Approved on the spot and passport back in 2 days!
Alex
about 8 months ago

5

E-3 New
5 Days
Recommends
Interview lasted about 3mins. Standard questions around where I will be working & what I will be doing. Told me on the spot that I was approved. Gordon Ramsay was there too doing his visa & I think mine was approved before his.
Brand
about 10 months ago

5

E-3 New
3 Days
Recommends
The interview itself went for five minutes. I was asked two formal questions, and the rest of the time was spent talking about New York weather, vacation days, and recommendations for London. Very easy process.
Tom
about 7 months ago

4

E-3 New
7+ Days
Recommends
I arrived Monday. My appointment was on Tuesday at 1pm. I arrived at 12.15pm for security check. Left at 1.30pm. Approx 1 hour all up.
Emily
about 5 months ago

5

E-3 New
3 Days
Recommends
Really easy. I was only asked the LCA and to explain what job I will be doing in the US and I was approved on the spot.
Michaela
about 5 months ago

5

E-3 New
6 Days
Recommends
New consulate is much bigger, thus busier than old consulate in Mayfair. Turnaround time was 6 days compared to 3 last time. Very helpful and pleasant staff. Just make sure you have all your paperwork, photos and supporting docs.
AS
about 5 months ago

5

E-3 New
2 Days
Recommends
Had my appointment on Monday and passport was ready for pick up by Wednesday. Super quick, super easy. I came prepared with all my documents but they only wanted to see my DS-160, LCA and passport. Interview took less than a minute and I was at the embassy for just 45 minutes.
Charmaine
about 5 months ago

5

E-3 New
6 Days
Recommends
Maddy
about 5 months ago

5

E-3 Renewal
3 Days
Recommends
Brand new consulate, so queue management, waiting facilities, even security screening was relatively pleasant (not that this process is ever fun)
Cal
about 4 months ago

5

E-3 New
2 Days
Recommends
I had my appointment at 8:30am on a Monday morning, arrived to the embassy at 7:50 and was out the door by 9am. Received my passport back two days later on a Wednesday from th collection location. New embassy is lovely and process was the smoothest out of the three E3 visas I’ve done prior.
Rachael
about 3 months ago

5

E-3 New
4 Days
Recommends
Simon
about 4 months ago

5

E-3 New
2 Days
Recommends
Just got back from an E3 Visa run in London. It was a great experience and only took 2 days. My interview was scheduled for 8:30am last Wednesday. I arrived about 45 minutes early hoping to get it over and done with. This turned out to be a bit of a mistake as I had to stand outside in the cold for 15 minutes while they got the 8am appointments through. Once inside it was all done within 45 minutes. I chose to have my passport delivered to DX Couriers on Chancery Lane, near the British Museum. I received notification on Thursday that it would be ready on Friday, and went and picked it up at 11am.
Aaron
about 3 months ago

5

E-3 New
4 Days
Recommends
8.30am Interview on Wednesday morning, from lining up in the queue to out of the consulate in less than an hour. Received the email suggesting approval on Friday morning and picked up the passport on the next Monday.
Steven
about 1 month ago

Madrid, Spain

5.00

3 days

8 days

1 review

5

E-3 Renewal
3 Days
Recommends
When choosing a pick up spot, the post office (correos) inside El Corte Ingles mall on Callao is very central and there’s a bar with great views on the roof!
Alex
about 7 months ago

Melbourne VIC, Australia

4.13

5.2 days

20 days

5 reviews

5

E-3 Renewal
3 Days
Recommends
Very quick. If you get one of the earliest appointments of the day and arrive with plenty of time to line up in the security queue you can be in and out in less than an hour (once security opens)
Edwina
about 2 years ago

4

E-3 New
7+ Days
Recommends
SLower turn-around times compared to other locations, but they are very familiar with the E-3, so the interviews are usually quick and straightforward.
Edward
about 1 year ago

4

E-3 New
6 Days
Recommends
about 1 year ago

5

E-3 New
3 Days
Recommends
Amy
about 8 months ago

3

E-3 New
7+ Days
Recommends
Administrative Processing added 3 extra days to the process. This was my third Visa, so be prepared for this unless applying for your first or second Visa.
Ed
about 2 months ago

Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

5.00

4 days

8 days

1 review

5

E-3 Renewal
4 Days
Recommends
No
Mick
about 5 months ago

Montreal, QC, Canada

4.60

5 days

35 days

2 reviews

4

E-3 New
5 Days
Recommends
Had an early morning appointment and everything went smoothly. Minus one star because the visa did take a full 5 business days from appointment to be returned.
Jackie
about 3 years ago

5

E-3 New
5 Days
Recommends
The process was relatively easy, I went in on a Tuesday morning and has my passport back Monday morning.
Jannah
about 2 years ago

Nassau, The Bahamas

5.00

3.67 days

1 day

3 reviews

5

E-3 Renewal
4 Days
Recommends
Agree, did my last E3 in Bahamas. 10min interview, 3 days on the beach, collect on the 4th day. No problem at all.
Matthew
about 1 year ago

5

E-3 Renewal
3 Days
Recommends
I renewed in the Bahamas in March, no issues.
Mark
about 1 year ago

5

E-3 Renewal
4 Days
Recommends
M
about 1 year ago

Ottawa, ON, Canada

4.00

3.5 days

30 days

2 reviews

4

E-3 Renewal
4 Days
Recommends
Ottawa office lets you bring zero with you inc bag, phone - just your paperwork. I was told to bring something to read but in Ottawa there are no seats- you just line standing up so can’t really read anything so glad I didn’t bother. Took about 60mins to get to front of line - they asked for DS160, LCA and letter from company plus hard copy photo (less than 6mths old). Line up for second part for actual interview in total another 30mins. Was asked name of company, job title, salary, if same role as before then told approved. Didn’t go into any details with me at all but then my company pays for lawyers to complete all the paperwork so perhaps the big wad of documents in hand made them comfortable enough not to delve further. Passport had to be mailed to Toronto in my case (my request) so 4 day turn inc weekend (Interview Wed, passport in hand Monday) All up pretty easy and quick. Hope that helps anyone up next.
Kym
about 4 months ago

4

E-3 Renewal
3 Days
Recommends
First available appointment was more than two months in advance.
Little T
about 2 months ago

Paris, France

5.00

2.6 days

10 days

5 reviews

5

E-3 Renewal
1 Day
Recommends
3rd visa renewal /location and by far the best. The entire process was a breeze.
Kate
about 10 months ago

5

E-3 New
2 Days
Recommends
Appointment took a total of 50 minutes from walking in to walking out, 46 minutes were spent in a line. Only questions asked were what job am I going to be doing and what company is it? Then a few jokes and I went on my way. Text 2 days later to pick up passport from depot.
Brooke
about 7 months ago

5

E-3 New
3 Days
Recommends
Very easy process. Interview was 5min if that and only my LCA was looked at with general chit chat about USA filling the time. Visa was issued day after interview and then pick up was day after that.
Hayley
about 5 months ago

5

E-3 New
3 Days
Recommends
Very efficient process. Picking up passport at the store was much easier than getting it delivered. Appointment Tuesday morning, passport was ready by midday on Friday.
Giancarlo
about 4 months ago

5

E-3 New
4 Days
Recommends
Paris Embassy are very strict about what you can bring into the building...
Geraldine
about 10 months ago

Perth WA, Australia

4.56

2.6 days

9 days

5 reviews

4

E-3 Renewal
1 Day
Recommends
E3 Renewal - Perth - in Monday 8:30am, returned Tuesday noon. Did give us a bit of a grilling on our questions but the turn around has to be one of the fastest I’ve ever heard of (literally less than a day)
Michael
about 9 months ago

5

E-3 New
3 Days
Recommends
Great. Quick and easy. Passport posted back to Sydney quickly. Approved on the spot after two basic questions. Was denied with the same paperwork in Barbados one week earlier
Ed
about 3 years ago

5

E-3 New
2 Days
Recommends
All round I’m so happy I went to Perth! However, I had free flights I needed to use and a hotel voucher…so keep in mind it can be super expensive if you’re from out of state. If you have enough time to go to Melbourne, they were great with my B1/B2.
Georgia
about 7 months ago

4

E-3 New
6 Days
Recommends
Be sure to check your passport photo - even if it's approved by the online checker, they may ask for a new one (mine was 1+ years old and they wanted another). Also if you need a quick turnaround you should opt to pick up the passport. I didn't even wait for the email to say it's ready, I just called the location (Pack & Send on St Georges Tce) and asked if my passport was there. Turns out it was!
Catherine
about 5 months ago

5

E-3 New
1 Day
Recommends
Janelle
about 24 days ago

Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

4.00

5 days

1 day

1 review

4

E-3 Renewal
5 Days
Recommends
They're not too familiar with the process, so expect a few additional questions.
Tara
about 9 months ago

Seoul, South Korea

5.00

4 days

16 days

1 review

5

E-3 Renewal
4 Days
Recommends
Confirmed ahead with my lawyer on E-3 renewal at the Seoul Embassy
Susan
about 8 months ago

Sydney NSW, Australia

4.65

2.82 days

1 day

11 reviews

5

B-1/2 New
5 Days
Recommends
I got granted a B1/2 visa in Sydney in Feb no issues at all very straightforward
Sarah
about 1 year ago

5

E-3 New
4 Days
Recommends
I did my E3 in Sydney one and a half years ago and it was about an hour process. 59 mins to get in the door through the line and security. 1 min in the interview.
Matthew
about 2 years ago

5

E-3 New
5 Days
Recommends
It was a really easy turnaround
Josh
about 2 years ago

5

E-3 Renewal
2 Days
Recommends
Booked the first available appointment for the day - was in and out within 20 minutes.
Lucy
about 8 months ago

5

E-3 New
2 Days
Recommends
Interview took 2 minutes. They asked only a few questions, including what my degree was, what the name of the company was, where I would be working/living and how many interviews I had. Took about 2 minutes.
Brendan
about 3 years ago

5

E-3 Renewal
4 Days
Recommends
Because it was a renewal, I went to a different window than last time (also got my first E3 in Sydney). I think they asked like 2 questions. Was over in less than 2 minutes.
Brendan
about 1 year ago

4

E-3 New
2 Days
Recommends
There’s about 5 different lines that you have to line up in. They say not to get there too early because you can’t join the first line before your appointment time, but I would, just to be safe. I can’t stress enough not to take ANY electronics with you!
Erin
about 7 months ago

4

E-3 New
2 Days
Recommends
They didn’t ask to see any supporting documentation, just job title, description, previous job and degree title.
Rosa
about 7 months ago

5

Renewal
2 Days
Recommends
Don’t try to do it in Bermuda
Ross
about 1 year ago

5

B-1/2 New
2 Days
Recommends
Just a few questions why I needed a B1/B2 visa instead of ESTA. Told them I'd been to one of their travel ban countries. They asked when, how long and why I visited. No issues. Passport shipped to BNE within a couple of days.
Julian
about 1 year ago

4

J-1 New
1 Day
Recommends
about 8 months ago

Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

5.00

5 days

2 days

1 review

5

E-3 New
5 Days
Recommends
Please note that the embassy is moving to Jerusalem, so one might have a different experience.
Jenna
about 4 years ago

Toronto, ON, Canada

5.00

3 days

17 days

1 review

5

E-3 Renewal
3 Days
Recommends
Renewed for my 4th E3 back in March in Toronto. Quick and easy process but took 3 business days to pickup my passport.
Leigh
about 1 year ago

Vancouver, BC, Canada

5.00

2.5 days

20 days

2 reviews

5

E-3 New
3 Days
Recommends
E3 update (because I really appreciated being able to read everyone else’s) : had my first e3 interview in Vancouver on Monday morning. I shit you not, took less than a minute of ‘interviewing’. They didn’t care to see ANY of my masses of paperwork. 4 quick questions: What’s your company? What’s your job title? What did you study? How much money you making? -approved, bye - Got my passport back in 3 days.
Raani
about 7 months ago

5

E-3 New
2 Days
Recommends
This was my first E3, so I was nervous. I needn’t have been. This is the nicest consulate I’ve ever been to! Even the security guard was friendly. My interview was completely rubber stamped. Guy asked me to explain my role. The only paperwork he looked at was LCA. Vancouver is fun to visit and I highly recommend getting your visa there.
Kat
about 5 months ago

If you’re looking for more information about the types of visa available and other locations, visit my Immigration section and you can read everything from a step-by-step guide to the E3 visa through to introductions to the best immigration lawyers available.

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