Visa Location Reviews

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.

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.

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!

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Athens, Greece

5.00

2.67 days

3 days

3 reviews

5

Recommends E-3 New
2 Days

- Nicole (about 3 years ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days
Has the same booking system as London- very easy and quick.
- DC (about 1 year ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days

- Richard (about 2 months ago)

Belfast, UK

5.00

4 days

37 days

1 review

5

Recommends E-3 New
4 Days
In my DS-160 form I listed London for my interview but Belfast had interviews much sooner and it was really easy to transfer my form to Belfast - you are sent an email a few days before the interview asking you to email your paperwork for transfer. Collected my passport in London but if I had stayed in Belfast my passport would have been ready for collection in 2 days.
- Suzie (about 25 days ago)

Belmopan, Belize

5.00

1 days

1 day

1 review

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
1 Day
Interview in the morning and passport back in the afternoon. If you can time well you can spend a few days on the islands. Idea you need in one day you have to at least stay a night in Belize City which isn’t the safest place to be
- Jordan (about 1 year ago)

Berlin, Germany

5.00

4 days

30 days

3 reviews

5

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

5

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

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
5 Days
Don’t go too late, they stop letting people in shortly after midday or so. But otherwise it is a breeze. One hour turnaround time from when you start in the line to when you leave
- Hersh (about 2 months ago)

Bern, Switzerland

5.00

4 days

8 days

1 review

5

Recommends E-3 New
4 Days

- Sabina (about 2 years ago)

Bridgetown, Barbados

4.80

2.86 days

15 days

22 reviews

5

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days
Got an E3 in Barbados in August also no issues, very straightforward 3 day turn around
- Sarah (about 12 months ago)

5

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

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
1 Day
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 12 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
4 Days
E3 renewal in Barbados 6 weeks ago. No problems at all, easy interview and passport was ready in 3 or 4 days.
- Cat (about 1 year ago)

1

Doesn't recommend E-3 New
7+ Days
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

Recommends E-3 Renewal
3 Days

- Justine (about 1 year ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
2 Days

- (about 1 year ago)

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
3 Days
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 1 year ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
2 Days
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 11 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
2 Days
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 10 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days
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 10 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
3 Days
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 8 months ago)

4

Recommends E-3 Renewal
2 Days
Family of 5 - even though appointments were available for the next week when I booked, getting 5 appointments was much trickier. No one seems to mention that. Actual interview - barely any questions. Very easy.
- TS (about 7 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
3 Days
Really quick and easy process!
- Josh (about 5 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
5 Days
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 5 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days
easy, plus you get to lie on a beach while you wait :). maybe bring a book to the embassy, it was pretty busy, lots of waiting. stay at the south beach hotels (st lawernce area. Hire a car for a day to go exploring.
- dave (about 3 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
2 Days
We made our appointment for Friday and we had it in our hands on Tuesday lunchtime before flying out that afternoon. I would highly recommend this as we got to enjoy Barbados as a family (2 kiddos) after the appointment was out of the way! The staff were also helpful- my daughter and I hadn’t to get our photos retaken because their regulation is that hair is behind your ears, and she’s sent us to a place that took 5 mins (clearly they do this a lot as the cab driver knew where’s to take us, waited for us to be done and we went straight back to finish the appointment). So easy and would definitely do it again if we need to!!
- Lyndsay (about 3 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
2 Days
3 times in Bridgetown no problems so far.
- BK (about 1 year ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days
Great place to have a short sunny break in winter to get your E3
- Samuel (about 7 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
4 Days
The folks at the US Embassy have got it down pat. Right from arrival at the embassy to getting my visa approved took just an hour. The entire experience was seamless, and the staff were very friendly and organized. The actual visa interview literally took 3 minutes. The officer asked what I would be doing, and did not ask for any supporting documentation. All that is required for the interview is the DS-160 form, passport photo and LCA (although I had every document under the sun with me just in case - you can never be too prepared for these things!) I had my interview first thing Monday morning and got an email from DHL Thursday afternoon saying it was ready for collection. Highly recommend this location!
- Preetha (about 20 days ago)

4

Recommends E-3 New
2 Days
You can use US currency. It does get humid and not much to do while waiting. Pretty much have to get a taxi everywhere as public transport is almost non-existent. I got to the consulate at 8am and was out about an hour and a half later
- Michael (about 2 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
3 Days

- (about 1 month ago)

Calgary, AB, Canada

3.67

3 days

22 days

2 reviews

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
3 Days
No appointment wait time. Do the interview then spend a few days hiking/skiing at Banff
- Richard (about 3 years ago)

3

Recommends  Renewal
3 Days

- Michael (about 3 months ago)

Cape Town, South Africa

5.00

4 days

29 days

1 review

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
4 Days

- Chris (about 1 year ago)

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

4.00

7+ days

4 days

1 review

4

Recommends B-1/2 New
7+ Days

- Aarthi (about 3 years ago)

Dublin, Ireland

5.00

4 days

10 days

1 review

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
4 Days

- (about 2 years ago)

Frankfurt, Germany

4.50

3.5 days

44 days

2 reviews

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
5 Days
Passports are sent back via mail, which delayed turnaround a day or so
- Adam (about 8 months ago)

4

Recommends E-3 New
2 Days
Quite a few questions asked regarding my role and other living arrangements in the US but very friendly
- (about 3 months ago)

Hong Kong

4.00

2 days

8 days

1 review

4

Recommends E-3 New
2 Days
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

28 days

1 review

5

Recommends E-3 New
2 Days
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 9 months ago)

Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies

1.00

7+ days

11 days

1 review

1

Doesn't recommend E-3 New
7+ Days
DO NOT GO TO THIS LOCATION. They do not service "Third country nationals"
- Jacob (about 2 months ago)

Lima, Peru

1.67

5 days

2 days

2 reviews

3

Recommends E-3 Renewal
3 Days
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

Doesn't recommend J-1 New
7+ Days
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 8 months ago)

London, UK

4.89

3.66 days

23 days

32 reviews

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
5 Days
Perfectly easy and no hassles in London No questions really friendly polite guy
- Lesley (about 2 years ago)

5

Recommends H-1B New
2 Days
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 12 months ago)

5

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

5

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days
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 12 months ago)

4

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

4

Recommends E-3 New
5 Days

- Daisy (about 2 years ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
2 Days
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 12 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
5 Days
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 1 year ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days
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 11 months ago)

4

Recommends E-3 New
7+ Days
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 10 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days
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 9 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
6 Days
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 9 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
2 Days
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 9 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
2 Days
Very nice embassy with extremely polite staff. We selected a delivery point in Birmingham and our visa was ready two days later. We picked it up the following morning.
- Virginia (about 9 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
6 Days

- Maddy (about 9 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
3 Days
Brand new consulate, so queue management, waiting facilities, even security screening was relatively pleasant (not that this process is ever fun)
- Cal (about 8 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
2 Days
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 7 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
4 Days

- Simon (about 8 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
2 Days
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 7 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
4 Days
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 5 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
4 Days
Although I'd done a visa run in London before and it had been a quick, smooth process I was a little hesitant this time due to a HR contact at my new Company saying that I would get rejected in London and must go back to Australia to get the visa. Mainly due to the current Administration and the fact that the risk of rejection is always much less in Australia. I went against their advice and had a great visa run! Appointment was 8am Friday (first appointment of the day). I lined up at 7.30am and they started letting people in at 7.50am. I was finished and out the door by 8.20am! And everyone at the Embassy was very friendly. Definitely recommend London. However, should note that I'm also a British citizen.
- Jasmine (about 5 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
6 Days
Notes: the DS-160 can be completed without LCA info. They just ask for the LCA paperwork at the interview. You can chose one Embassy location during the DS-160 and then schedule the interview at a different location - they can upload your records from one system to another. London Embassy has a photo booth inside the building - but they may not require a photo if you have already uploaded one in your DS-160 application. London Embassy allows phones/handbags/food 🙂 and has wifi! No need to show up much earlier than your scheduled interview time as they make you wait outside until your time slot.
- Geraldine (about 5 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
4 Days
Very smooth and quick.. it took but more than 1 hour from entry to exit. I attended on Friday and Monday Visa Issued, Tuesday got email and Wedday passport collection. I did last one in Mexico and took 6 days but London is much better and quicker
- Sayem (about 2 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days

- Bec (about 6 months ago)

5

Recommends L-2 Renewal
1 Day

- Anna (about 2 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days

- Chad (about 2 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days

- Sam (about 3 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
3 Days

- (about 2 months ago)

4

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days
My appointment was originally scheduled for 4 weeks from my DS160 submission date. I checked every day for an earlier appointment and snagged one a week away. The was super busy, and my officer wasn't aware that you can electronically have your passport stamped at entry - so my application was originally questioned. Was that was cleared up, I was approved right away.
- Emma (about 1 month ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
4 Days
From reading other's reviews/info I understood I thought I could only change my appointment three times - this wasn't the case. I initially booked the soonest appointment available (6 weeks away), but checked back every hour or so and was able to change my appointment multiple times until I booked a date I was happy with.
- Talina (about 1 month ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
4 Days
I was made a job offer in NYC in June 2019 and my company (fortunately) provided me with a lawyer to prepare documentation for my visa interview. At the time of booking, the appointment wait time was about 3 weeks. I took a risk in buying a return flight for 5 business days after the visa appointment date. The US Embassy in London is very new and boasts an impressive processing system (relative to other consulates and government bodies). I showed up 30 minutes before my appointment time of 9am but would recommend arriving with more time than this. The entire process took roughly 2 hours, the ticketing/waiting process worked well, and the consular officers were friendly. Although my lawyer had prepared a pile of documentation about 1cm thick to support my application (not including my original Degree certificate that my parents express posted from Australia), the *only* documents the officer asked me for were 1. My passport, 2. The completed Labor Condition Application and 3. My job offer letter. The officer assessing my case never said the word 'approved', however, wished me a good time in New York which had me in two minds about whether my visa required further processing or not. Luckily, two days later, I got an email from the embassy saying my passport would be ready for collection the following business day. I flew to the USA 2 days after collecting my passport and entered with extreme ease. The immigration officer looked at my passport for probably 5 seconds, asked me what I'm doing for work, then stamped me in. Done. Based on my experience I would highly recommend getting your first E-3 in London 🙂
- Matt (about 11 days ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
2 Days
I had to get new E3 as was switching employers. I could find appointment with 3 weeks waiting for July 15. I chose London over others as it's quicker to fly from NYC and heard they allow kids to enter the interview area as well. I think this is the best US embassy in the world! The facility is clean, big and friendly people. My appointment was at 9 am monday and I got in at 8:30 . They let me in early as had 2 kids along with spouse. Total process took 2 hrs. Visa officer asked if it's renewal of new E3. Why am I switching? What does company do? Then he said it looks all good. I will definitely be renewing at London again.
- Rahul (about 6 days ago)

Madrid, Spain

5.00

3 days

30 days

1 review

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
3 Days
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 11 months ago)

Melbourne VIC, Australia

4.28

4.8 days

28 days

10 reviews

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
3 Days
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 3 years ago)

4

Recommends E-3 New
7+ Days
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 2 years ago)

4

Recommends E-3 New
6 Days

- (about 1 year ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days

- Amy (about 12 months ago)

3

Recommends E-3 New
7+ Days
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 6 months ago)

4

Recommends E-3 New
4 Days
I was well prepared but officer only asked for LCA and passport. 1.5 hr wait, 1 min interview
- Sarah (about 3 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
7+ Days
Super easy, didn't have to wait long for an appointment, took 7 days from date of interview to get passport back (sent to Sydney).
- Adriana (about 2 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
4 Days
You get in line for the 9:45 entry, doesn’t seem to matter if you’re end of the line / last let in
- Nick (about 1 month ago)

4

Recommends E-3 New
4 Days
The wait time to get into the consulate was extremely long. I had a 9am appointment and didn’t get in until 10:30am. Be prepared to wait and block out a few hours of your day!
- Edwina (about 1 month ago)

4

Recommends E-3 Renewal
3 Days

- (about 6 days ago)

Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

4.40

4.33 days

28 days

3 reviews

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
4 Days
No
- Mick (about 9 months ago)

4

Recommends E-3 Renewal
6 Days
You have a pre-interview which has to be two days before US embassy interview
- Jarrod (about 2 years ago)

4

Recommends E-3 Renewal
3 Days
You can't take mobile phones or smart watches in so either leave them at home or there's a restaurant across the road that will hold them for you for about 50 pesos. It's a window on the corner of the restaurant it looks like a coat check
- Nick (about 3 months ago)

Montreal, QC, Canada

4.50

5 days

67 days

2 reviews

4

Recommends E-3 New
5 Days
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

Recommends E-3 New
5 Days
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

2 days

3 reviews

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
4 Days
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 2 years ago)

5

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

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
4 Days

- M (about 1 year ago)

Ottawa, ON, Canada

4.43

3 days

91 days

4 reviews

4

Recommends E-3 Renewal
4 Days
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 8 months ago)

4

Recommends E-3 Renewal
3 Days
First available appointment was more than two months in advance.
- Little T (about 6 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
2 Days
I think Ottawa is a forgotten destination for E3 over the more "popular" locations of Bahamas or London. TIPS: *Arrive more than 15 mins ahead of your time even though they say not to. *DO NOT take bags they won't let you in, your file of documents and your iPhone max. *On the application form (at the time of making your appointment) will ask for US or Canadian ID which I did not have. I put the address of my friend in Ottawa who HAD to accompany me to the Post Office to get my passport, zero flexibility on that one. *Ottawa is like Canberra so go with low-ish expectations (I can say that cos I used to live in Canberra. *Appointment at 0745am Monday, passport in my hand 9.30am Wednesday, flight 4.30pm Wednesday.
- Adele (about 2 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days
Super friendly interviewer and overall a really smooth experience.
- Edwina (about 2 years ago)

Paris, France

4.84

2.86 days

30 days

7 reviews

5

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

5

Recommends E-3 New
2 Days
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 11 months ago)

4

Recommends E-3 Renewal
3 Days
Experience was pretty good. Short line. Security much more reasonable and friendly than other locations I've done it at (Sydney, London). One note for people doing this - you cannot pick-up your passport post-appointment from the consulate. You can have it delivered to your hotel, AirBnB, etc. OR you can pay $16 to have it delivered to the Mail Boxes Etc. office in the 15th Arrondissement (this is the fastest option).
- W (about 10 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days
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 9 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days
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 8 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
4 Days
Paris Embassy are very strict about what you can bring into the building...
- Geraldine (about 1 year ago)

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
4 Days

- (about 1 year ago)

Perth WA, Australia

4.62

2.38 days

15 days

8 reviews

4

Recommends E-3 Renewal
1 Day
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 1 year ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days
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

Recommends E-3 New
2 Days
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 11 months ago)

4

Recommends E-3 New
6 Days
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 9 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
1 Day

- Janelle (about 5 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days
Interview was Tuesday morning, received the passport in Sydney 3pm Friday. Questions were very simple. What’s your job title? What did you study at uni? (Degrees + majors) What is the name of the company? Where is their office (NYC was sufficient) What does the company do? Approved on the spot. Whole process at the consulate took about 2 hours. They had lockers for my valuables could have brought my laptop or headphones without an issue.
- Bryce (about 4 months ago)

4

Recommends E-3 New
2 Days
Asked for a new passport photo. Was interviewed 2 hours after my interview appointment scheduled time. My interview time was 9am, received my passport back 36 hours later in Sydney. Asked for the D-160, LCA, Resume, Letter of Support and Payment Receipt. Asked what the role is, location, what the company does, qualifications and how I got the job.
- Chloe (about 4 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
1 Day
Super quick. One other person there
- Simon (about 8 months ago)

Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

4.00

5 days

10 days

1 review

4

Recommends E-3 Renewal
5 Days
They're not too familiar with the process, so expect a few additional questions.
- Tara (about 1 year ago)

San José, Costa Rica

5.00

2 days

2 reviews

5

Recommends E-3 New
1 Day
San José, Costa Rica - not California. Extremely quick, passport back same day
- Nick (about 2 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days
I had my interview at 9.30am and arrived at 9am, however I wish I had gotten there earlier to beat the queues. It was a 2.5 hr wait from when I walked in the door to walking out. I was asked what I studied, where I would be working, why I chose San Jose (shortest wait time) and what I had been doing in NYC 2 months prior (interviewing but NOT working which is allowed on the ESTA). The lady said my passport would be ready within 5 business days but I got it back 3 days later. I elected to pick my passport up from the post office in San Jose centre, Correro Central. It is a bit sketchy so just be careful. I stayed just outside the city centre but I wish I had turned it into a holiday and visited the coast which is where all the beautiful beaches and places are to visit. This was my first E3 though so I wanted to get in and out asap.
- Brittany (about 1 month ago)

Seoul, South Korea

5.00

4 days

34 days

1 review

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
4 Days
Confirmed ahead with my lawyer on E-3 renewal at the Seoul Embassy
- Susan (about 12 months ago)

Sydney NSW, Australia

4.67

2.94 days

14 days

18 reviews

5

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

5

Recommends E-3 New
4 Days
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

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

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
2 Days
Booked the first available appointment for the day - was in and out within 20 minutes.
- Lucy (about 1 year ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
2 Days
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 4 years ago)

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
4 Days
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 2 years ago)

4

Recommends E-3 New
2 Days
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 11 months ago)

4

Recommends E-3 New
2 Days
They didn’t ask to see any supporting documentation, just job title, description, previous job and degree title.
- Rosa (about 11 months ago)

5

Recommends  Renewal
2 Days
Don’t try to do it in Bermuda
- Ross (about 2 years ago)

5

Recommends B-1/2 New
2 Days
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 2 years ago)

5

Recommends  New
2 Days
It’s a busy place to get your visa, but that makes it much easier as they’ve got the system down pat. Security is the longest part of the process. The interviewer asked 3 questions and didn’t need the supporting documentation (except the necessary visa forms).
- Dave (about 9 months ago)

4

Recommends J-1 New
1 Day

- (about 1 year ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
6 Days

- Jocelyn (about 4 months ago)

4

Recommends J-1 New
3 Days
I think it took us longer to get through the security check than we spent upstairs in the actual consulate! Appointment was on a Tuesday and we had our passports back on Friday.
- Leah (about 7 months ago)

4

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days
Longest process was getting the interview - 1 month wait. On the day everything ran smoothly - asked 2/3 questions and then approved - easy process and they didn’t ask for too much background evidence, just letter of offer
- Dave (about 2 months ago)

5

Recommends  New
3 Days

- Lisa (about 4 months ago)

5

Recommends B-1/2 New
3 Days

- Vanessa (about 2 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
2 Days
Only 3 questions asked - needed my letter of employment, my education and where I’ll be living.
- Rachel (about 27 days ago)

Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

5.00

5 days

4 days

1 review

5

Recommends E-3 New
5 Days
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

56 days

1 review

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
3 Days
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

2.33 days

43 days

3 reviews

5

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days
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 11 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
2 Days
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 9 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
2 Days

- (about 7 months ago)

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