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This innovative Legal Wizard includes Embedded Lawyer-Logic designed to guide you to determine your eligibility as an Australian Resident, Citizen/National to renew your U.S. Nonimmigrant Visa by Mail.
⭐️ If you qualify for an in-person interview waiver, this Legal Wizard will proceed to automatically generate the DRAFT Apply by Mail Standard Cover Sheet for you to make it quicker and easier for you to prepare & lodge your U.S. Nonimmigrant Visa Renewal Application by Mail.
❌ If you are not eligible, you will need to book and attend an in-person interview at a U.S. Consulate.
This Legal Wizard assumes you are:
⚖️ An Australian Resident, Citizen/National; and
⚖️ Have already consulted our U.S. Nonimmigrant Visa Waiver Legal Wizard [Global] and determined that your e-passport/s, preferences or your intended travel purpose mean that you do not qualify for a U.S. Visa Waiver;
⚖️ Have been issued a U.S. Nonimmigrant Visa in the same class (excluding a Blanket L1 Visa) as you are currently seeking renewal; and
⚖️ You are currently within 48 months of your previous U.S. Nonimmigrant Visa's expiration.
This Legal Wizard also assumes that you are NOT an applicant who (or applying for a class of visa that) is generally exempt from the requirement to attend an in-person interview, including:
⚖️ Applicants younger than 14 and older than 79 years old;
⚖️ A1, A2 (official travellers on foreign government business);
⚖️ C2, C3 (foreign government officials in transit on foreign government business); and
⚖️ G1, G2, G3, G4 (foreign government officials travelling in connection with an international organization, or employees of an international organization).
The waiting time (as of 14 December 2022) for an appointment to attend an in-person interview for a Nonimmigrant B1/B2 Visa (with other Visa classes showing similar waiting times) at the U.S. Consulate in Australia was:
⏳ Sydney [115 days];
⏳ Melbourne [55 days]; and
⏳ Perth [7 days].
You can use this online tool to determine the current estimated waiting times globally.
Historically, U.S. Visa Interview wait times have always been long (however due to increased demand for travel to the U.S. post-COVID the wait times seem to be getting even longer).
If you use this Legal Wizard and determine that you qualify for an In-Person Interview Waiver this knowledge could potentially save you a lot of time and stress.
This Legal Wizard was designed and tested in December 2022.
The results from this Legal Wizard do not guarantee that you will be eligible under law to receive a U.S. Visa or that you will not be required to attend an In-Person Interview.
You must meet all legal requirements of the U.S. Visa for which you are seeking renewal.
⚖️ If your travel need is unforeseen please consult our FREE U.S. Nonimmigrant Visa Expedited Appointment Legal Wizard [Australia] that guides you guide you to determine your eligibility (subject to availability at a U.S. Consulate in Australia) to make an Application for an Expedited U.S. Nonimmigrant Visa (In-Person Interview) Appointment due to one of the following prescribed unforeseen travel needs:
✅ To attend the funeral of an immediate family member;
✅ Medical emergency;
✅ Member of cultural group replacing an original member due to illness/unforeseen contingency;
✅ F1/ M1/ J1 visa applicants who received DS-2019 or I-20 form less than 14 days before the program is due to start;
✅ Unexpected, time-sensitive business travel significant to U.S. economic interest;
✅ Journalists travelling to cover fast-breaking news;
✅ Applicants who have been unable to enrol in EVUS due to incorrect information on the prior visa;
✅ Applicants whose visa was revoked following attempted EVUS enrollment;
✅ Applicants requiring a visa in response to COVID-19 such as doctors, medical students, and crew for air and land.
The Department of State announced the temporary waiver of in-person interviews for certain nonimmigrant U.S. Visa applicants up until December 31, 2022.
Please review and complete the Apply by Mail Expansion Coversheet if you are applying for a visa in categories F, M, O, P, Q, H-1, H-3, H-4, non-blanket L or academic J qualifying as secondary and university students, professors, research scholars, short-term scholars, or specialists, who were previously issued any class of visa, or travelled on ESTA, subject to certain conditions.
Due to the fact that this is only a temporary waiver, this Legal Wizard has NOT been modified to incorporate this option or to generate a DRAFT Coversheet.
Such development may be considered if the expansion is made permanent or extended for a significant amount of time.
Alternatively, you can check the Australian U.S. Consulate websites daily - or even twice daily - for any openings as the Australian U.S. Consulates sometimes have last-minute cancellations.
Suva, Fiji (a 4.5-hour flight from Sydney) currently has a 23-day waiting time for a U.S. Visa Interview.
If you would like to proceed to book an appointment at the U.S. Consulate in Suva. Fiji please contact our legal team so that we can assist you to make a fully informed decision, and help you to manage the additional risks and logistics.
If you decide to take this option, at a minimum you will need to consider the following:
🧩 A real risk of additional complications as you are not making an application in your home country;
🧩 If there are delays in processing your U.S. Visa then you will need to stay longer in Fiji and accordingly you will need to ensure you have flexible travel arrangements; and
🧩 In order to make an appointment, a trusted local agent is required to assist.
This Legal Wizard has been designed and developed with care 👨💻 by James D. Ford | Admitted to Practice as a Lawyer in Australia, New Zealand and California, U.S.A. |⚖️ Principal Solicitor of Blue Ocean Law Group.
© 2022. Blue Ocean Law Group℠.
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James has been great to work with. I called him on a Monday and by Tuesday he had a formal [19-Page] Concerns Notice sent to a person defaming me and my business. He stayed in touch throughout the day, kept me updated regularly and was diligent to ensure we were exercising all of my rights under the law. Thanks, James!
James was great, going above and beyond to help me with my enquiry. He provided detailed explanations with references to the appropriate regulations and case examples.
We needed a really good lawyer and after doing our research we decided to contact Blue Ocean Law Group. James runs a very efficient service and has extensive knowledge of Defamation Law. Nothing was a problem. James would follow up with me regarding issues that had arisen. He dealt with each issue in a professional and ethical manner. James would explain every detail on the phone and the process could not have been easier!
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Blue Ocean Law Group's website has plenty of information in easy, layman's language that explains how Defamation Law works in Australia and from there, it was really easy to book an appointment online. James is a thoroughly professional Lawyer and it was a pleasure dealing with him. Keep up the good work, James! Cheers! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
(Translated by Google) Lawyer James Ford was the best. He assisted me all the way through a dispute with a tenant who tried his best to extort money from the landlord due to a conflict with another tenant. James is reliable in his profession amongst lawyers in this field ... James patiently guided me, a landlord whose English is my second language, throughout the whole process ... It was because of his command that my case was turned from a disadvantage to an advantage. His charges are also very reasonable. So if you are a landlord I would highly recommend 'James Ford' to you.
Very helpful and thorough advice. James was able to explain the options available to us in detail, and the implications involved. He was knowledgeable and very professional. Would definitely go to him again.
James was very patient and understood my legal issues. He gave me the most detailed answer he could and extended the time as he wanted to give me the answers I needed. He was very knowledgeable in his area and was able to offer me insightful advice. Would highly recommend.
Our case was unique. My client was based in Thailand and we needed a lawyer in Australia. After searching several firms in NSW we found Blue Ocean Law Group. James was very helpful. He explained the matter in detail via emails and on several occasions over the phone to us in Thailand. The resources on the firm's website were also very helpful in providing additional information for us. I would highly recommend James and will use him again if we need a lawyer in Australia.