Frequently Asked Questions
Is the U.S. government still processing visa applications?
Petition-based applications (i.e. spousal, fiancé, employment, investment) continue to be accepted and adjudicated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”). However, most routine visa application appointments based on approved petitions at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, the American Institute in Taiwan and around Asia remain suspended until further notice; although, emergency visa application appointments are available at many posts.
For a detailed list of current routine visa application processing, please contact us directly.
Is the processing time for petitions or visa applications delayed due to Covid-19?
For many petition-based filings submitted during the pandemic to USCIS, processing time remains the same, while petitions submitted and approved before the pandemic have unfortunately been substantially delayed.
How are interviews conducted?
All visa interviews are still conducted in-person with strict social distancing guidelines in place.
Are there any current limitations on travel to the U.S. for immigrant and non-immigrant visa holders?
Those with valid visas to the United States from the Philippines, Vietnam, and Taiwan are allowed to enter the United States; however, each departure country has its own set of departure regulations such as limited flight availability.
Should I submit my application now or wait until after the pandemic has finished?
Petition-based visa applicants are encouraged to apply through USCIS as soon as possible to minimize prolonged waiting times and move ahead of those who might wait. Persons applying for non-petition-based visas should contact us directly to determine if their intended visa category is eligible for an interview.