The United States Department of State (“DOS”) has announced that routine visa processing at Embassies and Consulates will resume on a post-by-post basis consistent with DOS’s guidance for safely returning to the full services. As on the ground conditions improve, DOS will begin providing services leading to the eventual full resumption of immigrant and nonimmigrant visa processing.
The DOS reports that the agency is unable to provide a specific date for when each post will resume full operational services or when each post will return to pre-pandemic processing workloads.
Currently, all posts are providing emergency and mission critical visa services and a limited number of services for American citizens. As post conditions improve after meeting the demands of American citizens, DOS will begin to gradually increase routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa processing prioritizing immediate relatives of U.S. citizen petitioners, fiancé’s and fiancée’s of U.S. citizens and special immigrant visa applications. Nonimmigrant visa applications will continue to prioritize travelers with urgent travel needs, foreign diplomats, and certain mission critical categories of travelers such as those traveling to the United States to assist with the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be followed by students (F-1, M-1 and certain J-1 applicants) and temporary employment visa applicants consistent with the current Presidential Proclamation restricting certain non-immigrant visas through December 31, 2020.
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