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BREAKING: State Department Halts Routine Visa Services Worldwide

The effects of COVD-19 continue to be felt around the world, with the U.S. Department of State today announcing the suspension of routine nonimmigrant and immigrant visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide. No word yet on when these services might resume, but it best to assume that this disruption will continue for weeks and months to come. Emergency services to U.S. citizens continue to be available.

 

Copied from the Department of State:

 

Suspension of Routine Visa Services

Last Updated: March 20, 2020
  • In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State is temporarily suspending routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Embassies and consulates will cancel all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 20, 2020. As resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide emergency and mission critical visa services. Our overseas missions will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.
  • Services to U.S. citizens continue to be available. More information is available on each Embassy’s website.
  • This does not affect the Visa Waiver Program. See https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/faq?focusedTopic=Schengen%20Travel%20Proclamation for more information.
  • Although all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments are cancelled, the Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee is valid and may be used for a visa appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment.
  • Applicants with an urgent matter and need to travel immediately should follow the guidance provided at the Embassy’s website to request an emergency appointment.

 

 

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