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DOS Suspends Routine Visa Services at All U.S. Embassies and Consulates

Mar 20, 2020 | COVID-19 Related, DOS Consular

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 urgent and emergency visa services.

This does not affect the Visa Waiver Program.

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.

For any impact on your employees who may be stranded abroad, please contact your immigration specialist at Younossi Law.

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