Update on How Embassies/Consulates are Prioritizing Immigrant Visa Applications

Update post 09/21/2021 DOS provides an update stating that consular sections, where possible, are scheduling some appointments within all four priority tiers every month. Also, the guidance states that, “Recognizing the emergence of the COVID Delta variant and the continued demand for healthcare professionals during the pandemic, U.S. embassies and consulates were instructed that they may...

National Interest Exceptions Available for Visitors from China, Iran, India, Brazil, South Africa, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland

Update 08/18/2021 DOS updated its FAQ regarding the extension of validity to 12 months from the date of approval and for multiple entries for National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) for travelers from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen Area, the United Kington, Ireland, and India. Update Post 07/07/2021 The DOS on 06/29/2021 extended the validity of National Interest Exceptions (NIEs)...

Consulates May Waive Visa Interviews for Certain Renewals

Update June 15, 2021 Please see a flyer below regarding the interview waiver procedure. If a consular has an interview waiver process in place and a visa applicant qualifies, the applicant must schedule their document drop-off or mail-in processing directly with that consular. Typically, these documents include: DS-160 confirmation page, a valid passport, pre-paid courier packaging for...

Rescission of Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983

Update March 16, 2021 As part of Biden's Proclamation on "Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States", the President has directed the State Department, within 45 days, to provide a report including a proposal for individuals whose immigrant visa applications were denied due to Proclamations 9645 or 9983 and seek to have their applications reconsidered.  The Department of State has...