Information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus
17 March, 2020
As of March 16th, 2020, the United States Embassy in Paris France is cancelling existing immigrant visa appointments and, with limited exceptions, is not accepting new ones until further notice. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible. If you have an urgent matter regarding your visa application, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-fr/iv or contact us at ParisIVpending@state.gov. For more information regarding the presidential proclamation, please go to https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/Presidential-Proclamation-Coronavirus.html.
Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus
14 March, 2020
As of March 16, 2020, the United States Embassy in Paris, France is cancelling routine immigrant and non-immigrant visa appointments. From March 16, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France is not accepting applications by mail-in. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. The MRV fee is valid and may be used for a visa application in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-fr/niv/information/faqs#need_earlier_appt, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call +33 1 82 88 29 57 (Local Number), or dial +1 703 543 9342 (If you are calling from within the United States), to request an emergency appointment.
Applicants with questions about visa applications currently in process with the Embassy may send their inquiry via ParisIVPending@state.gov for Immigrant visa applications or ParisVisaInquiry@state.gov for Nonimmigrant visa applications.
Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus (UPDATED: 16 March 2020)
5 March, 2020
Entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within the following list of countries within 14 days preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, and the subsequent proclamation issued March 14, 2020:
- The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe;
- The Republic of Ireland;
- The 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland);
- The Islamic Republic of Iran;
- The People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau.
There are certain exceptions to the suspension of entry, including exceptions for U.S. lawful permanent residents and certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, among other exceptions listed in the proclamations. If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel through any of the above listed countries prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country(ries). Additionally, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, you are strongly encouraged to postpone your appointment by at least 14 days. There is no fee to change an appointment and visa application fees are valid for one year in the country where the fee was paid.
To postpone your appointment, please sign in to your user account, select the "Continue" option, and follow the system instructions under the "reschedule appointment" action. If you require further assistance please refer to our "Help" section at the bottom of the page.
Presidential Proclamation 9645 and Presidential Proclamation 9983
21 February, 2020
On January 31, 2020, a new Presidential Proclamation (“Presidential Proclamation 9983”) was issued which added to the ongoing travel restrictions of P.P. 9645 by expanding them to the nationals of six additional countries. The restrictions only apply to immigrant visas and/or diversity visas, not nonimmigrant visas. More information is available at this link.
Presidential Proclamation on Novel Coronavirus
20 February, 2020
On Friday, January 31 President Trump signed a proclamation barring entry to the United States of most foreign nationals who traveled to China within the 14 days immediately prior to arrival in the United States. The proclamation is in effect as of Sunday, February 2. This action follows the declaration of a public health emergency in the United States related to the novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China.
The proclamation does not apply to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States. Foreign diplomats traveling to the United States on A or G visas are excepted from this proclamation. Other exceptions include certain family members of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, including spouses, children (under the age of 21), parents (provided that the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident is unmarried and under the age of 21), and siblings (provided that both the sibling and the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident are unmarried and under the age of 21). There is also an exception for crew traveling to the United States on C, D or C1/D visas.
The full text of the presidential proclamation is available on the White House website at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspension-entry-immigrants-nonimmigrants-persons-pose-risk-transmitting-2019-novel-coronavirus/.
The U.S. Embassy in Paris continues to process regularly scheduled visa appointments during the strikes in Paris
6 December, 2019
The U.S. Embassy in Paris continues to process regularly scheduled visa appointments during the strikes in Paris. Applicants who have appointments scheduled may come to the Embassy for their interviews as planned. However, it is also possible to reschedule appointments for a later date through your account on www.usvisa-info.com. While we are processing applications as quickly as possible, please be advised that passport delivery delays are likely. We encourage applicants to request the In Person Pickup delivery option for optimum processing time. Finally, please factor increased travel time and increased time at the Embassy on your appointment date while the strikes are ongoing. If you miss your appointment for any reason, you may request a new appointment as from the next day following your appointment day on your account on www.usvisa-info.com.