Urgent Information For Visa Applicants Regarding Novel Coronavirus

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Government has imposed restrictions and requirements that may affect travel to the United States. Please review the information below before scheduling or attending a visa-related appointment.

Presidential Proclamations on Novel Coronavirus

Extension of Visa Fee Validity

CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the United States

Rescission of Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983

Rescission of Presidential Proclamation 10014


U.S. Visa and Travel Updates

For the latest information from the U.S. Department of State regarding visa issues and travel to the United States, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news.html.

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Welcome, U.S. Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants

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Expansion of Interview Waiver Eligibility

Pursuant to Section 222(h)(1)(C)(ii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), and with concurrence of the Department of Homeland Security, Secretary Pompeo has temporarily expanded the ability of consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for individuals applying for a nonimmigrant visa in the same classification. Previously, only those applicants whose nonimmigrant visa expired within 12 months were eligible for an interview waiver. The Secretary has temporarily extended the expiration period to 24 months.This policy is in effect from August 25, 2020 until March 31, 2021. Taking these measures will allow consular adjudicators to continue processing nonimmigrant visa applications while limiting the number of applicants who must appear at a consular section, thereby reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission to other applicants and Mission staff.

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