Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus
19 March, 2020
As of 24 February, the United States Embassy and Consulates General in Italy of Rome, Milan, Florence and Naples are cancelling routine Immigrant and Nonimmigrant visa appointments. From 18 March, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates are not accepting applications through Interview Waiver for any visa categories. 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-it/niv/information/faqs#need_earlier_appt to request an emergency appointment.
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.
Extension of Validity for Venezuelan Passports
12 June, 2019
Security procedures at the Embassy/Consulate
19 June, 2018
Applicants booking an appointment will be placed on an access list to be allowed entry into the Consular Section, not before the appointment time. All applicants must go through security screening before entering the consular building and no access will be granted to accompanying parties, including interpreters. Applicants should not bring large bags, backpacks, suitcases, baby carriages or any other large or bulky objects, as these items will not be allowed into the Consular Section, and there is no storage space at the Consulates General. Large personal electronic devices, such as laptop computers, are not allowed into the Consular Section nor permitted to be checked and stored with security. We strongly discourage bringing any other electronic devices, to include tablets/iPads, MP3 players, mobile phones, smart watches, etc. as these must be left with security and retrieved upon exit. This can create a delay for you. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General are not responsible for any article you leave with the security checkpoint.