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COVID-19: DOS suspends visa services worldwide

  1. Date Announced

    March 18, 2020

    COVID-19: State Department suspends all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates and will provide emergency visa services as resources allow. [ID #783]

    View Policy Document
  2. Effective Date of Change

    March 20, 2020
  3. Subsequent Action

    March 26, 2020

    On March 26, 2020, DOS announced it will continue processing H-2 cases as much as possible.

    DOS will continue processing H-2 cases
  4. Subsequent Action

    July 14, 2020

    State Department notes that resumption of routine visa services will occur on a post-by-post basis. "See each individual U.S. Embassy or Consulate’s website for information regarding operating status and which services it is currently offering."

    Phased Resumption of Routine Visa Services
  5. Subsequent Action

    November 12, 2020

    DOS updated its announcement and FAQs on the phased resumption of visa services, noting that resumption would occur on a post-by-post basis, but that there are no specific dates for each mission. DOS also announced that it has extended the validity of Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fees to Dec. 31, 2021.

    Phased resumption of routine visa services (Nov. 2020)
  6. Subsequent Action

    November 19, 2020

    District Court issues preliminary injunction enjoining DOS from relying on Presidential Proclamations to suspend K-1 fiance visa processing for named plaintiffs.

    **Litigation is listed for informational purposes and is not comprehensive. For the current status of legal challenges, check other sources.**

    District Court order in Milligan v. Pompeo
  7. Subsequent Action

    November 25, 2020

    The Department of State issues an update after a district court enjoined the government from suspending K-1 fiancee visa adjudications, stating that applicants who are named plaintiffs in Milligan v. Pompeo and subject to a regional proclamation should contact their nearest embassy or consulate for guidance on scheduling a visa interview.

    DOS Website: K Visa Processing Update
  8. Subsequent Action

    December 30, 2020

    The Department of State updated its announcement and FAQs on the phased resumption of visa services, noting that resumption would occur on a post-by-post basis, but that there are no specific dates for each mission. DOS also announced that it has extended the validity of Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fees to September 30, 2022.

    Phased resumption of routine visa services (Dec. 2020)

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