Last updated on 2 September 2020
Q: When will the US Embassy nearest to me resume normal visa processing?
A: US missions will resume routine visa services as local conditions and resources allow. Monitor their websites for information on what services are currently available at that location.
Q: I heard the embassy/consulate is waiting for Washington to tell them to open. Does that mean you know when they will open?
A: We work closely with embassies/consulates to evaluate local conditions. Their websites are the best source of info on what services are available.
Q: I already have a valid visa/ESTA. Can I travel to the US?
A: Generally, foreign nationals who have a valid travel document (U.S. visa, ESTA, etc.) may travel to a US port of entry. However, entry restrictions may apply.
Q: I want to renew my nonimmigrant visa that expired more than 12 months ago. Do I need to interview?
A: Monitor the US Embassy website for what visa services they are able to provide without interview and how to submit your application remotely.
Q: How are embassies/consulates prioritizing visa applications as they resume routine services?
A: The volume and type of visa cases each post will process will depend on local circumstances. Please see their website for details.
Q: Do Presidential Proclamations still apply, or are those being lifted with resumption of visa service?
A: The 5 geographical Proclamations (PP 9984, 9992, 9993, 9996, 10041) and the 2 Labor Market Proclamations (PP 10014, 10052) are in effect until terminated by the President.
Q: Where do I go to find information about self-isolation and travel restrictions once I am in the United States?
A: Please refer to the local authorities in your destination(s) for this information.
Q: When will embassies/consulates resume K1 visa processing?
A: U.S. missions are prioritizing K applications and will resume K processing as soon as local conditions and resources allow. Applicants should check the nearest embassy’s website for updates.
Q: Are K1 visa holders subject to entry restrictions in the Proclamations?
A: K1 visa holders are subject to entry restrictions for those who have been in countries listed here in the past 14 days, unless eligible for a National Interest Exception.
Q: If my I-129F petition has expired, do I need a new one before I have a K visa interview?
A: The I-129F Petition is valid for 4 months; however, consular officers may revalidate the petition in 4 month increments. For most cases it won’t be necessary to file a new petition.
Q: When will you resume processing immediate family member immigrant visas?
A: US citizen spouses (IR/CR1) and children under 21 (IR/CR2, IR/IH3, IR/IH4) applications are considered the highest priority immigrant visa applications as our missions resume visa processing.
Q: When will you resume student visa processing?
A: Student visas are high priority, and we will make every effort to assist students while keeping our staff and customers safe. We are unable to provide a date for when each mission will resume specific visa services.
Q: Do I qualify for a visa appointment if I am a student and my classes start soon?
A: Student applicants who need to travel immediately should follow the guidance provided on their nearest embassy’s website regarding their ability to process routine student applications.
Q: I have an H1B, H2B, J, or L petition. When can I have an interview?
A: Suspension of entry applies to any alien who did not have a valid nonimmigrant visa on June 24, 2020. Those subject to restrictions are not eligible to enter the US, unless eligible for an exception.
Q: I am in the US on a valid H1B, H2B, L, or J visa but my visa will expire before Dec 31, 2020. Will I be able to renew my visa?
A: An H1B, H2B, L, or J visa holder who was physically present in the US on June 24, 2020 is not subject to Proclamation 10052. (1/3)