Friday, July 17, 2020

Good news for foreigners waiting for visas

Almost four months after the suspension of routine visa services worldwide in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Department of State will gradually resume the issuance of visas at U.S. embassies and consulates.

The Department announced the resumption of routine consular services in each diplomatic mission depending on the health conditions of the country in which it is located, in order to ensure the safety of its workforce in American embassies and consulates around the world.

“As global conditions evolve, U.S. embassies and consulates are beginning a phased resumption of routine visa services,” the agency said in a news release Tuesday, noting that the reopening “will occur on a post-by-post basis.”

Since March, U.S. embassies and consulates have only been providing emergency appointments and mission critical visa services, and will continue to do so.

The foreign policy agency said it is unable to detail a specific date an embassy or consulate will resume consular visa services or return to the same visa processing pace prior to the COVID-19 crisis.

Visa applicants are encouraged to monitor the website of their respective consular facility for additional information on operating status and consular services offered, including appointments availability.

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