State Department suspends visa services for COVID-19

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced the suspension of routine immigrant and non-immigrant visa services in most countries around the world as a precautionary measure in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The suspension of services began on March 18, 2020. DOS expects to resume these services as soon as possible, but did not provide a specific date.

Persons wishing to apply for immigrant or nonimmigrant visas should consult the websites of U.S. embassies or consulates. to ascertain their current operational status. As long as resources are available, embassies and consulates will continue to provide visa services. urgent and emergency.

Although routine services for immigrant and nonimmigrant visas have been cancelled, fees already paid are still valid and can be used for a visa appointment in the country where paid within one year from the date of payment.

The suspension of routine visa services does not affect the visa waiver program.

Services for U.S. citizens continue to be available. For more information, please see the website

Individuals with urgent matters and who need to travel immediately should follow the guidance provided in the United States embassies website to request an emergency appointment.