U.S. Embassy in El Salvador suspends visa appointments

The U.S. Embassy in El Salvador today informed that as of March 18, 2020Until further notice, it will suspend appointments for immigrant and non-immigrant visa services as a precautionary measure in the face of the new coronavirus pandemic that is affecting the rest of the world.

El Salvador declared a national quarantine on March 11, 2020 to limit the spread of COVID-19. The country has closed its borders and airports to most foreigners. Its extreme actions have ensured that to date, the country has do not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The Embassy stated that it expects to resume service as soon as possible, but did not give an exact date at this time. Nor did it explain how interviews already scheduled will be rescheduled.

However, the diplomatic mission reminded people who have their visa appointments marked on the calendar that the visa payment is valid and can be used for a future application within one year from the date of payment.

Emergency assistance for U.S. citizens

U.S. citizens in need of emergency consular assistance may call (503) 2501-2999 or (301) 985-8840 ext. 2999 or send an e-mail to ACSSanSal@state.gov to request assistance.

Recommendations to immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applicants

All applicants for U.S. visas in El Salvador should consult with a licensed and experienced U.S. immigration attorney to receive authoritative and accurate immigration legal guidance. For example, the U.S. government has implemented new public charge requirements that most visa applicants must meet or their cases will be denied.