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Current level of US Visa Services By Country: March 2024

Learn about the current state of services at the various US embassies and consulates.
 

Written by Thelearnvine

The coronavirus epidemic caused the suspension of US visa services across the world. As limitations were lifted, most US embassies and consulates resumed certain immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments. Learn about the present status of visa services in your country.
 

COUNTRY AND VISA SERVICES

Philippines

The US Embassy in Manila has resumed its ordinary visa services. Wait periods for interviews in several visa classes have increased since the epidemic began. The embassy is prioritizing applicants with urgent travel needs and those who have specific visa categories. Click here for additional information. Also visit our guide on immigrating from the Philippines.

 

Mexico

Non-immigrant visas are now being processed by the United States Embassy and Consulates in Mexico, although applicants should anticipate extended wait periods. They may also request for an interview waiver if their visa has expired within the last 48 months.

Non-resident applicants are unable to schedule regular appointments with the US Embassy and Consulates in Mexico. Visa application fees have also gone raised (as of June 2023).

Since resuming normal visa operations, the United States Consulate in Ciudad Juarez has conducted hundreds of visa interviews. For more information, see here. Please review our guide on immigrating from Mexico.

United Kingdom

The US Embassy and Consulates in the UK have started ordinary visa services, however appointments are still restricted, and there remains a backlog of applications. The Embassy is unable to answer queries by email or phone. Check back here for updates.

Israel

The United States Embassy in Jerusalem and its Tel Aviv branch office have restricted services for both immigrant and non-immigrant visas. Those who need to go to the United States in an emergency might apply for an expedited non-immigrant visa. Existing candidates will get an email if their appointment is postponed or canceled. The embassy in Israel also stated that people in need of emergency services can apply at any US embassy or consulate in other countries. For further information, please visit the Embassy's website.


Dominican Republic

The US Embassy in Santo Domingo is currently interviewing all types of immigrant visas. Limited regular work and student visa services have resumed. The embassy has begun in-person interviews for tourist visa applicants, prioritizing those whose appointments were canceled in 2020. Because so many individuals have filed for tourist visas, not all applicants will be given an appointment. Every week, on Wednesdays at 8 a.m., the Embassy opens fresh appointments for tourist visas. For further information, go to the Embassy's website or read this connected webpage about US visa revisions.

Thailand

The Consulate General in Thailand have resumed regular nonimmigrant and immigrant visa providers, albeit the consulate in Chiang Mai does not currently accept immigrant visa applications. It is crucial to remember that wait times may be longer due to backlogs. Applicants can also renew their visas via mail.


Sudan

The US Embassy in Khartoum has ceased operations as unrest in Sudan escalates. Follow the State Department's instructions if you need to depart the country.


Brazil

The United States Embassy and consulates in Brazil have resumed regular nonimmigrant visa appointments. The United States Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro handles all immigrant visas. National interest exemptions are no longer needed to enter the United States. Immigrant visa services are provided, although the wait periods are lengthy. Learn about coming to the United States from Brazil.

Cuba

The United States Embassy in Havana will resume full immigrant visa procedures and consular services in 2023, the first time since 2017, but will only accept a limited number of emergency nonimmigrant visas. Those who have already arranged an appointment at the US Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana, must proceed with the visa procedure there.

Nigeria

The United States Embassy in Nigeria provides immigrant visa services for all categories, but prioritizes particular situations. These include wives and children of US citizens, as well as individuals affected by the 2020 cancellations. In some situations, the Embassy will extend nonimmigrant visas without conducting an interview. The validity term of visiting visas for business and tourism visa holders has been increased to 60 months. See our guide on emigrating to the United States from Nigeria.

Colombia

The US Embassy in Bogotá has resumed ordinary nonimmigrant and immigrant visa processing.


India

The United States Consulate in Mumbai has restored all immigrant visa services. The US Embassy in New Delhi, as well as the consulates in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai, continue to provide limited nonimmigrant services. Learn more about immigration from India.

China

The United States Embassy in Beijing and The consulates in Guangzhou and Shenyang are back to regular consular services. The US Consulate in Shanghai will only provide emergency services until further notice. The number of open appointments will be determined by current personnel levels.

Ukraine


The United States Embassy in Kyiv will begin offering immigrant visa services in March 2024, however K-1 visas and DV cases will be handled by the Frankfurt embassy. The Embassy in Kyiv will also process some nonimmigrant visas, such as H2-B and C1/D visas, as well as a limited number of tourist visas.

Russia

The US Embassy in Moscow has discontinued all immigrant visa services. The United States Embassy in Warsaw is handling immigrant visas for Russian residents. Visa services at the US Consulates in Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok remain suspended due to a serious staffing shortage. If you have previously received an appointment notification for a location other than Warsaw, please contact support-Poland@ustraveldocs.com to have the matter relocated. The Department of State has designated the United States Embassy in Tashkent and the US Consulate General in Almaty as processing centers for Russian IR-5 (parent of a US citizen) immigrant visa applicants.


Canada

Visa services differ by city. The United States Embassy and consulates in Canada have resumed services for US citizens and most nonimmigrant visas. Learn how to immigrate to the United States from Canada.

Vietnam


The United States Embassy in Hanoi has resumed full visa services. Nonimmigrant and immigrant visa interviews have progressively resumed.

Indonesia


The US Embassy in Jakarta provides immigrant visa services across all categories. The United States Embassy in Jakarta and Consulate General Surabaya have started restricted appointments for all nonimmigrant visa categories. Some nonimmigrant visa applicants may be qualified for an interview waiver.

 

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