Up-to-date information on U.S. embassy and consulate wait times can be of great importance. Whether you need to apply for a visit visa for the United States or applying for immigration, understanding the current state of U.S. visa services is essential. This article provides a detailed overview of the current visa services status by country as of September 2023.
From Pandemic Disruption to Current Status
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, U.S. visa services worldwide experienced significant disruption. As time passed, restrictions were eased and many services resumed, albeit with new procedures and protocols in place. Today, we'll explore the current status of these services in various regions around the globe.
In Manila, U.S. Embassy has resumed all routine visa services. However, interview wait times have been extended due to the pandemic's impact. The embassy prioritizes applicants with urgent travel needs for nonimmigrant visas.
In Thailand, both the U.S. Embassy and Consulate General have resumed routine nonimmigrant and immigrant visa services. Applicants can also opt to renew their visa by mail.
The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi has resumed all visa services. Nonimmigrant and immigrant visa interviews have slowly begun to resume.
In Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shenyang, U.S. Embassy and Consulates have resumed routine consular services. However, Consulate General Shanghai can only offer emergency services until further notice.
The U.S. Consulate in Mumbai has reopened all immigrant visa services. However, routine nonimmigrant services remain limited at U.S. Embassy New Delhi and the consulates in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai.
In Jakarta, the U.S. Embassy is offering immigrant visa services in all categories. Both the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and Consulate General Surabaya have resumed limited appointments for all nonimmigrant visa categories.
Visa services in Mexico are limited and vary by city. Applicants should expect longer wait times.
The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo is interviewing all categories of immigrant visas and has resumed limited routine work and student visa services.
The U.S. Embassy and consulates in Brazil have resumed routine nonimmigrant visa appointments. Immigrant visa services are available but wait times are long.
The U.S. Embassy in Bogota has resumed routine nonimmigrant and immigrant visa services.
The U.S. Embassy in Havana has resumed full immigrant visa processing and consular services for the first time since 2017.
Visa services in Canada vary by city. The U.S. Embassy and consulates have resumed U.S. citizen services and most nonimmigrant visa services.
Europe and Russia
The U.S. Embassy in London and the U.S. consulate in Belfast have resumed routine visa services. However, appointments remain limited due to a backlog of applicants.
The U.S. Department of State has suspended consular services at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv due to the Russian invasion. Consulate General Frankfurt is the primary processing location for Ukrainians.
U.S. Embassy Moscow has suspended all immigrant visa services. U.S. Embassy Warsaw is processing immigrant visas for residents of Russia.
Africa and the Middle East
The U.S. Embassy in Khartoum has suspended its operations due to escalating violence in Sudan.
The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and Consulate General in Lagos are offering limited non-immigrant and immigrant visa services.
Practical Implications and Actionable Advice
Stay informed about changes in visa services by regularly checking official U.S. embassy and consulate websites and the State Department site.
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