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U.S. Embassies and Consulates Cancel Visa Appointments Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

Published on 3/20/2020

There have been rapid changes in travel and visa restrictions around the globe due to COVID-19. Currently, the Department of State has canceled routine nonimmigrant and immigrant visa services at most U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world. The U.S. Embassies and Consulates will continue to provide emergency services. At this time, there is no specific date as to when the U.S. Embassies and Consulates will resume routine visa services. If your visa appointment has been canceled, you are not required to pay the Machine Readable Visa Fee (MRV fee) to reschedule your appointment, as long as your appointment is rescheduled in the same country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have scheduled a visa appointment abroad, please be sure to check the U.S. Embassy or Consulate’s website, or contact an immigration attorney at Ryan Swanson for the most up-to-date information about the status of your appointment.

For additional information regarding travel restrictions, please refer to the following Department of State website, which lays out COVID-19 guidance per country:


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