Today we will be focusing on
“Latest US Immigrant Visa Interview Update at US Embassy ”
The video intends to cover the following topics
1. General Trends
2. Which US Embassies are closed
3. Tips to track your upcoming interview
4. Immigrant Visa Interview Trends
Let’s jump onto the topic :
Routine visa services remain suspended in most US Embassies due to precautions and limited resources due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Embassy continues to operate on reduced staffing and is continually evaluating the conditions necessary to resume full services.
Immigrant Visa (IV): The Embassy is currently processing limited numbers of the following:
Cases for applicants previously interviewed and refused under INA Section 221(g) for additional document submission or processing.
Interviews for any case with a derivative applicant who is turning 21 years old and/or risks losing eligibility as a child or derivative.
As capacity allows: Interviews for IR-1, CR-1, IW-1, IR-2, CR-2, IR-3, IH-3, IR-4, K-1/2, IH-4, IR-5, SB-1, and I-131A applicants whose cases are already at Post for processing.
Approved Expedited Cases
Visa interviews for all other immigrant visa categories are processed at slower rates until local conditions and capacity allows.
Please Note – Services to U.S. citizens continue to be available.
And as of early April, 75 percent of U.S. consulates abroad remained at least partially closed.
In January 2020, there was a backlog of 75,000 at US Embassy immigrant visas for those wishing to come to the United States; as of February 2021, the backlog had ballooned to 473,000.
Documents filed in a visa lawsuit show that during the month of January 2020, before the pandemic, the State Department scheduled 22,856 family-preference visa interviews, worldwide. This past January, it scheduled 262 — a drop of nearly 99%.
Even though President Joe Biden has moved to reverse many of his predecessor’s anti-immigration policies, the consequences of those restrictive measures linger and have contributed to a massive backlog of nearly 2.6 million visa applications (at USCIS , NVC & US Embassy).
The backlog includes nearly half a million applicants who are “documentarily qualified” and ready for interviews, according to a recent legal filing by the State Department. Backlogs in some immigrant-visa categories are 50 or even 100 times higher than they were four years ago, at the start of the Trump administration
COUNTRY VISA SERVICES
Pakistan The Government of Pakistan has declared a national holiday from May 10 through May 15 in response to COVID-19 and to commemorate Eid al Fitr. Mission Consular Sections will be open only for emergency U.S. Citizen Services May 10 through 12 and closed in observance of the Eid holiday May 13 and 14.The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General in Thailand has resumed routine nonimmigrant and immigrant visa services
Philippines The U.S. Embassy Manila has resumed certain nonimmigrant visa services, including in the F, M, and certain J categories, C1/D, E, I, O, an P visas, and certain immigrant visas including IR1, IR2, CR1, CR2, and EB3 nurses.
Mexico United Kingdom Dominican Republic
India The U.S. Embassy New Delhi and the consulates in Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata have suspended all visa services until May 15 and at the Consulate in Mumbai until May 28.
China The U.S. Consulate General Guangzhou has resumed processing of fiance(e) and immigrant visa applications. Nonimmigrant visa services are suspended at the U.S Embassy in Beijing and the U.S. Consulates General in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenyang.
Ukraine The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine is currently offering immigrant visa appointments in every category, and a limited number of nonimmigrant visas, mostly for C1/D crew members.
Russia Routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services are currently suspended.
Vietnam The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City are offering all nonimmigrant and immigrant visa services.
Indonesia The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta is offering immigrant visa services in all categories. The United States Embassy in Jakarta and Consulate General Surabaya have resumed limited appointments for all nonimmigrant visa categories.
Canada The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Canada have resumed certain non-emergency nonimmigrant visa services. The U.S. Consulate General in Montreal is open for immigrant visa appointments and will prioritize immediate relative visas of U.S. citizens
Pakistan US Embassy
During the month of May 2021 , Islamabad Plans to cover interviews of those spouses of US citizens who got Documentarily Qualified in June 2020
India US Embasy
During the month of May 2021 , India Plans to cover interviews of those spouses of US citizens who got Documentarily Qualified in June 2020
Tip to Track your Upcoming Interview