Monday, July 13, 2020 - The United States, State Department issued a tweet today informing the public that embassies and consulates will begin opening for visa services, after most posts closed or limited services in March of this year, due to COVID-19.
"US embassies and consulates are beginning the phased resumption of routine visa services. The dates for each embassy or consulate will depend on local conditions. We are unable to provide details for each location. Please monitor the embassy or consulate website for updates."
The State Department has not released a list of consulate openings nor timelines. Phased resumption of routine visa services will be decided on a post-by-post basis depending on local conditions. This information will be available on individual consulate websites.
When consular posts begin scheduling appointments, we expect to see less traffic as the latest round of immigration bans continue to apply. EB-5 and E-2 visas continue to be qualifying categories and could benefit from a reduction in consular appointments for H-1B, H-2B, J, L, EB-2, EB-3 and many more.
We will continue to update you as we gain information from individual consulates. For questions, you can contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.