Consular Processing Delays Update

Many people around the world are experiencing significant delays in obtaining a visa interview appointment due to the pandemic. There are over 230 consular posts, many of which remain closed or opened on a very limited basis.  For more detailed information about a particular post please click here.  

The Department of State has created a tiered approach to triage immigrant visa applications and consular sections, and where possible, are scheduling some appointments within all four priority tiers every month.

  • Tier One: Immediate relative intercountry adoption visas, age-out cases (cases where the applicant will soon no longer qualify due to their age), certain Special Immigrant Visas (SQ and SI for Afghan and Iraqi nationals working with the U.S. government),and emergency cases as determined on a case-by-case basis
  • Tier Two: Immediate relative visas (parents, spouses and minor children of USC); fiancé(e) visas; and returning resident visas
  • Tier Three: Family preference immigrant visas (adult children of USC, spouses and unmarried children of LPR) and SE Special Immigrant Visas for certain employees of the U.S. government abroad
  • Tier Four: All other immigrant visas, including employment preference and diversity visas

Expedited processing may be available in VERY limited circumstances.  If your case involves an emergency or extraordinary circumstances, please give us a call and we will see what we might be able to do.  Please keep in mind that the expedite requests do take time to be received and responded to.

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