Monday, November 29, 2021

EMBASSY AND CONSULATE GUIDANCE TO PRIORITIZE CERTAIN CONSULAR SERVICES HAS BEEN RESCINDED

The Department of State (DOS) previously issued guidance stating that embassies and consulates were required to prioritize certain consular services, due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The DOS now issued a notice that the November 2020 visa prioritization guidance has been rescinded, effective immediately.

All embassies and consulates now have broad discretion to determine how to best prioritize visa appointments, among the range of visa classifications, at each specific embassy or consulate. Embassies and consulates are still subject to any local conditions or restrictions that are in place. In addition, applicants can still request expedited interviews, if their work will be performed at a facility engaged in pandemic response.

8 comments:

  1. Hello MU Law. I'm an RN who got DQ'd on May 2021. Is it ok to resend an expedited request even after getting denied twice? Thank you

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    1. There is no harm in trying!

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    2. Is it true that sending multiple expedited requests are frowned upon by the NVC and Embassy officers because it consumes more than the actual adjudication of cases?

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    3. Well, yes. I suggest one re-try, but not multiple emails.

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  2. Hi Atty, Due to the interview scheduling backlog, can you advise if it is possible to use the B1/B2 visa and then adjust status to EB3?

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  3. Hello MU Law. The US Embassy in Manila has posted an update on their visa operations. https://ph.usembassy.gov/visas/contactus/

    As you can see from the Visa Operations update, they are processing most employment based cases that were DQ'd in January 2020.

    Do you have nurses whose DQ dates are later than January 2020 and got an interview letter? Or the January 2020 DQ date for processing applies to Nurses as well? Thank you

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