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Update on international travel and US consulate activity

Update on international travel and US consulate activity

For the last several months, US consulates have been closed for routine services, including interviews for immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. This is starting to change. Depending on the country conditions, some consulates are starting to resume visa interviews. This is very haphazard. A consulate opening or scheduling interviews in one country has no bearing on when or whether a consulate in another country will be opening or scheduling interviews.

The key items to remember are these:

1) International travel during the pandemic is going to be challenging. It probably is best to avoid travel.

2) The various executive orders restricting admission to the USA are still in place. Unless you meet one of the exemptions, you may find yourself barred from boarding a plane to the USA, even if you have a visa.

3) If you need a visa, you should check website of the US consulate in your country for the most up-to-date information.

It is always a good idea to consult with an immigration lawyer before you make plans.