THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
It's been confirmed that specific immigrant and non-immigrant visa services at the US Embassy in London and at the American Consulate in Belfast, Northern Ireland, will resume in the next few weeks.
From July 27, services including immigrant visas for spouses and children of US citizens, and student visas in the M1 and F1 categories, will be resumed at the US Embassy in London. These services will then resume at the US Consulate in Belfast from August 3.
The Embassy has noted that due to substantial backlogs, there will likely be long waiting times when services re-open. The Embassy also confirms that "The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment."
For those with an urgent need to travel, the Embassy says to use the guidance provided by your Visa Appointment Service account to request an expedited appointment.
Due to the recent Presidential proclamation (10052) suspending H1B, H2B, H4, L and certain J category visas, you should only schedule an appointment relating to these visas if you believe "you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the proclamation".
The Embassy isn't operating a waiting list, so you'll need to log in to your Visa Appointment Service calendar regularly to find out when the next available appointments are.
If you're attending the Embassy, also take note of new safety procedures to protect you and staff during your visit.
For more information and updates on Embassy services which are available, go to uk.usembassy.gov/information-for-nonimmigrant-visa-applicants-following-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/
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