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According to a notice posted by the State Department Visa Office, the U.S. State Department is suspending all “routine” visa services in most countries as of March 18 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The notice advises to check the website of the appropriate U.S. embassy or consulate for its current operating status. On March 19, the State Department issued a worldwide level 4 travel advisory.
Background: The State Department has already suspended visa services at numerous consulates around the world, and travelers from 30 countries are currently under entry bans to the U.S.
BAL Analysis: Employers and visa applicants should plan for significant delays as travel becomes increasingly curtailed and as more U.S. consulates suspend visa services.
BAL has prepared an FAQ that discusses the implications of the measures that have been taken in response to the outbreak on U.S. immigration law. Read the full FAQ here.
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