The U.S. State Department announced last week that it will temporarily expand the pool of visa applicants who are eligible to have their interview waived.
Background: The State Department implemented the change in effort to limit the number of in-person visits and limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
BAL Analysis: While the expansion of the interview waiver will benefit some applicants, the impact will be limited both because consular officers retain discretion to require an interview and because of limited visa services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. BAL continues to monitor the administration’s response to the pandemic and will provide updates as information becomes available.
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