Coronavirus Covid-19: USCIS, NVC, US Consulate Operating Status

Updates on Office Opening Status of US Immigration during Covid-19 Pandemic

VisaCoach’s status and response to Coronavirus and it’s effects on Fiance, Spouse and marriage based immigration

USCIS June 3 reopening !!

USCIS announced their front offices, where public interviews are held will reopen June 3.

Their back offices had continued “business as usual” basically throughout the quarantine.  So many of VisaCoach’s adjustment of status and removal of conditions applications, are getting their interviews waived and getting conditional and permanent green cards in the mail. Those that require interviews, including those applying for US Citizenship where interviews are always mandatory will start to be processed after the offices reopen and allow in-person with public meetings, such as interviews and info pass appointments starting on June 3 2020

As many applicants have held off submitting applications to USCIS, due to waiting to take a final overseas trip before applying, USCIS appears to be currently less busy enjoying lighter than usual case load. I expect that new applications submitted prior to worldwide lifting of travel restrictions will enjoy faster USCIS processing.  Once travel resumes, expect a large influx of new cases, as those who have been on travel-hold send in their paper work. So at that time processing times will probably stretch and slow considerably, at least until that wave of cases are handled.

USCIS:  Back offices open, Front offices scheduled to reopen on June 3
https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-response-covid-19 https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-office-closings

NVC (National Visa Center)

Their operations have always been “back office”. So they have continued their work without pause. However, due to the consulates being closed to interviews, NVC instead of routinely notifying applicants that their cases have been forwarded overseas, are now holding these cases at NVC, awaiting the consulates to resume their normal operations.

NVC (National Visa Center) Back Offices open
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/suspension-of-routine-visa-services.html

Internal Revenue Service

Front offices are closed to the public. Back offices are busy attending to payments for the stimulus payments. Processing requests for Tax Return Transcripts has been temporarily halted

IRS (Internal Revenue Service) Back offices open, overwhelmed by processing Stimulus payments
https://federalnewsnetwork.com/workforce/2020/04/irs-tells-initial-wave-of-10k-employees-to-return-to-office-monday-bring-own-ppe/

Social Security

Offices are closed to the public. Service to issue new Social Security Numbers, either in-person, or from online have been halted

Social Security Administration
https://www.ssa.gov/agency/emergency/

US Consulates

Most US Consulates worldwide halted in-person interviews around March 20 and have a two month backlog of cancelled visa interviews.  Today there is a month’s worth of interviews already backed up.  Gradually, as host countries suspend their local quarantines the consulates plan to reopen.

Afghanistan

Albania

Brazil ( as of June 2, Visa Section is (re-) scheduling  postponed interview appointments !!)

Cambodia

Canada

China

Colombia

Cuba

Czech Republic

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Ethiopia

Fiji

Ghana

Hong Kong

Indonesia

Iran

Jamaica

Japan
https://jp.usembassy.gov/visas/
https://jp.usembassy.gov/suspension-of-routine-visa-and-notarial-services/
https://jp.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

Kenya

Korea 

Laos

Mexico

Morocco

Nepal

Nigeria

Oman

Peru

Philippines
US consulate plans to Reopen for Interviews: July 30

Spain

Switzerland

Thailand

Tunisia

Ukraine

United Kingdom

Uruguay

Vietnam (Reopening June 29 for interviews, first priority is to clear March/April/May backlog of Spouse (CR1, IR1) and Dependent Child (CR2, IR2) Visa interviews)

VisaCoach’s status and response to Coronavirus and it’s effects on Fiance, Spouse and marriage based immigration

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