The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) has reiterated its earlier announcement that despite the worldwide suspension of routine visa appointments, U.S. embassies and consulates will continue to provide emergency and critical visa services. Healthcare professionals with an approved non-immigrant or immigrant petition such as an I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Workers or an I-140 Petition for Alien Worker, particularly those working to treat or mitigate COVID-19, are encouraged to contact their nearest embassy or consulate to request an emergency appointment.

The DOS however acknowledges that local government restrictions may limit some embassies and consulates to process emergency visas at this time. In addition, applicants may be subjected to local laws, regulations and current travel restrictions.

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