The United States Department of State (“DOS”) has announced updates to the tiered approach to remove backlogs and resume normal consular operations at embassies and consulates that have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to DOS, Tier 1, which includes immediate relative intercountry adoption visas and age-out cases will also accept emergency cases as determined on a case-by-case basis.

While there were no changes to Tiers 2-4, DOS has recognized the role of healthcare providers in the battle against the pandemic and has instructed embassies and consulates to prioritize these healthcare providers with approved immigrant petitions scheduled to work at healthcare facilities engaged in pandemic response.

Healthcare providers in Asia with an approved I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker and have submitted required documentation to the National Visa Center are encouraged to contact us at and speak with a U.S. immigration attorney in Ho Chi Minh City, Manila, and Taipei.

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