As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ease, the United States Department of State (“DOS”) has announced that the earlier tiered approach aimed at reducing backlogs has been rescinded. Instead of the tiered approach, DOS will focus on reducing wait times for all consular processing services while also protecting the health and safety of applicants and DOS employees.

While DOS notes that local conditions and restrictions on the ground may continue to fluctuate and dictate the level of consular services that they may provide, individual embassies and consulates will be given broad discretion to determine how they wish to prioritize visa interview appointments.

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