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State Dept. Releases FAQ On Immigrant Visa Backlog And Consular Processing

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On April 13, 2021, the Department of State released frequently
asked questions (FAQ) on the immigrant visa backlog and
consular processing. The FAQ notes that the immigrant visa
interview backlog has developed “because of limitations in
staffing and other COVID-related operational constraints preventing
us from processing the same volume of applicants as
pre-pandemic.” In addition, the FAQ cites previous
presidential proclamations that “restricted visa processing
for many immigrants for nearly a year.” The Department said it
would take time to process the cases affected by these travel
restrictions. 

The Department said it is committed to decreasing the backlog by
“prioritizing certain visas, creating efficiencies in the visa
process, and utilizing all available resources until our task is
accomplished.” Applicants should check the website of their
nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for updates on currently
available visa services, the FAQ states. Virtual interviews
are not available because current regulations “require
all immigrant visa applicants to appear in person before a consular
officer,” the FAQ states. 

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