Immigration Updates: Visa Processing, Travel Bans and the New USCIS Fee Schedule

Read on for an overview of updates on immigration and global mobility issues, including those involving visa processing at U.S. embassies and consulates, restrictions on travel and the new U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) fee schedule.

Visa Processing at U.S. Embassies and Consulates

While some consulates are reopening to provide visa services, many are still closed for routine visa processing or are only offering limited services. For example, the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina started accepting applications for F, M and J visas on August 24, but remains closed for other visa processing. Applicants with urgent travel needs or who believe they qualify for one of the National Interest Exceptions generally must apply for an expedited or emergency visa appointment. Up-to-date information about visa processing can be found here.

The 14-Day COVID-19-Related Entry Bans on China, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Iran, Brazil and the Schengen Countries

Numerous travel bans and restrictions on visa issuance remain in place. This includes restrictions on entry to the United States for certain foreign nationals who are traveling from certain countries, regardless of visa status. These restrictions are still in place as of this publication date and will remain in place until they are explicitly terminated by the president. The list of countries includes China, the United Kingdom (U.K.), Ireland, Iran, Brazil and the Schengen countries. Foreign nationals who have been in one of these countries within the 14 days prior to the date of their U.S. entry will not be admitted unless they have received an exemption.

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