Visa Update: Phased Resumption of Routine Visa Services

The Department of State suspended routine visa services worldwide in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As global conditions evolve, U.S. Embassies and Consulates have initiated a phased resumption of routine visa services. The resumption of routine visa services is on a post-by-post basis, in coordination with the Department’s Diplomacy Strong framework for safely returning our workforce to Department facilities. U.S. Embassies and Consulates have continued to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services since March and will continue to do so as they are able. As post-specific conditions improve, our missions have begun providing additional services, culminating eventually in a complete resumption of routine visa services.

We are unable to provide a specific date for when each mission will resume specific visa services, or when each mission will return to processing at pre-Covid workload levels. See https://ph.usembassy.gov/visas/visa-updates/ for information regarding operating status and which services it is currently offering. Our missions overseas continue to provide all possible services to U.S. citizens. More information is available on https://ph.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/.

Applicants with an urgent matter who need to travel immediately should follow the guidance provided on our website at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph/ph-niv-emergencyappointment.asp (Nonimmigrant Visa) or https://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph/ph-iv-expeditedappointment.asp (Immigrant Visa) to request an emergency appointment.