US suspends all routine visa companies as a consequence of virus

(FILES) In this file photograph taken on January 05, 2020 WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: The U.S. Department of State is seen on January 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. Tensions are excessive within the center east after a U.S. airstrike in Iraq killed Qassem Soleimani, a prime Iranian army chief. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP – The US stated on March 20, 2020, it was suspending all routine visa companies around the globe because of the international coronavirus pandemic. The State Department stated in a journey advisory US embassies and consulates would nonetheless take into account emergency visas if they’ve enough employees. (Photo by MARK WILSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

US embassies and consulates will nonetheless take into account emergency visas if they’ve enough employees, the State Department stated.

“In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State is temporarily suspending routine visa services at all US embassies and consulates,” a journey advisory stated.

The State Department had already stated it was suspending visa issuance at most posts abroad. But Friday’s order was international and, whereas short-term, there was no date set for companies to renew.

The suspension won’t in itself have an effect on travellers, largely from Western and rich Asian nations, who can come to the United States with out visas.

However, the United States has quickly halted arrivals of most Europeans in a transfer to halt the unfold of the pandemic.

US embassies will nonetheless be open and out there to help US residents, the State Department stated.

The State Department has nonetheless urged all Americans abroad to come back house if business flights can be found as a consequence of restricted help out there and journey bottlenecks created by the pandemic.

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