The US embassy in Kabul has announced that it will begin a phased resumption of immigrant visa interviews by early February.
“The initial phase will involve rescheduling applicants who had their interviews canceled due to the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section halting in person appearances because of COVID,” the US embassy said in a series of tweets.
The US embassy said that once the phase is complete, the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section, in coordination with the National Visa Center, will resume scheduling new immigrant visa appointments for applications that are documentarily complete.
According to US embassy, the Consular Section will schedule applicants in the order that they became documentarily qualified and will not have capacity for expedited appointments.
“Due to ongoing COVID-mitigation measures, the Embassy will have a reduced appointment capacity,” the embassy said.
“The health and safety of applicants and staff will be the first priority as the Consular Section resumes visa interviews and may require future cancellations or reductions in appointments,” the US embassy asserted.
“Applicants with a pending appointment or with a case that is ready for scheduling may still face significant delays. Nonimmigrant visa interviews remain suspended due to COVID,” the embassy added.