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How Will COVID-19 Affect My Visa Application?

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COVID-19 has changed the way many government offices and organizations handle day-to-day operations. This includes the services provided by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices. Due to recent changes to USCIS operations, many individuals wonder how the Coronavirus may affect their visa application.

Delays in Visa Processing Times

Currently, all USCIS offices are canceling in-person services through May 3 to proactively stop the spread of COVID-19. Individuals who had an interview or appointment cancelled should receive further instructions on how to reschedule. Due to the many factors affecting USCIS operations, it is difficult to estimate the exact length of time that visa applications will be delayed.

Can I Still File a Petition or Apply for a Visa?

It is still possible to file a petition with the USCIS. This includes petitions for immigrant and non-immigrant statuses such as H-1B, L-1, and marriage-based petitions. Similarly, an individual may still submit paperwork and apply for a visa.

Options Available During COVID-19

Even though many USCIS services are being cancelled or restricted, there are still options available for individuals seeking immigration services. People with extraordinary or emergency circumstances may qualify for an emergency appointment with the USCIS. However, these appointments are being granted in limited cases.

Individuals who had a USCIS interview or appointment cancelled due to COVID-19 can register with the USCIS to receive updates on the rescheduling process. This can ensure that you receive accurate and up-to-date information on how to reschedule. Additionally, a knowledgeable immigration attorney at the Hacking Law Practice, LLC may be able to answer questions specific to your individual circumstances.

Contact an Experienced Immigration Lawyer Today

Understanding the recent changes COVID-19 has had on the visa application process can be difficult for many individuals. An experienced immigration lawyer from the Hacking Law Practice, LLC is able to guide you through how COVID-19 has affected your visa application and help decide the best way to move forward. To talk to one of our knowledgeable immigration attorneys, contact us today.

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