U.S. State Department Suspends Routine Visa Services in Most Countries
The U.S. Department of State has announced that, effective March 18, 2020, it is suspending routine visa services “in most countries”. The official announcement is available on the State Department website.
Individuals are advised to check the website of the U.S. Embassy/Consulate where they would be applying for any visa service to determine its current operating status (http://usembassy.gov).
There is no timeframe provided for how long suspension of services would apply, but it is apparent that the suspension of services in many countries correlates to restrictions on public activity to combat COVID-19.
Students and Scholars who have traveled abroad and plan on applying for a new visa should consult the U.S. Embassy/Consulate website for details and update
Students and Scholars who have been considering travel abroad, and would need to obtain a new visa from the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in order to re-enter the U.S., should reconsider travel until further notice.
If any questions arise, please feel free to contact the MIT International Scholars Office or the MIT International Students Office. We will continue to provide any updates on the “Major Immigration Updates” webpage.