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General COVID-19 Information

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Visa Bulletin

According to the State Department’s April Visa Bulletin :

  • EB-1: All countries except for China and India will advance by three months to June 1, 2019. China will advance by one week to June 8, 2017, while India will advance by two months, to May 1, 2015.
  • EB-2: China will advance by two weeks to September 1, 2015, and India will advance by three days to May 25, 2009.  All other countries will remain current.
  • EB-3 Professional and Skilled Workers: All countries except India and China will remain at January 1, 2017. Cutoff dates for China and India will advance, with China moving ahead by three weeks to April 15, 2016, and India moving ahead by one week to January 22, 2009.

Filed and waiting for an EAD extension?

On March 30th, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will reuse previously submitted biometrics in order to process valid Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, extension requests due to the temporary closure of Application Support Centers (ASC) to the public in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This announcement is consistent with existing USCIS authorities regarding the agency’s ability to reuse previously submitted biometrics.

Applicants who had an appointment scheduled with an ASC on or after the March 18 closure or has filed an I-765 extension will have their application processed using previously submitted biometrics. This will remain in effect until ASCs are open for appointments to the public.

Contact the Visa Office with any questions.

Health, Safety, and Welfare of Exchange Visitors – EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER

Ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of all exchange visitors is the Department of State’s collective highest priority. The Department takes this responsibility very seriously in order to ensure the continued viability of international educational and cultural exchange as an effective public diplomacy tool.

To help safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of all exchange visitors, the Department has established an Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) Emergency Hotline – 1-866-283-9090 – a 24/7 toll-free telephone number that allows exchange visitors to directly contact the Department in emergency and urgent situations. A Department representative is available 24 hours a day.