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Since March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected the Department of State’s ability to process immigrant visa applications.  U.S. embassies and consulates are working to resume routine visa services on a location-by-location basis as expeditiously as possible in a safe manner.  However, the pandemic continues to severely impact the number of visas most embassies and consulates abroad are able to process.  The particular constraints vary based on local conditions and restrictions, but include local and national lockdowns; travel restrictions; host country quarantine regulations; and measures taken by each embassies and consulates to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Immigrant Visa applicants whose cases completed processing at NVC and ready for interview as of December 465,978
Number of Immigrant Visa applicants scheduled for January 2022 interview appointments 26,605
Immigrant Visa applicants still pending the scheduling of an interview after January 2022 appointment scheduling was completed 439,373

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