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I’ve posted about this previously in the B1/B2 visa section, but I figured this particular question would be best answered here. If anyone has seen this before, i apologize for my confusion lol.

 

My boyfriend is a medical student who has been planning on coming to the States for rotations early this July. He was told by the company that he will need a B1 visa for this particular program. With everything closed down, we are now quite worried and upset that the Department of State will not reopen in time for him to apply for the visa. He is from a country that was not part of the initial travel ban. However, the consulate there is still closed. Do you think there is any hope that it will reopen any time soon? Also, being that it is a business visa and he is a medical student, would that qualify as an exception, since it’s strictly for educational purposes and not tourism? I’m not clear on how all this works. I keep seeing articles that say there are no plans to reopen our borders to international travel, and that is scary. 

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Nobody knows when the routine visa operations will resume. No date has been set. It is likely that some will resume sooner than others, depending on local conditions.

If he believes he is exempt under the healthcare worker provisions, he can contact the consulate and request an emergency appointment. They will make the decision to grant it or not.


Timelines:

ROC:

Spoiler

7/27/20: Sent forms to Dallas lockbox, 7/30/20: Received by USCIS, 8/10 NOA1 electronic notification received, 8/1/ NOA1 hard copy received

AOS:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago, 9/27/17: received by USCIS, 10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received, 10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received, 10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update), 1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed, 1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received, 1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice, 10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice, 10/25/18: Formal approval, 10/31/18: Green card received

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/16: sent, 12/14/16: NOA1 hard copy received, 3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification), 3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved! , 3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received, 4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy, 4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy, 4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

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29 minutes ago, cjsm19 said:

I’ve posted about this previously in the B1/B2 visa section, but I figured this particular question would be best answered here. If anyone has seen this before, i apologize for my confusion lol.

 

My boyfriend is a medical student who has been planning on coming to the States for rotations early this July. He was told by the company that he will need a B1 visa for this particular program. With everything closed down, we are now quite worried and upset that the Department of State will not reopen in time for him to apply for the visa. He is from a country that was not part of the initial travel ban. However, the consulate there is still closed. Do you think there is any hope that it will reopen any time soon? Also, being that it is a business visa and he is a medical student, would that qualify as an exception, since it’s strictly for educational purposes and not tourism? I’m not clear on how all this works. I keep seeing articles that say there are no plans to reopen our borders to international travel, and that is scary. 


1. Nobody will know when they open. They may follow the uscis which is planning to open inperson services from Jun 4 unless it’s extended again due to public closures.

 

2. Educational purpose will not qualify as exception imho.


Spouse:

2015-06-16: I-130 Sent

2015-08-17: I-130 approved

2015-09-23: NVC received file

2015-10-05: NVC assigned Case number, Invoice ID & Beneficiary ID

2016-06-30: DS-261 completed, AOS Fee Paid, WL received

2016-07-05: Received IV invoice, IV Fee Paid

2016-07-06: DS-260 Submitted

2016-07-07: AOS and IV Package mailed

2016-07-08: NVC Scan

2016-08-08: Case Complete

2017-06-30: Interview, approved

2017-07-04: Visa in hand

2017-08-01: Entry to US

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Myself:

2016-05-10: N-400 Sent

2016-05-16: N-400 NOA1

2016-05-26: Biometrics

2017-01-30: Interview

2017-03-02: Oath Ceremony

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7 minutes ago, arken said:


1. Nobody will know when they open. They may follow the uscis which is planning to open inperson services from Jun 4 unless it’s extended again due to public closures.

 

2. Educational purpose will not qualify as exception imho.

Thank you for your reply! I kind of figured it wouldn’t qualify, but I thought I’d ask just in case. June 4 is still a month away so hopefully it’ll bring good news. I feel so badly for everyone who is being affected in one way or another by all these bans and restrictions. Just gotta have hope. This can’t go on forever.

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11 minutes ago, geowrian said:

Nobody knows when the routine visa operations will resume. No date has been set. It is likely that some will resume sooner than others, depending on local conditions.

If he believes he is exempt under the healthcare worker provisions, he can contact the consulate and request an emergency appointment. They will make the decision to grant it or not.

Thank you for responding. I did see somewhere that some countries might open sooner depending on the conditions at that time. The lockdown in his country will be lifted in the middle of this month; they haven’t been as badly affected by the virus, so maybe that’s a good sign. Ugh fingers crossed 

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2 hours ago, INF said:

It’s a way to stay when the NVC approves all your documents! 

Oh okay, thanks for the response! I’m still so new to all this, so there are a lot of terms I’m not familiar with. 

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6 hours ago, cjsm19 said:

Oh okay, thanks for the response! I’m still so new to all this, so there are a lot of terms I’m not familiar with. 

Yep no problem DQ = documentirly qualified 

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