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  1. Yes! He was able to attend the interview, no problems at all. Visa was in hand approx. 4 days later and was able to enter NY on Sunday the 11th

  2. Hi! Our CR1 case may need to be transferred to the Naples consulate. Could I be added to the WhatsApp group, if it was ever created?
  3. As far as I know: This depends not on whether Italy knows that you reside abroad but whether you can convince the State Department that you have status in the UK. If you have, or have applied for settled status in the UK, they should allow you to interview in the UK as well.
  4. @Romans13 Shouldn't you be able to find this in CEAC? It should say whether your case is at NVC or MTL.
  5. @Airline Pilot Yes, it's a horrendous system. If I had known two years ago when I started this process that it would take so long, I think we would have done it differently. And of course, it's all the worse that they are not giving us the faintest idea of the reasons for the delay and when they expect to be able to interview again.
  6. @Zelna Ugh, I'm so sorry. It really is unnecessarily cruel of even the career employees of the State Department to fail to come up with a solution. For instance, even if they really think that in-person interviews are very important for security reasons (questionable), if they really wanted to have visas processed, they could come up with a solution. Put up plexiglass between the consular officials and interviewees and make the groups of interviewees called in much smaller, or rent out a larger space temporarily just for interviews. It's telling that the State Department has no interest or appetite for creative solutions. I'm curious what your immigration attorney's reasoning was, though, about the health advisory and the land border. Consider: A few consular posts have, apparently, started rescheduling cancelled IR1/CR1 interviews, especially for people who have already taken their medical exam. There is still a health advisory in effect for all of those places. Why designate the IR1/CR1 categories as "mission critical" if you couldn't process those visas because of a global Level 4 health advisory? Like, what was the point of doing that unless embassies are allowed to work on them? Some of the consular posts that have started rescheduling interviews (Paris, perhaps Naples?) are still subject to the 14-day travel ban from the US. Granted, those bans don't apply to spouses of US citizens ... but then again, spouses of US citizens can fly into the US from Canada, and maybe they can even drive over the border if relocating to the US is considered essential travel. My current, pessimistic guess is that all consular posts could, relative to State Department internal guidelines, process spousal immigrant visas right now -- at least for those interviews, like yours, that were already scheduled. If a given consulate hasn't started rescheduling them, it's either because (a) they can't, because consular staff fled the country for the US (an unwise move in hindsight!) or (b) they won't, because they are very hidebound to their current office layout and practices which require a lot of people working and waiting in small space, which they cannot now do. Ultimately, your attorney's explanation (health advisory/borders) and my explanation (inertia/bureaucracy/risk aversion) probably end up in the same place: there won't be interviews out of the Montreal consulate for a very long time.
  7. Ah, didn't finish typing. Saying "Embassy X is in Phase 3" doesn't distinguish between those two. Phase 3 of the local government plan, or Phase 3 of Diplomacy Strong? I was pointing out that, if consular posts are expected to rigorously adhere to both local regulations and Diplomacy Strong before reopening, that would be bad news for a lot of consular posts. Diplomacy Strong, at least, has some pretty stringent conditions for its Phase 3. But as Paul pointed out above, there seems to be some flexibility in practice for consular posts. They are allowed to work on "mission critical visas" right now, to they extent that they have enough staff and feel comfortable hosting visitors for interviews, and local conditions and regulations allow it. The problem is that not many consular posts seem to be moving quickly to take advantage of this flexibility and reschedule interviews.
  8. There's lots of talk of phases of reopening floating around. But who defines what the phases are? There are two possible answers to that question that are relevant to US consulates and embassies: What the US State Department says. It has its own reopening plan with phases. What the local, host country government(s) say(s). They often have their own reopening plan.
  9. I really hope the consulate's reopening isn't contingent on the land border. Remember, anyone can still fly into the US from Canada, which is also the only realistic way to get to the US from most countries -- even those whose embassies have started rescheduling interviews!
  10. Thanks for this link, Paul. Many of the statements collected on that site appear to refer to local government phase schemes. Others may be referring to the DoS's own reopening plan, which goes by the cringe-worthy name "Diplomacy Strong": https://www.axios.com/pompeo-coronavirus-state-department-reopening-ec5dc86d-6393-4614-b05f-68d3b5f6ec10.html. Certainly, for embassies and consulates, one would expect that both local and State Department plans are relevant: consular operations can resume only to the extent that they are permitted by both. Note that Diplomacy Strong envisages 14-day compliance check periods before moving up a Phase, where the principal metric seems to be continued decrease in coronavirus cases. That would entail that, even if a country has completely wiped out the virus and has no local restrictions, it would be at least a month from the date of entering Diplomacy Strong Phase I until the start of Phase III. My questions: 1) Is it really the case that, for even limited visa processing to resume, the consular post must be in Phase III of Diplomacy Strong? 2) In order to start a Phase under Diplomacy Strong, do all the Xs in the relevant column need to be checked? (See the inset document in the link above and the page on overseas facilities.) My concern is about consular posts in Canada (Montreal) and Mexico if the answers to both questions are yes. That would be bad news for visa applicants in those countries, given that (a) "Land Borders" would need to be checked to enter Phase III and (b) the Canadian (and for all I know, Mexican) border is not likely to reopen this summer: https://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/rebuild/article243666227.html. That would mean months of wait before the consulates even open their doors. Caveats: It's not clear what it would take to check off "Land Borders". (The borders are still there, last I checked!) How open do they have to be? Also, there is some reason to think that not all Phase III requirements need be met for limited visa services to resume: the embassy in Jamaica and a handful of other consular posts have started rescheduling interviews even though the Department of State's global Level 4 travel advisory remains in place. This is true even though "Department of State Travel Advisory" is also one of the Phase III requirements.
  11. We are also waiting on Montreal. PD: October-18-2018 CC: April-29-2020
  12. Text of the new EO: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/
  13. Text of the new order: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/
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