DOS Announces Embassies in Copenhagen and Oslo Will No Longer Process IV or DV Applicants After 10/1/11

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 11090261 (posted Sep. 2, 2011)"

Effective October 1, 2011, Embassies Copenhagen and Oslo will no longer process immigrant visa (IV) or diversity visa (DV) applications. These Embassies will neither schedule nor conduct IV or DV interviews after October 1. As of October 1, 2011, all immigrant and diversity visa interviews and adjudications for residents of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden will take place at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.

Embassies Copenhagen and Oslo will continue to process all cases currently underway until December 31, 2011. After December 31, all pending immigrant and diversity visa cases will be transferred to Embassy Stockholm.

Q: Why is the Department of State making this change to Embassy services?

A: Given the relatively low demand for immigrant visa services in Oslo and Copenhagen, we are consolidating services in Stockholm to make more efficient use of our resources. Because of resource limitations we were forced to make cuts in our services and identified the immigrant visas in northern Europe as an area where our changes would impact the fewest number of applicants.

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