DOS Provides Update on Visa Processing at U.S. Embassy Kabul

From DOS:

The consular section at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul has closed due to the rapidly changing security situation. Nonimmigrant visa appointments remain unavailable and all immigrant visa appointments, including Special Immigrant Visas, at the Embassy have been cancelled.

The Department of State’s efforts are devoted to first assisting U.S. citizens to depart Afghanistan. While prioritizing U.S. citizens and then lawful permanent residents (LPRs) of the United States, we are also focused on assisting immediate family members of U.S. citizens and LPRs, including those that have pending immigrant visa applications. Immigrant visa applicants should continue monitoring official U.S. Government websites, including travel.state.gov, for updated information. Immigrant visa applicants outside of Afghanistan may request their case be transferred to the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to complete processing. To request a case transfer, please submit a request to the National Visa Center via this form: https://nvc.state.gov/inquiry.

We are also doing everything we can to accelerate our efforts to relocate those Afghans who have worked with us or on our behalf over the years. Afghan nationals who are eligible for the SIV program who have not yet done so, are encouraged to submit one complete application package to the National Visa Center (AfghanSIVapplication@state.gov ) to facilitate processing in an expeditious manner. Please refer to Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans - Who Were Employed by/on Behalf of the U.S. Government (state.gov) for more information regarding the SIV process and who to contact with questions.

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 21081741.