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Information for Visa Applicants Regarding CoVid-19
June 23, 2021

Information for visa applicants regarding COVID-19:   

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to reopen our full visa operations and facilitate travel between the United States and Nepal in a manner that is safe for both our applicants and our staff. Please continue to monitor our website for further updates. Additional information on the resumption of visa services is available on the travel.state.gov  “Visa Services Operating Status” information page.    

Immigrant Visas   

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Our consular section is processing a limited number of Immigrant Visas, including those for immediate relatives and fiancés of U.S. citizens, Returning Residents, and others as capacity allows.   

Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) 10014, entitled “Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak,” was rescinded on February 24, 2021.  For detailed information, please visit travel.state.gov’s “Rescission of Presidential Proclamation 10014” information page.   

Nonimmigrant Visas  

The consular section is processing nonimmigrant visas in the below limited circumstances:   

  •  B1/B2 visas that can be renewed without an interview (please see the eligibility criteria and instructions here); 
  • Diplomatic and official visas;   
  •  A limited number of C1/D appointments for air and sea crewmembers;  
  •  A limited number of F, M, and J student and exchange visitor visas; 
  •  A limited number of petition-based work visas; and  
  • Other nonimmigrant visas in very limited medical or other emergency situations. 

We do not yet know when we will be able to further resume routine visa services and open additional visa appointments. As soon as it is determined safe to return to regular visa processing, we will do so. 

For nonimmigrant visa applicants, the Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee is valid and may be used for a visa application in the country where it was purchased until September 30, 2022.   

If an applicant has an emergency and needs to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/np/np-niv-expeditedappointment.asp. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and only true emergency situations will be approved.  

Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus  

Entry of non-immigrants who were present in India, South Africa, Brazil, the U.K., Ireland, People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, Iran, or the 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area within 14 days prior to their entry or attempted entry into the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation.  If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel to India, South Africa, Brazil, the U.K., Ireland, China, Iran, or the Schengen Area (which is composed of: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland) prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country(ies).   

More information about the proclamation is available here.