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U.S. Consular Update – Tiered Approach to Immigrant Visa Interviews

All U.S. embassies and consulates continue to have a significant backlog of immigrant visas. As a result, they are using a tiered approach to triage immigrant visa applications based on the category of immigrant visa as they resume and expand processing.  The following lists the main categories of immigrant visas in priority order: 

Tier One: Immediate relative intercountry adoption visas, age-out cases (cases where the applicant will soon no longer qualify due to their age), certain Special Immigrant Visas (SQ and SI for Afghan and Iraqi nationals working with the U.S. government), and emergency cases as determined on a case-by-case basis (example, Health Care workers involved in pandemic response services). 

Tier Two:  Immediate relative visas; fiancé(e) visas; and returning resident visas. 

Tier Three: Family preference immigrant visas and SE Special Immigrant Visas for certain employees of the U.S. government abroad. 

Tier Four: All other immigrant visas, including employment preference and diversity visas. 

Please check with your attorney to review your options for maintaining or extending your lawful status in the United States. 

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