OK, due to the current health crisis over COVID-19 there are people around the world who are worrying about the one time use visa that has been issued to them, because travel may not be possible within the expiry date of the visa.
I have mentioned on previous videos, that in EXCEPTIONAL circumstances like this, it is possible to renew or extend a visa, even once expired. So this article and video describes the process.
I am going to paste below the notes from the Foreign Affairs Manual which is the official processing guidelines given to embassies around the world. In other words this is the definitive source of this information. PLEASE note however, that the implementation of this is left to the embassies, so they could decide how they respond, and how they handle each case. All cases are decided on a case by case basis, but at least there is a guideline that you can refer to.
Guidance issued to embassies
9 FAM 504.10-5(A) (U) Issuing Replacement Visa During Validity of Original Visa
a. (U) If you are satisfied that an applicant will be or was unable to use an immigrant visa (IV) during its validity period because of reasons beyond the applicant’s control and for which the applicant is not responsible then you may issue a replacement visa with the originally allocated visa number within the same fiscal year even though the visa has not yet expired. You should recall and cancel the originally-issued visa and collect once again the appropriate IV application processing fee (including the Diversity Visa Lottery Fee for a DV applicant), unless the applicant was unable to use the visa as a result of action by the U.S. Government over which the alien had no control and for which the alien was not responsible.
b. (U) An applicant who will be or was unable to use an IV during its validity period because of reasons within the applicant’s control can submit a new visa application if the petition has not been revoked and if the basis for immigration still exists (i.e., familial relationship). This also applies for new IV applications outside of the original IV’s fiscal year of issuance.
From Sydney embassy
There are currently no special accommodations for applicants whose visas have expired or are about to expire due to being unable or not wanting to travel during COVID-19. If you are unable to immigrate to the United States during the validity period of your immigrant visa, we may be able to issue you a replacement visa (to extend the validity).
We will review your eligibility to receive a replacement visa on a case-by-case basis, but we are not able to review your case until your current visa has expired.
Please note that one of the requirements for a replacement visa is that the basis for your immigration to the United States still exists (e.g. familial relationship, U.S. job offer, etc.) If you are deemed to be eligible for a replacement visa, this would require submission of a new visa application fee, a new medical and/or Australian Federal Police certificate. Furthermore, you may be required to update Form DS-260 along with attending another interview for the replacement visa at the U.S. Consulate General, Sydney.
If you fall under a category where visa number(s) are limited each year, then an immigrant visa number was only available for your use within the month your visa was issued. There is no guarantee that visa numbers will be immediately available for your visa replacement. You may also want to review the Visa Bulletin for further information on visa number availability.
Note: Due to the limited number of visas that may be issued under the *Diversity Visa program, numbers may cease to be available even before this date.
March 21, 2020 at 21:30
Did all US Embassies stoped doing interviews for visa now in light of the travel restriction.
March 21, 2020 at 21:34
Not all. Some are still interviewing, but I expect that to change this coming week, and all interviews will be cancelled.
March 22, 2020 at 15:41
Our interview has been canceled which was on 15th of March in US Embassey kabul Afghanistan . And we will be waiting for rescheduling. Patience is the best way.
April 11, 2020 at 13:31
My Immigrant visa was issued on March 18, 2020 and expiry date is May 22, 2020.
I am from Pakistan and there are no travel restrictions but due to my safety, I am not traveling. Will they extend my Immigrant Visa?
Please guide what to do?
April 11, 2020 at 23:29
If you are able to travel but decide not to, they might determine that your reason was not “unavoidable”. However, I don’t know what they will decide.
March 21, 2020 at 22:03
Hello Brit,I’m dvlottery, I have interview on April in US embassy in abu Dhabi, I didn’t received email from kcc to cancel my interview? Means my interview is not cancel? Right?
March 21, 2020 at 23:14
Hi , Thank you for helping
Will KCC schedule interviews for May 2020 selects in coming weeks or not ?
Thanks a lot
March 22, 2020 at 00:02
I don’t know. WAIT and see.
March 22, 2020 at 00:03
No, maybe not. The embassy will contact you.
March 22, 2020 at 09:46
Brit, will Kentucky continue to send emails about document confirmation?
March 22, 2020 at 16:07
I assume so.
March 22, 2020 at 12:35
Hi Britsimon, i am from Sri Lanka and i am expecting my interview on June(my case no is 24***)so will Asia go “Current in June. If Asia go Current can we except interview on End of June. Please reply
March 22, 2020 at 16:12
I don’t know. Wait and see.
March 22, 2020 at 16:44
Hai, me too from SL. Can U share ur emai?
March 24, 2020 at 14:14
I send email to you please see that
March 22, 2020 at 15:47
please sir looking at the recent video u just posted means if u r issued a visa in March and it expires in August meaning u can travel before it expires in August if only u want to extend the visa date.Bcus my visa is issued and it will expire in August so am planning to travel in May /june can I do that please.
March 22, 2020 at 17:12
You can travel before it expires, subject to whatever travel policy is in place at that time.
March 22, 2020 at 21:07
so I am EU35K
can i ask for my intervies in any other country ? which will be working when my case will be current?
cause Kiev embassy is canceling intervieews even fpor MAY wtf?????
when it was no such order only theyre closed till april15 not till may ????
i want to get my visa no matter what i dot want closed embassy hurt my future
how possibly I can do it? is there a way?
March 22, 2020 at 23:50
No. All embassies have been closed for no essential work.
March 22, 2020 at 21:14
Chill out man, whatever will be will be. No one knows how and when this shit ends
March 23, 2020 at 13:29
I am from Iraq. I am dv winner 2020
I did my interview on 28th November 2019 but there is no response yet. Please do you think there is a chance?
March 23, 2020 at 14:37
March 25, 2020 at 13:30
What should we do for Australia?
March 25, 2020 at 18:43
Can you be more specific and clear.
March 25, 2020 at 15:04
Hi Simon. It’s a wonderful opportunity coming across your block and your great works to support dv selectees. My case number is 2020AF25xxx, a family of 5 from Cameroon. We submitted all ds260s ending Nov last year after wife put to birth and I selected the options to travel with all my family members. However we have been unable to send in our supporting documents yet because there is a huge crisis in getting a passport here in my country. So far myself (principal), my wife and 1 child have had complete documents while the passports of my other 2 children are still pending. I understand that time is not on my side anymore as it is uncertified when the other passports will become available. My concerns are as follows;
1) How do I proceed to submit documents for 3 of us so that we could be scheduled for interview? Will it not be seen as incomplete?
2) my first child will turn 21 in May. Will her age disqualify her from getting a visa as it is certain we can only schedule after then? What are her chances.
I look forward to reading from you. I really appreciate your wonderful service. Thanks
March 25, 2020 at 19:00
1. You must submit a complete set of documents. If you cannot do that you can contact KCC and ask if they would schedule without some missing documents.
2. Read this: https://britsimonsays.com/child-turn-21-can-heshe-get-visa/
March 26, 2020 at 03:38
Thanks so much for your promt reply sir. I really appreciate. I wish to ask, what if I unlock my ds260 and take the option “No” for the question “traveling with this person at this time” for the 2 kids who are unable to get passports. Will that be ok to submit 3 documents then?
March 26, 2020 at 14:40
Possibly, but understand that it could take a LONG time to get them GCs later. If one is the 21 year old, it would take many years for that child.
March 25, 2020 at 21:04
Hello Brit, Hope you are well in these crazy time and Thank you again for all the kind help you are giving us here and I need an advise on my below…
I have submitted all my documents except the passport for my newly born child and got an email from KCC that I haven’t submitted all the required documents. I then call them to clarify and they told me that the missing document is the new born’s passport. I have already applied for the document by doesn’t look like I will be getting it soon, my case no is AF46XXX and if KCC keeps working, could be current on the next VB, if there will be one. My question is since getting the passport could take me months is there is chance to leave my new son out of the DS260 and process his case after we possibly arrive there ? What do you suggest?
March 25, 2020 at 21:56
I suggest getting the documents asap. It would be more expensive and take longer to bring the child later.
March 25, 2020 at 22:02
Thank You Brit for the prompt reply, but is it technically possible to remove someone who was already on the DS260 on the basis of not obtaining complete documents? Thanks Brit
March 25, 2020 at 22:10
You can, yes. It’s just a silly solution to a problem you don’t have yet. You are not going to be interviewed for a few months anyway – don’t think short term. .
March 25, 2020 at 23:18
That makes sense. Thank You brit and stay healthy !
July 4, 2020 at 22:01
I am from Monrovia Liberia.
I want to take this time appreciate your kind responses.
This is my first time to use this page.
I was selected for the 2020-2021 DV results.
For each time I tried to access my DS 260 application, I always see that “the case number entered is currently unavailable”
My case number is 13xxx
Please help me to understand what is the cause?
July 4, 2020 at 22:13
You are probably making some sort of mistake in what you are entering.
March 29, 2020 at 23:12
LPR here who has moved to the US late last year. I left the US to attend to a family issue and came back to Australia in early March. My return flight has since been cancelled as flights have stopped. My question is, if I have to stay out of the US for longer than 6 months because of Covid, will that likely cause my problems when trying to come back, even if it is due to flight restrictions?
March 30, 2020 at 00:51
You can stay out of the USA for 12 months with no problems.
March 30, 2020 at 01:05
Thank you mate.
March 30, 2020 at 14:17
Hi Brit and others,
I am also in a Facebook Group for DV-winners in Europe. One of the members there wrote an immigration lawyer about the current situation around Covid-19 and the impact that has on DV-winners for 2020 and that people will miss out because embassies can currently not execute interviews.
This immigration lawyer was under the impression that there is a possibility to extend the DV-year by by at least two months, meaning until the end of November. She said that she expected that even. Apparently, immigrations lawyers have currently requested that through AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) to the US authorities.
Of course this is not a guarantee that it will be approved at all, and I know that you have a different perspective on this, but I also know that this situation is unprecedented and that an exception might be made this year because of the exceptional circumstances.. All kind of unconventional measures are currently taken by governments worldwide to ease the pain of people, and of course DV-lottery is not the first priorities of governments, but still it is not out of the question.
Just to express another perspective on how the US government might handle this. We have to wait and see.
Thank you for keeping your perspective on DV-lottery issues, even in these crazy times.
March 30, 2020 at 14:32
Sofietta had already told me about this and I had asked her not to create false hope. The deadline will not be extended.
April 2, 2020 at 05:19
I have made an enterview on march 4 and have a visa which will expire by August . So if covid-19 make situations continue like… then ccording to your vidio, I can ask embassy to extend the visa in August. Then my question is: (1).if the embassy is willing to extend my visa can it be extended to…after sep 30 2020? , how many months will my visa can be extended
(2). can I re -extend it?
April 2, 2020 at 05:24
The article above answers those questions.
April 2, 2020 at 07:59
Visa bulletin Will be updated in April or not?
April 3, 2020 at 01:21
April 3, 2020 at 00:24
I was lucky enough to take an emergency trip to the states two weeks ago to activate my green card prior to boarders closing (returned to Australia after).
My understanding is that now gives me a year to move to the US. If this situation is still forcing boarder closures and the situation is still the same in the US come start of next year do I have any wiggle room with the year? Or does my green card become invalid?
April 3, 2020 at 01:33
You have 50 weeks to return. There is no point in thinking about that now.
April 6, 2020 at 00:47
Yeah cool. Can I return within the 50 weeks for just another holiday or does it need to be the perm move this time?
April 6, 2020 at 04:23
It does not have to be the permanent move. Please read the FAQ where that is fully explained.
April 3, 2020 at 20:53
Hello Brit, I activated my green card in August last year and was planning to move to the US in a few months but due to the potential economic crisis that we might face I’d rather postpone it until we know more about the situation. My question is the following: is there any procedure in place to extend the one year period that they give us to move?
Thank you in advace for your precious help.
April 4, 2020 at 14:06
I have answered your question in a Q&A video – here:
April 4, 2020 at 10:31
I am from Nepal. I have my dv visa issued and it expires on 16 April. I have my ticket booked at April 6 but due to the lockdown in my country i am unable to travel in that date. I am mailed to the us embassy in nepal but they didn’t have any specific reply. They are not able to guide me a clear way out of this. Could you please suggest what happens to my case.
April 4, 2020 at 14:25
That is exactly what this post above was about.
April 4, 2020 at 15:31
Hi Simon, I won the 2019 DV lottery and activated my Green Card on July 21st and came back to Aus and was planning to go back to the US start of July but I don’t know if I will be able to get flights or get back into the US by July 21st. Can I get an extension for my Green Card entry date? I was going to come back for another 6 months and them move permanently over to the US.
April 4, 2020 at 20:44
Well that is the topic of the article and video above. If you stay out of the USA for more than 12 months, you may need to apply for an SB1 visa to allow the return. What my latest video posted today for further discussion of that.
April 5, 2020 at 10:29
Hi Simon, Thanks for the video, very informative. Hopefully flights start back up again by July. Is there any way of getting a Re-entry Visa done outside of the US? Thanks, Julian
April 5, 2020 at 15:23
April 5, 2020 at 06:16
Hello Simon, my diversity visa is going to expire on 10th April but due to ongoing covid- 19 crisis i won’t able to travel on 1st April for which i had already booked my ticket for.Can my diversity visa will extend please let me know.
April 5, 2020 at 15:18
Why are you asking me a question when that is exactly the topic of the article above????
April 5, 2020 at 16:02
Hope you’re fine and again thank you for all the support you’re offering us here and I need advice on my below …
I got the visa and it will be expired in August 2020. If the situation is not good by August and unable to travel before the visa expires. As per your explanation I am not clear the following point,
The maximum allowed visa extension till 30th September 2020 (same fiscal year) or beyond that.
April 5, 2020 at 16:10
The visas can only be renewed before September 30, BUT the expiry date can be beyond that date (depending on medical date)
April 6, 2020 at 08:38
April 11, 2020 at 16:05
Hi Dinesh what happen to your visa extend
April 13, 2020 at 09:34
Hello; dear Brit,
I have received my visa which is expired on May 18. Could you please help me mentioning maximum date I can arrive USA not to have problems.
April 13, 2020 at 15:02
Travel options are limited right now, so read the article above about extending your visa.
April 15, 2020 at 14:29
Thank you for the video!
So during activation one is not yet considered to be a green card holder, right?
The travel ban on Europe does not include green card holders, but if I haven’t activated yet, i am also banned from activation?
April 15, 2020 at 16:42
That is the point of the article above. Prior to the first entry to the USA you are not a GC holder (LPR). You have an immigrant visa – that does not allow exception to the ban.
April 16, 2020 at 13:13
Just wondering has anyone come back with a feed back that there visa has been extended due the current crisis? I was searching for this on the site but so far did not come across anyone providing that feedback. Wondering if you noticed one?
April 16, 2020 at 17:28
Not yet – and that makes sense because it would be unwise to extend the visa too soon – and the process (medical, interview) itself would be an unwise exposure.
April 20, 2020 at 03:41
My apologies to ask a similar question again. We are residents of Australia and our activation flight to the US is next week (Expires 26th of May). I understand now that we are not LPR yet until we crossed the boarder and received a stamp into our passports.
Our passports came back from the embassy already stamped and it’s says: Upon endorsement serves as temporary I-551 evidencing permanent residence for 1 year.
1.Does that mean we can enter the country? 2.Or will risk to get sent back as we are no LPR?
3.Are they not accepting activation flights atm?
I also couldn’t find an answer to:
4.Is it’s possible to already have the necessary stamp in the passport prior to entering the USA?
We want to attend the flight and hope we will not get turned away.
I hope to hear from you soon and my apologies if I missed the answer to it in the video or this thread.
April 20, 2020 at 03:46
1. That depends on travel restrictions. You are not an LPR yet – so cannot claim to be a US returning resident.
2. The airline might not allow you to travel. Ask the airline.
3. See 2.
April 21, 2020 at 08:32
Thanks for your response. Our airline has not cancelled our flights and we have checked with them.
Could it be that we are lucky as we are not coming from Europe or Asia but Australia?
I heard Trump announced today he wants to ban all immigrants. I hope that means applicants and not people who already hold an immigrant visa.
Very uncertain times.
April 22, 2020 at 02:36
You can probably enter then, yes.
But do understand that the economy over here is a mess right now because of the pandemic.
April 22, 2020 at 03:19
Thanks for your response! We are aware of the risk we take. Also in Australia the economy suffers and in many other places in the world.
I appreciate your help and wish you great day!
April 20, 2020 at 12:36
I’ve found an article on the UK Embassy site related to Covid19 outbreak:
The following is a little confusing I think:
“When an immigrant visa holder is admitted as an LPR at a U.S. Port of Entry, their passport is stamped with the words “Processed for I-551 temporary evidence of lawful residence” which helps facilitate overseas travel while they are waiting for the Permanent Resident Card to be processed.”
Is there a chance this means you can travel with DV?
What is disappointing:
“If you were issued with a J, O or P visa and it expires, check our website to see if you may qualify to apply for a new visa by courier. All other visa applicants aged 14 to 79 inclusive are required to attend a visa interview appointment when reapplying for a visa.”
So extend your visa requires a personal interview but I know things could change.
April 20, 2020 at 15:38
The article is quite clear, and accurate. The I-551 cannot be used to overcome the proclamation on entry restrictions.
April 21, 2020 at 14:22
I am from Uganda. I did my DV interview in Jan & scheduled to travel to USA in April. Unfortunately, our President declared a travel ban & lockdown in late March. This might continue till mid May depending on the COV-19 situation.
And I just heard President Trump may temporarily suspend immigration. So I am basically stuck on what to do. Any advice?
April 22, 2020 at 02:52
Read the article above and this one:
April 22, 2020 at 19:44
I hope that you and your family are safe and healthy
I would like to ask you if is it possible to get the permanent card (green card) before entering the USA for the first time after getting the immigrant visa ? And has there ever been any precedent in the past in which they did that ?
Because i paid the immigrant fees in the beginning of December and i read that the permanent card must be issued withing 120 days of the initial entry or 120 from the payment date which ever occured first, so i was wondering if it is possible or not.
Thank you soo much for your efforts and your work.
April 23, 2020 at 04:47
No – you need to enter the USA.
April 24, 2020 at 20:57
HELLO BRITT , I AM FROM PERU. FIRST CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ARTICLE. I HAVE AN INMIGRANT VISA iv HOLDER THAT EXPIRES IN JUNE 30. I SEE VERY DIFFICULT THAT THE BORDERS OPEN BEFORE THAT DAY. FOR EXAMPLE IF THE BORDER IN MY COUNTRY OPEN AFTER OCTOBER . WHEN IN YOUR OPINION I HAVE TO APPLY FOR REISUED MY VISA ? AND THE EXPIRES OF MY NEW VISA DEPENDS ON THE DATE OF NEW MEDICAL EXAM? THANKS
April 25, 2020 at 05:34
Please read my recent article about extending the visa.
May 2, 2020 at 13:06
Hi Simon, I am from Europe. Unfortunately, my country has a traveling ban to the USA. My visa expires in mid-May. I contacted the embassy regarding the extension of the visa (they said it’s not a problem). Unfortunately, President Trump has signed a ban on issuing green cards. Does it also apply to the extension of my immigrant visa?
May 2, 2020 at 18:12
Probably, yes. But you should not try to rush the extension anyway – the country is a mess economically – so you need to delay your trip here if you plan to seek work immediately.
May 7, 2020 at 01:32
Sir, I am from Fiji. Due to Covid 19 my wife and I couldn’t travel and our visa expires on 21st May 2020. No more flights from here to USA. What we should do.
May 7, 2020 at 18:33
Read the article/watch the video.
May 27, 2020 at 11:51
Im from fiji too. Rakiraki.
I m in same situation as u. I have the visa to USA as well..expires in end july 2020. Just asking you sir of u..did u manage to travel to USA through any means or not…or is ur visa extended by the embassy Please..if u can share..so i also know what i b into once mine expires.
May 11, 2020 at 04:42
Hello Brit Simon,
I am sorry that i may be repeating the question. Ok so, i have not yet activated my green card and my visa is going to expire in couple of weeks. And if embassies will open i will apply for extention/replacement. Just wonder how recent EO will affect the visa extention. My question is what does Replacement Visa mean? Is it new case and new visa? The second question is can separate Embassies act in their own decretion on this matter? Or it is clear that according to EO replacement visas shall not be issued?
After all we had valid visa at the time of EO signed (on which EO shall not be implemented), because of unavoidable reason we could not use it.
May 11, 2020 at 04:49
It;s not 100% clear whether the EO affects visa renewal requests, but as I have explained, you should delay the renewal request anyway because of the US economy.
May 11, 2020 at 16:57
hi brit As dv Winner i decided to travel to usa with covid. but if I take a transit in uk or any European band country, will be a problem for me???
May 11, 2020 at 18:45
May 14, 2020 at 11:54
my spouse is us citizen and i have been granted ir1 visa which will due on june 25.
commercial flights were cancelled after march in here and because of my mothers illnes i couldnt go untill march(i have proof of her illness)
there has been 2 eavcuate flights to usa last week but i dont want to endanger my health because i can get virus.
do you think they will reissue my ir1 visa if i cant go because i worry about my health? i am afraid to get coronavirus.
do you think i will get extend my ir1 visa?
thank you and please be safe.
May 14, 2020 at 18:05
The article above covers what I know, although I generally only address DV lottery questions.
May 14, 2020 at 18:56
thank you Simon, but what would be your opinion. I didnt want to endanger my health as well as other people.
do you think thet can understand this situation ? we are not going through normal times.
May 14, 2020 at 19:09
My opinion is unimportant.
The question would be how they interpret “unavoidable”.
May 18, 2020 at 06:51
I need your advice. My visa expired few days ago. I’m from Europe(couldn’t activate my green card because of travel ban for Schengen area). I already sent email to the embassy in my country asking them is there any way that I can extend it, but they wrote that Trump signed in 22 April EO and after this 60 days it will be possible, but it looks like this ban can be extended for forever. What can I do in this situation? Is there any information in this EO about no extending existing immigrant visas, which unfortunately expired? Why is embassy saying about this EO, it should be for people who don’t have a visa yet…. I am right? Is there any other way (chance) for me to extend it ? I’m being very disappointed 🙁
May 18, 2020 at 13:27
Their email aligns with what I had assumed to be the case. You will simply have to wait to see if the ban is extended – and FYI I do not agree that “it looks like this ban can be extended for forever”.
May 19, 2020 at 05:36
In my opinion renewal of immigration visa should not be subject of the EO. It is renewal visa not new visa. THere is no application for visa. Visa already issue. I think you have write Embassy again when they open.
May 19, 2020 at 05:37
Sorry not “renewal” but “replacement”
May 19, 2020 at 14:06
@Baha, you can read my answer – right?
May 25, 2020 at 19:43
Please I want to apply to renew my visa. It is expired on 20 May. I couldn’t travel due to travel restriction. I do not know how can I do that. Please can you help me?
May 25, 2020 at 20:04
As described above. You would need to contact the embassy – but for now you need to wait because the embassies are closed.
May 26, 2020 at 06:56
I am from Nepal. My visa expires this early July hence reached out to embassy to get details on procedure but here is their reply:
” If you are unable to travel to U.S. due to the current situation, please wait and contact us back once the situation returns to normal as the U.S. Embassy has suspended all the routine visa services. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. You may check below website time to time for further updates”
1. Should I wait for my visa to expire and contact embassy only after it gets expired? Since as mentioned in email routine visa services are closed and I believe 60 day ban is valid or remain till June 23 or worst case might be extended.
2. Does US Visa extension or renewal process only starts after it expires or application is made before it expiry ?
3. Besides, I have already paid my Green Card fee online back in March, what happens to this if I go through extension process? Do I need to repay ? I understand that Medical and Interview will charge again.
4. Lastly, I could not find my comments that I have made previously in your posts.
May 26, 2020 at 18:09
1. Yes. There is NO ADVANTAGE to rushing – you want to delay as much as possible to come to the USA when the pandemic and economy has recovered. BUT you cannot extend the visas after September 30th – you must do it before then.
2. See 1.
3. You would probably have to pay that again too.
4. They are there – I can see 27 posts from you.
June 8, 2020 at 22:07
Hi please advice,
I am holder of IV with expiring date of 3/7/2020. I can;t travel to the US due to the unavoidable reason of COVID-19. How can i apply for extension of visa from my home country Cameroon.
June 8, 2020 at 22:27
You contact the embassy once your visa has expired.
June 8, 2020 at 22:37
Sir,will it not be late if i have to wait for the Visa to expire?
June 9, 2020 at 02:57
The won’t change it until it’s expired.
June 22, 2020 at 14:19
Hello Britsimon. My DV visa expires on the 20th of July. I am trying to get a flight and there may be a possibility of me getting one. I am wondering if you know of anyone that managed to get to the US during this period and was granted entry. Thank you
June 22, 2020 at 19:24
Yes – the borders are open, with some specific closures to certain countries and regions.
July 3, 2020 at 03:22
Travel.state.gov has updated information about DV2020. And there is explanation for those whose visa had been issued before April 23 and has expired.
“If you were previously issued a visa for the DV-2020 program that was valid on April 23 and that visa expired before you were able to travel to the United States, please contact the Embassy or Consulate where your visa was issued for further information”.
July 3, 2020 at 04:38
Yes thanks. I think we are going to see more embassies changing their position on this over the next few days.
February 8, 2021 at 04:41
From Bangkok Feb 8 2021:
To request for a re-issuance of your immigrant visa, please return the following to our unit by postal mail after your visa expires only:
– Your passport with the visa, and visa package (if applicable)
– New intended date of travel
– Please indicate that you are requesting for visa re-issuance
Once we receive the passport and request, we will notify the applicant what they need to do in order to obtain a new visa. Certain documents may need to be renewed and a new visa application fee may apply. In addition, please note that submission of visa re-issuance request does not guarantee approval.