US suspends routine visa services: State Dept

By: AFP      Published: 10:26 AM, 19 Mar, 2020
US suspends routine visa services: State Dept

The United States is suspending routine visa services in most countries because of the coronavirus pandemic, the State Department announced late Wednesday.

It said embassies and consulates in "most countries worldwide... will cancel all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 18, 2020."

It did not specify which countries would be exempted from the suspension, which was in response to "worldwide challenges" related to the deadly pandemic.