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Visa Processing Affected by Terrorist Activity

  • December 10, 2001

In the wake of the September 11 tragedy, the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Department of State have adopted new restrictions designed to beef up security, and further restrictions are being considered. First, no new visa appointments are being accepted by U.S. Consulates in Canada and Mexico for citizens of other countries. This is a temporary hold. In addition, other than at the Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, most current appointments are being cancelled. While it is unclear whether U.S. Consulates in other countries will also be stopping Third Country National visa processing, it appears to be affecting processing only in Canada and Mexico for now.

Second, there have been several reports that males aged 16-45 from Middle Eastern countries will face a 20-day wait for security checks before receiving a nonimmigrant visa. The list of countries reportedly affected are: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Dijbouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.

Employers should be aware of these and other potential delays in obtaining nonimmigrant visas for foreign nationals. Please contact the Jackson Lewis Immigration Practice Group for more information or with specific questions and concerns.

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