H, J and L Visas: issuance of these categories is resumed by the American government

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The Presidential Proclamation 10052 of June 2020, which suspended consular and embassy interviews for the issuance of H, J and L non-immigrant visa, expired on the 31st of March with no renewal action by the Biden administration.

This means that the applicants for those visa categories who had not been interviewed or had scheduled an interview will have their requests prioritized and processed according to Department of State (DOS) guidelines for resuming visa services. Applicants who had their applications denied due to the restriction laid out in Proclamation 10052 can submit new applications.

But be careful: the guidelines for resuming processing are still generic and are subject to local Covid-19 prevention regulations.

The US consulates in Brazil will remain closed. This means that, in practice, there is no effective resumption of interviews for issuing these visas so far. Only emergency requests are being considered and evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

We are monitoring all updates on immigration processes and will keep you informed.