Originally Posted by thannever
I have a similar problem with a foreign wife on a tourist visa expiring soon in the US. US immigration allows you to apply for an EOS, extension of stay on expiring visas for various reasons, and appear to be making special efforts to accommodate people with COVID related issues. we have friends who have already been successful with this and we have just started our application effort. while your application is pending, you are not penalized if your visa expires before you get the decision or during your appeal of a bad decision. good luck. I am in Lake Superior
which is a great place for a boat in the summer.
Good luck with the visa extension, hopefully since your request is for an extension of a valid visa and if she is in country
an extension could be granted priority and without the usual bureaucratic reviews
and delays. I know the offices are backlogged.
We miss not having our kind Canadian visitors here in Montaña. Perhaps in 2021 things will reopen for cross border flow. One thing is for certain, neither I nor my business associates will be traveling to China
again anytime soon, nor the Chinese business associates traveling to Montana.
The Covid-19 issue resulted in the suspension of visa processing as the consulates and embassies closed and the requisite face to face interviews were discontinued so as to mitigate disease transmission
exposure. Obtaining a new visa for entry for citizens of other than Canada or the Visa Waiver Program countries must be very delayed.
State Department Notice.
Suspension of Routine Visa Services
Last Updated: March 20, 2020
In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State is temporarily suspending routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Embassies and consulates will cancel all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 20, 2020. As resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide emergency
and mission critical visa services. Our overseas missions will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.
Individuals interested in the operations of a particular post should contact that embassy or consulate directly. Contact information for embassies and consulates worldwide is available at usembassy.gov.
Applicants with an urgent matter and need to travel immediately should follow the guidance provided at the specific Embassy’s website to request an emergency
appointment. Examples of an urgent matter include air and sea crew, and medical
personnel, particularly those working to treat or mitigate the effects of COVID-19.
This does not affect the Visa Waiver Program. See https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/faq?focused...20Proclamation
for more information.
Although all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments are cancelled, the Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee is valid and may be used for a visa appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment.
We are aware of the importance of the H-2 program to the economy and food security
of the United States and intend to continue processing H-2 cases as much as possible. For further information about the H-2 program, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/tra...-h2-visas.html
Services to U.S. citizens continue to be available.