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Phased Resumption of Routine Visa Services (FAQ)

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TitlePhased Resumption of Routine Visa Services (FAQ)
SummaryThe Department of State suspended routine visa services worldwide in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As global conditions evolve, U.S. Embassies and Consulates are beginning a phased resumption of routine visa services.
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(last updated September 22, 2021)

Go Au Pair has experienced the following success for new Au Pair visas since June 2020.  Embassy appointments, visa approvals and arrival into the U.S. since the presidential suspension are possible because:
  • Embassy open and resuming routine visa services
  • National Interest Exception (NIE) waivers allow visa approvals and travel to the U.S. from countries with suspensions
  • Preliminary Injunction allows visa approvals and travel from countries where travel to the U.S. is unrestricted
To help Host Families understand the best chance for fast Au Pair arrival during this ever-changing situation we have compiled the below statistics by country.  Although past performance cannot guarantee future results we are optimistic that embassies and travel will continue to open during the 2021 calendar year.
 
2021 PredictionCountryTravel into the U.S.Visa ApprovalsEmbassy Appointments
History of arrivals since June 2020Current* StatusHistory of approvals since June 2020Current* StatusHistory of appointments since June 2020Current* Status
Arrival in last 30 daysExpected arrival in next 14 daysApproval in last 30 daysExpected approval in next 14 daysAppointment in last 30 daysExpected appointment in next 14 days
Normal operationsEcuadormultiple arrivals
 
YesYesmultiple approvals
 
YesYesmultiple appointments
 
YesYes
Normal operationsColombiamultiple arrivals
 
YesYesmultiple approvals
 
YesYesmultiple appointments
 
YesYes
Late fall return to normal operationsSouth Africamultiple arrivals
(NIE)
NoNomultiple approvals
(NIE)
NoNomultiple appointmentsNoNo
Normal operationsEl Salvadormultiple arrivals
 
NoNomultiple approvals
(NIE and Injunction)
NoYesmultiple appointments
(NIE)
YesYes
Currently closedUgandamultiple arrivals
(NIE)
NoNomultiple approvals
(NIE)
NoNomultiple appointments
(NIE)
NoNo
Normal operationsMexicomulitple arrivals
 
YesYesmultiple approvals
 
YesYesmultiple appointments
 
YesYes
Late Summer return to normal operationsNicaraguamulitple arrivals
 
NoNomultiple approvals
 
NoNomultiple appointments
 
NoNo
Fall return to normal operationsBrazilmultiple arrivals
(NIE)
YesYesmultiple approvals
(NIE)
YesNomultiple appointments
(NIE)
YesNo
Fall return to normal operationsFranceone arrival
(NIE)
NoNoone approval
(NIE)
NoNoone appointment
(NIE)
NoNo
Fall return to normal operationsGermanymultiple arrivals
(NIE)
YesNomultiple approvals
(NIE)
YesYesmultiple appointments
(NIE)
YesYes
Fall return to normal operationsUnited Kingdommultiple arrivals
(NIE)
NoNomultiple approvals
(NIE)
NoNomultiple appointments
(NIE)
NoNo
Fall return to normal operationsChinamultiple arrivals
(NIE)
YesYesmultiple approvals
(NIE)
YesYesmultiple appointments
(NIE)
YesYes
*Current is defined as the last updated date above


All other countries are unconfirmed success for new Au Pair visas, including:
  • Poland
  • Peru
  • Russia
  • Australia
  • Guatemala
  • Ukraine
  • Thailand

Learn more about the Presidential Suspension, Preliminary Injunction and National Interest Exception Waivers: Presidential Proclamation Temporarily Suspending J Visas for Au Pairs (FAQ)
Learn more about countries with travel suspensions: Matched Au Pairs Arriving into America (FAQ)
Learn more about how to apply for a National Interest Exception waiver: Next Steps for National Interest Exception Waiver (FAQ)



 
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The State Department has announced a phased resumption of routine visa services worldwide which will occur on a post-by-post basis as post-specific conditions improve.

The following tracks the U.S. Embassy status in countries our Au Pairs are located in.  Please visit the respective Embassy website to find the most up-to-date status.  Go Au Pair is committed to keeping this article regularly updated.  You can locate a list of all U.S. Embassies worldwide at USEmbassy.gov.




Argentina - Open for National Interest Exception appointments



Australia - Open



Brazil - Open for National Interest Exception appointments



China - Open for National Interest Exception appointments 



Colombia - Open for emergency appointments and scheduling 2021 visa appointments



Costa Rica - Closed



Ecuador - Open for emergency appointments and scheduling visa appointments



El Salvador - Open for emergency appointments and scheduling visa appointments



France - Open for National Interest Exception appointments 

Germany - Open for National Interest Exception appointments 

Guatemala - Open for emergency appointments and scheduling visa appointments



Hungary - Open for National Interest Exception appointments



Mexico - Open for emergency appointments and scheduling visa appointments



Nicaragua - Open for emergency appointments and scheduling visa appointments



Peru - Open for emergency appointments and scheduling visa appointments



Poland - Open for National Interest Exception appointments



Russia - Open for National Interest Exception and emergency appointments



South Africa - Open for National Interest Exception appointments 



Uganda - Closed



Ukraine - Closed



United Kingdom - Open for National Interest Exception appointments



Zimbabwe - Closed




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