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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 March 25, 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
First country to resume normal operations in early 2021Ecuadormultiple arrivals
(NIE and Injunction)
YesYesmultiple approvals
(NIE and Injunction)
YesYesmultiple appointments
(NIE and Injunction)
YesYes
Mar / Apr 2021 return to normal operationsColombiamultiple arrivals
(NIE)
YesYesmultiple approvals
(NIE and injunction)
YesYesmultiple appointments
(NIE and injunction)
YesYes
Apr / May 2021 return to normal operationsSouth Africamultiple arrivals
(NIE)
NoYesmultiple approvals
(NIE)
YesNomultiple appointmentsYesNo
Jan / Feb / Mar 2021 return to normal operationsEl Salvadormultiple arrivals
(NIE and Injunction)
NoYesmultiple approvals
(NIE and Injunction)
YesNomultiple appointments
(NIE)
YesNo
Apr / May 2021 return to normal operationsUgandamultiple arrivals
(NIE)
NoNomultiple approvals
(NIE)
NoNomultiple appointments
(NIE)
YesNo
Jan / Feb / Mar 2021 return to normal operationsMexicomulitple arrivals
(NIE and Injunction)
NoYesmultiple approvals
(NIE and Injunction)
YesYesmultiple appointments
(NIE and Injunction)
YesYes
Jan / Feb / Mar 2021 return to normal operationsNicaraguaone arrival
(Injunction)
NoNoone approval
(Injunction)
NoNoone appointment
(Injunction)
NoNo
Apr / May 2021 return to normal operationsBrazilone arrival
(NIE)
YesYesmultiple approvals
(NIE)
YesNoone appointment
(NIE)
YesNo
later 2021 return to normal operationsFranceone arrival
(NIE)
NoNoone approval
(NIE)
NoNoone appointment
(NIE)
NoNo
later 2021 return to normal operationsGermanyone arrival
(NIE)
NoNoone approval
(NIE)
NoNoone appointment
(NIE)
NoNo
later 2021 return to normal operationsUnited Kingdomone arrival
(NIE)
NoNoone approval
(NIE)
NoYesone appointment
(NIE)
NoYes
Apr / May 2021 return to normal operationsChinamultiple arrivals
(NIE)
YesNomultiple approvals
(NIE)
NoYesmultiple appointments
(NIE)
NoYes
*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
  • Costa Rica
  • Guatemala

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 National Interest Exception and emergency appointments and scheduling 2021 visa appointments



Costa Rica - Closed



Ecuador - Open for National Interest Exception and emergency appointments and scheduling 2021 visa appointments



El Salvador - Open for National Interest Exception and emergency appointments and scheduling 2021 visa appointments



France - Open for National Interest Exception appointments and scheduling 2021 visa appointments

Germany - Open for National Interest Exception appointments and scheduling 2021 visa appointments

Guatemala - Open for National Interest Exception and emergency appointments



Hungary - Closed



Mexico - Open for National Interest Exception and emergency appointments and scheduling 2021 visa appointments



Nicaragua - Open for National Interest Exception and emergency appointments and scheduling 2021 visa appointments



Peru - Open for National Interest Exception and emergency 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 - Open for National Interest Exception appointments and scheduling 2021 visa appointments



Ukraine - Closed



United Kingdom - Open for National Interest Exception appointments



Zimbabwe - Closed




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