Immigrant Visas

Rescission of Presidential Proclamation 10014

  • President Biden rescinded Presidential Proclamation (PP) 10014, entitled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak,” on February 24, 2021.
  • The President also suspended the sections of PPs 10052 and 10131 which continued PP 10014 past its original expiration.
  • These proclamations restricted the issuance of certain immigrant visas.
  • Immigrant visa applicants who had been affected by these proclamations should review the instructions found at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/rescission-of-presidential-proclamation-10014.html

Immigrant Visa Operational Update (March 1, 2021)

Routine immigrant visa processing remains limited due to restrictions and capacity reductions as a result of the pandemic situation. We will resume routine immigrant visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date. Please be assured that we are working to provide as many appointments as possible while complying with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, as well as local rules and guidance. We are doing our part to fight the pandemic by social distancing and practicing good hygiene and cleaning standards.

We remind applicants that they must practice social distancing and wear masks that cover both mouth and nose at all times in all areas of the Embassy, including while waiting outside the Embassy gate. Please see our security and access policy, which applies to all visa applicants here:

https://ar.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/.

Please check your case status here using your case number (usually begins with BNS):https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx

If your case is at the National Visa Center (NVC), you will receive notification of your interview date when one becomes available. If you have an emergency request for expedited processing or other questions about your case, please contact the NVC directly (contact information here).

If you are a K1 visa applicant and your case is at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, please continue to check the appointment scheduling page. We will add appointments as our capacity allows. (For K-1 visa applicants who are named plaintiffs in Milligan v. Pompeo, please see: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/k-visa-processing-update.html.)

We are in the process of reviewing all the cases that were interviewed and refused under Presidential Proclamation 10014. We will contact you with instructions once we have reviewed your case. For more information about the rescission of PP10014, please check this link.

If you are an immigrant visa applicant whose interview appointment we canceled in March or April 2020, we will contact you directly when we are able to reschedule your appointment. Please be aware that it may be several weeks or longer before we can reschedule all the outstanding cases.

If you are an immigrant visa applicant who was unable to attend your appointment between April and November due to COVID travel restrictions, please contact us directly at buenosaires-IV@state.gov, and we will let you know when we can reschedule your appointment. Please be aware that it may be several weeks or longer before we can reschedule your appointment.

If your case is at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires,and you would like to request an expedited appointment due to an urgent unforeseen emergency situation, please contact us at buenosaires-IV@state.gov. For general updates on operating status, please continue to check this webpage and Embassy social media pages.

For more information about the phased resumption of visa services, please see:
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/phased-resumption-routine-visa-services.html

Message for Immigrant Visa Beneficiaries unable to travel to the United States due to COVID-19:

If you are the beneficiary of an Immigrant Visa and are concerned about travel restrictions due to COVID-19, we encourage you to review guidance from the Department of State and the Center for Disease Control before traveling to the United States. Please note that updates, recommendations, and travel restrictions change constantly. If you are unable to travel to the United States during the validity period of your immigrant visa, the IV unit may be able to reissue your visa when routine visa processing resumes. The decision to reissue unused visas will depend on individual circumstances and official travel restrictions. Also, visa reissuance will entail new medical exams and payment of all associated fees.

Returning Resident (SB1) Visas

If you are a Lawful Permanent Resident who has remained outside the United States for longer than one year, or beyond the validity period of a Re-entry Permit and wish to apply for an SB1 returning resident visa, please contact us atbuenosaires-IV@state.govto request an appointment to file form DS117. Your application will be reviewed in accordance with relevant U.S. immigration law to determine if you qualify for returning resident status. Please be aware that there may be a significant wait time for appointments. For more information, please see:https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/returning-resident.html

General Immigrant Visa Information

To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program. Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process on usvisas.state.gov to begin applying for an immigrant visa.

Once USCIS has approved your petition and you have completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC), or if you have filed the petition overseas because of an exceptional circumstance, review the instructions given to you by the NVC or by the Consular Section along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

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