Embassy Backlogs and Proclamation 10052

Proclamation 10052 is a proclamation that was announced in 2020 that suspended the entry of certain immigrants into the United States. The Biden administration made an extension of that proclamation through March 31st of 2021. It has now sunsetted, which means it has ended, because we are in April of 2021.

A lot of people want to know, “Does this mean that embassies and consulates will be able to start processing cases and having interviews more regularly?” While this is good news that that proclamation has ended, that doesn’t mean that US embassies and consulates will resume normal interview processing.

The National Visa Center has 500,000 cases that are in queue, documentarily qualified, ready for interviews that are waiting in limbo. We know so many of you are frustrated and just want to be able to get through the process and have your interview. We hope to receive more clarity and announcements from the Department of State, from US embassies and consulates about when they believe they can resume normal processing.

But we do know that there are about 500,000 in the backlog, and they’ll be addressing those on a first-in-first-out basis. The US embassies and consulates are having limited interviews. We are seeing people scheduled for interviews that had been cancelled previously or have been waiting for a while.

It’s kind of a mixed bag. It’s great that the proclamation 10052 has ended but there hasn’t been any official announcement that normal processing of interviews will occur. We are still seeing interviews occurring and we really hope you’ll receive yours soon.

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