In early February, U.S. Embassy Kabul will begin a phased resumption of immigrant visa interviews. The initial phase will involve rescheduling applicants who had their interviews cancelled due to the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section halting in person appearances because of COVID. Once this phase is complete, the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section, in coordination with the National Visa Center, will resume scheduling new immigrant visa appointments for applications that are documentarily complete. The Consular Section will schedule applicants in the order that they became documentarily qualified and will not have capacity for expedited appointments.
Due to ongoing COVID-mitigation measures, the Embassy will have a reduced appointment capacity. The health and safety of applicants and staff will be the first priority as the Consular Section resumes visa interviews and may require future cancellations or reductions in appointments. Applicants with a pending appointment or with a case that is ready for scheduling may still face significant delays.
Nonimmigrant visa interviews remain suspended due to COVID.
Every fiscal year (October 1st – September 30th), approximately 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas are made available to qualified applicants under the provisions of U.S. immigration law, specifically the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Employment based immigrant visas are divided into five preference categories. Certain spouses and children may accompany or follow-to-join employment-based immigrants. You can learn more about these five categories of employment-based immigrant visas on usvisas.state.gov.