Coronavirus: US suspends visa services worldwide

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An international traveller leaves the Customs and Immigration area of Dulles International Airport June 29, 2017 in Dulles, Virginia. FILE PHOTO | PAUL J. RICHARDS | AFP

Washington

The United States is suspending routine visa services in most countries because of the coronavirus pandemic, the State Department announced late Wednesday.

It said embassies and consulates in “most countries worldwide… will cancel all routine immigrant and non-immigrant visa appointments as of March 18, 2020.”

It did not specify which countries would be exempted from the suspension, which was in response to “worldwide challenges” related to the deadly pandemic.

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