In recent days, several users said on Twitter that the United States Embassy in the city of Buenos Aires sent e-mails to Argentinians who are processing their visas to be able to travel to the North American country, offering to advance their shifts for the next few days.
as much as he could tell Infobaethe embassy was actually sending these emails because it was allowed new shifts exclusively for Argentines renewing their visa. In other words, this new batch of face-to-face meetings it does not include those performing the procedure for the first time.
Thus, new shifts are only reserved for people in the process of renewal which do not require the well-known maintenance made by consular authorities when applying for a visa to enter the United States for the first time.
After 2 years of pandemic and even with our team working at full capacity, it will take us over a year to normalize the rest of the services (Mark Ellis, US Consul in Argentina)
Procedures for renewing or applying for a visa to travel to the United States have been delayed in Argentina because the pandemic has delayed all processes treatment permit.
In mid-May this year, the embassy posted on its official Instagram account a video of the consul Mark Ellisin which he explains the situation and highlights efforts to standardize visa processing for Argentines.
“Since December, our consular team has been working hard to increase the availability of appointments, including Saturdays. Today I can say that not only have all visa processes been activated, but we have also regularized several services. We are up to date on student visas, exchange visas, work visas and residency visas,” Ellis said in the video.
Additionally, the consul said he was aware that there is a high demand and that despite the fact that they are already handling a larger volume than before the pandemic, the demand remains high. “We will continue to focus our efforts on standardizing all processes, but after 2 years of pandemic and still with our team working at full capacity, it will take us over a year to normalize the rest of the servicessaid Ellis.
“In the meantime, we continue to add appointments according to our resources and we remind you that each of you can manage an appointment advance at no cost, by monitoring our appointment system from your account. . We thank you for your patience”, concluded the consul and invited Argentines interested in obtaining or renewing their permit to visit the Embassy’s official website “for more up-to-date information on our services”.
Based on Ellis’ comments about the possibility of moving shifts forward, the U.S. Embassy confirmed to Infobae that this is a possibility for those who already have an appointment, but wish to expedite the process.
“We remind current visa applicantssome of whom made an appointment months ago, that they can check the availability of appointments to see if they can advance their shift. This is the same recommendation we have on our website for candidates or potential candidates looking for an appointment, because we release new teams depending on available resources”, indicated the sources consulted from the Embassy, who also specified that these advances apply to Visa B1/B2that is to say the entry permits of “Travel and Business”.
These visas, which “represent a huge percentage of all visas processed in Argentina”, according to the embassy, are used both to enter the United States for business (B1) or for the simple pleasure of traveling (B2) and to to obtain them, applicants must demonstrate that they meet the requirements of the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
This regulation assumes that each visa applicant is an applicant who intends to immigrate. So, visitor visa applicants need to overcome this assumption Showing that:
– The purpose of the trip is to enter the United States for business or pleasure;
– They intend to stay for a specific and limited period;
– They have residency outside the United States, as well as other binding obligations that guarantee their return at the end of the visit.