I am a new international student, and I have not been able to schedule an appointment for a visa interview, or my appointment has been cancelled without rescheduling. What should I do?

Per the U.S. Department of State announcement, most recently updated on November 9, 2021, international travellers whose travel originates in China, Iran, Brazil, the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Ireland and India are covered under the Presidential Proclamation titled “A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” U.S. Consulates are permitted to process visa applications for persons physically present in the affected countries, pending availability of timely visa appointments. 

The global pandemic continues to impact U.S. embassies and consular services, including appointment availability and processing timelines. Please continue to check on the status of these services with the U.S. Department of State (DoS) and individual U.S. Consulates regularly. In consideration of potential COVID-19 travel-related disruptions and until all U.S. consulates resume normal operations, consular staff might cancel existing visa appointments or reschedule them to a later date. Students with existing appointment dates that are later than desired can also check the U.S. consulate website regularly for earlier, expedited appointment times. For current DoS information please visit the U.S. visas website