The U.S Embassy in Kabul has announced suspension of Visa operations, in response to third wave of COVID-19 outbreak in Afghanistan.
The U.S Embassy has published a press statement, announcing the closure of its Consular Section due to the increase of COVID-19 outbreak in Afghanistan with effective from June 13th, 2021.
Afghanistan is experiencing an intense third wave of COVID-19 cases throughout the country, the US Embassy said in a statement.
“We are saddened to hear of the deaths of esteemed and much valued Afghans who have passed away from COVID-19 recently, we also grieve the passing of one of our own Embassy colleagues”, said the Embassy.
The Embassy has also announced that those who have been given Visa appointments will be directly contacted from the Consular Section and they will be rescheduled as operations resume.
This comes as hundreds of SIV and DV-Lottery applicants who have been identified eligible are looking forward to hearing from the U.S Embassy.
As the deadline for the troops’ withdrawal gets closer, the interpreters and local staff who have helped the foreign military missions in Afghanistan get more concerned about their security.
According to U.S law, anyone working with the U.S government for at least 24 months, will be recognized as eligible for the U.S Special Immigration Visa (SIV).