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U.S. Embassy in Cairo Suspends Visa Operations

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo has suspended all visa services and will resume its visa operations once security concerns have subsided. Visa applications for individuals interviewed through January 27, 2011 will continue to be processed and case status information for these pending cases can be found at the Embassy’s website at http://cairo.usembassy.gov. The Embassy in Cairo plans on resuming limited processing of immigrant visas shortly for the spouses and children of U.S. citizens and will contact applicants with previously scheduled interviews for rescheduling. Immigrant visa applicants who have not yet been interviewed may request another U.S. embassy to accept their immigrant visa case for processing by sending a direct request to the Immigrant Visa Unit of the respective embassy. Likewise, applicants seeking non-immigrant visas during this suspension of visa services in Cairo may apply for their visa at any U.S. embassy or consulate outside Egypt. Applicants for the 2011 Diversity Visa (DV) 2011 with interviews scheduled at the Embassy in Cairo from January30-March 31, 2011 will be contacted to have their interviews rescheduled, while remaining DV 2011 applicants who expected to be interviewed in Cairo from April–September 2011 should monitor rescheduling procedures at http://travel.state.gov. The American Citizens Services Unit at the Embassy in Cairo is currently open to U.S. citizens from 9:00 am-12:00 noon Sunday-Thursday for emergency services only. For more information on visa requirements and locations of U.S. embassies and consulates, see http://travel.state.gov.