Embassies and consulates: Appointments, delays, and more

A sign saying, “Expect Delays.” This image demonstrates the delays we are seeing due to Covid-19 and other external factors at embassies and consulates around the world.


As many of you have probably realized, it has become nearly impossible to schedule appointment at local embassies and consulates around the US. Some have even outright closed during the pandemic onslaught, making appointment backlogs and service requests entirely unreasonable. Much of this is due to Trump’s stark inability to control the raging pandemic on US soil, and it is now on Biden’s shoulders to find a better way to reopen these institutions, add more staff, and begin allowing appointments for urgent cases once again.


The closure or inaccessibility of embassies and consulates have halted many cases that were already in-progress, and have outright disallowed for new cases to have a reasonable processing time. The reopening of these institutions needs to be a priority for this new administration. All Covid safety precautions and regulations applied, of course. Biden, in this case, will need to focus more on adjudication and less on enforcements. Hopefully, as time passes, and Biden’s Covid task force makes headway in curbing the spread of the devastating pandemic rampaging through the States, we will see some progress in the reopening of embassies and consulates across the country.


Thank you for taking the time to read our blog. Make sure to stay tuned for updates as our firm will be following the news on when embassies and consulates will begin reopening. If you or a loved one are experiencing difficulties because of embassy or consulate closures, please do not hesitate call our Pittsburgh office at 412.258.8080, our Philadelphia office at 215-982-2381, or schedule a free consultation on our site using this link.