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By: Angelita Chavez | December 16, 2021

By: Angelita Chavez

The Department of State (DOS) issued a temporary final rule (TFR) allowing consular offices to waive personal appearances and in-person Oath requirements for certain repeat immigrant visa applicants.

To qualify, applicants must meet all the following requirements:

  • Have an immigrant visa issued on or after August 4, 2019.
  • Apply for an immigrant visa in the same classification as the previously issued visa.
  • Qualify for the same visa classification, or another classification due to an automatic conversion caused by the petitioner’s death or naturalization, and
  • Have no changes that may impact the eligibility for the new immigrant visa being sought.


DOS is allowing consular offices to temporarily waive in-person requirements in the cases that meet the above criteria due to COVID-19 and related backlogs. The TFR will remain in effect for 24 months from December 13, 2021. The waiver is discretionary and will apply on a case-by-case basis.

The TFR will  help applicants who are unable to travel, meet time-sensitive criteria, or other COVID-19 related delays. The rule is expected to make better use of finite consular resources, especially in regions with high COVID-19 transmission rates.


For of the temporary DOS rule or other case-specific questions, please contact your trusted Chugh, LLP immigration professional.

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