Specific inquiries about visas during COVID-19

Visa Services

In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Embassies and consulates have canceled all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 20, 2020, but will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services as resources and local conditions allow. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. Please see these notices which contain detailed information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-visa-services-and-restrictions.html.  For general information about visas, please visit our Visa section on this website.

Information for Diversity Visa Program applicants
The Department is postponing the opening of the Entrant Status Check for DV-2021 applicants from May 5 to June 6, 2020. The Department’s resources are currently being used in its role in the COVID-19 pandemic response and are being prioritized for the assistance to U.S. citizens overseas.  The delayed opening will not negatively impact our ability to pre-process and schedule DV-2021 interviews, which are scheduled to begin on October 1, 2020. The Department of State takes seriously our role in administering the Diversity Visa Program in accordance with all laws and regulations. For more information about the Diversity Visa Program, please visit this website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/diversity-visa-program-entry.html.

Information for immigrant visa applicants
On April 22, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants who present risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak.  The proclamation is effective at 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 23 and expires in 60 days, unless continued by the President.  U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and those holding valid immigrant visas on the effective date of the Proclamation, are not subject to the proclamation.  No valid visas will be revoked under this Proclamation.  Routine visas services have been suspended at U.S. posts worldwide, but as resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide emergency and mission critical visa services for applicants who are not subject to this presidential proclamation. The full text of the presidential proclamation is available on the White House website at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-immigrants-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-economic-recovery-following-covid-19-outbreak/.

Notice for non-U.S. Citizen Medical professionals
Medical professional MUST have an approved U.S. visa petition or a certificate of eligibility in an approved exchange visitor program to request an emergency NIV appointment. If you meet these requirements and wish to request an emergency appointment email NIVguayaquil@state.gov (if in Guayaquil) or ConsularQuito@state.gov (if in Quito).

For general information about visas, please visit our Visa section on this website.

If you are an Ecuadorian visitor to the United States with a non-immigrant visa, and because of the COVID19 crisis will be unable to return to Ecuador prior to the expiration of your permitted stay:  You must apply to extend your stay directly with USCIS by filing a form I-539. Please see more information here: https://www.uscis.gov/i-539.