Specific inquiries about visas during COVID-19

Visa Services

As of August 3, 2020, the United States Embassy and Consulate in Ecuador resumed limited nonimmigrant visa services, including visa renewals that qualify under the Interview Waiver Program.

While we aim to process cases as soon as practicable, there is likely to be increased wait times for completing such services due to substantial backlogs.

The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ec/niv/information/faqs to request an emergency appointment.  If you require further assistance please refer to the “Help” section at the bottom of the previous mentioned website.

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.

On Monday, June 22, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants and nonimmigrants who present a risk to the U.S. labor market following the coronavirus outbreak. Effective immediately, the proclamation extends the suspension of entry for certain immigrants (Presidential Proclamation 10014) through December 31, 2020. The new restrictions imposed by the proclamation are effective at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 24 and expire on December 31, 2020, unless continued by the President. U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and aliens who are or were inside the United States or those holding valid nonimmigrant or immigrant visas on the effective date are not subject to the proclamation.

The proclamation suspends entry of nonimmigrants in the following categories: H-1B, H-2B, J (for aliens participating in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program) and L, along with their spouses and children. No valid visas will be revoked under the proclamation. Presidential Proclamation 10014 and this proclamation provide exceptions to their restrictions for certain categories of immigrants and nonimmigrants. The full text of the presidential proclamations are available on the White House website at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/

Applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L and certain J categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an appointment only if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the Proclamation here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/.

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.