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Robert Wood Johnson - US Embassy London to process K1 visas now

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The US Embassy London previously cancelled all K1 fiancé visa appointments stating that it was due to the ‘Presidential Proclamation regarding suspending entry of immigrants who present a risk to the US labor market’. They also emailed certain K1 applicants to state this proclamation was ‘including K1s’, and that the only visas they will process are those identified as an exception under this Proclamation. 

The Department of State later confirmed this proclamation does not apply to K1s and shortly after the embassy confirmed this also. We were grateful to have this clarified to avoid further confusion.

As we know this particular proclamation is not at all relevant to K1 visas, there is no reason not to process & issue them. If possible, we ask the Ambassador to implore the Department of State to classify K1s as ‘mission critical’ so they can be processed and we can reunite with our partners and family. Furthermore, we ask that all previously issued K1 visas that expired before entry to the US due to the travel ban are reissued as a priority, free of charge and without the requirement for a further embassy interview. 

We would then ask the Ambassador to work on our behalf to ensure that K1s are permitted to enter to US as an exception under the current Schengen/UK & Ireland travel ban. We are not tourists and we would be able to quarantine on arrival in the US if required. The DS160 we complete for our visa interview advises that fiancé’s should be listed as immediate family, therefore by this definition we should have the same status as spousal visas.  

If neither of the above are possible, then we ask Ambassador Johnson to ask the Department of State to decree that routine visa services can resume at all embassies around the world, or on a case by case basis depending on local conditions. The U.K. is coming out of lockdown now and we are desperate to get to America and begin our married lives. We are willing to first go to a 3rd party country for 14 days first, as per Department of State advice, if that is what it takes.

We would like further updates from the US Embassy and assurance that they intend to issue K1 visas as soon as possible. This is a stressful and uncertain time for all separated from their future spouses. This is family based immigration and so important. We feel like our situation has been overlooked and we are desperate for information. Thank you.

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