Update to Vaccine Requirements for Immigrant Visa Recipients
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated the vaccination requirements for immigrants to include the COVID-19 vaccination. Effective October 1, 2021, the panel physicians conducting medical exams for immigrant visas will no longer accept applicants who have not completed the vaccinations series for COVID-19. Please note the COVID-19 vaccine requires two separate shots with a wait time of three-six weeks between doses. The list of COVID-19 vaccines that will be recognized and accepted as compliance with the vaccine requirement can be found here (PDF 346 KB).
We understand that not all age categories have been approved to receive the vaccine and those cases may be eligible to receive a waiver. However, effective October 1, if you are over the age of 35, you will be required to show proof of vaccination to immigrate to the United States.
Resumption of Limited, Routine Immigrant Visa Processing
Due to the health conditions in Peru, Immigrant Visa appointment availability remains at much lower levels than before the pandemic.
Beginning March 1, 2021, we widened the range of immigrant visa services available and resumed limited, routine immigrant visa interviews. Consistent with the State Department’s Immigrant Visa Prioritization Plan, we are prioritizing Immediate Relative (and certain Special Immigrant Visas), K Visas, Returning Resident Visas (SB-1 and Boarding Foils), IV Preference categories, as well as very limited Diversity Visa appointments.
We are processing cases in the order that the National Visa Center (NVC) determined the case to be “documentarily qualified.” When a case becomes documentarily qualified, the National Visa Center sends an email to notify you that it is complete and pending scheduling at the Embassy. Please check your past emails from the NVC to determine what date your case became documentarily qualified. Please visit the NVC Contact Information page for more information.
Rescission of Presidential Proclamation 10014
Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) 10014, was rescinded on February 24, 2021. Please read further for details. Cases placed on hold due to PP 10014, may now proceed for scheduling.
If your case is “documentarily qualified,” has been transferred to Lima by NVC, and you have not been interviewed, please schedule an appointment on our online visa appointment website.
If you were previously interviewed, but refused under P.P. 10014, and your petition remains valid, please wait for instructions. The Department of State will reconsider cases that were previously refused because of P.P. 10014 and will inform applicants if additional information is needed. We are currently reviewing those cases and will contact applicants directly.
Note that USCIS permanently closed its field office in Lima, Peru on January 31, 2020. The Immigrant Visa Unit at the U.S. Embassy Lima assumed responsibility for certain limited services previously provided by USCIS. Many services remain suspended due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program. Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process on usvisas.state.gov to begin applying for an immigrant visa.
Once USCIS has approved your petition and you have completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC), or if you have filed the petition with an overseas USCIS office because the petitioner is resident abroad, review the instructions given to you by the NVC or by USCIS, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.