US embassies and consulates operate throughout the world. Persons who are outside the US and seek to come to the US will have to contact the US embassy or consulate to start the immigration process. Whether one is applying for a immigrant or non immigrant visa, any immigration process outside the US has to be dealt with the US embassy and consulate. Due to certain reasons, the consulate has to suspend or limit its visa services in certain countries. The reasons can be natural disasters,security concerns or other.
Countries Having Limited Visa Services
Finland – Helsinki
Montenegro – Podgorica
Netherlands Antilles – Curaçao
Saudi Arabia – Jeddah
Syria – Damascus
Immigration services at the US Embassy at Helsinki is limited due to the renovations taking place. If you are looking out for information concerning this consulate, you can visit the US Embassy Helsinki website. You will find details about how to schedule an appointment. Since the Helsinki Embassy limits its services, you can fix appointments at the US Embassy Tallinn in Estonia.
The US embassy in Podgorica also limits it non immigrant visa services. However, students, business persons, and emergency cases are given the highest priority. People from Montenegro, who cannot wait for an appointment in Podgorica can avail visa agency non immigrant visa services from the US Embassy at Belgrade, Serbia. The US Embassy Podgorica website has more information. Note that Montenegro residents looking for immigrant visa services can contact the US Embassy in Belgrade.
Netherlands Antilles, Curaçao
Persons having Dutch passports and who wish to apply for a certain classifications of non immigrant visas have to contact the US Consulate General Curaçao. The US Consulate General Curaçao website has additional information. Remember that the US Embassy Caracas, Venezuela takes care of other non immigrant visa application process.
Saudi Arabia, Jeddah
The US Consulate General in Jeddah handles the application process for:
A visas – for diplomats and government officials
G visas – for employees and representatives of international organizations
J visas – for government-sponsored international exchange visitor programs
F visas – for students
B visas – for business and tourism.
If you are applying for other non immigrant visa classifications, you have to get in touch with either the US Embassy at Riyadh or US Consulate General at Dhahran. If you are applying for an immigrant visa, the services for Saudi Arabia residents are handled at the US Embassy at Riyadh.
Due to various reasons, the US Embassy at Damascus limits its services for non immigrant and immigrant visas. For more details, visit the US Embassy Damascus website.
Countries where there are no US Embassy or Consulate:
Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines