“We are resuming routine in-person tourist visa appointments in September 2022. Previously, scheduled placeholders have now been cancelled. Applicants whose placeholder appointments were cancelled may now re-enter the scheduling system to book regular appointments,” the US embassy said in a statement.
The announcement comes as a breather to thousands of families who have been waiting endlessly to visit relatives and friends residing in the States.
Though the US has been fast tracking study and work-related visas, those intending to travel on tourist visas have had to wait due to the inability to get an appointment anytime this year or even next year.
In June, the Biden administration lifted the requirement for international air travelers to take a COVID-19 test within a day before boarding their flights, easing one of the last remaining government mandates meant to contain the spread of the coronavirus.