Due to the continued unrest in the area, the US Embassy in Cairo Egypt announced today that it is suspending all of its visa services until further notice. The Embassy in Cairo typically handles both immigrant and non-immigrant visa applications for Egyptian citizens.

If you filed a non-immigrant visa application through Cairo and had your interview prior to January 28, 2011, your case is being processed normally. You can check the status of your pending case at here.  Visas are typically returned to applicants via DHL courier service.

If you are living in Egypt and need to apply for a US visa before the Embassy resumes processing, you can apply for your non-immigrant visa at a US Embassy or Consulate anywhere in the world. However, you will be required to pay the visa fees set for applicants from that country.

For immigrant visa applicants, the USE Cairo hopes to resume processing applications for spouses and children of US citizens shortly; you will be contacted to reschedule your interview if it was canceled. If you haven’t been interviewed yet, you can request your case be transferred to an Embassy or Consulate in another country by contacting the Immigrant Visa section of that Embassy.

If you were scheduled for a diversity visa interview between January 30, 2011 and March 31, 2011, you will be contacted by the Cairo IV section for rescheduling. For those who may have interviews between April and September 2011, details will be forthcoming.

The American Citizens Services Unit at the Embassy is open for emergency services for US citizens only between 9am and noon, Sunday through Thursday.