All of us watching the news know that the ceasefire is in effect in Israel. And as it enters the second day in Israel, the NIV unit within the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv has elevated its visa processing from “emergency” based to “special”.
This means that they will begin to accept B visa interviews on a limited basis. B visa applicants whose interviews were cancelled over the last several weeks will be notified via email of a new interview date.
The NIV Unit continues to accept application for the following visa types:
Despite the ceasefire U.S. Department of State (DOS) did not change its travel warnings to Israel announcement, published on July 21, 2014, which reads:
The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza due to ongoing hostilities. The Department of State recommends that U.S. citizens consider the deferral of non-essential travel to Israel and the West Bank and reaffirms the longstanding strong warning to U.S. citizens against any travel to the Gaza Strip. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning issued on February 3, 2014.
The security environment remains complex in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, and U.S. citizens need to be aware of the risks of travel to these areas because of the current conflict between Hamas and Israel. The Department of State continues its longstanding strong warning to U.S. citizens against travel to the Gaza Strip; U.S. government employees are not allowed to conduct official or personal travel there.
Please see the section below on the situation in the Gaza Strip. Because of the security situation, the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and its annexes are currently operating at reduced staffing and the Consular Section of the Embassy is providing only emergency consular services. The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem is currently maintaining normal operations, including consular services.
All of us, U.S. Immigration lawyers, members of various U.S. based and Rome District Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), sincerely hope the update in visa processing services in the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv signifies the start of more peaceful times.