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State Department Visa Issuances Bounce Back From Pandemic Lows

Oct. 4, 2022, 2:00 PM

The number of visas that US embassies and consulates issued over the past year have rebounded dramatically from pandemic averages, but still trail pre-Covid issuance rates, according to the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

For the 12 months ending in July, the State Department issued more than 498,000 nonimmigrant visas per month, a 185% increase from monthly averages during the pandemic, according to the report the organization released Tuesday. But those numbers—which include temporary work visas as well as business and tourist visas—were still well below the 721,000 monthly visa average in the year before Covid-19 forced most consular offices to ...