The partial shutdown of the United States Government has started to impact operations at its embassy in Kingston, but Jamaicans will continue to have their visa applications processed, at least for now.
According to the The US State Department has indicated that while visa services will continue for now, this could change if the shutdown, which has already stretched into 23 days, continues for much longer.
At the start of the shutdown on December 22, the US State Department posted on its website: “At this time, scheduled passport and visa services in the United States and at our US Embassies and Consulates overseas will continue during the lapse in appropriations as the situation permits.
It added that they will not update the website until full operations resume, with the exception of urgent safety and security information.”
Last week, efforts to determine what aspects of operations at the Kingston Embassy were being affected were unsuccessful as calls, and emails to the Public Affairs Section, the press and information arm of its operations, went unanswered.