The Bureau of Consular Affairs of the United States Department of State has announced that the Embassy of the United States of America in London will be closed from Friday, August 7, 2015 through Monday, August 10, 2015. Specific reasons for the closure have not yet been made public. As a result of the closure, all consular appointments during that Friday and Monday are being rescheduled. Visa applicants who currently have appointments on those two days are being advised to confirm their new appointment dates and times by logging into their accounts at Before logging into an account, the Visa applicant should be sure to have on hand his or her email address and the passport created at the time he or she scheduled his or her original appointment.

Applicants who are unable to attend the rescheduled appointment will be permitted to choose a new appointment date and time once logged into their accounts by selecting “Reschedule Appointment.” Before attending the rescheduled interview, Visa applicants should be sure to print the instructions page with the new appointment date.

Currently the next available appointment date in London is Tuesday, September 15, 2015. Earlier dates may have been assigned to Visa applicants when the Embassy made the automatically rescheduled appointments. Visa applicants who currently have a rescheduled date that is earlier than September 15, 2015 should retain that date unless they are prepared to wait beyond September 15, 2015 for another rescheduled appointment. We will continue to monitor the situation and will report on any significant updates.


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