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The virus breakout in the United States has been getting worse. They currently stand as the highest number of novel Coronavirus patients anywhere in the world, overtaking China, and they’re seeking out help. The United States is calling out medical professionals around the world who want to work in America to reach out for visa appointments during this hard time. Besides seeking out new professionals, the US is also extending visas for medical residents already in the country as the potential shortage of medical staff in the country looms amid this crisis. The announcement was published on the Department of State’s website Thursday night. It also stated that medical experts looking to move to the U.S. or visit as a part of an exchange program should waste no time in reaching out for visa.

“We encourage medical professionals with an approved U.S. non-immigrant or immigrant visa petition (I-129, I-140, or similar) or a certificate of eligibility in an approved exchange visitor program (DS-2019), particularly those working to treat or mitigate the effects of COVID-19, to review the website of their nearest embassy or consulate for procedures to request a visa appointment,” the State Department said in an updated announcement. The announcement did not discriminate against any country, which is a sharp turn from the country’s recent approach towards its immigration policies. As the Coronavirus cases continue to build across U.S. cities, the government appears to be seeing a new reality as desperate times call for desperate measures. And it can’t get more desperate than failing to handle a global pandemic.

If you're interested, reach out to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in your current place to arrange a visa appointment. You can find more info through this link.

Source: Sky News.