On Thursday, a D.C. federal judge ruled that the Department of State cannot suspend K-1 fiancé visa processing during the COVID-19 pandemic, but declined to order speedier visa adjudication for more than 150 U.S. citizens and their partners. U.S. District Judge Boasberg said that the State Department was wrong to stop processing visa applications for individuals based on proclamations from Trump suspending entry into the country for immigrants and nonimmigrants from 31 countries during the coronavirus pandemic. However, after considering a balancing test, the judge did not find that the Department’s delay warranted judicial intervention. The judge also said that his decision could change if the delays continue for an extended period of time.

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State Department’s fiancé visa suspensions deemed unlawful.