Due to the conflict between Israel and Lebanon, the Department of State has issued a Visa Policy Telegram providing guidance on immigrant and nonimmigrant visa processing for Lebanese citizens. The U.S. Embassy in Beirut remains closed and has ceased all visa processing for the duration of the current crisis. Effective August 1, 2006, the U.S. Embassy in Athens has been temporarily designated to process immigrant visas for Lebanese nationals until the Embassy Beirut can resume normal operations. Posts worldwide without a DHS presence may consider accepting Immediate Relative petitions for humanitarian reasons for filing and processing in accordance with 9 FAM 42.41 N.4.2-3. Posts may accept non-resident Lebanese nonimmigrant visa applicants who are physically present in their consular district but should process them under normal local visa processing procedures and should not expedite them ahead of other visa applicants. Lebanese nationals applying for F, H, J, L, M, O or P visas who are not physically present in their consular districts should be directed to contact Embassy Athens for an interview appointment.