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US Embassy is telling me to write a letter to extend my I-129F petition despite an ongoing pandemic. Why?

My I-129F is expiring soon and from what I've read regarding others and how the extension process usually works is that they've simply emailed the Embassy and requested an extension and that was that. But after waiting days for a response, I'm finally being told I need to write a letter to the Embassy stating my fiancée and I still remain legally free to marry...

Literally everyone's visa process has been halted due to the pandemic so literally everyone can't make any progress. Why aren't Embassies automatically renewing all visas? I don't understand why I'm being asked to waste my time with a letter which probably won't even arrive til maybe a month after the expiration date?

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