Visa Processing Delays

Visa Processing Delays - June 16, 2015.

On June 15, 2015, the Department of State (DOS) announced that the Bureau of Consular Affairs, which is responsible for issuing all immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, is currently experiencing technical problems with its visa systems due to a hardware failure on June 9, 2015 that is causing technical difficulties with national security checks. As a result of these technical issues, U.S. citizens and foreign nationals abroad requiring certain consular benefits may face delays. Additionally, the DOS is unable to print visas leading to a backlog of visas waiting to be processed. As a result, certain consular interviews will need to be rescheduled, and Embassies and Consulates worldwide are unable to process new applications submitted on or after June 9, 2015. The DOS has confirmed that the issue is worldwide and not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category.

Currently, the DOS is unable to print most immigrant and nonimmigrant visas approved after June 8, 2015. In addition, individuals who submitted online applications or were interviewed for visas on or after June 9, 2015 may experience a delay in the processing as U.S. Embassies and Consulates are unable to process new applications submitted after this date. The DOS has indicated that individuals with visa interview appointments scheduled for June 14-20, 2015 should reschedule their appointments if they submitted a DS-160 online application after June 9, 2015. Appointments can be rescheduled by signing into the existing appointment account and selecting the "reschedule" link or by calling the call center. Individuals who submitted their DS-160 online applications prior to June 9, 2015 should plan to attend their scheduled visa interview appointments.

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