U.S. Department of State Technical Difficulties Affecting Visa Applicants

U.S. Department of State Technical Difficulties Affecting Visa Applicants
June 17, 2015

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with its visa processing systems.  Specifically, a hardware failure on June 9th halted the flow of biometric clearance requests. Individuals who submitted online applications or were interviewed for visas on or after June 9th may experience a delay.

 

The DOS cannot bypass the legal requirements necessary to screen visa applicants before it issues visas.  As a result, there is a backlog of visas waiting to be processed.  It is not yet clear when the technical issues will be resolved.

 

A DOS announcement is available at http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english/news/technological-systems-issue.html