Consulate Alert: Unable to Issue Passports and Visas Abroad


The Department of State issued an alert on June 15, 2015, which is still in effect. The subject of the alert is that the Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with its overseas passport and visa systems. These issues have resulted in delays in printing visas and may mean rescheduling some visa interviews. Some visa applicants will experience delays in receiving visas. Others will be contacted directly to reschedule their appointments. Passports are still being processed.The issue is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. Although the DoS does not believe these problems stem from any cyber-security hacking issues, their border security responsibilities are critical to the visa process. They state that they “cannot bypass the legal requirements to screen visa applicants before [they] issue visas for travel.”

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