Consulate Alert: Biometric Clearance System Rebuilt

The Bureau of Consular Affairs reports that the database responsible for handling biometric clearances has been rebuilt and is being tested. As of June 23, 2015, 39 posts, representing more than 2/3 of normal capacity, are now online and issuing visas. Yesterday, 45,000 visas were issued, with 15,000 of those in Beijing alone. The Consulate continues to work 24/7 to restore full biometric data processing and will continue to bring additional posts online until full connectivity and functionality has been restored. The Consulate still targets full functionality to be restored this week and will process visas over the weekend to clear visa processing backlogs. It may take time to clear backlogs; however, because the Consulate processes an average of 50,000 applications a day worldwide. To put the delay in perspective, the Consulate will begin interviews this week for those who applied after June 8, so it will likely take another 2-3 weeks to clear the backlog.

For a list of Consulate Posts where connectivity has been restored, click here.


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