June 30, 2015

DOS Alert: Technological System Issues with Overseas Passport and Visa Systems

Department of State (DOS) confirms that embassies and consulates are back online and the bulk of the visa backlog has been cleared. DOS is still experiencing problems with some online immigrant visa application forms and hope to have a fix in place by early next week.

On June 29, 2015, DOS updated their alert with the following language:

  • All visa-issuing embassies and consulates are now back online. We are scheduling visa interviews and issuing nonimmigrant and immigrant visas.
  • We issued more than 410,000 nonimmigrant visas from June 21 through June 29. Consular staff worked through the weekend to diminish our backlog, the bulk of which has now been cleared.
  • We have issued all remaining H-2 visas for temporary workers that were pending during the June 9 – June 19 timeframe. Mexico posts are now processing all H-2 visas as normal.
  • We are still experiencing problems with some online immigrant visa application forms. We hope to have a fix in place for this by early next week.