June 25, 2015

DOS Visa Technical Issue Update: 66% of Consulates are issuing visas

DOS alert that as of 6/23/15, 39 posts, representing more than two-thirds of our normal capacity, are now online and issuing visas. DOS issued more than 45,000 visas on 6/22/15, with 15,000 visas issued in Beijing alone.

June 23, 2015

On June 23, 2015, DOS updated their alert with the following language:

  • The Bureau of Consular Affairs reports that the database responsible for handling biometric clearances has been rebuilt and is being tested. 39 posts, representing more than two-thirds of our normal capacity, are now online and issuing visas. We are working to restore full biometric data processing.
  • We issued more than 45,000 visas yesterday. Beijing alone issued nearly 15,000 visas.
  • We anticipate that the system will be fully reconnected this week. We plan to work over the weekend to clear our backlog.

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