VISA APPLICANTS SHOULD EXPECT SIGNIFICANT DISRUPTIONS IN VISA ISSUANCE
By Esther Contreras
The Department of State (DOS) has reported that it continues to experience severe and significant disruptions in its ability to issue visas in consular posts abroad, which began on July 20th. The system affected is the Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) and the DOS has indicated that it will take several weeks to restore the systems back to their usual functionality. The DOS is currently prioritizing immigrant visas and they have been able to issue these visas without significant delays. As of July 28th, the DOS indicated that it issued 220,000 nonimmigrant visas worldwide, about half of the average normal rate of 425,000. Individuals applying for nonimmigrant visas should expect delays in visa issuance. Many posts are advising applicants that if there is no urgent need to travel that they reschedule their visa appointments. The DOS has indicated that consular posts are able to issue emergency visas, although it is unclear what the requirements are for such issuance. The following is a summary of the information the DOS has released thus far:
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