Today the Department of State (DOS) issued an announcement confirming that it is experiencing technical difficulties with its overseas visa and passport systems. The DOS confirmed that these technical problems are not specific to any particular country, document, or visa category but that the problem is a "global" one impacting all consular operations. The DOS does not expect the problem to be fixed before next week and, as a result, individuals with pending applications for visa stamps may experience delays in visa stamp issuance and those with upcoming visa interview appointments may be required to reschedule their appointments.
Once fully operational, the DOS confirms it will work as quickly as possible to clear the pending visa application backlogs. Currently, the DOS is giving priority to assisting individuals with urgent humanitarian travel needs and confirms that adoption cases are still being processed.
D&S will continue to monitor the situation and provide timely updates as they become available.