US Visa Processing System Back Online

An undefined hardware failure that occurred in the US visa system on June 9 was resolved on Monday June 29, 2015. Now all visa-issuing embassies and consulates are scheduling visa interviews and issuing visas.

The hardware failure had been preventing the processing and transmitting of biometric data checks that are mandatory for visa processing and security. Now that posts are back online, pending biometric checks are being processed.

From June 21 to June 29, a team of 100 computer experts around the world worked to clear the backlog and issued more than 410,000 nonimmigrant visas in a week. The remaining H-2 visas for temporary workers that were pending during this period have also been issued.

US government deputy spokesman Mark Toner said that the State Department regrets the inconvenience to travelers who were waiting for visas, as well as their families and any US businesses that may have been affected by the backlog. He also compliments the consular staff for addressing the problem and clearing the visa backlog efficiently.

US visa processing systems are still experiencing problems with some online immigrant visas but hope to have this resolved by early next week.

For more information, visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs website to read about the Technological Systems Issue in detail.