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Some Improvement, But Frustrating Visa Delays Continue

In continuation of our report from last week (June 15, 2015) the State Department describes some progress on the worldwide visa issuance delays that have and are ruining long-planned vacations, athletic events and family reunions for travelers trying to come to the United States.

The Bureau of Consulate Affairs says it has rebuilt the database responsible for the shutdown and is currently testing it. While the State Department reports that 39 U.S. consulates and embassies are now issuing visas – we have included the list of operating consulates and embassies below – because biometrics data processing is still not operational, the individual embassies and consulates still cannot issue visas.

For example, while London appears on the list of operating consulates and embassies, London’s website reports that because full biometric data processing is not restored, it is unable to print most nonimmigrant visas approved on or after June 9. Many individuals who applied for a visa at the Embassy in London between June 9 and 19 and whose application was approved are still waiting for the Embassy to return their passports containing their new visa stamp.

Individuals who are planning to apply for visas or individuals with pending visa applications should check the website of the nearest U.S. embassy for up-to-date messages about visa processing and interview availability. The State Department says many embassies and consulates are rescheduling interviews starting this week and that it plans to have all consulates and embassies up and running by the end of this week.

The State Department says it issued more than 45,000 visas yesterday, 15,000 of which were issued by the Embassy in Beijing. There is a large backlog of applications, the State Department says, but Consular Officers will work over the weekend to clear it.

Embassies and consulates able to issue visas as of June 24, 2015 (according to the State Department website):

  1. Paris

  2. Monterrey

  3. Ciudad Juarez

  4. Guangzhou

  5. Beijing

  6. Shanghai

  7. Tijuana

  8. Nuevo Laredo

  9. Mexico City

  10. Guadalajara

  11. Mumbai

  12. New Delhi

  13. Sao Paolo

  14. Chennai

  15. Manila

  16. Bogota

  17. Buenos Aires

  18. Rio de Janeiro

  19. Tel Aviv

  20. Merida

  21. Hermosillo

  22. Karachi

  23. Seoul

  24. Lima

  25. Santo Domingo

  26. Kingston

  27. Shenyang

  28. Chengdu

  29. DPT

  30. Lagos

  31. Guayaquil

  32. London

  33. Brasilia

  34. Moscow

  35. San Salvador

  36. Quito

  37. Ho Chi Minh

  38. Hanoi

  39. Kyiv

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Rebecca B. Schechter, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, Northern Virginia, Immigration Law Attorney
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Rebecca Schechter focuses her practice on business immigration and compliance, representing multi-national corporations and companies, as well as individual clients. She has experience with all areas of employment-based immigration, particularly H-1B, L-1, O-1 and E-2 petitions, as well as outstanding researcher petitions and labor certification applications. Rebecca regularly assists GT clients with global immigration matters, including business and work visas to countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. She also works on state and federal I-9 and E-Verify...

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