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Delays in Overseas U.S. Visa Processing

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with its visa systems. This issue is not specific to any particular country or visa category. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working urgently to correct the problem and restore full operability.

Currently, we are unable to print most immigrant and nonimmigrant visas approved after June 8, 2015. In addition, U.S. embassies and consulates are unable to process new applications submitted on or after June 9, 2015. Individuals with visa interview appointments scheduled for June 14-20, 2015, should reschedule their appointments if they submitted a DS-160 online application after June 9, 2015. Appointments can be rescheduled by following the instructions located on Individuals who submitted their DS-160 online applications prior to June 9, 2015, should plan to attend their scheduled visa interview appointments. Those with urgent travel should follow the instructions for expedited emergency appointment found on

Important Notification – All immigrant visa applicants with an interview scheduled on or after July 1, 2014, MUST create a profile at the following website before their interview and bring the printed confirmation of address registration to the visa interview.  Passports for all of the people included in the immigration case must be registered, and the printed confirmation must include information for every person and his or her passport. If the confirmation page(s) are not brought to the Embassy on the day of the interview or do not include information related to all of the people and passports, the visas will not be approved until confirmations with correct and complete information are provided.

The information entered in this profile will be used to return passports, visas and supplemental documents to an Aramex office of your choice, at no additional charge to you.  If you need assistance in creating your profile, please contact the Call Center phone numbers listed on the same website above.  

You may qualify to immigrate to the United States if you are:

  • A spouse or immediate relative of an American citizen or legal permanent resident
  • The fiancé of an American citizen
  • A prospective employee of an employer in the United States
  • Selected through the Diversity Visa (DV) lottery program

All prospective immigrants except for DV candidates must have a petition filed on their behalf.  The “petitioner” is the person or company who files the petition, and the “beneficiary” is the prospective immigrant.

For more information on each of these categories of immigrants, please visit the Visa Services page of the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Please note:  the following persons may accompany a visa applicant during Consular-related visits:

  • Special Needs Visitors:  Applicants who have special needs due to a physical disability may be accompanied by ONE person.  An adult may also be admitted if appearing on behalf of an applicant who is a minor child.
  • Due to space limitations, only applicants with scheduled appointments for visa interviews will be allowed inside the waiting rooms.  American Citizen immigrant visa petitioners and all other non-applicants must remain outside.  

New USCIS Immigrant Fee:  Effective February 1, 2013, all individuals (with several exceptions, please see the website for more information) issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $165.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States.  Please visit the following websites for more details on the new fee, including contact information for USCIS, if there are further questions: