DOS and CBP Announce Fix for Certain Visa Applicants Who Are Experiencing Consular Delays Due to Recent Technical Challenges

For the past two weeks the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs has been experiencing technical problems with its passport and visa system. These problems have resulted in worldwide delays in passport, citizenship, and visa document issuance.

In an effort to address these delays the Department of State (DOS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have announced the following remedial steps: 

If a request for emergency travel is not approved, CBP strongly discourages applicants from traveling to the United States using a visitor's visa or Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) registration. If an applicant is found to have previously requested travel permission that was not granted by DOS, CBP may deny the applicant's request for admission into the United States. Such a decision by CBP could render the applicant inadmissible to the United States in the future, a much more serious consequence than the inconvenience associated with delayed U.S. travel.

This post was written with contributions from Kirsten Williams.

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