Delays in Overseas U.S. Passport and Visa Systems

Consular Affairs Continues to Address Technical Problems with Visa Systems

The Bureau of Consular Affairs continues to address technical problems with our visa systems. Currently, we are unable to print most immigrant and nonimmigrant visas approved on or after June 9. We will make every effort to process and return these approved visas as soon as our systems are restored, hopefully next week. We will post on our website progress on this issue and once an issued visa is on its way to the applicant, the applicant will receive an email containing pick-up instructions or delivery tracking information.

In addition, U.S. embassies and consulates are unable to process new applications submitted June 9 or later. If your DS-160 confirmation page lists a “completed on” date of June 9 or later, we will be unable to conduct your visa appointment until systems are restored. Therefore individuals who submitted a DS-160 online application June 9 or later and who have with non-immigrant visa interview appointments scheduled for June 17-23 must reschedule their appointments for a later date. Appointments can be rescheduled through

We cannot bypass the legal requirements to screen visa applicants before we issue visas for travel. Although we cannot issue visas, we are attempting to assist visa applicants with urgent humanitarian travel. Individuals with urgent travel for life or death related purposes (to receive life-saving medical care or to attend the funeral of an immediate family member) should contact

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U.S. Passport

Due to a systems issue affecting global passport operations, there is currently a delay in the printing of U.S. passports that were approved at overseas passport facilities. Applications accepted at U.S. Embassies or Consulates on or after May 26, 2015 are affected by this delay. If you applied for a U.S. passport during this time frame and have travel plans within the next 10 business days, please consider requesting an emergency passport at the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo.

If you are among the group affected by this delay (i.e. people who applied on or after May 26, 2015), you will not be charged for this limited validity emergency passport.

Please write to if you are affected by this delay and need to request an emergency limited validity passport. In your email to us, please include proof of your imminent travel (itinerary), your full name as it appears in your U.S. passport, your date of birth and the date you initially applied.