We wanted to alert you to the very serious short-term crisis that is now delaying the issuance of all immigrant and nonimmigrant visas at all U.S. Consular posts worldwide. The State Department's global database for issuing visas has crashed, resulting in delays for the tens of thousands of visa applicants awaiting issuance of visas. The problem, which is affecting every U.S. Consulate and Embassy worldwide, has resulted in an extensive backlog of visa applications, further hampering efforts to get the system fully back on track. We will continue to monitor very closely the situation that is causing visa issuance delays of an indeterminate length.