Executive Summary: On June 23, 2015the U.S. Department of State (DOS) updated its alert regarding the technical problems that resulted in world-wide delays in visa processing, announcing that 39 consular posts, representing more than two-thirds of the agency's normal capacity, are now online and issuing visas.  DOS also stated that it expects the system to be fully reconnected this week and will work over the weekend to clear the backlog of visas. DOS is currently rescheduling more than 1,500 visa applicants who were unable to be interviewed last week because of the systems problems. 

The following consular posts are now online and issuing visas:

  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

Employers' Bottom Line: DOS expects the visa system computer glitch to be resolved at all consulates by the end of this week, and it will work through the weekend to clear the backlog of pending visas. As such, foreign workers who are currently overseas, or planning to travel overseas in the near future, should be able to proceed with their scheduled or rescheduled visa interviews.  Assuming DOS clears its visa backlog quickly, foreign workers should receive their passports back within a reasonable period thereafter.