As of Thursday July 31st, the Department of State (DOS) continues to experience technical issues  with their visa/passport systems and have confirmed that the systems are still not restored to full  functionality. While at this time it is only an estimate, the DOS has confirmed that it may take several  additional weeks before their systems are restored to full visa processing capacity. Visa applicants can  continue to expect delays as the DOS continues to process their backlog of pending cases and should  plan their travel schedules accordingly to accommodate increased delays in visa issuance; however, the  DOS has provided confirmation that they currently do have the ability to issue urgent visas in select  circumstances. See the FAQ for additional information.