The Bureau of Consular Affairs in Washington, D.C. reported
earlier this week that it was experiencing a number of computer
and communication problems. These problems have collectively
created a processing backlog of one day's worth of immigrant and
nonimmigrant cases - a backlog that totals approximately 40,000
cases. The Bureau is taking steps to fix the problem and expects
processing to return to a normal timeline by this weekend (April
14th-15th). Emergency cases will be expedited, but the Bureau
also indicates that many other individual cases are delayed two
or three days.
As background, the Bureau of Consular Affairs
facilitates the issuance of all nonimmigrant and immigrant
visas, overseeing consular officers overseas. The Bureau, a
division of the U.S. Department of State, works with overseas
embassies and consulates in addition to domestic Passport
Agencies and regional visa processing centers.