Operational Status

The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our passport/visa system.  This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologize to applicants who are experiencing delays or are unable to obtain a passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or visa at this time. We are working urgently to correct the problem and expect our system to be fully operational again soon.

Meanwhile, to prevent further delays, please complete your DS-160; Online Visa Application Form at least 48 hours prior to your appointment time.  

미국비자 신청자분들에게 안내드립니다: 미국무성(Department of State)의 Consular Affairs에서 현재 여권/비자 시스템에 어려움을 겪고 있습니다.  이는 전세계적인 것이며, 일부 국가, 국적 서류 혹은 특정 비자 종류에 국한되는 것이 아닙니다.  이러한 어려움으로 인해, 미국비자, 해외 출생증명서, 혹은 미국여권을 발급받는데에 안내받으신 기간보다 오래 소요되고 있는 신청자분들에게 죄송한 말씀 전합니다.  최대한 빠른 시간내에 모든 문제점이 해결되어 정상적인 업무가 이루어질 수 있도록 최선을 다하겠습니다.

정상적인 업무가 재개될 때까지, 비자 발급절차가 추가적으로 지연되는 것을 방지하기 위해, 온라인 비자 신청서(DS-160)는 예약된 비자 인터뷰 시간으로부터 최소 48시간 이전에 작성을 완료하여 주시기 바랍니다. 

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4 Responses to Operational Status

  1. X says:

    Hello~
    I had an interview 2 weeks ago and my visa application is undergoing “Administrative processing” right now. I wonder whether those technical issues affect the speed of “administrative process”, and if so how long will it take for visa granting decision?
    I will really appreciate any information regarding expected visa issuance time in my case (I should go to a scientific conference which starts on August 31).
    Thank you!

    • Dear Mr. Menabde,

      Thank you for your inquiry. The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs made significant progress and issued most of the worldwide backlog of nonimmigrant visa cases. The majority of visa applicants who were found eligible during their interview were issued visas without the need for further information or documents. If your visa application requires additional processing, it will be separately reviewed from the aforementioned cases and is not likely to be affected by the current operational status. Should you wish to check the status of your visa application, please visit https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx?eQs=WwjqOlbeRYzCYubaSQI+RA== or send an email to support-korea@ustraveldocs.com.

      Nonimmigrant Visa Unit
      U.S. Embassy – Seoul

  2. B says:

    I’ve talk to one of agents at contact centre and she said the system is not fully operational but it process visas normally. Is it true? Are staffs trying to keep up with the regular processing time? I’ve heard that normally it takes about 3 days to receive the passport with us visa after interview. But it takes around 10 days this week. I wish there’s no delay any more and shorten the time. Can I have any information about the status of system? Also I’m wondering the the system is being operated overtime and on weekends to process visas. I’ll waiting for the reply.
    Thank you!

    • Thank you for your inquiry. The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently working on bringing the system back to its normal operational capacity. Meanwhile, to give you an idea of the progress we have made, from the start of the operational issues on July 20 through July 28, we issued more than 220,000 nonimmigrant visas globally. Based on our average production figures, we would have anticipated issuing closer to 425,000 nonimmigrant visas in that time period, indicating we have been able to print nonimmigrant visas for about half of all approved travelers. We assure you that our staff at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul is also doing everything possible to return passports with visas as soon as we are able to complete processing. Please see our FAQs for further information on the worldwide system performance issues.

      Nonimmigrant Visa Unit
      U.S. Embassy – Seoul

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