As all Indian nationals seeking visa appointments are aware, the wait times are horrible and this situation is now making national headlines. Whether the attention will result in additional resources for the Department of State to clear the backlog is unknown but, one can hope.
The Canadian government announced that it will re-open its border on Aug 9th to fully vaccinated US citizens and permanent residents and if conditions remain favorable, on Sept. 7th, to others. For employers operating in both the US and Canada, this is welcome news. For those looking to obtain new or extend TN visas and… Continue reading Canadian Border News
The Department of State (“DOS”) provided an update in regards to the technological issues it is experiencing with its Consular Consolidated Database. The Bureau of Consular Affairs is continuing to work to remedy this issue. As of June 22nd, 22 consulates have been reconnected. This represents about half of the non-immigrant visa volume. The DOS… Continue reading Department of State Provides Update in Regards to the Technical Problems with the Consular Consolidated Database
On June 12, 2015, the Department of State announced that it is experiencing technical problems with its Consular Consolidated Database (“CCD”). These difficulties are not related to the issues that were experienced last year with the CCD. The technical glitch is not specific to any country, visa category or citizenship document. The Department of State… Continue reading Department of State Announces Technical Issues with Overseas Passport and Visa Systems
Recently, applicants who hoped to obtain a visa stamping appointment at a U.S. Consulate in Canada were unable to schedule appointments after February 13, 2015. The Department of State reported that this was due to the fact that the U.S. Consulates in Canada were upgrading their visa appointment system. The updates were complete on February… Continue reading Updates to Visa Appointment System at the U.S. Consulates in Canada
On October 31, 2014, the Embassy of the United States in Kingston, Jamaica issued a notification that placed extensive restrictions on third country nationals who hoped to attend an appointment in Kingston to receive a visa stamp. This notification can be found here. Specifically, the following individuals who do not hold long-term status in Jamaica may not apply… Continue reading Visa Stamping at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica
The Department of State (“DOS”) has announced that it has made substantial progress in resolving the performance issues with the Consular Consolidated Database. This database crashed in late July, which caused the DOS to be unable to issue visas to applicants. Since this problem affected Consulates throughout the world, the DOS was experiencing a significant… Continue reading Update Regarding the Department of State’s Consular Consolidated Database
The Department of State (“DOS”) has released additional information that discusses what caused the Consular Consolidated Database to crash and its impact at Consulates throughout the world. Since July 20th, the Consulates have printed nearly 250,000 nonimmigrant visas. Normally, the DOS would expect to issue about 480,000 nonimmigrant visas during this period of time. This… Continue reading Further Updates From the Department of State Regarding the Database Crash
During the busy summer travel season, the Department of State’s Consular Consolidated Database has crashed. This database is responsible for supporting the Department of State’s efforts to verify information in passports and visa requests. The Department of State has reported that unspecified glitches in the database have resulted in “significant performance issues, including outages in… Continue reading Department of State Database Crashes
The Department of State has informed the American Immigration Lawyers Association that due to increasingly heavy demand by Canada-based visa applicants, the seven U.S. visa processing posts in Canada are extremely limited in their ability to accept Third Country National (TCN) cases during the peak demand months of June, July, and August. Visa processing those individuals… Continue reading Visa Stamping in Canada Suspended for TCN’s
With the announcement two weeks ago of the availabilty for certain H and L holders to have their visas re-stamped without an interview, many of us are hopeful that there has been a shift by the U.S. Consulates in India regarding the treatment of professionals working in the U.S. The last several years have seen a tremendous… Continue reading Is there a shift in India ?