Expect Consular Processing Delays! - (08-12-14)
U.S. Consulates are recovering from a major system outage that occurred on August 1st. Expect delays in consular visa processing throughout the month of August. While significant progress has been made in the last week, consulates are prioritizing the processing of immigrant visas, adoption cases, and emergency nonimmigrant visa cases. Guest artists who need to interview and obtain an O or P visa should anticipate a delay of at least one additional week in processing times and should check directly with the specific embassy/consulate for additional information. Updates relating to the system outage and processing delays will be posted online.
In light of these delays, petitioners are advised to plan ahead and build in extra time for the full visa process. Remember that O and P petitions can be filed up to one year in advance.