We are getting updates from the U.S. Department of State and from other sources that the global database used by the Department of State to process U.S. visa applications and passports has crashed, resulting in delays for millions of people around the world waiting for travel documents.  The problems with the Consular Consolidated Database have resulted in “significant performance issues, including outages” in the processing of applications for passports, visas and reports of Americans born abroad since Saturday.  State Department spokesman Marie Harf said that the crash has resulted in an “extensive backlog” of applications.

It is unclear how long the problem will last, however residual delays in U.S. visa processing may still linger for days or weeks considering that the backlog only grows with each hour that the system is down.

As always, if you are planning to apply for a U.S. visa or a U.S. passport, you should plan to apply as far in advance as possible and take into consideration that there may be delays in the process.

Please check our website for further updates on this issue.