United States Embassies & Consulates Unable To Issue Visas Due to “Hardware Failure”

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Travelers from countries requiring visa to enter the United States planning to visit this summer may need to have plan B in place in case they don’t have them issued yet.

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The US State Department had a hardware failure in equipment that tunnels the applicants biometric data to a central database. It may take another week before the issue is resolved.

You can read more about this on WSJ’s website here of which below is an excerpt:

Worldwide, U.S. visa-issuing posts handle 50,000 applications a day. Until the system is fully functional, they are unable to issue visas for applications received on or after June 9.

In Brazil, an estimated 16,000 visas are in the pipeline. The U.S. Embassy in India said all nonimmigrant visa interviews scheduled in New Delhi and four consulates between June 22 and June 26 had been canceled and that new appointments would be required.

Businesspeople are also stuck, their passports in possession of U.S. authorities. “They are holding my passport so I have been grounded this week from traveling” anywhere, said David Lummas, who works for a British multinational company and is currently in Bangkok, Thailand.

Conclusion

You would think that single hardware failure couldn’t stop issuing visas worldwide? Considering all the hacking going on maybe there is another reason for this?

This must affect many travelers that plan to visit United States this summer that may have to amend their plans and to go elsewhere.

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  1. A couple years ago, the local paper ran a good article on the hoops that lawn care and landscaping companies must go through to have crews ready for the season. First, employers must advertise the jobs and use MO Job Service to find locals who want to be employed. While the pay isn’t $15 an hour, the rate for a noobie is around $9 and good workers do receive raises and advancements.

    What does take place is that most of these employers must use the visa program and usually most of last year workers come back from Mexico and when it get cold, they return home. IMHO, what keeps many young Americans from being hired, is that most employers can’t wait until school is over and also the need for workers in the fall.

    • Do you honestly believe that those ‘many young americans’ you mention desire a job harvesting vegetables and fruits in the boiling sun? Offer this to 100 students or unemployed americans and I guarantee you that 90 of them will decline right away and from the 10 that take you up on it 9 will quit within the first 3 days of work.

      • Locally, harvesting pumpkins and peaches are the only farm related work that I know Hispanic do. After one bad tornado where I grew up, Hispanic roofing crews showed up and in a short time were doing most of the roof replacements. Home owners were thankful the work was performed quickly and without any bs delays, which were real common in the past. Finally, I did grass cutting back in high school and was glad I had a job.

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