The United States Embassy in Georgetown announced on Thursday that it is unable to print visas at this time due to a persistent hardware failure in a State Department facility in the United States which started on June 9.
The Embassy has asked that all applicants who were asked to pick up their passports on Friday June 19th and Monday, June 22nd , NOT to do so until further notice.
The Bureau of Consular Affairs in the United States said it continues to experience technical problems with its visa systems and the Embassy has advised that it does not expect that the system will be fixed before next week.
“This is a global issue, and we are working around the clock to fix it. More than 100 computer experts from both the private and public sectors across the United States are working on this problem 24/7,” the statement added.
The problems stem from a hardware failure in a State Department facility in the United States on June 9.
That failure is preventing the Department from processing and transmitting biometric data checks at visa-issuing embassies and consulates.
“We cannot bypass the legal requirements to screen visa applicants before we issue visas for travel. Each visa decision is a national security decision, and we take our obligation to protect the United States seriously,” the Georgetown Embassy added.
The Embassy says it regrets the inconvenience to travelers and recognize that this is causing hardship to those waiting for visas, and in some cases, their family members or employers in the United States.
Applicants are also encouraged to check the Consular section’s Facebook page for updated information as it becomes available: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Consular-Section-US-Embassy-Georgetown/140095222235