The U.S. State Department recently provided an update on worldwide visa operations, including information on wait times, backlogs and interview availability.
Additional Information: Delays plagued U.S. embassies and consulates around the world last year as they emerged from COVID-related closures. State Department officials said that visa processing times are improving but progress varies from post to post. Applicants can in some cases travel to other consulates to apply for visa services; however, depending on the specific situation, this may not be a feasible option.
BAL Analysis: While processing times are improving, appointment and processing delays should be expected at U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world. Service levels vary from post to post. BAL will continue to monitor efforts to address processing delays and will provide more information as it becomes available. Employers and employees should continue to consult their BAL professional before planning international travel.
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