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Longer Ferie in Italy this Summer

Longer Ferie in Italy this Summer

Annalisa Liuzzo (July 24, 2014)

Delay for all non immigrant visa applicants in general and their entry, or reentry to the U.S



The visa section of the U.S. Embassy is experiencing an almost unprecedented volume of visa applications in recent months. In fact, according to a source at the U.S. Department of State, the number of E visa applications filed at the U.S. Embassy in Rome is presently up 100% from last year at this time. As a result, nonimmigrant E visa applicants, who had been long accustomed to quick turn around adjudications from this extremely efficient consular post, have now been told that E visa applications will take 10 weeks to process.

Considering that the Visa Section had been calling applicants for interview within four weeks of filing just a few months ago, this change in processing times has caused a great deal of disruption for applicants who had been anticipating applying for visa issuance during their summer holiday.
Now, a new issue has surfaced which will unfortunately signify a greater delay for all nonimmigrant visa applicants in general and their entry, or reentry to the U.S. 
According to the U.S. Embassy in Rome, due to a significant technical problem, the actual stamping of visas has been delayed. That technical problem is actually an unspecified glitch in the U.S. Department of State's Consular Consolidated Database which has caused numerous setbacks in the processing of applications for visas and U.S. Passports. 
This problem is worldwide and affects all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. While the State Department has assured the public that it is working hard to resolve these issues as soon as possible, travelers should avoid scheduling airline travel to the U.S. until confirmation of their visa issuance is received.  

For applicants in Italy, this means that applicant’s passports may not necessarily be available within 48 hours of their visa interview which has traditionally been the case. 

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