Technology Problems at US consulates resolved

The technology problems occurring in June at U.S. Consulates around the world are resolved, according to the U.S. Department of State. This delayed visa issuance for almost a third of a million travelers.

All visa-issuing embassies and consulates are now back online and visa issuance is proceeding. All remaining backlogged cases are expected to be cleared by this week.

http://www.travel.state.gov/content/travel/english/news/technological-systems-issue.html

TECHNOLOGY PROBLEMS AT US CONSULATES OVERSEAS

Beginning about June 9, 2015, US consulate posts overseas began experiencing system problems. These problems meant that visa applications worldwide were being delayed. As of June 25, 2015, this problem has been fixed at 85% of visa issuance posts. The Bureau of Consular Affairs is continuing to make efforts to have this problem resolved at the remaining posts. Please contact our office if you are impacted and need more information.

TPS DESIGNATED FOR NEPAL

On June 24, 2015 the Department of Homeland Security designated Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a period of 18 months. This designation allows eligible Nepalese nationals (and aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in Nepal) who have continuously resided in the United States since June 24, 2015 and have been continuously physically present in the US since June 24, 2015 to be granted TPS. Potentially qualified individuals should apply within the 180 day registration period which began on June 24, 2015 and ends on December 21, 2015.

During the TPS designation period, TPS beneficiaries are eligible to remain in the US, may not be removed, and are authorized to work and to obtain EAD (work permits), so long as they continue to meet the requirements of TPS. TPS beneficiaries may be granted travel authorization as a matter of discretion.

It is important to note that the granting of TPS does not result in or lead to lawful permanent resident status. It is a temporary status and when the TPS designation terminates, beneficiaries return to the same immigration status they had before TPS (if any).

Specific requirements of the forms and documents required for an individual to apply for TPS may be found at the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov/news/dhs-announces-temporary-protected-status-designation-nepal.