The U.S. State Department has experienced a computer hardware failure, resulting in the halting of visa issuances to travelers. On June 23, the State Department website stated that repairs are being made and that visas are being issued at about two-thirds capacity. Find the latest State Department news about the technical problem here. U.S. arts organizations presenting international artists in the very near term should have a back-up plan, as without a fully-processed and issued visa, artists are unable to work in the U.S. As systems come back online, consulates will begin prioritizing visa issuance. Presenters of traveling artists should make their case for the time-sensitive nature of travel. For further information about traveling artists, click here. If your orchestra encounters difficulty with visa processing in time for a planned departure, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted June 24, 2015