CONSULAR VISA PROCESSING WARNING
IF YOU ARE A FOREIGN NATIONAL PLANNING TO TRAVEL ABROAD:
Please be advised that there has been a recent increase in security screenings of foreign nationals at U.S. Consulates abroad. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have increased the level of review that international visitors face at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad, at airports, and at border crossing posts with Canada and Mexico. The U.S. State Department processing time for a security screening at a consulate abroad is currently 12 weeks, with no option available for expediting the process.
Each foreign national, in consultation with their department if appropriate, should make their own decision regarding travel abroad. ISSP advises undertaking travel abroad with the understanding that returns to the U.S. may be significantly delayed, and that all foreign nationals traveling abroad should be certain to carry documentation supporting their current visa status.
ISSP recommends you contact our office with your passport and immigration documents as soon as you are aware of the date you plan to travel. We will review your documents, provide you with up to date travel advice, and sign your travel document (if necessary).