The US Embassy in London in back online and has started to issue visas!
They are doing everything they can to address the backlog but there are still delays.
Many participants have begun to receive notification from the Embassy Courier service via sms that their passports have been released and are on their way.
As above, there is a significant backlog of visa cases due to the worldwide technical breakdown in US Visa systems, but staff are working round the clock to address this.
During this time, neither the US Embassy or IST Plus cannot provide status updates by email or phone.
The best place for up to date information is the US Embassy Consular Twitter Feed @USAinUKCGCorner
Individuals with nonimmigrant visa interview appointments scheduled for June 26 onwards, should attend the appointment but should be aware that their application may take longer to process than the advertised 5- 7 workdays.
See the official Statement at travel.state.gov
As per our normal guidelines and advice, we strongly recommend against booking your flights until your have you passport and visa returned by the US Embassy.
We have years of experience enabling thousands of students and young people to gain J1 visas for the USA, go on Working Holidays to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore or teach in Thailand or China. Working with the best partners worldwide, we make this as easy a process as we possibly can.
You can do anything from work in the US during your summer holiday (see Work and Travel USA and Camp PLUS), teach in Thailand or China or go further afield and intern in New Zealand.
There's lots of information but if you can't find what you're looking for get in touch with the team - we'll be happy to help!
In association with the ‘Know Before You Go’ Campaign, we are working with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to do all that we can to help British travellers stay safe overseas. Before you go overseas, check out the FCO website at www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo. It is packed with essential travel advice and tips, and up-to-date country information.
IST Plus was formed in 2003. Since then we have worked with thousands of students and young people from all over the world to help and guide them on their international journeys.
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