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Update: Global Technical Issues with Passport and Visa Systems

Consular Systems Technical Issues The Bureau of Consular Affairs continues to address technical problems with our visa systems.  Some visa applicants will experience delays in receiving visas.  Others will be contacted directly to reschedule their appointments.  Passports are still being processed. This issue is not specific to any particular country or visa category; this is ...
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Global Technical Issues with Passport and Visa Systems

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our overseas passport and visa systems.  This issue is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working urgently to correct the problem and restore full operability. Passport applications accepted overseas ...
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Emergency Message to U.S. Citizens – Cyclone Ashobaa

Based on information from the United States Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii , U.S. Embassy Muscat advises U.S. citizens that Cyclone Ashobaa is heading towards Oman.  Landfall in Oman is on or about Thursday, June 11, 2015, about 4:00 p.m. local time, and the storm is expected to come closest to Muscat on Friday, June 12. We advise U.S. citizens residing in ...
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The Holy Month of Ramadan 2015

The Islamic month of Ramadan is expected to begin this year on or about Friday, June 19, 2015. Ramadan is a month of fasting and spiritual discipline for Muslims all over the world.  It is a time of personal purification and renewal.  Muslims are required to abstain totally from food, drink, tobacco, and sensual pleasures ...
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