A key piece of hardware failed, leaving US embassies and consulates unable to print visas, regular passports or other travel documents. People who submitted online applications for passports and visas ~ on or after June 9 ~ will likely experience processing delays.
Routine passport renewals are generally processed & printed through the US offices, so this temporary problem likely affects/suspends “rush” “emergency” lost/stolen passport replacements.
… and it affects local State Dept printing abroad of visas for foreigners wishing to enter the USA.
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