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Visa Issuance Delays Expected Due to Security Clearance Backlog

Due to the heavy volume of security clearances needing to be conducted by U.S. federal agencies, many international advisers have reported significant delays in visa issuance for some of their students and scholars. Visa processing is taking longer than in previous years and to date, there are no public guidelines detailing who is being screened or how long the screening will take. The Department of State has indicated that the checks cannot be expedited and no one is exempt.