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What Is Happening With The Embassy In Bogota?

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We were approved bt the NVC for an expidited CR-1 interview in Bogota 2 weeks ago because my dad is very ill, and I want my wife to meet him while he is still around. We were at the 6 month point at the time of approval. We were excited and went to schedule the appointment at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/.

When in the site, we noticed there were no dates available to schedule the appointment... so I thought it was my browser or some tech issue and emailed the Embassy.... they responded by stating that for my type of visa, they were full and would release appointments at random. It's been 2 weeks now and nothing is showing... my subsequent emails explaining how we have an urgent need have gone unanswered and they will not accept phone calls other than to give general info... the NVC has had severe tech issues with their visa delivery system and I wonder if this is the problem.

If you remember, last week the government got hacked exposing many workers sensitive information, I thinks it's possible this may have affected more than we know... Is anyone here experiencing simular issues with Bogota in particular or anywhere else? I can't say they are not scheduling tourist visas but find it very hard to believe they are simply full at this time for our visa type. Going ahead 2 years on the calender shows no available dates.. something is not right.

Any help or insight greatly appreciated!!!

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The hack was discovered in April and is believed to have been initiated some time last year......they just told everyone a few days ago, likely has nothing to do with that. Not help, but it's some insight.....

http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/06/report-hack-of-government-employee-records-discovered-by-product-demo/

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Not sure if it was the hack then.. and this just popped up on their site

'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."

http://bogota.usembassy.gov/immigrant_visas.html

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Not sure if it was the hack then.. and this just popped up on their site

'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."

http://bogota.usembassy.gov/immigrant_visas.html

I just found it that it most likely is, because as they're reasearching the depths of the hack the state department and homeland security were apart of it, so they've been taking many of their systems offline.,....

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