A computer glitch within the US visa application system has radically impeded travel to the US by foreign nationals.
This is having a big impact on industry across the US, especially farms which rely heavily on temporary foreign workers. For example, fruit growers in Washington State need approximately fifteen thousand guest workers to help harvest the fruit. But the crop could be lost if the problems affecting the system are not remedied.
The State Department revealed the problem last week and stated it is having an impact on tourists as well as those looking for work. It has also said that it has in the region of one hundred computer experts working around the clock to fix it. The ripple effect is being felt far and wide, impacting an array of sporting and cultural events.
The fear is that even when the problem is resolved, the resultant backlog of visa applications will take weeks to clear. The State Department receives approximately 50,000 applications each day.