I am a South African citizen who is currently resident in Berlin, Germany. I have a valid work/residence permit. I am planning on traveling to US in September and I applied for a non-immigrant visa and was interviewed and approved on the 9th of June.
However, there are global delays in US visa applications due to computer issues that are just being resolved this week. The Berlin embassy has suspended printing visas approved on or after the 9th of June. I have travel plans to visit Spain in the first week of July. According to the terms of my carrier, I need my passport to board this flight.
This places me in an awkward position. The US consulate told me they would return my passport in less than a week when I applied. I have pre-paid for accommodation in Spain and for flights etc, but now I am worried that I will not be able to go.
What can I do?