International Reggae Artist Iba Mahr, also known as Mario Greaves, is one of over fifty thousand approved U.S. visa beneficiaries who have been affected by a recent computer technical breakdown within U. S. Embassies worldwide. According to U.S. Embassy sources, a “global glitch” in the central computing system has prevented the printing of the essential visa in in passports which enables overseas beneficiaries to enter into the United States. As a result, U.S. Consulates around the World have been unable to return beneficiaries’ travel passports.
The delay has affected thousands of approved visa beneficiaries, including Iba Mahr, who is currently on tour in Europe. Iba Mahr has been receiving daily updates from the U.S. Consulate in Warsaw, Poland but despite the best efforts of the Artist and his management team, it is now apparent that until the pending backlog of visas are cleared through the system including his passport, Iba Mahr will not be able to travel to the US.
Iba Mahr has expressed his disappointment at being unable to appear for his first and highly anticipated performance at the 30th Anniversary Reggae on the River, in Humboldt County, California. Stating his thoughts on the matter, Iba Mahr said… “I love California and was really looking forward to performing for my fans at this grand festival but, the situation is out of my hands. With Jah will I hope to see you next year on Reggae on the River….”
How many other artists are affected with this Glitch is not sure yet…