Hacker’s Interruption On American Visa Issuance: Will Restore By Next Week
Kishor Panthi, New York : The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with its visa systems. As a result the US embassy across the world has stopped currently issuing visa. U.S. embassies and consulate office all around the world are unable to print immigrant and nonimmigrant visas approved after June 8, 2015 as well as they are not able to process new applications submitted on or after June 9, 2015 and they need to take another date for the interview too.
The Bureau of Consular Affairs of the American Government Department of States has said that it will take another week to fix the glitch. US embassies all around the world has regrets over the inconvenience brought about by the computer glitch by issuing the statement . Those with urgent travel scheduled has been also affected.
The US embassy in Kathmandu also informed that they are unable to print most immigrant and nonimmigrant visas approved after June 8, 2015. In addition, it has also informed that it is unable to process new applications submitted on or after June 9, 2015.The statement reads that Individuals with visa interview appointments scheduled for June 14-26, 2015, should reschedule their appointments if they submitted a DS-160 online application after June 9, 2015. Though the American government claimed that it will be restored within end of next week, however it is suspected that it will be in normal situation after two weeks only.
This is not the same problem they had with the CCD last year, which was a problem with the database caused by a software patch. This is a hardware failure, and they are working to restore system functions. More than 100 computer experts from both the private and public sectors across the United States are working on this problem 24/7”, the release said. Public and private sector experts are making progress in correcting the visa problem, and they are striving to have the system online sometime next week.
As per the Department of State they handle an average 50,000 applications daily worldwide. As many applicants do not have immediate travel plans so for them it won’t hamper as they will receive visas in time as it is planned trips. However The Department of State is prioritizing urgent medical and other humanitarian cases as well as H2A agricultural workers.
As per the various media claimed that the hacker has stolen a large number of personal information from the system and the Department of State has already informed the US government’s Office of Personnel Management regarding it.