AIT an­nounces visa sys­tems are back online

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

The Amer­i­can In­sti­tute in Tai­wan (AIT) yesterday an­nounced that its visa sys­tems are now back online af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing tech­ni­cal prob­lems for over a week.

“Sys­tems is­sues that have af­fected the U.S. Depart­ment of State’s abil­ity to is­sue visas are be­ing re­solved,” AIT said in a state­ment it re­leased on its web­site.

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ap­pli­cants can now sched­ule ap­point­ments as nor­mal, in­clud­ing ap­pli­cants who sub­mit­ted their online DS-160 forms on or af­ter June 9, it noted.

In a sep­a­rate state­ment pub­lished on its Face­book page yesterday, the AIT apol­o­gized for the in­con­ve­nience to visa ap­pli­cants caused by the tech­ni­cal prob­lems.

“We deeply re­gret the in­con­ve­nience for trav­el­ers wait­ing for visas. The Bureau of Con­sular Af­fairs has been work­ing night and day to re­store the abil­ity of visa- is­su­ing of­fices around the world to pro­vide visas.”

AIT will like­wise work over the week­end to ad­ju­di­cate and print visas for trav­el­ers. Those trav­el­ers who are still wait­ing to re­ceive their visas should ex­pect them by the mid­dle of next week, likely around Wed­nes­day, it noted.

The AIT said last Tues­day that the State Depart­ment’s Bureau of Con­sular Af­fairs was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing tech­ni­cal prob­lems with its visa sys­tems. This is­sue was not spe- cific to any par­tic­u­lar coun­try or visa cat­e­gory.

The tech­ni­cal prob­lems pre­vi­ously made the AIT un­able to print most im­mi­grant and non-im­mi­grant visas ap­proved af­ter June 8. It was also un­able to process new ap­pli­ca­tions sub­mit­ted on or af­ter June 9.

The op­er­a­tion of the Visa Waiver Pro­gram (VWP) is un­af­fected, and el­i­gi­ble Tai­wan trav­el­ers can still en­joy visa-free travel un­der the VWP, it said.

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