AIT announces visa systems are back online
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.
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.