Technical glitch affects US visa processing

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The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs on Sunday said a technical glitch affected its passport and visa system, which may affect Filipinos applying for non-immigrant and immigrant visas.

A statement from the United States Embassy in Manila also said the technical problem may affect US citizens as well since the glitch affected the bureau’s worldwide operations, and was not country-specific.

“This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any country, citizenship document or visa category,” the embassy said.

It added that the Bureau of Consular Affairs is “working urgently” to correct the problem, and it expects the system to be fully operational soon.


The US Embassy in Manila said it is monitoring the situation.

“We apologize to applicants who may experience delays,” it added.

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