US Embassies Return to Issuing Visas After Fixing Computer Glitch

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US embassies and consulates around the world are fully operational online after a glitch in the computer system.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US embassies and consulates around the world are fully operational online after a glitch in the computer system used for issuing visas was fixed, Department of State spokesperson Mark Toner said in a briefing on Monday.

“All visa-issuing embassies and consulates are now back online, and we’re scheduling visa interviews and issuing non-immigrant and immigrant visas,” Toner stated.

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On June 9, 2015, a hardware glitch impacted the ability of US embassies and consulates to issue visas. The State Department explained last week the glitch had prevented them from processing mandatory security-related biometric data checks at embassies and consulates world-wide.

Toner noted the State Department issued more than 410,000 non-immigrant visas from June 21 through June 29, 2015.

He added also issued the remaining H-2 temporary worker visas that were pending between June 9 and June 19, 2015.

More than 100 computer experts from both the private and public sectors worked to address the hardware failure.

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