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US visa applicants facing delays due to computer glitch

by Ray Clancy on August 29, 2014

A backlog of unprocessed visa applications is causing delays in the United States and now, a computer glitch has caused the country’s visa processing system to slow down.

The problem was first detected in July, but has still not been fully resolved. It is affecting holiday makers, business travellers and students who are due to start their studies in a few weeks’ time.

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The slowdown in visa processing is affecting holiday makers, business travelers and students

A spokesman for the State Department said it is working urgently to fix the problem, but they are not sure when visa processing capacity can be fully resumed. ‘The authorities are working with Microsoft and Oracle, the database’s technology makers to get the system restored,’ he added.

Officials are recommending that students should contact the admission departments to warn them that they may be late starting their studies.

‘In addition to communicating through our websites, e-mail and letters, we are also reaching out to applicants via Facebook and other social media sites, such as Weibo to relay the latest information,’ the spokesman explained.

Meanwhile, the latest data shows that over 990,000 foreign nationals were granted permanent residence in the United States in 2013.

The country of origin for the biggest group was Mexico, making up 13.6% of green cards issued, followed by China with 7.2%, India with 6.9%, the Philippines with 5.5%, the Dominican Republic 4.2%, Cuba 3.3%, Vietnam 2.7%, and South Korea 2.3%.

A large number of countries accounted for 2.1% of the total, including Colombia, Haiti, Jamaica, El Salvador, Nigeria, Pakistan, Canada, Ethiopia, Nepal, the United Kingdom, Iran, and Burma.

 

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