The Visa Revalidation Unit at the State Department has informed that a software problem involving revalidation applications submitted in March has caused a delay in processing many of the cases submitted at that time. Software failed to capture data from key fields on the new DS 156 NIV application form. The problem has been corrected, and those cases where data was not complete have been returned to the processing center for data re-entry. Upon return of those cases from the processing center, they will be returned to their original places in the processing queue. In the meantime, the unit continues to process revalidation applications, so cases which have been filed later will be processed, while earlier cases are being re-entered. As a result, members may see revalidations processed on later-filed cases for a period of time until the March cases can get through the system.
The visa revalidation unit continues to return cases as requested by the applicants or their representatives as requested by the applicants or their representatives due to the need for urgent travel.
The Visa Revalidation Unit at the State Department also reminded that, in April, the general estimated processing time for revalidations was lengthened to 10 to 12 weeks.