The United States government has rescinded its decision to disallow visa applications for Kenyans with old passports, temporarily, in what could offer relief to those struggling to get the new electronic travel documents.
According to the Embassy spokesperson, the applications are to progress until communicates otherwise.
“Visa applicants may apply for a US visa with a non-digital Kenyan passport. We will place a US visa in a non-digital passport until further notice. Holders of current US visas do not need to take any action,” the Embassy said on Twitter.
The Embassy didn’t give clear reasons as to why they took the U-turn, but Kenyans had made several complaints on the same saying obtaining the e-passport was proving itself to be quite difficult and hence couldn’t beat the deadline.
“We can only place a US visa in a new passport. You may make an appointment with your current passport, but you will need to obtain an e-passport before we can issue a visa,” a spokesperson at the Embassy said on Tuesday.
People with valid visas are now allowed to travel to US, unlike the previous statements that burred valid visas but in old passports.
As usual, however, applicants for visas must have a valid passport or at least six months. The e-passport will have a microchip as it is part of global efforts to curb travel fraud by making it harder to forge a passport.
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