Emergency Visa System Fixed, State Dept Says
Email channel for Afghans who worked with U.S. was overwhelmed by applications
The State Department says it has fixed a glitch in the email system that was overwhelmed Sunday by applications by and for Afghans desperate to escape the clutches of the Taliban.
“The volume of emails temporarily overwhelmed the email system,” a spokesperson told SpyTalk on condition of anonymity. “The Department has taken corrective action, and emails should no longer be receiving an error message response.”
Earlier Sunday, a former Air Force sergeant showed SpyTalk the response he got to a Special Immigrant Visa application he was trying to file for an Afghan that he worked with during a 2011-2012 tour of duty. It said, “the recipient’s mailbox is full and can’t accept messages now. Please try resending the message later, or contact the recipient directly.”
“The State Department apparently forgot to take the size limit off of it, so all of these thousands of emails coming in from Afghans trying to get out are just bouncing,” former Air Force Sergeant Sam Lerman said. “I first submitte…