Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Do we need to recall Ms. Old DS-156 to reclaim her sash?

Visa Section Chief, Nancy Abella, as "Ms. DS-160" discussed the benefits of the new DS-160 online application at the US Embassy in Beijing:

Wonderful! Except that DS-160 is having some techie problems…. 
"Due to recent technical problems with the new on-line application form, DS-160, the Embassy wishes to inform you that you are authorized to utilize the older version of the visa application available at: http://evisaforms.state.gov/."

Does that mean -- we need to recall Ms. Old DS-156 to reclaim her crown/sash?

More photos here.

Note on the photo:  "This official U.S. Embassy photograph is being made available for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be used in materials, advertisements, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement of the Embassy, the Ambassador, the Ambassador's family, the U.S. government, or any employee of the U.S. Government."

Note on "note on the photo": Just for the record, this blog and its writer are not related, family or otherwise to Ms. DS-160 or to Ms. Old DS-156; we have no relations to the Ambassador and his family. Posting the photo above does not suggest approval/endorsements by the US Embassy Beijing and all its relatives in the Federal Government.

That said, we have to give two thumbs up to the Consular Section in Beijing for their creative work in giving the DS-160 rollout exposure. But somebody at CA might want to stop and read the comments on DS-160 at the US Embassy London's YouTube channel; the paying folks are not happy. It's been called "a complete and utter nightmare," "torture," "a nightmare."  I don't know what the "russiancookie" said, that comment was removed by the channel owner.


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