Wednesday 17 January 2018

Passport probe as 11 stolen on way to US Embassy

The US Embassy in Ballsbridge
The US Embassy in Ballsbridge
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after 11 passports were stolen after being sent to the US Embassy for visas.

The US Embassy confirmed that 11 passports were taken during a visa application process, in an incident believed to have occurred on February 28.

It is understood that they were in the care of a courier delivery service when they were taken.

The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that they were "aware" that a number of passports had been taken.

"We are aware that a number of Irish passports were stolen while they were en route via courier from the US Embassy to citizens who had applied for a US visa.

"We will continue to monitor the situation closely and remain in touch with the US Embassy on it," the spokesperson said.

"We did have an incident. We had 11 passports which were taken," a US embassy spokesperson confirmed yesterday.

"It was reported immediately, and the visas were cancelled. We got in touch with everybody who would have been affected right away," the spokesperson continued.

When applying for a visa to enter the US, the necessary documentation is placed in the applicant's passport after a lengthy application process.

The embassy confirmed it had cancelled all of the visas issued.

"We tried our best to make sure there was as minimal disruption as possible," the embassy spokesperson added.

Irish Independent

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