Consultancies continue to charge for DV forms despite server-down

October 16, 2017 16:01 PM Bipana Thapa

KATHMANDU, Oct 16: The server of US Department of State for the Diversity Visa (DV) program has been down since 10th of October. The application for the 2019 DV program was opened on October 3. However, the consultancies are charging and accepting the application forms.

E-Spot Nepal located at Khichapokhari, Newroad has accepted around 200 application forms since the server went down. When tried to speak with Rakesh Baidhya, Director of E-Spot Nepal, the counselor Bijru Malla hesitated to arrange any sort of communication. “We have been filling the forms because it is informed that the site will resume either from 19 or 21 October. We will re-entry the forms after it reopens”, the counselor of E-spot Nepal said. But she did not inform anything on the refund if the site fails to reopen.

It takes Rs 250 for a single applicant while 600 for in a family pack. E-spot Nepal has opened various branches around Tangal, Kumaripati, etc. They also had announced that the procedure to fill the forms has been updated as per the changes made by the US Department manipulating the applicants to fill the form from their respective consultancy.

Similarly, Suman Thapa Magar, Director of E-Planet, another similar consultancy at Newroad said that they have been filling up the forms even after the site had gone down. It is also providing its service from various areas inside the Kathmandu valley like Chabahil, Basundhara, Koteshwor, Balaju, Gongabu etc.

The 2019 Diversity Visa (DV) program opened on October 3. However, the Kathmandu-based consultancies started booking from a month ago charging Rs 250 to 500 as per the reservations.

The US Department of State has informed that the site will be re-opened from 18 October, 9:45 PM.



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