On 11/18/11 SEVP broadcast message announcing that Department of State has temporarily halted the issuance of all F, M, and J visas at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates due to communication difficulties between the Consolidated Consular Database and SEVIS.
I got access to the following report published in NAFSA.
To: All SEVIS Users
Date: November 18, 2011
Re: Department of State Inability to Issue F, M and J Visas
To comment on this Broadcast Message, please e-mail [email protected] with “Broadcast Message 1111-02 – Comment” entered in the subject line.
The Department of State (DoS) has recently identified difficulties with its Consolidated Consular Database (CCD) communicating with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program’s (SEVP) Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). DoS discovered this issue on November 14, 2011.
SEVP and DoS are investigating this issue between CCD and SEVIS to bring about a resolution as quickly as possible. Effective immediately, in order to ensure maximum data integrity and consistency, DoS has temporarily halted the issuance of ALL F, M and J visas at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates.
Please note that this may alter prospective students’ or exchange visitors’ travel schedules. SEVP plans to circulate additional broadcast messages upon receipt of any updates or changes regarding this issue.
Impact for Spring 2012 Students
Depending on how long it will take for DOS to fix the problem, it will have impact students traveling for Spring 2012 semester.
At this time, you best bet is to contact your university International Student Services office to check if they have additional information.
I don’t have additional information at this time. Say tuned for more information. Hope they will fix this issue ASAP.
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SEVP and DoS have resolved the interface difficulties between their respective systems as of close of business, November 18, 2011. DoS has instructed embassies and consulate to resume issuing F, M, and J visas immediately.
Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)
Visit SEVP on the web at http://www.ice.gov/sevis.