Department of State Temporarily Halts Issuance of Student Visas Due to Technical Difficulty20 November 2011
The Department of State has just identified a problem with the
communication process between its Consolidated Consular Database and the
Student and Exchange Visitor Program’s Student and Exchange Visitor
Information System (SEVIS). This issue was identified on Monday,
November 14, 2011. The two agencies are now investigating this
communication difficulty in order to provide a resolution as soon as
According to the Department of State, in order to ensure the highest
level of data integrity and consistency, the issuance of all F, M and J
visas has been temporarily halted at all U.S. embassies and consulates.
This may affect the travel schedules and plans of prospective students
and exchange visitors.