Last week, the Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs (DOS) issued an update stating that they have made significant process and have issued most of the worldwide backlog of non-immigrant visa cases. While work is ongoing to bring theConsular Consolidated Database (CCD) back to full operational capacity, DOS are printing visas with very few delays.
DOS’ global database (also known as the Consular Consolidated Database or CCD) holds more than 100 million records of visa cases and 75 million photographs, with links to other federal agency security databases, including the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT). It is also the gateway to the Department of State Facial Recognition system and the NameCheck system used to approve, record, and print visas and other documents. The CCD underwent a software update on July 20th resulting in a catastrophic crash leaving countless people around the world unable to travel for several days in late July. To learn more about the CCD database, click here.