A January 13, 2007 DOS cable notified consular posts to discontinue the practice of indicating nonimmigrant visa refusals with an "Application Received" stamp placed in the passport. This stamp was used to alert other consulates that the alien applied for a visa, was refused, and failed to overcome the basis of the refusal. DOS concluded that “[m]odern technology makes this step no longer necessary," since refusals are recorded in the DOS Consular Consolidated Database (CCD), which is now available world-wide. Advisers may still encounter the stamp in passports issued prior to January, 2007.