On the afternoon of Friday, November 18, 2011, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) notified SEVIS users through a broadcast message that the Department of State (DOS) had temporarily halted issuing F, M, and J visas because of a problem with DOS Consular Consolidated Database (CCD)-SEVIS data interface.

On November 21, 2011, SEVP sent another broadcast message stating that "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."