We wanted to update you that the Department of State (DOS) announced that it has made "significant progress" in fixing the Consular Consolidated Database, used to print and approve immigrant and nonimmigrant visas at all Consular posts worldwide. The system had crashed in July 2014, resulting in delays in visa processing. Though it has continued to experience outages, DOS states that it has caught up with issuances for most of the worldwide backlog of nonimmigrant visa cases and is working to bring its database back to full operational capacity. "We continue to prioritize immigrant visas, adoption cases, and emergency nonimmigrant visa cases. We are printing visas for these cases and all cases with very few delays," a DOS statement noted. For information on specific cases, the agency advises checking with the embassy or consulate where the person will apply.

For further information, please visit: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english/news/ccd-performance-issues.html.