After 25 years of usage, the State Department has instructed consular posts to discontinue use of the “Application Received” refusal stamp in passports. Consular officials are now alerted to prior visa issuances and refusals through the Consolidated Consular Database (CCD). CCD information is also available to ports of entry in secondary inspection as well as other DHS offices. Because of this change, individuals should inform their attorneys about any prior visa issuance and refusals, as this information will no longer be indicated by a stamp in the passport. Individuals also should remember that re-entering the United States from Canada or Mexico after an unsuccessful visa application is not permitted under the automatic visa revalidation provisions, even when no visa refusal stamp appears in their passport.
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