What is Administrative Processing and 221g Refusal Mean?

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Do you wan to know what is Administrative Processing and 221g Refusal Mean during USA Visa interview?

Here are couple of USA Visa interviews with 221(g)

Following explanation for 221(g) is taken from USA Embassy website.

We initially refuse most immigrant visa applicants under Section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.  There is usually no need to worry: it is almost always a temporary refusal.

What is Section 221(g)?

Section 221(g) simply says that we cannot issue your visa until we are sure you are qualified for the visa in every way.  With immigrant visas, we almost never know on the day of the interview whether you are truly qualified.  So, we will need some time to verify this.  Sometimes, we need you to give us additional documents or information.  We will let you know, in writing, what we need.

What is “administrative processing?”

Many cases require administrative processing.  Each case is handled individually, so we cannot predict exactly how long it will take.  However, we will try to give you an estimated time at the end of the interview.

We ask that you not contact us to check your case status until the estimated time has passed.

Will you still issue my visa?

We end up issuing almost all cases that we refuse under Section 221(g).  As soon as we determine that you are qualified, we will “overcome” the refusal under Section 221(g) and issue the visa.

If you will issue anyway, why do you refuse in the first place?

The law requires us to adjudicate (issue or refuse) every case on the day of the application.  Since we usually are not yet prepared to issue, we must first refuse.

We will not overcome every single person’s 221(g) refusal.

For example, if we ask you to provide a birth certificate or additional proof of your relationship, and you do not give it to us within one year, your case will remain in refused status.  Finally, if we discover that you are not eligible for the visa for some other reason, we will also refuse you under the new, appropriate section of the law.

I have attended my F1 Visa interview on 17 May 2011, VO gave me 221g case.

Recently, A week ago they have asked me to submit the new I20 for further processing of my visa.

Can any one let me know how much more time does it take to get the visa after they ask for new I20?

With 221(g) there is nothing you can do.  There is no deadline or time limit on how long it would take to process 221(g). Submit new I-20 and then hope for the best result. You should have a tracking number to check the status.  Good luck to you. Do let us know (via comment in this post) about your status changes with 221(g)


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