221g processing visa refusal

What is Administrative Processing and How to Avoid 221g?

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

One of the frequently asked question when it comes to 221(g) is this: My College Starts in X Days (or months), what if I can’t get Visa before that or I’m stuck on 221(g), whne will I get the Visa?”.

administrative processing 221g

Following explanation for Administrative Processing 221(g) is taken from the 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.

administrative processing 221g

U.S. Embassy in the Philippines

What is Section 221(g)?

Section 221(g) 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 221g mean?

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?

Processing Time for Administrative Processing

With 221(g) there is nothing you can do as a visa applicant.

There is no deadline or time limit on how long it would take to for the U.S. Embassy to process 221(g).

I have seen Administrative Processing time for 3 days to 5 weeks to 2 years. It depends on the case by case basis.

How to Check Administrative Processing Status?



Question: My College Starts in X Days (or months), what if I can’t get Visa before that?

  • Security of the United States matters more than your college start date.
  • Consulate will clear your application when they have all the required information about you.
  • There’s nothing you can do to speed up the 221(g) process.
  • You have to wait till you get the clearance.
  • So wait for the results from the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
  • If your application is still pending beyond the college start date, then you have to request the college to defer the admission to next semester.
  • Again: There’s nothing you can (or anyone) can do to speed up the 221(g) processing.
  • Refer to the comment posted by Ebrahim below. He’s waiting for 221(g) approval for 4+ months.

Read this F1 Visa and Administrative Processing to get specific details on the processing time of various applicants.

Question: My kid’s school start in August, Our H1B and H4 Visa is under Administrative Processing. It’s been over 4 months since our H1B Visa Interview. Can we request to expedite the 221(g) processing?

I’m afraid, you can’t and you don’t have an option but waiting.

Administrative Processing on F1 Visa or H1B Visa or any other visa will be frustrating.

There’s no way to speed up the visa process.

You can send the request via your congressman or senator, but it will not speed up the process, but you may be able to get an answer that our case is still under process and not stuck somewhere.

And you can send emails to the Consulate once a month or so. It can even take over a year for the Administrative Processing to clear and Visa to be Issued.


  1. Per_Desi on November 22, 2018 at 3:09 PM

    My Brother Sponsored my Parents from India. Parents have interview April-2018. Parents case go to Admin Process 221(g). Mom receive letter to submit passport August-2018. Mom gets Visa and now in U.S. with green card. Dad’s file still in Admin Process since April-2018.
    1) Can Mom now with her green card sponsor Dad?
    2) If Mom Sponsor Dad will the file automatically go to Admin Process 221(g), because my Brother Sponsor file is in Admin Process 221(g)?

  2. albert on November 7, 2018 at 12:22 PM

    under trumps travel ban issued december 2017 wife iranian i am u.s citizen immigrant visa under admistrative processing since february 2018 been 225 days to be exact i email consulate 1 a month asking or info i get generic email saying still in adminstrative processing any idea how much longer process can take is it 2 years how to get additional info, thank you.

  3. Veenu Chugh on October 23, 2018 at 5:04 AM

    Any reply from them now ? Or still nothing

    • Neelam on December 2, 2018 at 9:18 AM

      Hello my interview was on 17 july 2017 first they issue visa after that they ask for extra info and put my case under administrative process. My passport is still in embassy how long I have to wait my passport will expire in may 2021,will they issue before it

  4. mike on October 9, 2018 at 12:33 PM

    USCIS received 129f petition for my fiancé in Taiwan she is from the Philippines august 2107, feb 2018 got approved, interview in Taiwan on april 30 , since been in AP and only updates on the ceac site is when I email them , they said 60 days but as much as 90 days , its been 5 months now! She was issued 221g and was told someone will contact you in a couple of days, which was a lie. Since then she has moved back to the Philippines because she was on a 3 year work contract and it ended, so now what? i should also point out the the ceac site doesn’t and never has shown “administrative processing” its always displayed “ready” since the interview was scheduled. i get no answers from AIT the consulate in Taiwan.

  5. Anusha on October 1, 2018 at 2:18 PM


    My Aunt applied for a US B1/B2 Visa and had her interview on September 10, 2018 and she has been put under administrative processing.

    There was a list of documents requested and we have submitted everything on Sept 14,2018. There has been no update so far. Can anyone pls tell if we can check if they need any other info or what is going on.

    When we send emails, we get only automatic replies. Nothing much.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on October 2, 2018 at 12:10 PM

      You got to wait. No other go. Sorry.

    • Abdul on October 5, 2018 at 7:58 AM

      @Anusha, have you received any updates regarding your aunt’s visa? I applied in August, and I am still waiting for the updates from the administrative processing.

    • Veenu Chugh on October 23, 2018 at 5:03 AM

      Any updates now ?

      • Abdul on October 23, 2018 at 11:36 AM

        I had my interview on August 30th, and no updates since then. What about you @ Veenu?

        • Veenu Chugh on October 25, 2018 at 1:24 AM

          No updates here as well. 🙁
          Did you send the reminder to them ?

          Where you went for counselling ?

          • Abdul on October 25, 2018 at 12:12 PM

            @ Veenu, I see. Yeah, I sent and they replied that I have to wait for 60 days after my interview. When did you have your interview, and when did you submit additional documents?

          • Veenu Chugh on October 30, 2018 at 11:51 PM

            I went to chennai on 5th Oct and submitted docs on 10th Oct.

            I think your 60 days are over now ..any updates now ?
            DM : 77 o9305224

  6. Munzareen on July 8, 2018 at 11:49 PM

    Hey everyone
    Hoping to get some kind of solace/answer from here. So I had my interview on the 4th of April 2018 in Dhaka ( for IR1) and got the 221(g) and was asked to submit this addition doc. I submitted the doc right away on the 8th April 2018. Everywhere it says cases under 221(g) are resolved within 60 days. But for me it has been more than 94 days now. Really getting impatient now. When do I hear back from them, when does this administrative processing end. When do I get my passport back? Just holding up everything in life.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on July 9, 2018 at 10:17 PM

      I know it’s frustrating. There is no time limit on when 221(g) should be resolved.

    • Nancy on September 25, 2018 at 1:41 AM

      How you doing with you case . My husband still waiting we not sure what to do

  7. Othman on July 1, 2018 at 1:30 AM

    Hello everybody i have cr1 visa imigrant , interview 9 junary 2016 officer he dont say me any missing document or anything , now im admnistrative processing the update change three or four time. Expiring soon to again AP now i recive anoter update 26 mai2018 i really dont know what to do my wife shes talkimg laywer senator congresman shes emailing. Everyone, me to i did the same im emailing uscis head quarter office and call centre office . I have just now updatethe case 26 juin 2016
    And. Dont know how lomg can take this process really hurting its not good separing couples like that please advice me how long can be issue my visa thank u

    • Sanae on October 8, 2018 at 1:25 PM

      Is there any news concerning your case?. because 15 months is too much , i am under administrative processing too cr1 too do you the american nationality

  8. Othman on July 1, 2018 at 1:15 AM

    Hii zamora Im also t same both 15 month Ap at embassy cr1 immigrant visa i have nothing missing document
    Casablanca moroco embasy
    Im tired waiting please
    Advice me any help 15 montthank u

  9. Suryakant Sharma on June 25, 2018 at 3:47 AM

    finally my case updated on 22nd June Friday and Monday morning I asked to submit my passport.

    @Raghu: Thanks for your help.

    • Posha on November 13, 2018 at 10:22 AM

      After submitting your passport, how long did it take to get it back.

  10. Nasir on June 24, 2018 at 3:16 PM

    I had my interview 23 may 2018 f2 visa immigirant visa and thy ask me my baby birth certificate i givn but still on waiting administratve procesng

  11. Suryakant Sharma on June 4, 2018 at 8:06 AM

    Hi Guys,

    Looks like I’m a new addition in this list.But my situation is quite problematic. I got interviewed on 01-Jun-2018 at Paris. Interviewer asked about my role and responsibilities. Also, he asked where I’m based out. I reapplied both the answers.
    Since, my current role is Biomedical Engineer; he asked my CV which I did’t have. after couple of minutes later he told me that he would need my CV and Job responsibility in Text format. After the interview he gave me a white paper (didn’t tick any case no. and box) and wrote ‘CV and Job details’. He returned my i797 and kept my Passport.
    Now the Problem is I’m on Shenzhen Visa here in France which is about to expire in coming three weeks. Don’t know what to do. my passport is also with US consulate.
    Last but not the least, my family is also in United States and I’m getting call every now and then.

    FYI: I have uploaded both the documents same day.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on June 4, 2018 at 9:29 PM

      This is why attending interview in different country is problematic. And you should have gone with Resume (required document). Hopefully, your case would be resolved before the Schengen Visa expires. IF not, try to extend the Schengen visa (if its possible). If that doesn’t work, you can get the passport back from the Consulate and leave to your home country, and once 221(g) is cleared, travel back to France and get stamping. Hang in there.

    • Supita on August 28, 2018 at 2:49 PM

      Hi Suryakant Sharma my case is identical to yours! Were you able to get your visa? If you did, congrats (I hope so), and please can you share the waiting time to have an idea of what can I expect?

  12. ruwani on April 27, 2018 at 8:18 AM

    I had my visa interview on 17 th april in Sri Lanka consulate. And receive 221 g form. And it had not asked for further documents.
    When I will receive a decission?

  13. ahamed on April 9, 2018 at 4:56 AM

    I was interviewed at Mumbai Consulate on 6th April 2018 for an immigrant visa (CR-1) after the interview I was given White form stating visa application has been refused under section 221(g) and you are under administrative processing how long should I have to wait before contacting them. Is there is any differences in the immigrant and non-immigrant administration process?

    Thank you

    • Mansoor Ali on August 17, 2018 at 3:59 AM

      Same exact case of mine in Mumbai consulate in the month of July. Awaiting response from the consulate. Do respond if you get any update from them

      • NJ on September 4, 2018 at 8:47 AM

        Hi Mansoor,

        even I gave my interview in the month of july and got admin processing. Did you get any update?
        I sent them an email and they replied that my application has been updated, but i did not get any notification or update.

  14. Aman Khan on March 30, 2018 at 7:57 AM

    Hey. I had visa application Interview at US Embassy KL somewhere at the end of August 2017,after the interview the Visa Officer inquired me to submit additional papers which i did and i received and email from them, confirming they have received my additional papers and they will get back to me as soon as the Admin Process is completed . I am like Okay Doki. I didn’t hear from them up-to date and its going to be almost one year. So stay Patient and make up your mind its refused. However there is one thing i am curios about, can someone large a new visa application while their visa is in admin Processing ?
    Thank you everyone . Chill and good luck to everyone

  15. Ahsan on February 9, 2018 at 3:49 PM

    I went to embassy on 7th Jan as a group of 11 people and we have to be at a conference in US on 15th Jan and my planned flight is on 14th Jan and all of my group mates got approval and got their passports with visa stamped today except me.
    During interview i got a green slip of 221(g) on which officer wrote “Respond to email” and he asked me that he needs some more information and wrote my email address on a paper but i didn’t get any email by now and I don’t know what to do i had to leave before 15th Jan or else this visa is of no use to me. Can anyone please help me out what’s going on and any idea about how long it’s going to take

  16. Hashim on December 22, 2017 at 5:59 PM

    Previously twice I been granted 10-Years multiple visa of B1B2 visas and it’s expired in June 2017, so after expiry on November 27, 2017 I applied for renewal of my visa along with my and minor daughter’s fresh visa applications. After a long interview visa officer informed us that our visa is refused but technically our visa applications are in pending and surprisingly she kept our passports, and tells me to wait for outcome within 2 days, meanwhile she give me my payment slip and an 221(g) white slip without writing anything on it, she just mark on embassy’s email ID for any additional contact. Now as per online tracking our Visa applications are on AP.. then after 2 weeks i email embassy and they inform that my case is still in pending AP, once its complete they will inform me. Is anyone have same story… what is the reason for all that, finally after AP did you get Visa stamp or refused the visa. Please shear your experience or guide me why it’s happened with me

  17. Tracee on December 13, 2017 at 4:24 PM

    My mom was asked to submit a aka nbi clearance and now it’s under administrative processing. I wonder how long it will take.

  18. dian on December 12, 2017 at 4:52 AM

    my visa status now stop saying”administrative processing” to “issued”…does this means that i have been granted the visa?

    • Raghu on December 12, 2017 at 8:06 AM

      Congrats. Did they hold on to your passport?

  19. hashim on December 1, 2017 at 10:10 AM

    I am a experienced traveler Previously I been US, Canada, UK and Europe, including twice I have 10-Years multiple visa of B1B2 USA and it’s expired in June 2017, so after expiry on November 27, 2017 I applied for renewal of my visa along with my and minor daughter’s fresh visa applications.

    After a long interview visa officer informed us that our visa is refused but technically our visa applications are in pending and supinely she kept our original passports, and tells me to wait for outcome with 2 days, meanwhile she give me my payment slip and an 214(g) white slip without writing anything on it, she just mark on embassy’s email ID for any additional contact. Now as per online tracking our Visa applications are on AP..

    Is anyone have same story… what is the reason for all that, finally after AP did you get Visa stamp or refused the visa. Please shear your experience or guide me why it’s happened with me.

  20. hashim on November 30, 2017 at 1:23 AM

    Hi dear,

    I am a experienced traveler Previously I been US, Canada, UK and Europe, including twice I have 10-Years multiple visa of B1B2 USA and it’s expired in June-17, so after expiry on November 27-17 I applied for renewal of my visa along with my and minor daughter’s fresh visa applications.

    After a long interview visa officer informed us that our visa is refused but technically our visa applications are in pending and supinely she kept our original passports, and tells me to wait for outcome with 2 days, meanwhile she give me my payment slip and an 214(b) white slip without writing anything on it, she just mark on embassy’s email ID for any additional contact. Now as per online tracking our Visa applications are on AP..

    Is anyone have same experience and Can you please tell me what the cause refusal is and kept the passport and inform me that technically our visa applications are in pending?. Is this normal visa process refusal and then approval after AP.

  21. Syed Tayyab Bokhari on October 25, 2017 at 5:07 AM

    Hi, I’m Syed i was interviewed on Jan 04 , 2017. N was given white slip wth 221g and on April 20th Embassy asked for some additional doc. I provided docs very next day but i hv not recieved any acknowledgment reciept and its been 11 months i hv no news on my immigrant visa ?
    Pls can some one guide me whats going on ?

    • Saleem vadsariya on November 11, 2017 at 9:40 AM

      Hi am on 221g k1 visa i given all doc and passport they asked me that give me pcc of which u tavel the country like uk africa i given and u r relation proof like i given photos album and call log online transaction whats up chat and imo chat every things i given that enough for proof its allomst 10 days nw can i get visa or not and how long again its take and why they r taking so long i dont nw any can help me plz am worrying i dont mw what to do plz help me

  22. Walter Mbeku on October 18, 2017 at 7:22 AM

    Hi my name is Walter Mbeku. I went for a B1/B2 tourist visa interview this month October and i was giving a white slip from the visa officer who told me that my visa has been approved and that i should take the slip to pick up my passport with visa at the collection centre as i would recieve a text/email when it ready.

    I got the text/email two days after that my passport was ready for collection only to get there i was given another white slip stating i have to reschedule a follow-up interview under the 221G category as i would not need to pay a new visa fee or fill another DS-160 form . On the white slip they only ticked this and did not tick submit other docs or administrative processing. Tried rescheduling a fresh appointment from their sight using my username and password it was still request for new fees so i called their support care line and explained and they requested that i send a scanned copy of my passport and the 221G white slip to them. This i did immediately as requested by email and was sent a confirmation email that my mail was received and after 1 to 2 business day i would be contacted.

    As i write you its been six business working days now and am yet to get any word, but when i checked feed back the case status showed ESCALATED. Please what does this mean and for how long is this going to take?


  23. Avtar singh on October 4, 2017 at 4:43 PM

    Hello I am avtar and I was interviewed in September 2017 and I got 221g they were asking prof of legal intery in canada and I already send that in can someone tells me what to do next pls

  24. Ashraf on September 3, 2017 at 2:35 AM


    My name is Ashraf. I’m from Iran. My question from you is regarding my husband.
    Me and my husband we both have had interviewed for us B2 visa in Dubai on June 20/2017.”almost tow and half months ago”.

    My visa has been approved on the same day, but my husband went on the 221g case. Administration processing request. He’s been asked for fiel a Ds-5530 for “supplemental Questions for Visa Applications”. He field the form and emailed back. But till now we didn’t received anything from embassy.
    Now, I’m already in US, Florida, to visit my sister and her family. But I’m worried about my husband. His case status is still on the administration processing.
    My question from you is; is it okay if I send a email to the Embassy to see what is going on with his case?
    If yes, I need help to write a professional email to them. I would appreciate if you could help me. Additionally, I wouldn’t mind to pay any fees for that matter. I know you’re spending your time and your knowledge on to those cases.



    • Ei on August 30, 2018 at 7:01 AM

      Hi is there any news about your husband case?

  25. Nani on September 1, 2017 at 2:06 PM


    I have appeared for H1b visa on 31st aug. VO asked couple of questions which I answered pretty well.

    Finally, VO took my passport & employer docs n said your visa is approved. But then VO handed me 221g white slip saying no need to worry, it’s just need some additional information. Will contact you via mail.

    I’m confused about my visa status is it rejected or approved ??
    Approx time ?? What are chances of approval

  26. Dirga on July 3, 2017 at 1:51 AM

    I am currently a final year bachelor student from Indonesia

    I made an appoinment on March 25, 2017 to apply B1/B2 visa. I got slip 221g instead I attached 2 international conferences invutation. The conference is being held from 1 until 14 july. Until now (3 july) the embassy do not give any sign of my visa.

    Last week I asked to the embassy and the answer is:
    Thank you for your email. The administrative processing of your visa application has not yet cleared. We will advise you when your administrative processing is received. We are not waiting on any additional information from you or anyone else; it is simply time we are waiting on for the paperwork to go through.
    Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do speed up the processing. We understand it can be frustrating to wait this long but hopefully it will be done soon. Should you need to check your visa application status, you may check it by visiting the following link : https://ceac.state.gov/ceac/ (https://ceac.state.gov/ceac/)

    I don’t understand why this happen to me. It’s very hurts me. I needed a year of dicipline and hardword to pursuited these confereces. These conferences are my future path for my near future profession. I don’t know why should I do now.

  27. Mohamed on June 25, 2017 at 2:36 PM

    Hi , i have been under Ap(221(g)) because according to the counsel i needed to submit a new form ds5535, my internship will start on 17th july, is there some hope?

    • asif on July 13, 2017 at 7:25 AM

      dear same with me did you get nay reply from usa consulate ?

  28. Tayyab on June 15, 2017 at 5:59 PM

    hi, i went for my immigrant visa interview on Jan 04,2017. I was given a white paper with 221g mentioned. Its been over six months am waiting for a positive response and more over my medical has expired and so is my passport. Dont know what to do?

    • Kalyan Chakrawarti on June 25, 2017 at 5:32 AM

      Hey hi tayyab, what docs did they take from you when they gave u 221g. Did they return back passport?

    • anwar on October 20, 2017 at 1:17 PM

      Tayyab have you got your visa. My situation is same as you.


    • ahamed on April 9, 2018 at 4:25 AM

      My case is same as you I was given a white paper with 221g mentioned my immigrant visa interview on April 06,2018

  29. mohammed junaid on June 12, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    hi my name is junaid and i give my interview on aug 19-2016 .til now its showing ADMINISTRATION PROCESSING….so please suggest me what should i do now before one year

  30. Apurva Vadnere on April 30, 2017 at 2:02 PM

    Hi Raghu
    My boyfriend has got 221G white slip and its been 3 months. My question is he has valid F1 visa which expires in 2019 can he get apply for college again and come to USA on F1 visa? If he does that what should be done about his H1 petition it will be revoked or will still be processed by the consulate. Please let me know thank you I attended your webinar and it was very helpful.

  31. Elves on April 14, 2017 at 9:45 PM

    Sami we are on same case.what is the update of your case now?

  32. Maureen on March 1, 2017 at 2:51 PM

    Hi, my sister had an appointment on December 13, it was the second time for her. She got a 221 g and left her documents (i20 and passport) at the embassy. We’ve been waiting for a reply from the embassy for almost 3months now. She had to renew her i20 since the one she had expired. They have finally emailed back saying they’ve sent her documents through documents we’re waiting to see what is there *fingers crossed* it has been quite a journey, hoping for the best

  33. Benjamin on February 22, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    I was interview on may, 2016 with marrage visa, and consuler officer has rejected for further adm process.
    but still no news for this case, neither they call, nor they return my file to usa for 9 months.
    what shall we do,?? and how many weeks and years needs admin process

  34. Benjamin on February 22, 2017 at 9:53 AM

    I was interview on may, 2016 with marrage visa, and consuler officer has rejected for further adm process.
    but still no news for this case, neither they call, nor they return my file to usa for 9 months.
    what shall we do,??

  35. sano on February 8, 2017 at 4:12 AM

    my interview was on 5th oct 2016 they updated on 16 dec 2016 after i emailed them. i emailed them today but there is no answered…. actually i want my passport back for traveling purpose how can i get back my passport

  36. Michael carter on February 1, 2017 at 8:51 PM

    My step children have been in AP for 4 years. A few things I have learned is do not stop inquiring about the case. Every two months or so send them any new proof ( money gram receipts, facebook conversation, photos . Etc. I waited three years before I learned to step up the contact with the consulate. I call them every month and email them every month. I have finally received positive news that we are in the final step of the Administration Process. Don’t know if this is helpful but don’t give up.

  37. Maya on January 27, 2017 at 3:12 PM


    My dad case is under AP since 2012 .it has been 5 years 🙁

    • shoaib khan on January 28, 2017 at 2:09 AM

      What 5 years ? It’s been 6 months for my case too still no update from them.

      • Reeda on June 24, 2018 at 10:15 AM

        We had interview, in abudhabi embassy , although , we submitted all the required documents, and the interview was very smooth , it’s non immigrant visa , B1,B2 application, unfortunately, she took the passports and gave us the yellow form , can any body explain what does it mean , she informed us only that to follow within seven days

  38. Puja on January 24, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    I interviewed at New Delhi on Jan 6 2017 for h1b visa. VO said visa is approved and took my passport. Its been 3 weeks i did not receive passport, online status says “Administrative Processing”. Followed up at 2 weeks and got response that case is in “adjudicative review” with subject line “hold case/221g & refusals/214b” !

    • Prashant on February 21, 2017 at 2:51 AM


      How did you find out about the adjudicative review. Did You call on some number or emailed them.

    • ch on April 14, 2017 at 1:08 AM

      Hey Puja

      What happened to your case? Mine was drop off on april 3 and its on administrative processing?

  39. Khadija on January 6, 2017 at 1:43 PM

    i was having my interview on October 20 2016 as Imagination visa status my interview goes bad and the consular officer give me back my passport and 221g and still In administrative procces (2 month) .i want to know how long it will be take? And Do I need to be interview again if they will issue my visa?

    • anam on March 1, 2017 at 3:18 AM

      you are still on administrative processing

  40. Tej on December 17, 2016 at 2:19 PM


    I have attended the Visa Stamping interview in Calgary, Canada on 14 Dec 16.

    VO: Asked my Passport and I797
    Me: Gave her
    VO: Where do you work
    Me: Gave the location information.
    VO: Asked my job duties
    Me: Answered

    She gave me 221g form and told me that I will get a Email and I have to submit the documents. Please note that she did not take my passport.Can some one help me understand how long this process will take. I have to travel to India on a personal work by end of Jan. Can I still travel to India and continue this process. Please let me know the best possible solution for this problem.

  41. Marian on December 6, 2016 at 12:51 AM

    Any news ? 10 months here and no decision 🙁

    • Han on January 26, 2017 at 10:38 AM

      when is your last updated date?

    • Maya on January 27, 2017 at 3:15 PM


      My dad case is under AP since 5 years … I cannot express my feelings 🙁

      • Brima Hoff on February 7, 2017 at 7:31 AM

        Basically, I too have sat for a non-immigrant visa application on November 2, 2016. I was placed under Legally Mandatory Administrative Processing. It is February now still no response from the Department of State/Security Advisory Opinion on my application.

        • jmejean21 on April 7, 2017 at 8:18 PM

          @Brima Hoff, did you have any update on your case. My husband’s case has been on AP since December 2016.

  42. Mina on December 4, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    My fiancé had an interview in Ankara on May 23 2016 and has been under AP since then. They told him in the embassy that it will take 2 to 3 months but it’s over 6 months now. It’s funny thay my fiancé has been in the US before with tourists visa and his Ap took just 1 month!

  43. Tazim on November 27, 2016 at 12:05 AM

    Faced visa interview today and rejected. I had same Visa, got last year for MS in Mathematics at Northern Arizona University. I came back to Bangladesh in May 19, withdrew my self to the program in September 3rd and did not go back to USA.  Reason was the termination of Assistant-ship due to the poor academic performance. I applied to University of West Florida for MS in Mathematics program, got admission as well as Assistant ship and a graduate scholarship. I shown another $4500 for I-20. My cousin was the sponsor. 

    First, I put my documents in Dropbox,but they gave me the passport back without new visa and told to face a new interview. I faced interview but rejected this time. I am not clear why. Could You Please Help me ?

  44. Kalyea Sackor on November 25, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    I am a k1 program beneficiary. My K1 was place on AP upon submission of my final document in September 2016, but subsequently on October 4, 2016, i received two mail saying two difference thing respectively, that i don’t understand. one in the check application folder still say AP AND the other in my personal email said: I have been found ineligible under section 221g and file send back to USCIS with recommendation for Revoke. All received on the same date of October 4, 016

  45. Manjul on November 24, 2016 at 4:54 AM

    I had my k1 visa interview on 2nd November and was approved. The CO told me to wait 2 weeks because of police clearance and retained my passport. It is 3+ weeks now since my interview but no update. When I check the CEAC website it reads ‘administrative processing’. Does someone know how long this process is going to take since mine was already approved?

  46. JOHAR ABDULWEHAB on November 17, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    I AM FROM ETHIOPIA ,my interview date was 24 august 2016 .my interview got fine the consular kept my passport but had white 221g further adminstrative proceesing.its been 3 months since my interview but no answer.so what would be the out come any help?

  47. Hengxu Song on November 1, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    J1 visa under AP for more than 4 months. I had two B1/B2 visa before. Each visa experienced AP, but at most 4 weeks. I have no idea what happened this time. The appointment has started one month ago….

    • Mammad on August 1, 2017 at 1:34 AM

      When did you get your visa at the end?
      I’m in the same situation. I had two B1/B2 visas and both took 1 month (under AP). This time I applied for J1 and it has been 2 months.

  48. Marian on October 2, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Today is 8 months on AP , this is crazy !

    • Zamo on October 7, 2016 at 10:04 AM

      Mine more than 15 month!!!

      • Marian on October 14, 2016 at 1:02 AM

        wow 15 month , i was thinking that 8 months is crazy but 15 wow . The bad thing is that we cant do anything , just wait 🙁

      • Hengxu Song on November 1, 2016 at 9:10 AM

        which type of visa you applied for ? 15 months ? unbelievable…….

      • Ronak on November 30, 2016 at 5:25 AM

        hi Zomo,

        After 10 months in 221g they called me for the interview but due to my personal problems i couldn’t attend and i attended re interview on 15th month they told me your visa application is expired as it is more than year. So what I have to do next. Any idea.


    • Anthony on October 14, 2016 at 3:51 PM

      I’ve been on AP too since the day of my interview (f1) 15th Aug. It’s been 2months as I submitted documents requested on same day including my passport as directed. Already differed my admission and expecting my new I 20 from the college. Frustrating!

    • cristie on November 18, 2016 at 12:50 AM

      sis may i know what is your 221g why your still AP

    • sharif on December 30, 2016 at 3:10 PM

      My case is in special immigrant program ,I have been waiting for drop off over ten months; Two times my other family members get update without principle Applicants.
      My case is pending in administrative processing
      And all those people to present in same day with me in interview they received their visa
      Thank you,

  49. JOHN on September 8, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    i attended an interview since 2nd June 2016 and my case was schedule for Administrative processing for 60 days has expired since and no contact yet no call neither email therefore i am really worried as we fast approach 30th September will i get my visa after that date under AP

    • Shah on September 29, 2016 at 11:26 AM

      I attended interview on 25th April, Submitted docs on 25th May and still not heard till date

    • Andy on December 25, 2016 at 4:34 AM

      Hi John,

      Any update from US Embassy yet on your visa ?

    • Martin on May 23, 2017 at 8:18 AM

      Hi John,
      I’m facing a similar problem , did you finally get out AP status before September 30th ?

    • Martin on May 23, 2017 at 8:24 AM

      Hi John,
      I’m facing a similar problem , did you finally get out of AP status before September 30th ?

  50. chiranjiv budhe on August 28, 2016 at 6:23 AM

    My visa interview went fine, they kept my passport and i20, when they returned the documents I got 221g asking for new passport as my passport got damaged, I got a new passport but now I deferred my admission to next semester. do I need to submit a new i20 or just the new and old passport as they have asked in 221g. please help.

  51. kalyan on August 20, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    I am kalyan i had attended my visa on 14th july in hyd and it gone well vo gave me 221g and take all docs and my passport also and told me to wait. After 8 days when i check status it shows refused. I dont know the reason for refused plz help me can i mail embassy regarding my problem.
    Anyone plz help me.

  52. Sami on June 21, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    I was having my interview on june 10 2016 as f1 visa status my interview goes well but the consular officer told he need further information to stamp my visa but he give me back all my documents including my passport and keep my fanatial bank statement paper. He didn’t give me any paper it’s been 13 days since my interview date, but the consular officer told me to wait a week about my visa status.
    But today I received email from usa embassy that states that my case is going on MANDATORY ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW.

    Could anyone tell me how long does this take and what is the meaning of mandatory administrative review?

    • karthi on July 29, 2016 at 3:22 AM

      any further update ? ??

    • Mary on August 8, 2016 at 5:45 PM

      Hi Sami,
      My F1 visa interview was on May 30th and I am also in administrative processing. Was your visa cleared or not yet?
      Thank you.

  53. mabrouk on June 19, 2016 at 3:09 AM

    whay does it mean when u check your visa status and its written ready in blue

  54. Eshitha on June 12, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    i went to visa interview on 23rd may 2016 (F1 ) at Hyderabad. VO gave me 221g white form without taking any of my documents including passport and said i will get a mail. i waited till june 5th 2016 and then kept mail to them asking my status on june 6th, the same day i got mail to submit my documents as soon as possible. i submitted all financial documents but didn’t take my passport on june 7th 2016. Currently i am waiting for the mail…
    Can i keep a mail to them i mean am i allowed to keep in that way to know the atatus and time?
    is there a chance, i can get visa as i am confident in very document?
    Maximum how much time i should wait since my classes in US starts on aug 17th 2016?
    help me out with these questions i am frustrated with this situation..
    thanking u.

    • Kalyan on July 13, 2016 at 10:41 AM

      Hi, the same happened to me as well. Any update in your case? Thank you.

    • Manoj on July 19, 2016 at 10:50 AM

      Hi Eshitha,

      Even i have been given a 221g form and put on administrative processing. Whom did you mail asking for your status? can you share the mail-id?

    • karthi on July 29, 2016 at 3:24 AM

      Kalyan,Manoj,Eshitha .. any update ?? how

  55. Kylie on February 26, 2016 at 12:07 AM

    I have my interview Feb 26, 2015. Already 1 year. Do I need to be interview again if they will issue my visa?

  56. Aple on February 25, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    i am K1 visa
    Feb.8,2016 my interview abu dhabi US Embassy
    My case status was AP
    Give me 221g to submit my NBI
    Feb 16,2016 , submit get my pasdport and NBI
    They give me paper for collection of paspport
    My status update feb ,17 , was AP

    Feb 22, collection date of my passport , they said my document all ok we dont have problem , just they cannot stamp tjis time system down
    Again they changed my collection date of pasdport
    My status update was ready.
    Feb 25, come back to abu dhabi embasdy they said not yet stam the visa. , same all document ok,
    They said again back nextcweek monday or better wenesday for sure , i till them i am living dubai
    Then they said better give me your mobile number
    Wait my call , dont come till not call you.. Then my status was changes back to AD.
    Quedtion : tell when i will wait?
    And why take long time is this normal
    They said everything ok only to stamp, i am confuse and stress .
    Can you please advice me for how? , why?, when?

    • john on February 26, 2016 at 12:16 AM

      May i ask what is your priority date

      Aple wrote:

      • Aple on February 26, 2016 at 3:48 PM

        Hi ,

        thank you for the reply , regarding that I expecting feb 22 ,2016. But tell feb 25,2016, not yet stamp

        Now i am hoping this week. But till not sure yet. Not date of pick up they give to me , just wait the call from abu dhabi US embassy.

        Soon as they stamp the visa to my passport and they give it back to me ….

  57. Self on February 24, 2016 at 11:54 PM

    I too got a 221g for my H1B Visa. I have send all the documents that were asked and now i wonder what needs to be done. Its been 5 months and still in administrative processing.

  58. R on February 24, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    My fiancé applied me for k1 visa …I had appointment on January 7 …I’m still In administrative procces(AP).i want to know how long it will be take?im depressed right now 😢😥

  59. Seif on February 19, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    My wife’s case as immigrant visa is almost 6 months now stuck in administrative processing. Anyone knows what is the time limit for administrative process at the US embassy in Amman Jordan?
    I called thousands of times, I contacted the senator and they emailed and they got the same answer which in AP.

    • dana on July 20, 2016 at 2:22 PM

      can you PLEASE update us on your case? Same thing here. My husband’s interview was last week and I was devastated when they switched his application to AIP. The paper handed to him says that the average processing time is not shorter between 2 to 6 weeks but all am seeing is months from people’s experience.

      Please let me know how much time did it take for them to approve it? and If her 221G paper AT THE TIME said that the average should be between 4 to 6 weeks.


  60. Ahmed yahya on February 16, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    I make an interview before 8 days and when I chake my statue case it is updated 2 time after an interview and it is still refused what does that mean

  61. wondimu on February 13, 2016 at 5:39 AM

    hello! am dv 2016 winner and am stucked on AP more zan 5 weeks before two weeks they called and ask me to send them my passport it has been two weeks so how long time does it take to complete my AP and issue me visa after they recieved my passport???

    • JIn on June 12, 2016 at 4:28 AM

      which country where u interviewed and which country are u from?
      are still on Ap or cleared.

  62. ARSH on January 21, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    my mom is principal applicant . we are under AP since our interview that was on 16 th april 2015 .But the case status updated date changed on 19th ,20th and 21st January 2016. but still AP.. is it a good sign?

    • john on February 15, 2016 at 8:34 PM

      Now its been 82days and still i am in AP the USEM emailed me that my case has been escalated to post 2weeks ago several updates on my case been posted but still in AP iam worried bcoz my med exam will expire feb 28,2016.

  63. john on January 11, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Thnks obama ihave more Q.My med exam will expire on feb 19 and my F1 visa application will also expire on march im still in a.p ive been interviewd nov24 the consul gave me a certicate of no marriage request proving tht im still single and im really in a single stat. the embassy will pick up after 4 days upon the request but still up to this moment im stll A.P thks god bless you

  64. lakshmi on January 8, 2016 at 1:31 AM

    hi all,
    I attend interview in Hyderabad for h1b they gave 221g white form, passport is with u.s embassy and today I got email to submit passport requested jan4 I didn’t get any mail and any update.Is they any chance to get visa stamping

    • Inder on August 22, 2018 at 5:05 PM

      Hello Lakshmi,

      The same happened to me. They kept my passport at the time of interview and gave me 221g form. Now after around one month I got an email to submit my passport. But I already gave them while interview. Why did they demand passport in email?

  65. john on December 30, 2015 at 4:25 AM

    I been interview nov24 it went but up to this moment im still in AP. Its been a month what is my chances? Pls someone?

    • Obama on January 7, 2016 at 1:34 PM

      Please wait for 2-3 months from the time of interview. Over the years, 90% of the 221g cases were eventually ‘issued’

    • Sabrina Awal on January 13, 2016 at 12:31 PM

      Well my husband received 221g and my lawyer say that it’s Security checks and poof of our marriage 100% bonafide

      • john on January 19, 2016 at 5:38 AM

        Now its been 45 days still in AP iam so worried and nervous im praying for the best.

      • dana on July 20, 2016 at 2:24 PM

        Any updates Sabrina? Am in the same shoes here with my husband. Note he had his interview in Jordan.

      • Jennie Awal on November 17, 2016 at 8:08 PM

        Where are you from? We are in same problem out of Ghana, my husband is Awal also. Been 15 months now.

  66. sam on December 29, 2015 at 6:10 AM


    My wife went for H1B stamping on Dec 16th and they gave her 221g White slip, VO returned her passport and only kept client letter, paystub (she had only one paystub since started working in Nov’15 month) and her offer letter from employer. in 221g slip VO didnt ask for any document, just mentioned “your application requires additional admin processing and expect to complete this processing within 60 days”. So my question is do they really process the case within 60 days ? Status is still same “Refused” since Dec 16 (day of interview), should the status have changed to AP ??

    Please advice !!

    • Raghuram Sukumar on December 29, 2015 at 10:09 AM

      Refused is the correct status. Wait for the results. Good luck.

      • Mehta on January 20, 2016 at 7:55 AM

        Hi Raghuram

        I went to New Delhi embassy for h1b visa on Oct 27. It’s been almost 3 months and my status remains same as of Oct 27th that my visa case is undergoing necessary AP. When I went for interview I presented my pay stubs and others company related documents. I have rented an apartment own a car and my employer only willing to allow me work from home until end of this month. I have no one to take care of my stuff in USA and I wonder how long it’s gonna take. Please suggest what should I do.

        • Mehta on January 20, 2016 at 8:04 AM

          Forgot to mention that they gave me white slip 221g but asked for no additional documents in slip or via email so far.

        • Raghuram Sukumar on January 20, 2016 at 9:36 AM

          There’s no timelimit. You have to wait and have someone take care of your items.

        • sako mohamed on January 27, 2016 at 3:34 AM

          Hi Mehta i am to the same bothle have you receive your visa now?

          • john on January 28, 2016 at 3:33 AM

            I call the Embassy bcoz its been 60days end my med exam will expire this feb embassy email me telling that my case is escalated to post wht does it mean? Thnks god bless

          • Mehta on February 16, 2016 at 5:20 PM

            nothing heard back yet, its been almost 4 months now.

          • john on February 17, 2016 at 8:59 PM

            Me Im starting to loose hope almost 90days now still AP. consul took my passpprt and he didnt gave me any 221g form. What ate they up to USEM says they will escalate my case and still weeks go by no word from them.

      • Ahmed yahya on February 16, 2016 at 11:54 PM

        What about who make an interview before one week and it is case still refused also last update was yesterday and it is also refused what does this mean when the case will change to issued please respond to me

        • Raghuram Sukumar on February 17, 2016 at 7:11 AM

          At end of the interview, visa officer have to give a decision. So, they reject your visa then start 221(g) processing.

    • Obama on January 7, 2016 at 1:36 PM

      I would suggest to check with your attorney through your employer

  67. Vamsikrishna on December 29, 2015 at 5:35 AM

    I attended interview in Chennai consulate (India) for J1 VISA on 23/11/2015.

  68. Vamsikrishna on December 29, 2015 at 5:33 AM

    I attended interview in Chennai consulate (India) for J1 VISA. After completion of my interview the consular officer retained my passport, DS 2019 and resume and informed me my application requires additional processing before approval of VISA and handed over 221(g) blue sheet.
    Can any one update me how much time it will take. I didnot received any mail from consulate till date from the date of interview.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on December 29, 2015 at 10:10 AM

      There’s no set processing time.

    • cocoabean on January 8, 2016 at 2:22 AM


      Any update on your case? My J1 renewal is also stuck in administrative processing at the Chennai consulate. I submitted my passport via dropbox on Dec 28, they asked me to come for interview and did not specify any documents.

      Today I went for the interview and VO was surprised no documents were requested. She kept the same documents as yours and said more processing required. Trying to understand how long it may take!


  69. 221g on December 21, 2015 at 5:08 AM

    Hi Raghu
    I was asked basic questions by VO, and I will be working for an in-house project. My employer is a small one. I was issues 221-g with additional admin processing ,any idea on how long it would take?, as people say the time frame is fixed and it could take up to one year.

    • 221g on December 21, 2015 at 5:25 AM

      I mean the time frame isnt fixed.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on December 21, 2015 at 8:41 PM

      Answered in the blog post. Read FQA’s.

      • 221g on December 22, 2015 at 10:35 PM

        Any idea on which would take longer time , whether document submission request or generic additional admin processing .?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on December 23, 2015 at 10:11 AM

      Thats’ true. I know folks who got H1 after 1 year wait times.

  70. Monica Sharma on December 18, 2015 at 2:57 AM

    My fiancé is a US citizen and has applied for my K1 visa in the month of February 2015. After a long wait, I have been interviewed on December 17, 2015. And tge visa consular didn’t ask me to show the proofs of our relationship and gave me 221g form. Am so badly pissed off. My fiancé has spoken to a few legal officers and has taken an appointment of the immigration lawyers and has written an email to hold my application for a few days. There’s seriously some miscommunication to the US Embassy people. Please guide me how to proceed further?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on December 18, 2015 at 8:14 AM

      You should consult an immigration attorney. I don;t think members here can help you.

  71. Slipper wearer on December 15, 2015 at 3:45 AM

    Interview Date : 09-NOV-2015
    Visa : H1-B
    Location : Chennai

    VO : Can I have your passport?
    ME : Sure. (Handed over the passport to the VO).
    VO : Which company are you working for?
    ME : Currently, I am out of Employment. It’s been 2 weeks.
    VO : Which company you are going to work for?
    ME : CO.
    VO : Where is it located in USA?
    ME : .
    VO : Can I see the project details?
    ME : Sure. (Handed over the document to the VO).
    VO : Can I see the company’s tax return please?
    ME : Sure. (Apparently, i did not have those. I thought I had it. After 10 to 15 seconds).
    VO : That’s fine if you don’t have them. (Handed me the 221(g) and my passport).
    ME : OK. Thanks.

    Issued 221(g). Submitted all the documents as pdf by email on 15-NOV-2015.

    As of now, I have started my work remotely and getting paid in dollars in India.
    Seriously hoping for the visa to get delayed.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on December 18, 2015 at 9:12 AM

      Who doesn’t want salary in USD while working in India 🙂

  72. meenakshi on December 3, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    AD since Nov. 17th 2015 and submitted the required documents along with passport on Nov. 26th 2015. No status change till now.

    How to get passport back, if it is going to take long , I would like to apply for H4 as my husband is there on H1 ?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on December 4, 2015 at 7:11 AM

      You can request the passport back via the consulate. But, I doubt you can cancel the F1 processing and I’m not sure if you can appear for H4 visa while F1 is in 221(g).

      • meenakshi on December 4, 2015 at 1:49 PM

        Thanks for your response. Just to add it was for H1B not F1.
        Do you know the exact process to get the passport back ?

        • Raghuram Sukumar on December 4, 2015 at 2:26 PM

          1. You can talk to Traveldocs customer support 2. You can seek help with an immigration attorney.

  73. Miri on December 1, 2015 at 2:47 AM

    The consulate was missing some of my fiancés documents. After sending it all to the consulate, his file was updated twice, but it is still in administrative processing. Also, during the interview they gave his passport back to him. How will we know if he was approved or not, and if he was will the consulate contact us to send his passport back to them? How does that work?

    Thank you,

  74. Ali on December 1, 2015 at 2:25 AM

    my case is under administrative processing since December 1, 2014 … all of my documents like certificates, employments, passport is in embassay 🙁 i even cant travel anywhere as my passport is in embassy .. someone said if I borrow my passport from embassy my case will pause untill i return it back .. i dont know what to do now anybody please help me out …

    • mohamed on December 3, 2015 at 8:25 AM

      hi aly, Where are you from ?
      every country differs i think

      • Ali on December 3, 2015 at 12:51 PM

        I am from Bangladesh.. applied for H1B visa

      • Ali on December 3, 2015 at 2:19 PM

        Hello Mohamed, I am from Bangladesh .. I applied for H1B visa

  75. Sugeetha on November 26, 2015 at 6:42 AM

    Hello Raghuram,

    I got my visa on Nov 25.. Here is the timeline of events to help others.

    Chennai F1 interview -Oct 26 2015
    Visa status “Administrative processing” – Since Oct 26
    Documents sent -Oct 29
    Status update date – Nov 23(Status no change)
    Status update date – Nov 24( Status changed to Issued)
    Passport collection date – Nov 25.

    Thank you for the quick reply to forum posts Raghu. They were all helpful !

    • Raghuram Sukumar on November 26, 2015 at 7:05 AM

      Great! Checkout the Predeparture orientation course. I’m going to drop the price later today.

      You are going to love it and travel like a pro to USA 😀

  76. Julia on November 25, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Had my interview on November 4th in the Sydney consulate for an E3 visa. The offer letter from my employer had a different company name to the LCA (this was the parent company), so I got given a yellow 221g refusal letter.

    November 5th I sent them an email with matching company names on the documents that they asked for and have been sitting in Administrative Processing since then. Normally the E3 visa takes four days! Have now missed Thanksgiving and hopefully won’t miss Christmas!

    I wish I knew how long it would be before I will see my boyfriend (American citizen waiting for me in the US) again! There has to be a way to find out how many more weeks this will be?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on November 26, 2015 at 11:00 AM

      There is absolutely no way to find the time. Happy Thanksgiving.

  77. kesav on November 21, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    I have attended L1A individual stamping in chennai on November 2 2015 Interviewer said you will receive VISA couple of days, but i have received thru courier 221G blue sheet and passport submitted additional documents May i know any timeframe when i will get updates from Chennai councelate. My family stuck up in USA.

  78. sharline hill on November 19, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Hi my children father went for is interviewed on August24th2015 he did have got in a problem when he was17 the interviewed went well because of his honesty she ask for the documents from the court he went and got them and email it the same day it went though all the processing3months later email said processing applicant will get a call soon .can you tell me what they doing thank you.

  79. Raymond king on November 12, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    I went for interview on 13 august20 15 with my wife and 3 children’s, am the only one interview. after that my wife and two children passport was retain and returned my own and my son passport. and was issued 221g form. I was told that ,our application is on administrative processing. I was issued visa collection form for my wife and two children. In which they granted them visa. After one week I received a mail inform me to drop up my passport and my son .after 4 day my son visa was issued. After one week I received mail to inform me that I should come and pick my passport that my application is on administrative processing. Since then I have not receive any mail .all my family have been granted 2 year visa.remain only me.Pls can u explain what is going on ,is there any hope.?

  80. Henry Orozco on November 2, 2015 at 3:57 PM


    I have my interview on 8/27/15 the consular give me a yellow slip 211g this form explain I had to summit 4 different evidence, which I did send all the information by cargo expresso in Guatemala City, since the embassy receive this additional evidence which very simple my birth certificate and record of police here in Guatemala and also in the United States shows I don’t have any problems or criminal records.
    I’am a process of 7 times under administrative processing, how many of this AP I need to go Before shows (ISSUED) thanks.

    • Tania on November 19, 2015 at 2:44 AM

      Hola Henry!
      Mi esposo está en las mismas, es desesperante sobre todo si tienes familia aquí en EEUU.
      Se supone que no debe pasar de 60 días desde que enviaste los documentos.
      Dios te bendiga y ya verás que todo saldrá bien. Animo!

      • Tonny on December 18, 2015 at 2:46 PM

        Hi Tania, Im stuck in the same situation too,, visa interview was since september 2, 20015, and case is still in administrative processing. Have you received approval yet?

  81. Sandeep Babber on November 1, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    I had my US Visa interview on 28 Oct at New Delhi Embassy for C1/D (Crew member in transit) Non-Immigrant Visa. I had shown them Employer letter also (which they kept with themselves) which states that I have to catch a ship from US on 20-Nov. After the interview, they kept my Passport and CDC and issued me a 221 (g) form (It was not color-coded, simply a photo-state paper). She did not tell any estimated time also.
    @Author , I know there is no timeline but can you throw a light on time taken for my type of Visa ? Also the chances of approval ?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on November 2, 2015 at 3:19 PM

      Everything I know is explained in the article above. You can update the timeline when you get the decision. It can help others in future.

      • Sandeep Babber on November 2, 2015 at 3:22 PM

        Ya sure , I’ll update when I get the final verdict from their side.

        • Sandeep Babber on November 4, 2015 at 6:52 AM

          Like to update you with my case. Interview date : 28 Oct . Today status update changed to 04-Nov but it still shows Administrative Processing. What can I expect now ?

      • Contemplating on November 3, 2015 at 11:07 AM

        I would like to keep you informed on the status of the HIB interview attended in Chennai consulate on 2/11/2015. The questions asked were pretty straight forward .

        1) Employer
        2) Client
        3) Location
        4) Project
        5) Role in Project

        After few minutes he requested for a Client letter , I momentarily showed him the Client partner letter provided by employer. He looked at the document and checked whether I have a “SOW”. He gave a look at the SOW and requested me to wait .

        After 15 mins he called me and returned the SOW and supportive documents with my passport and said the my case is under ‘Administrative processing’. I Asked him on the timeframe of my case to get cleared. He said that it might take anywhere between 2 weeks to a Month and totally depends on the employer().

        My employer is well known in india.

        Can I still have hope on my visa?

        • Raghuram Sukumar on November 4, 2015 at 6:44 AM

          Refer to the contents of the article. How could anyone comment if you can get visa or not? It purely depends on the documents, your interview and verification of your case.

          • Sandeep Babber on November 5, 2015 at 12:34 AM

            I got my Visa issued today ..
            Interview date : 28-Oct (received 221 (g) form) Status date changed on : 04-Nov Visa Issued : 05-Nov Visa type : C1/D (Crew in transit)

            Note that I have not yet received the passport . My Visa is only approved and it will take another 2 days to get my Passport delivered.

          • Raghuram Sukumar on November 15, 2015 at 3:43 PM

            Great. Thanks for the update.

          • Henry Orozco on November 15, 2015 at 7:51 PM

            A juvenile record that happens 24 years ago I’am 38 years old and have a clean record, the embassy whant this documents of resolution of charges can this affect my approbal?

            Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

          • Sandeep Babber on November 15, 2015 at 11:50 PM

            I received my passport from American Plaza, Delhi 2 days after it was issued. They will take not more than 2 mins to give back your passport.

      • Lora on November 5, 2015 at 11:06 AM

        I have a question, mine still Administrative Processing since August 2, and anything have changed. The creation date and Status Updated Date remains the same, August 2. Is it normal? How much longer should I wait? I have lost already two semesters in my university. What if I request my passport back? Is that going to affect to the process?

      • Ankit on December 22, 2015 at 8:20 PM

        Hi Raghu

        I appeared for the B2 visa interview on Decmeber 9th 2015 and the consular said the visa is approved. Thereafter when I wrote an email ustraveldocs they replied saying that my case is under 221 g. This is little strange as it was first approved. Do tourist visa go under administrative processing?

        • Sana on July 13, 2018 at 7:54 AM

          Hello Ankit,

          I am in the same boat,can you update me how long your tourist visa remained in AP and when did u get your visa issued.

          My case:
          Visa interview: 25th June
          Status: AP
          Status last uodated: 25th June

          I have been on J1 and F2 before never got any visa rejected or went in AP but this time 😢

  82. Ebrahim on October 28, 2015 at 3:10 AM

    yes, at the day of interview my case updated to Administrative processing,after two months status changed to Ready, after 2 weeks again back to Administrative processing since now.

    After interview : AP —>Ready—>AP since now

    • Raghuram Sukumar on October 28, 2015 at 8:44 AM

      Wow. Good luck. AD 221g can take long time for some folks.

      • Katerina on November 1, 2015 at 6:12 PM


        I have a question. My husband had an interview for immigrant visa. after the interview counselor said that he had to refuse the visa temporary and we have to wait 60 days to hear back from them. online status shows: “Administrative processing”. The thing is, counselor DID NOT give him any 221g form. DID NOT KEEP his passport and kept only the copy of papers. is it NORMAL? or do they usually have to GIVE you 221g or at least keep your passport?

        Thank you in advance

        • dana on July 20, 2016 at 2:35 PM

          Same exact situation here with my husband. Can you please update us on how much time did it take for them to contact you back?

        • Ali on July 11, 2018 at 8:00 PM

          I’ve same issue, interviewd then 221g letter, kept all my documents but handed back my passport, still waiting from may 10, 2018 until now, visa was k1 immigrant

      • Nasir on June 24, 2018 at 3:09 PM

        Hlo how long it?

  83. ebrahim on October 27, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Hello Sir
    My interview was on 13 July 2015, at this date (13 July) status changed to AP.
    After 2 months my status changed to READY and updated,after 2 weeks again returned to AP again, by E-mail i inquired about my case but they say ,yours still under AP.
    Please how you inter-prate(explain) my situation.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on October 27, 2015 at 5:13 PM

      Is it under AD since July 2015?

      • Ebrahim on October 27, 2015 at 6:17 PM

        yes, at the day of interview my case updated to Administrative processing,after two months status changed to Ready, after 2 weeks again back to Administrative processing since now.

        After interview : AP —>Ready—>AP since now

        • lora on November 3, 2015 at 11:01 AM

          Mine still Administrative Processing since August 2, and anything have changed. The creation date and Status Updated Date remains the same, August 2.

  84. Hamad on October 25, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    I have done my interview today 25/Oct/2015 for a F1 student visa the conductor asked me one question:when will you start school, I answered him January 2016… He asked for my passport and I20 only ,I tried giving him additional papers he said he doesn’t need it..then He hands me over a yellow paper(administrative processing) … Now I’m worried I don’t know when I will be granted a visa and my program starts 2 months from now someone please help

    • Sugeetha on October 26, 2015 at 4:56 AM

      Hello Hamad..

      Same case.. I went today Oct-26-2015 , F1 Visa, Chennai Consulate.. Jan 2016 admission..

      The officer did not ask me any documents.. just I-20 and passport.. regular questions.. why this university, how much scholarship u have, how long is the course, what is your field of research, why do you think the university is giving you scholarship? etc.. He was stern and loudest officer among all but at the same time, he was cool and had this authoritative aura..

      He typed for long time and asked when are you planning to go. I said I have to be in my college by Jan 8. Typed some more then he issued a blue form 221(g) sheet ( I guess the color varies.. it doesn’t matter). He said “We need more time to process your visa. Here is your case number. You can keep track”. I asked how long would it be. He said “Since you have college in Jan, we will try to issue before that”.. He took my passport.

      4 hours after the interview, I got email asking to submit some documents( letter from school, my CV, my research interest, publications, contact person in US.. .Again this documents to be submitted varies depending on each case ) .

      One minor clue I got is, he raised eyebrows when I said my UG course was Biotechnology. So, the consulate is making sure I am not going to research on anything illegal( like bio weapons) by asking me to submit the research details in advance. Nowhere in the VISA process before interview are we submitting the research details and hence at this point, they are stopping to check. It should be part of the standard procedure and nothing to worry.

      I think I just have to wait and hope I would get VISA before Jan..

      • Raghuram Sukumar on October 26, 2015 at 7:36 AM

        I know just one person who got F1 Visa fir MS in Biotech without 22g.
        Everyone else I have known get 221(g). So, that’s common.

      • Sugeetha on November 23, 2015 at 5:56 PM

        My status updated date changed to Nov 23 (interview date Oct 26) and still it says Administrative processing. In the meantime, I noticed the college had made small mistake in typing my name in scholarship form that I sent to consulate. They had entered “n” in place of “m”.. Maybe it meddles with identity check.. Could it be the reason the status went back to administrative processing again ? Should I send the corrected form again to consulate? I cannot stop wondering ! Help..!

        • Raghuram Sukumar on November 24, 2015 at 6:30 AM

          It could be. You can contact the consulate and send the updated form. But, if they are looking for something else, then it maybe of no help.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on October 26, 2015 at 5:52 PM

      Hey – I updated the page on what you can do.

    • SAM on November 10, 2015 at 5:38 AM


      Did you receive any response? or any time limit? stuck with same…officer gave 2 weeks time limit , this is 4th week yet no response.

  85. Mohammad Termos on October 7, 2015 at 7:43 PM

    I went to the intreview in 9 july 2015 and my case undergoing administrative processing…the embassy always reply to me the same email…they didn’t asked me in the intreview for additional informations or papers, they just gave me a paper showing that my case went under administrative processing and they are going to call me within 10 weeks…the period is over and the same email iam recieving..what does this means?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on October 8, 2015 at 7:09 AM

      Means you have to wait.

    • moe on October 13, 2015 at 5:08 AM

      The same happened with me today, They didn’t ask for documents but gave me a letter like yours, Did you hear back from them?

  86. abu on October 4, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    Hi my wife had her interview this morning and was issued a 221g and was requested to submit medicals results and a new marriage certificate that says monogamy .
    little recap :in Senegal polygamy is legal .we have proven our marriage is legitimate. why was she denied under the pretense that we have polygamy listed instead of monogamy .
    polygamy or monogamy does not challenge the validity or the legality of the marriage but rather the terms of the marriage .
    could you advise me on what I should do to have her removed under 221g to visa issued .Thanks

  87. Pawandeep on October 3, 2015 at 5:06 AM

    I applied R1 visa & interviewed on 9 September. VO told me that you can collect your passport within couple of days but now more than 3 weeks no passport issued. I checked on website my visa is under AP. I don’t know why they put my case in AP? VO didn’t issue me any slip.
    Kindly help ; why this happened to me.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on October 3, 2015 at 9:40 PM

      You have to wait.

      • Peasant patel on July 6, 2018 at 6:14 AM

        I was interviewed last August 16th 2017.i was given 221g white paper .Since then I am waiting,last updated on case is 19th June 2018.

        • Raghuram Sukumar on July 6, 2018 at 10:12 PM

          What visa?

        • Ali on July 11, 2018 at 7:56 PM

          What was your visa category? K or CR???

  88. Ravi teja on September 24, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Hi I have attended visa today in Argentina and the consulate collected my passport and other documents and gave me green slip without mentioning any specific document in it.How much time does it take to get my passport and documents and what is meant by “your visa application requires additional administrative processes such procedures delay (on average) working days : when they have finished continue processing your request more information back”

    • Allie on July 15, 2017 at 7:27 PM

      How long did it take? Did you get your visa?

  89. Rashmi on September 15, 2015 at 5:40 AM

    My visa interview was on 11 august and it went into adminstrtive processing .Today it shows issued what does it mean? Is it refused

    • Raghuram Sukumar on September 15, 2015 at 6:46 AM

      Issued = approved.

  90. Moe on September 13, 2015 at 12:03 AM

    I had interview Aug 4 2015 in Cairo Eygpt handed everything also my passport they didn’t want anything else everything was fine except they put my case under administrative processing. I don’t know if they will issue my visa or not and don’t kno how long it will take
    Does any of u kno if they already took my passport and photos will they still possibly refuse my visa?

    Thanks so much

    • Raghuram Sukumar on September 15, 2015 at 6:53 AM

      Over 80% Approval chances.

    • Fahmi on October 24, 2015 at 5:06 PM

      My wife intervew was on August 24 , Cairo Egypt and they asked her for weeding photos to prove the relationship . I submitted on August 28 until now it’s administrative processing

      • Fahmi on October 24, 2015 at 5:09 PM

        Moh did you get the visa yet?

        • Teresa on November 27, 2015 at 4:47 PM

          Fahmi, have you received your wife’s visa yet? My husband is in Cairo also awaiting for his visa, it went into administrative processing October 7th, last update November 6.

  91. madhu on June 14, 2015 at 7:53 AM


  92. Mallikarjun K on June 11, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Visa interview on Jun 10th,2015,Chennai Consulate

    F1 Visa, MS-University of New Orleans

    My profile is a research/project scientist at IMU, Vizag.

    BE-(Naval Arch and Offshore Engg).

    Interview went really well, but at the end VO told me that your visa is pending subjected to additional administrative processing and handed me over a blue 221g form and took my passport. He told me that the consulate will contact through mail and yes they did. Before I reached my home I got a mail from them asking me to send letter of admit, I-20, details about my project and research, contact details of the advisor from the university as well through mail. I don’t know long will it take to process but my fall term starts by Aug 13,2015. Can some one shed more light on this?

    Mallikarjun K

    • Raghuram Sukumar on June 11, 2015 at 9:17 AM

      U.S. is not going to let people into their country if you are in TAL list.
      Security matters and university start dates is not something they are concerned about. So, send the details and wait for them to respond.

      • Deepti on June 12, 2015 at 8:56 AM

        Hi received a 221g with a blue slip today. I wish to pursue a master of business and science in biotechnology and genomics at Rutgers University. The officer retained my passport and resume. Is there a time frame I can expect??

        • Raghuram Sukumar on June 12, 2015 at 9:45 AM

          Could you share the scan copy of 221g form? You can actually upload them in the comment section. You can block out personal info.
          Biotech is expected to get 221(g). There’s no timeline. Sit tight and pray.

    • indira on July 7, 2015 at 2:29 AM

      Did you get your visa approved?

  93. GIRMA on June 4, 2015 at 6:28 AM

    I sponsor my sister and the process took 13years she just had interview on June 4th 2015 Addis Ababa us embassy and gave her slip 221g to submit additional document proof that she never married ,I am so disappointed never expect after long 13 years . my sister never married just wondering why they ask her anyways just want to know how long it take after she submit the doc

  94. Sujith on May 25, 2015 at 11:49 AM


    0n 15th of May, 2015 I went to Chennai for f1 student visa Interview. The VO took my passport, the I20 and CV and said that she needs to send it Washington for verification. She didn’t give me any form, Is this verification is different from administrative verification? How long might it take to complete the verification?

    Thank you!!

    • Raghuram Sukumar on May 25, 2015 at 2:55 PM

      It’s 221g for you. There’s no timeline.

  95. pakhi on June 22, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    From bangladesh f2b,my interview 16 june in dhaka,i was given 221g blue sheet,administrative review,anyone pls tell me how long it does take,its so pain,,my all document and interview was fine,,pakhi

  96. home on April 22, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Had my F1 Visa interview in Toronto on March 10th. I was given 221g. Submitted docs right away. Visa issued April 15th.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on April 22, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      Congrats. Can you share detailed experience of your interview? You can post in the forums under F1 Visa Interview section. Thanks.

      • Mrs Aaa on May 11, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        Hi raghuran, they’ve also gave me 221g asking for one more document. When you say right away, like how many days did it take you to send the documents? Mine took 8 days

  97. Arsalan Tahir on April 10, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    my case went into administrative processing i was interviewed on 28th june 2012 and i haven’t received anything after that , what should i do ?

  98. Santosh on March 31, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Hey guys got my passport vth stamping……..

  99. Mohammed Ahmed on March 21, 2013 at 4:55 AM

    I have interviewed for my F1 visa on the 31st of Octo 2012 at US Embassy,Addis Ababa,Ethiopia and got white 221(g) and told me as they will call me .After 2 months they called me and said me ” your visa case is fine in everything but we need additional time to process your visa”.Now I am in the state of wait.Actually I requested for admission differal from Spring 2013 to Fall 2013 and got new I-20 from Wichita state university.Is any one who are on the same boat with me to share his/her experience? What are may chances of getting visa in time?

    If you have any comments for me you are well come.

  100. Ali on March 20, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    I had also being interviewd since septembr 2012 also my sister did her interview too on august 2012 a week before mine they granted her they told her to pick her visa after 10 working days they called her before d 10days not to come that her to come that her own also need administraton processing after they’ve granted her before we think it might be because of mine that they dnt want to bias bcos my mum applied for us togelther they refused me under section 221(g),they requested some results from me which I gave them immediately,after 3 to 4months they called my sister to come and pick up her visa,now my own case my mum is being mailing them from america since september 2012 they are still saying is still administratn processig,this is d 7months what I can I do?all family have gone im getting tire everyday,pls I need advice.

  101. Kelly Lahore on March 17, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    [email protected] I got interveiwed on 14th march 2013….at window one the guy asked me if I have union counsil divorce certs and I replied that I gave you NADRA ones and I dont have union counsil ones available…than he asked me if I have filled I-1864 form for my daughter and I said NVC didnt asked for it so NO I didnt…than he noted that ona paper and asked my mobile number…and said Mam which language you will give an Interveiw and I said any and he said okay I will send you to the english section…and I said ok….on window 6 I met an American guy and he asked me questions about my prev divorces and my husband’s previ divorces and I kept answering him wisley…he said I have a good english and I told him that I have worked with American groups so thats why…he tried to ask trivky questions about my husband marriages but all went well…he asked 2 questions to my daughter too and than asked me If I ve ever visited america and I said no never to States…he asked me if I had a love or arranged marriage and I said love…he said where u met your hubby and I told him…so it went well for 10 to 15 minutes and he took my passport and medicals and gave me a flier of welcome to States showing laws of amercia and etc….ln the start he took a pledge too and also gave me a token and american express number and address with a light green form which only mentions the date of interveiw and my case #…in printed form its written that we need some Admin processing…they didnt requested me for any additional docs and I asked him if I have to send hims omething and he said NO we donot need anhthing in Islamabad now and this green list will help you and will guide you…and If anything is rwquired Lahore people will call or email me….I am in a state of shock what is there that they put me to AP…all went well…and if they wnated something they shld have asked me to provide…I thought they will ask me to send them union counsil certs but they didnt…what is next and when can I expect a call from them…will I be getting the visa soon…so confused…Psl help…I am a spouse of US citizen with a kid under 21.

  102. Moon on December 3, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Can any one tell the web link to track a passport , for administrative processing, against F-1 visa from Islamabad Embassy?

  103. Kenneth on August 21, 2012 at 5:50 AM

    They did not give any paper of any kind on the day of my interview.they collected my passport and other documents.

    • Lakshmi Adepu on November 20, 2012 at 2:01 PM

      Hey Kenneth,

      Did you hear anything from Consulate ? Did your fiancee visa got stamped ? Even my husband Visa went to 221 G after the visa interview. They did not issued any 221G at the time of interview . They clearly mentioned that his Visa is granted and he will recieve his passport in 2-3 days.. but its been 3 months now and still we are waiting for his passport.
      Want to know in how many days you got your passport and what reply you got from them ?


    • Pankaj on November 27, 2012 at 4:13 AM

      Same here..They did not give any slip or handout to me..Its been 90 days now since i have heard back from them…

      • vish on November 27, 2012 at 10:11 AM

        Did you call the consulate?

    • Sujith on May 25, 2015 at 11:26 AM

      Hello Kenneth,

      This happened to me on the 15th of May 2015. Could you tell what happened next?

  104. Kenneth on August 21, 2012 at 5:47 AM

    I went to america embassy frankfurt for my interview,they took my passport and evidence of relationship,even they interviewed my fiancee in american over the phone,after they finish with my interview they said am fine nd they contact my fiancee,after interviewing my fiancee they said to her congratuation,after three days my fiancee mail them they said my visa application is on pending review,later i called one number in u.s.a they checked it online nd said that am under adminstrative process under 221g,but the day i went for my interview they did give me paper to show that am under admin process.eve they gave me pen write my address on the dhl pre mail.is it because am from nigeria or what?i gave them all they needed before they can call for the interview.what might be the problem.me and my fiancee are havn headach stress.tell me what they want,or is there one having this kind of problem?

  105. Faiz khan on July 23, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    I had my E2 visa interview with my wife and son at Toronto Consulate on june 26,2012 and i was issued 221g yellow slip and VO did not see any of my papers, not even my brith certificate. At the end of my interview i was given yellow paper, he said that he’s not sure how long it will take, once you are informed by email. just mail or in person drop off your passport for visa. is anyone know how long it usually takes. at the consulate website it says Administrative processing usually resolve within 60days. When i provided all the documents why they have issue me 221g?

  106. Santosh on July 3, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    I had been interviewed on 24th oct 2011 at chennai consulate and after my interview they had given me the blue sheet by saying to provide the required documents.I had got all the documents which are marked in the blue sheet and then I submitted those documents at VFS.Now it’s almost two(2) weeks gone by submitting them and by tracking with my passport no. Its showing ‘your passport is under process at US consulate.How much time does it requires for returning my passport.Plz suggest me

  107. Abdullah Nawaz on May 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    I was asked to fill out a list of my siblings names. What happens if I made an unintentional mistake? How can the information be updated without causing further delays?

    • Faraz on July 1, 2018 at 8:46 PM

      Hi, any update on your status? Did you receive the visa and if you did, after how long. Because, even I am in the same boat.

  108. vish on April 20, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    “With immigrant visas, we almost never know on the day of the interview whether you are truly qualified.”

    This line under what is 221g, did you mean non-immigrant/dual intent?

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