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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?”.

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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.

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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.

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  1. Hi,
    I am currently in US on H4 Visa. I have been admitted to MSBA program for fall 2020. The program is cohorted 16 months. The core programs are offered only once a year. I am not allowed to defer a quarter.
    I would like to change my status through visa stamping. However, I am confused should I pursue this option or not? Right now because of the pandemic, the classes are online. There might be in-person classes next quarter -winter .This gives sufficient time for administrative processing(in case the US consulate initiate it) . Also I scared if I may get stuck in India seeing the increase in number of cases.
    The time line for the other option of change of status within US is not clear.

    Please advise. Any help is appreciated.

    1. Hi, I had my immigrant visa interview on January 11 2021 and was giving a yellow paper for administrative processing and my passport was returned back.
      It’s been past 60 days now and it still shows refused, my case is updated like every week so I’m not sure what that means.

  2. I had my immigrant visa interview 18th of February 2020 and council gave 221g administrative process. In the system two times showed that I was an administrative processing but today it is showing Refused which is after two weeks after interview. So do I have hope with this Refused or something else. Thank you all

    1. You are still in AP. They now show AP as “Refused”. Until unless you get the confirmation mail don’t panic.

    2. Hi! I had my interview during a similar date which was 22nd of Feb 2020 and they asked us for joint sponsor. I submitted the documents for joint sponsor in March, online. They had taken our passports and the passports are still with them. It has been 5 months approximately and I am not sure what the outcome is. We applied for F3, with 5 applicants. The case was updated and it started to show 4 only, mine was removed. I wanted to ask if it had anything to do with the fact that I am 24 and maybe they didn’t see me as illegible for the visa due to my age? Also, does cover-19 effect the time frames or do they stay the same? I am a student of final year and desperately need my passport to travel back to complete my remaining semester in September.
      I don’t know what to expect from them or what time frame.

    3. Hi,

      I also gave my interview on 11th Feb, 2020, got 221G. It shows Refused for me too as of today. Did you any response / update on your 221G?

      1. I went for interview am still on administrative process same month like u , the consular collect divorce decree. I think that is why he put me on administrative process, since then have not heard anything from them

  3. Does anybody have any experience with the O-1 visa? My application for an O-1 got approved in September 2019 by the USCIS for 3 years. So I needed a stamp on my passport before re-entering the US. The consular officer, at the interview, handed me a green slip that says I need to submit further documents PLUS MY PASSPORT. The fact that they have asked for my passport as well, is that a positive sign? What is the processing time that I can expect?

    1. Yes, I got a blue slip during my interview and waiting for about 3 weeks under administrative processing. My passport was not collected though. Which means I could still use it for travel and identification. Keeping the passport might be a positive sign. The processing time is about 4 weeks on average.

  4. Hello Everyone,

    I had my H1b Visa Interview Yesterday. She request for my Client Letter, Vendor Letter and Employer Offer Letter. I gave all those documents to her, after 5 minutes she gave me a 221g gave my passport back and told to wait for an email from their end. Any idea what is the reason they gave me a 221g? and what will be the timestamp. She said It will take 2 weeks, but I doubt that. If anyone had same issue before please reply. Thank You.

      1. Hello Amit,

        Its the same in my case. Did u receive any mail regarding the 221g slip from consulate.

  5. Hi
    Please advise I have a B1 B2 visa for 10years last time I visited on April -2019 and return to India on Aug-2019.so again I went on December-2019 but unfortunately they Ban my visa for 5years. But when I am in the US got placement they apply for me R1 visa. So now I can come through it.please advise.

  6. I had applied for Non immigration C1D Visa on 14th June 2019 Via Drop Box and was interviewed on 21st June 2019 , since then the case has been under Additional Administrative processing it is more than 7 months

    1. U got ur visa now? How much time it took. I had also applied for Fresh c1d visa they gave me 221g white slip bt no response yet.

      1. My interview for a C1/D visa held on 2nd March 2021 and on 3rd march I got the email for DS 5535 form which I submitted on the same day with all details but till now I haven’t received my visa and passport.

        Have you got your visa?

  7. I have a question. My case is in AP for last 6 months. Now embassy approached me and asked for re-submission of medical? As it expired after 6 months.
    I sent them my medical. Now what should i expect from them, following was there response after 6 months. Will they put my case back in AP and they will keep asking for medical after every 6 months. ?

    “We have recently reviewed your immigrant visa case. In order to move ahead and process this case, our office would like you to submit the following documents.”

  8. Hey I Got 221(g) Letter During My Interview Due To Low Sponsor.They Asked Fir New Joint Sponsor.We Gave Them New Join Sponsor..And They Putted Our Case On Administrative Processing.After Some Weeks I Got My Passport With New 221(g) Letter About Medical And Pcc As it Take 1 Year To Me To Apply New Joint Sponsor. So Medical And Pcc Were Expired. So What I Have To Think That Sponsor Is Clearer?

    1. Wow.. we both has same situation. My visa was refused due to low income and ask to summit new joint sponsor. Did you get the visa ??


      1. My case is also pending for 7 months. No reply. I am fed up waiting. Hopeless service.


        1. My parents have an interview on Feb 22, 2022. The officer asked their name when was the last time they saw me, and who is their oldest child. after that they issued them a white slips says that the case will be under AP AND THE REASON is that they had a blurry photo which they made my parents retake the phone on the spot, and the 2nd reason was that they will send an email to the pottiner which is me to. It has been more than 60 days that I have answered to their email and all I got is that the case is under AP. I am not sure what to do this happened at the Pakistan embassy in Islamabad. Their passports were kept.

      2. Hey Tenz, I am in similar situation, it has been 3 weeks almost after I submitted the info on joint sponsor. Could you tell me how long did have to wait? Or are u still waiting? My date of submission was January 31, 2020. Your response would be highly appreciated.

    2. Wow.. we both has same situation. My visa was refused due to low income and ask to summit new joint sponsor. Did you get the visa ??


    3. Hello Christ Tailor, I am Bobby, I am in a similar situation. They asked me to provide joint sponsor to support my application. It has been almost 3 weeks and I haven’t heard anything from them. Could you please let me know how long is the waiting period and if you gotten your visa? They have cancelled my B1B2 visa and hence, the only way that I can meet my wife is if she comes to India. If I have atleast a timeframe, I would be in a better position to make travel arrangements so we can atleast see each other. Appreciate your reply!

  9. My husband is working in the USA under F1/OPT and filed F2 for me I just attended the interview today and the officer issued me a 221g administrative processing form. Here is what she asked before that decision:

    VO: How long you know each other
    Me: Since 2013
    VO: When did you husband move to the US?
    Me: June 2015
    VO: I see that you had an interview 5 months ago for a B2 visa and now you came for F2.
    Me: Yes sir
    VO: Why didnt you apply for F2 before?
    Me: We were not married yet
    He stepped back to talk with some colleagues and came back 15 mn later with 221g. So am waiting and don’t know what the result gonna be, Anybody here has an idea?

  10. I got 221g for h1b i797b
    Interview date 24th July kolkata
    August 1st contacted my client -went positive
    I got an email on sept3rd from kolkatafpu to submit itinerary which I did in 2 days

    When can I expect a reply from consulate.

  11. Hello,
    I had F1 visa interview on 22 August 2019 for XX university (class starting on 21 August 2019). It went on for like 30 minutes. In interview consular asked most of the things such as GPA, major, etc… At the end looking at I-20 classes starting date, he told me that my application needs to go AP and I can start my college in Spring 2020 as it is quite late now. He handed over 221(g) slip with medical examination and documents email (Additional information) which I completed by 25 August 2019.

    As for University status, I am still enrolled for Fall 2019 as I was left Masters project only which I am doing online from India so that my university status remains intact.
    My questions are:
    1) How long it might take to hear from them? I am expecting something by the end of this month or next month as he clearly said that just don’t enroll now in fall 2019 due to AP however as the process will complete with 1 or 2 months, I can enroll on Spring 2020.
    2) My university required me to upload Immigration documents such as Stamped Visa, I-94, etc on our portal and said my SEVIS record will not be registered if I don’t upload. In this case, my visa is under AP so I don’t have visa yet and as I haven’t stepped in U.S yet there is no question of I-94 either. Since no visa, my SEVIS record will not activated yet, isn’t that right?
    3) What will happen with my SEVIS? I won’t need another I-20 with new SEVIS, will I?

    Please help me answering this doubts. Thank you.

  12. I am a United States citizen. On August 25, 2017, I petitioned for my fiancé a Lebanese national to come to the United States as my fiancé (K-1).

    On November 28, 2017 my fiancé’s petition was approved and forwarded to the US Consulate in Beirut for processing.

    My fiancé was scheduled for a routine fiancé interview at the consulate on March 15, 2018. At the end of the interview, my fiancé was asked to complete and submit additional documents to finish the processing of his visa. We sent the documents and we were hoping to get his visa as soon ad possible so he can join me in the United States.

    The consul has not issued my fiancé a visa yet. As noted in the consulate notice, the administrative processing of my fiancé’s visa might take an additional 60 days from the date of his interview, and the last update was in January 24, 2019. 

    NO ONE at the consulate is willing to explain to us why it is taking more than a year after the interview to issue the visa. We have made numerous phone calls to the consulate, inquired through E mails and contacted the legal section of the State Department. No one is willing to explain why it is taking so long to process the visa.

    So it’s almost 2 years and my fiance still waiting. Is anyone facing the sameproblem? Or have any idea about this? 

    1. I am facing similar issue but i have not told yet to submit more documents. I m a fiancee of us citizen and i was interviewed on 22 august and they refused my visa on 17 sep they didn’t informed me about refusal since 22 till 17th Sep. And then i called embassy to track my passport as it was Not tracking in order to that call they emailed me in 78 hrs that you visa is refused under section 221 (g) etc etc. Now even i dont have a clue what additional documents or proof they want. Still waiting. I will advice you not to call or email them again and again. Its frustrating for me as well because we have planed to marry in Houston once i get my visa.

  13. i had my interview july 5th and was given 221g to provide additional documents which i did on the 24th July, but up till now no acknowledgment of documents received and status showing administrative process but date keep changing. what do i do please i am confused.

      1. I applied for immigrant visa and it was approved and on the ceac site it stated issued but it’s a month now I haven’t receive my passport back

  14. Hi
    My family and I went for our immigrant visa interview July 23rd 2019. It’s a dad, a mom, one kid about to start college August 18th and two kids supposed to start high school and middle school August 14th. All required documents were given and everything needed was there except for a picture of family together with everyone’s face clear (as someone was wearing sunglasses). Parents thought that birth certificate would suffice but consular officer didn’t trust it as it was from our country. Officer gave us a letter at the end requesting time lapse photos of the family and these photos were dropped off the same day. How long would administrative processing take for this seeing as it’s only pictures that were needed? What does the future college student do about the whole situation?

  15. Hi everyone,

    I had my F1 visa interview on 15th July 2019. I am admitted to Arizona State University for a PhD in computer science and I am fully sponsored by the university i.e. i have a 100% scholarship. The Visa officer said my visa is approved and took my passport. Two days later I got back my passport with a 221g letter that said I need to submit a new passport as my current passport is damaged. I got a new passport and submitted it on 24/07/2019. How long will it take for my Visa to get approved? I tried the net but I didn’t find a case like mine anywhere. Pls help

    1. Hi there ,

      I am in same situation as well.. How much time did it take for you to get the new passport stamped back?


  16. I had my interview for E3 Work Visa in Perth Australia on 2nd July ( 14 days ago ). They kept my CV, LCA, Job Offer Letter and returned my passport and the officer said ” unfortunately your case has to go through Administrative processing”. He gave me a paid return postal Envelop to keep and gave back my passport. I am Australian citizen originally from Pakistan. I have both nationalities.

    How long should I expect for Administrative processing to be completed?

    1. hey bro!!
      how is it going with ur AP??
      I’m stuck in AP as well from June 19th ,, still haven’t got any update ..

    2. Hi Ahmed ,we are in same situation, we had our interview on14th of January In Perth ,wonder how long it took for you to get a response and did u got your approval

  17. Hi I my company as selected me for a conference in US , I got all my flight tickets n travel orders and they applied for b1 B2 visa I got schedule for interview , my interview was good consular didn’t ask me much details since I work for US NAVY department in Middle East he didn’t even cheack mt travel order he said u r visa is approved u can come and collect your visa after 2 days . Every year my work mates used to get visa so I thought even I would get easily . But then once I cheackd my email same day i saw mail from embassy saying they need more information to get my visa done please fill supplementary questions and email us back they attached DS 5535 form . I filled it and sent same day and I got confermation email saying thy have received it , it’s been 3 days now my status showing administrative processing exactly I hav 30 more days for my travel . Do u think I will get visa bfore 30 days ? I am confused bcoz if I don’t get visa within 3 days my travel will be canceled . If I know I need advance atleast I can cancel my travel order n I can sen my other colleuge who already has visa . Please some 1 advice .

    1. Im also in AP after the interview I was told that I was approved then I got an email saying that they need me to fill out the DS-5535_SUPPLEMENTAL form I did that and its been a month and I am still in AP.

  18. Hi
    My wife & I had a IR5 visa interview on March 11, 2019. Wife received her visa right away and I was put on AP (221g) & given a white paper. All info requested in their was provided within two days and confirmed by the Consulate thru email.

    Then began the long wait with periodical status update. In second week of April 2019, I received an email from Consulate advising me to submit my passport, that was promptly done. Since then the wait began and continues as of today. It’s over four months since our interview and no clue as to when the passport will arrive with the visa. There has been only one status update in the last 65 days.

    Just want to share this to let some of you know that it’s a wait that we all have to be mentally prepared for especially on receiving 221g (AP).

    Thanks for taking time to read this.


    1. Hi
      I am also on the same boat i was interviewd on may 13 2019. 221g given for submitting missing papers and passport.but till today july 23,2019 no update.realy frustrated now.

      1. I’m waiting from Mar-2018 & my case is still in AP. Also , my I-797 is going to expire in next 10 days.

    2. Nad,

      I hope at this point you have this resolved and already in the US.
      My parents had the same issues, Mom gets visa real quick, dad goes to 221 g and, it was put under refused stats since 2014. I finally found an attorney who files ‘ write of mandamus’ forcing the consulate to make a decision on the case.
      the court has given the consulate until June 14 2021 to make a decision. Hopefully a positive one.
      anyways just wanted to let you know this lawsuit has proven to work very well and many people got positive outcomes from this.
      it costs like $4.5k.
      hoping for the best

  19. Hello my husband is in admin processing they gave him white 221 letter we submitted everything and they asked for his passport still waiting no update since June 17, 2019 do we have to mail in the white221 form that the consulate gave with the documents they asked for? Kindly please help because we didn’t send back the white form with the uploaded documents

    1. You need to send the white form ASAP with all details requested in there. Nothing happens until you do this and you will be wasting your time.

      1. my case is same as above how much time they will take After submitting all requesting documents ?? How I can confirm embassy receive my documents or not ?

    2. Hi Susu, I am in similar situation, did your husband get his visa? Its been more than 3 weeks without any information from them. Kindly assist. If he got his visa, please let me know how many days he had to wait to get it.

  20. Hi everyone,
    I had my interview for an eb5 on April 24 they told me everything is ok they kept my passport and told me my case is under Ap it’s been 62 days and there where three update on 19,20, and 21 June.

          1. hi, they put my visa for admin processing and gave me a blue paper.
            what does a blue paper indicate?

          1. Hi Indian they didn’t ask for documents it’s on AP and the interview was in Yaounde ( Cameroon )

      1. Hi weeda,
        I had visa interview on 7th April 2021 but I got 221g to submit clearance certificate from German I couldn’t provide it and I emailed to the embassy that I can not provide it because I lived in Germany about 16 years ago till now I didn’t get any response from embassy please let me know if some one know what will happen ?🥺

    1. I think there is no set time limit in adminstrative processing. Please wait donot be worry you will get Visa in future

    2. Hi I have also applied for EB5 visa and i was told that my visa is approved and i can collect it between 3 to 5 working days. But when i see the status it says administrative process and they update it everyday since then. When i escalated the case with consulate now i am being told that my visa processing is under 2219g and i have not been asked for any document or information. I had interview on 4/11/2019. If anyone knows about this process and reply me that would be great help.

  21. Hi,

    My parents applied for B2 visa in February and were granted visa at the interview at Chennai consulate. My dad got his passport back in 2 days with the visa. My mom received a questionnaire on February 13th and we responded on February 14th, 2019. Usually, when you respond to USCIS you get a confirmation that they received your email/response. But for the questionnaire we din’t get anything. So I wrote to “[email protected]” twice, once when 60 days had passed and another at 90 days. We get a generic response saying it’s still under processing and needful is being done. It is unsettling as there is nothing to do but wait. When is the right time to consider withdrawing?
    I also need to apply for my parent’s Canada visitor visa but with my mom’s passport stuck indefinitely I don’t know how to proceed.

  22. Hello, my husband applied for spouse visa of mine, i gave interview in mumbai last week but i got 221g white letter from mumbai US embassy and they require addtional evidance for our relationship, but i don’t have some record like call logs before 1.5 years , and they asked evidance before marriage n i dont have any call record before marriage because we got married in very short time so what can i do for those evidance which i dont have?

    1. I’m not sure how we can help with that. You got married and there should be some form of communication between families and you right?

    2. Me too I got 221g after my interview November 13. We send the documents with my passport November 18 . my medical will expired on January 30 and my NBI will expired Dec 3 . I wondering when they going to give my visa ? I hope they will give me my visa before my NBI and medical will expired. Anyone please give me advice do I need to renew my medical again if ever my visa will takes so long. Thanks

  23. Hi everyone,
    If F1 visa is still under “AP” even after the study start date has passed, will they keep working on the visa even if no admission deferral has been obtained?
    and in case the visa is issued after the study start date, won’t they ask about the updated admission letter before getting the passport stamped?

  24. hello us consulate(hyderabd) put me on hold with 221g for F1 visa on 3rd april. they keep my passport also .but i have also applied for H1b 2019. am i in any trouble ?

  25. hi, my husband and I are both Iranian and British citizen had our B1-B2 visa application interview in London January 2017 which was put on administrative processing. It’s been over 2 years now without any update from the embassy. Every time we try to follow up by sending emails they send a generic response without any useful information that processing time can take up to 6 weeks!! which has been over 2 years in our case! Any one here had any luck of hearing from them at the end? We cant re-apply or even cancel the current pending application until we get an outcome. wondering with this much technology the US government has they still need 2 years to figure out if we are eligible to get our visa or not! I should mention we both have visited the US more than 20 times in the bast 20 years.

    1. Hi, can you kindly update me on your case please? I’m in the same boat I’m both Lebanese and Belgian.

    2. Hello
      Sarah I’m also same as yo I
      Applied from
      Turkey on august 2017 and still on AP do you have any update or do
      You think
      To reapply?

    3. I am in the same situation waiting on my h1 approval since 2 years. My case status was set as admin processing and no updates being made.

      1. Hi Kalyan: I am on the Same boat, I have been USA over 20 times and never stayed more than 6-7 days as I am very busy with work and business but all of a sudden one day they refused my visa at the border when I was only going there for transiting purpose, which was very unusual given my clean travel and criminal record and then I reapplied and since then I am in Administrative Processing for almost 1.5 years, did you try to get Lawyers? Did they reply to you guys after?

    4. This is Saba I applied for my husband on 2015 he’s done his interview last year on January 2018 he got it 221g now he is still waiting for his visa….

    5. Hi,
      I am British Born and raised citizen (Muslim). I used to travel regularly to the US on business as I work in the Pharmaceutical industry. In March 2017 my ESTA was revoked , had to apply for a B1/B2 visa, had my interview on the 8th of March 2017 and have been placed on 221g since then so it has now been over 2 years.
      My local MP has written to the embassy several times and to the department of State as this is impacting my career etc. But we get the same standard answer. I have no criminal record , no affiliation with any untoward groups and never visited any of the countries currently on the banned list. Recently my wife’s ESTA has also been revoked.
      Not sure what is driving this change by US immigration.

    6. Hi Sarah: I am on the Same boat, I have been USA over 20 times and never stayed more than 6-7 days as I am very busy with work and business but all of a sudden one day they refused my visa at the border when I was only going there for transiting purpose, which was very unusual given my clean travel and criminal record and then I reapplied and since then I am in Administrative Processing for almost 1.5 years, did you try to get Lawyers? Did they reply to you guys after?

  26. Hi,

    I went for the F1 interview on 23rd January. VO given me a Yellow slip and asked me to submit your SEVIS fee receipt. On the very next day on 24th January I had submitted the receipt along with the passport in VFC New Delhi and they asked me to wait atleast 4 weeks and we will contact you over the call and mail.

    Now I am checking the status using application ID as the case number mentioned on Yellow slip is not valid and the status coming on the popup as “Your application was refused . Please see the letter or instruction you received at the interview.” Case created – 22 Jan 2019, Case last updated – 25 Jan 2019.

    Could anybody please tell me what does it mean. My visa has been refused or it’s a old status that VO has updated at the time of Interview.

    Kindly suggest

    1. I am in the same boat. CEAC site shows my visa is refused. But there is a daily update (or so) on my status. Whenever I check the CEAC site it shows me the updated date as the same day or a day before! I was under 221(g) and was asked to form the DS-5535 a few months before.

  27. Hello
    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)?

  28. Hi, my mom received the letter saying that her application will go under administrative processing. I was wondering what happened at the end of that process if her visa is approved? Would she has to go back with her passport to the embassy in order to get her visa stamp?
    She went to Guyana in order to get a US visa since the embassy in Cuba is closed.
    Thank you

  29. 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.

    1. 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

      1. Passport is still valid but if you do not hear from the Consular section soon, you will have to obtain a new medical exam report when you are summoned again.

      2. Hi Neelam, what happend to your visa?. I appeared on December 20, 2018 and until today I am waiting as my case is in administrative process.

  30. 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.

  31. Hi,

    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.

    1. @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.

          1. @ 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?

          2. @abdul
            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

  32. 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.

  33. 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

    1. 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

  34. 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

    1. Hello
      I am from Iran. My husband is a U S cutizen. I was interviewed in Abu dhabi in September. It has been more than 4 months my case is undergoing Administrative Processing. I don’t know what to do!!!!!

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

    @Raghu: Thanks for your help.

  36. 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

  37. I had to take my passport back

    Luckily I got extension on my Schengen visa till August 11th . I really appreciate the effort by my company. Since I got the answer from France consulate that visa cannot be extended. But, somehow they arranged it and I got extension by Prefecture (local body in France who provides visa prolongation ).

    I’m hoping that my case will be resolved soon. there is no update in my case after visa interview i.e. June 1st.

    Also, I have a question in regards to case created date: my case created date is 14th May and case updated date is June 1st. However, my Interview was on June 1st.

  38. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. Hi my fiancé applied k1 visa for me he is US citizen i was appeared on 22 aug 2019 they refused my visa under 221 (g) on 17th september. This is the email i got after i called embassy because my passport was not tracing i thought my visa is denied but in 72 hrs they emailed me ( Thank you for writing to our office. Your immigrant visa case has been refused under INA Section 221(g) for administrative processing, an integral part of the visa adjudication and issuance process that can neither be expedited nor waived. Unfortunately, it is difficult to predict the amount of time the processing will take and timing varies based on the individual circumstances of each case. The visa application will be reconsidered when administrative processing is complete.)
        Kindly tell me if they need more proof or the are reconsidering and goin to give me visa soon.

        1. Hi
          I have similar case .just that in my case we are married.I have been on administrative processing for one year 2 months now.please let me know if u got ur visa or if there’s any update on ur case . it will really be helpful for me.

    2. 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?

  39. 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?

    1. Did u receive ur visa
      I’m also sri Lanka my k1 visa interview was 11/10/18 ask me to submit the south Africa police clearness certificate as co required submit on 29/11/18 still waiting for the answer but they are kept my passport

  40. 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

    1. 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

      1. 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.

        1. Hi.
          my husband had is interview more than 6 months ago.
          We are still waiting for their return and they blocked is esta visa he can’t even come visit us in the us.
          so lame this government at least they should be honest.

  41. 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

  42. Hi
    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

  43. 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

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

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

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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 ?

    1. 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

  49. 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?


  50. 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

  51. In year 2012 when I went to US Consulate in Chennai, India for H1B stamping I got 221g slip asking more details about employer. I submitted all the required details and after 10 months I got a letter from consulate saying that I have failed to present documents required in connection with visa application and the petition is being returned to USCIS for review with the recommendation to be revoked and if the USCIS revoke the petition the beneficiary may become ineligible for a visa under 212(a)6(c)(i).

    After 2 months I saw petition status in USCIS website that “Revocation Notice Was Sent”. I did not take any action after that.

    Last week I went to US Consulate in Manama, Bahrain for B1/B2 visa stamping and visa officer denied visa with 214(b) pink slip. The reason officer given was I have submitted fraudulent offer letter in 2012 hence cannot issue visa this time. In fact I have not submitted anything fraud in my past petition and all the documents that I submitted was which I received from my petitioner. But not sure if my petitioner used any forged offer letter and petitioner is a small company mainly in manpower consulting. So how can I challenge and proceed now to get the US Business visa?

    In fact I have been in US in L1B visa for almost 5 years before this issue happens and I have US citizen daughter as well. Worried will it affect Green card application in future if my daughter sponsor me?

    Let me know if you will be able to handle this case, so I can make payment and proceed further.

  52. Hello.

    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.



  53. Hi,

    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

  54. 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.

  55. 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?

  56. 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?

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

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

  57. 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

  58. 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.

  59. 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

  60. 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

  61. 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,??

  62. 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

  63. 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.

      1. 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

  64. 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” !

  65. Hey
    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?

  66. Hi,

    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.

      1. 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.

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

  67. 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!

    1. I am on the same boat, I had my K1 visa interview in Ankara on 24 September and they took my passport during the interview and told me to wait from them since I’m from Somalia, they told me that they’ll apply a waiver for me and I should wait I’ve received my passport back along with a 221g paper which doesn’t state any additional file, they only ticked the administrative processing column and my status is AP. What are my chances if they since they returned my passport back. I don’t know what to do since I’m afraid that it could take anytime, did you get your Visa

  68. 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 ?

  69. 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

  70. 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?

  71. 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?

    1. Hi my sister’s case was in Addis too and in Administrative Processing for 5 months and they requested god follow up interview. We will see what the outcome will be

  72. 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….

    1. 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.

      1. 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 🙁

      2. 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.


    1. 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!

    2. 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,

  73. 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

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

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

  74. 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.

  75. 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.

  76. 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?

    1. 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.

  77. hi,,
    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.

    1. 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?

  78. 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?

      1. 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 ….

  79. 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.

  80. Hi
    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 ??

  81. 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.

    1. 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.


  82. 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

  83. 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???

  84. 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?

    1. 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.

  85. 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

  86. 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

    1. 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?

  87. 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?

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

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

  88. Hi,

    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 !!

      1. 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.

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

          1. 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

          2. 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.

      2. 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

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

  89. 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.

    1. Hi,

      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!


  90. 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.

  91. Hi
    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?

  92. 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.

  93. 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 ?

    1. 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).

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

          1. Grateful if you can advise me whether one can apply afresh for visit visa after one year after not receiving any response to administrative processing. My visa under AP since August 2018!!

  94. Hello,
    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,

  95. 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 …

  96. 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 !

    1. 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 ?

  97. 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?

  98. 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.

  99. 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.

  100. 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.?

  101. Hello:

    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.

    1. 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!

      1. 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?

  102. 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 ?

    1. 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.

        1. 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 ?

      1. 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?

        1. 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.

          1. 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.

          2. 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

          3. 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.

      2. 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?

      3. 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?

        1. 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 ?

  103. 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

      1. Hello,

        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

        1. 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?

        2. 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

  104. 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.

      1. 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

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

  105. 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

    1. 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..

      1. 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.

      2. Hi
        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..!

        1. 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.

      3. Hi Sugeetha,

        I am a biomedical engineering student planning to apply for F1.

        It would be a great relief to know the status of your visa! Hope you finally got it !

    2. Hello,

      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.

  106. Hello,
    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?

    1. 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?

  107. 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

  108. 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.

      1. 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.

  109. 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”

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

  111. Hi
    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

    1. 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

        1. 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.

  112. 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

    1. 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.

      1. 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??

        1. 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.

  113. 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

  114. Hello,

    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!!

  115. 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

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

      1. 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

  117. 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 ?

  118. 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.

  119. 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.

  120. Hello@ 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.

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

    1. 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 ?


  122. 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?

  123. 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?

  124. 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

  125. 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?

    1. 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.

  126. “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?

    1. hello us consulate put me on hold with 221g they keep my passport also .i want to ask when they will give me back my passport

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