F1 Visa Rejected After Administrative Processing – 21 Days Wait Then 214b Rejection

Is it possible to get F1 Visa Rejected After Administrative Processing?

Short Answer is Yes.

See the example below.

According to the US Embassy website about Administrative processing:

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.

Here is a follow-up question: 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.

F1 Visa Rejected After Administrative Processing

My name is Ankur and my F1 Visa was rejected after 21 days on 221(g).

I had my visa interview on 16 July at the US Embassy in New Delhi.

I am applying for the Masters in Information Technology at the University of North Carolina Charlotte.

This is my second attempt for the F1 visa.

After my visa they gave me 221(g) yellow slip and asked me to submit the SEVIS Transfer confirmation.

I submitted that along with my passport and I-20 on 30th July.

Today I get the passport without my visa with a 214(b) Rejection letter.

I am feeling completely dejected now. I don’t know what to do. My orientation will be on 18 August.

Visa Officers don’t usually refuse the visa for namesake. There will be valid reasons behind the rejection.

And there are two sides to the story. As stated by the applicant that, this is the second attempt for F1 Visa Interview. Why was visa rejected in the first attempt?

f1 visa denial rejected administrative processing

I think the reason for F1 Visa Rejection after 221g Administrative Processing has got something to do with the previous F1 Visa interview.

The bottom line 

If you have a strong case to present, then even if 221g is issued (pink, white, blue slip) you will be able to overcome the administrative processing.

Please remember that people in the US are very particular about safety measures and about following the correct protocol. This is one of the reasons why so many students even want to go to the US in the first place. Many times, we don’t understand the reason for a refusal. It is the duty of the Visa officers to keep their countries borders secure.
Having been here for a year, I admire their meticulous work culture. A good applicant will definitely get their Visa, if not the first time,  then within the next few times.

F1 Visa can be rejected after issuing administrative processing. And as long as you have a strong application and nothing fishy, you shouldn’t have any problem getting the visa. If you have a questionable profile, it’s possible to get for F1 Visa Rejected after Administrative Processing.

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20 Comments

  1. Danny on June 29, 2017 at 11:09 AM

    My case exteremely strange. I got an approval at the interview then after few days I received an email, which notified me that I was refused due to 214b. They told me that they will be returning my passport via mail. After getter the VO word “approved”, I was making preparations such as buying luggage, dresses…etc but suddenly everything went absurd. Is there anyone who has heard such a case ?

  2. Anonymous Commentator on January 30, 2017 at 6:29 AM

    (Edited version)

    I’m not surprise. US embassies had very ugly reputation in denying visas for apparently no reason and mistreated their foreign investors or visa appliclants. For instance I heard about people who got their visa denied to 214 b for just asking questions or arguing. I think that my F1 visa was denied simply because I was arguing for only 30 seconds about the bank statement despite that my college had accepted me and I had certificate of eligibility for F1 visa that also proved that I had more than 18,000 dollars minimum requirement and my english proficiency level is also good but the staffs bullied me by asking inappropriate dumb questions and the lady at the counter shut the curtain in front of my face at the end without giving further instructions! They are uncivilized and rude so I don’t even know what they are doing at places like embassy because I thought that diplomats had to behave better. They are not even real, I guess. I know because my father also work for embassy but I had never ever seen anything like this. These rude idiots had radically overturned my visa denial status from 221g to 214b for apparently no reason. This means that my certificate for eligibility for F1 visa is useless and does not prove anything so I had torn it and burned it because they became garbage in my house and there is no reason to keep it. I did not refuse their order but excuse me, that does not mean that I cannot argue since I had only 10 days to fly there due to mandatory orientation and I just wanted to know if I can bypass this procedure. The lady just have to explain to me and say that it is obligatory but there is no need to behave like an uncivilized rude idiot and mistreated me like that since I don’t deserve that kind of treatment. They failed to give me a rational explanation and they failed to apologize by email. This is why I am still boycotting all US products. It’s been more than 3 years that I am boycotting all US products. I recommend anyone who is in my situation to boycott US and don’t go there. To be honest, I don’t really care much about their bankrupt country that has more than 19 trillion dollars of national debt and a high tax, high cost of living, high inflation, crumbling infrastructure and so on. What they did was stupid and counter productive. They failed to realize that there could be unforeseeable consequence in their action. There are so many other better countries that we can go. Even Canada, Australia, Japan, etc are better than the US. If it isn’t because of my old college credits that I wanted to reclaim then I would not certainly want to go to USA to study or build my life because that terrorist country is collapsing so there is no good future for me to live there. Too bad for them. Just let them rot and starve due to their incompetence and stupidity. They are the ones who is broke but not me so I don’t give a crap. So is this how US diplomats behave in the US? Like uncivilized rude monkeys??? Let them keep up on being rude so more foreign investors whether they are international students or business men would not go there to invest in their bankrupt economy. They wanted to take this too personal and making fun of us? Alright, now we are also taking this as personal and we will do the same to them! How about this? They must LEAVE MY COUNTRIES if they wanted to behave like this!!! We don’t want these rude americans!!!! Go home yanks!!!! We will go for an eye to eye!!!! I’m also glad that Iran had recently banned all us citizens and I encourage other countries to do the same.

  3. Anonymous Commentator on January 30, 2017 at 6:00 AM

    I’m not surprise. US embassies had very ugly reputation in denying visas for apparently no reason and mistreated their foreign investors or visa appliclants. For instance I heard about people who got their visa denied to 214 b for just asking questions or arguing. I think that my F1 visa was denied simply because I was arguing for only 30 seconds about the bank statement despite that my college had accepted me and I had certificate of eligibility for F1 visa that also proved that I had more than 18,000 dollars minimum requirement and my english proficiency level is also good but the staffs bullied me by asking inappropriate dumb questions and the lady at the counter shut the curtain in front of my face at the end without giving further instructions! They are uncivilized and rude so I don’t even know what they are doing at places like embassy because I thought that diplomats had to behave better. They are not even real, I guess. I know because my father also work for embassy but I had never ever seen anything like this. These rude idiots had radically overturned my visa denial status from 221g to 214b for apparently no reason. This means that my certificate for eligibility for F1 visa is useless and does not prove anything so I had torn it and burned it because they became garbage in my house and there is no reason to keep it. I did not refuse their order but excuse me, that does not mean that I cannot argue since I had only 10 days to fly there due to mandatory orientation and I just wanted to know if I can bypass this procedure. The lady just have to explain to me and say that it is obligatory but there is no need to behave like an uncivilized rude idiot and mistreated me like that since I don’t deserve that kind of treatment. They failed to give me a rational explanation and they failed to apologize by email. This is why I am still boycotting all US products. It’s been more than 3 years that I am boycotting all US products. I recommend anyone who is in my situation to boycott US and don’t go there. To honest, I don’t really care much about their bankrupt country that has more than 19 trillion dollars of national debt and a high tax, high cost of living, high inflation, crumbling infrastructure and so on. What they did was stupid and counter productive. They failed to realize that there could be unforeseeable consequence in their action. There are so many other better countries that we can go. Even Canada, Australia, Japan, etc are better than the US. If it isn’t because of my old college credits that I wanted to reclaim then I would not certainly want to go to USA to study or build my life because that terrorist country is collapsing so there is no good future for me to live there. Too bad for them. Just let them rot and starve due to their incompetence and stupidity. They are the ones who is broke but not me so I don’t give a crap. So is this how US diplomats behave in the US? Like uncivilized rude monkeys??? Keep it up on being rude so more foreign investors whether they are international students or business men would not go there to invest in their bankrupt economy. They must LEAVE MY COUNTRIES if they wanted to behave like this!!! We don’t want these rude americans!!!! Go home yanks!!!! We will go for an eye to eye!!!! I’m also glad that Iran had recently banned all us citizens.

  4. Avinash on February 26, 2016 at 3:13 AM

    My F1 interview (for masters) was on 23rd feb 2016. After the interview VO gave me 221g white slip and checked box and written that father’s financial documentation.
    I have submitted all required docs very next day. Could you please tell me how long it takes and can i reapply for the same f1 visa?
    Please help me

  5. Alka on August 15, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Dear Akad, i will advise you to appear for IELTS again and get good band.You can not change your academics but you can improve your IELTS score.

  6. mr k on August 9, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    am having my interview last before the resumption date of my school will that affect my visa discussion

  7. akad on August 9, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    I am planning to apply for MBA in Coleman University, California. I have 36 years old and 15 years experience in administration field. I have score in graduation , 12 and 10 standards around 45% marks. And overall band is 5% in IELTS. University ready to give me an admission. But afraided that the Visa officer will reject my F1 visa due to poor academic mark. Anybody Please guide me.

  8. anish on August 8, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    hello everyone plz help me,
    i was issued a 221 g yellow slip and was asked to submit a research statement for my program.it has been 7 weeks since and there is no update on my status.somebody plz tell me what is the difference between a pink and a yellow slip.my colg is startin in 2 weeks and i dont have my visa.i hope all my efforts for my further education dont go in waste.plz help

  9. Prateek on August 8, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Feel sorry about it Ankur. Well I want to tell you that have you checked that is there any date before 18 aug. and when is your joining that is commencement of program as on given your I-20. If it is like that then you can reapply- this one is the first option. Next option is if date is after 18 Aug. for visa interview then mail the international admission office of the university for the extension in your joining date and telling them the reason behind it also make a call to the university. If not then you can defer your admission for fall 2013. just make it quick.

    Regards
    Prateek

  10. Rishika on August 8, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    I have certain question to clear
    I had given visa interview with my first attempt in Mumbai on 28 June 2012, i got rejected
    then i had again given in kolkata on 16 July and again i got rejected with my second attempt.If i appear for third which i m planing for, in next fall , as i deferred my admission to fall 2013, So how much chances are their of getting me visa , or should i apply for visa with another university , or should i have not to give third attempt.

    • Ashok on August 8, 2012 at 8:42 PM

      Hey Rishika,

      Please remove third option…. Try again… 🙂

      • Rishika on August 9, 2012 at 4:21 AM

        that means , there is no chance of getting selected in third time

    • Slasher on August 8, 2013 at 5:52 AM

      Rishika,
      You can reapply for as many times as you want, but do not shift to another university for the same semester and term. If you plan to apply for another Term, select the same university or a university with a higher reputation, but also make sure this new university shouldn’t have been mentioned earlier, it should be entirely new one. For eg. If you got selected in Universities ABCD and you invited I-20 of University B and got rejected. Next time when you reapply for another Term, say Fall or Summer, apply for University B again BUT not University C or D (because you already did not select these universities during the first time, so visa officer might question you “Why this University now?”
      OR you can apply for University E or F from ABEF.

  11. Mamun on August 8, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Yep deependra bro is absolutely right.Don’t be upsets.Try ur utmost.Definitely you will reach ur destinations…so best of luck.I have also refused two time earlier but I have never abandoned my hope.But I m still trying…everyone plz pray for me that I will reach my desinaction.Thanx everyone.

  12. S.Bhandari on August 8, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    feel sorry for Ankur.i don’t know what to say because my own VISA decision is pending due to administrative processing and its been roughly 15 days since i haven’t got any updated status regarding my VISA.

    • Abir on August 9, 2012 at 2:54 AM

      Hello S. Bhandari,

      I am also waiting like you , mine was at july 24 and VO replied me also “Your Visa has been approved” but kept under administrative processing. My last date to join is August 20, but didn’t get any update yet.

      When is your joining date?

      • S.Bhandari on August 10, 2012 at 12:24 PM

        Hello,
        My reporting date,as per my I-20, is on 16th August,2012.But,my VISA decision is still pending.Don’t know what to do.All i can do is wait and hope for the Best.And,Best of Luck for you,hope you will get your VISA before your reporting date.

        • Abir on August 13, 2012 at 8:00 AM

          Is there any update ?
          Have you received VISA?

          I missed a phone call today from Embassy. Now worried to get an update tomorrow.

  13. Deependra Yadav on August 8, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Very Sad… Ankur…what the hell USA is………….saale…….bloody kammene ………….ok keep trying best for something else…..dont be exhausted….ur patience and determination would not be in vain…try……!!!!!!!!

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