2 Weeks After F1 Visa Approval Came Shocking News

Raghuram Sukumar F1 Visa Interview Experiences 44 Comments

Sharing an email from Ahmed about F1 Visa approval, followed by shocking news of Administrative processing.

I had my F1 Visa interview on First Week of August 2011.

Only general questions were asked during the interview, and at the end of the interview the Visa Interviewer said your visa is approved and you will receive it in a week.
It’s more than two weeks now and still I did not receive my passport. So i contacted the U.S Embassy yesterday and they said that

Unfortunately your Visa is under Administrative Processing and may take couple of weeks to process. We will contact you as soon as your Visa is processed.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

I was shocked to hear this. Because at the time of interview I was not given any 221(g) nor the VI mentioned anything about administrative processing.

My I-20 expires on 27th August 2011. I am worried that whether I will receive my passport on time or not.

Am I the only one with such case ? And whether people with such cases got their visa ?

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  1. We have applied for k1 visa and I just gave my interview in new Delhi embassy ,
    We had traditionally marriage ceremony in temple in india , I wrote it for them as they told me to write it ,
    After this interview she gave my passport back and with a slip where there was written ” please bear with us while u undergo mandatory aadministrative process . They wI’ll contact me when the process will be completed”
    I don’t know what’s going on ?
    How wI’ll get visa ? I know I am temporarily not eligible .
    Is there anyone have same problem!

    1. hey ankur, Mine is also the same case. Is it possible for you to give me your mail
      id or phone number so that I can talk over the issue. Thanks.

  2. So when did u get back ur passport?? Reply soon..mine is also same case..

    1. Hi! Can you contact me regarding what happened in your case ? Have you got your passport ?

    2. hey atif..Mine is also the same case. Is it possible for you to give me your mail id or phone number so that I can talk over the issue. Thanks.

  3. Hello,
    I attended F1 visa in December 6th and everything went well, I was told by the VO that further administrative process is required he said it might take one week up to six weeks, on ma I-20 it says that I should report to the school no later than January 3rd
    my question is : is it possible to receive my visa this week ? it is really frustrating to be waiting like this

  4. I had appeared for an H1B Visa interview on the 15th of October in Mumbai, where I was handed over the yellow form under section 221g stating that my application requires additional administrative processing.
    They did not take any of my documents during the interview, and I was told to monitor the status of my application online on their website and was asked to submit my documents (passport, i797) via the staney office when my CEAC number shows up on their site. I was also told that once I submit my docs, my application will be processed within 3-5 days after that.
    My number came up on the website on the 7th of November, and I sent my documents to the Mumbai consulate via the Hyderabad Team Stanley office the very next day. I havent heard back from the embassy officials since then. I was under the assumption that once the admin processing completes successfully, then the further formalities shouldnt take a lot of time.
    Can anyone tell me what I should be doing now, and what is the approx wait time between submission of docs and getting the visa for section 221g cases post admin-processing? I am really getting worried now πŸ™
    Thanks in advance,
    Mohammad Kazi.

  5. Hi!me,my sister and my father interviewed last July 19,2012 under F1-unmarried sons/daughters of US citizens.My father was given 221g form requesting for another affidavit of support(because we only have one affidavit of support).My father already mailed the documents last Aug.2,2012 and when we checked the 2GO e-trace we see that it is already receive by MANUEL MANALAYSAY(one of the consul in US Embassy).
    Now,my question is how long we will wait to have our visa? Is it 1 to 2 weeks ?

    PS;US Embassy took our passports.

  6. Hi,
    I am on a h-4 visa and have stayed in US for a year and I applied and got into masters program. I had to come to my home country on a emergency family situation and I am supposed to do my f-1 visa stamping at the consulate here. If in a case I get my f-1 visa stamped now and then decide to defer my admission by a year, will I be able to defer it? Also, will I have to give the visa interview again?

  7. I got my f1 visa last year but defer my admission to fall 2012 and the my school defer my admission to fall 2012 and send me a new I 20 letter but what I notics is that it has a new sevis number which his different from the sevis number on my F1 visa .please I need an advice cos I mail the school inrespect to the different but was told that it doesn’t matter at all.

  8. First it was not visa approval but visa consideration, hence nothing shocking, visa approval means when you have passport with visa sticker stamp in it, all other matters/points means visa
    under consideration

  9. hi i got my i-20 but didn’t got scholarship.i have funds only frm my family.will it be a obstacle for my coming interview????/

  10. i was refused d f-1 visa cause i was told no strong family ties to home my country,i want to reapply again as my semester is in january,any advice before i go?

  11. i didnt get my visa cause i was told no strong family ties with my home country,i want to apply again as my semester is in spring i need your advice as to how to arrange my documents.thnx

  12. My name is Patrick Randy Dzudzor i am a Ghanaian by birth,i will be going for my f-1 visa interview in december but my my uncle who is my sponser is not in the country now to give me another satatement of account.Can you please tell me if it can be possible for me to use the one he gave me in july since i have deffed my fall admssion to spring.Thanks

  13. Sorry for updating late ! didn’t knew when my email was posted !
    I got my Visa last week ! πŸ˜€ (After a long wait of 2 nd 1/2 months)
    Had deferred my admission to spring semester and already got my I-20 ! πŸ˜€
    Booked my ticket for 5th December 2011 ! πŸ˜€
    Thank you HSB for posting my email ! πŸ™‚
    And thank you all for your comforting comments ! πŸ™‚

  14. Don’t worry. You will get your visa. This happened to me and i got my visa on time.

      1. Hello Sanjeev & Ahmed,

        I had my Visa Interview on 20th January, and VO asked just 3-4 quest:(why this uni., who is sponsoring you and your educational background).

        She dint give me any slip or case number & VO told me to collect your passport in 5 days but still i am awaiting my passport.

        How long should i wait and how to go ahead now.
        Please advice urgently πŸ™

        1. Hello sahil,

          Did you get the Visa. In my case the VO gave me a slip with my case number. already 100 days got over & I’m still waiting for the visa. Pls reply. Thanks in advance. Bye.

          1. Hello Mohamed Shoaib Khan,

            Unfortunately, i was denied Visa in second time Re-Interview, though in first instance my Visa had got approved as it was written on Interview Appointment Letter.
            I have no clue why they denied during the second time and why i was called for Re-Interview, as they had not asked for any document in first interview.

            But your case appears to be different as your case is in administrative process. I have read comments of guys here on HSB, who had got VISA after months.
            So be positive and good luck πŸ™‚

          2. Hello Sahil,
            Hope you are fine.

          3. Hello Mohamed Shoaib,

            Unfortunately my Visa got denied in Re-Interview, which they had asked for me to appear after 10 days.

            I have no idea, why they rejected on second time and why i was called for Re-Interview, as during first time, they had not asked for a single document.

            But your case appears to be different, as your case is in administrative process, and i have seen guys comment that they got their visa after couple of months.
            So, be positive and good luck bro. You will get your visa πŸ™‚

          4. Hello Sahil,

            Its almost 7 1/2 months still visa status is pending process.
            what is the status of your case?
            which consulate did you applied for the visa?

          5. Hello bro,

            I had got visa rejected at that time itself in the re-interview and i had applied at Delhi

          6. oh, so have you applied again.

  15. Even though you receive your Visa after the date on I20(its reporting date not expiration date) you can still attend school if the delay is for few weeks as you can call ur school and ask them. if they say you can come n register for classes that semester then go ahead.

    But I you wait for another semester, You need a new I 20 from the same school because of your sevis. then If you take more than 6months from VISA issuance date to ateend the school you need a new VISA. look at the embassy website or search for F1 visa on happyschoolsblog
    Dont worry everthings for Good

    1. Correction – For same university, you don’t need new visa stamping again. Defer you admit, get new I-20 and travel with already stamped visa.

  16. Same thing happened to me. Will be going next year instead. Sucks that you have to go through it. When the same happened to me I was traumatized. But I am better now. Trying to make the most of my Gap year πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you very much for your convincing words ! πŸ™‚
      Got my Visa last week ! πŸ˜€
      Had deferred my admission to spring !
      Fortunately had to wait only for 5 months ! Now 1 nd 1/2 month left ! πŸ˜€
      Hope ur time flies ! πŸ™‚

      1. What it takes from you to re-new the I-20 approval, after getting F1 Visa… I was interviewed on Apr/16/2013 and paid the Sevis on Apr/17, and now my study course will begin on May/20/2013, and I still haven’t received my visa. I contacted the US Embassy and said they will contact me once process finished. I don’t know what to do if I receive the visa later on May/20… is this going to cost me troubles at the airport in the US, or this is polite way to say they refused me after two interviews… cause I know the VO won’t be afraid to refuse me meanwhile the interview is going. He literally said your visa is APPROVED and hand me a yellow paper to send my passport when the embassy will contact me or I check online to see my visa status.. I’m really worried I only have like 14 days and should be for my language course very very soon. πŸ™

  17. Hi,am on H4 visa am hoping to change my visa to F1 ,do you think its wise?our perm was approved 2008,still waiting whats your advice

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