Are you stuck in F1 Visa Administrative Processing?
It’s difficult to deal with Administrative Processing for sure. Let me give some examples of how others have dealt the F1 Visa Administrative Processing and what you can do about it.
Administrative Processing can happen even after the F1 Visa is approved (see below).
What’s Covered in This Article:
- Two Types of Administrative Processing
- Administrative Processing Cases
- Reasons for Administrative Processing
- Processing Time for 221g
- Possible Outcomes
Two Types of Administrative Processing
- F1 Visa Approved. Visa yet to be Printed
- Pending Document or Information
After the Visa Officer says that your US Visa is approved, and before the Visa stamp is printed on your passport, your case could show Administrative Processing. This is a standard process. The applicant would see the status change from Administrative Processing to Issued in few days.
F1 Visa Administrative Processing due to pending information or documents will cause delays. When this happens, there will be uncertainty and delays.
Source: Visa Status explanation from the US Embassy in Japan. And waiting time will be frustrating while your Visa application is undergoing the necessary Administrative Processing under the section – 221(g).
F1 Visa Administrative Processing After Approval
Visa Officer approved the F1 Visa during the interview. After two weeks the case was put on Administrative Processing.
Heer is an example, where VisaF1 Visa approval, followed by shocking news of Administrative processing.
I had my F1 Visa interview on the First Week of August.
During the F1 interview, only general questions were asked during the F1 interview, and at the end of the interview, the Visa officer said your F1 visa is approved and you will receive the passport with visa stamp it in a week.
I waited for more than two weeks. There was no update from the US Embassy. So, I contacted the U.S Embassy yesterday and they said the following: Unfortunately your F1 Visa is under Administrative Processing and may take couple of weeks to process. We will contact you as soon as your F1 Visa is processed. Sorry for the inconvenience.
I was shocked to hear this. Because at the time of F1 Visa interview I was not given any Administrative Processing 221(g) form nor the Visa Officer mentioned anything about administrative processing. My classes start soon and I am worried that whether I will receive my passport on time.
Am I the only one with such case ? And whether people with such cases got their visa ?
In the above case, the application went into administrative processing without 221g form being issued during the visa interview. So, when does the application go to Administrative Processing?
- During the Visa Interview
- After the Visa Interview
During the F1 Visa Interview, Visa officer could hand the Administrative Processing form. they could be asking for the student to submit additional documents. And there will be an instance, they don’t additional documents, but they want to check for more background information about the applicant.
After the visa interview, the F1 visa application can be out under Administrative Processing as well.
What can you do about it?
Nothing. You have to stay patient and let the Administration Processing run through its course.
Reasons for F1 Visa 221(g)
Most common reasons for F1 US visa applicants undergoing Administrative Processing is if their area of study matches the TAL (Technical Alert List).
For instance, a student applying for study Biotechnology, Robotics, Rocket Systems, Nuclear Engineering, etc would require the US Department of State to check the types of research or studies you would be doing.
Speaking of Robotics, read this interview – 221g Issued F1 Visa due to Robotics Major.
I can think of other reasons as follows:
- Validate the Information you gave during the interview
- Perform additional background verification
- Get additional information about the nature of your course and research
And there can be many more reasons. The Administrative Processing is like a Black Hole. Submit the required documentation and then wait.
Here is a Student Visa interview, that shows that 221g can be issued for reasons that are not obvious.
I have attended F1 visa Interview on 8th July at Hyderabad Consulate and my application is still under 221g administrative processing. My Visa interview went on for only a few seconds like this:VO: Why are you going to the US?ME: I am going to do my Masters in Electrical Engg at XXX University.VO: What is your area of Interest?ME: My area of interest is Power Systems and Power Electronics.VO: Do you have any backlogs?ME: I do not have any backlogs.Then VO checked something on the system and written some code on my application, handed over the passport to me and asked me to go to a different counter.I went to that counter, there I was given a white sheet to fill up and submit. I filled up the sheet and submitted along with my passport, I-20 and admission letter, then they asked me to submit my resume through e-mail to their ID. I submitted the same.It’s been 20 days that I have attended my interview, will I get the visa? It hardly took 30 seconds for my interview, how could a person judge me within this time frame?
Yes! Just wait patiently.
Processing Time for Administrative Processing
There is no set time limit for the Consulate to resolve the Administrative Processing.
Once the Consulate has put the case under Administrative Processing, and after you have submitted the required documentation, the case might go to a central processing center for future checks. If that happens, there could be a delay in hearing the results.
If the Consulate is validating the information within the COnsulate, then you may hear back sooner.
I applied to Florida State University for MS Nutritional Science. My visa got approved on August 11, but was not sanctioned as I did my graduation in Biochemistry which is a subject that comes under the TAL subjects to be verified and rechecked under section 221(g).
The last date mentioned on I-20 is Aug 28th, after which the entry in the US shall be denied and admission stands canceled. Its already 24th August and still my case is lying pending under administrative checking.
I have no clue where is my fault in all this and whom shall I contact under the present circumstances? The university authorities have clearly stated that the first day of attendance at FSU is compulsory, failing to attend the classes shall automatically cancel the admission. Can you please suggest me what should I do?
There is no set time for the Consulate to clear the processing. It’s hard to say if the visa application will be resolved in 2 days or 2 months or 1 year.
Possible Outcomes – Rejected or Issued
Majority of F1 Visa Administrative Processing cases are approved.
It’s possible for F1 visa application to be rejected after Administrative Processing.
You really can’t compare apple to apple when it comes to Visa application.
When I appeared for the F1 visa at Chennai consulate, even I was issued a 221g. Now it has been about a year since I am in the US doing my Ph.D. They will normally issue the visa. But it will take time- more than 4 weeks-in my case. So don’t worry or panic, it is going to be alright.
The outcomes of the 221g processing depend on your profile, background (personal and academic).
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