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Visa Approved After 221(g) Green Slip at Mumbai Consulate

I have read so many US interviews experiences in Mumbai Consulate about 221g and Visa Rejections after a long wait.

I had gone for visa interview on 7th June, Mumbai 7.45 am

There were 2 officers wearing suit had arranged all the people according to their visa category in line.

Then we had told to be prepared with our I-20 and passport only in our hand. Then we had taken to the first building for security checkup.

Then my turn came, my visa officer was a young lady

VO and Me Simultaneously: Good morning (with smiling)

VO: Your I-20 and Passport
Me: here it is.

VO: So why US?
Me: For perusing my PhD degree.

VO: You have done your masters?
Me: Yes

VO: When did you have finished your masters?
Me: June 2011

VO: What were you doing till now?
Me: I was doing job in ABC Company

VO: Which University you are going to?

VO: Why this University?
Me: I am very much interested in work going on at the lab of XYZ professor

VO: Did this professor have talked to you?
Me: Yes
(Then for about 5-7 min she was typing and looking in the screen, at this time I was scared and praying because my mom and dad had green card and my mom had filed petition for me and I did mention that in DS160)

VO: Who is funding you?
Me: University
VO: Ok,
(Again she typed some thing in computer)
VO: Everything is OK but for administrative purpose please submit this documents via email.

She had given me my passport, I20 and Green 221(g) slip containing list of documents that I need to email with detailed procedure I need to follow for doing this to track the 221(g) status.

I had emailed the documents on 11th June.

My case status was updated on  27th June (16 days of 221g Processing).

Submitted my passport at nearest VAC on 28th June.

Administrative Processing is just an added step in the visa interview process.

what is 221g refusal mean

We can’t really tell, what triggers 221(g) process and why it takes several days for Visa approval.

Always, plan to attend the visa interview at the earliest and that’s true if you may fall under TAL List.

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  1. disha on March 20, 2019 at 5:30 AM

    hello everyone
    interview date 19 march 2019 for f2 dependant visa.
    the consular asked me some questions then wrote something from my I 20 to his computer finally he holds my passport(my passport is in the hands of the consular “and gives me 221 (g) says”Admin processing -will be contacted for further instructions /notification of visa pick up / so please share me your ideas what does mean.

  2. Ganesh Kesavan on August 26, 2018 at 8:54 AM

    What are the documents required to submit the proof of finance

  3. mariana on May 9, 2017 at 10:27 AM


    i had gone my visa appearance yesterday, i was happy because it was approved by the consulate then a minute after she called my name she gave me a green form of 221g. and told me that i need to send an updated date of my training program together with my passport. im so worried. what would be happen next?????

    need help.

  4. S08 on March 5, 2017 at 4:33 AM


    I received a green slip after my interview two days back. I am asked to submit additional documents. But, my status has been Refused in the online status check from the date of interview. It was last updated on interview date itself. Is it common for the status to be shown as Refused during this period? Please help.

    • QB on July 15, 2019 at 8:57 AM

      and what is the status of application after submitting the required docs.

  5. Johar Abdulwehab Zuber on January 13, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    Hi All,

    My name is Johar Abdulwehab from Ethiopia. I received my passport next with visa stamped on it : )
    Case creation August 23 2016
    Status updates August 24 2016 which i attended interview at US embassy consulate Addis Ababa

    VO hold my passport Issued 221(g) and said case needs additional administrative processing. I had job offer letter from my company.VO sends 3 fraud management teams to my company to confirm my company assured that I am thier employees through letter

    Jan.12 2017 status changed
    Jan.13 2017 my status changed to issued.
    The reason for the delay is due to technical problems on delivery of the confirmation letter for job offer from my Company

    Please let me know if you need additional details.

  6. Johar on September 1, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    my name is Johar Abdulwehab Zuber from Ethiopia.i have been interviewed August 24 2016. the consular asked me some questions then wrote something from my I 20 to his computer finally he holds my passport(my passport is in the hands of the consular “and gives me 221 (g) says”Admin processing -will be contacted for further instructions /notification of visa pick up / so please share me your ideas what does it mean.

  7. Darsh on July 28, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Please mention Year of the interview.

  8. mrugank on June 2, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    hi, i might be late but I have encountered the same case, what is your department?

  9. Tina on June 26, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Even I have received the green slip!
    Can you please mail me rough drafts or formats for the docs. required!

  10. Tina on June 26, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Hello, ev1 I have received 221(g) green slip!!
    Please help me as to how should I draft the required documents..
    Thank you

  11. rt on June 13, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    hi. I know this is a late question. But what documents were you required to submit for 221g?

  12. Maroua on October 31, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Hi im from Morocco and I got accepted in nova community college in virginia , and it was the only one that i have applied to , my brother is sponsering me and he is in Usa , my interview is in two weeks and i really need to know what r my chances to get my visa

  13. albert anokye on July 13, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    i well be there next year.

  14. RAGHU RAM on July 10, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    though she shivered u , at last u won , congrats bro……………………..

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