Not everyone are lucky to get H1B visa stamping at first attempt…Some of you might have got 221(g) query from the Visa Consular officer  ( blue, white, yellow) asking to submit documents.  The most frustrating thing about 221(g) blue form is that there is no way to track your application…You just have to wait….it can be frustrating to wait…This page is meant to help others get an idea about processing times and how long does it take to process a 221(g) issued H1B case…If you were ever given 221(g), please share your details to help others get an idea.  You may check out below articles as well.

You can check out our 221(g) tracker that has anonymous data with users like you, who added the details for community benefit.

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Waiting for the 221(g) response from US Consulate can be very painful…To help everyone be informed on average processing time and other similar cases,  we have built an easy way to track for users their 221(g) status and let the community have an idea on the timeline as well. It is fully anonymous. Please add your case to the 221(g) Tracker.

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  1. Roxie

    Hello everyone,

    I had my interview on 6th feb 2017 at mumbai consulate.
    Was issued a 221g slip askig for end client letter.
    Ive submitted the same through email,as directed,on 7th feb.
    I would like to know how long does the processing take to complete.
    I know it takes a few weeks.
    Any inputs would be helpful.

    Thank you.

  2. Rohit d

    I had h1b extn interview on 1st of Feb and was given a white slip with 221g….and asked to submit additional docs…anyone know difference between white,yellow,blue slip?

    1. Ram

      They are all the same, every consulate uses different color slips. It’s the check box that matters. If they asked you for additional documents then it’s clear. If they just checked the box for administrative processing, it’s like a black hole. We don’t know how long it may take. Usually, it’s taking 4-6 weeks if it’s Hyderabad and Chennai. While Delhi and Mumbai have lesser wait times.

  3. AJ

    I recently gave my documents for drop-off for H1B extension and with a new employer (so new i797). My passport was returned with 221G and I was told to come for an interview. Yesterday, during the interview they said they needed some more confirmation from the university I did my masters from. Currently, the status is showing as Administrative processing. What could be the reason? Currently a full-time employee at a firm.

  4. Jan18

    Me and my husband where asked to do a drop box , after 21 days we were asked to come for the interview with client letter , we attended the interview , the officer took all the documents and made us wait for 3 hours and then gave the blue slip mentioning they ran out time , and the slip mentioned administration processing , we have all documents correct and my husband is 140 approved , any idea how long will it take ?? Is it 60 days or 21 days ?? This silence from their side is killing us

  5. Venkat

    Hi

    I have attended H1B visa interview in Chennai on 13 Jan 2017. The VO asked standard questions and finally gave me 221g with check on “your application requires additional administrative processing before final decision can be made” He returned all documents except xerox copy of 797. He returned passport also. Any idea how long does it take to get my case resolved?

  6. Multiple 221

    Hi

    I have attended H1B visa interview in Mumbai Consulate on 07 of Sept 2016. I got 221g and asked to submit documents but employer didn’t show interest to submit docs . After few days I got another employer ,who applied for Cap Exempt in PP and petition approved.As i have big client name and all documents.

    In 12 Jan 2017 attend visa interview in Hyderabad Consulate.But after basic questions like employer name, client name, salary, client location.She asked

    Have you previously applied for visa?
    1st time i said No.

    Again she asked same question.
    Ans: Yes in Mumbai location from previous employer.And issued Administrative Process slip.

    She moved out of her place n went somewhere and back again and by looking at her computer asked
    1. What is your full name
    Ans: Answered
    2. Date of birth
    Ans: Answered

    Then looked into computer and typed something for 1-2 minutes.
    And issued Administrative process slip.

    Please let me know the what will be reason?? What will be the outcome.

  7. Sa191

    I appeared for visa interview on 4 nov and was given yellow slip . Today my status update date has been changed , and still it says admin processing and may take several weeks ,and mentioned if your visa is approved we will mail in 2 business days.

    Any idea whats going on?

      1. Aditya

        Hi sa191..

        So, you went for a visa stamping on 4th November. On that day, did the US Visa officer keep your passport or s/he give your passport back to you? If they have kept it with them, havae you received the passport yet (With or without visa stamped)?

        I am asking this coz few of the employees from the consultancy that filed my visa have been issued 221g. So, if I am issued 221g and consulate officer keeps my passport, then I may not be able to go for other international travel that is coming up. Can you please reply to my above query? Thanks!

        1. sa191

          Hi aditya sorry for late reply.
          actualy i have recieved my passport with stamp.
          on 4th they kept passport and issued 221g . and on 21 dec i got email and message to pick passport

  8. Tej

    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.

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