The Beast called 221g – Process and FAQs

In Immigration| Visas by Saurabh1469 Comments

Any person planning to travel to US has to go through an interview process at the US embassy/consulate, and as part of the interview process, the officer reviews all the submitted document and information and makes the call whether to approve or reject the visa. As part of the process, they often issue 221g when they want to do additional processing, and cannot make the decision at the time interview is being conducted.

Here, I will try to capture as much information on 221g to try to explain the process.

What is 221g?
When the consulate officer determines that additional processing is required before they can make the decision, they issue 221g.

When is 221g issued?
A person can be put under administrative processing, because of several reasons. Some of the most common reasons are:

  1. Background check: This can happen if a person has a common muslim name, or is working in an industry like pharmaceutical, biotech, engineering etc that’s there on TAL (Technology Alert List); or has a name matching to an entry in alert list.
  2. Employment check: This can happen if a person is working for a consulting company and the officer wants to ensure that the submitted client/project information is correct; or want to check if the employer maintains control over employee’s tasks and activities (employer-employee relationship).
  3.  PIMS: This can happen when the petition has not been updated at the KSC (Kentucky Service Center) and the officer puts the processing on hold until the information gets updated there.

What does the DOS do after 221g is issued?
Once your case is put under administrative processing, following steps happen:
1. A slip will be issued. Different color slips are issued for different reasons by different consulates. The slip will have the case number assigned to your stamping. The case number starts w/ the year of interview date and will be of the format 2012xxx-xxx-x or 2012xxx-xxx-xx (assuming the candidate went for interview in 2012).
2. If the consulate needs additional documents for the processing, they will ask you to submit the documents. These can be submitted electronically or at VFS drop-box. The issued slip will have information about the required documents and how to submit them. The processing will not start until all the documents have been submitted.
3. After this, you just need to sit back and wait for them to process your case.
4. Once the processing is complete and you are determined to be eligible for the visa, then you will be asked to submit the passport (if not already submitted) and they would stamp the visa in the passport. If you are not found to be eligible, then they would return the original documents (except for 797).

How long does it take to resolve?
There is no set timeline for 221g processing. It can take as little as a week, or as much as several months.

How to follow-up?
As per DOS “Before making inquiries about status of administrative processing, applicants or their representatives will need to wait at least 60 days from the date of interview or submission of supplemental documents, whichever is later.” One can follow-up in following ways:
1. Track your passport on VFS website
2. Track your case number on concerned consulate website. Note that not all cases can be tracked electronically, and each consulate has a different method of updating the cases.
3. Call VFS (contact information available on VFS website). Note that they will not provide any more meaningful information than what’s already available from (1) and (2)
4. Email concerned consulate (contact information available at respective consulate website). Note that they may not be very good in responding.
5. Email or call Department of State in Washington DC (contact information available on DOS website). Note that they will not provide any more meaningful information than what’s already available from (1) and (2), and may be short in conversation.
6. If you were working in US, then you can email your Senator and ask them for help. However, this should be done only if it has been pending for more than 60 days.

Can I expedite 221g processing?
There is no way to expedite the process.

Does delay mean rejection?
Not necessarily. Unfortunately, administrative processing takes time, and one needs to remain hopeful. If one has been asked to submit the passport, then that’s definitely a positive sign. However, if one has not been asked to submit the passport, then it’s not necessarily a negative sign.

Are there any alternates to this?
There are not many alternates, but the few ones available are:
1. Apply for visa in another category. This can be done as long as you are eligible for that visa category. One doesn’t need to withdraw the pending 221g application.
2. Apply for same visa but through another employer (applicable more to H-1 applicants). Based on your current petition, an employer (same or different) can file cap-exempt petition for you. Once it is approved you can re-appear for visa interview. Again, one doesn’t need to withdraw the pending 221g application.

What happens in case of rejection?
In case the stamping request is rejected after the processing:
1. Consulate will send the petition back to USCIS for reconsideration along w/ their comments
2. All your original documents will be returned to you, except for 797 which is sent to USCIS
3. Once USCIS receives the petition, they will send a notice of receipt to the petitioner
4. USCIS will review the petition (this could take 2-3 months) and either issue NOIR (Notice of Intent to Revoke) or NOID (Notice of Intent to Deny). The petitioner will be given certain days (30-60 days, actual days given is mentioned in the NOIR/NOID) to respond.
5. Based on petitioner’s response, USCIS will finally reinstate the petition or deny it
6. If it’s reinstated, then USCIS will send the document to the concerned consulate, which in turn will get in touch w/ you to appear at the consulate.

[As I get more information on 221g and based on most commonly asked questions in the blog, I will continue to update this post]

Also, you can check out our 221(g) tracker that has anonymous data with users like you, who added the details for community benefit.  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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Comments ( 1,469 )

  1. Ruchi

    My husband is in India and he recently went for his h1b visa interview. His visa was approved and then we were waiting for them to send it. The tracking website continued to show “Admin Processing”.
    My husband opened a support case after which he came to know his visa has gone under 221(g) status. Now his stay in India is prolonged till I don’t know what time.
    Anyone has experienced something like this? Please let me know

    1. Ruchi

      Adding more to this, the consular officer did not give any kind of colored slip to my husband at the time of interview. All he did was say “your visa is approved”. What kind of case is this?

      1. Venkata mujje

        Hi Ruchi ,
        I am in same situation. The VO said the visa is approved and may take 4 days instead of 2 days for admin processing. Took my passport too .But it has been 10 days . I am just waiting ..fingers crossed

  2. Logan

    I had F1 visa and did my MS in USA, from last 1.5 years I was working in USA as a full time employee with a US based company and they filed my H1b visa.
    I have visited India while on F1 and OPT a few times, this is the first time I have visited on H1b visa and attended interview at Chennai, interview went well but VO gave me Blue slip and status as “under administrative processing”.
    I am really worried, VO told me they cannot guarantee time frame for this process and it might take long. I have to be in office soon; I am afraid to lose my job if takes long.
    Please help me with any information and how long does this process usually takes.
    If anybody are in similar situation like me pls do reply.

  3. Sudesh Shetty

    Hello All

    I received 221g white slip on 24th October on my H1 visa interview date. The status date has not changed since then.

    When I contacted US travel docs for my visa application status, they responded the below:

    “We are ready for final processing. Please submit your passport, pending letter to the Consulate General via any of the 11 document delivery locations. Please visit www.ustraveldocs.com/in for more information. Please carry a copy of this email for ready reference”.

    What are they referring as “Pending Letter” in the above note. When I asked them on the same, they didn’t clarify.

  4. A

    Hi,

    I have filed visa from a desi consultancy and it has been approved for a in house project. I m worried about a possibility of 221g if I go to visa interview. I want to know,:

    – In case a 221g is issued, am I m required to submit my passport to the US consulate? I will be traveling to other countries in Europe for some personal reasons in upcoming months and would need the passport for the same. In case my passport is taken, I would not be able to travel to other countries. What should I be doing in this case?
    – If the US consulate takes the passport, then for how much time they keep it with them?

  5. HPG

    Saurabh,

    -2015 Petition picked.
    -March1st 2016 i was given Blue Slip (AP checked)
    -October 5th email from Consulate mentioning AP case suspended and file will be sent to USCIS (reason mentioned in the letter insufficient credible evidence to support petitionable relationship)
    – Attorney has sent letter to USCIS
    -Petition is valid till 23 November
    What should my next move should be, Please Suggest

  6. SRK

    Hi Kumar,

    Due you have any idea on status “Document Delivery Information:”. I am an H1-B candidate and in cgi federal site it gives this status. It has been a week now earlier the status was “Your passport is still with US/Embassy”. My interview was 4 weeks ago, there was no document required just handed me a white slip.

    If you have any past record information where status is “document delivery information” please let me know.

    CEAC Status: Administrative Processing
    CGI Federal Status : Document Delivery Information
    US Travel Docs Status : There is no status update available for the passport number submitted.

    Thanks.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      SRK,
      I am not sure what it means. In general administrative processing is a black box and we do not know how long it can take. All we can hope is to have a decision faster. You can check the tracker to get some idea on others situations.

  7. USVISA

    My case status date changes twice on 17th and 18th on AP and changed it to Ready on 21th Nov and date updated today to 22nd with status “Ready”.

    Any one know what status “Ready”means.

    1. Arv

      Hi
      Just a question on how you check your status.
      Using case number or application id. Mine application id seqrch does not show any updates whereas case number given to me still does not reflect any data.
      Its been a month. I think the case number given to me was wrong. But don’t know how to verify it.

      1. Tang

        Hi Arv – Did you contact them (email?) to verify the case no?. I am also not able to see my status “Invalid Application ID or Case Number” when i enter the case id on the site

  8. Sanjay

    Hi All,
    I submitted documents through drop box on 19th July 2016. After 10 days my documents and passport were returned and 221g issued. Then submitted client letter, project description, work itinerary . Again got 221g, asking me to attend visa interview, attended visa interview on 23rd September 2016, after reviewing all documents ,VO officer returned all my documents and told me that it requires additional administrative processing . I checked visa status today but still showing as administrative processing and last updated date is 23rd September. Can you please let me know how to proceed further.

    Thank you,
    Regards,
    Sanjay

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Sanjay,
      Unfortunately, there is nothing that you can do other than wait. As you can see in our tracker, there are many in the same boat. It is always up to the VO and their team. There is no SLA or time limit where they need to respond. You can wait for few weeks and check back with consulate via email.

  9. Sk

    Hi Saurabh,

    I had gone for my H1 interview on 28th October. My petition was filed for an internal project by the company. However the interviewer didn’t ask me any questions. He took my passport.

    After 2-3 days when I went to collect my passport, the visa was stamped but there was a rubber stamp on that saying that Cancelled without prejudice. Also attached was a 221g form asking me for client documents.
    I talked to my company and they said since they had filed for an internal project they will state the same as the response.

    What are the chances of my visa getting approved.
    How much time they take for deciding
    If they reject the visa, can any other employer file a cap-exempt visa on the same petition

    Please help

  10. Saberi Ghosh

    Hi, sourabh
    im living wid my husband(h1)in NY as dependent visa (h4).we have come india for our visa stamping . At the interview day VO approved my husband’s visa n they gave me 221g slip after saying that my visa will take few weeks to approved. N they have taken my pp

    Bt the documents they have mentioned in that slip which are not capable for my educational background like thesis paper, journal ,CV,

    Im a simple graduate in Bengali. N im homemaker.

    My husband emailed to the USA consulate that the documents are not capable for me coz i never did any thesis or journal ..if they need any other documents we can send like petitions, my graduation result etc. bt they replied.. they dont need any documents right now..n my case is now under administrative processing.

    Im really worried that why they gave me 221g wid out any reason. Its almost 2weeks now..im really very upset. Coz my husband has to fly soon for NY. Could u. pls tell me why they have given me 221g. Any idia abt How many days i have to wait?

  11. Sa

    Today attended interview at delhi embassy .
    Was issued yellow slip but they took my passport and told if they feel okey to approve they will mail me to collect.
    They were more focussed on who will be my end client .
    But my employer gave my MSA documents of 2 companies.
    And VO was focussed on which client locn i will be workinh.
    Happend with any1 else something like this?

  12. Jayanth Nadig

    Hi Sourabh,

    On Nov 17th 2014 I had attended the interview in chennai consulate. My client company name got changed and so I took 2 letters containing both the company names. VO asked me about my US company, I told him about the same. Then he asked me to provide client letter and SOW which I provided the same. After verifying it for some time he handed over me blue slip just checking one check box saying administrative processing. They have not taken my i97 or petition document or passport from me. They don’t have any document for my case. They had sent an email to my client asking for some more details on me, but unfortunately the client company got closed and the person who was responsible for replying to the mail resigned. Now I have left the company which processed my H1B, I want to know if I can transfer the approved H1B petition to other company?

    1. Kaushik Kumar Kuberanathan

      Sorry about that!I had the EXACT same experience at Chennai consulate today 11/17/2016 and just need to wait now.

      Regards,
      Kaushik Kuberanathan

  13. Sudesh

    Hello Saurabh

    I attended my H1 Visa interview (was working in the US and came to India for vacation and stamping). The visa officer issued me white slip where he ticked 4 documents (employment contract letter, client letter, project details etc) under documents required from the petitioner section.

    My question is – should these documents be emailed by my employer to the consulate or I should email them?

    Note that my employer has already emailed these documents to the consulate quoting my name, bar code number, passport number and; DS160 confirmation number.

    Regards

    Sudesh

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Sudesh,

      If the employer is willing to share the documents with you, then you can email them as well. If not, you can email them that the employer has directly emailed the docs to the consulate and the consulate should refer to employer’s email on XXX date from YYY to get more information.

  14. tolu

    I got 221g on march 2015,my case got reapproved,and i got new interview date through mail,but didnot asked for any document,i was asked to update my medical and police report,and to resubmit my DS260.
    Pls,What can i take along

  15. Tang

    Hi – I received a 221(g) asking additional details on petition and project description. Since I work for a product company ,most of the projects we are involved in are of short term in nature …My company responded with a typical roles responsibilities document in line with what was filed during my petition. I again got another 221(g) asking specifically for project details.
    I had a discussion with my company immigration and they don’t want to share project details as they think it might set a wrong signal that I work for multiple projects as a sub-contractor ( which is not the case). They are suggesting to send a Manager letter providing validation of my roles .

    Kindly help as to how to respond to project details query.

  16. KavitaY

    I attended my H4 interview in Chennai on 30th Sep. After 221g, I was sent an email on 13th Oct to submit the passport. I submitted my passport on 14th Oct at Hyderabad VAC. I got a email from Chennai consulate that they have received the passport on 17th Oct. Since then the status date has been updated thrice on 17th, 19th and 21st but the passport status is still showing as ‘still with embassy’. How many days it usually takes to get to the next status? I was told it takes 4-5 business days but its already been a week.

    Thanks

  17. I am waiting..

    Saurabh,

    Passport returned during interview and issues 221g….and passport collected during interview and issued 221g does this make a huge difference?

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      I am waiting..,

      It’s a positive sign when they keep the passport. Doesn’t guarantee approval but increases the hope.

      1. I am Waiting

        Thanks Saurabh.

        In the meanwhile Employer has got new tier 1 customer for which I was selected, he said he will do an amendment so that I can appear for interview again with new client letters which is
        tier 1, and this will help in clearing the interview easily.

        Is this feasible and how risky ? because the previous one is in 221g yet.

  18. Prem

    Hi All,

    I appeared for interview on 14th Sep 2016, and was issued a 221g form with a status ticked as “your application requires additional administrative processing before a final decision can be made”, the VO collected all documents and returned my passport alongwith the slip.

    on 13th October received mail from US travel docs as below,
    ——————————————————————————————————————
    Your documents have been collected from the US embassy.

    The passport number being returned is XXXXX

    you have chosen to have your documents delivered to the following location:

    Chennai XXXX……….
    ——————————————————————————————————————

    I’ve collected my documents from the collection centre and my status in the tracker still shows as processing as below,

    The date of interview was 14/09/2016 and the the status shows
    U.S. Department of State
    NONIMMIGRANT VISA APPLICATION
    Administrative Processing
    Application ID or Case Number: AAAAAAAAAA
    Case Creation Date: 12-Sep-2016
    Status Updated Date: 21-Sep-2016

    Your visa case is currently undergoing necessary administrative processing. This processing can take several weeks. Please follow any instructions provided by the Consular Officer at the time of your interview. If further information is needed, you will be contacted. If your visa application is approved, it will be processed and mailed/available within two business days.

    For more information, please visit U.S. Consulate General Chennai.

  19. BhanuChander Reddy V

    Hello Saurabh,

    I appeared for interview on 11th March 2016, and was issued a 221g white form asking to provide the all employment documents.Also my passport was returned.

    At the time of interview am not having client letter or project documents…
    I replied to VO that am going to work for one of his(employer) clients and i named some, VO has asked me specific client and project details am going to work.
    VO issued a 221g white form asking to provide the all employment documents to [email protected]
    One person from consulate used to call me weekly for two months to send the required docs..but i was helpless at that time.

    Recently mine employer has provided me client and project details, I have mailed all my Docs to [email protected]

    It’s been two weeks I send the Docs, I didn’t received any call or mail from consulate…

    1) Will they consider my case because already six months over from interview?
    2)How can I know that they have seen my docs,Shall i call to Hyd consulate Number,will they Respond?

    Thanks In Advance.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      BhanuChander Reddy V,

      1. They would still consider and review the case.
      2. There is no way to know for sure. You can follow-up but they are not very good in providing updates.

      Side note – the client letter that you submitted is it for a location covered in original LCA?

      1. BhanuChander Reddy V

        Thanks Saurabh,

        Side note – the client letter that you submitted is it for a location covered in original LCA?

        In the client letter, mentioned that am going to work for that client from employers location…In LCA also it’s Employers location mentioned.

        Thanks.

  20. Sunny

    I got my B1/B2 approved and got the passport back with visa sticker on it. I had made plans and booked tickets to travel to USA. I got a call from the embassy 2 days back and they said that there is some technical issue with my visa and I need to come back and see the VO. I asked her that I am flying out on Sunday, she said cancel your tickets as they will send you back from port of entry. I asked her that should I bring any other supporting documents, she said no need. Status on the website still says visa issued. What does this visit to embassy mean? Please help

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Sunny,

      Did they ask any questions during the 2nd visit or collect additional documents? If the status says visa issued, then probably it is approved (but you can’t be certain until you see the passport). Since how long have you seen this status online?

  21. Reddy

    Hi,
    I attended my Visa interview on June 16 2016. VO approved my visa and 221g letter was given. After a week I received a call from US embassy to submit few documents through email. After verifying the credentials, my attorney had provided all the documents. after few days received email asking me to submit hard copies in one of the drop box locations.
    I did it on July 15 and confirmed that July 18 documents were received in required location.
    It’s beed almost 3 months from the date of documents submission and no reply yet.
    Two things are bothering me here:
    1) Not sure which 221g slip was given to me and why did they call me after a week also no update on case status.
    2) Since my VISA was approved at consulate, later they gave 221g is there any possibility that my passport is misplaced somewhere.

    Is there any one here waiting for VISA for over 3 months now?

    I know there is no SLA, UStraveldocs help center or email request to US Embassy provided no update even after 60 days query.

    Let me know if any one faced similar issue and EOD response from embassy.

  22. SK

    Hi,
    I have appeared for visa interview in Singapore and was issued 221(g) pink slip. I might have to move back to India soon. Could you advice if I need to/could move my case to an Indian embassy now. If so, what is the process involved. Thanks in advance.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      SK,

      Write a letter to US consulate in Singapore asking them to withdraw the case as you are returning to India. Then reappear for stamping in India.

  23. Vijaybaskar

    Hi Saurabh,

    9/12 : Got the Blue slip with ticked one check box on required Administrative Processing .

    In Visa interview they asked basic question and client letter only. i have provided the same , they asked me to wait in the room after 30 min they called me and returned my client letter and passports and they gave blue slip and said that your case required Administrative Processing.

    for me , total in USA 5 years ( 2 years L1 B and 3 years H1 B ) this is my first H1 B stamping based on the my second approved petition( i-140 approved on 2 years back ).

    9/23 : Client verification done which i got the details from my Client Hr.

    But still my case status are same , there is no update.

    Please tell me average waiting time for after done the client verification from uscis side.

  24. Krishnasamy

    Krishna,
    I got appointment for interview on 15th September 2016 for H1B Visa process in Chennai. I got job offer from a tire 1 company in USA through a consulting company in India. My visa is being denied by under 221g. They hold the copy of client side offer letter of mine and returned back the all documents and passport. Will there any issues in getting visa?

  25. XYZ

    Hi Sourabh
    Your replies are really helpful and satisfying. Congrats.
    I recently had H1B/H4 interview. The VO told us that there was some issue at their end, which they have to sort out and it does pertain to me, no more visits submissions from my side. He collected our passports and given back original I797B to us. He was mentioning some mismatch some where. When I asked how much time it will take , he replied ; one week. He also handed over 221g white color on which he hand wrote our DS_160 bar code nos. Nothing is checked/ticked in this form.
    What can be the issue

    1. XYZ

      The date of interview was 15/09/2016 and the the status shows
      U.S. Department of State
      NONIMMIGRANT VISA APPLICATION
      Administrative Processing
      Application ID or Case Number: AAAAAAAAAA
      Case Creation Date: 14-Sep-2016
      Status Updated Date: 16-Sep-2016

      Your visa case is currently undergoing necessary administrative processing. This processing can take several weeks. Please follow any instructions provided by the Consular Officer at the time of your interview. If further information is needed, you will be contacted. If your visa application is approved, it will be processed and mailed/available within two business days.

      For more information, please visit U.S. Consulate General Kolkata.

      1. administrator
        Saurabh

        XYZ,

        If they didn’t ask for any documents and mentioned it is an issue at their end, then you should not worry; but just be patient. Give it a week or two and see if it gets approved. Its a positive sign that they kept the passports.

        1. XYZ

          Thanks Sourab
          I just wanted to know what can be the possibilities. How can there be a mismatch or Is it that petition is not updated in the PIMS. Petition approval date is 30/08/16 and interview date was 15/09/16. This is a long time for updating any data. Can you explain the process of flow of information from USICS to consulate .

          1. administrator
            Saurabh

            XYZ,

            PIMS could be a suspect or there could be another reason. If the issue is at their end, it gets resolved within 7-10 days (usually).

            As for the dates it is possible that the server is working in US timezone and you may have attended interview when it was still 14th in US.

          2. XYZ

            Thanks Sourabh
            Today it says- issued. Under final processing……………….. If you dont recv it in next 10 working days ………
            Passport section says – recd from consular section and currently being processed for delivery.
            Shoud I take it job done. Can I go ahead with giving notice to present employer in India. What do you suggest

          3. administrator
            Saurabh

            XYZ,

            Looks like it has been approved. Personally I prefer to be extra cautious when dealing with USCIS and/or consulate. So until I see the visa stamp, I wouldn’t consider it a done deal. But if you have confidence in them and this is becoming a bottleneck in your future plans, you may take the calculated risk.

  26. Swati

    Hi,
    I applied for B1/B2 visa to attend an IEEE technical conference in the USA. I had my interview on 15th September 2016 and the lady at the counter asked me thoroughly about my research area (I am a Electronics engineer). After the interview, the lady asked me to go to some other counter where an Indian lady took my passport and I got a white 221 (g) form asking me to send my research plan in detail to the advanced processing people. I have my conference on 17th October 2016 and these people are saying that the Visa takes 4-6 weeks! Will I be able to attend it? Will I get my Visa before 4 weeks??

  27. antonio

    hello, my wife got a 221g administration processing aug,10.2016 and on her website it says ‘ to process your case. each applicant principal applicant to the usa will need to complete the online iv application form ds-260. it also say after submitting the ds-260 provide all supporting documents listed on the applicant must submit web page for each applicant to your consulate or u.s. embassy? she don’t know was this on there before the interview or after, is there a chance that they are telling us to reapply? or can we reapply while under administration processing?

  28. Muhammad Khan

    Hi Saurabh
    I applied for B2 visa on 24th August 2016 at frankfurt consulate VO told me my visa is approved and after 5 working days i will get back my passport. very next day i got email from consulate asking about some more information like my previous addresses (15 years) travelling history names of sibling etc. no 221g form was given at the time of interview.
    i am still wating for my passport i need to travel at mid of September. what should i do i alreday contact them but no reply
    1 thing more he said to me during interview there are alot of Muhammad Khan (my name) and i said yes its common name in my country.
    waiting for your response
    Thanks

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Muhammad Khan,

      Looks like security check to me due to the common name. If you want the passport back, then write to them. Tell them that you want the 221g to continue its process but want your passport back as you have other travel plans.

  29. Anonymous Consultant

    Hi Saurabh,

    I graduated my MBA in the US in May 2016 and I am currently on OPT. My H1B has been approved and kicks in on Oct 1st. I need to travel to Europe for business reasons my current employer starting October 1st week itself.- it will be weekly travel mostly.
    1. Can I get an early H1B Stamp on my passport so that I am ready to re-enter the US multiple times? How many days early can I go?
    2. Is Canada riskier for first time stamping? Most issues I read were related to education/experience out of US or Canada. My MBA is from a reputed university- do you think it will be riskier to stamp from Canada than India?
    3. What reason do I state for applying for Canada visa for H1B stamping? or tourism?
    Any other suggestions in this front?
    Thanks for your time!

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Anonymous Consultant,

      1. Yes, you can get it stamped even now. The thing to watch out for is cancelation of F-1 visa stamp w/o prejudice when approving your H-1. You can mention to the officer that you plan to return on F-1/OPT until Oct 1 and plan to use H-1 only after that.
      2. As you have done Masters in US, you should be fine to go to CA.
      3. Toursim

  30. Shaan

    Hi, I had my interview with the consulate in New Zealand for an 0-1 visa. He gave me a blue 221g form and checked “other” saying “they want to review qualifications as 0-1”
    He took my passport and also necessary documents summing up my evidence for the visa. It’s been 2 weeks since the interview and haven’t heard back. Is this normal? Should I be worried?

  31. Geshy

    I attended my CR 1 interview on 29th August 2016.I was issued with a yellow 221g form and asked to send in photos of my sons growing up.

    This is a spouse Visa and the consular confirmed that they have found my marriage bona fide but I need to prove relationship between me and my sons that I had before marriage since their birth certificates were registered quite late.

    I mailed the documents on 30th , how long does this take?

    1. lala

      Hi geshy did youvget ur visa.lready..I was interviewed aug 30 and got 221g fir uodated ITR of my husband and Isubmitted the documents 9/6 and they received it 9/8 until now my case is still AP

  32. shubham

    Hello,
    I had F1 visa interview on 8th august it did go well according to me but he provided me 221 (G). So i completed further procedure and asked University for deferment of my admission to spring-17. After some days yesterday i received mail from us consulate to submit passport to one of the drop off location including copy of I-20 and submission slip. My concern is can i submit current I-20 with passport or should I wait for new I-20 to come so as to submit it with passport?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      shubham,
      It is a tricky situation, if you get visa in next 15 days, will you be able to make it on time for Fall Classes ? If not, I suggest you get the new I20 and apply for Spring. I recommence you speaking to DSO on the best thing to do.

      1. Shubhm

        I spoke to DSO they told me to submit passport with new I-20 of spring-17 but SEVIS ID should be the same as mentioned in previous I-20. Should i go for it?

        1. administrator
          Kumar

          if your DSO says to go for it, then you should go for it. Dont worry too much, your DSO is the best person to suggest it. Check with them, if SEVIS ID matters.

  33. Niran

    Hi Saurabh,

    I received 221g when I went for Visa interview & I worked in USA for 3+ years and came for a vacation and struck here.
    My Client is forcing me come back ASAP. I have valid B1 with previous employer.
    Can I travel using my valid B1? What are the questions I can expect at port of entry.
    Please advice.
    Thanks In advance

  34. Pallavi

    Hi Sourabh

    I appeared for interview on 30th August and was issued a 221g form asking to provide the documents.Also my passport was returned.
    Is it a rejection or just an administrative process

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Pallavi,

      It is Administrative processing, but is also considered as refusal (which can be overturned later when processing has been completed). Submit the documents and then patiently wait for them to finish the review and processing.

  35. Waleed

    I had my interview on 25th august(Montreal). The officer said everything seems fine but we require administrative processing. Also he said, it will take 3 to 4 weeks and returned my passport and he said we will ask you to submit your passport by email. Furthermore, i have checked my status it says administrative processing. What should i accept? It’s a sign or approval or a denial? What are the chances?

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Waleed,

      No one knows the chances of success. You have to just wait for them to complete their processing. What kind of questions were asked during the interview? Do you have a common Muslim name?

  36. S Kajal

    Hi,
    I am very frustrated and feeling helpless since last 10 days. Please help me. I had my interview on August 11, 2016. The officer said that my visa has been approved and I was NOT given any slip. He kept my passport. Since that day, my visa status is showing administrative processing. Why is that? Please someone help me.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      S Kajal,

      At times, it is put in AP due to no fault of yours. Maybe they are unable to verify something related to petition etc and need more time. If they needed anything from you, they would have contacted you by now.

      Unfortunately, there is no SLA for this and could take days, weeks or months.

    2. singam

      Sorry to hear that,

      Below is my case

      I have attended H1B VISA interview on August 18th at Chennai , India and VISA officer said my VISA approved.

      Just couple of days back got email from consulate saying that “they are returning passports along with 221g letter”

      I am waiting for passports.

      Hope your VISA will be issued

  37. Rajesh

    Hi,
    I have received 221g when I submitted through drop box and and asked me to appear for interview. I completed my interview today and they have asked few questions and took my passport. Would that means my visa is approved? How many days it may take to receive my passport?

      1. Krishna

        Hi saurabh,
        I went to h1b stamping in jun16 I got 221g slip…and asked for tax documents my employer didn’t submit till now
        1.what else I can do if he didn’t submit query..
        2.Is there any specific time for submission of query..
        Thank you
        Krishna

        1. administrator
          Saurabh

          Krishna,

          1. Nothing you can do
          2. There is no specific timelines, but long delays don’t help your case. For example, if you submit the response 6 months from now, the officer may think why it took so much time when a company is expected to keep regular tax records and it shouldn’t be something that takes that long (just an example).

          1. Krishna

            Thank you very much for your reply Saurabh..

            As my query didnt resolve yet but i got an offer from MNC which they are ready for transfer my petition.
            Can you please help me with below queries
            1)Shall i accept the new offer and go ahead with the transfer?
            2)If yes then Is there any possibility of getting RFE or any query like 221g in stamping.(I am going through one of the MNC so they might resolve those but wanted your feedback on this).

            Thank you,
            Krishna.

          2. administrator
            Saurabh

            Krishna,

            1. Yes, why not
            2. I haven’t read about any cases where RFE was issued for pending 221g.

          3. Krishna

            Hi Saurabh

            Thank you very much for your reply..
            My employer submitted the required documents to the embassy and came to know that we got another query requesting for below documents..

            (1) A copy of the Labor Condition Application that petitioner submitted to USCIS; and

            (2) A copy of whatever documents petitioner sent to USCIS explaining what your duties will be upon arriving in the US.

            I have some queries

            1)If suppose my employer responds quickly and submitted the query what happens if it rejects(Any alternative that i can do now)
            2) Shall i go for H1b transfer even if VO rejects and sent it back to USCIS
            3)Can you please tell me how much time frame it will take ..As it will take 30 to 45days for me to get the receipt number in newH1b transfer..
            Please help me at the earliest.

            Than k you,
            Kartheek.

          4. administrator
            Saurabh

            Krishna,

            1. If visa stamping is eventually rejected, they would send the petition back to USCIS for reconsideration. Until USCIS formally revokes that petition, you can still use it for cap-exempt purposes. You would have to act fast in this scenario.
            2. Yes. Maybe start searching for an employer now as that may also take time.
            3. Which process’ time frame are you referring to? 221g has no set time frame and could take weeks or months. When filing transfer, I would suggest PP to reduce the impact of current 221g outcome.

    1. Vijay Bhagat

      Hey Rajesh ,

      Guess what I am also sailing on same boat . Went for Drop-Box pune and got Passport back in 4 days and asking me to come in-person . Passport with 221g while slip.

      Can you please highlight what question VO asked you ?
      Are you in EVC model ?
      If it’s okay with you please be in touch with me on my mail_id [email protected] we can share our updates .

      Thanks
      Vijay Bhagat

  38. Nana Agyemang

    i went to cr1 interview on the 2/8/16 and the consular issued me a letter stating that i was been found ineligible under section 221g of the immigration and nationality act.so they will return the case to NVC.which will return the above case to USCIS.we should not contact the embassy regarding the case as it may take six months for the case to forwarded.
    My question is would they give me another chance or is totally deny?.And this 221g is under which category,is it admnistrative processing or what?

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Nana Agyemang,

      They will continue to process your visa application and make the final decision in next few days/weeks/months. Yes, 221g is administrative processing.

  39. Bia

    So my mom got an interview yesterday to ask for a tourist visa to visit me. But after the interview they kept her passport and gave her a white i221 form and checked the box with administrative processing. What do they mean by that? Is there still a chance for my mom to get a visa? What should we do? Thanks

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Bio,

      Did they mention any documents in the issued 221g form? You need to continue to wait here, as there is no other option. 221g issuance doesn’t mean denial and there are lots of cases where visa was eventually approved.

      1. bia

        they didnt mention anything about any documents just gave my mom the form. and how long does it usually take to find out if she could get visa or not? is there anything serious here or they just want to take a deeper look into her case?

        1. administrator
          Saurabh

          Bia,

          There is no set processing time and could take days, weeks or months. Nothing much you can do except to wait.

          1. bia

            so i just used her confirmation number to check her visa status online and it says refused. so that meant she couldnt get visa this time right? or they are still trying to do something else? thanks

          2. administrator
            Saurabh

            Bia,

            That’s a standard status for petitions in 221g status. Did you check that on US travel docs site or CEAC site?

            As they have kept her passport, consider it as a positive sign (not an approval, but a positive sign).

          3. bia

            i checked and it says her visa was refused. so thats meant she has to re apply again if she still wants to get the visa right? or are they still trying to figure out something else?

          4. administrator
            Saurabh

            Bia,

            They issued 221g which is refusal and the same is shown on the site. However, they still have the passport and are continuing to process it. If they return the passport, then it means they are not going to issue the visa at all. You should continue to wait until the passport is returned.

            If the visa is eventually rejected, then she can appear again. However, it may end up in similar fate until you know why it was rejected and correct those issues.

          5. bia

            so just wait until the passport is returned and hopefully they will say why they refused her visa. or how do we find out why she got denied? we thought if they kept the passport it would be positive sign. i got so disappointed when i checked her status today.

          6. administrator
            Saurabh

            Bia,

            Most of the times they provide a very generic reason as denial text. In reality most of B-1/2 visas are denied either due to the fact that person was considered as a potential immigrant or didn’t have finances to support the trip.

  40. antonio

    my wife went to cr1 interview marriage interview and they guy told her that she would need more evidence and that he was sending the case back to uscis but he or the paper didn’t say more evidence of what, we not sure what he talking about and he didn’t write it on the slip but we check the website and it say administration processing and he kept our wedding pictures only, since it says administration processing does that mean he have a chance of heart and have not deicide should have give us a visa or not? we been married for 2 years.
    [email protected]

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Antonio,

      Administrative processing doesn’t mean denial. They would let her know when the processing is completed, and it could be approved at that time. Patience is the secret weapon when stuck in administrative processing.

  41. h1b_Approved.

    Hi Saurabh,

    As you have mentioned, 221(g) will be issued as part of background check if a person has a common muslim name. Are they doing background check for all muslims ? My H1b visa is approved and I’m planning to take my spouse for stamping interview.

    It would be helpful if you clarify.

    Thanks,

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      h1b_Approved.,

      Its not a blanket check for all folks having Muslim name. It is case by case basis. However, if someone is appearing for a visa interview and has common Muslim name, it is better to be prepared for delays and have back-up plans.

  42. Dario Rivera

    Hi Saurabh,

    I had my interview on Aug the 5th. The consul approved my visa. However when l picked it up yesterday, I got surprised by the fact that under section 221g l am not eligible for a non-migrant visa (b1-b2: tourism and business). On the white slip attached to my passport, was checked to sending to them via the Visa Collecting courier service in my city a new passport since the one l used in the process was a bit deteriorated.

    They don´t mention nor ask me to send them in advance neither another document nor info or interview at consular section. What does this mean? How long would it take? After sending it to them, Would they ask me for another document during the process?

    I´d appreciate your answer Saurabh. Thanks a lot.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Dario Rivera,

      If they have only mentioned about new passport, then get a new one and submit that. If they had to ask for any other documents they would have listed them in 221g form.

  43. happiness

    Hello Saurabh,

    I recently attended an H1B visa interview. I work full time for a legitimate US consulting firm. The visa interview went well but the officer issued a yellow form 221g.

    The form does not have any boxes checked off. Do I just need to wait until further administration review is complete? Or am I supposed to submit the additional documents mentioned on the form? I am confused because none of the boxes are checked off.

    Appreciate your help in advance.

    1. UPENDRA

      Hi Saurabh,

      Same issue happened to me. I got white 221g slip but no boxes were checked off. When I called call center, they instructed me to submit all the documents listed on the sheet. In addition I also got a email questionnaire. Could you please update what happened afterwards in your situation.

      Thanks.

      Upendra

      1. administrator
        Saurabh

        Upendra,

        Call center at times provides scripted response. If nothing was marked in that document, then no need to submit anything. If you received email w/ questions, then do respond to that.

          1. administrator
            Saurabh

            Antonio,

            Look at the site of US embassy/consulate where you went to. They should have phone numbers mentioned there.

        1. Keysya

          hello saurabh. ive already interview for b2 visa with my father and my brother. my father was arrested but he had been living in the us a long time a go and travel to us many times since then. and after he was released from prison he already got uk,schengen visa without no trouble and already travel to uk and europe. in the interview they said that they need the legal documentation about the release but beside that everything else is perfect,and now the status is in administrative process. i mean is it possible for the three of us to get the visa even my father has been arrested before? god im so nervous. help. thank you

  44. AGB

    Hi,
    I got 221g and i am waiting from 7.5 months. I heard from my employer that USCIS visited my employer office personally and verified bunch of documents. How much time they will take to respond as it was completed 3 weeks back.

  45. 221gb2visa

    My Parents for visitors visa interview on JULY 26th to mumbai consulate. theey were issued 221g asking for a list of documents like invitation, resume, research, publications , iternary, purpose etc which looks like general one. My father works with defense sector. This might have triggered some kind of suspicion and hence the 221g. Has anyone here faced similar issue? if so can you suggest how these documents are expected is there any format which is favourable to support the application. Research and publications is irrelevant to my parents occupation, how do we justify that?

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      221gb2visa,

      Yes, the defense sector could have triggered this 221g. If they haven’t published any research etc then mention so in the cover letter addressed to the consulate office.

      1. 221gB2visa

        We have prepared all the documents in requested format. Is it okay to include additional supporting document like ‘No objection certificate’ issued by government Defense department ? Or we jut stick to what they say in
        The document ?

          1. 221gb2visa

            Hi Saurabh

            We emailed all the docs to mail id in the slip but did not get any auto response. When I researched through the forums regarding this I see that the subject line has to
            Match exactly as per the slip. For example it was given AAxxxxxxxxx — last name, first name. In the above format we just put a single (-) in the subject line between ID and name. So it did not trigger an auto response but I am not sure if it also means that they would not
            Go through the email. Can you please clear my confusion if you had come across this before?

          2. administrator
            Saurabh

            221gb2visa,

            I don’t know about the subject line. Maybe call the contact center and ask them about it.

  46. Vinay karyal

    I was refused under the section 221g on 24th dec 2015 after two months my case got updated and on 11 feb my status was refused. I was refused because they didn’t know anything about my 12th board as i did from internation board. Later on i come to know about they haven’t verified anything from anywhere about my board and after some day i collected my passport with all the docs and 214b i applied to non-ranked university without toefl i even don’t know whether it’s blacklisted or not(dixie state university) so can i apply again and in good university with toefl score or now it’s doesn’t matter as i am afraid that now they will not approve my visa because i never heard 221g f1 rejection got visa in next interview please help me out

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