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.

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  1. DS2018


    I have attended H1B visa interview in Delhi Consulate on 11 of Sept 2018. I am working in EVC model and got 221g white slip, asked to submit below documents –

    – Complete I-797 details (Which I have)
    – End Client letter ( That also I have)
    – List of petitioner’s Employees ( My employer is not providing this)

    Can you please suggest what’s the best alternative to employee list or can I submit my docs without this list?


    1. administrator

      You need to submit the required documents as requested. There is no alternative other than work with your employer and submit the same.

    2. Nirav

      Hi , I am in same situation,
      I had interview on 27 th March .. gave me 2 , 221g : yellow: for documents and green for further administrative Processing
      He ask me to submit contract between me and my employer
      And employer and client

  2. RiyaM

    H1B was filed by Employer A for Employee X in April 2015 with a project in different location and the petition was approved, but X started working for a client at different location so h1b amendment was filed. The amendment resulted in an RFE asking about why employee X never worked at location mentioned in the original application. This RFE was not responded and employee X filed an h1b transfer with employer B. After the transfer was filed employer A withdrew the amendment petition. Meanwhile the status of original H1B petition filed by Employer A changed to “Intent to revoke notice was Sent” (about 6 months back). It hasn’t changed to revoked yet.

    Now, while answering the following question “Has your application ever been denied or revoked by USCIS” on DS-160 or anywhere else what should be chosen yes or no?

    Also, will the status of original application ever change to revoked?

    Your help is very much appreciated. Thanks.

    1. Tmgk

      Attended interview on nov 21. Got 221g for client letter. Submitted same day. Got email to submit pp on dec 26. Submitted pp on dec 27. Case updated dec 28. How long does it take to get pp back with visa stamp? Waiting from one week.

  3. Soura

    Hi Guys,

    I was given a 221g white slip on 22 Nov 2017 and ticked the third box which is necessary admin processing and returned all my documents and passport too and asked me to check the status online

    Please find the below conversation

    Visa officer: who is your petitioner??
    Me: XXXXXX staffing LLC
    VO: are you going to work at client location or directly at XXXX staffing?
    Me: At XXXX
    VO: What is your salary??
    Me: 55000$ per year
    VO: turning his head from system and asked where is your company located??
    Me: Tempe, Arizona
    VO: Are you single or Married??
    Me: Married
    VO: What is your highest degree of qualification??
    Me: Bachelors in electrical and electronics

    VO: He took a white slip wrote the number and told me that my case needed further administrative processing and asked me to wait outside for some time

    Me : Waited for around half an hour and after that some one called me and asked to meet them in another counter. An Indian lady(not sure whether she is VO or not) with notepad and pencil in her hand and started asking the below questions

    Another Indian Visa officer: What is your company develop?
    Me: It’s a product development and profession services company it is developing a product XXXXX project

    Another VO: to whom they sell this product

    Me: They sell it to different hospitals and clinics in USA

    VO: What are the other products or projects they develop??

    Me: Currently they are developing this product alone but XXXX have a parent company called YYYY which is developing another project called ————-

    VO: Can you tell the name of that company and noted all these details in a notepad and not in the system

    Me: YYYYY

    VO: Do you know that your salary is very less??
    Me: Actually apart from my salary they promised me that they provide food accommodation and along with that they take care of my insurance too

    VO: how long will they provide food?

    Me: For first 6 months and after that they will hike my salary based on my performance

    VO: where are you working currently ??

    Me: XYZ pvt ltd

    VO: where is it located ??

    Me: Madhapur Hyderabad

    VO: What is your Current designation?

    Me Technical lead

    VO: How many people do you lead??

    Me: currently I am working on an individual project but sometimes based on the work I need to lead a team of around 2 to 3 people in the project

    VO: What is you designation in XXXX

    Me: Programmer Analyst

    VO: okay and she noted some thing in book and told that they need the case to be under administrative processing and it make take some time to get some more details and she told that the white slip issued by previous VO is 221g white slip and asked me to leave for the day.

    Guys please let me know if any one are having the same situation and let me know what to do??

    1. JC

      I am also in same situation, issued 221g white form and checked box..Additional Administrative processing required to made a final decision.

      @Ram&3rd Timer ,

      Please provide your suggestions on this.

      1. JC

        Ram& 3rd timer,
        I need your suggestions please, Today attended H-1B interview and VO asked straight forward questions and everything answered, no tricky. Then she was given 221g White form and check box clicked on – ‘Your application required additional administrative processing before a final decision can be made’.

        But i can see – My case was created on 12th-Dec under Admin Processing, case last updated is 14th Dec, as i attended interview on 14th Dec.
        They created my case under Admin Processing before it self- am attending interview with consular , FYI- They didn’t ask any documents.

        Is there hopes on my application? Looking for your response asap please on this.

  4. Query on H1 stamping - Dec 2017

    Hi Saurabh,

    I came to US almost 4 yrs back through a reputed Indian IT Firm. Now I am planning to visit Chennai consulate around Dec 1st week to get my H1 stamped as the previous one expired 3 yrs back. I have moved from the ex-firm to a small consultancy which is US based but headed by Indians (You know what I am talking about). My client is a quite reputed one but I dont know if I would get a Client letter from them for my stamping. I work on E-V-C model as well. Please let me know your thoughts on the approval rate of my H1.

    Does the December month impact the interview? Like its a vacation time for the VO’s so there might be delays in their decisions etc?


  5. MyMistake


    I attended H1-b visa interview last Thursday and was issued a 221-g, your application is going through needed administrative processing. I was stunned because I wrong for a top tech company as a full time employee. I reviewed and started searching in all my docs to uncover what must have triggered a 221g.

    I found that I made a mistake in DS 160 form for question

    Has anyone ever filed an immigrant petition on your behalf with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services?
    I selected “Yes”

    in the explain section I wrote “My company filed H1b petition and it was approved.”

    It was my mistake I misread the question as has someone filed non-immigrant visa.

    Now I am a worried and would like to know what are the possibilities will consulate verify with USCIS and find out that I wrongly selected YES while I should have selected NO. (or) will they outright reject the application?


    1. Adminstate

      Hi, if i140 approved. It’s correct you mentioned yes. The note section is OK.
      Did you get any decision?
      I am on the same boat and it’s administrative process since November 20th in kolkata consulate

  6. Raj

    Hello Folks,

    I attended H1B US Visa interview on September 15 along with my family. Yesterday, I got a mail saying passports for my family is returned with Visa *Issued* on website but when I checked for my status it says *Administrative Processing*. Gone through many forums and I see it could be a case of 221g. Just wondering why they have put me on *Administrative Processing* but *Issued* H4 for my family? Anyone had experienced this? I wasn’t given any slip at the time of interview and VO said out visa has been approved.
    Appreciate the responses.

    1. Sumeet


      I am in the same boat. No slip issues and status says administrative processing. Today is 8th business day.
      How long did it take for you to get your passport back?

    2. Sandy

      The time they collect your passport, stamp it and return it back is administrative processing phase.
      So, each one’s status goes through that phase and changes based on update.
      Sometimes VO find a duplicate record of you (mostly if common name), and then it may take more time, like around 55 days to get an update again

  7. Maryam

    My parents appeared for visa interview (Dubai) on April 25th 2017. They also received 221g. It’s been 106 days and there was no update for their case yet 🙁

  8. swathi

    Hi all,
    My husband Received 221g white for f2 visa on June 28th 2017
    Status updated on July 14th’
    Passport requested to submit on July 17th..
    Is that shows positive ways of visa to be approved..?

    and who are waiting for the status change please be patient your day will come soon…

  9. surabhi mittal

    My son, who plans to go for undergrad studies applied for F visa in delhi and got a white slip. asking to submit additional documents. not able to understand why he was given that. Can anyone help

  10. rama sastry

    my visa revoked at port of entry by seeing data in my mobile, officer said to go embassy again and get stamped.
    Now i have some questions now –
    how to get prepare for visa ?
    any1 is their who overcame my situation ?

  11. Durga


    I attended my interview on June 5th 2017, and got 221G white slip – Mumbai Consulate.

    Is there anyone, with 221g on the same date from mumbai consulate. And what is the rough estimation time of this process?


  12. Omg

    One of my friend, she got the slip last year feb. uSCis asked to send the documents this year feb. It has been sent . But still it’s under administrative processing. Any idea why it is like this?

  13. krishna

    Hi I attend interview on april 28 2017 in chennai consulate,unfortunately i got 221G stating that need further documents.PFA documents they have asked.

    they have checked two boxes in that and asking those documents. PFA for reference.

    my client is not willing to provide client letter so my manager saying that instead of client letter we will provide manager letter and sow.

    now my question is: will consulate guys accept this?

    also my petition will expire on august 20 th 2017,till now i did not travel to US,this is the first time i went for stamping.

    if we did not respond to the 221 g,my petition will expire in next 2 months. so,can i use same petition for future cap exempted category with different company and different client.

    currently i have 2 i797B approved petitions in my hand one is for texas and 2nd is for amendment to that different client and location change is for chicago location.

    Note: its not 2 h1b petitions,its only one h1B having with amendments to 2 locations base location is texas and amendment for chicago.i went stamping for chicago location with amendment approved petition.

    could you please suggest the best way to hold my petition for future use with different client out terminating.

  14. HopeNeverEnds

    I attended US H1b visa interview at hyd on 3-May 2017. VO informed me that my visa is approved. After 10days, I dropped email to support-india, they responded that my case is in administrative processing under 221g. I don’t know which slip it is as I have not received any info. They did n’t ask to submit any document. my passport is with them. Anyone in same boat , please reply

    1. Pulkit

      Yes, but my counsellor told me to wait for 4-5 day. As I have received yellow slip in comment they have mention administrative processing.

    1. pandu12

      mine is pending since past 8 weeks. No documents were asked during interview except passport which was returned back. direct employee, has been working in the same company since 4 years but L1B to H1B.

      The interview was not good, I believe she wanted me to put on 221g somehow.
      the interview was not even 45 sec !!!
      Asked where quickly salary, company name, education, job duties. very quick, like she wanted me to catch I miss something or I do not know.

    2. Narasimha

      Hi Saurabh,

      I have attended visa interview at Chennai consulate on May 2nd 2017, issued 221g blue slip. VO didnt ask any documents.. he just says we need some more time to give final decision.. please track your case status with this case number..

      MY H1B petition is valid till NOV 14 2017. if suppose I did not get any update from consulate.. what options i have?

      Company planning to apply H1 extension in the August month. After extension approve, Can I attend visa interview again even though old H1b petition is on admin process?

  15. Help needed

    Hi All,

    Did any one 22G got cleared for 2017. How much does it takes for clearance? I am eager to know about average time period for clearance for “administratative process” after documents submissions? Please help

  16. Kishore

    Hi Saurabh,
    Thank you

    My H1B case was picked up in 2016 lottery but denied recently on the grounds of specialty occupation. I was wondering if transfer of my petition is still possible? I am currently outside US.

    1. administrator


      If the petition was selected, not approved but denied, then you are not considered in the cap. You have to go through the cap again.

      1. Raki

        Hi Saurabh… My petition was selected in 2014 lottery and i attended interview at Chennai consulate in october 2014.Got 221g with additional administration processing. After six months i. E in June 2015 petiiton sent back to uscis by chennai consulate. The petition revoked in August 2017. The petiiton also expired. Am i eligible for doing cap exempt transfer now with another employer. Please suggest.

        Fyi to all folks who were waiting for 221g reuslt with checkbox checked as additional administration processing required… Dont keep any hopes on the positive outcome.. They will send bavk petition to uscis.. And there will be no reply from them.. Its just lost opportunity… 90 percent it will get revoked…

  17. AdviseMe


    I got 221g blue slip stating my case requires further administrative processing for H1B. So I travelled to US on H4 visa. I have my petition with me. So can I find other employer and change my status to H1 from H4? Is it possible to change the status from H4 to H1 though I have been issued 221g for H1 at the consulate?

    1. administrator


      Yes, it should still be possible. An employer can file cap-exempt H-1 petition along w/ COS for you.

      1. AdviseMe

        Thank you. I was in a wrong impression that I cannot apply and wasted many months.
        Few more questions.
        1. With a new employer can I start working with approved LCA without waiting for COS decision?
        2. How much time does it take to get LCA or COS in general as premium processing is not there now?

        1. administrator


          1. No, you need COS to be approved before you can start to work.
          2. It could take several months, say 8-9.

          One thing to watch out for (sorry, didn’t include in my previous response), if consulate has made the decision to deny the visa (after 221g processing) they would send the petition back to USCIS for possible revocation. Once USCIS does that, you cannot use the old petition for H-1 transfer. Your COS to H-1 would work only if the old petition has not been revoked by USCIS based upon consulate’s input.

    2. Anil86


      I received 221(g) in Jan and the final submission of documents on March. It’s been quite long since am away from my husband..

      We are planning to go for H4 stamping but we Re not clear on the procedure to follow for H4 stamping since my H1B Visa is put under administrative processing.

      Any one with similar situation who has gone through please share your advice to follow for H4 stamping. Also what VO would ask in the interview since he sees that H1B is already in admin processing.?

      Please help us!

      1. Jaydip Patel

        hi Anil,

        My case was similar to yours. I went to consulate for H1 Stamping and received 221g. I waited for 2 months for 221g to clear. But there was no update.
        I planned for H4 stamping and scheduled an appointment for the H4 visa interview.
        VO asked me questions like – “Were you here few months back? and what for?”. I honestly replied and told that I have received 221g and its under admin processing. She checked in the system and confirmed the same.

        she approved my H4.
        I am in US now.


  18. Rahul Goswami

    Urgent help needed:
    I am stuck in India because of 221G Admin processing (yellow slip). My US employer might ask me to Resign because of delay in 221g.
    1. What will happen to my visa if I have to join other employer in India while 221G is in process.
    2. What documents should I ask my current employer before leaving them?
    3. Can other Indian employer transfer my visa if this 221G comes as rejection or in process?

    1. administrator

      Rahul Goswami,

      1. Join other employer on H-1 or as their Indian employee?
      2. Experience letter, copy of 797.
      3. If 221g results in denial, they would send the petition back to USCIS for reconsideration and possible revocation. Try to transfer to another employer before that happens. Unfortunately due to PP ban, this cannot be sped-up.

  19. mark123

    I attended interview on Jan 30th. I was given a blue slip 221g after 3 hours of wait. they marked tax documents to be submitted. After submitting the documents again on March 11 was asked to submit the passport but after 5 days I got my passport without stamping and again with a blue slip mentioning admin processing before a final decision can be made. Eagerly waiting with fingers crossed. Did anyone face any similar situation? Has their visa got approved.

  20. 221g - Admin processing

    Here is my case, i went to VISA interview on March 3rd, had my ofc done on 2nd March.

    1. OFC –> I did mistake with my dependent while taking appointment, i gave same reference as mine for my dependent too
    2. I raised query with Chennai consulate, they asked me to update proper Application ID while Biometri
    3. When i went for Biometri, i asked VFS officer to correct the mistake. he said no issues, but he updated my dependent as H1
    4. Next day, when i went for interview, while verifying our finger prints, VFS officer got confused and asked me who is the petitioner for H1B, i gave my Petition, he made correction to my dependent, i thought its corrected for good.
    5. When i went to Interview, first question was, who is your petitioner, i answered, VISA officer didn’t get convinced, she consulted someone and came back.
    6. I knew something is wrong, she asked me to handover all my supporting documents.
    7. I handed over, she typed something on the computer and went to consult someone again.
    8. She came back and asked me to sit, she said she will call me back
    9. After one hour wait, she called me back and said, we need to do further processing.
    10. She handed me over 221g and marked Admin Processing.
    11. I greeted her and came back. when i checked for the case numbers for status
    12. case no mentioned were only 12 digit, ceac visa tracker needs 14 digit no
    13. when i entered my Application ID, status says Admin processing
    14. for my dependent same status but, case created date as the day i went for OFC, mine updated as the date of interview.
    15. I am confused. what might be real issue.

    1. 221

      Same experience.Just keep waiting .
      The average duration seen is 4 weeks to 7 weeks. My friend got mail for submit Passport after 113days.

  21. Nish

    Anybody got 221(g) blue slip with Administrative Processing checked on 3rd Feb 2017 (Friday) from Chennai consulate? Please reply whether got any update from USCIS on your visa status? Ours still showing the same Administrative Processing status. Please share.

      1. Natta

        Attended Feb 9. Visa officer took all documents, internal project and issued 221g
        until now no news. checked online and saw the status update dated MARCH 13 and same information as Administrative processing.

  22. Som

    My H1B visa interview was on 23rd feb.
    Consular asked me about my research. Asked me for my research publications.
    He retained my passport and issued 221g blue slip highlighting that additional administrative processing needs to be done before taking decision.

    Any idea what’s going on????

    1. Sree

      221(g) is very common this past few months the consultae will process you application. The average duration seen is 4 weeks. in some cases up to 7 weeks. It is a painful period as no updates are provided by the consulate. You do not have any other option but to wait for an email correspondence from the consulate.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

      1. DP

        3rd Feb h1b Extension stamping interview…got 221g white slip and asked to submit extra doc…submitted same day which was received by embassy on 6th Feb ..since it was a weekend….its almost 5 weeks now ..still waiting for update ..mine was in Delhi …any idea how long is the approx wait time ?

  25. 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.

  26. 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

  27. Venkat


    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?

      1. Teena

        Please share any experience with stamping (EVC model) for H4 planning my visit to India in June n July . My husband works for an IT consulting firm since 2008

  28. Multiple 221


    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.

    1. Sharma

      Hi There,

      What happened to your Visa application ? Was your admin processing resolved? It would really help if you can share what the timeline was like.


  29. 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

  30. Tej


    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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