The Beast called 221g – Process and FAQs

In Immigration| Visas by Saurabh1603 Comments

Any person planning to travel to US has to go through a visa 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 221(g)?
When the consulate officer determines that additional processing is required before they can make the decision, they issue 221(g).

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 Department of State (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 Dept of State, “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 alternatives to 221g ?
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]

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Comments ( 1,603 )

  1. Sudhir

    Hi there, I attended my F1 visa interview on July 7, 2017 and I was told that my visa has been approved. I had previously worked in US on H1B as well. The visa officer was pretty jovial about me pursuing MBA . I waited 10 days but my passport was not returned and no update on the visa status page. I checked them again and they mentioned that “your application is refused under Section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act for administrative processing. After administrative processing is complete, the application will be reconsidered”. Does this mean that the visa is refused or they are still undergoing administrative processing. My school starts in about 10 days and i am kind of freaking out here. They haven’t sent me any information request whatsoever so i am not sure what is going on here. Any insight will be greatly appreciated.

    1. FooBar

      “Does this mean that the visa is refused or they are still undergoing administrative processing. “:

      Yes its refused by not DENIED, you’ll learn the final decision after they conclude Admin Processing.

      This is the place to check the status: https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx?

      “My school starts in about 10 days and i am kind of freaking out here. “:

      If officer has told you its approved then probably they are just listing the documents right on their end just to make sure of no loose ends. Hence you should have it soon.

      (On an side note: dates been close to travel date has less bearing on the time take to complete the process.)

      Good Luck 👍

      1. Sudhir

        Thanks for your reply. I am sort of wondering why they didn’t inform me of the 221g at the consulate itself. And since they haven’t asked for any documents, i don’t even know what is it that they are looking for. I know that the process will take its own time and i possibly can’t do anything about it but just wondering can the school where i have been granted admission help in any way?

          1. Sudhir

            Hi all, Yesterday my status changed to issued from administrative processing. Thanks for your encouraging words and support.

  2. Immu

    Hi Saurabh,
    Your post is very useful. I am also facing 221g.

    I dropped my documents via Dropbox @ Bangalore on 06/19. Got the passports back with a 221g blue slip asking to attend interview. I attended interview @ Chennai on 06/29/2017 and got a 221g blue slip with “Additional administrative processing required”. Passports retained, no documents asked or checked. I have “Mohammad” in my name. I got a 221g for B1/B2 visa in 2012 and got cleared in 2 months. In 2013, got my H1B stamped without any issues. Since then working for the same employer, direct employment. My employer is a top tech company with about 100k employees world wide. My petition is valid until 2019.

    My first status update was yesterday 07/12/2017, but still says admin processing. Passport status says “No status update available for this passport”.

    Any idea how long it is taking now for name checks?

    1. FooBar

      Hi Immu,

      Where do you check these status ? If you don’t mind sharing link ?
      From my experience I would doubt it has anything to do with ‘Mohammad’ atleast for people from Indian descendant.

      On cgifederal.secure.force.com they have a helpline number mentioned you can check there too but it generally take its time. (Sorry to say but in cases where they hasn’t asked for any documents its hard to judge when they summarise a case).

      Please share the Links.

      Good Luck 👍

  3. swathi

    Hello Saurab and all..

    I was seeing here about the 221g questions.. Please help me with my Husband case…
    My Husband had an interview in Hyderabad on June 28 2017..This is his 2nd attempt for F2 visa. First time he was refused by 214(b) and now with 221g white slip and passport returned.
    Vo interview conversation…. He replied for the following questions..
    What he do..?
    He was working in Dubai till 2015 November and He had a Rejoin letter from his company..
    Why travelled to Iran..?
    For his visa status change.
    (and showed the supported documents for his travel and he stayed only 4 days as he need to exit and enter UAE)…
    Are they considering this…?
    How this cases go..? Will that reject after submitting the documents or approved.?
    If rejected can he apply for H4 visa in future…
    Please help me with the info you guys have….

    Thanks in advance…

    1. FooBar

      Hello Swathi,

      Calm down, its USA he would have proceeded with such calculated assumptions in his mind.

      However on White Slip VO would have marked the reason for Admin Processing ?

      “Will that reject after submitting the documents or approved.?”
      Will be most probably Approved if provided the legitimate documents which satisfies the VO.
      The Sad part is that you don’t know how long it’ll take before you hear the verdict, there are people in the forum who are waiting on White Slip since Oct. 2016 & for some fortunate ones things just moved with in weeks.

      “If rejected can he apply for H4 visa in future”.
      Any type of visa could be applied after rejection of any type However try to understand its not the Visa its a person profile which is been accessed.

      Hence if provided all documents proving a clean record, Hopefully all should go smooth.

      Good Luck

      1. Hassim

        Hi i apply for non immigrant visa on 10 may 2017 they gave me 221g slip and get reply from embassy on 16 june to submit my passport and travel plan my plan to travel is 9 june 2017 so its already pass so i only send them the passport its almost 13 working days but no reply from them n last update shows on there application check list website ia 20 june did i need to send them travel plan ? Old one or make a new one plz help me as they say when u submit passport it takes 7 to 10 working days.

        1. FooBar

          Hassim,

          You can call on toll free number provided to check the status on your passport, If they want you to submit any documents they would ask before asking for passport submission, if now also they want to then they’ll update the status accordingly.

          Which boxes were checked when you first got 221G ? And where did you appeared ?

          Good Luck.

          1. Hasim

            I apply in london n they ask for my cv n submited on 11 may 2017 i receive mail to submit passport n travel plan on 16 june 2017 i submitted my passport only at there approved courier centre but still not receive passport

  4. FooBar

    Great Post Saurabh.

    As per my understanding most of the cases this year (specially the ones with a small rather unknown Petitioners).

    One point: The color of 221G for doesn’t really matter besides the consulate that it has been issued from.

    Processing Time: is horrible this year for my company we have few cases pending since Oct. 2016.

    Question: Provided the 221g was issued to me from Chennai can I appear in another consulate later when things indicate approved on dashboard ?

    GoodLuck everyone.

    1. Hasim

      Your travel dates have now passed. If you still plan to travel to the U.S. you will need to submit a new detailed travel itinerary with the purpose of your trip, and date of travel. (You do not need to purchase an airline ticket). Your travel dates need to be valid when you travel to the U.S.

      If you no longer wish to travel, please let us know.

      Plz help what i do in this.

  5. mohammed junaid

    Hi my name is mohammed junaid i gave my interview on aug 19 2016..all went right at the end of the interview,consulate officer gave me white color slip 221g ,and he dint requested for any documents..almost 10 months has been completed,till now status is showing ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSING.my question is should i email them,so that they look my case more quikr.i dont know what they are checking for these many months ..please suggest me what should i do😯

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Well, it is quite late I would say. You should have reached out to consulate earlier. Anyways, you can try reaching out to them and seek response.

    2. FooBar

      Hello, Don’t know why you havn’t reached out to them yet but start following up on pro active and hyper basis from now, every time you made an inquiry system has been updated about it & someone gets notified if your case if stuck in small glitches and left unattended.

      Good Luck.

  6. Abolaji

    Hello
    I went for an F-1 visa interview which went well and was congratulated and told my visa will be ready in 2-3 business days, only for me to receive a mail from the consular the next day asking me to reschedule another interview to see an interviewing officer at no extra cost with a yellow 221g form indicating that. I was not asked to submit any document. I tried to reschedule the visit online which keeps saying i need to pay again, so i called the customer care line, sent them the 221g form via mail and i am yet to get a response from them.
    Kindly help to explain possible reason for the 221g because i am yet to understand why and how i can reschedule .
    Thanks

    1. FooBar

      Hey, I believe Visa Officer would have missed asking you for some important document which they keep with themsleves for future reference, I don’t think there is anything to be scared, move ahead & get the stamped passport back, the sooner your proceed the better it is.

      Good Luck.

  7. suresh

    I attended visa interview on Dec 21 2015 and given blue slip in chennai,India and asked me to wait until admin processing is completed. Still there is no response from embassy? do you know any cases like this? is any chance to get visa?

    1. FooBar

      Hello, And what were the comments/reasons on the pink slip issued to you ? How did the interview went & what were the last words of the VO ?

      Hope you have been doing follow ups, do it on continues basis, put a stick in their a** until things moves.

  8. chamunda

    I appeared for H1b renewal stamping this year in jan 2017 . Previously I had entered On B1visa COS to H1b , This year change of employer and renewal was done without a current I 94. I was put on admin processing at hyd consulate since Jan 2017, Multiple emails via support VFS email resulting in generic copy-paste replies. Also my attorney stating just to be patient. It has already been more than 100 days waiting. This is curb morale and career growth . That seems to be the motive in the first place in handing out 221g’s indiscriminately for no reason whatsoever.

  9. Vertika Gupta

    Hi,

    I had gone for interview on 28th October 2016, the interviewer told me it was approved, however when i went to collect the passport, it had visa stamped over it and a rubber stamp put over it saying cancelled without prejudice with a white 221 g form attached to it requesting for additional client related documents.
    My company had filed for an internal project and hence replied the same.
    Its more than 7 months now and no response.

    Does this late happens when it is getting rejected
    What should i do?
    Please help?

    Regards
    VG

  10. Hope

    Hi shaurab

    I got 221g from Chennai consulate and the required documents has been submitted on march 18. Now it’s almost 2months gone and I couldn’t get any updates from the consulate. Meanwhile my employer asked me to sign G28 form to proceed via their attorney.

    Is there any hope to get positive reply from consulate in this case any time soon.

  11. LfKratz

    I had submitted my documents for J-1 Visa at the Frankfurt consulate on 8th May. The interview went well, and the consular officer told me he could issue a visa. But then felt like the CO has some trouble with the system. After a few minutes of goofing around the desktop, CO mentioned i have to email the CV and the kind of position i have needs verification of my scientific publication (221g). The process would approximately take 3 weeks or more.

  12. Sneha

    Hi Saurabh,
    I got 221(g) white slip issued in March. I have submitted all required documents in March .Later on I got mail from US consulate to submit client letter and few other documents . My original petitioner was not able to arrange client letter. Now I moved to different employer and they are ready to transfer H1 petition but recently I got reminder mail from US consulate to submit documents. Now I have below query

    1. Do we need to withdraw application from US consulate ?

    2.If yes, then how it will impact on my H1 transfer application which my new employer going to file this month .

    3. what i should reply to US consulate now.

    Please provide your inputs

  13. Ahmed

    Hi Saurabh,

    I went for my interview for the L1 A visa based on approved petition and at the time of interview the VO mentioned your visa is approved and you will receive your passport in 3 – 5 working days. A day later i received my passport by mail along with the 221g slip stating it will undergo administrative processing (but they did not return the petition copy ) and there was no additional documents required or the reason for it.

    Is it normal that i was told it is approved then receive the 221g slip the next morning? and should i assume this is mainly due to a background check and/or PIMS? and would the process for those still take up to 60 days?

    Thanks a mill!

  14. AJAY JOSHI

    Hi
    I had been issued section 221 g white paper with passport returned back at time of interview . Documents requested by consular has been submitted at interview time itself on May 17th, 2017. I will have to travel on June 16th, 2017 . Are there any positive signs that I can receive my visa by this date. I’m a scientist , Indian citizen working tier 2 visa from UK. Applied at London US embassy.

    1. AJAY JOSHI

      My visa type was B1/B2. The consular said they need 4 to 6 weeks for administrative processing at the time of interview.
      If they say 4 to 6 weeks, is there any possibility to complete it by 1 or 2 week.
      How to track my status?

      1. hasim

        hi ajay i have same situation i apply on 10 may n i m travelling on 9 june still waiting let see before my travel date got the visa they ask for cv.

        1. AJAY JOSHI

          Hi Hasim,

          Did you submitted CV at the time of interview itself or the next day. And did you got any mail.
          Did you apply from UK.

          1. Hasim

            Hi Ajay I apply from London only n yeah I submitted my cv next day to the email address they give starts from @petition n I get the reply from the same day that they receive my cv but still it’s says visa in admistrative processing n last updated 10 may.

          2. Ajay Joshi

            Hi I got my visa today itself. They asked for my passport on 22/06/2017 , when I sent my passport, within 5 days they finished visa processing and I got 6 years visa.

          3. swathi

            Nice… Congratulations…
            How long it had taken to clear everything… and after the interview when we expect a email from them about submitting additional documents.

          4. AJAY JOSHI

            May 17 consular interview, requested for resume submitted at the interview itself a hard copy, handed me a section 221g slip. Waited for response, June 22, they requested to deliver it us embassy in London. On the same day I sent my passport and travel plan itinerary through Royal Mail special delivery, the same day it was handed to London us embassy. I got my visa on 27/06/2016. I guess if no documents are pending and if we are acting swiftly in sending documents as and when requested it would take 40 days, this too for the first time travellers.

          5. Hasim

            Hi ajay ur travel plan is already pass on 16 june you got mail on 22 june asking to submit passport still you send them old travel plan or the new one.

      2. JOT

        Hi I had a interview on JANUARY 2015 with me and my family at the time of interview they gave me a form of five question related to my profile for example – siblings name,last 15 years travel history,How long u run business like that. i fill the answers and submitted and they gave 221(g) white paper and said take your passports or submit the passports now. I submitted the passports and ask about the process time .They said that it take 2 or 3 days or a week etc i agree. After 45 days i didn’t got any answer still in process. I didn’t know that it takes above time for process i mail him know about my case. They revert me that your case in still administrative process wait for 60 days. Then waited for 10 more days after that i mail him then again they revert me that with another name person to me then i send mail to him same day that i am not the person which u mail me with another name describe in a mail and tell about my case. After two days i got another mail that u received your passports from passport collection office. Then i went their and collect passports without visa with form apply next time. After two months i re-apply again but they didn’t gave me visa again. Again i re-apply with my family but they they didn’t gave me the visa.Now i want to now that i get a visa for US in future or shall i leave. I am from NEW DELHI

          1. Hassim

            I submit my passport but no reply yet almost 15 working days as per there website they say when u submit passport it takes 7 to 10 working days really never go to US visa process is really a headache .

          2. administrator
            Kumar

            There is no SLA for this. You can check 221g Tracker ( link listed on the above page) to get an idea of the current processing times of others.

  15. Riya

    Hey Sourabh,

    I attended the visa interview on 11th may at new delhi consulate.
    It went well.
    Below were the questions.
    Reason for trip?
    Employer?
    Employer business detail?
    Salary?
    How big is your employer?
    I answered small company.
    Where you will work at client location or employer?

    And then he asked about rights phemplet ,

    He issued me white slip221g with ITRs of the employer and client letter or internal project detail (whatever project is but he selected both check box?
    And said I’m not approving ur visa or rejecting please send these additional docs on the given email id (anyone can send either you or employer)
    I’m returing your pasport you can submit this to any local VAC whatevr near to you don’t need to come for an interview again as it has been done.

    Now I’ve one question as I’ve gone through the experiences shared by all in this forum that we can only submit passport once requested by consulate.

    But I dont understand Can I submit it with the docs or I shuld wait e-mail?

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Riya,

      The officer asked electronic submission of documents. So passport cannot be submitted yet. Usually the officer specifically asks for the passport or mentions it in 221g form when requesting for submission.

      The email can be sent either by you or employer, doesn’t matter.

      1. Riya

        That’s rite sourabh

        But he asked me to submit the passport along with white slip once I’ll email the docs .

        So my question is if I’m sending the docs today can I submit my passport next day or shuld I wait for their e-mail respons.

        My employer had already submitted ITRs at initial stage. Dont know why they asked again.

        1. Riya

          Hey Sourabh,

          When I’m checking my passport status online it shows your passport is still with US consulate.

          What does it mean?

        2. Dilip

          Riya,
          Don’t submit the Passport now. After the clearance they will send you mail to submit the Passport and 221g form till then you will have to wait just regularly check the mail. I just came across the procedure a week back.

        3. administrator
          Saurabh

          Riya,

          If the officer asked you to submit the passport after emailing the docs, then you can submit it. You may also want to call them and clarify.

  16. sowmya

    Hi Team,
    March 15th i had a H1b visa interview and they issued 221g and asked additional documents required .
    on May 3rd i got a mail to submit the passport .
    I attended the interview in chennai and now on project i am in dubai.
    can I submit the passport in dubai.
    On or before when can I submit .

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      sowmya,

      I think not as Chennai office handled the initial process. Contact both Chennai and Dubai offices and confirm with them.

        1. Dilip

          Riya,

          Yes they handed me over 221g at the time of interview, with a request to send the queries by mail. After about 7 weeks I have received mail from them to submit the Passport along with 221g at VAC.

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  18. shrikanth

    I was handed 221g during interview on 11th April. In lieu of additional documents required. I submitted those the next day. Within a week got another 221g form asking for detailed documents. Submitted those too. Until 25th April case update said admin processing. But today (26th) it says refused. I don’t understand what’s happening. Is this update like a final one? Or the update refers to the 221g refusal which was done on the day of interview. I’m confused because once they completely refuse they send back your documents which they haven’t done yet. Which leads me to believe (as I want to) that it’s an old update and the process is still going on as there have been many instances of status Changing from AP to refused to issued. Please help

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      shrikanth,

      You can wait for 1-2 weeks to see if the documents are returned. The other thing you can do is contact their support center and ask for an update.

      1. shrikanth

        Hi saurabh. Thanks for the reply. Actually my flight is on Tuesday. I was hoping I could do something by then or at least within next week. But anyway, as it seems, I can’t do much here. Hoping for the best.

  19. xyz

    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

    1. Abhishek

      Hi,
      Sharing my experience regarding Appointment, Interview, and collection of documents.
      My Visa Interview was at Mumbai in December last year. I went to Mumbai without Bio metrics as I was not aware of that. Later, the officer at the Interview handed me the letter stating I have to schedule a Bio metrics appointment before I can take an Interview. I went back to Hyderabad and then Scheduled my Bio metrics Appointment the very next day at the Hyderabad VAC.

      You can schedule a Bio metrics Interview at www.ustraveldocs.com/in.
      After Bio metrics Interview was scheduled, on the day of the appointment the officer at the VAC collected my Bio metrics an a digital photograph.
      Please make sure you read the security requirements to enter the VAC on the ustraveldocs website. Electronics are not allowed inside and it was a problem for me to arrange a locker for my cell phone outside the VAC. VAC do not provide any locker facility.

      After successfully Submitting my Bio metrics, I was able to schedule my consular Interview for February 2nd. Make sure you be there at the consulate at least 30 mins before the consular Interview. ( There might be a huge line)
      I saw that there are two separate lines, one for Immigrants and one for non Immigrants.
      I went in to the consulate after the security check, and later I was given a token for my Interview.
      The officer called me for the Interview and I was Interviewed for about 15-20 mins. Make sure you answer only what officer ask you. Your answer should not be lengthy and irrelevant. Make your answers short and Simple. Be clear for what you are saying, such a way that officer gets it properly. Mine was Immigrant Visa Interview. After 15-20 mins the officer issued me a 221G letter asking additional evidences. This is mainly to avoid any fraud.
      It took me nearly 2 months to gather those evidence. Make sure you are submitting only what officer asked. I highlighted very important information which I wanted the officer to see. Be clear what you are submitting, Only submit relevant Information. I submitted my documents at the Dropbox location at Hyderabad.
      You can get details of the dropbox locations on ustraveldocs website.

      Meanwhile, documents are with the consulate, you can track your passport on the ustraveldocs website. you can also check the status of your case at ceac.state.gov. Enter your case number and track your case status.

      After 15 days of submitting documents (the case status was as Administrative processing),
      on 12th April the ” Case last updated” date changed.
      on 13th April the Status was changed to “Issued”

      I got my passport with my Immigrant visa and Packet in the next 2-3 days.

    2. Lamin

      Im equally in the same shit I apply for f1 visa since 10th April 2017,now a month has complete I didn’t hear from them.I’m stuck without knowing the reason.why 221g.I don’t no what to do.

  20. Nalini

    Hi,
    I was working in US on H1 and traveled to attend a marriage. I went for interview and was given a 221g administrative processing in Dec 2016.
    Its 4 months, and when I called NVC, they said my file is still with the consulate. and status at CEAC says update – 14 dec 2016.
    I am unable to understand, can they keep my file and do nothing for 4 months?
    When you say – Email consulate, how to do that since VFS doesn’t seem to be giving any proper status. My husband is in US, with a fractured leg, my daughter school has dropped her and my client is no longer to wait now.
    How can I get my passport back, because the employer is in a mood to revoke my H1 and I would like to apply for a H4.

    1. Kartikka

      Hi Nalini,
      My case is same as yours.
      I interviewed with Delhi Embassy on 24th Jan’17 and yellow slip was issued to me.
      No docs have been requested till date and Embassy is giving no status updates.

      I don’t know what’s going on with my application.

      Please keep posted your status if you hear anything from consulate.

      1. David

        Nalini and Kartikka,
        I traveled from US to India for my cousins wedding on October 2016 and when I went for stamping got 221g , I didn’t get any update in my case till date, no update neither they asked for any documents. Dont know when I will be getting an update in my case 🙁

  21. Manas G

    Hi All,

    I interviewed wit the US consulate in New Delhi on April 3rd . They kept my passport, returned my I-797, and gave me a 221g stating “Sevis Hit Removal”

    Anyone has any idea about Sevis Hit removal?

    Thanks!

        1. Taruna

          Congratulations Manas! Could you tell me overall how many days it took you to get your H1 approval? Also, did you submit any documents to the embassy / VFS? I submitted the old Sevis fee receipt. Appreciate any response.

          1. Parikshit Tiwari

            Hello Taruna,
            Did you get any response? Please lmk. I am in the same place as you but I am stuck in a different country.

        2. Parikshit Tiwari

          Hello Manas same question again I am in the same place like you were can you please let us know how long it took for the administrative processing?

  22. Terry

    Good morning sir,

    I went for my follow up interview at the Lagos consular in Nigeria on the 10th of March 2017, after all the follow-up interview went well, the consular asked several questions regarding my job non destructive testing that uses iridium-192.

    Thereafter my wife was equally interviewed separately and our passports was retained by the consular.

    On the 23rd of March, I received a message that the passports were ready for collection. I did picked up the passports without the visa, I saw same 221g paper that we are still on administrative processing.

    Note: I applied for b1/b2 visa

    Pls, What should I do at this point

    Regards

    Terry

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Terry,

      Looks like your job has triggered this administrative processing. They may conduct background check before issuing the visa to you. Nothing you can do at this point except to wait patiently.

  23. riz

    My fiance is a USA citizen, he applied for a K1 visa. I am from India. When I went to the Delhi Consulate for the interview , after some questions the officer gave me a white slip which said your case has been refused under section 221g, please bear with us while your case undergoes administrative processing. She also returned my Passport.

    When I track the case number it shows returned to NVC.
    Is it a Denial?
    What steps can I take?

    Also Will this impact further if my fiance applies for a CR1 (Spouse Visa) ?

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Riz,

      From the name I assume you have a common Muslim name. They may be doing background check. It is not a denial but a delay. Nothing you can do except to wait patiently.

  24. Alok

    I attended interview today at Hyderabad Consulate and they gave me 221(G). and mostly my case is of
    Employment check.

    How much time do you think this will take?

  25. Ram

    Please clarify me on the below one.
    I had attended US consulate at Hyderabad for H1B stamping on 13th Feb 2017 and was issued 221(g) white slip for administrative processing with case number, by holding the passport .
    How any days actually US consulate holds passport?
    Are there any chances to release the passport and continue with their administrative processing?
    Because i need to travel to other country where i am currently working, if US consulate holds my passport for too long then I will loose the current job and visa
    Did you ever heard of this cases in past?
    Please advise…

  26. Syed Siraj

    Hi

    My wife went for the H4 interview on December 7th 2017 at Hyderabad. The interview was straight forward

    CO: Where does your Husband Work
    Her : XYZ Company

    CO: where do u live
    Her : Virginia and the address

    CO: how long you are in USA
    Her: 3 years

    and then She said congratulations your Visa is approved and handed over a booklet (Rights in USA) and then said she will receive the passport in 2 days.The passport si still with them. But since then her Visa is in admin processing. It been more than 55 days now.

    This has happened to her the first time as well , she was approved after 3 months. Not sure why they are making her go through the same again

    has anyone gone through this ????

    I am worried how long its gonna take for them to approve again.

  27. Vicky

    Hi Saurabh & Team,
    Please clarify me on the below one.
    I had attended US consulate for H1B stamping on 28th Dec and was issued 221(g) white slip by holding the passport. Its been almost 4 weeks and I am yet to hear any response.
    How any days actually US consulate holds passport?
    Are there any chances to release the passport and continue with their administrative processing?
    Did you ever heard of this cases in past?
    Please advise…

  28. sumit shah

    Hi Saurabh/ Kumar,

    My petition had an rfe but was approved when I converted to premium.

    I did appear for the consulate interview and was issued 221g in Nov. My employer submitted docs in dec. Consulate then has sent back my case to USCIS in Jan. It is under review by USCIS and would probably be revoked.

    Will any other company be able to file a cap expemt h1b on my i797 in such a case.

  29. AM

    I attended my visa interview on 19th January and was issued a yellow slip saying ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSING. My company went into a merger with another company and its name/identity was changed. VO collected my Passport and original I797 petition. Also the VO said “Unfortunately I can not assign you a visa right away but we will try to approve your case by the end of the day today”.

    After reading online and contacting the VAC looks like I am in a bad spot since the process is not transparent and can take forever to qualify.

    1. Any suggestions regarding steps to take to get out of this mess?
    2. I understand the website says 60 days, so should I expect it in 60 days or is there a possibility that it can actually happen in a week or so?
    3. Is it helpful contcting the US embassy at New Delhi?

  30. MV

    I had my L1B visa interview today in the Dubai US consulate office. Visa officer wrote approved in the I129S action block but handed over the yellow slip for administrative processing with case number. Does this mean that my visa is approved and that it just needs some processing for clearance? How long does it take for this admin processing to complete in my case?

  31. Jatin

    Hi,

    Today i.e. 10 Jan 2017 I went for H1B interview at Delhi and lady taking my interview gave me the yellow slip after few questions. She took my passport and also asked for all the documents and said it is under Administrative Processing now. Did not ask for any more documents as of now and also did not write anything on the yellow slip.

    Jay

    1. Chirag

      I went to H1b Visa interview at Delhi Embassy on Jan 5th 2017. Lady there took my passport and documents and gave me yellow slip. she said it would not take long and you will hear back in 2-3 days. today is Jan 17th and I am still waiting. Looks like there is no way to escalate, My approved vacation is coming to end and Flight is tomorrow which will wasted.

      Hope it come soon.

      Thanks,
      Chirag

  32. 221G_H1B

    Dear Saurabh / Team,
    I went for consular interview yesterday for H1B and was issued 221(g) white slip requesting for the below details. However they kept the passport with themselves and asked me to email the below informations.
    Invite Letter – I already have this letter.
    Research
    Funding
    Itinerary

    I had completed M.Tech Biotech back in 2009 and joined one of the top Indian MNC in Information Technology and has been working since.
    My Queries are:

    Research – I am not involved much in research in my current job in IT company.. do i mention Not applicable or do i mention few of my projects on Biotech back in 2007 and 2009?

    Funding – I am on my Company’s Payroll and will be paid as per my certified LCA.. do i attach the LCA and say my trip will be funded by my company and will be paid as per LCA or should I show my bank balance statements here in India too?

    Itinerary – my company has provided itinerary of services which clearly mentions my company’s address in US and the client address and the work duration.. do I also need to have a confirmed flight tickets and hotel accommodation and send it across as my reply to consulate

    If any one else had this kind of queries replied to consulate, please leave your contact details on [email protected] , It will be of immense help. Also please advise me on the processing timelines as I was supposed to join my client in US by mid of Jan ’17, thanks

  33. 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 many 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 white 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

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