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Why US Visa Status on CEAC says Refused for 221g ? Dropbox ? Visa Interview ?

When you check the US Visa Stamping Status online, there are some cases, where the online status on CEAC website shows as “Refused”, even though the consular officer said after the interview that it was approved. You may also see the same status, after you dropped off documents for US Visa Dropbox stamping or you received 221g Administrative Processing by Consular officer said they need some administrative processing and kept the passport.

In the past, it used to show “Administrative processing”, but it now shows as “refused” from March 3rd, 2020, for many cases. This online status of “Refused” can cause a lot of panic among many in 221g administrative processing, dropbox stamping or general visa stamping applicants. This article covers the issue with the status “Refused”, why it shows like that, and updated with user inputs & experiences.

How to Check US Visa Status on CEAC

If you do not know, US CEAC website is the place where you check US Visa status. CEAC stands for US Dept. of State’s Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC). If you are new and not sure how to use CEAC website, you can read How to Check US Visa Status on CEAC website to get an idea on how to check the status online and understand the status that are typically showed, when you check the US Visa status.

Let’s first look at the common situation with 221g, where you would see “Refused” Status. We will review Dropbox and general visa interview later.

Previous US Visa Status for 221g on CEAC Website

In general, when you are issued a 221g for administrative processing, you used to see the status of “Administrative processing” on the US Dept CEAC Website and the text under it used to read like below.

“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 US Consulate General <City name>”

See the screenshot below on exactly how it looked.

221g Administrative Processing Status CEAC Website

We have picked a case that is still in Administrative processing from the past and have is how it used to look. But, that changed from March 2020.  Pay close attention to the number to check below.

221g Status Changed to Refused for US Visa on US CEAC Website

From early March 2020, many users have reported and we verified as well that most of the 221g Cases status has changed to “Refused”, even when there was no real update on their ‘Case Last Updated Date’ or anything has changed. One key thing to note is the text under it has changed. It reads like below now.

“A U.S. Consular Officer has adjudicated and refused your visa application. Please follow any instructions provided by the consular officer. If you were informed by the consular officer that your case was refused for administrative processing, your case will remain refused while undergoing such processing. You will receive another adjudication once such processing is complete. Please be advised that the processing time varies and that you will be contacted if additional information is needed. For more information, please visit TRAVEL.STATE.GOV or the website for the Embassy or Consulate at which you made your visa application. For more information, please visit U.S. Consulate General <Consulate name>”

Pay close attention to the bold text, it basically tells that, if you were given Administrative processing, then it will be processed in administrative processing. Also, see the screenshot below with status ‘Refused’, it is the same case number as above.

221g - Status Refused - CEAC Website

You may watch the below YouTube Video on 221g CEAC Status Administrative Processing, which covers the same details

Why has the Status Changed from Administrative Processing to Refused Suddenly ?

Well, CEAC website changed the displayed status text to be in line with the form given by the consular officer, and that’s why you see this big change and the confusion. If you  check your 221g notice or any of the standard 221g forms given, you will see the text that says “Your application for a nonimmigrant visa has been refused per section 221(g) of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act…”. See below screenshots.

221g Refused Text on White Slip
221g Pink Slip Refused Text

So, technically, it was refused and the online status now on CEAC website now reflects the same. So, nothing to panic or worry.

The text below the actual ‘refused’ status on CEAC website tells clearly that if you were given administrative processing, it will be continued to be processed and you will receive another update on the decision/adjudication once the process is complete . There is nothing to worry, if you have been issued a 221g, it will be continued to be processed.

Official Communication Travel.State.Gov New Alert

On March 5th, 2020, US Department of State update on their website in a news alert that they have made the status related text change to reflect the actual change, but does not really change the case information. As discussed above, it is in line with the 221g sheet given to the applicant, when their case goes to Administrative processing. Check below screenshot, that tells the change in text. You can check Official Travel.State.Gov Press Release for CEAC Change

Adminstrative Processing Changed to Refused - CEAC - March 2020 News Relase

National Visa Center – Verified Change

We called National Visa Center regarding the status changed and asked regarding the change. They confirmed that the status text has changed for Administrative processing, but nothing other than that. If you were given a slip for 221g or told by Consular Officer that your case will be in administrative processing, then your case will be processed accordingly. The status text of the refused for Administrative processing is different from the real refused case, without administrative processing. We cover that below. In any case, you can call National Visa Center as well and verify, if you are concerned. You need to have your Passport Number, Date of Birth and Your Case ID for getting info on your case. You may have to wait for 30 to 45 min, details of Phone Number for National Visa Center are at : https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/contact-us/us-visas.html

Actual Refused Status Text on CEAC ? Is it Consistent ?

It is very hard to say what the exact status you would see on CEAC website, if your US Visa was really refused for good. In the past, it was clear, but since March 2020 and in recent times in 2021, this has been very inconsistent. Many users see “Refused” status as an intermediate status as well.

In early 2020, some “refused” cases that were ultimately “denied” had “refused” status on CEAC website with shorter text. See below screenshots. But, that is not true always. Many cases in late 2020 and 2021 that had “Refused” status with shorter text as an intermediate status and later they changed to Administrative processing and then “Issued” . So, it is very hard to say the exact text for real refused cases.

Observed CEAC Status Changes : Refused ( with short text ) >> Administrative Processing >> Issued

The only way to tell, if your case was refused, is if you get a confirmation from Consulate that says, your case is refused. Sample US Visa Denial Letter from US Consulate after 221g

Example of CEAC Status Refused with Shorter text

  • Old Text for Refused : Your application was refused. Please refer to the letter or other instructions you were given at the time of your visa interview. For more information, please visit <US consulate name >
  • New Text for Refused : A consular officer has adjudicated and refused your visa application. Please see the letter you received at the interview. For more information, please visit <US Consulate name>
  • See below Refused Status with shorter text, before and after March 20th, 2020.
CEAC Status Refused - Before - After Change 2020
US Visa Refused Case status

US Visa Status for Dropbox shows Refused or Administrative Processing ?

Many users have reported that, if you have submitted your documents for US Visa stamping using Dropbox option for renewals, then you may see. “Administrative Processing” as status on CEAC website. Sometimes, due to the issue we described in article above, you may also see the “Refused” status as well. Usually, this status of “Refused” or “Administrative Processing” would change in about week to 10 days. If not, then you can reach out to consulate. Do not panic, if you see this status.

Also, at times, some users reported that you see “Refused” or “Administrative Processing” status for general US Visa in-person interview, where the consular officer said that your visa was approved and kept passport. Give it few days for the status to change. If it does not change after a week or 10 days, then reach out to consualte.

What do you see on your 221g Status on CEAC website ? How about Dropbox Status ? Share your thoughts in comments.

   

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  1. Hi Kumar,
    Your article is very helpful. I hAve my interview on 2/11/2019 and it went for administrative processing. I needed to go to Australia that’s why I asked them to temporarily withdrawal my passport. I resubmit it on 2/2/2020. On 2/3/2020 mail me and said my case is in AP. But on 23/3/2020 they return my passport (I though it is for vivid-19) and Now it is showing refused. But rest of the text matched with the text as you described.

    My question is if they return my passport on 23rd of March 2020, is it still administrative processing ? or it is refused totally?

    I will wait for your reply
    Thanks
    Rajib

    Reply
    • Rajib,
      Just returning passport does not mean it is denial. Usually, they will give a decision letter indicating it. Try to email or call them.

      Reply
      • Hello guys,

        Quick question please mine is regarding an 01b visa I went for my interview at the embassy in London because it was approved by the USCIS. The officer interviewed me and gave me back my passport and they stated they will not issue me with a visa this time I checked the CEAc website at first it stated the admin processing and now it states refused! The officer didn’t give me a reason but this is what it sais on my non immigrant visa

        A u.s consular officer has adjudicated and refused your visa application. Please follow any instructions provided by the consular officer. If you were informed by the consular officer that your case was refused for administrative processing, your case will remain refused while undergoing such processing. You will receive another adjudication once such processing is complete. Please be advised that the processing time varies and that you will be contacted if additional information is needed. For more information, please visit TRAVEL.STATE.GOV or the website for the Embassy or Consulate at which you made your visa application. For more information, please visit U.S. Embassy .

        It’s been two months and I haven’t received an email or a letter about my refusal! Does this mean it goes back to the USCIS for a check or is my visa refused completely?

        Reply
        • Lola,
          Now, everything is closed with COVID…it could very likely be Administrative processing and just the system text change issue. Try calling the National Visa center and check.

          Reply
    • Hi Kumar,
      Applied for h1b extension and got approved till 2021 dec. On march 9 2020 came for vacation(gap of 3 years) and drop box scheduled @ chennai EMBASSY on march 13 2020.Amidst lockdown the case got created of may 11 2020 and on may 12 shocked to see the refused status (one with the long text). Same status for my 3 depedents also(h4). Tension mounting up. Please give ur valuable opinion

      Reply
      • Shejeer,
        Do NOT worry, if the text is long, then it is very likely administrative processing…They will NOT reject you directly as it is dropbox. They may ask you to attend the interview and then they may give another slip. So, stay calm and wait for the communication from Consulate. follow up with them as well.

        Reply
  2. llo All,

    I had my visa f4 interview on March12th 2020 at Mumbai. The VO has returned my passport,I was handed over a 221(g) White indicating no documents as needed also with a case number to track. From the next day onwards I started tracking my status and on 15th march the status changed from AP to refused.
    I am confused and panic if my visa will be denied or not?

    Reply
    • Mr.Rajinder Singh,
      If you have been given a white slip, and the text is long when you check online, then it is still under Administrative processing. The issue is the text change like we explained in
      above article.

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    • hello everyone,

      im a little confused and would love any opinion on my situation:

      my Interview for J1 was on Monday 4th May 2020, I’m a Pakistani citizen applied from Abu Dhabi embassy. they gave me an expedited appointment as Im a doctor going for medical training. IV went absolutely fine the VO said im approving your visa and gave me a slip that says “congrats your visa is approved ” . In fact she even thanked me for “helping them out” during these tough times. and she kept my passport and said visa will be printed today and youll get it in a couple of days. so all happy I come back home, to find an email of some form ds5535. filled it and sent it back almost immediately. next day I get an email that my visa has been refused under 221g and that now itll go for admin processing. Now im confused since people here say they got 221g form right after interview. I didn’t. i just got an email. theres so much discrepancy between what happened during interview and in email that I just dont know whats the matter. my passport is still with them btw. can anyone shed any light of what the deal is? i havent contacted embassy yet since its been only 2 days to this and she told me during interview youll get your visa in a couple of days. but yes any help in assessing this situation will be appreciated. thankyou

      Reply
      • moiz,
        221g is generally given after visa interview, but in your case you were asked for DS-5535, so it is normal process delay…Typically, if they ask for any documents, it is technically considered administrative processing…the terms can be misleading, stay positive, it should be with you in Few days. Do update how it goes once you hear back.

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  3. HI,

    I am a Paskitan My fiance visa was denied on April 2019 as the consular wanted me to submit more documents. So I submitted the Documents to the Consuler office but it has been in refused. And the Online status would say “Your application was refused. Please refer to the letter or other instructions you were given at the time of your visa interview. For**”

    The embassy still has my Passport

    Now I made inquiries thorugh senators and the embassy response Would be

    Feb 2020 , One of the senator messaged us this “I received a response regarding our inquiry into the application for”Name. At this time it is pending due to administrative processing and they cannot predict how long the review will take. I hope you find this information helpful as they cannot share any other details at this time.”

    In 2019 , One of the senator messaged us this “Dear Senator King, Jr.,
    Thank you for your July 18, 2019 letter on behalf of your constituent, ‘Name’ contacted your office concerning the fiance visa case of ‘Name’
    We reviewed our consular records and found that Mr.’Name’ was interviewed at the American Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan on April 29, 2019. Currently, his case is pending the completion of administrative processing in order to verify his qualifications for this visa.
    We understand there is frustration at the delay; however, a decision on this case cannot be made until we finish our review. Visa applications are adjudicated in accordance with the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA),”

    Response I get when i make inquiry through their wbebsite :
    “Your immigrant visa case has been refused under INA Section 221(g) for administrative processing, an integral part of the visa adjudication and issuance process that can neither be expedited nor waive”

    Now I see the Status of My Application in New Text “A consular officer has adjudicated and refused your visa application. Please see the letter you received at the interview. **”

    Question : Your article says its actually refused, but why mine is different and I have been waiting a year . Almost on brink of giving up this application and apply for a marriage visa.

    Can you help me out and Guide ..

    Thank You

    Reply
    • Waleed Bashir,
      If you read closely, the text of the Refused changed and for administrative processing cases also it shows refused, so it may be the case. It is likely that the text change caused confusion. At this point, all you can do is wait and stay positive. Continue to work with Senators at later time after the COVID crisis is over…

      Reply
  4. Hello,
    My fiancé had his interview on march 12 and they took his passport, but 3 days later he received an email to fill out DS 5535, so he filled it and sent it back. The embassy sent his passport back few days later.The status was showing Administrative processing but changed to Refused on march 26 but has the long text under it. Does this mean its still under AP? why did they return his passport early? everything went great in the interview and they took his passport that day but I am not sure why they returned it in the mail. anyone had anything similar. Please let me know. thank you

    Reply
    • Xena,
      No one know, why something happens like that…It could be many things that Consular officer suspects. it is likely in administrative processing…You need to wait for their response …

      Reply
  5. Hello,
    I applied for B1/B2 category visa and my interview was conducted on 12th Sep 2018, Since that day no case update on CEAC site, I wrote them four emails to get update on my case and they replied that my case is under administrative processing so once it is complete I will be informed. It’s almost 18 months since I interviewed.

    From March 3rd 2020 following update is seeing on CEAC case status,

    A U.S. consular officer has adjudicated and refused your visa application. Please follow any instructions provided by the consular officer. If you were informed by the consular officer that your case was refused for administrative processing, your case will remain refused while undergoing such processing. You will receive another adjudication once such processing is complete. Please be advised that the processing time varies and that you will be contacted if additional information is needed. For more information, please visit TRAVEL.STATE.GOV or the website for the Embassy or Consulate at which you made your visa application. For more information, please visit U.S. Embassy Islamabad.

    Please comment.

    Reply
    • Syed,
      Well, very hard to know…if they given your passport back, then it is basically over as it is over a year…Call National Visa center

      Reply
    • Hi, my case has been under AP since august 2017. Case created and last updated same date. 2 years and 6 months now with no update so I feel your pain:)

      Reply
  6. Hi Kumar, I updated my file date today and it didn’t change and it was rejected, and I received an email saying that all visas from Iran have been suspended for now, should I be disappointed? I am very worried about what to do if my immigration case is rejected by my family after 9 years.

    Reply
    • Mehradad,
      Not to be worried, it is applicable to all the applicants from Iran, that is a president proclamation. If they lift that, then you would be eligible again. For now, stay positive, hope this COVID-19 situation gets better soon.

      Reply
  7. Hi Kumar,
    Am Munassar from Yemen, I did The interview for my wife on nov 21 . The consoler told me that everything good am approved for the visa. They told me just bring joint sponsor and replay to our email ds5535 or something like that. I filed it and mail back to them. Find new joint sponsor send them what the passport with joint sponsor in dec 20. Everything work good I check the status It’s AP. I was so frustrated because I been waiting for 3 months nothing happen. My case is in Riyadh Saudi Arabia. I picked appointment on March 2nd. Ask the officer why it’s take too long to get the visa since am approved. He told me that everything good don’t worry I will try my best to get ur visa done just wait we will inform u about ur case. The passport still with them. It’s been 4 months so far. I email them 2 days ago they said still under AP but on the ceac said refused. I don’t know what to do please advise me. I want my family with me soon.

    thank you

    Reply
    • munassar,
      Well, if you have seen the text status changed to refused, then nothing to worry, it is just small text change. If they have their passport, if is positive sign, so stay positive. Reach out to consulate after sometime…Now with COVID-19 they are not fully functional.

      Reply
  8. Hey, I’m from Iran, in December I did an interview in Abu Dhabi. After the interview I was sent an email form which said fill in and resubmit. I did and sent. My case was in AP mode when I got a rejection answer which fortunately reading this page made it all look like, I wanted to ask you do you think my visa is not late? Should I call the embassy or wait? It should be noted that the case history has not changed just by switching to AP mode, is there still hope and if so how long does it take? Thank you.

    Reply
    • mehrdad,
      Yes, if only text has changed and not the case updated date, then it was the text change thing as we wrote in above article. It does not hurt to reach out to them….

      Reply
      • Jean
        Hi kumar

        I just wanna ask regarding my case status . I already have interviewed last 3 January 2020 .The officer told after my interview that my papers everything is good and I have to wait 2 to 4 weeks , he took my passport. They returned my passport after a weeks with a letter of 221g for additional documents and I already sent it with my passport because in the letter said I have to submit my passport together with my additional documents .before my case last update was March 3 ,2020 AP with old txt and the next day March 4 it change the update date with a new txt but still refused .Now Last updated date March 16 still refused same new txt. Do you think I have a chance to get approve of my IR1 visa..looking forward to hear from your answer. Thank you!

        Reply
        • Genelyn,
          I think you still have a chance as it is not full denial. You will get a notification telling it is denied, it if was denied. Stay positive and reach out to the consulate.

          Reply
  9. hola, soy colombiana y mi visa aun esta rechazada con el texto largo mi pregunta es que si alguna persona le ha cambiado el estado en el transcurso de estos dias? o sera que esta todo paralizado por el virus?

    Reply
  10. Hi Kumar,
    I am Hasibul from Dhaka. I gave interview for K1 visa on November 25, 2019 then they sent me an email with a questionnaire, I filled up and sent it via email. Then I saw that the visa status goes to AP on 26 Nov 19. I was given a visa approval letter during interview and the consular said to me after finishing the interview that “congratulations! Your visa has been proved. ” but since November 26 the visa status was AP and updated the date only during AP. Then the visa Application has changed with new date on 21 January 20, the status was application received and created case date was changed also and it was 21 January 2020. On the same day the status was changed to AP again. Then I got another update on March 04, 2020 and the status changed Refused with long test from AP. The refused status was March 4, 2020 to 24 March 2020. Then the date and status has been changed again on 24 March 2020 from refused to AP again. Today is 29 March, 2020 and it’s still on AP. Do I still hope to get issued my visa? Or they can refuse again after final decision when finished AP. It has been passed 4 months already. I sent email to the embassy 2/3 times for getting my passport back as my visa was refused on 04 March 2020 but they never replied my email and didn’t give my passport back yet. Please suggest me something. I read the comments that many people got visa after refused. Please answer my question.

    Regards,
    Hasibul

    Reply
    • Hasibul,
      If they have your passport, it is still positive. Also, as you say it is hovering between two statuses…so, hard to say. Globally the visa operations are not in full processing mode…sometimes, it can take up to 180 days or more, so you may wait. Try to email them later or call the National Visa center. Not much you can do, stay positive !

      Reply
  11. Hello all,

    If anyone had their visa issued this week or next, could you please post it on this forum for others to be hopeful.

    Thank you,
    Sapien

    Reply
    • Yes, they still have my passport. They kept my passport during interview on November 25, 2019. They didn’t return my passport yet and still kept it. They never ask for more documents. They just sent an email with a questionnaire and I filled it up and sent. That’s it.

      Reply
  12. Hey i was having interview on 4 March. I was given 221 g and till yesterday my status was refused but now it says Issued.

    What it mean? Due to corona they have rejected visa or? Please if anyone have faced such case what is end result?

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  13. Got visa issued today. My status changed from refused to AP again on 13th march. Got visa on 25th march. Good luck to everybody 🙂

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      • Sydney consulate(indian nationality). My passport was never returned by the officer. He kept it after my interview. Following is my timeline-:

        My interview- 28 jan 2020 (consular said visa approved) sydney consulate(indian national)

        Receive ds 5535 – after 3 hours of interview

        Submitted ds 5535 – 29 jan(received confirmation as well …automated + personal)

        Case date updates(I never sent any email to consulate to ask the status of my case.)

        – 15 feb, 18feb, 21feb, 24feb, 5 march, 12 march

        As u all know, our case statuses changed to refused on 3rd/4rth march…on 13 march friday(refused status changed to AP status again). At this point, I guessed that my AP was over.

        25 march wednesday- Got visa issued 🙂

        Good luck to everybody. I wish this corona thing will go away ASAP and u will all get ur visas soon. ? Thanks everybody

        Reply
      • Robin…r u asking me…u have not mentioned any name…If u r asking me then ..No…I have not made any arrangement…its a very long flight from Australia and very few flights available due to covid 19. I dont want to take any health risk due to covid 19. I will wait for May. If I see the situation is still same in May then I will book the flight to US as there will be no other option but to fly before the visa expires.

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  14. Hi, my last interview was on Sept,24,2019 and the case status was in AP processing step, on March 4th when i check my case status its changed and still saying refused instead of AP processing , could you please tell me any news about this issue.

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  15. Krishnadas..mate my visa is Cr1 at sydney consulate..i m originally from india…..i have seen them issuing visas till 18 feb…they had enough time to issue me a visa as my status changed to AP on 13th march….i had my interview in last week of jan 2020…since then they put my case in AP…..in mumbai, cr1 cases were going very fast…never seen somebody got delayed in cr1 visa in mumbai……even in sydney, they give visas very quickly but because i m from different country so they thought of giving me 221g for additional security for no reason…kind of discrimination…it would have been better if i had chose my interview location as mumbai…so frustrating..now this coronavirus…i hope things get better soon otherwise there will be large backlog of cases

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    • Hi kumar
      Applied for b1/b2 visa in january 13 and they gave me 221g green form and ask to submit travel history of last 10 years and i send them same day and after that status was AP but on 3rd march it changed to refuse and yesterday i contact with my embassy and they replied me this..
      Thank you for your message and for submitting required information.  As soon as we have further information on your case, we will immediately notify you of the next steps required to complete your application. Your case has been processed to conclusion, however due to COVID-19 the U.S. Consulate in Toronto is no longer accepting document deliveries.  We will notify you as soon as we resume normal operations.
      And after that my status changed into AP again please tell me about it thanks.

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        • Hi my interview was 17 dec 2020 they give me 221g yellow they ask me aditional paper I sent all March 2020 after that refused December 2020 expiring soon my lawyer sent mail embassy they change and again refused and they say plz not that we have reopened the case we aplogaize for that the case is pending review and we will advise the applicant on the next process after review for further processing of the case what is that mean sir

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    • What does it mean when in CEAC the status is “READY FOR INTERVIEW” but I already went to the interview weeks ago. And they asked for more evidence which we sent. Before it was refused now it’s ready. And how long may it take to change?

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  16. KUMAR…thats what i m thibking that wgen status gets changed to AP..it chnages to issued the very next day…but mine is still in AP

    Krishnadas….same here mate…changed to AP on 13th march..nd still AP.. other people get issued on very next day..

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  17. Guys..is anybody here whose status got changed again to AP from refused…mostly people who got their status changed to AP again from refused have their visa issued the very next day…but my status changed to AP from refused on 13th march friday…nd today after one week, its still in AP….any similar cases..

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    • Hi Jazii,
      Same thing happened with my K1 visa. I interviewed on November 25, 2019 after that it was in AP then January 21, 2020 status changed to Application Received with new date from AP then same day it went to AP again. Then March 4, 2020 the status changed Refused from AP without any date change. Then on March 24, 2020 the current status is AP again from Refused with date change. The status didn’t change Issued until today. It’s AP. Have you got you visa yet or is the status changed to Issued from AP after refused status? Please inform. What type of visa you applied?

      Reply
  18. Thanks Kumar,

    I just talk to embassy they are working on work petition during closing time. They wanted me to submit a document which I did, and they also told me once they receive it they will issue me a visa. So hopefully it will be issued tomorrow.

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  19. “Exigent need for business travel that would result in a significant benefit to the United States and Pakistan and applicants with an approved work petition. Follow directions on GSS site for urgent business travel.“
    As website state that US embassy is closed for certain period but some application will be process as mentioned above. So I am not clear about My case. I recently applied for H1B, and of course I have approved work petition. So will my case is being process under close period or it will resume once it opens

    Reply
    • Ahmad,
      The only way you would know is, if you email them or call them. I do not think general work petition is a benefit for Govt. Only the Defense or anything might be considered.

      Reply
  20. My client received the verification on March 9th and Client responded back on March 11th.. How much time do you think it would take? Anybody have experience with this situation? there is no update on the portal, it displays interview date with refused status that updated on march 3rd. Please Advise.

    Reply
    • 221g yellow slip,
      There is no set SLA, it can take few weeks…Also, if you are from certain countries like India, then 221g processing is stopped. Check with Embassy in your country as well.

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  21. Intervew date – january 30 2020
    Status in Ap – january 31 2020 changed to refused long text – march 3
    Retrn agan Ap – march 12 finally issued – march 17

    My visa case is under 21 age childe visa
    My mother is green card holder in us
    am waiting for pic up my passport now

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  22. Congrats Robel.
    May I know how much time it took in AP after the status changed from Refused. And also the consulate and the visa type.
    Mine is still under AP from Refused from March 10.

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  23. Hey every one
    my visa status today 16march is
    issued after These all days
    tnx every one
    especially mr, kumar for ur updating us

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  24. Thank you so much for this information Kumar. Your continuous cheering and suggestions are great and welcoming.Keep up the Good work. I will update you once I get my status changed.Stay Safe.

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  25. Hi Kumar,

    First of all thanks so much for keeping up with all the updates.
    Second, My parents had an immigration interview on 05/31/2018 on the interview date they have received the yellow 221g paper – consular officer requested two copies of the original documents. the requested documents were submitted the next day and the case went under Administrative Processing since then.
    On 03/10 /2020 the status has been updated to refused with the long letter as you mentioned above stating “A U.S. consular officer has adjudicated and refused your visa application. Please follow any instructions provided by the consular officer. If you were informed by the consular officer that your case was refused for administrative processing, your case will remain refused while undergoing such processing. You will receive another adjudication once such processing is complete. Please be advised that the processing time varies and that you will be contacted if additional information is needed. For more information, please visit TRAVEL.STATE.GOV or the website for the Embassy or Consulate at which you made your visa application”
    1- I want to make sure that this still means that the their application is under Administrative Processing even-though the update was made after March,3rd.
    2- The case is almost under Administrative Processing for two years now. how long the waiting period can go for?
    3- Any advise of what shall we be doing next is much appreciated.

    Thank you for your help.

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    • Ralph,
      Has the Case update changed ? If it was old date and new text, then it is still administrative processing. You should reach out to the Consulate and get this clarified as it is really long…

      Reply
  26. Hi Kumar,

    I hope you are doing good.

    I had my Consular Interview-H1B on 7th Nov 2019 and ended with 221g Blue slip asking for Client letter. I have submitted/emailed the Client letter to ChennaiH&L@State.gov on Feb 26th 2020. As you cleared the air on refused status, yes mine initially was showing AP and then to refused (with long text). Client verification has happened in Physical to my Client place in US. I heard through my employer that so many questions were asked and my attorney has to respond to those questions and to physically go in and file some returns. I come to know that my employer is done with their responses on 12th March 2020. But still the status is showing as ‘Refused’. Due to corono virus, India has stopped all it’s Visas to other countries, but US hasn’t come with an announcement of Visa suspension in India. Any idea please.

    Please help me out whether US Embassy is currently holding on issuing the US Visas.

    Reply
      • Hey !! I had my CR1 interview on 13th MARCH AT US embassy ISLAMABAD.. i was approved on that day and they kept my passport but whenever i checked my online case status on CAEC it still shows “READY” and they just last updated my date on 21st march 2020 with the same status and text idk what should i do for this i m worried how long does it take to change my status from READY TO ISSUED?? and due to covid-19 arey they issuing immigrant visas ?? Those who are approved ? Please ans me.. THANKS…

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        • Bisma,
          It is hard to know how long they will take. Please call them and check or email them…Many US Consulates are not processing anything now….

          Reply
  27. Hi

    My wife has an H-4 visa interview on March 13 and the officer clearly said it’s approved but after coming back home and checking the status online it says Refused with all the long texts. The officer didn’t give any white or yellow slip. Is it normal? Any one with similar situation?

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    • Hi my husband and daughter had there interview on February 14 2020 in the F1 category for him, she is a derivative. He was missing his mother’s marriage certificate to show her name change as she was the Petitioner. He was given back all the documents and told to submit the missing certificate and both their passports and to also upload the certificate on the ceac site. he got a 221g Refusal letter. We sent the certificate and passports back the same day and uploaded the document, the status changed from administrative processing to the long refusal letter. Why do you think it is taking so long for just a missing certificate that was sent to them immediately.

      Reply
      • Adamna,
        Well the 221g takes a long times, sometimes it can take months. There is no estimated time for it. It may seem small, but the way they handle the 221g is very different and it can be delayed. Usually, it is few weeks…some lucky ones get it in two to three weeks. In any case, do not worry, stay positive.

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      • Hi guys hope everyone is keeping safe. i know that all the consulates have closed due to COVID 19 but last night I saw that President Trump is going to ban immigrants from coming in in a bid to save the American citizens jobs.
        President Trump: In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!
        It would seem that when they do resume some of us who are still waiting to have our passports return may have an even longer wait. What are your thoughts.

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      • Hi Kumar I did not mention that I am from Trinidad but I kept in contact with a lady who had her interview on the same day and also got 221g for the same reason as my family did, missing document She had her status changed to refused with the short text on 20th May 2020. However when she received her passport back on Friday the letter said that they cannot issue her a immigrant visa (F2A) at this time because of Trump’s immigrant ban but when it is lifted she can resubmit the passport with a new police certificate of character. Just wanted to give you a heads up.

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    • Hello
      I interviewed the consul and gave me approval for the visa. Then, after a day, the situation changed to administrative procedures and I am still under administrative procedures. However, the situation changed in March to refuse
      This is the text of the message
      A U.S. consular officer has adjudicated and refused your visa application. Please follow any instructions provided by the consular officer. If you were informed by the consular officer that your case was refused for administrative processing, your case will remain refused while undergoing such processing. You will receive another adjudication once such processing is complete. Please be advised that the processing time varies and that you will be contacted if additional information is needed. For more information, please visit TRAVEL.STATE.GOV or the website for the Embassy or Consulate at which you made your visa application.
      For more information, please visit U.S. Embassy Cairo.
      Please clarify, is this rejected or is there another notice
      How can I check the visa status?
      Thank you so much

      Reply
        • I have sent a message to the American Embassy in Cairo
          Ask about my visa status
          So tell me it is still under administrative treatment
          But the site is still rejected
          Is there an explanation knowing that my passport was handed over to me?
          Thank you so much

          Reply
    • Akki,
      It is very common to see this, in the past, it used to show Administrative processing. Sometimes, the intermittent statuses can be confusing with the new text change. Stay positive.

      Reply
  28. My wife had H4 approval and went for Dropbox stamping on 5th mar, on 13th March the status got changed from application received to refused with the new USCIC long text, should we consider this as actual refusal? The passport is still with consulate and no email has been received yet.

    Please suggest
    Thanks in advance

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  29. My wife and my 2 & half years son got interview ed on Feb 18 2020 the cousular officer took both passport. The officer replied to my wife during interview she(the officer) did not understood about annulment and sent my wife home by saying we will call you after i will discuss with team about annulment. On Feb 24 status update with nothing and on March. 9 2020 they called her asking where she has been living for the past 15 years and she answered correctly but on March 11 2020. Status changed to Refused with long text, no email no mail sent out still remains Refused no passport returned no instructions to to follow what is next

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  30. Hi,
    My interview was on March 3rd, and consular took my passport and DS 160 and handed me 221g white paper with no documentation required. I got my fingerprints done and then actual interview. He didn’t ask me a lot of questions just my company name, Ask me the original copy of i797 and gave me my h1B rights to read and ask me if I have any questions. At the end of the interview he said we will notify you via email.

    Since March 3rd, the status is on refusal with the long text as a lot of people mentioned here before that it was on administration process (same date). Please note I didn’t got any email saying my case is updated.

    Also this is not my first h1B.

    So my question here are the following:

    1: does my status will change back to administration processing once they start working on my case?

    2: What are the working hours for CEAC or relevant department? Is it local or US working hours?

    3: My attorney said that it will take 2 weeks to process, reason why I got 221g in first place is that my i797 was not in their system.

    Reply
    • PES,
      1. Not necessarily, it is not fully clear. Some had it changed, many had it not changed.
      2. It is global depending on the issue with your case…
      3. Yes, it is possible. Usually can be few weeks, some times can be long too…But as they have your passport, it should be fine.
      But, you should be aware that there could be delays with the new visa interviews closure in India.

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      • Hi Kumar,

        I hope you are doing good.

        I had my Consular Interview-H1B on 7th Nov 2019 and ended with 221g Blue slip asking for Client letter. I have submitted/emailed the Client letter to ChennaiH&L@State.gov on Feb 26th 2020. As you cleared the air on refused status, yes mine initially was showing AP and then to refused (with long text). Client verification has happened in Physical to my Client place in US. I heard through my employer that so many questions were asked and my attorney has to respond to those questions and to physically go in and file some returns. I come to know that my employer is done with their responses on 12th March 2020. But still the status is showing as ‘Refused’. Due to corono virus, India has stopped all it’s Visas to other countries, but US hasn’t come with an announcement of Visa suspension in India. Any idea please.

        Please help me out whether US Embassy is currently holding on issuing the US Visas.

        Reply
  31. Attended the interview on 24th Jan 2020
    Officer collected my passport , Did not ask for any document or given any slip.
    On 27th Jan 2020 got an email from Kolkatta, FPU to submit client and vendor letters.
    25th of Feb they asked me submit my passport ( which they already have) .
    2nd of March FPU confirmed that they have my passport ( After follow up) .
    5th March Status changed to REFUSED ( long text) but last updated date is still 27th January 2020.

    Still waiting ( 13/3/2020)

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  32. My visa interview for J1 along with my wife (for J2) was on January 30 2020 at Chennai consulate. The consulate officer gave pink slip and we send the documents like CV, past travel details etc through email on Jan 31 2020.
    The status was AP untill March 3 2020. It changed to Refused after that with no change in the date and on March 10 2020, the status changed to again AP with a date change.
    My joining date was 01 March 2020.
    May I know what could be the reason to AP and how much more time it might take.

    Reply
    • Krishnadas,
      This is hard to know, how long it can take. Administrative processing is an unknown thing….all we can do is wait.

      Reply
  33. Got message to collect the passport, there is no stamping.. Included a letter with passport stating that the case is still in Administrative Processing and wait till hear the final decision is made . Online status still shows Refused with long text

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  34. Went for an interview in November 2019 and was issued 221g, received an email on Feb 26, 2020 to submit the passport and on March 3rd I see the status as Refused, but now it shows me Administrative Processing with last update on March 11. Any clue on what’s going on….!!

    Reply
    • Venkatesh,
      There was a status change of text, that’s why so many people seen it change. I have seen users get Adminstrative processing too after that, it is not very consistent…, don’t worry, as long as they have passport, it is still positive.

      Reply
  35. last week i got confused that my status is changed to “Refused”. After seeing this article i came to know it happened for everyone.

    Does your status still shows “refused” or “AP”?

    Reply
    • venkat,
      still many users are seeing refused, but some said it switched back, so hard to say…Irrespective of it, even if it shows refused with long text, it is still administrative processing as they gave formal news update on this.

      Reply
  36. I attended my immigrant interview on 27th Feb. And was issued a 221g….to submit my passport and an evidence of identity which I did. On the 5th of March I saw refused stating I should submit the documents asked by consular. And it was last updated 27th February. But shocking today I saw same refused and was last updated 11th March…. Please what does this mean?

    Reply
      • But I’m meant to be informed on which stand in the US immigration Act that my visa case is refused or a stand in the immigration Act I might have committed

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      • This is incorrect. An Updated date only means that there has been some activity in your case. If it has been refused, it will be updated with the short text and you will be informed through email as well.

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        • Don, you are right ! The refused text should be short to indicate it was a refusal after administrative processing, also they will inform too.

          Reply
    • Esonye,
      If it shows the long text with refused, it is pretty much the text change, then as mentioned in article above, nothing to worry.

      Reply
  37. TImeline of My Case:

    1) Applied ESTA in November 2019 and was asked to attend the appointment in US-London Office with more supported documents and info.

    2) Attended an appointment in US embassy, London on 12 Dec 2019 where the case went on ‘Administrative Processing’.

    3) Status Changed from AP to Refused as stated due “to more accurately communicate case status to applicants.”

    4) Still Waiting ……….. 11-03-2020

    Reply
      • attended my immigrant interview on 30 jan 2020 in ethiopia under 21 childe visa, and asked by consular some question and she gives me congra your us visa has been approved Wait 3,4 day we emailed u for pic up ur passport and instraction for pick up short paper and yelow uscis imegerant fee peper form, then after that
        On 31 jan some call in embassy and ask me by phone about my work, my phone number, my email and my living city last 15 years,
        Then i cheked my status feb 3 Administrative processing ( Status Changed from AP to Refused March 3rd like others)
        Still 11-03-2020 Many updated but my status like befor so what happened
        Please can you help me what I do

        Reply
    • I’ve approximately the same dates like you and went from AP to Refused but my last update is 13th of Dec 2019, so it is still in administrative processing and hopefully I’ll get an update by end of this month.

      Reply
  38. I went on a interview on the 14 Feburary 2020 with my 9 year old daughter am a green card holder and I filed for her while she was living with me in the US she had over stayed her visiting visa .so her interview was schedule in her born country Jamaica. So went to the interview everything went fine they ask for additional paperwork I sent to them ..next they email other paper work for me to fill out and email back to them which I did ..still have not got back an request. Status is still say refusal and my last up date on the site was the 9 march ..just checking to know if any one as any case as mines …

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    • Hi toya I have similar situation I m in Canada I have my green card I applied for my daughter she is 7 now Dec 20 2019 I had interview VO asked me job in USA and my lease in USA I gave her both things she gave me 221g after two months they asked more proofs like bills or bank statements I mail them in the end of February still waiting status shows Refused

      Reply
      • Really so where is your daughter now in Jamaica? That’s a really long time am here with my daughter sense feburary 3 and am still here with my daughter ..I left my job and so on kmt can’t believe this is taking forever!! Thanks for REPLYING

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          • Yes it was in Canada she born in Canada VO asked me why I did not move in USA after I got my green card b/ c I got my green card 6 feb 2017 I told VO I m single mom I don’t have any family in Canada I can’t leave my daughter in Canada b/ c she was only 4 years old that time And as a Canadian she can’t stay more then 180 days in USA

    • Toya,
      This is common Administrative processing scenario for many, nothing to worry. Stay positive, wait for them to respond.

      Reply
      • Hey guys,
        Status for my case is also “Refused”. But I received a mail from consulate to submit the passport.
        So hope it goes well for you all too! 🙂 Don’t panic

        Reply
  39. Just to update with my husband’s case. Interview date 2/27/20 everything went well, the CO gave him instructions how to collect his visa and passport, no forms or additional documents required from him. First update 2/28/20 to AP, on 3/3/20 updated to refused, no emails or any notice from embassy. On 3/9/20 status changed back to ready then today 3/10/20 status finally changed to issued. I hope and pray for everyone waiting for their visas to be issued anytime soon and may the Lord guard your hearts and mind with His peace while undergoing with this situation in Jesus name Amen . God bless!

    Reply
      • I think if there were no issues during your interview the visa would be issued. The status refused is the new norm for administrative processing even for those people who have visa approval on their interviews, unless your case needs further deeper administrative processing then that might take a longer time.

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        • CEAC Said officer has adjudicated and refused your visa application. Please see the letter you received at the interview.

          Two weeks ago Empasy Was send me taxes return in my wife 2018 and I send 17 feberwary
          After that they CEAC Said
          officer has adjudicated and refused your visa application. Please see the letter you received at the interview.
          And I wait in my Visa
          What means I m confused my wife shock last night

          Reply
    • CEAC Said officer has adjudicated and refused your visa application. Please see the letter you received at the interview.

      Janaury 8 2020 Empasy Was send me later in my email
      taxes return in my wife 2018 and I send 17 feberwary
      After that they CEAC Said
      officer has adjudicated and refused your visa application. Please see the letter you received at the interview.
      And I wait in my Visa
      What means I m confused my wife shock last night

      Untill now I don’t know what happened
      Please can you help me what I do

      Reply
    • CEAC Said officer has adjudicated and refused your visa application. Please see the letter you received at the interview.

      Janaury 8 2020 Empasy Was send me later in my email
      taxes return in my wife 2018 and I send 17 feberwary
      After that they CEAC Said
      officer has adjudicated and refused your visa application. Please see the letter you received at the interview.
      And I wait in my Visa
      What means I m confused my wife shock last night

      Untill now I don’t know what happened
      Please can you help me what I do
      They Don’t send me email after any email

      Reply
  40. Did anyone get a request to submit their passport after March 1st?
    Here is my situation:
    1. Submitted for H4 visa document dropoff on December 12th
    2. I got a request to attend in person interview
    3. I went for the interview on 12/20. The counsellor there was staring at the screen and looking up all kinds of things and finally after ten minutes said they will need more time for administrative processing.
    4. Finally on March 2nd I got an email requesting for my passport. But there was a mistake in the email and my passport number was wrong.
    5. When I went to the document submission office, they said the passport number in the email is wrong, but it is okay as all the other details are matching and they took the passport.
    6. That is when I checked the status on CEAC and I saw the status was now “Refused”, which as explained above is expected.
    7. Now after 3 days, the passport has been delivered to the embassy and the case status now is updated to “Administrative Processing” from “Refused”.
    I have not received my passport yet, but I hope they do not put me on admin processing again and just grant my visa instead.

    Has anyone else had a similar experience?

    Reply
    • Arun,
      Many had similar situations like yours. Even the refused with long text also means Administrative processing…As long as they have your passport, it is positive.

      Reply
  41. Went for interview today, was given 221g yellow slip. Emailed the requested documents immediate after leaving embassy. Morning status was Refused with tons of text as shown in the forum. Afternoon status changed to AP. Fingers crossed. Keep everyone updated.

    Reply
    • Today status changed to Issued. So confirmed if your case changes from Refused –> AP, you are looking at a very positive signal.

      Reply
    • Lima,
      Interesting to see the status change…wondering how the whole status movements is working with the new refused and AP status…
      What is the full text under Administrative processing ?

      Reply
      • Kumar,

        The AP text is the same as the old text – xxx it can takes weeks etc. I believe now between Refused and Issued is the old AP.

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        • Hi Lima ,

          I believe you can answer my question . I went for dropbox for h1b stamping on 5th , Today its showing “Refused” but underline it says “A U.S. consular officer has adjudicated and refused your visa application. Please follow any instructions provided by the consular officer. If you were informed by the consular officer that your case was refused for administrative processing, your case will remain refused while undergoing such processing. You will receive another adjudication once such processing is complete.”

          Any idea what will happen next ?

          Reply
          • Verma,

            I did not apply for H1b and did not use dropbox. But I believe as Kumar mentioned here, the refused message with AP like texts there is a standard message for anyone whose visa has not been issued. A real refusal has very different message. No need to worry.

  42. Hello All,

    I had my visa interview on Feb 24th 2020 at Chennai. The VO has returned my passport,I was handed over a Blue with 2nd row as checked indicating no documents as needed also with a case number to track. From the next day onwards I started tracking my status which says AP till March 3rd.
    On March 3rd the status got changed to Refused with the last update as Feb 24th, Parallelly on March 3rd I’ve received an Email from Chennai H&L for Passport Request. I’ve dropped my Passport on 5th at Hyderabad.
    Yesterday, My case status date was updated from Feb24th to March 9th but still shows it as Refused with the same kind of lengthy text that was mentioned by everyone.
    I was totally confused and panic if my visa got approved or not? Can I consider it as a Positive or Negative?If it got refused then why did they ask for my passport? Is there anyone with same kind of scenario. Appreciate your comments and Suggestions.

    Reply
    • Hi Venkat,

      Mine too shows updated date as March 9th but I haven’t check my status in a week. I dont know if means progress or just wishful thinking because everyone else “Update Date” seems to be March 3rd/4th.

      Reply
      • @Kumar,
        Any insights? Am I reading too much into this March 9th update date? My last update was Sept 11, 2019. So 6 months in AP. Feels significant if this indeed was an update on my case.

        Reply
        • Don,
          It could be an update on the case. Some cases take longer than 180 days as well and some have got stamping even after that long delay…So, maybe there was an update. You can call the national visa center and inquire

          Reply
          • I did call them. They said the VISA was still under administrative processing. Maybe just a case update.

    • Venkat,
      It is still positive, the reason is they do not have a defined status for Administrative processing now and that is the reason you see that refused status with long text. If they have your passport, it means it is positive sign and they plan to issue your visa. stay positive. Do update here once the status changed to issued and share the intermittent status for community benefit here.

      Reply

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