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

When you check your US Visa Stamping Status online, there are some cases, where the online status on the 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 form 221g Administrative Processing issued by the consular officer saying that they need to do 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 onwards for most of the 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 updates with user inputs & experiences.

How to Check US Visa Status on CEAC

If you do not know, the US CEAC website is the place where you check your 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 the CEAC website, you can read How to Check US Visa Status on the CEAC website to get an idea of how to check the status online and understand the status that is typically shown, 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 the general visa interview later.

Previous US Visa Status for 221g on CEAC Website

In general, when you are issued a form 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
Administrative Processing

We have picked a case that is still in Administrative processing from the past and 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, the 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 the below screenshots of sample 221(g) forms issued by US Consulates:

221g Refused Text on White Slip
221g Slip given after the visa interview – White color
221g Pink Slip Refused Text
221g Slip given after the visa interview – Pink Color

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

The text below the actual ‘refused‘ status on the 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 about, 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, the US Department of State updated 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 the below screenshot, which tells the change in text. You can check the Official Travel.State.Gov Press Release for CEAC Change

Adminstrative Processing Changed to Refused - CEAC - March 2020 News Relase
CEAC Case Status Change News Alert by the US Dept of State

National Visa Center – Verified Change

We called National Visa Center regarding the status changed and asked about 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 Case ID for getting info on your case. You may have to wait for 30 to 45 min, details of the Phone Number for the 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 the 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 the “Refused” status as an intermediate status as well.

In early 2020, some “refused” cases that were ultimately “denied” had “refused” status on the CEAC website with shorter text. See the below screenshots. But, that is not true always. Many cases in late 2020 and 2021 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

If you have submitted your documents for US Visa stamping using the Dropbox option for renewals, like H1B Dropbox, then you may see “Administrative Processing” as the status on the CEAC website. Sometimes, due to the issue we described in the article above, you may also see the “Refused” status as well.

Usually, this status of “Refused” or “Administrative Processing” would change in about a week to 10 days. If not, then you can reach out to the consulate. Do not panic, if you see this status.

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

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


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  1. Hello,
    My Name is surya. My interview was done on 01/02/2021. Visa type B1. The same day the status was Administrative processing. on 03/02/2021. It shows Refused. I’m okay with it & I understand it’s a part of the process. But i didnt receive any slip or document or paper from the Consular officer. Now from 03rd it showing refused. No call, no email, nothing from the embassy. Even i called to NVC in us. I spoke with a Lady. She told me that this case might me 221g.

    The thing is i have a previous travel history to US before my Marriage. There was a small name mistake in my old passport. My old passport issued in 2001. It expired in 2011. And the same 2001 is got multiple b1/b2 visa for 10 years. its expired in 2011. I entered to us in 2001 2002 2006. Three entry and exits. I Exited all 3 times in time.

    Now my new passport issued on July 2020. Recently i went to Dubai too. I Mentioned all the Above travel history in DS 160. What might be the reason of the Refused status. Is refused status means 221g? Please suggest what to do next.

    Thank you

    • Surya,
      As long as they have your passport and they told your visa was approved, you need to stay positive. Some of these statuses can be misleading.
      Now, as long as you have declared everything about your previous history, you are fine.

      • Kumar Sir,

        Thank you for the positive message. Yesterday the embassy person called me and asked for my Mother’s date of birth. I informed them. Yesterday the changed from 03/02/2021 to 08/02/2021. But status is same. Now im getting worried. What may be Issue. Please advise sir.

      • Thank you for the Response sir, Yesterday i got a call from embassy & they asked for my previous visit & my moms date of birth. I informed them the Date of Birth of my Mother. And they said they will get back to me. That’s it. After that Same Status in CEAC. But Date Changed from 03/02/2021 to 08/02/2021. Some internet sites & some YouTube videos says that this is a Negative Sign.

        Kumar Ji. Please Advise

    • Hi, I had my L1 visa interview on feb 8th 2021. Officer kept my and my wife passports and gave 221g white slip. He was saying that petition is not updated in the system.
      I checked the visa status and it has changed from refused to administrative processing yesterday only.

      Hence, can anyone let me know if it is a positive sign or when will the status change to issued?

      Thank you ?

      • Yes, it is a positive sign and most of the time like your cases like not updated in the system also got in a week time after change to admin process, so you will get it, do not panic..

        • Hi Raj,

          Just an update.. I mailed to support team and got this reply: Your visa application has been approved. After your visa interview there is still some required processing for each visa application. This processing can take several days and sometimes longer.

          Thanks for the help! Will keep posted when I receive it so that others have an idea

  2. Hello, I would love any advice or comments of anyone else in the same boat as me. I had my Visa interview on January 15th at Hyderabad for my J-2 visa renewal. The officer told me, “I approved your visa” and took the required visa form and my passport. She then said goodbye. Like everyone else, my CEAC status showed refused within few hours coming back home from the interview. It stayed like this for 3-4 business days and then ever since was stuck at Administrative Processing even till now. I got nervous because it was taking time so I called and was told to wait 7-10 business days. It is Feb 1st right now and it is still showing administrative processing. At the time of writing this, it’s the 11th business day (I excluded the public holidays that came during the weekdays). I was told that my visa was approved at the interview and I received no form 221g or of anything. I also did not receive any email asking for anything. I have a flight to catch this Friday 5th. I also emailed the india support email and they are taking quite a lot of time to respond. Can anyone please advice me of anything? If not, can you please respond if you are in the same situation as me? Please I’d like to know so maybe I’m not the only one facing this currently. Also I opted for the Blue dart pickup in Tirupati. I don’t know again how much time it will take for them to deliver after it’s issued 🙁
    I’d appreciate any response at all please 🙂 Thanks in advance!

        • Hey, glad you asked. I just received my passport from Blue Dart today. They delayed the passport processing because of the covid situation. Less staff are working with the processing the Visas. Mine was used after 11 BUSINESS days. Blue dart took 2 days to ship. I literally just went to pick it form the the location it was sent to. Hope this helps you and anyone else here who might be in the same situation. Oh and by the way, call this number to get more details on what stage your passport is at: 603-3340-888
          They told me things such as my passport has been printed and such before it showed up on the CEAC website. Wish you the best luck.

          • Hi,

            I had an appointment of L1 A blanket visa with my spouse. The officer said that he had everything to approve my visa but cannot because he is unable to verify my case in system and wrote PIMS in the application that I gave and he shared back a 221(g) white form and kept the passport.
            Now the status shows administrative processing on the website.
            Wanted to know if I need to do any follow ups with my attorney or this is normal.

  3. Received my wife’s passport today. Below is the complete timeline.

    Hyderabad Consulate.

    Jan 21st – Interview date.
    Jan 22nd – Visa status showed Refused with short text
    Jan 25th – Visa status changed to Administrative Processing
    Jan 28th – Status updated to issued
    Jan 30th – Received passport at home address (we opted for premium delivery)

    Online passport tracking still shows below status.
    “Passport has been received from the consular section, and is currently being processed for delivery”

    • My H1b extension was denied when filed from company A and I had to move back to india Feb 2020. In march 2020 I got my H1b approved from company B (Full Time). I submitted documents for h1b and h4 dropbox on 11 DEC at hyderabad. The person at VAC was asking for employee verification letter but I did not have it because its a new employer and I am yet to join the company. I tried to convince him to take my signed offer letter but he did not take it. On DEC 14 the case status changed to Application Received and its in the same status since then. I called customer care and they asked me to drop an email to “support@ustraveldocs.com”. I did and they replied back that my case is under processing and they cannot speed up things. It finally changed to Administrative Processing on 01/29/2021. Anyone else in the same boat? Do you know how much time it would take for decision?

  4. Hello, Anyone out here with H1 B dropbox renewal with REFUSED status with long text and has passport ready for pick up while status says REFUSED. When you got your passport, what did you get and was status ever updated to something else after you had your passport?

  5. Hi Kumar,

    I have attended the H1B visa interview on Nov 6th 2019 and the consular officer issued 221g blue slip, asking me the client letter and the same had been submitted via email on 02/28/2020.

    Past forward..Covid made everything on hold and finally received an email on Jan 19th 2021 to submit by passport after so many email followups to support us travel docs and long wait with longing eyes.

    19-Jan 2021: received email to submit passport
    20-Jan 2021: submitted mine and dependent passports via Dropbox @Chennai VFS
    22-Jan 2021: status on ceac changed to Administrative processing and status on ‘passport is still being with us consulate’
    25-Jan 2021:status changed to Issued and status on passport was ‘Passport has been received from the consular section, and is currently being processed for delivery’
    27-Jan 2021:went to VFS Chen nai office to pickup Passports of mine and dependent and surprised that the person had returned only mine and my son passport and asked for the authorization letter from my husband to collect his passport.

    Will soon collect my husband passport submitting the authorization letter with copy of government if proof of both of us.

    Stay confident and hope for the best for the long wait.

  6. My wife visa application Chnaged from Refused to Admin.. Also just want to mention that the Refused with small message may not actually denied per say as mentioned in the article just take it easy on the thought process for now.

    • Satya,
      Thanks for the update and insight. Did you see any cases with small text with refused change to issued or anything else. In the past, it was like that back when it was changed, happy to correct based on user experiences.

      • Hi Kumar,
        Here is my timeline:
        Interview date: Jan15, VO stated my visa was approved and dropped off my passport.
        Jan15-> Refused with a short text
        Jan 25th-> Administrative processing
        Jan 27th-> Issued

        Like others have mentioned, once it was “approved” during the interview and the status with “Refused” and short text doesn’t really mean anything.

      • Hi Everyone,

        Here is timeline for my wife in person h4 visa interview:
        Interview date: Jan 8th at HYD-H4 Visa, VO stated my visa was approved and dropped off my passport. no slip, no 221g, nothing, plain approval and said congratulations
        Jan 8-> Status changed to Refused with a short text
        Jan 25th-> Status changed from refused to Administrative processing
        Jan 27th-> Issued

        • My wife’s Visa is also in issued (Visa approved) status as of today and have been told passport is on the way in post.

          She went for the interview on 15th at Chennai Consulate. Was given 221g. Reason : “Petition not in PIMS “. VO confirmed all her documents were right and did not need any more documents but they had to work internally to fix the document in PIMS system. Status on CEAC site had changed to Refused on 19th and then on 21st onward it was in “Administrative processing”.

          Below are the number I called:

          India help desk number : 703 – 520 -2239. They never had any updates but always read the status out of CEAC site.

          US Help Desk (Non Immg Visa): 603-3340-888. This team is better but depends on who you would speak to. Twice I was explained the process in detail and once I was told all documents process have been completed and its in Final steps of approval.

          Below are the email id I had reached out to: Include Applicant passport, DOB, DS 160 and your case detail in short

          (PLEASE do no crowd the email as they track records by Application ID)

          chennaics@state.gov : This is the BEST team by my experience. They are very precise and accurate in updates.I was exactly told what was the status and today they have replied back that Visa has been approved and would be sent out shortly.

          passportstatus@ustraveldocs.com : This is a no reply id. You will have to send in applicant passport # in Subject and Body of email (DO not include signature or any text ). Email should contain just Passport number. This is a automated system. We got response today that passport “In Transit From Post.”

          Other email id you can also reach out to :


          Hope this information is helpful.

      • Sorry bit of busy last week

        Yes she got her passport delivered to home with approval on 31st Jan

        Interview Data 21st Jan

        All the best Guys

  7. Hi,
    My wife attended her H4 visa interview on 21st Jan and at the end of it she was asked to drop her passport. She was not informed if it was approved or anything.

    Now when we check her status, it says “Refused” with short text.
    “A U.S. consular officer has adjudicated and refused your visa application. Please see the letter you received at the interview.
    For more information, please visit U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad.”

    Does that mean her visa is refused or can this still be a temporary status? She was not informed of any refusal reason or was not handed any slip after the inetrview.

      • My wife also attended interview on Jan 15 at Chennai. She was give 221g saying “Petition not in PIMS ” written under Other section. on 16th the status on CEAC site said refused then on 19th it got changed to Administrative processing since then. I hope they are really working on our case. Called call center in India and US no one has any clue. I think waiting is only option.

        • Same thing happened to my wife as well, attended h4 visa on Jan 8th hyd, visa approved no slip nothing , online status refused same day and changed to administrative processing today Jan 25th with same text like yours and please let us know when u get it, i will also do the same if we get any furthur updates on status

      • Does your wife’s visa status shows the exact same text?
        “A U.S. consular officer has adjudicated and refused your visa application. Please see the letter you received at the interview.
        For more information, please visit U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad.”

        • Yes it used to show this text a day after interview. Later it got changed to Administrative processing as 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 U.S. Consulate General Chennai

          • @prasanna – Looks like we are all in the sae situation. Lets hope for the best 🙂
            Do update this comment thread if any of you see change in your status.

        • Hi Harish/Ram/Prasanna,

          Today our status changes to issued, hope you guys also get soon, my status from refused to admin process took 2 weeks in that time frame, i emailed on 19th to us travels and got reply that “We would like to inform you that your case is undergoing processing. This processing is mandatory and cannot be expedited. While we understand your concern and probable frustration, we cannot speed things up. Please wait for the processing to be completed.”

          Interview date: Jan 8th at HYD-H4 Visa, VO stated my visa was approved and dropped off my passport. no slip, no 221g, nothing, plain approval and said congratulations
          Jan 8-> Status changed to Refused with a short text
          Jan 25th-> Status changed from refused to Administrative processing
          Jan 27th-> Issued

          • Congratulation Raj .

            Status is still “Administrative Processing” last updated date is Jan 20.
            I had reached consulate through CGI link they said as below “In response to your question, our records indicate that the visa application is under final processing. We request you to kindly wait. ” not really sure what this mean. Fingers crossed.

          • Congratulations Raj. Ours is still in “Administrative Processing”. Hopefully it changes to Issued soon.

            Jan 21st -> Interview date. Status showed Refused with short text
            Jan 25th -> Status changed to Administrative Processing.

          • Suresh
            My wife also attended the H4 interview on 21st in Hyd. She was informed enjoy your stay in US. Later we got to see the status to be refused until 25th when it changed to Admin processing. And on 28th it changed to issued. I see similar situation with most of them.
            I also want to know how long will it take for the passport ready to collect and will the status change again.

          • Fingers crossed!!!

            Status got changed to issued.. Thanks everyone!! Here is the journey

            01/21- H4 in person interview and vo officer said visa approved

            01/22 – status updated to refused

            01/25 – status updated to Administrative processing

            01/28 – status updated to issued.

            All the best !!

          • Visa issued. My timeline is exactly same as Ram’s

            Jan 21st – Interview date.

            Jan 22nd – Visa status showed Refused with short text

            Jan 25th – Visa status changed to Administrative Processing

            Jan 28th – Status updated to issued

    • Exactly same thing happened, couple of questions said approved only to see the status as below… Jan 20 interview 21st with the very same status as Refused

      “A U.S. consular officer has adjudicated and refused your visa application. Please see the letter you received at the interview.
      For more information, please visit U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad.”

      No Slip No Nothing…..

    • Hrish G,
      Do not worry, if they asked to submit passport, it is fine. Usually, if it was given 221g, they would give a slip in most cases. So, stay positive.

  8. Hi,

    I submitted my passport via dropbox facility as I was eligible for an interview waiver. My F1 renewal visa status was under administrative processing from past many days and not the status has been changed to ‘refused’ with that long text everyone is talking about. I have a job there and it is essential to get back at the earliest and right now I am feeling so helpless. Did anyone encounter a similar situation. How should I deal with it. I cannot even reapply until I get a clear picture of what is going on.

    • Even my case is similar.

      Status changed to refused and later they called me to attend interview on 4th Jan at Chennai Consulate.

      VO approved my visa and kept passport but status again changed to refused with long text on 12th Jan and they are sending passport back to Hyderabad.

      • Did they return your passport at the time of interview/ dropbox with any slip?

        If yes what kind of slip it was? 4th Jan interview date mentioned in the slip or they contacted you via an email.

        When did you went for an interview/dropbox.

        – PB

        • Dec 9th was the dropbox appointment. They took passport.

          Dec 23rd status changed to refused with long text.

          Dec 29th they returned passport with 221g slip asking me to attend interview.

          Dec 31st they called me and asked me to attend interview on Jan 4th. (Got email confirmation too)

          Jan 4th Visa was approved and they kept passport and gave approval green slip.

          Jan 12th status changed to Refused with long text

          Jan 13th Passport status says its being prepared for delivery

          • Hi, Syed,
            I am in a similar situation.

            After you received your passport with 221g slip. Did they mention the date in the slip to attend the interview or you got a separate email and call from the embassy to come for the interview?

    • Ishu,
      Sorry to hear, unfortunately, not much can be done. Yes, sad situation for many, but we have no choice other than keep waiting and follow up with them.

    • My wife went to in person interview for H4 on 01/21 and VO Said visa is approved. She dropped the passport at embassy. when I checked the status online its showing as refused. Is it common ?? Any one faced this kind of situation ?

      • My wife went if for interview on Jan 15 post interview she was given 221g saying Petition not in PIMS. We have been waiting since and in CEAC site is showing status of Administration processing. I have called help desk number on 221g form but they do not have any details or information to share.

      • Yes, same thing happened to my wife on jan 8th, today changed from refused to administrative processing and may getsoon i guess, seems most cases are like this these days when i reaserched. When i emailed i got reply mandatory processing going on and cant expidite, please wait is what i got from ustravels, will update if we get any further, u do the when u get update to help community and one other

  9. Hello Kumar,

    I’ve a dropped my docs for h1b dropbox a week ago and the status changed to REFUSED today. Does this mean I have to attend for the interview or can it change to ISSUED without asking me to attend the interview?

    Thank you.

      • This is the message inhave in the status. Does this mean refusal or its under admin processing. Please let me know
        “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”

    • Abhi,
      I can change to issued too. Some users had these kind of messages in middle.Unless, they return documents and passport, you stil have a shot. Stay calm and wait for them.

      • Hello Kumar,

        Thank you very much for your input. In my case, I received an interview invitation for Feb 3 but my passport is still with Embassy. The email asked me to bring passport, id (Adhaar, PAN). Does this mean I can go to the interview with just Adhaar and PAN but not my passport as it was never returned to me?
        I’ve emailed and called support center but they never clarified my question.

        Thank you,

        • How you received the invitation? What’s currently showing for your case on CEAC website?
          If you received invitation via email when did you get that email.

          Thanks in advance for all your answers.

        • Abhi,
          You should reply the email saying that they have the passport. Try to call them or write to them. If they have your passport, you just need to carry other documents. But, either case, you should get it clarified.

        • Hi Abhi,
          Did you receive your passport before going to the interview? Also when did you receive email confirmation to attend for interview? Can you please provide the timelines?
          How did your interview go? Can you share your experience too?

    • I attended by H1B drop box appointment on January 6th. Until yesterday the status said that my passport is still with the US Embassy.

      The Status changed on January 19 to Refused – with the long text. Waiting for an email from the embassy about the next steps.

      • In a same boat but for H4. Got a white slip 221 g asking for an walk-in interview but date wasn’t given when went to US embassy they ask to wait for an email.

        Please update here with updates on your case

        • Just received my blue dart package. It had my passport along with a 221g form, asking me to attend an in person interview after regular operations resume and bring my client letter. Regular operations are on hold until March 31. So I wont be able to attend any interview before that.

          I carried all documents with me. I wish the person that took my passport and other documents during my drop box appointment, also asked me for my client letter. It would have been much easier, and a lot of these hassles could be avoided.

          • Sry to hear that. What is the color of your 221g. Can you share the exact text mentioned on 221g. My wife 221g says you can come anytime before 10:00 am for a walk-in interview.

          • sowmitha,
            The people taking the documents have no clue. Only a Visa officer can say that…sad, but true. Good luck !

        • Thank you Kumar.

          Lot of confusion as to when embassies will reopen for regular processing.
          I am supposed to go for my walk in interview in Chennai.

      • Hello,
        My passport is still with Embassy and my interview is on Feb 3rd. The service center over the phone and email weren’t much helpful with this situation.
        Thank you.

  10. I was interviewed for IR2 visa and got approved. Consular said approved and kept the passport. I was asked to select a location for passport pick-up but have not heard anything. It been 3 weeks. Does any one know how long will it take to receive the passport..???

    • Hi,

      I had my dropbox appointment on 21st Dec 2020 and dropped the necessary docs, the case was created on 21st Dec 2020 and I see a ‘Refused’ status on Jan 5th 2021. I am assuming it is for administrative processing as I read the website https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/administrative-processing-information.html

      I main reason I’m assuming it is admin processing is because in 2019 I have an interview and later after coupe days status showed as ‘Admin Processing’ and in the next two days it got updated to ‘Issued ‘

      I actually got confused with the ‘Refused’ status and literally panicked. I’m hoping its an Admin Processing!

      Is anyone in a similar situation? Please post your feedback, it will be very helpful! Thanks in advance!

      -Kumar K

  11. H1 & H4 dropbox submitted on 11-Dec @ Hyd . H1 approved & got passport back on 21st Dec. H4 struck in Admin Processing from 17th-Dec. Any ones whose process struck in Admin process without any 221G?

    • I am on H1-B and my wife is on H4 we are eligible for a drop box and dropped our passport on 15 dec at delhi VAC. I got my passport with visa stamped on it but my wife (h4) got white slip and on CEAC website it’s mentioned refused.

      White slip is saying Interview Required and can walk-in on any business day. But when we went to US embassy they said they are only taking H1-B 221g walk-in’s this time and for H4 you need to wait for an email from US consulate.

      Does Any 1 here faced the similar situation?
      Does my wife allowed to work (continue) on H4-Ead while her H4 is in administrative processing.

      We both had a permission from our respective companies to work remotely for a month.

      Any help and past experiences on this is really appreciated.

      • Preetika,
        When you are not in US, your H4 status in US or administrative processing does not matter. You are working as Indian Citizen. So, it does not matter.

      • PG & Preetika,
        Do your H4 also has an EAD? Even today my wife’s H4, which was submitted under dropbox, was pushed to this Refused status. Submitted on 30th Dec and status changed today. I am guessing that Trump’s executive order has something to do with this for preventing labor market issue. I am kicking myself as I had some more months of visa validity and my wife could have travelled back. I will be travelling back but I think my wife will have to wait for some time. She might lose her US job this time 🙁

        • UKP does your wife have valid H-4 ead? I assume that H4 stamp is for getting in and out of country and with Valid H4 – ead you can work if your employer allowed. I am not 100 percent sure and also in same boat. Let me know if you find more information on this topic.

  12. Trump extended the proclamation on suspention of entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants to March 31
    We are going to have a long wait again 🙁
    or Biden can end this proclamation?

  13. Hi Kumar
    I received email from US embassy Islamabad after one year of Administrative processing for ir1 visa. The embassy asked for iv 221g follow up appointment and the request for new passport ,new medical results and for updated iv application ds-260 form submitted online .
    I done my new passport and medical results but the question is that I can’t update the ds-260 form because I already submitted the form one year ago and there is no options for updating or for new fresh ds-260 form .I don’t know why the embassy asked for updated iv application ds-260 form which is already submitted and all the documents is accepted
    My follow up appointment date is Jan 2021 . please I need your help to how to update or what I need to do

  14. Hello,

    My H1B visa was approved during my interview on 4th Dec 2020. Mine is a new H1B visa but my employer is exempt from the proclamation. However, the status has been changed to REFUSED with the following message.

    “A U.S. consular officer has adjudicated and refused your visa application. Please see the letter you received at the interview.”

    Does this mean that they actually refused my visa or is there a chance that they might update the status?

  15. I attended CR1 interview on Nov last week, the officer told my visa is approved. And I didn’t get any 221G. But my ceac status says REFUSED. Only the case last updated time has changed. Haven’t received any email. WAITING…

  16. Hi,

    I’m a US citizen who filed for my spouse. We had an expedite case due to my pregnancy. My spouse went to his interview in Oct 2020 and was given information about his rights in America and they kept his passport. They told him that they were waiting on the medical results. I contacted the medical facility and they sent the results over Nov 13 . Our statues went from REFUSED with the long text to REFUSED with the short text on Nov 19. I tried reaching out to the embassy to get an update and no luck. Is this normal? No one reached out to us to pick up the passport and we haven’t gotten a reason why the passage went from long to short.

  17. 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’ Or ‘Refused’.
    3) Status Changed from AP to Refused as stated due “to more accurately communicate case status to applicants.”
    4) Still Waiting ……….. 11-03-2020
    5- *Update*
    Called National Visa Centre in US yesterday 03/12/2020, spoken to assistant to get some updates.
    She said ‘no decision’ is made so please wait.

    It’s almost one year and they have still not made their mind. ???

  18. Hello , my wife had cr1 visa interview on nov 30th , 2020 but she forgot to take original marriage certificate everything was good but later she got 221(g) form from the consular and marked the marriage certificate , and passport returned and told that she can send certificates and passport from CGI. Website.She sent it so how long will take to issue visa . Thanks

  19. Hello all,

    I had a Dropbox appointment last week and today the status changed to “Refused” with long text. Can someone please confirm that it actually means 221g Administrative Processing?

    Also, according to ustraveldocs website my passport status is “Passport has been received from the consular section, and is currently being processed for delivery”. Does anyone know what it means with the refused status?

  20. I attended the IV interview (CR1) on 25th November 2020. The interview went well and I was told that my visa is approved and I was given a sheet saying the same and they kept my Passport. When I checked the status of my application in ceac web it shows as REFUSED. But I wasn’t informed anything about the 221g by the interview consular. All they told was my visa is approved and I’ll be notified on passport collection in 3-5 business days. So what does this mean. Is anyone have idea on this.

    • Mohamed Fawaz,
      If you were told that it was approved, then it is very likely approved. The online system status can be misleading at times. Wait for few more days, the status would very likely change. If it does not change even after 10 days or so, then check with the consulate.

    • Thanks Kumar for your response.

      I see that the case last updated time has changed to today’s date(4th Dec 2020) from 25th Nov, but the status remains as REFUSED. I am waiting for 10 days to pass to check with the consulate. Do you sense anything on my case.

      Thanks in advance

  21. My visa issued 28 oct still passport track no status 29 oct date update 4 nov date update no passport status today 18 november but passport not return what happen anyone help me .

  22. Hi Kumar,

    First of all, thanks for sharing all the invaluable information. (It really helps a lot)

    I would be grateful if you could provide me with an input on my case:

    I submitted my documents via Dropbox to renew my H1B Visa at the Hyderabad consulate

    a) Documents submitted – 10th Nov 2020
    b) Application Received Status – 13th Nov 2020
    c) Refused Status with long text – 16th Nov 2020

    I called the consulate, and they said that my case has been refused under administrative processing.

    How long will this process take? I need to provide a tentative joining date to my employer as they have been waiting patiently for me to join since one month.

    All feedbacks will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Sanket,
      I am in same position as yours. My dropbox was on 6th Nov and today(17th Nov) the status changed to refused with long text. Please keep me updated about your status and I will do the same.
      Also if you’re interested in connecting, there is a WA group for h1b stamping –

      • Hi Rohit,

        Thanks for replying, and sending me the link to the WhatsApp group.

        I surely will keep you in the loop in case there are any updates.

    • Sanket,
      It is very likely that they are doing some background processing. The status changes are very inconsistent, so do not panic. Give it few days, hopefully it changes. I have seen some users have it changed to approved after 10 to 15 days.

      They will let you know, if you need to give anything. for now, stay put and do not worry. If you do not hear after 15 days or more, then you need to look at options by writing to consulate to check if it is like 221g. Do update how it goes.

      • Hello kumar my husband has cr1 visa first interview was 22 jan 2020 they gave him 221 .we drop off all the paperwork now they call him from bombay embassy for second interview what does this mean thanks

      • Hi Kumar,

        So apparently, I received an email stating that I need to appear for an in-person interview on the 11th December. During my interview, the VO asked me a few general questions about the company and my job role. Additionally, he asked me if I was aware of the Presidential Proclamation ban on H1B applicants until December 31st, to which I said yes and tried explaining to him how I was exempt from the ban. Although, my employer is not a part of the Plaintiff group, I told him that I still satisfy two out of the five listed criterias mentioned in the Proclamation. Subsequently, I handed him the LCA document that was approved in the month of September, along with an Essential Service provider letter from the organisation that proves them supporting critical industries. He then went inside to I guess, consult with a few colleagues of his, and finally, when he came back, he further looked at my documents and decided to buy some time to further investigate my case. He also handed me a white slip on which he checked the administrative processing column, and asked me to email the embassy if I don’t hear back within 2 weeks. Is this normal, and how long would this process take?
        Any inputs are highly appreciated.
        Thanks in advance 🙂

        • Sanket,
          This is hard to guess, it can take few weeks. Some have been waiting for months too…so, wait for few weeks and stay positive. Good Luck !

        • Sanket, Do you have any further update on this? I’m also in same situation, they have collected my passports, issues 221g white slip to verify the proclamation exception (My company of part of chamber of commerce).

    • Hey Kumar this is parm my husband cri visa got 221g interview was 22 jan 2020 last year but this 22 jan 260 iv form reopen and then now incomplete when i try to open did not open can u plz tell me what is mean that

  23. Hello my husband have his cr1 interview Nov 4 2020, he’s visa was expedited for emergency I was pregnant and I have the baby 10 days before the interview they denied he’s visa and was given a 221g and he’s Passaport was given back to him because they said he needs the baby birth certificate we uploaded the same day nov 4 we haven’t got any answers yet and he’s visa was expedited you think will take long time for him to get approved thank you

    • Vicky,
      It can take time. Sometimes they take longer. Keep following up with the consulate. There is no estimated time, it all varies.

  24. Hello,
    This is Priya. My B1 visa interview was in Feb 2020 in Mumbai and I was given 221(g) and asked for few documents to email, which I did. Later as few of the messages above, suddenly the status became as rejected.
    But in Mar 2020, I got email to submit the passport for visa stamping (though the online status still shows rejected and last updated Feb 10) . I could not submit the passport as the lockdown in india started.
    Now can someone tell me the procedure. I am yet to submit the passport.

    • Priya,
      They are not processing the 221g related cases now. You may try to reach out to them for further guidance. Email the consulate to get more information.

  25. Applied H4 for spouse and she was eligible for interview waiver. Submitted documents on Oct 29, 2020 and on, Nov 10th status shows as Refused with short text like this “A U.S. consular officer has adjudicated and refused your visa application. Please see the letter you received at the interview”. what does it mean ?i s my spouse visa got rejected or any chance of further approval .please let me know if any one is faced the same situation.

    • chalapathi,
      It is sometimes not clear. You can write to the consulate..sometimes the status could be an intermittent status too…so, give it few days…

      • HI kumar, i submitted my passport and docs as part of dropbox on Nov 4th. On No 5th CEAC website showes refused. On Nov 12 th i received my passport with 221 G and asked to appear on interview “After we have resumed the normal processing” .Now I am not sure when the normal processing will resume. any help in this is much appreciated.

        • Stephens,
          No one knows when the consulate would be opening for regular operations. All we can do is hope that they would open the consulate for regular operations soon..

    • Hi,

      I am also in the same boat. My spouse is eligible for drobox and she has recently went for interview on DEC 2nd 2020 in Hyderabad location. Today, status shows as “Refused” under https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx. We have not received any email or mobile notification from consulate requesting for additional documents. Is it normal or something i need to contact consulate?. Could you please help me here?

  26. 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) Update 28th October’20:

    The Status has not changed and still showing ‘refused’ since 12th December 2019.

    Still waiting if things could change.

  27. Hello,

    Applied H4 for spouse and she was eligible for interview waiver. Submitted documents on Oct 22, 2020 and today, Oct 26 status shows as Refused with long text. After reading all the posts above it looks like I can expect to see the status change to AP in next few days. Has anyone been in this scenario of drop box and then status as Refused? How long it will take for status to change? Also, if there are any additional questions to be answered, when will spouse receive 221 g form? Does it come via mail?

    • Husain,
      It is not consistent, I have seen some users do report saying that it changed to admin processing after a week and then they got approval. You can reach out to the consulate after couple of weeks to get clarification

          • Hi Ravi,

            Here’s what happened. Hope this helps others to understand the process.

            Oct 22 – Dropbox appointment. Submitted documents. Only asked for my latest H1 copy and spouse passport.

            Oct 26 – Status changed to Refused with long text.

            Oct 28 – Passport returned and delivered to my place with a form 221g stating to attend in person interview on any weekday between 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Good thing here was I didn’t have to book another appointment.

            Nov 2 – My wife went for the interview. Asked basic questions related to previous travels. It was done in 5 mins. Officer told her your visa is approved. Status changed to AP in the evening.

            Nov 3 – Status changed to Issued 🙂

            Nov 4 – Got the passport back with the visa.

        • @Husain,

          I am in the same bucket as you and would love to get some input. Were you asked to go for an interview on any day or once the regular processing opens?

  28. Hi there
    I had my interview for CR1 visa my visa interview went very good I was told my visa is approved and I will get my passport within 3 to 5 business days however it’s been 2 weeks I have not heard anything thing from them and my ceac status shows Refused I am confused did this happen to anyone else please let me know

    • Hello it is the same for me too and i had my appointment on October 15th. I just reached out to them and waiting for their replt. Did you hear anytjing from them yet?

      • Hi
        My husband went interview October 15th same showing administrative processing we are so worried about way the online show refused and my attorney toll me some time take long time if someone receive visa let me know how long take

        • Hi
          Don’t worry I guess nowadays everyone going through this as long as visa is approved and no additional documents needed we will have our visa soon my friend who had interview on 1stOct received visa yesterday so they are taking longer these days hope this helps

          • Hi Ahmed,

            It’s same for me as well. I attended on Nov 25th & I was told visa is approved . But the ceac status is Refused.
            Did you get your passport? Did you had to provide any additional documents? Please let me know

  29. Hi I made the renovation process for my B1/B2 visa 1 month and a half ago, at CAS they told me that I was going to receive my visa in the next 15 days. But when I looked for my status at the system, there said Refused and the AP legend at the bottom. How long do I should wait for it to change? I haven’t been noticed why was my visa refused. I have cero information.

    • Hi, I’m from Mexico and I am exactly in the same situation. CAS appointment last August 25, on Oct 1st my case was updated to refused, since then, I haven’t received any letter of refusal, or any other document related to a refusal or AP. I’m really afraid of this, I’ve called CAS and embassy and nobody is taking care of the case. I hope both can get solution on our cases soon.

      • Hi Kumar,
        As commented, my case status was refused since Oct 1st. I called the embassy last Thursday (Oct 22) and they told me that my case is solid enough and my visa should be approved in the next few days. I checked the status last friday (Oct 24) and my status changed from refused to AP. What can I expect?
        Thank you!

          • Hi! Kumar, my case was H4 Dropbox as I’m applying in same class, I have my H4 approval receipts with my kids for up to 03/2023,

            I had my Dropbox appointment in Delhi on 12/08, submitted all the required documents on 12/09 status changed to Application Received on 12/10 status changed to AP then late I’m the evening my status changed to Refused but not my kids is still in AP, I’m worrying do you suggest me to wait for some days and call.

        • How did you contact the consulate?
          I went for an H4 dropbox on Oct 16. It was under “Case Received” till today and changed to “Refused” today on Oct 27th. My spouse’s H1B got approved via dropbox a few weeks earlier and we received that passport within a few days.

          • I don’t know if it works the same everywhere but there is an apart in the Embassy page and you can send your inquiry. I recommend not to send anything until it has passed enough time. Sounds to me that if your case just was updated to refused, you should wait till’ it changes to AP. Too soon to contact the Consulate or Embassy, I spent 1 month refused that’s why I contacted them. You must be patient, I know is almost impossible, but there is nothing much to do. If your spouse has been approved, most likely you’ll be as well, unfortunately not all cases are solved in the same time, even with family in identical conditions. Good luck!

        • JMB,
          Next you are likely to get it to approved. I have seen this with many other users. Just wait, sometimes it can take time. Do update here.

          • Hi Kumar, yesterday my status changed to issued, I’m just waiting for my DHL tracking number. Thank you all for your support and assessment.

  30. Hi All,
    I am little bit panic about my friend as he have gone through visa interview and there officer have asked few questions and then later they said that they have issue the visa(H1-B), And due to covid they asked to drop passport over there and he did same and now when we track the status of the application it is showing as refused so he is little bit tensed and want to know whats going on with his case, looking that some one can help in this

  31. Hi, this is Fahim, I’m currently residing in toronto as PR with my wife. We both applied for us non immigrant visitor visa in January 15th , 2020 and handed over the 221g slip stating that they need additional information. We submitted the information in the following day and got a confirmation reply from Toronto office that they will update us once a decision is made or further documentation if required. Since then my status remained administrative review in the website until March 2020 and one day suddenly it changed to refused with no changed date and also stating that if you are informed about administrative review , it will remain refused unless as a decision is made. After extensive research on Facebook and through your post, I came to conclusion that it’s not rejected yet but no progress had been made. I emailed the embassy once in August and once in October but didn’t get any reply except automated response which basically isn’t anything except covid alert, travel advisory and border restrictions. Meanwhile it had been 9 months already without any update, it feels strange to me that why they had to keep a file for inventory for so long.

  32. Hello All,

    we appeared for the dropbox Hyderabad on 21st and the case status changed to refused with short note. Are we refused or are we in AP? Is it short note as we appeared to the dropbox?

    please let u sknow

  33. Can someone help me with that issues please?
    My husband and I had a dual interview for a visa since January 2020, after the interview the officer said everything is fine but he didn’t keep any passport or hand over any paper to us, he just said everything is ok if they need anything they will called, but after a few days the website said, the case is in Administration processing,but in the middle of March the case overturned to refuse until now September 21,2020 I never received anything update from immigration or a letter to explain what went wrong with that case.

  34. Hi,

    I just got an update on my CEAC with today’s date. It is now under administration processing, previously it was under refused with March 3 which was my interview date. I got 221 (g) white slip. My question is when this administration process will be complete? What is time frame from your experiences.

          • Thanks for letting us know, did they ask you to submit your Passport yet (I would presume your passport would have been returned to you either along with 221 g or later) ?

          • Hi AP,

            No! They kept my passport and other with relevant documents. And gave me white piece of paper and told me no additional documents are require from you. It’s with them since March.

          • Hello,
            I am inquiring to find out the reason for the refusal of my visa application.
            I have not received any updates besides this my case in AP after my interview..i submit my pics and other marriage proff documents but still its in AP…almost one and half year passed my case is in AP…I am trying to figure out
            what I should do for next steps but have not been able to get contact with
            anyone to help me through this process. My Husband family’s never had an
            issue in the past and its been almost 2 years of back and forth and paper
            work with no explanation as to what I needing to do. I
            am looking for someone to help me through the reasoning and what the next
            steps are. I am hoping someone can help me get through this process.

            Thank you,
            Saba Kazmi

      • Hi Kumar,

        I got a call from US Embassy – they said “consular want to ask whether you are going to continue the same position at the company?” I said yes, I have employed on same position since 2016. He said ok.

        According to CEAC tracker it is still under Administration Process but last update date changed from Sept 16 to Sept18. What does the mean! Please respond!

        • Nabeel: I ain’t expert but I they might wanted to confirm if you are eligible for Exception which was released in Aug. Did they ask anything else…Post here your updates here as your status gets changed.

          • Hi AP,

            They didn’t ask anything else, just that question. I did told them to look at the document which I send to them. The document which I gave them is from my employer’s immigration office listing all the criteria on why I am exempt.

          • Hi Kumar and AP,

            Today it changed from Administration process to Application received with today date.
            I had my interview already on March 3rd and they kept my passport and relevant documents.

            I don’t know what’s going on now! Lol

          • Nabeel: May be it helps to get some clarity…
            Application Received Your case is open and ready for your interview, fingerprints, and required documents. If you have already had your interview, please check your status after two business days. If no interview was required, please check back in two business days for the updated status of your application.

          • Well that’s what is written on update status as well. Let’s wait and hope for the best. I will update you, once I receive an update.

          • I am in the same exact situation as Nabeel, however my last case update is 8th sept and administrative processing. I did get a call as well.

          • Hi Karan,

            What type of visa you applied for?

            But mine changed to Application Received. From what I got from researched that it will go back to Admin process again, and with few hours (same day) the final decision will be shown. I have seen 5 cases on internet where 2 people got final decision in 1 day for 2 it took 2 days and 1 person got it in 8 days. So it’s just waiting game now.

          • Hi Nabeel,

            It was h1. Got a call in Aug was asked for continuing service letter. Sent it same day. Status changed to AP Sept 1 then case last updated sept 2 received a email to sent the document again. Then status same Ap case last updated sept 8. Nothing since then what do you think???

          • Hi Karan,

            They didn’t asked me for letter, but I have send out the exemption letter which was send to me by my employer’s immigration office. If you got white slip during interview and no further document was required and passport was kept by them then according to websites processing time is 7-20 days.
            Also it depends on which consulate and how many pending cases they have. All we can do is wait.

            Let me know if you get any updates and I will do the same.

          • Congrats Nabeel so happy for you 🙂 I hope my status changes soon too it is showing AP now.

            Case Last Updated: 08-Sep-2020

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

            What type of visa you had and what consulate???

          • Hi Karan,

            Thank you! I applied for H1-B from Islamabad, Pakistan.

            Just be patient, I’m sure they will issues your visa too!

        • Hi,

          I got the pink slip AP for my H1B ( I always do for stamping due to my degree and it usually gets issued in 3-5 weeks. But due to pandemic, this time I appeared for interview on Feb 25th and my status online still shows the same. Refused with the long message that says ‘You will receive another adjudication once such processing is complete’ last updated Feb 25 (date of interview). I was asked to send list of documents via email in my pink slip and I did so on the same day. Nothing changed, no phone calls. Is there a thread for people with H1B visas stuck in AP. I would like to follow that and see if the cases are moving forward especially now coz there seems to be some cases that are getting processed. Coz, I emailed them twice and they said its pending AP and nothing else can be done.

          Thank you!

        • Hi,

          I got my passport today with stamping, but it is the normal visa not the exemption one. I heard for exemption one you usually get 30 days visa?

  35. Firstly, thanks to Kumar & the community for sharing all this information.

    I had my H1B visa interview at the consulate in Toronto on Sep 1st, 2020. I was told by the officer that my case was approved and they would get in touch over email when my passport was ready for collection. The officer specifically said that I qualified for the exceptions that were announced to the H1B ban a few weeks ago.

    Having not heard back from them in a week, I checked my DS-160 status on the CAEC website which shows my case was “Refused” on Sep 2nd and it has an accompanying message which says “a consular officer has adjudicated & refused your application, please see the letter you received at the interview”. I did not receive any letter at the interview and the consulate still has my passport. If my case was indeed refused on Sep 2nd, then I’m wondering why I haven’t heard from the consulate yet.

    Any insight on what this could mean and has anyone else been in a similar position?

    • Got my passport back today. Visa was refused as they now think my case doesn’t meet the exceptions. No other explanation was provided as to what changed, which is frustrating.

      • SDC,
        Sorry to hear. Did they give any letter ? Was it due to the current Travel ban ? or due to the general issue with stamping ? It should say some number on the letter given.

    • 25 august my interview done consular say your visa is approved but few day ago i check ceac refused short text …. i cant understand what happening with me … helpppp

  36. Hi,

    My status has been updated to administrative processing (Nonimmigrant visa). It was a refused (with a long paragraph) since March 23rd, I had my visa interview on Feb 2020 and I got a yellow slip.
    What does that mean?? more AP or Visa Approval and how long will it take??
    Did anyone faced any changes recently ??

    • Ibra,
      Many have similar situation, There is estimated time for Administrative processing. You can follow up with the consulate. Depending on consulate, many are not processing 221g yet.

      • Thanks, Kumar,
        They told me that the administration process is complete and my status was changed from AP to refused (with a long text) on March 23rd.Then, the embassy has been closed since March 26th. A few days ago, my status has been changed from refused to AP. Does that mean the embassy start to resume their work and they need to do the administration process again?

        • Ibra,
          It could be they are working on the case. Only embassy could tell. Sometimes the online status could be just changing due to system wide changes….hard to say.

          • Had my F1 visa interview yesterday.
            VO said “Congratulations your visa is approved” and took my passport.
            Today CEAC status shows “refused”. Can someone explain whats does this mean ?

          • Mak,
            This is a known issue. Give it a few days or maybe max 2 weeks, it should change. If not reach out to consulate.

      • hi my spouse H4 visa interview happened on Aug 31st and he was not given any slip and the VO said visa was approved. Status shows Administrative processing since then for the past 9 days. How long will it take to get the passport? What will the status change to?

    First of all I want to thank you for all the help and guidance.
    I applied for my TN Visa renewal (for Registered Nurse as a NAFTA professional).
    My work permit expires until 2022, but my visa was about to expire so I had to renew it since I live in the border and cross daily. I went to the picture and fingerprint and was told my visa would be sent via mail in 5-7 days, now my status shows as refused and all they can tell me is I might need an interview. Have you heard any other cases involving a TN visa? For what I’m reading theres not interviews anytime soon, I don’t know what to tell my employer.

    • Viridiana,
      If you see the long text, it may or may not be refused, but rather administrative processing. Do not worry, wait for few days and it should be fine. Do update here.

  38. I had an interview on 25th july,2017. The consulate held my passport and issued a white letter and put me in “administrative processing”. Well, on 10th March,2020(that’s when i checked), my status was changed from “administrative processing” to “refused” but I still haven’t gotten my passport back yet. Anyone who encountered the same experience? Should I ask the embassy to return my passport?

      • Hikumar Islamabad embassy send me a email stating that required IV 221g follow up appointment and update the DS260 , which we did got a interview date 18 feb 2021 and after 1 week in Jan 2021 I got another email from ISlamavaad embassy that we cancel the 211g follow up interview just send us 2 recent visa photo pic with white back ground and nee medical . Once this done notified us via ISlamabas US embassy link . I want to know what is going on upto now no update but ceac last updated on 9 feb 2021.

    • hi my spouse H4 visa interview happened on Aug 31st and he was not given any slip and the VO said visa was approved. Status shows Administrative processing since then for the past 9 days. How long will it take to get the passport? What will the status change to?

  39. I went to visa interview on Jan 20 2020 with i797b that is valid only until march 31 2020,
    VO issued me a 221g and returned my passport back and asked for some documents. i submitted them within a week. In the mean time my employer applied for extension and got my extension((new i797B)) till Sep 2022. I got my new extension document on march 18 2020, I want to update that to embassy but they are closed due to covid.
    My status still shows “Refused”(long text).
    Will embassy accept my new i797b for the existing 221g? Or do I need to again go to interview with new i797b?

  40. hi everyone,
    My wife has sponsered me and my 2 daughter (step daughtes) we had seprate inteview, both the girls had interview before me as they are under age i had to accompanied them and i answered all the queries and at end they issued white 221g and passport held with islamabad counsalte and later after a month i was called and in minutes i was approved and afetr few month i travelled to usa got all my formalities done (Greencard) and i am back to islamabad, now the usa counslate has asked for medical again which i subbmitted and their status has been changed from “REFUSED” TO “READY”


    • I had my interview in Feb 2020 for a CR1 visa, was given a 221g and my status was refused. Based on the 221g instructions I submitted my passport and other documents within 2weeks. Later in March my status changed to Administrative Processing and has been so since then. Please I’ve tried tracking my passport through their website and by mail and all I got is that they have no status on the passport number i submitted. Please what do you advice I do?

  41. Hi,

    I have my h4 visa stuck in admin processing since Feb 2020 from Hyderabad India Consulate. Recently i heard that the consulates are processing for Emergency appointments and H4 visa is exempt from executive ban.
    Did any one know this and will they be processing my visa in this case.

  42. Very unfortunate situation !! Need help.
    I attended my visa interview on 20th Jan 2020, Officer collected my passport and said, you will receive it in 4 business days once it is stamped.
    25th Jan 2020 , my status changed to Administrative processing.
    They requested to submit client letter by email & I did, they responded after 2 weeks to submit my passport , I replied saying my passport is already with consulate & they confirmed the same.
    3rd March 2020 , Status changed to refused with long text ( no Date change).
    25th July 2020 Status is Refused but with short text and the last updated date changed to 25th July 2020.

    At this point, I am assuming that my visa is denied. But my passport is still with them.
    Could you help me with the following :
    how to get my passport back?
    My i-797 will expire in September , can my employer file an extension?
    My I-140 approved yesterday , does this effect it in any way?

    • Sudhir,
      You can ask them the status, if they will process it or it is denied.
      If you are in urgent need, you can email them requesting to withdraw the application and get passport back.
      I would suggest you discuss with an attorney the reason is, it can be tricky if you request to get your passport back and again apply for stamping…So, discuss and clarify with attorney on the implications.

    • Hi Kumar
      I’m a petitioner of my wife and daughter. My daughter got visa but her mom AP. And my daughter 4 years old she can’t move and live with out her mom. My daughter visa got 28 Feb 2020 and expired 28 Aug 2020.
      So how to extension my daughter visa ?
      Thank you

  43. Long time reader, first time poster. Posting because the experiences here provided invaluable guidance, and I’d like to add my own to help others, if possible.

    – February 27 2020: Immigrant visa interview at US Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago. (Immediate relative; spouse of US citizen).

    – 221g issued requesting missing document. Passport returned and asked to be sent to embassy with the missing document via courier.

    – March 03rd 2020: document and passport received by US embassy. Case status changed to “Refused” with long text.

    – June 23rd 2020: Status changed to “Administrative Processing”.

    – June 26th 2020: Status changed to “Issued”.

    Thank you Kumar for this resource and to the users for sharing their experiences.

    Best of luck to all.

    • A,
      Congrats on the visa ! Thanks for sharing ! Isn’t the US embassy closed in Trinidad now ? Do update, once you get passport to your hand with visa.

      • Thanks Kumar! Received passport with Immigrant Visa today (July 6 2020) via courier.

        The US embassy in Trinidad and Tobago is closed for in-person interviews however, it is processing applications/passports which were at the embassy before its closure.

        Additionally, it recently started accepting visa interview waiver applications via courier/dropbox.

        Thank you again for your service and best of luck to all applicants.

          • Hi Kumar
            My wife and daughter were interviewed 10 Feb 2020 and my daughter got visa on 28 Feb 2020 and my wife AP . My daughter 4 years and she can’t travel and live with out her mother . I contact the embassy oversea and they
            say AP but my daughter visa 2 month left to expired . so how to extend my daughter visa .
            Please help me.
            Thank you

          • Betselot,
            You can only do it once the consulate opens. So wait for the consulates to open, she can apply for dropbox. Also, there is current ban on issuance of visas and entry for H4s without visas..so, need to wait till december.

  44. Hi,

    I came to Guadalajara (Mexico) for stamping. i came to visit a friend who was getting married . My First Stamping from Hyderabad ( Andhra Pradhesh, India) got Expired in 2017 so i planned for my stamping too. i had my finger printing on Feb 28th 2020 and interview on March 4th 2020. I was only asked the following questions:

    1) Where do you work?

    2) what are your duties?

    after that the officer asked if i was given a booklet of immigration i said yes and she said i need to type something and asked me to go through the booklet. after 5 minutes she gave me a white slip and said we have sent you a mail with a questionnaire please fill it and send it and retained the passport.

    The questionnaire contained question related to my addresses for the past 15 years, my phone numbers for the past 5 years, my employers and their addresses and DOBs of my parents.

    i replied back to the email with in 2 hours. The status was refused when i check in the system. later the date got updated but it was still in refused status. on March 18 2020 the date got updated and the status remained the same, but i got a mail stating i have to reappear in person. from March 18 2020 , all the embassies in mexico are closed and the latest appointment i could get is in July.

    I am stuck here in mexico for around 4 months and i have one more month to wait to go for the interview.

    My question is what are the chances of the approval at this stage.

    • polur,
      Sorry to hear on your situation. Honestly, I do not know…Visa interviews are always subject to Consular officer discretion.

      • Hi

        I just wanna ask regarding my case status I am worried of it because since the lockdown started March and I was already submitted 221(g) with my passport end of January and they have it. Now my concern is my medical has already expired .Do you think they will let me again to re-medical or they give a consideration because of COVID-19 has been suspended routine visa processing..
        thank you


  45. Hello Folks,

    Does anyone here have instance where case was updated on CEAC after us embassies were closed due to Covid?

    And when they are planning to re-open it?

    Response will be appreciated!

    Thank you

    • Hello NKB
      My case F1 category was updated on May 27th and 28th 2020 to refused status (short text). My passport was sent back and the attached letter said that my case was completed and the refusal was really a suspension because of the Immigration ban by President Trump. However when the ban is lifted they would request passport and issue visa.

      • The executive order was on immigrant visa not for non-immigrant visa. I don’t know why they gave you that reason.

  46. Hello All,

    I am a US citizen petitioning for my spouse. My case status was on REFUSED status because when we went to the interview and the consular said they did not have the medical results in their system (they were sent electronically). Consul kept her passport. Three weeks ago the status changed back to READY and has been stuck on that. What does this mean? Thank you in advanced.

    • Gabriel,
      If they have held your passport, it is good. If ready means, you would be ready to pick up the passport. Call or email them to check the status.

  47. Hi,

    I am from Pakistan and my fiance visa has been in admin processing for more than a year now. This is the reply I got from 3 weeks ago when i made the inquiry on my visa

    ”Dear Applicant,
    Thank you for writing to our office. 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 waived. Unfortunately, it is difficult to predict the amount of time the processing will take, and timing varies based on the individual circumstances of each case. The visa application will be reconsidered when administrative processing is complete.”

    Questions :

    1. Should i wait any longer ? If yes , How can i Expedite this issue apart from Senators ? is there an email for Department of Sate ?
    2. Can i apply for Marriage visa ? If i am in Admin Processing For this ?
    3. How will i get my passport Back ? Since the US embassy has my passport ? How can i abandon the Fiance Visa ?
    4 . Would i be placed in Admin Processing again if i Apply for a marriage visa ?
    5. What is the Difference Betweem the K3 and CR1 visa ? Which should i apply for ?

    • Waleed,
      All they are saying is that you need to wait and they do not have an estimated time. you can try to expedite using Senators, but I am not sure how it would work. There are some attorneys who file writ of mandamus for 221g delays, you can try that route.
      if you want the passport back, you can withdraw the application and get the passport back.
      It is a possibility, they can put in admin processing anytime…it is totally their discretion. I cannot speak for the visa types of K3 and CR1, talk to an attorney.

      • Assalam alai kum,
        This is soniya khan and my uncle apply vissa for my mother and me. We had our 1st interview 2 years ago but bcz of sme papers issue status was in admin process. This march they called for intrview again and they said evrything is ok they kept our passport. Since aftr the intrview the status was refused nd it said US concular adjucted and refused ur visa etc (big paragraph) now it is update and says (US conclr ofcr refused ur vissa applction plx see letter u recivd at the intrview.) I didnot get any letter. Can any one tell clearly what does this mean? Its so confusing.

        • Soniya,
          Sometimes the online status can be misleading. Try calling the national visa center or email the consulate to get clarity. If the really reject, they will return your passports and give you a letter.

        • W/Salaaam. Sister,

          I think you are not rejected since they’v got your passport.
          The ban started from April 22 ( or 24th I forgot the exact date ), So if they were suppose to reject your visa , they had plenty of time to send you back the passport, right? 🙂
          Inshallah they will give you visa soon.
          – You can write to local consulate to know about your status. NVC usually gives a theoretical reply and I personally have got 2 different answers from 2 reply from NVC.
          (This is my personal opinion.)
          – You can also try filing a lawsuit depending on the situation. If you see that you are under ban of D. Trump executive order which extended till end December2020, then you must wait till end December and see if the ban is uplift after that. If they uplift the ban and you still are waiting for an uncertain duration and you no longer wants to wait more, then you should find a lawyer ( mostly they work from US ) and file a lawsuit. I heard it works better to reduce time frame. ( again this is my personal opinion)

          I myself is also waiting in the Q for my visa to be approved.
          May HIM help us all to receive what we deserve and what is good for us. InsaAllah .

        • Hi Soniya,

          Same thing happened with my case (CR1). Refused with long AP paragraph for past 6 months changed to Refused with the one sentence this month. Did you find out what this change meant? I hope it is just a word change and not an actual visa denial. Please let us know.

          • We are going through this.. such a long grueling process… had a waiver done n approved… told visa would be ready only to be hit w a day-5535 extreme vetting and now 60 days later we get refused w long text…. what does the long text mean? It has said refused after the initial approved… any updates??

  48. Hi,

    My status has been updated to administrative processing from rufused administrative processing text on may 12th, I had my visa interview on Feb 2020 and I got pink slip. Did anyone faced any changes recently after may 10 server update ??


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