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How to Check US Visa Status Online? CEAC Website, Errors Info

If you plan to go to the US, unless exempted, you need a US Visa. You may have applied for US Visa and if your visa was approved, your passport would have been taken at the US Consulate.  Even though the visa officer said it is approved, you may be curious to know the status of the US Visa stamping in your passport.

The question is, how do you check the status of your US Visa online. Also, even if your passport was returned and you were issued a slip saying something like administrative processing, you still would like to check the status of your visa online. We will look at the process to check US visa status online below with full screenshots.

Step by Step Guide to Check US Visa Status Online for Stamping in Passport

Step 1  – Visit CEAC Website: You need to go to US Dept. of State’s Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) website. CEAC is part of the US Dept of State and is used to create DS-160, DS-260 visa applications. You would have used the same to create your US visa application.   Here is the link : https://ceac.state.gov/ceac/ .

Check visa status -CEAC Website State Gov Website

Step 2 – Click Check My Visa Application Status  : Depending on the kind of US Visa, you applied, either Non-immigrant Visa or Immigrant Visa, you need to click on Check My Visa Application Status. Below are the direct links as well to check the status.

Enter Details to check US Visa Status on CEAC Website

Step 3 – Enter Location, Application ID or Case Number  : Once you are on that page, you need to enter below information as highlighted in above screenshot with arrows and click on Submit button.

  • Location: In the dropdown select the location where you went for US Visa interview
  • Application ID : Application ID is on your US Visa Appointment confirmation letter. It looks like below screenshot on the letter or DS-160 application. US Visa Application ID
  • Case Number :  Case Number is something that the consulate would give and it is usually on a slip is given to you, usually for Administrative processing or 221g.  It is in the format 2020118 145 1001.  You need to enter it correctly with spaces, otherwise, you will get an error saying “Your search did not return any data”. See below on how the Case Number looks. The Visa officer would have written it.Case Number - US Visa Status Check
  • Captcha Code : You need to enter the code that is show in image to avoid spam.

Step 4 – View US Visa Status : Once you enter everything correctly and there are no errors, you will get the US Visa status displayed. It can be in few statuses like Administrative Processing, Issued or other statuses, . See below screenshots for examples on what you can expect to see. If in Administrative processing, you need to wait. If it says issued, then your visa was issued and you can be sure that your Visa stamping is complete and your US visa was issued.

US Visa Status – Administrative Processing

If you get the Administrative Processing, it means that the visa is not yet issued and there are checks in progress. You see this usually also for first few days after your interview is done. If you were issued a 221g Administrative Processing , then this may take longer time to move to issued.

US Visa Status Administrative Processing

Update : Since March 3rd, 2020 Users are not seeing the Administrative processing status anymore, they are seeing a new status that shows as refused. It looks like below. Do not panic, it is a system wide change to the text displayed. See below screenshot for updated text for Administrative processing cases. It says clearly that “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. ” See highlighted text.

221g - Status Refused - CEAC Website

US Visa Status – Issued

If you have the Issued status, it means that your visa stamping is almost and it is final stages. You should receive it soon in a week to 10 days. If you do not receive anything, then you can contact the consulate for the same.

US Visa Status - Issued

US Visa Status – Refused

If your visa was denied or refused, then you will see the ‘Refused’ status on CEAC website. It essentially means that you could not prove to consular officer that you are eligible for issuance of visa. There could be many reasons, sometimes, they are denied under 214b, or other reasons. Your consular officer would give you a slip or indicate a reason for your denial. For some cases, the refused status would be shown online as soon as the interview is done…for some of the cases like H1B, where they usually give Administrative processing and let say eventually refuse or deny the visa, then it will show up much later…Below are screenshots of the Refused status of US visa on CEAC website one in Calgary, other in Chennai.

US Visa Status Refused Sample

Update : The text for actual refused cases also changed from previous text. It has slightly different text that says, ” A U.S. consular officer has adjudicated and refused your visa application..” Check below.

Refused - Actual Status from 2020 CEAC Website

Common FAQs – US Visa Status Check

Error – “Your Search did not return any data” ?

If you are on the CEAC website and trying to check US Visa status and get the error “Your Search did not return any data”, it means that you did not enter the data properly. You would have removed the spaces in the Case Number. You need to enter it with spaces properly. Example : 2020118 145 1001. Notice there are two spaces in the number. Below is the error screenshot for your reference. If you fix the spaces, it will go away.

Error – Invalid Application ID or Case Number ?

If you get an error saying “Invalid Application ID or Case Number” like below, then you have either selected the wrong location and enter the Application ID or case number or you have entered the Application ID number wrong. It also can occur, if you entering Case number and missing some digits or adding more digits. So, if you fix the numbers entered, then the error would go away.

   

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97 Comments

  1. Hello everyone. My mother’s visa was as “Approved” on September 23 2022 and now it says “Refused” on September 27. We are very anxious, could you please advise if it is normal? We have already sent an email to the consulate and embassy.

    Thank you!

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  2. i lost application id or case number us visa pl help me and ans reply
    Receipt number WAC-12-901-13670
    RECEIPT DATE DEC-14-2011
    Case Type I130 IMMIGRANT PETITION FOR RELATIVE FIANCE (E),OR ORPHAN
    Beneficiary A200 962-872 NARIA PARESHKUMAR R

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  3. Is it okay to use visa agents to book slots?

    Im hearing visa may get rejected. Any insights on this matter will be helpful. I dropped my passport 1 day ago and status says “No status”

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  4. My request showing Approved yesterday but it was changed to administrative processing today morning and now it is showing application received. Any help ?

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  5. And how long from when you are approved till you are given your passport and visa? Right now my CGI is showing document delivery information: what does that mean?

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  6. I dropped my documents at VAC Delhi on August 4, 2022 it showed AP after 2 days n then issued 2 days later and then approved a week later but now it shows refused with the long status message
    Can someone please explain this

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    • Navdeep,
      Sometimes, it can be misleading to see the online status. Check with the embassy and check your passport after collection for the actual details.

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    • Hello Navdeep, Did you get any update on this? Were you able to contact the embassy?
      I’m in a similar situation. Dropped my documents on 5th Aug 2022 and status showed Approved on 24th Aug. On 29th Aug, status changed to Refused

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      • I am in a similar situation as well. I dropped off my documents for Mumbai Embassy on August 4th in Hyderabad. The status got changed to AP, then to Issued on 12th August, then to Approved on 19th August, and Refused on 29th August. I am waiting for the passport for further details.

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  7. Hello All,

    I attended Delhi Vac for dropbox on 11 july 2022. My case status is still showing as no status but today i got an email stating passport is ready for pickup. Did anyone face this situation?

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  8. The visa officer approved my visa on 14th June 2022 in mumbai and took my passport , but since then the website shows administrative processing. It has been a week now but no status change , please advise me how can i get my passport back

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  9. Hello all ,

    I did Dropbox in Bangalore , Vac is Hyderabad . Me and my daughter applied for h4 stamping . Husband’s H1b got stamped few weeks ago . Ours is a simple case . When me and my daughter were at the Bangalore vac the person who took out documents was nice and told us that it’s going to take some time because there is extra backlog and also with the new rule that you can drop off the documents anywhere it’s little tough for them .

    It’s been 14 calendar days since I dropped off . First 11 days it showed nothing . And on 7th the status got updated to application received . I know it creates a lot of anxitey and nervousness but there is nothing we can do about it . Easiest is to drop the email to us travel docs . I called the helpline multiple times but they have the same update as me . Best is to only wait . Patience is the key to success .

    I am still waiting for our passports and visa to be stamping but I am positive and so should everyone be .

    Take care guys and I will update my situation once I get my passports stamped .

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  10. Did you have any response to date? I am in the same situation. CEAC Case # showns issued while application ID shows refused.

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  11. I appeared for my L1 interview on March 22nd.
    The Visa office gave me a white slip 221g with a Case Number , kept my passport and i129s.

    On March 28th the status of “Case Number” changed to “Issued”.

    While the status of my “Application Id” still shows as “Refused” , its being updated constantly and last update was on April 18th.

    What does this mean ? Is my Visa issued or still under administrative processing?
    Any idea on how long will take to get a decision ?

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  12. Hey! I see on comments many of us we have same question regarding the status “Your search did not return any data” my case was In Transit status and after couple of weeks I reached out to Embassy to see if they received case and after like two weeks they respond to me that they are not open yet for interviews and since then I can’t track the case I try every single day and status shows that “ Your search did not return any data“ I contacted them again to ask if they are any issues with case they didn’t respond to me until now .

    How the situation ends with those who have the same problem???? . Thanks

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  13. I had my interview today and the officer said that my visa was approved. However the status on ceac website changed to administrative processing today. What does this mean? Is it going to take a long time to process?

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  14. I get this when looking for Non inmigrant Visa B1/B2

    “Your search did not return any data.”

    Believe me, i’ve checked for spaces, spelling and everything. Can anyone help me?

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  15. Dropbox document for b1/b2
    Submitted on Jan 12
    still seeing ‘ No Status’
    Waiting 4 days
    If anyone has update how soon their status changed please reply.
    Thank you

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