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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 to the US Consulate.  If you attended the interview and 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 the 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 the 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, and 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 for, either a Non-immigrant Visa or an 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
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 the below information as highlighted in the above screenshot with arrows and click on Submit button.

  • Location: In the dropdown select the location where you went for the US Visa interview
  • Application ID: The Application ID is on your US Visa Appointment confirmation letter. It looks like the below screenshot on the letter or DS-160 application. US Visa Application ID
  • Case Number:  A ‘Case Number’ is something that the consulate would give and it is usually on a slip that 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 the below screenshot 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 shown in the image for spam bot check verification for humans.

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 a few statuses like Administrative Processing, Issued, or other statuses. See the below screenshots for examples of 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 – No Status

Usually, when you submit your documents for US Visa renewal using the dropbox option or occasionally after you attend an in-person visa interview, you may see the online status on the CEAC website that says ‘No Status’. It looks as in the below screenshot.

You see this status very commonly seen for dropbox cases. The reason for this is that they take some time to review the documents and update the case status online. There is a few days delay. Some users have reported that it took them up to 10 days. You may see this status anywhere from a few days up to 10 days from the date you dropped off the document or visited the consulate.

Do not panic, if you see the ‘No Status’ online for up to a week or 10 days. Only reach out to the consulate, if it continues to be in that state for longer.

CEAC Website Status shows as No Status
CEAC Website Status shows as No Status

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 the first few days after your interview is done. If you were issued a 221g Administrative Processing, then this may take a 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 the below. Do not panic, it is a system-wide change to the text displayed.

See the 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

Did you know you can track your passport status on CGI Federal website? Read How to check Passport Status, Meaning of Various Statuses

US Visa Status – Issued

If you have the Issued status, it means that your visa stamping is almost done 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 the CEAC website. It essentially means that you could not prove to the consular officer that you are eligible for the issuance of a visa. There could be many reasons, sometimes, they are denied under 214(b) 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 cases like H1B, where they usually give Administrative processing, which is 221(g), and let’s say eventually refuse or deny the visa, then it will show up much later…

Below are screenshots of the Refused status of a US visa on the CEAC website one in Calgary, the other in Chennai.

Refused Status in Calgary US Consulate
US Visa Status Refused Sample
Refused Status on CEAC website for US Consulate General Chennai

Update : The text for actual refused cases also changed from the 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
Refused Status at Calgary US Consulate

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 your 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, error 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 entered the Application ID or case number or you have entered the Application ID number wrong. It also can occur, if you enter the case number and miss some digits or add more digits. If you fix the numbers entered, then the error would go away.

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  1. Hello everyone,

    My application was approved on Feb 24th and I’m still waiting for the “Issued” status. It’s been 5 working days and I don’t see any update, is it normal?

    • I’m in a similar situation. My visa was approved on Jan 25 and there has been no change in my status and I have not received my passport with stamped visa yet. My dropbox appointment was for Chennai location but I had submitted my documents from Hyderabad. Any help will be appreciated.

    • Hey Sai, did your status changed to issued. I am in a same boat, mine got approved on March 1st but no traction since then.

  2. I had my H1B + H4 dropbox appointment on Feb 7th. After waiting for a 2 weeks I checked the CEAC website and it showed that my case was created on Feb 9th and the status was set to “Application Received” and status on cgifederal/atlas website was set to blank “Document Delivery Information”. Till now the status has not changed on any of the websites. The CEAC website shows that my case was last updated on Feb 23rd.

    I have tried reaching the ustraveldocs support via email 2-3 times but have only received standard responses. Also I was not able to reach any customer representation when calling the us embassy at +911204844644. I only got auto responses. I am not sure what is taking so long to process the visa application. Is there any way to reach to customer representative by phone call or do anything in this situation?

    • Hey chitresh, I have sametime timelines and status. I just cancelled my flight as well.

      They keep updating the same status, it got ups dated again today. It’s been 23 days for me.

      • I have currently delayed my flight by another 2 weeks. I am using https://visagrader.com/trackers/us-drop-box-visa-appointments website for tracking other users on how fast they are getting the visa. Seems like everyone is on the same boat.

        I request everyone to create an account in visagrader website and update your dropbox submissions so that others can benefit from that in keeping track of how long the current visa stamping is taking.

        • thanks! I created the account. Mine got approved on March 1st but there has been no traction since then. They havent issued the visa, its been 6 days since then. I delayed my flight for another two weeks too.

    • Hello, im in the same boat. I have the same status since Feb 13. Last status update was Feb 27 but it still says Application Received. My return travel is Mar 3 2023. Not sure if I should cancel the tickets. Did you get any updates or any contact number where we could talk to representative?

    • I am in the same boat as well. Had my Dropbox appointment at Hyd on 6th Feb. on 15th, it’s updated to Approved. There has been no change since then. Standard responses for emails. My flight is also on March 3rd. Not sure what to do

    • Hi Chitresh,

      Same here. I had my dropbox appointment on Feb 1st and I still haven’t received my passport yet. The status was set to “Application Received” on CEAC and status on cgifederal/atlas website was set to blank “Document Delivery Information”. There has been no change to this status. I emailed them so many times and they just send a template email saying to wait patiently. I tried calling them to check the status but it always skips the UID I enter and asks to enter another one or terminate. Its so frustrating.

  3. I appeared for an in-person interview for the tourist visa (B1/B2) at the Vancouver Consulate, in Canada on the 14th of February 2023. I was told by the V.O. at the end of the interview that the visa was was approved and that it’d take about a week for the passport to return. However, I’ve still not received any updates on it, none at all. Moreover, the status of my application, as on the CEAC visa status tracking website, is stuck at ‘APPROVED’ since the day of my interview. This has been the status as is, ever since I left the Consulate building on the day of the interview. The thing is, it hasn’t moved from there. Both timestamps, that is the case created date and case last updated date have 14-Feb-2023. I’m a bit worried at this point. Some of my colleagues who appeared for an interview at around the same time or a day after me in the Toronto Consulate, have been receiving updates in the form of tracking details of the passport dispatch but mine is stuck at that status. Just for your reference, I’m an Indian citizen and a tourist in Canada. I was supposed to return to India in a few weeks but looks like I might just have to push my return tickets further. Has anybody had any similar experience? Anything to worry ?

    • Karan,
      Well, sometimes, there can be delays. You need to wait for the status to become ‘Issued’. Follow-up with the consulate again as it has been two weeks. Sometimes, it can take time. Do update how it goes here.

    • I am in a similar situation. Had my interview on 6th Feb. Visa was approved. My portal mentions approved. Bur I haven’t gotten an email yet for pickup of passport.

      • Same here. No update for me either. Not even a change in the status of the application till now.

        Where was your application submitted? What type of visa was it? Mine was a tourist visa.

  4. Hi All,
    I am sharing below my L1 A Blanket + 3 L2 Experience in Chennai Consulate

    Feb 1st 2023: Interview Experience
    • Visa type – Is it specialized or Managerial Category?
    • What will be your US salary?
    • Which Location in the US?
    • About previous L1A rejection
    • About speeding ticket which I have mentioned in DS-160
    • How many reportee’s you will have in the US?

    Feb 1st 2023:
    – https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx – “Approved”
    – https://atlas.my.salesforce-sites.com/ – “Passport is still with the US Embassy or Consulate”

    Feb 10th 2023:
    – https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx – “Approved”
    – https://atlas.my.salesforce-sites.com/ – “Document Delivery Information:”

    Feb 17th 2023 11:00 AM:
    – https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx – “Issued”
    – https://atlas.my.salesforce-sites.com/ – “Passport has been received from the consular section and is currently being processed for delivery”

    Feb 17th 2023 4:00 PM:
    – https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx – “Issued”
    – https://atlas.my.salesforce-sites.com/ – “your passport is ready for pickup”

    Feb 19th 2023 3:00 PM:
    – I collected the passport

    • I had ticket for excessive speeding and I was also finger printed for the same during 2012, I have highlighted about this during my visa interview and also I emphasized the visa officer to take a look at the papers. He collected the papers and mentioned that he will scan and add that to my file so that it will be there for reference.
    • Because of the above case, I am sure mine should have gone to security check. But only thing was the status in ceac was Approved and it did not get changed to Administrative Processing.
    • In between I dropped an email to check the status but I got a below standard reply. Post that I stopped checking the status frequently
    o “Your visa application is under processing at the Embassy/Consulate. Also, when additional administrative processing is required, the length of processing time will vary based on the circumstances of each case hence it cannot be expedited”
    • If you are in similar situation, My only advice is don’t think too much or keep checking the status. Try diverting your thoughts, Because you could not do much except reading some experiences from such forums
    • But, what I have seen in these forums are, There are so many who have reported the problem. But it is un fortunate that not many have come back to update their final status
    • Hope my experience helps you

  5. H1 B renewal, CEAC status changed to approved on Dec 6th 2022 and after that no update. Consulate replied once as undergoing internal processing and visa cannot be printed right now. Hyderabad VAC.

    Any one waiting in similar status?

  6. Dear Mr. Kumar,

    My application was rejected based on 221g on December 12,2022. I was asked to come in for interview on Jan 13, 2023. Then was issued pink-slip to get additional documents. On 8th Feb, (last wednesday), the first update on status happened from “Refused” to “Approved”. Today, 14th Feb, the status went from “Approved” to “Application Received”.

    I am not sure if this is something everyone else has experienced?


  7. Hello ,
    My wife had her Dropbox appointment on 2nd Feb and on the CEAC website on 2/13 still says no status. Also on the ustraveldocs website it shows Document delivery information. I am not sure whats going on here ? can anybody help ?

    I have emailed support-india@ustraveldocs.com but no reply yet.

      • The status on the application changed to ‘ Application Received ‘ on April 16. I did email the support@ustraveldocs.com email which replied to call a number if I do not get an email to pick up the passport within 10 days. After calling the number the agent said the same thing ‘Sir Wait’.

      • I did email them they asked me to wait. I called them today and they said that the passport is still with the consulate and write another email to support-india@ustraveldocs.com . Its been 14 business days and 18 calendar days. Can anyone help with more ideas ?

          • I did write to the consulate. They asked me to write another email stating if we have received any letter/email from consulate.
            Also informed them that we have not received any email/letter asking for more documents or information.

            The status on CEAC still shoes ‘Application Received’ From 16 Jan 23.

            I am not sure what else can I do ? Any suggestion would help !

          • Finally The visa arrived on March 2nd, exactly after one month of drop box appointment.
            The status changed from Application received to Approved on March 1 and changed again to Issued on March 2.

        • How did you write to the consulate? Which email have you used? Mine appears to be in the same status and no response from consulate emails or customer care calls.

  8. Hi Kumar,

    While filling out the DS-160 for my children, I have done a blunder. I have written the petition number for my kids wrong instead of xxxx356 I have written the number as xxxx256, I have done this for both my son and daughter, will it go to impact their visas? I have dropped it in the drop box and the current status is application received. it’s for the Chennai location

    • chikki,
      Well, if you have already submitted it, not much you can do now. Hope for the best. Usually, some typos do happen. Be open and say, it is an honest typo mistake, if something were to go wrong. Stay positive.

      One thing you could also do is, email them with the details indicating that you did mistake and want to fix it. I am not sure, how it would pan out. At least, from your side, you know you have done the right thing. They may ask you to fill out new DS-160. Do update here how it goes.

      • Hi Kumar,
        I sent an email to support-india@ustraveldocs.com stating what was wrong I have done and requested them to update the DS-160, a case has been opened and it’s been fixed now and my case has close. Its still showing application received status in the https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx?App=NIV site. need to wait till i have much updates

  9. Hi Kumar,
    My spouse and I have h1b visas and my children are eligible for dropbox.
    I have dropped my kid’s passport in the Hyderabad dropbox. i have submitted the i797 of both and the passport visa pages of both, instead of the employment verification I have submitted a client letter, will this go to impact their visas? what could be there out come

  10. Hi Kumar,
    My spouse and I have h1b visas and my children are eligible for dropbox.
    I have dropped my kid’s passport in the Hyderabad dropbox, instead of the employment verification I have submitted a client letter, will this go to impact their visas? what could be there out come

    • I don’t know the difference but I have been waiting in Approved status for 25 days now. There are quite a few people in this state especially for Hyderabad consulate.

    • I have the same problem . Case shows approved . Its been 17 days after last update and 29 days since the documents were dropped. I have 2 passports . The appointment was booked using the old one and updated the ds 160 with new one. anyone have similar case ?

    • “Approve” status means it is just approved. For the VISA to be returned to you, it will change to “Issued” status and then it will move to “Origination Scan” status, which means it is going to be sent over to the center (from US consulate probably) from where you’d be able to pick it up. Then it will be the final “Ready for pickup” status shown, when you can go pick it up.

    • whats the difference between approved and refused , I have heard some folks got refused after approved how much is that true mine is stuck in approved for more than 10 days.

      • BruceWayne,
        The statuses can keep changing and confuse people. In general, approved means that you got the visa and they will issue with visa stamp in passport. If refused, it could be anything ranging from admin processing to requesting more documents, etc.

  11. Can anyone please confirm if CEAC website is down? I submitted my documents 2weeks ago and it is still not showing whether my application was received or not.
    My current status: Your search did not return any data.
    Consulate: Hyderabad

    Thank you

    • Disha,
      It is strange. Usually, you should see something at least saying ‘No Status’. Did you double check the numbers you entered?

      • Hello Kumar,

        Yes I doubled check the number, even I emailed my query. I got the the reply that my application is under process. On CGI portal is shows the status “ your passport is still with consulate”. But I don’t know why CEAC website is not showing nything, they have not even created my case. What should I do? Please help. Is there anyphone number or any office address I can reach out to?

    • Mine was approved on Dec 17 th, Hyderabad VAC dropbox for Mumbai consulate. Till then there was no update and the status has not changed to Issued. I’ve B1/B2 active visa, I believe that needs to be cancelled and hence the delay? ANyone facing the same issues please reply. Thanks

    • H1B Visa – My status shows Approved on 30th Dec.
      Jan 3rd – status is showing as Refused.

      I don’t understand why status changed 2 days later from Approved to Refused.

      Any idea?

  12. My wife’s drop box appointment was on 18th of November and the status changed to “Application Received” on 22nd of November. After that the Last Updated date is keep on changing but the status remains the same. Would like to know how long it will take in this state and should we contact the consulate.


  13. My wifes dropbox date was on 15th November, 2022. on the US visa status website it shows Application received on 22nd November, 2022. There has been no update since then the dropbox was at Hyderabad consulate. DS-160 however had the Mumbai location. She is there for H4 visa stamping.
    The track my passport results shows the passport is still with the embassy. what are the way i can contact the embassy?
    She has a return flight on 8th December, 2022 and still the visa is not approved.
    How long is it taking for the visa to be approved and passport to be delivered in general?

    • Hi Sandeep
      I have dropped off my documents on 31st of Jaunary 2013. Case was created on 03-02-2023. Last update was 13-02-2023 and status still showing ‘application received’. Did you get your visa? How long it take to change of status?


      • Hello Sandeep,

        Any update on your case ?
        My wife is in the same boat. Documents dropped on Feb 2nd , application received status on Feb 16, 2023 and no update since then.

  14. I submitted my old and new passport on November 10th.

    It said approved on 15th November, and to contact the embassy once it has been 10 working days.

    The status hasn’t changed to issued yet and I haven’t received my passport back. It has been 10 working days now (accounting for Thanksgiving).

    I wanted to get some perspective from others here: How long did it take you before you got it from approved to issued? Did anyone else experience a similar delay? Did you eventually get your passport?

    I did email the embassy but got a generic response.

        • My visa status changed to approved on 22nd December and it changed to Issued today ie. 6th January. But the message below the status is still the same i.e. you will receive passport in 10 business days. Don’t know what’s the difference between approved and issued

    • Hi Raghav,
      Any update on your case.. mine is approved on Jan 3rd and no update after that.. sent an email to embassy but got a generic response.

  15. Hi! Thank you for this webpage; it is great and extremely informative. However, I find myself in a slightly different situation. I attended my Dropbox IW interview in Chennai on the 7th of November, 2022.

    1) On the 8th, my visa status updated to Received
    2) On the 10th, my visa status updated to Approved. However, since the 10th the status has not updated at all.
    3) When I email the passportstatus@ustraveldocs.com email, I get a response, “… there is no update for the Passport number you submitted”. On the passport status tracking webpage, it says “..passport is still with US Embassy/Consulate”.

    I am very nervous/tense and wondering if it is somehow in administrative processing but the status is updated incorrectly. I have reached out to the embassy using the Phone number listed, and was directed to a call center which had IVR but the system hangs up when I entered the UID as it was prompted. I also raised a support ticket and they have not been able to help much either.

    What can I do next? I am increasingly nervous and frankly at my wits end. Please advise if you have any ideas, or if there are any ways to contact the consulate directly? Thanks!

  16. I submitted my documents for h1b drop box at delhi for mumbai consulate on 10th november. It says your search doest return any data for mumbai embassy on ceac status check portal and no status for delhi embassy. Is this normal

  17. I attended H1B interview along with 3 H4 dependents(spouse & 2 kids) at Hyderabad Consulate on 17th October. I opted for premium delivery and I got my passport and my 2 dependents(kids) passport delivered on 21st October. However I did not receive my spouse’s passport till date and her VISA application status shows ‘Approved’ and was last updated date shows as 17th October in the portal. Any idea what could be the reason for the delay ?

  18. Hi All,

    Recently I submitted my documents for VISA dropbox. Now I see the VISA status as below. Does that mean I need to go for an interview or re-submit any additional documents?

    VISA status:
    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 status of your application.
    For more information, please visit U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad.


  19. Hi, I had my H1B dropbox appointment at Hyderabad location on 21st Oct.
    I am concerned that CEAC portal is still showing as “No Status” even after 1 week since I dropped off my documents. Is this normal to see “No status” for a week?
    I read many h1b dropbox experiences and I noticed that “Application received” was being displayed on day 2 or 3 after dropbox appointment. But, mine still shows as “No status” even after a week. What do you think I should do?

    • Hello,

      I am in the same situation. I dropped off documents in Pune VAC on Oct 21st.. My appoitment was for Hyderbad. DS160 was filled with Mumbai location
      When I am trying to select Hyderabad on CEAC I get “Your search did not return any data.”

      If I select Mumbai it gives me No Status.

      Which location should i selct when checking status ?

      • Any update on this RK? I have the same scenario, it is been more than 10 working days. Was there anything I need to do or you did to get the right status on your passport.

      • Adi, it did.
        Below is the timeline:
        10/21: Dropped off docs at Hyderabad consulate (appointment is also at same location)
        10/21 to 10/28: displayed “No Status”
        10/28: Application received
        11/02: Application received (case last update date changed)
        11/02: Approved on the same day
        11/03: Issued
        11/04: Received email saying passport is ready to pick up
        CGI Federal portal also showing “your passport is ready for pick up”

  20. Hi, I left the documents for dropbox for H1 visa at Delhi on Oct 19th though my appointment was at Hyderabad. The status for Delhi is showing as No Status. Does anyone know when it will get changed?

  21. A friend went for a visa interview on 28th of september 2022.The consular told him he is approved and his finger print was taking.So he has been checking his visa status and always shows approved then day 20th of october it shows refused my friend now is worried.The embassy did not send any email or nothing such.and his passport is still with the embassy.

  22. Is “Approved” the same CEAC status as “Issued” or is there an additional step between the two? From what I can see, both of their description texts are exactly the same.

    Also confusingly, my status went from “Approved” to “Administrative Processing” to “Application Received” and now back to “Approved” – all in the last 3 days.

    If you have any insights, I would highly appreciate it. Thanks!

    Visa category: L-1B
    Embassy: Mexico City

  23. Hi All,

    I dropped my passport along with I-797A and photos on the 29th September 2022. The status on the http://staging2012.ustraveldocs.com/in/in-niv-passporttrack.asp#options and the email options show “Passport In Transit to Post” for the past 4 days. Does anyone know when to expect change in status?

    • Hi Ahmad, we have not received any update 🙁 the status keeps showing “refused” and the long text of the admin process.

      My father will pick up his passport on Oct 03. Hopefully, they gave both passports, but the document only shows one.

  24. 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!

      • Hi Kumar,

        Thanks for the reply. It was a group application of my parents. My dad’s application shows “Issued” and he already received the e-mail saying the passport is ready for pick-up but the document with the barcode, only shows my dad’s name and passport #.

        On the other hand, my mom’s application keeps saying “Refused” and the long text of the admin process.

        Hopefully, they would give them both passports with their visas, I’m worried cuz the pick-up document only shows him.

        I will update on Wednesday 10-03 (fingers crossed)

        • Madison,
          Stay positive, usually the online system can be showing misleading info and that refused does not mean much at times. Please do for community benefit.

      • Hi Kumar,

        We received my father’s passport/visa (after 9 months of admin process). However, my mother’s visa is in the administrative process again 🙁 We are still confused that it went from Approved to Refused.

        Hoping it will take fewer days this time.

        • Madison,
          Oh no, that’s a long wait. But, did your fathers got approved? The sad reality is that, not much we can do and just wait.

          • Hi Kumar,

            Yes, my father’s visa was approved for 10y.

            Now my mom’s is back to “Approved” since 10-14. Hopefully it will change to “Issued” soon 🙏🏻

            This has been a rollercoaster of emotions! I just want to see her happy again.

        • Hi Madison,

          Thanks for sharing your experience, i am having the same issue with my parents my mom;s application says “Approved” and my father:s refused and the long text. Im super worrried..

          Do you have any update on your mothers case?


  25. 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
    Beneficiary A200 962-872 NARIA PARESHKUMAR R

  26. 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”

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

  28. 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?

  29. 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

    • 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.

    • 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

  30. 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?

  31. 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

  32. 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 .

    • Hi Shagun,

      I also had a dropbox appointment in Bangalore on 10th June and VAC is Hyderabad. When I log in to us travel docs status shows ” Visa with US embassy/consulate” but when I check https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx it shows “no status “.

    • HI Shagun,

      Was your status as shown below: (Does this mean, I need to go for an interview or do they need any additional documents?)
      “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 status of your application”
      For more information, please visit U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad.

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

  34. 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 ?

  35. 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

  36. 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?

  37. 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?

  38. 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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