Application Pending Further Action
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The Department of State is committed to facilitating legitimate travel and providing prompt and courteous service. At the same time, we must ensure that applicants are both qualified for the visa and do not pose a risk to the United States. Applicants are sometimes refused under Section 221(g) while the U.S. Embassy determines whether a visa can be issued.
Refusal under Section 221(g) means that essential information is missing from an application or that an application has been placed on administrative hold. The consular officer who interviews you will tell you at the end of your interview if action on your case is being refused under 221(g) pending further information. The officer will either tell you that the case has to undergo administrative processing, or will ask you to submit additional information.
If further information is required, the officer will tell you how to submit that information. As part of this process, you will be given a written letter and will have 12 months from the date of your application to submit the requested documents without having to pay a new visa application fee. After one year, an application refused under Section 221(g) is terminated per Section 203(e).
If the Embassy or Consulate requested additional information or documentation from you, you must submit those documents at a CGI Federal document collection office. This web page explains how to submit your documents for delivery to the Embassy or Consulate.
Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after your interview with a consular officer. You will be advised of this possibility during your interview. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of your visa interview. When additional administrative processing is required, the length of processing time will vary based on the circumstances of each case. The Department of State is continuously working to improve processing and expedite visas, and we appreciate your patience. You are reminded to apply early for your visa, well in advance of your anticipated date of travel.
Note: Before inquiring about your visa status, you or your representative must wait at least 60 days from the date of your interview or the submission of supplemental documents, whichever is later. Please be patient.
You can check the status of your application any time at the following website.