Application Pending Further Action

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Overview

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 suspended 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 requested additional information or documentation from you:

  1. If you are in Fiji, you may submit those documents at a participating Post Fiji. Please refer to this link for list of document drop off locations in Fiji and instructions on how to submit the documents;
  2. If you are in Tonga, you may submit those documents at DHL.  Please refer to this link for instructions on how to submit the documents;
  3. If you are from Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and Wallis & Futuna, please send your application via the courier or postal service located in your respective countries. You will have to pay for all shipping charges.

Other Information

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. 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.

If you are a nonimmigrant applicant, you may check your DS-160 and visa application status online here by entering your interview location and your DS-160 barcode number. If you are an immigrant visa applicant you will enter your case number.