Application Pending Further Action

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Overview

At times, the consular officer cannot complete adjudication of a visa application during the interview due to insufficient information or missing documents. In such cases, applications are "refused" or suspended under Section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The consular officer will inform you at the end of your interview if action on your case is being suspended under 221(g) pending further information. The officer will provide you a letter explaining the reasons for this action and indicate what is required from you such as updated documents, missing documents, or other information.

If further information is required, the officer will inform you on 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. After one year without a response, an application refused under Section 221(g) is terminated per Section 203(g).

If the Consulate General requested only additional information or documentation from you, you must submit those documents at a SF Express office.

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. In most cases, the administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview. However, the length of processing time will vary considerably based on the circumstances of each case. The consular staff cannot predict with any certainty or accuracy how long such processing will take in any individual case.