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 reviews your application may decide to suspend processing of your case under Section 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 you have submitted your application through interview waiver and an officer determines that you need to be interviewed, they will return your passport and application to you through this service, along with a letter asking you to schedule an appointment and appear at the U.S. Consulate General, Hong Kong. You are not required to pay the application fee again.

If you have already interviewed, the officer may ask you to submit additional information, or may inform you that the case has to undergo administrative processing. If further information is required, the officer will give you a written letter explaining what to submit and how to submit it. In many instances, you will be able to submit the required information by an e-mail address provided on the refusal sheet.

In some cases, you may be required to show up for a follow up appointment as well, and this will be indicated in your 221(g) letter.

You will have 12 months from the date of the 221(g) refusal to submit the requested information 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).  You will be required to complete a new DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application form, pay a new visa fee, and schedule a new appointment for your visa application. If you submit your passport again, please do not remove the sticker pasted on the back of the passport. 

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.

You can check the status of your application any time at this website: https://ceac.state.gov/ceac/.

To inquire about the status of a visa application pending for more than 60 calendar days, please contact: https://hk.usconsulate.gov/visas/visa-inquiry-form/.