Visa Wait Times

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Overview

Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant's interview by a Consular Officer. Applicants are advised of this requirement when they apply.

Time Required to Process an Application

Some refused visa applications may require further administrative processing. When administrative processing is required, the consular officer will inform the applicant at the end of the interview. The duration of the administrative processing will vary based on the individual circumstances of each case. Except in cases of emergency travel (i.e. serious illnesses, injuries, or deaths in your immediate family), before making inquiries about status of administrative processing, applicants should wait at least 180 days from the date of interview or submission of supplemental documents, whichever is later.

Information about nonimmigrant visa wait times for interviews and visa processing time frames are shown on this website, as well as on U.S. Embassy and Consulate websites worldwide. It should be noted that the "Wait Times for a Nonimmigrant Visa to be processed" information by country does not include time required for administrative processing. Processing wait time also does not include the time required to return the passport to applicants, by either courier services or the local mail system.

Applicants can track the status of their visa application through https://ceac.state.gov/CEAC/ 

Important Notice: Before making inquiries about status of administrative processing, applicants or their representatives will need to wait at least 180 days from the date of interview or submission of supplemental documents, whichever is later.