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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 U.S. Embassy/Consulate requested additional information or documentation from you, you must submit those documents at a Pony Express document collection office. This web page explains how to submit your documents for delivery to the U.S. Embassy/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, but the length of processing time will vary based on the circumstances of each case.
Note: Before inquiring about your visa status, you or your representative should wait at least 60 days from the date of your interview or the submission of supplemental documents, whichever is later. Please be patient. The call center will contact you (at the phone number or e-mail address the Consular Officer verified with you during your interview) as soon as your visa processing is complete.
If you are a nonimmigrant applicant, you may check your DS-160 and visa application status online here by entering your interview location (or location where you couriered your application to, if you applied through an interview waiver process) and your DS-160 barcode number.