Application Refused under Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) 221(g) 


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 your case is being refused under Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) 221(g).

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 the letter is issued 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(g).

If the immigrant visa unit at the local consular section requested additional information or documentation, you must submit those documents at a CGI document collection officeThis web page explains how to submit your documents for delivery to the Embassy or Consulate. If you have received a notice from the Immigrant Visa Unit of the U.S. Embassy, Dhaka requesting you to upload the documents, you are also required to scan and upload them to our online Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) at  Please carefully read the instructions and follow the steps on the notice.

Click here to learn how to upload documents to the CEAC.

Other Information

Some refused 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. 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. Likewise, you are strongly advised against giving up your job, disposing of property, or purchasing plane tickets until you receive your visa.

Before inquiring about your visa status, you or your representative must wait at least 180 days from the date of your interview or the submission of supplemental documents, whichever is later.

You can check the status of your application any time at this website.

Visa ineligibilities and Waiver

If you were informed by the consular officer that your visa could not be issued because you had been found ineligible to receive a visa, but were eligible to apply for a waiver of the ineligibility, please refer to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website for information regarding waiver application procedures.