Application Refused Under Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) 221(g).

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Refusal under section 221(g) means that essential information is missing from an application or that an application requires additional administrative processing. The consular officer who interviews you will tell you at the end of your interview if your case is being refused under 221(g). The consular 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 from you, the consular officer will tell you how to submit that information. When your visa application is refused under section 221(g), you will be given a written letter notifying you of the visa refusal and will have 12 months from that date to submit the requested documents without having to reapply and without having to pay a new visa application fee. If you do not submit the requested documents within one year, your applicant may be terminated per section 203(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

If you were asked to submit additional evidence or documents, you will need to submit the required documents at any branch of Mail Boxes Etc or the Visa Application Center in a sealed envelope. You will submit the requested documents with the letter you received from the Consular Section and a Document Submission Letter.

IIf the U.S. Embassy requested additional information or documentation from you, you must submit those documents following the instructions given to you by the U.S. Embassy on the 221(g) refusal sheet. Learn more about submitting requested documents here.

Form DS-5535

If the consular officer has requested that you fill out a DS-5535 form, please fill it out and send it by mail specifying: Full name, case number (SDO), date of birth, beneficiary and petitioner. Please send to the email  Please fill out the DS-5535 form completely and submit as soon as possible to avoid delays in administrative processing.

Other Information

Some refused visa applications may be refused under section 221(g) because further administrative processing is required. The consular officer who interviews you will tell you at the end of your interview if your case is being refused under 221(g) due to required administrative processing. 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.

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