Submitting 221(g) Documents

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The U.S. Embassy or Consulate may give you a 221(g) letter directing you to submit additional documents or information related to your visa application. Your application will be kept on hold at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate until you submit those documents.

All documents and information requested in a 221(g) letter should be submitted at the nearest Posti document collection office within one year from the date you received the 221(g) letter. Failure to submit the required information within one year will result in the suspension of your visa application. You will be required to submit a new visa application and pay all associated fees in order to continue with your visa application process.

How to Submit 221(g) Documents

Electronic Copies via Email

If you received instructions to send via email an electronic copy of a document, send it in PDF to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate which issued your 221(g) letter. Attachments must not exceed 3MB.

  • Last Name
  • First Name
  • Visa Application Number/Barcode Number (starts with AA)
  • Passport Number
  • Date of your interview


  • The document that is checked on the sheet you received.
  • Use a file name that clearly identifies the document you are sending (example: I-20 Form -- YOUR LAST NAME)
Original Documents via Mail

If you received instructions to send by mail original documents, please take the following steps.

Take your 221(g) submission slip, the 221(g) letter given to you at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate and all documents requested in your 221(g) letter to mail the documents to the US Consulate.

Applicants are required to attach a self-addressed postage paid return envelope for the return of their passport and documents.  A personal pickup  from the Embassy is not available for  221g applicants.

Families may provide one return envelope for the return of passports of all family members.
We recommend the following options by Posti: registered envelope or an express envelope. You can find more information on both options below.

Registered letter:
Express letter:

Embassy’s mailing address:
Consular Section – Visa Unit
Itäinen Puistotie 14 B
00140 Helsinki