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

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Overview

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 to submit the requested documents without having to pay a new visa application fee. After one year, an application refused under INA 221(g) is terminated per Section 203(e).

If the Embassy requested additional information or documentation from you:

  1. If you are in Fiji, you may submit those documents at a participating Post Fiji. Please refer to this link for list of document drop off locations in Fiji and instructions on how to submit the documents;
  2. If you are in Tonga, you may submit those documents at DHL.  Please refer to this link for instructions on how to submit the documents;
  3. If you are from Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and Wallis & Futuna, please send your application via the courier or postal service located in your respective countries. You will have to pay for all shipping charges.

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.

If you are a nonimmigrant applicant, you may check your DS-160 and visa application status online here by entering your interview location and your DS-160 barcode number.