Submitting 221(g) Documents

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The U.S. Embassy or Consulate may give you a 221g letter directing you to submit additional documents or information related to your visa application. The processing of your application will be suspended until you submit those documents.

All documents and information requested in the letter should be submitted within one year from the date of the 221g decision. Failure to submit the required information within one year will result in the suspension of your visa application. If that happens, you will be required to submit a new visa application and pay all associated fees in order to restart the visa application process. You should follow instruction on the letter for how to submit requested documents and information.

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 Word or PDF document (maximum size 5MB) to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate which issued your letter:
Original Documents via Mail

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

Step 1


  1. Your previously submitted documents,
  2. The letter given to you by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate, and
  3. All documents requested in the letter.
Step 2

Bring your documents and the letter to one of the designated courier’s locations. The courier staff gives you a copy of your airway bill as a receipt for your documents.

Step 3

The courier delivers your documents to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Step 4

The courier returns your documents and your passport to you at your chosen document delivery address location. If issued, your passport will contain your visa. You may alternatively receive a new letter requesting additional documents or an in-person appearance at the Embassy or Consulate. 

Submit documents/information in person.

If you received instructions to submit additional documents/information in person, please return to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate which issued your letter at the time specified on the letter.