Application Pending Further Action

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Overview

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 action on your case is refused under 221(g) pending further information. The 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, 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 of your application to submit the requested documents without having to pay a new visa application fee. Please follow the instructions in the refusal letter. After one year, an application refused under Section 221(g) is terminated per Section 203(e). If you wish to contact the Immigrant Visa Unit about your case, please submit an inquiry form at: https://vn.usembassy.gov/ivcontact.

Other Information

Some 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.

Note: Before inquiring about your visa status, you or your representative must wait at least 60-120 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 the Department of State’s website.