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  requires additional administrative processing. The consular officer who interviews you will tell you at the end of your interview if your case is being suspended under 221(g), or your case has been placed on administrative hold. As part of this process, a refusal letter will also be provided. You will have 12 months from the date of your interview to submit the requested documents without having to pay a new visa application fee. After one year, an application refused under Section 221(g) is terminated per Section 203(e).

How To Submit Further Documentation

There are three options to submit your documents depending on the letter received by the Consular officer:

  1. Upload and Mail: If an original civil document is required, you will need to upload the document to your CEAC, then mail the original to our office for processing.
  1. Upload and Email: If we only require copies of the document(s), you will need to upload the document to your CEAC, then notify our office via email. Subject: “Electronic: Case Number, Full Name”
  1. Mail: Mail required documents by a traceable envelope (ie: express post or registered post) to ensure it is delivered and received by our office. Ensure you keep the tracking number when posting the required documents. You may track your envelope for delivery by checking your tracking number with Australia Post Online. We are unable to respond to email inquiries requesting confirmation of receipt of documents.

Administrative Processing

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.