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 refused under 221(g). The consular 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 from you, the consular officer will tell you how to submit that information. When your visa application is refused under section 221(g), you will be given a written letter notifying you of the visa refusal and will have 12 months from that date to submit the requested documents without having to reapply and without having to pay a new visa application fee. If you do not submit the requested documents within one year, your applicant may be terminated per section 203(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

How To Submit Further Documentation

There are two options to submit your documents:

1. Electronic: Email the documents in PDF format to the appropriate email address below.  This option is suitable when original documents are not required.   You would have been informed at the time of your interview if you need to provide originals or copies of your documents.  The subject field of your email should read: 221(g) SURNAME, First Name. 

Sydney NIV: SydneyVisas@state.gov

Melbourne: MelbourneVisas@state.gov

Perth: perthvisas@state.gov

 

2. Hard Copy: Email documentdeliveryaus@ustraveldocs.com with the subject field '221(g) request' to request a pre-paid Toll Satchel.  In your email, please include the following information:

- Full name, address, contact number and US Consulate to which you are submitting documentation (Sydney, Melbourne or Perth)

Upon receiving this satchel, you will need to place all required documentation into the satchel and contact Toll Priority to arrange delivery to the Consulate. Further instructions are provided with the satchel.

Note: You may mail your original documents directly to the Consulate via any delivery method you prefer i.e. Australia Post. However, only the Toll Priority satchel process above is provided without cost to you.

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.

Note: Before inquiring about your visa status, you or your representative must wait at least 180 days from the date of your interview or the submission of supplemental documents, whichever is later. Thank you for your patience.

Panel Physicians (Medical)

After attending an interview with a Consular officer, some applicants may be asked to see a panel physician for further assessment. This is typically in conjunction with an arrest(s) and/or conviction(s) for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Once the panel physician has completed their assessment, they will send the report directly to our office. You will later be contacted regarding the status of your case

Australian Federal Police Certificate/Court Records

After attending an interview with a Consular officer, some applicants may be asked to provide an Australian Federal Police Certificate or Court Records. Once obtained submit to the requesting office as instructed for further consideration of your application. Once reviewed by a Consular officer you will be contacted regarding the status of your case. There are specific instructions to follow when obtaining these documents, please refer to our website for further guidance.