Applicant Refused under 221(g)



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.

If the Embassy requested additional information or documentation from you, you must submit those documents using the Aramex courier service. This page shows the information of the drop off locations available.

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.  When additional administrative processing is required, the length of processing time will vary based on the circumstances of each case. You are reminded to apply early for your visa, well in advance of your anticipated date of travel. Likewise, you are strongly advised against giving up your job, disposing of property, or purchasing plane tickets until you receive your visa.

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.

Note: Applicants whose cases are refused for administrative processing may reach out to the Embassy to check the status of their cases by clicking the link below corresponding to the Embassy.

To check the status of your immigrant visa application, Visit The website here. You will need to enter your case number provided to you by the National Visa Center (NVC) which normally starts with KLL followed by 10 digits

Visa Ineligibilities and Waivers

If you were informed by the consular officer that your visa could not be issued because you had been found ineligible to receive a visa, but were eligible to apply for a waiver of the ineligibility, please refer to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website for information regarding waiver application procedures