Application Refused Under 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 has been placed on administrative hold. The consular officer who interviews you will tell you at the end of your interview if action on your case is being suspended 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. After one year, an application refused under Section 221(g) is terminated per Section 203(e).

If the Embassy requested that you submit additional information or documentation via courier, you must submit those documents at a Fletes Chavale officeThis web page explains how to submit your documents for delivery to the Embassy.

If the Embassy requested that you submit additional information or documentation in person, they will have marked your case as 221(g) in our appointment scheduling system, so you can call the call center or re-enter your account online to schedule a 221(g) appointment for yourself.

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. Most administrative processing is resolved within 180 days of your visa 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 180 days from the date of your interview or the submission of supplemental documents, whichever is later.