Submitting 221(g) Documents

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Overview

The U.S. Embassy/Consulate may give you a 221(g) letter directing you to submit additional documents or information related to your visa application. Your application will be kept on hold at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate until you submit those documents.

All documents and information requested in a 221(g) letter should be submitted at the U.S. Visa document delivery locations operated by VFS Global or in selected Russia post location within one year from the date you received the 221(g) letter. Failure to submit the required information within one year will result in the suspension of your visa application. You will be required to submit a new visa application and pay all associated fees in order to continue with your visa application process.

How to Submit 221(g) Documents

    Step 1

    Click here to print the immigrant document submission letter. You must take this slip to the U.S. Visa document delivery locations operated by VFS Global or in selected Russia post location when you drop-off your documents for delivery to the U.S. Embassy/Consulate.

    Step 2

    If you plan to submit your documents at one of the selected Russia post locations, you need to obtain an AWB prior to visiting the Russia post location for submission of your documents. Please contact our helpline via email at least 3 business days prior to the day you intend to visit Russia post location. In your email you need to indicate the following:

    1. Your full name
    2. UID of your personal account
    3. Mobile phone number
    4. Type of shipment (221G IV)
    5. Address of Russia post office where you plan to submit documents

    After that, within two working days, you will receive an email containing PDF file with AWB which would allow you to submit the documents through the Russia Post to the e-mail specified in your profile. Please print this AWB and bring it with you to the Russia Post office.

    If the documents are submitted for more than one applicant, it is necessary to obtain an AWB for each applicant separately.

    If you plan to submit your documents at one of the U.S. Visa document delivery locations operated by VFS Global, please skip this step.

    Step 3

    Go to the nearest U.S. Visa document delivery locations operated by VFS Global or to selected Russia post location office. Take your:

    1. 221(g) submission slip
    2. the 221(g) letter given to you at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate
    3. AWB (if submitting in the Russia Post office)
    4. Consent to the processing of personal data, and
    5. all documents requested in your 221(g) letter.
    Step 4

    Drop-off your documents and the 221(g) submission slip at the U.S. Visa document delivery locations operated by VFS Global or in selected Russia post location office. The U.S. Visa document delivery locations operated by VFS Global or in selected Russia post location officer will give you a copy of your airway bill as a receipt for your documents.

    Step 5

    The document delivery vendor will deliver your documents to the U.S. Embassy/Consulate.

    Step 6

    The document delivery vendor will return your documents and your passport to you at your chosen document delivery location. If issued, your passport will contain your visa. You may also receive a new 221(g) letter.