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Ready status in CEAC after submitting 221G docs

By Chrysant March 29, 2022 in IR-1 / CR-1 Spouse Visa Case Filing and Progress Reports

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I submited additional  docs  to USA Embassy on March 28, 2022  after  interview  on 25 June 2021(got 221g)

And today I checked CEAC status is Ready ( for Interview?)

Do I have to re interview again? Or Ready Status will automatically  chage to AP- issued?.

Pls suggest 

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SiameseCatLover   5

Same thing just happened to me and I saw this post.

I had a 221g and sent in additional documents and now my status is Ready.

Did you have to go to another interview again or did it just go to issued and you received you visa?

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etrangais   924

On 3/29/2022 at 7:55 PM, Chrysant said: Hi I submited additional  docs  to USA Embassy on March 28, 2022  after  interview  on 25 June 2021(got 221g) And today I checked CEAC status is Ready ( for Interview?) Do I have to re interview again? Or Ready Status will automatically  chage to AP- issued?. Pls suggest  Thank yo
On 6/24/2022 at 11:36 AM, SiameseCatLover said: Hi! Same thing just happened to me and I saw this post. I had a 221g and sent in additional documents and now my status is Ready. Did you have to go to another interview again or did it just go to issued and you received you visa?   Thank you!

Any updates on your cases?

11/17/2016: Got engaged 11/28/2016 : I-130 sent to Chicago IL lock box 01/12/2016 : NOA1

11 minutes ago, etrangais said:   Any updates on your cases?

My status changed to issued on june 30th, but I still haven’t gotten a call about the visa and it’s been 12 days…I am thinking about writing an email to the Embassy…

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Trkmc85   14

12 minutes ago, SiameseCatLover said: My status changed to issued on june 30th, but I still haven’t gotten a call about the visa and it’s been 12 days…I am thinking about writing an email to the Embassy…

Congrats! Did it change to issued right after ready? Or ready - admisistrative processing - issued?

35 minutes ago, kmlcbi61 said: Congrats! Did it change to issued right after ready? Or ready - admisistrative processing - issued?

Thanks! It was ready-administrative processing-issued, but it was all done very fast to be honest...couple of days

The issued to getting a call to pick up the passport (which I am still waiting for) is the one that's the longest hahah

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Understanding 221G: Types of Visas and Refusal Reasons

221g is a visa refusal for various reasons. understanding the different types of 221g visas and common refusal reasons is essential for visa applicants., key takeaways:.

  • Understand the 221G visa, a temporary hold in the US visa process that requires additional administrative processing.
  • Different types of 221G visas include blue, pink, green, and white forms, each indicating different scenarios.
  • Reasons for 221G visa refusals include incomplete applications, additional review of qualifications, and security clearances.

Understanding 221G: A Primer for Visa Applicants

Navigating the complexities of the US visa process can be daunting, and encountering the term “221G” can add an extra layer of confusion. Whether you’re planning to travel, study, work, or relocate to the United States, it’s vital to understand what 221G means and how it might impact your plans.

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What Exactly is 221G?

When a visa applicant encounters a 221G, it signifies that their application needs further administrative processing. This additional processing is requested by a consular officer after an interview if they determine that more information is required before a decision can be made on the visa application. While it is often perceived as a refusal, it’s more accurately a temporary hold or delay in the adjudication process.

Types of 221G Visas: Knowing the Various Scenarios

The types and scenarios that lead to a 221G notice vary and depend on the individual circumstances of each visa application. Some common types of 221G visas include, but are not limited to:

  • Issuance of a 221G blue form : This typically indicates that the application is put on hold for further documentation or missing information that the applicant needs to provide.

Receipt of a 221G pink form : This often involves additional administrative processing that can take several weeks or months without the need for further action from the applicant.

Presentation of a 221G green form : This can refer to specific additional information or documentation needed from the applicant related to their employment or relationship with a US entity.

Handover of a 221G white form : This usually requires the applicant to undergo further processing, but does not always clearly state the nature of the additional information needed.

Common 221G Visa Refusal Reasons: Why Was My Visa Put on Hold?

Understanding 221G visa refusal reasons is key in addressing concerns and preparing for potential outcomes. A 221G refusal can occur for reasons such as:

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  • Incomplete application or missing documentation.
  • Need for additional review of the applicant’s qualifications.
  • Security clearances or background checks due to the name, field of study, or country of origin.
  • Additional proof required for the legitimacy of a relationship (e.g., marriage, family, or employment ties).

What Can Applicants Do After a 221G Refusal?

  • Fulfill Requests Promptly : Provide the additional documentation or information requested as quickly as possible.

Be Patient : Understand that administrative processing can take time, and every case is unique.

Stay Informed : Check the status of your visa application online using the case number provided by the consulate.

Follow Up Respectfully : If substantial time has passed, you may inquire about your case status respectfully without spamming the consulate with frequent requests.

Where to Find More Information and Assistance

It’s crucial for visa applicants to consult official resources for the most accurate and updated information. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website is a primary source for visa and travel-related topics. Additionally, consulting with an immigration attorney or expert can provide tailored advice for individual situations.

Handling a 221G can be a frustrating experience, but it’s important to remember that it is not the end of the road. With clarity on the process and diligent follow-through, applicants can navigate this hurdle successfully. Remember to stay informed, be prepared with all necessary documentation, and maintain a positive approach throughout your visa application journey.

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  • 221G : A term used in the US visa process that signifies further administrative processing is required for a visa application before a decision can be made. It is a temporary hold or delay in the adjudication process, rather than an outright refusal.

Administrative Processing : Additional processing requested by a consular officer after an interview when they determine that more information is needed before a decision can be made on a visa application.

221G Blue Form : A type of 221G notice that is issued when an application is put on hold for further documentation or missing information that the applicant needs to provide.

221G Pink Form : A type of 221G notice that involves additional administrative processing that can take several weeks or months without the need for further action from the applicant.

221G Green Form : A type of 221G notice that requests specific additional information or documentation from the applicant related to their employment or relationship with a US entity.

221G White Form : A type of 221G notice that requires the applicant to undergo further processing, but may not clearly state the nature of the additional information needed.

221G Visa Refusal Reasons : Reasons why a 221G notice may be issued, leading to a hold or refusal of a visa application. These reasons may include incomplete application or missing documentation, the need for additional review of qualifications, security clearances or background checks, and additional proof required for the legitimacy of a relationship.

Case Number : A unique identification number assigned to a visa application by the consulate. It is used to track the status of the application online.

Fulfill Requests Promptly : Responding promptly to requests for additional documentation or information from the consular officer.

Administrative Processing Time : The amount of time it takes for the additional processing requested in a 221G notice to be completed.

U.S. Department of State : The government agency responsible for handling US foreign policy, including visa processing. Their Bureau of Consular Affairs website provides official information and resources on visa and travel-related topics.

Immigration Attorney : A lawyer who specializes in immigration law and can provide legal advice and representation to individuals and businesses regarding visa applications, immigration status, and related matters.

This Article in a Nutshell:

Navigating the US visa process can be intimidating, especially when encountering a “221G” notice. It means your application requires further administrative processing, not necessarily a refusal. There are different types of 221G visas, each with unique scenarios. Understand the reasons behind the hold and follow up respectfully for updates. For accurate information, consult official resources like the Department of State’s website or seek advice from an immigration expert. Keep calm, be prepared, and stay positive throughout the journey.

So there you have it, my tech-loving amigos! The mysterious 221G visa process demystified! Just remember, it’s not a rejection, just a little detour on your exciting visa journey. Be patient, provide the required info promptly, and keep that positive attitude shining. And if you’re itching for more visa knowledge, head on over to visaverge.com. Trust me, it’s the ultimate visa hub for all your burning questions and fascinating facts. Happy exploring, my visa-curious amigos!

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What Is a 221(g) Form?

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Whenever foreign nationals wish to travel to the United States, they will have to go through several processes to be granted a visa that will allow them to enter the country. As part of the application process, it is common for the U.S. embassy or consulate to conduct an interview with the applicant about their intentions for traveling to the U.S. as well as collect any necessary documents. This interview process will determine whether or not an individual will be granted a travel visa.

During the interview process, it’s common for applicants to be issued a form 221(g). This form indicates that the visa which the foreign national is applying for has temporarily been put on hold. The reasons a form 221(g) is issued vary from applicant to applicant. Below, we’ll take a look at some common questions concerning form 221(g) and what applicants can expect after its issuance.

What Form 221(g) Is

If a visa applicant received a 221(g), this does not necessarily mean that their visa has been denied. Rather, it means that there are issues with their application that need to be remedied before the visa application process continues and a visa can be issued.

If a form 221(g) is provided for visa applicants, this will usually mean that the applicant is missing specific documents that the consular office or U.S. embassy has requested. The 221(g) refusal form can be overturned once the applicant has provided these necessary documents.

Visa applicants will sometimes be provided with another form that details reasons why they were issued the 221(g). This allows a visa applicant to gather the necessary documents in order to correct the issues with their application.

Reasons a 221(g) Is Issued

When a 221(g) is issued, there are different color forms that applicants can receive. The different colors help applicants discern why they were given that form and what they can do to address the issues with their application.

221(g) Blue Form A blue 221(g) form is issued when the U.S. consulate needs additional supporting documents to make a decision on the visa application.

221(g) White Form When a white 221(g) form is issued, this is an indication of a complex category under 221(g). This form indicates that further processing must take place when the case is given over to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Additionally, a final decision on the visa application will be made after USCIS takes into consideration the information they have been given.

221(g) Pink Form If a pink 221(g) form is issued, this is an indication that the consular office has suspicions or concerns about the information provided on the foreign national’s visa application. These suspicions can arise from a variety of factors, including questions about the applicant’s intentions for visiting the U.S., concerns about work information, issues with a background check, or other qualifications. A pink form will bring with it further administrative processing. The visa applicant may also receive a reference ID to track the progress of their application.

221(g) Yellow Form If a yellow 221(g) form is issued, this is an indication that the consulate needs additional time to look over the provided documentation for the visa application. The time frame for approval or denial of the visa varies and largely depends on the circumstances of the application as well as the general administrative processing needed to validate the documents associated with the application.

What Happens After a 221(g) Form Is Issued?

Once an applicant receives a 221(g) form, they have to follow up with the necessary requirements to remedy the issues detailed on the color-coded form. Applicants will then need to submit the required documents or information to the Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) in order to continue with the visa application process. This can be done electronically or by sending the required documentation to a location listed on the 221(g) form. The visa application process will only continue once all the necessary documents are received by the VFS.

After an applicant submits the necessary documents, they will then enter a waiting period in which their visa continues being processed. The waiting time varies from case to case and applicant to applicant. While the US Travel Docs Website indicates that the waiting period takes roughly 60 days, the process can actually take anywhere from weeks to several months.

After the waiting period, applicants will be notified by the USCIS about their next appointment. During the next appointment, the interview process will continue and a decision will be made about whether or not an applicant will be granted their visa.

How to Track Form 221(g) Processing

The U.S. Department of State details that applicants cannot reach out before 180 days about the status of their application. However, applicants can track the progress of their case using their reference ID.

Applicants can also track their passports on the US Travel Docs Website . When using their case number, applicants can also check on the status of their 221(g) case through the US Department of State Visa Status page. Not all consulates offer a tracking method electronically; applicants can contact their consulate for additional methods in which to track their case.

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Yellow, Blue or Pink Sheet?: What You Must Know About 221(g) and Administrative Processing

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What Is Consular Processing?

A foreign national is normally needed to obtain a U.S. visa before entering the United States. Consular processing refers to the procedure of an individual applying for a visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate.

If an interview is necessary, a consulate officer will review your application documents and inquire about details of the purpose of your trip. By the end of the interview, the officer will either inform you the visa is approved or refused, give a 221(g) refusal notice or put the case under administrative processing .

What Is Petition Information Management Service (PIMS)?

In late 2007, the U.S. Department of State (DoS) deployed a Petition Information Management Service (PIMS) . As a part of the DoS Consolidated Consular Database (CCD) system, PIMS enables consular officers to electronically verify H, L, O, P or Q nonimmigrant petition approvals and review digital copies of forms and supporting documentation.

If the petition approval information is not in the PIMS, the consulate post must e-mail the Kentucky Consular Center’s (KCC) Fraud Protection Unit (FPU). The FPU will research approval of the petition. And, if able to confirm its approval, make details available through the CCD. This files transmission may cause delays in the issuance of nonimmigrant visas because DoS cannot verify the action taken on a petition through PIMS.

What Is a 221(g) Yellow, Blue, or Pink Sheet?

When a visa applicant is provided with a colored sheet indicating a 221(g) refusal from a U.S. consulate, it means the applicant was not eligible for a visa. And the consulate officer may require further documentation or added time for administrative processing.

Before, each color represented different purposes and documents. However, that’s no longer the case. A consulate officer may print the 221(g) notice on a letter of random color at his or her convenience.

The other documents requested by the officer may include your:

  • Experience and past immigration history
  • Petition approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
  • Proof of employment in the United States
  • Petition information

If more information is needed, you will have one year from the date the visa is refused to give the other information. Otherwise, if you don’t provide the required additional information within one year, you must reapply for the visa and pay another application fee.

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Top 3 Security Checks Affecting Visa Applications

In some cases, consular officers may decide an applicant shall undergo more background checks and investigation due to security reasons. These top 3 security checks are:

1. Visas Mantis Clearance . A Security Advisory Opinion (SAO), a response from Washington on whether to issue a visa to the applicant, is required when sensitive technology transfer concerns arise, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Technology Alert List (TAL).

  2. CONDOR Clearance . The criteria of a CONDOR check is classified. Therefore, it’s difficult to predict whether an applicant will be subject to this security clearance.

3. NCIC Criminal Clearance . Consular officials will run applicants’ names in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database for criminal related matters before issuing a visa. If your name receives a hit, it will take a few weeks to process clearance. (Individuals with common names regularly receive alerts through NCIC. This causes a delay in the visa process.)

How Long Does 221(g) or Administrative Processing Take?

Some consulate offices provide administrative processing that’s normally resolved within 60 days of an interview. However, according to the experience of immigration attorneys at System Soft Technologies, that time may vary, depending on the individual circumstances of each case. It can take more than six months.

Receiving a visa refusal under 221g or administrative processing can be frustrating and difficult to overcome.

System Soft’s attentive immigration attorneys, who work across all time zones, can deliver fast turnaround times on documents and reply to inquiries from KCC or consulate posts. The System Soft immigration legal team monitors the immigration compliance of System Soft’s business operation and provides valuable help securing visas for its talented employees.

The immigration attorneys at System Soft provide legal counsel for its employees and their immigration matters.  Learn more and connect with System Soft’s immigration attorneys for immigration assistance .

You can also do your part and take these 7 steps, if USCIS delays your immigration case . These steps can help to remediate your situation and expedite the decision.

About the Author: Tzu-Hui (Olivia) Chien, Esq.

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Tzu-Hui (Olivia) is an immigration attorney at System Soft Technologies. She’s devoted to the practice of U.S. immigration and nationality law, including applications for permanent residence and temporary visa petitions. Through her extensive experience in a wide variety of complex immigration matters, she provides strategic planning advice and advocacy of talented professionals to ensure the best possible chance of positive outcomes.

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We are sure by now most of you students might have received a handful of admits and might have even decided on your universities. By the time some of you read this article, the visa process for US might already have been done, but this is for the students who are yet to be done with their visa interviews.

The key to a successful clearance of the visa interview is projecting strong confidence during the Interview. You have selected your university wisely, you have done your research on the university you are going to, you have your academic scores in hand, you have your GRE / GMAT and TOEFL / IELTS scores in hand and you know your future goals. Expressing these factors confidently during those couple of minutes of the visa interview will do wonders for you. Stay with us till the end, as this blog will enlighten you on the US F1 visa process, and section 221g. 

This video from Mr. Hiren Rathod will be equally useful for you to understand the entire study abroad process.

Let me start describing the process for the Visa formalities for you.

The Visa Process for US 

This particular section will make you acquainted with the entire US visa application process, and the steps involved in the completion of USA student visa process from India. 

Visa Form Filling

Similar to the manner you worked on your university applications, you need to fill in the visa form known as the DS-160, to start your US visa application process. You can find the form on the US consular website and you can fill it in parts as the form can be saved after each step. There are multiple steps in this form and you need to sit with the I-20 of the university you are going to along with your passport while filling out this form.

Book the Visa Appointment

The next step in the USA student visa process from India is booking the visa appointment. You can find this form on CGI federal website. You need to create your new login id here and fill in the form. Remember that you are applying for a non-immigrant visa and under that the visa category you are applying for is F-1. 

  • This form can’t be filled completely as you will come to a point in the form wherein they will ask you to pay the Visa fees ($160 = Rs. 10,400) at either Citibank or Axis Bank. 
  • While doing so, you need to generate a receipt, print it, take it to the nearest Axis Bank or the designated Citibank of your City and pay the amount (Rs. 10,400) at the Teller Counter. 
  • Once you pay these fees, in the next 4 hours your online account will be activated and you can go ahead and book the Visa dates for your visa interview . 
  • You need to select 2 dates wherein 1 date is for your actual Visa interview while the 2nd is for the OFC appointment wherein you’ll get your finger scanning done along with clicking your Photo for the Visa at the US Travel Doc Office near the registered Consulate.

Note: Remember that the OFC date should be prior to the main interview date and even a 1 day gap between both is fine.

Pay the SEVIS Fees

Next step in your USA student visa process is paying the SEVIS fee. You can pay the SEVIS Fees at the Official Website of the Department of Homeland Security by using your credit card. You need to fill in your I-20 details in this form which include your SEVIS Number and the School Telecode Number. The payment to be done here through a credit card is USD 200 .

Kindly remember that the website provides you with an option to select the time for your interview and the OFC appointment. Hence, be careful while selecting the same. For your OFC Appointment , you need to carry along with you the DS-160 Confirmation, i-20, Passport, SEVIS Fee Receipt, Visa Appointment Letter and the Axis/Citi Bank Receipt.

Financial Documents Required for US Visa Interview 

The US Visa Interview Process 

The last step in your USA student visa process is the visa interview. During your visa Interview, you need to carry the above mentioned documents along with your Academic Documents, Financial Documents (from the sponsors), standardised test Scorecards, decision letters from other Universities, Resume and SOP . 

The Visa interview might not last more than 2 minutes but yes, all the efforts put in by in the last 1 year boils down to these 2 minutes. Pressure and stress are justified but careful research and going in strong with your goals will help you calm your nerves up to a very large extent and it will surely get you a successful result at the interview.

  • The result can either be Accepted / Approved . The Visa Officer will keep your passport with him/her and you can collect the stamped passport next day from the OFC Office or they can give you a visa rejection by issuing the Form 214b which is a general letter describing that you are a potential immigrant. 
  • In such an unfortunate event, don’t lose hope and don’t argue with the office. Accept the decision gracefully and move out of the consulate. Your actions post this might influence their decision during the next attempt of the interview.
  • There can be a 3rd result too wherein they can give you the form 221g. Don’t be scared by this, this is not a rejection. Keep reading to know more about section 221g. 

What is Section 221(g)?

221(g) is issued by the consulate in case any doubts regarding your background or future goals or documents persist among the visa officials. 221(g) can be issued for minutest reasons like slightly tapered or torn mark sheets or passports. You need to be careful with regards to these factors while going for the US visa application process and interview. 

  • With the issuance of 221g, the Visa Officer needs you to submit some extra documents within a span of 15 days (generally) at the Consulate. 
  • They can ask you to submit your SOP, Employment records or academic records. 
  • Statistically, Ph.D. candidates are more prone to the 221g as the Visa Officer needs to understand the projects that you wish to pursue and details about your research guide. 

All about the 214b Visa Rejection! 

What are the Reasons for 221(g)? 

Given below are the most common reasons for 221(g) visa rejection: 

  • You might get a 221g refusal when your application under the USA student visa process from India is incomplete. 
  • If your documents are incomplete
  • All visa pages in your passport are filled 
  • If you are working in a Technology Alert List (TAL) industry like biotechnology, engineering, pharmaceutical, etc. 
  • Your PIMS or Petition Information Management Service is incomplete

What Next If you get a 221(g)in your Visa Process?

The US consulate officers will offer you a 221(g) slip under section 221(g) which explains the process for the next course of action. You would also be required to fill up a form on their website and submit the same along with the required documents within the stipulated time. 

  • The consulate will take some time to review these documents, they will send you the result through email. 
  • Once your 221g visa approved through this process, all you need to do is, go to the OFC Center with your passport, submit it there and they’ll stamp your passport and hand it over to you in a couple of days’ time.

What are 221(g) Success Rate?

The frequency of 221(g) refusals has been recognized by the Department of State, leading to concerns about potential overuse. According to data from the Visa Office, during the fiscal year 2008, a total of 589,418 nonimmigrant visa applications were refused under 221(g) section. Approximately 510,549 cases, were ultimately resolved successfully, resulting in the issuance of the requested visas and a success rate of 87% .

Here is a some historical year wise breakdown data of 221g given and overcome:

What is the 221(g) Processing time?

There is no definite processing time for the 221(g). It can take upto few weeks to even months in some cases. If no additional document are required by the consultate, the application can be processed & resolved withing 60 days.

9 Important Visa Interview Tips for You! 

As an international student, the timeline for the 221(g) visa approved is undefined and it can take up to a month for the US consulate to give their decision. Patience is the key here. Also, we suggest that there is no need to panic with the 221(g) visa, as for most applicants, after successfully completing the desired tasks, the 221(g) visa gets approved. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Visa Process for US and 221g 

How long does it take to clear the 221g? 

As an international student, the timeline for the 221g visa approved is undefined and it can take up to a month for them to give their decision.

Why did I get a 221g? 

You might get 221g refusal when your application under USA student visa process from India is incomplete.  1. If your documents are incomplete 2. All visa pages in your passport are filled  3. If you are working in a Technology Alert List (TAL) industry like biotechnology, engineering, pharmaceutical, etc.  4. Your PIMS or Petition Information Management Service is incomplete

What is 221g? 

221g is issued by the consulate in case any doubts regarding your background or future goals or documents persist among the visa officials. 

How to check 221g status? 

You can check the status of your 221g visa on the VFS website. 

How long does 221g processing take? 

There is no definite time for the 221 g visa process for US. It might even take a month. 

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When an adjudicator determines that a final approval determination cannot be made immediately, they may invoke Section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act  ( 8 U.S.C. 1201 ). Section  221 is titled " Issuance of visas. " and the (g) designation speaks directly to the " Nonissuance of visas or other documents ".

"(g) Nonissuance of visas or other documents No visa or other documentation shall be issued to an alien if (1) it appears to the consular officer, from statements in the application, or in the papers submitted therewith, that such alien is ineligible to receive a visa or such other documentation under section 1182 of this title, or any other provision of law, (2) the application fails to comply with the provisions of this chapter, or the regulations issued thereunder, or (3) the consular officer knows or has reason to believe that such alien is ineligible to receive a visa or such other documentation under section 1182 of this title, or any other provision of law: Provided, That a visa or other documentation may be issued to an alien who is within the purview of section 1182(a)(4) of this title, if such alien is otherwise entitled to receive a visa or other documentation, upon receipt of notice by the consular officer from the Attorney General of the giving of a bond or undertaking providing indemnity as in the case of aliens admitted under section 1183 of this title: Provided further, That a visa may be issued to an alien defined in section 1101(a)(15)(B) or (F) of this title, if such alien is otherwise entitled to receive a visa, upon receipt of a notice by the consular officer from the Attorney General of the giving of a bond with sufficient surety in such sum and containing such conditions as the consular officer shall prescribe, to insure that at the expiration of the time for which such alien has been admitted by the Attorney General, as provided in section 1184(a) of this title, or upon failure to maintain the status under which he was admitted, or to maintain any status subsequently acquired under section 1258 of this title, such alien will depart from the United States."

Typically, when a 221(g) is received, the case goes into administrative processing , which is when an agency or department is awaiting additional information. Another possibility is when the consular officer simply refuses the visa and sends the case back to USCIS for reconsideration. When a case is in AP, it could take 60 days or more for a determination to be made.

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How to Submit 221(g) Documents

The U.S. Embassy 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 until you submit those documents.

All documents and information requested in a 221(g) letter should be submitted at the nearest Aramex document collection office 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.

Electronic Copies via Email

If you received instructions to send via email an electronic copy of a document, send it in PDF to the U.S. Embassy which issued your 221(g) letter. Attachments must not exceed 3MB.

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Original Documents via Mail

If you received instructions to send by mail original documents, please take the following steps.

Click here to print a Document Submission Letter. Complete the checklist manually.

Go to the nearest Aramex document collection office . Take your 221(g) submission slip, the 221(g) letter given to you at the U.S. Embassy or , and all documents requested in your 221(g) letter.

Drop-off your documents and the 221(g) submission slip at the Aramex document collection office. Aramex gives you a copy of your airway bill as a receipt for your documents.

Aramex delivers your documents to the U.S. Embassy.

Aramex returns your documents and your passport to you at your chosen pick-up location. If issued, your passport will contain your visa. You may also receive a new 221(g) letter.

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