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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 refused 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 U.S. Embassy or Consulate requested additional information or documentation from you, you must submit those documents at a Collection Centre. This web page explains how to submit your documents for delivery to the Embassy or Consulate.

Please note that ALL 221(g) documents must be submitted IN PERSON at the Visa Collection Center either by the applicant or the applicant’s authorized representative. 

Other Information

Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after your interview with a consular officer. You are advised of this possibility at the conclusion of your visa interview. We realize that applicants have time sensitive travel plans, therefore, we try to complete the administrative processing as quickly as possible. The consular officer may require further information to continue your administrative processing and will give you a questionnaire to fill out and submit via e-mail. The sooner you submit the questionnaire, the sooner the officer can make a decision on your application. For further information regarding administrative processing, please click here. We recommend you not to purchase any plane ticket before receiving your immigrant visa.

You can check the status of your application any time at the following website. .