Submitting 221(g) Documents

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The U.S. Embassy may give you a 221(g) letter/green sheet 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 Swiss Post 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.

How to Submit 221(g) Documents

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. Please email pending documents to:

Original Documents via Mail

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

Step 1

When you are ready to submit the application documents, please send us an e-mail to and we will send you an address label which will allow you to send your package containing the application documents to the Consulate free of charge.

You should receive the e-mail within 1 – 2 business days.

Step 2

Attach your address label to your package with the 221(g) letter/green sheet given to you at the U.S. Embassy and all documents requested in your 221(g) letter and drop off at the Swiss Post Office. Please request a recipe containing the tracking number of the shipment from a Swiss Post officer.

Step 3

The Swiss Post delivers your documents to the U.S. Embassy.

Step 4

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