Visa Approved Status Admin Processing, Form 221g Solution

H1B visa approved but CEAC status is Administrative processing. VO said visa Approved. Identity verification - Form 221(g) issued but no documents asked.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  2 Mar, 20

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After the H1B Visa interview at US embassy in Delhi, India, Visa officer took my passport and told me Congratulations, your visa is approved and I will get the passport in 2-3 days.

I just checked my CEAC status online and it says: Administrative Processing. I did NOT receive any form 221g or any other document whatsoever.

Why is it in Administrative processing then? This is pretty common question in this situation. Don’t worry.

Admin processing is the normal status and could mean multiple things with or without form 221(g).

A new type of admin processing is on the rise at US embassy when they issue form DS 5535 to go through your last 15 year travel history and residence addresses.

Form 221g Processing Time

CEAC – Visa Approved but Status is Administrative Processing status is common these days after visa interview in US embassy. If your visa was approved and no form 221(g) was issued, then you can expect your stamped passport within 5-10 working days. No need to worry.

It is possible that US embassy has not issued form 221(g) but the status will still show as admin processing on CEAC website.  But, they can still send your application back to USCIS in USA for US work location verification.

In this case, your application status will show as Administrative Processing even though the visa officer told you VISA APPROVED.

White Form 221g US Embassy Visa Interview – Real Life Case

This real life case happened at US embassy in New Delhi for H1B visa interview. This person worked for direct US employer full time. This H1B visa stamping was done just after H1B transfer approval in premium.

  1. Visa Officer (VO): How are doing today?
    A: I am doing fine. What about you?
  2. VO: What class of visa have you applied for?
    A: H1B
  3. VO: Which company are you going to work for?
    A: ABC Company.
  4. VO: What is the education of your wife?
    A: B.A.
  5. VO: Is B.A. equal to Bachelor of Arts
    A: Yes
  6. VO: Where have you lived in US and where are you going to live now?
    A: Tampa, FL and Westford.
    -I was interrupted by my kid here. So, could not answer completely and was immediately followed by another question.
  7. VO: Westford? Where? In Massachusetts?
    A: Yes, Massachusetts.
  8. VO: Is there any client or you are going to work directly for this company?
    A: There is no client. The work is directly for ABC company.
  9. VO: Please move to the next window and my colleague will help you.
    A: Okay.

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They move to next window and then were informed that they are putting the case for administrative processing. They now ask following questions:

  1. Q: When did you change your address in last 15 years? Is it in 2006?
    A: I thought they are asking specifically about India as i was in India in 2006. I answered Yes, and gave my Indian address before and after 2006.
  2. Q: Do you have any brother/sister?
    A: Yes, I have.
  3. Q: What is the name of your sister?
    A: XYZ Sharma.
  4. Q: What is the name of your brother?
    A: I don’t have any brother.
  5. Q: When do you intend to travel?
    A: 11th Oct.

They hand over the white form 221g but keep passports with them.

Problem (as analysed by person himself and attorney): In this case, this person forgot to tell one of his address that he lived in USA to VO officer. VO did not tell this to the person but instead, just issued a form 221(g) with no documents to submit.

White Form 221(g) – No Documents to Submit

US embassy form 221g white
US embassy form 221g white issued by US embassy in New Delhi

Form 221g may be issued even if there are no extra documents required from you. Usually, the documents list is printed by default and the visa officer will cross it down.

Form 221(g) Solution by Attorney

Attorney and person went through the full transcript of the interview (as written above) and concluded that VO probably had doubts on person’s identity since he forgot to mention all his US addresses clearly.

The Attorney in USA then sent an email to USCIS premium service email directly with clarification on the address that the person forgot to tell the Visa Officer.

The is the the real email that was sent. I must say that attorney was really smart in this case and took fast decision and really helped the candidate.

 

Attorney response to USCIS premium email for white slip Form 221g
Attorney response to USCIS premium email for white slip Form 221g

The US Embassy was satisfied and they cleared the ‘Administrative processing’ within a week. The person had his H1B visa approved in 7 straight days including weekends.

A smart attorney can really take you far!

Is there risk of Form 221g issue in Canada/Mexico?

You can get admin processing form 221g issued in Canada or Mexico too. The risk of form 221g delay is always high if your paperwork is not complete.

What is Form 221g processing time in India?

Form 221g processing time varies between 7 days to 6 months. If the form 221(g) is issued with request to submit more documents, you can expect to wait form ore than 8 weeks. If there are no documents requested, then you can expect your US visa approval in 7-30 working days.

Can I get Passport for Travel while Form 221g Admin processing is pending ?

You can request to get your passport while US embassy is doing their internal admin processing. Once US embassy has cleared your case, they will send an email to submit passport again.

H1B Form 221g in Canada or Mexico

If the visa officer is not satisfied with your answers or you are working in an EVC (Employer Vendor Client model) with H1B visa, the chances are high for request for more documents.

You will have to stay back in Mexico or Canada if your case gets into Admin processing. It may take 7-14 days to get your passport with stamped US visa.

You should not book your travel tickets with fixed dates if you do get form 221g as there are no fixed timelines.

Passport Returned by Visa Officer

If your passport has been returned by US visa officer after interview and a form 221g was issued, then the chances are very high that your case processing will take at-least 6 or more weeks.

You will get an email to submit the passport again as and when the US embassy is ready to stamp your US visa. Once you submit the passport again, you can expect to get stamped passport back in 7-14 days.

It is important to keep a buffer of at-least 3 weeks after US visa interview these days if you are going for visa interview especially H1B and L1 visas.

H4 Visa Approved, H1B still Admin Processing

It is also possible that with no Form 221 (g) was issued and Visa officer told you ‘Visa Approved‘.

Your dependent’s H4 gets approved but your own H1B visa status shows as ‘Administrative Processing‘ online.

This generally happens when US embassy is just verifying primary H1B’s credentials a little bit more or have sent H1B’s application to USCIS to confirm some more information.
One of them could be ‘Work Location‘.

No need to worry, you will get your H1B approved.
Remember, H4 cannot exist without H1B. If H4 has already been approved, your H1B approval is also on the way. Just a couple of more days to wait.

Reasons for Form 221g

There can any number of reasons for issuing form 221g by US embassy and some can be really un-heard of.

Recently, a person was issued form 221g and asked to submit the details of CBP encounter at US port of entry. This person had paid the fine for not declaring the food items that he was carrying from India.

We will add more form 221g reasons here as and when we hear.

Why Identity / Security Checks with Form 221(g) are done?

Identity checks are done by US embassy to get US government security clearance on the person before the visa is issued. You cannot expedite the security check process as the State Department (through the Embassies) takes its security obligations quite seriously.

We have found that once someone supplies the missing or corrected information, the security clearances can take 1 to 8 weeks, and unfortunately, the government shut down does delay these clearances.

The State Department do not have any specific time limitations to give security clearances.

Sometimes, these clearances are requested just because someone with a name similar to ABC’s name is on a watch list of individuals who committed a crime – and then the Embassy must be sure it can clearly determine that ABC is NOT that person.




Recent discussion on forum

  1. Harish779
    Harish779

    Hi Anil,

    I had my Interview for F1 to H1B visa stamping on April 12th at Hyderabad Location and visa officer asked basic questions, she then told me I didn’t need to submit any documents and I will be getting my passport with in 3-5 business days and I was issued a small White 221g Slip. Its been more than 5 weeks and this is 6th week and here is my Case details.

    April 12: Interview
    April 15 -23 : Administrative Processing
    April 23: Application Received
    April 30: Application Received
    May 1: Administrative Processing

    No update after May 1st. So how long would it possibly take to get next update to my case as it almost 6th week?.


  2. thatguy7
    thatguy7

    Hi @Anil.Gupta need your valuable comments on my case, my extension got denied and I traveled back to India, got the new I-129 approved through consular processing through a Big US based company for 3 years- full time employee, I was asked to do dropbox and after that I was asked to appear in-person for interview(alone with spouse’s passport) with some documents to be mailed in advance(new petition docs and proof that I was in legal stay while I waited for h1 ext. appoval) to be mailed (221g blue slip)
    Appeared for interview on 16th May, VO didn’t asked any questions related to employment just asked to show my previous h1 ext. receipt on which I waited and asked new h1 filed receipt and exact date of filing, I didn’t had the new h1 receipt and showed the new I797 and told approx date of filing as I couldn’t remember as my attorney’s filed that.

    VO gave 221g blue slip and told we don’t need any docs for now and need to do admin processing
    VO kept the passports (mine and my wife’s)
    Gave a case number and said you can mail if you want to track
    My case is still in admin processing (its 7 working days now)

    1. Wanted to get your comments on the same when I can expect the update on the same and if it’s usual or fine?
    2. My attorney’s said in cases like mine admin processing is common and no need to worry just wait and we don’t need to send anything

    Should we need to mail something or just need to wait, case shows admin processing with the date as 16th may- day of interview?


  3. kumuda_chowdary
    kumuda_chowdary

    Hi @Anil.Gupta

    I attended the interview on aprl 9th and got blueslip and returned my passport asking for additional document of petitioner tax filing for two years and my employer submitted the documents on same day of my interview.

    last updated date was aprl 17th and till then i dont have any update and it is still under ap and it is almost like 60days.

    How long it takes to approve?


  4. Harish779
    Harish779

    Hi Anil,
    It was about some fine I paid in 2013 for not mentioning food items clearly.


  5. Subhash_Polineni
    Subhash_Polineni

    Hi Anil,

    I have gone through am22tech website and you have given your valuable suggestions to all the people. Looks like your suggestions will be very helpful to me.

    I am also on the same boat who recently attended the H1 stamping in Mumbai Consulate on July 26th 2019. I carried all the documents but the VO did not ask my any documents except marriage certificate. And finally she gave me 221g (yellow slip) and blue slip to my wife.

    I have sent all documents requested the following day and when I check the status its showing the application is under AP and the case created on July 25th 2019 and case updated on July 26th 2019.

    I have again checked the status on August 10th 2019, its showing the application is under AP and the case was created on July 25th 2019 and case was updated on Aug 9th 2019.

    So looks like they started processing the application. We are curious to know how long it gonna take to hear from them. Need your advise. Is there any way to expedite this??


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  394 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. Ema Huston
    Ema Huston 31 Jan, 20 at 4:25 pm

    Hi Anil,

    In the section ”Passport Returned by Visa Officer” you mention that the process will take 6 weeks or more and that I will get an email to submit my passport again. Can I travel during the time I am waiting for response? I applied to my visa in Canada and I am from another country, I don have any family in Canada so I am thinking to go a another country and stay with friends while I wait. The other country I am considering is not the USA neither my home country but some other country.

    Thank you


  2. Roshan Pranay
    Roshan Pranay 6 Jan, 20 at 1:22 pm

    Hi Anil,

    This is Roshan. I recently travelled to India for my sister’s wedding. I went to the consulate to get H1B Visa stamped on passport. They issued 221g and returned my passport. Asking for full project description, recent end client letter and 2017 and 2018 corporate tax returns of the client.

    The client is not willing to share the tax returns. What are my options now? How should I approach this case?


  3. JD
    JD 23 Dec, 19 at 2:23 pm

    Hi – I went for my H1B interview at Calgary consulate on Nov 27 and visa officer said Visa is approved. No slip was issued. It is dec 23 today so almost a month and my status is still in AP…. i see people say that when no slip was issued and no docs were asked for, you will get visa in 7-10 days but not sure what is happening with my case..


  4. Vinay Singh
    Vinay Singh 23 Dec, 19 at 2:23 pm

    HI Anil
    I appeared for L1A blanket visa interview on 19th Dec,2020 at Chennai with my dependent family of 3(Wife and 2 kids). My interview went on for 4 mins, out of which officer went out from his cabin for 2 mins. Finally, he said that your visa is approved and keep the I129S safe else bad things will happen. He kept all 4 passports with him as well and 1 copy of I129S and returned me 2 copies of I129S with stamp and visa end date in 2022.

    Later in evening when i checked the status on ceacstattracker, it showed that case is currently going under Administrative Processing and it will take few weeks. Case created date is 17-Dec-2019 which was 2 days prior to my visa interview and the last updated date is 19-Dec-2019 which was my visa interview date. Also, i was not asked for any documents ,no form 221G was given, and no email has come from consulate since then. Can you please help me make some sense out of it ? This is the same status for all 4 of our passports / Application Id. My guess is probably he saw something in my profile and went out for 2 mins to get more clarity. After coming back, he just asked when are you planning to go to the US and approved my visa.


  5. Vishal Tiwary
    Vishal Tiwary 16 Dec, 19 at 2:37 pm

    Hi,
    I got my passport (H1b) after visa interview but for my wife h4 it is showing passport is still with embassy … what can be wrong?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 16 Dec, 19 at 2:37 pm

      I do not think anything is wrong. You should be able to get H4 stamped passport sooner or later. Just have some patience unless H4 is issued a form 221g.


  6. Sarath
    Sarath 16 Dec, 19 at 2:37 pm

    Hi Anil ,
    I am currently on an F1 visa with valid status . I work for Indian consulate , recently they offered me A2 diplomatic visa . I submitted the documents and attend interview at US embassy in Canada . The visa officer didn’t ask me anything during interview. He instead ask me to come back after 4 days to collect the passport. Later in the evening I received a email stating that the Consular Officer has determined that your case is subject to additional administrative processing, under Section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended (INA). We cannot proceed further with your application until this administrative processing is complete.

    Can you please give me any advice or suggestions if you knew about this situation. Also I want to know if I can travel back to US with my valid F1 visa . I really appreciate if you have any advice.


  7. MANPREET KAUR
    MANPREET KAUR 16 Dec, 19 at 2:38 pm

    Hii Anil, actually i had my interview today. The officer said that my us visa has been approved but he did not give me any approval letter. What could it then mean?


  8. visalam krishnan
    visalam krishnan 25 Jul, 19 at 2:04 am

    Hi Anil,
    I had my interview on July 15 2019 at US consulate Chennai for l2 visa. Interviewer said your visa is approved. After two days I received a mail with the questionnaire from Chennai admin officer states that your Visa processing is on hold and needs additional information. Questionnaire format was very formal. No additional documents were requested. Unfortunately I replied on July 22nd 2019 for that mail. How long will it take for me? Can anyone please help me in this?


  9. Arvind Ramesh
    Arvind Ramesh 20 Jul, 19 at 1:43 am

    Hey Anil,
    I had my F-1 Visa interview on 18th July, 2019 at the New Delhi Consulate. The interview went pretty much fair, but in the end I was handed over the Yellow 221g sheet with the details crossed out. The interviewer even took my passport. Later on the same day, I received an email from
    the consulate requesting additional documents, which I did on the same day itself. I would also like to point out that earlier in 2019, I had applied for a B1 Visa to present at and attend a conference, and had to go through a similar processing before eventual approval after about 6 weeks. Now I am really worried as if it takes that much time I will be late for my college term which starts in about 3 weeks. Is there a chance of my approval getting expedited considering that the processing occurred so recently? More importantly, I wrote a similar kind of email to the Embassy help desk, and thet responded by informing that the passport is on its way back to me. However, when I did receive it, it had not Visa stamp on it, but with an instruction sheet asking for documents, exactly like the Email I received.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 Jul, 19 at 10:09 pm

      Hi Arvind,
      I have added your question here and replied too. You can ask follow up questions on the link itself.


  10. Yarn
    Yarn 19 Jun, 19 at 12:32 pm

    Hi Anil.
    I had my student F1 visa interview on 10th June 2019 at Us embassy Yaoundé Cameroon. Vo and I had close to a 15mins interview which went on quite smoothly. At the end of the interview,vo took all the documents i brought for the interview including my passport and told me I’ll get a call.He also issued me a 221g but didn’t tick for any additional documents.My online status still shows AP 8 days from my interview.My deadline for arrival at my school is 29th July which is quite close.I’ll like to know possible outcomes for my case and an estimation of how long it may take to issue my visa.plss need ur help Asap


  11. Harish
    Harish 21 May, 19 at 3:36 am

    Hi Anil,

    I had my Interview for F1 to H1B visa stamping on April 12th at Hyderabad Location and visa officer asked basic questions, she then told me I didn’t need to submit any documents and I will be getting my passport with in 3-5 business days and I was issued a small White 221g Slip. Its been more than 5 weeks and this is 6th week and here is my Case details.

    April 12: Interview
    April 23: Application Received
    April 30: Application Received
    May 1: Administrative Processing

    No update after May 1st. Can you please advise What’s going on with my case?.


  12. Tarun Gupta
    Tarun Gupta 15 May, 19 at 5:33 am

    I am also in similar kind of situation as stated above. I applied visa stamping in drop box on 25 April and got my passport back with white slip to appear for interview. I attended Visa interview on 06 May after which VO said its approved and will take normal processing time of about a week. However I didn’t get my passport in week’s time and had to cancel my return ticket of 14 May. It’s still showing as under administrative processing at CEAC website. And email status says “There is no status update available for the passport number submitted”. Any suggestion ?


  13. Vanc
    Vanc 11 May, 19 at 6:54 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I had my interview in New Delhi Embassy on March 18th, I was given a white slip to submit some documents like resume, research, current past experience, etc because I work in aerospace and it comes under TAL and my passport was returned to me .. On March 22nd I emailed all the requested documents.. My case was in administrative processing till April 25th. On April 25th, I was asked to submit my passport for further processing of my Visa. I dropped the passport at the nearest VAC on April 26th. After that my case was updated twice on CEAC website , April 30th and May 1st. Since then there are no more updates.. It’s been 2 weeks , I submitted my passport but they still haven’t issued the visa yet. What do you think how long it’s going to take. Also, I emailed them and got a reply that my visa is in final review. Don’t know what that means?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 May, 19 at 6:54 pm

      It usually takes 6-8 weeks time if you are asked to submit additional documents.


      • Vanc
        Vanc 11 May, 19 at 7:09 pm

        I submitted the documents more than 7 weeks ago and they asked to submit the passport 2 weeks ago..they updated the case twice after I submitted the passport but it’s still in administrative processing… Generally how long does it take after the passport submission?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 11 May, 19 at 7:09 pm

          Its pretty fast after passport submission and in the range of 7-15 days.


          • Vanc
            Vanc 11 May, 19 at 7:15 pm

            Thanks for your reply ..


  14. Rohan
    Rohan 10 May, 19 at 10:15 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Hope you doing good. Looks your advice is really helpful.

    I had my h1b interview on May 1st – Delhi. VO approved it and since then it’s in administrative processing. It completed 7 business day already and not a single update. Had to cancel my flight once and the client I work for is getting impatient.

    First time stamping from f1 to h1b.

    Any input will be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Rohan


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 May, 19 at 5:45 am

      You can expect the passport in about 7-14 days if no documents were asked to be submitted.


      • Rohan
        Rohan 11 May, 19 at 7:08 am

        Thanks for the reply. No documents were asked as he verified all documents asked during the interview.

        I see people even after approvals waiting on for weeks.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 11 May, 19 at 4:24 pm

          If no documents were asked, then it should be approved pretty fast.
          Don’t worry.


          • Rohan
            Rohan 12 May, 19 at 3:15 am

            Thanks. Hope for the best.


          • Rohan
            Rohan 12 May, 19 at 9:57 am

            Anil,

            My status in US Visa Dashboard for passport status changed from the US Embassy/Consulate to Document Delivery Information.

            Is this any kind of an update ?

            Thanks,
            Rohan


  15. Raghunath
    Raghunath 7 May, 19 at 7:34 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I have a question with regards to work location at Client site:
    Background:
    In LCA, I-129(Petition) and even in SOW there is an address of Client (in Sunnyvale, CA) where I intend to work and this petition was a transfer which was approved in April 2018. All though I worked for few weeks at the address mentioned in petition, in the beginning, I was moved to a different campus (as per Client’s internal process), which is just 2 to 3 miles from the address which was originally mentioned in Petition, LCA and SOW. There is travel planned to India in couple of weeks, and the Visa interview is scheduled in the last week of this month in Chennai. The address mentioned in the Client letter is the address where I am currently working from, and this is different than the address mentioned in all other documents. My company has done LCA posting (no new LCA filed, only LCA posting) and confirmed that there is nothing to worry about the change in actual physical address in the Client letter.
    Question:
    1. Is LCA posting normal?
    2. Also, if the VO asks what is your work location – I should tell the address which is in client letter, right?
    3. If VO asks why the address in Client letter and rest of the documents is different – Can I tell my company did LCA posting for this change or could you suggest ideal answer for this question?

    Your inputs for these queries will be helpful.

    Thanks in advance,
    Raghunath


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 May, 19 at 7:53 pm

      Yes, LCA posting is normal if the new address is in same MSA (Metropolitan statistical area). You should tell the current work address if VO asks about it.
      Legally, only LCA posting is required. So, you are fine if you speak the truth.


  16. Murtaza Doctor
    Murtaza Doctor 6 May, 19 at 12:27 pm

    Hi, Appeared for interview in New Delhi on 1st April, handed 221g blue slip with asking for many documents from company 2 year tax returns, employees name and designation, my Master degree transcript and certificate and internal project details, Attorney submitted those on 4th April, my wife is about to delivery in a week with neurological conditions, i am been calling the Traveldocs call center but just one answer to wait, any idea if there is a way to request expediting on medical grounds


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 May, 19 at 2:15 pm

      Where is your wife at this time? With you in India or she is in USA?


      • Murtaza Doctor
        Murtaza Doctor 6 May, 19 at 2:16 pm

        She is in US, with my 6 yr old and surgery for delivery is planned for next week


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 6 May, 19 at 2:16 pm

          I am not sure if there is anyway to expedite the case based on medical grounds. You have to check with traveldocs.


          • Murtaza Doctor
            Murtaza Doctor 7 May, 19 at 2:59 am

            With your experience, what could be the timeline for approval based on the documents asked in 221g? Blue slip, passport with me.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 7 May, 19 at 5:40 am

              Could be 6-8 weeks or more.


              • Murtaza Doctor
                Murtaza Doctor 7 May, 19 at 1:50 pm

                The visa application status is showing the date of my visa interview of 1st April, is that common and normal? Or they are not working on my case?


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 7 May, 19 at 6:21 pm

                  Your question already has answer in above article. Please read.


                  • Murtaza Doctor
                    Murtaza Doctor 9 May, 19 at 1:38 am

                    Received email from support@traveldocs to submit the passport for further processing, submitted the passport, hope to receive the visa back by Tuesday, as Wednesday is my wife surgery. You know how many days they take to get back the passport with visa in these cases?


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 9 May, 19 at 5:28 am

                      Congratulations. I think you will get your passport by Tuesday.


                    • Murtaza Doctor
                      Murtaza Doctor 14 May, 19 at 6:30 am

                      Hi, after submitting the passport last Thursday 9th May, I saw the case updated today but still the status showing Administrative Processing, really worried, pls advice


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 14 May, 19 at 7:13 am

                      I can understand your situation but not sure what to say.


                    • Murtaza Doctor
                      Murtaza Doctor 14 May, 19 at 7:31 am

                      Is it normal to update the case date and status not changed to issues?


  17. Rama Lingam
    Rama Lingam 25 Mar, 19 at 11:25 am

    hi
    applied for A2 visa in jan 1st week..me and my colleague..us consulate asked some questions after 4 weeks. we both replied same answer separately..again same was asked to my colleague and revised departure date in march 2nd week whereas i didn’t get anything so far.. it s almost 3 months.. what is the reason for this and why this much delay?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Mar, 19 at 11:44 am

      Nobody can guess the reason for delay. Most of the time the reason for longer delays are background checks and security checks on your name.


      • Rama Lingam
        Rama Lingam 25 Mar, 19 at 11:57 am

        first time documents were asked to both whereas second time it was to only one person…what is the reason ?when contacted it was told that each case is unique.. can it be like that?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 25 Mar, 19 at 11:58 am

          Off-course each case is different as you and your friend are two different individuals and may need different security checks.


  18. Sanjay Rai
    Sanjay Rai 20 Mar, 19 at 12:29 am

    Hi Anil,

    I went for the interview on 5th March and in less than 3 mins interviewer issued me 221G form (checked 3 documents) and returned me all passports (including family). I sent all required documents via email. But have not received any updates since 7 days after I sent the docs. How long it will take.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 Mar, 19 at 8:21 am

      What documents were requested in your form 221(g)?


      • Sanjay Rai
        Sanjay Rai 26 Mar, 19 at 5:07 pm

        Three documents as below:
        Client letter, Statement of Work, Project description in details


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 26 Mar, 19 at 5:36 pm

          My suggestion is to be prepared for longer wait like 8+ weeks based on the documents visa officer has requested.


          • Sanjay Rai
            Sanjay Rai 22 Apr, 19 at 10:40 am

            thanks for your reply.
            One more question, According to USCIS email they have asked me to submit the passports along with 221g and i797. Does that mean it is approved and they have asked in order for stamping?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 22 Apr, 19 at 11:13 am

              When did you receive this USCIS email? Are you sure you received an email from USCIS or US embassy?
              Also, when did you submit your passport? with your 221g documents or more recently?


              • Sanjay Rai
                Sanjay Rai 26 Apr, 19 at 11:12 am

                Email received from support@ustraveldocs.com after 28 days when I submitted the document against 221g response. Passports submitted on 15 April with 221g and i797 along with email copy from support@ustraveldocs.com


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 26 Apr, 19 at 11:32 am

                  Ok.. so, it is US embassy. The chances are very high that your visa has been approved as they have asked for passport submission.


  19. SD
    SD 16 Mar, 19 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Hope you doing well!

    URGENT – PLEASE RESPOND

    I am currently pursuing my double masters degree and working on CPT status. I have previoulsy utilized 3 complete years of OPT. My emoloyer is applying for H-1B this year and recommened me to apply H-1B on the outset as a conuslar petiotion to avoid additional scuritny of my current status. They are not suggesting to apply H-1B along with change of status.

    They have asked my opinion and would like to take suggestion from you if applying H-1B as consular petition will do any good rather than applying H-1B along with change of status.

    I need to send response to my attorney by Monday there your response sooner will be gresty appreciated.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 16 Mar, 19 at 10:38 pm

      Your question about filing H1B with consular processing after OPT is out of scope of this article. Hence, I have added it to our forum and answered there.

      You can ask follow up questions on forum itself. We answer within 1-24 hours


  20. reena kulandaisamy
    reena kulandaisamy 11 Mar, 19 at 8:42 am

    Hi,

    I had my H1B visa Interview at Mumbai on Feb 25th .the office asked basic question ..was more interested in the client at the end ,he took my passport and said, the officer said that my application requires administrative processing and i would get a mail with a week,then he handed me a white slip ..which said you visa is refused under 221g something something… and had Administrative processing crossed across it .. its been 15 days now i haven’t received a mail.I haven’t been asked to submit any documents.
    Please advice.

    Thanks ,
    Reena


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Mar, 19 at 10:14 am

      It can take anywhere from 7 days to 8 weeks for your case to get approved. Please plan accordingly.


      • reena kulandaisamy
        reena kulandaisamy 11 Mar, 19 at 10:24 am

        My passport status shows “Your passport is ready for pickup” now and an email :
        Your document(s) have been collected from the US Embassy/Consulate

        The passport number being returned is “”.

        I will have to wait for a long time rite ?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 11 Mar, 19 at 12:21 pm

          Please collect your passport and check if it has the visa stamp or not.
          If it has the visa stamp, then you are good. The chances are high that your passport has the stamp.

          If there is no stamp, then it may take more time.


          • reena kulandaisamy
            reena kulandaisamy 12 Mar, 19 at 5:51 am

            I collected my passport ,there was a yellow slip saying is send into pending status and a few documents checked mostly from my petitioner and the client.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 12 Mar, 19 at 12:01 pm

              Ok..then, it will take more time now.
              It depends on how quickly you send those documents. But, plan for at-least 3-4 months of waiting.


              • reena kulandaisamy
                reena kulandaisamy 14 Mar, 19 at 9:58 pm

                Thanks Anil ..


  21. Laxman
    Laxman 7 Mar, 19 at 4:20 am

    Hi,

    I completed my interview on Mar 7th (H1B) and interview went well. All basic questions and it was like a 2min Interview. At last VO said “you know your rights in US” and gave me 221(g) white slip and said it may take 2-5 businessday to process. Can you please guide me if i’ve to do anything, bcz i’m travelling back in 3 weeks.
    Thanks,
    Laxman


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 Mar, 19 at 9:36 am

      You do not have to do anything unless there are any documents mentioned on the form 221 (g) to submit. You wait for the passport collection email.


      • Laxman
        Laxman 16 Mar, 19 at 8:53 am

        Status changed to Issued. Thanks


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 16 Mar, 19 at 12:44 pm

          Congratulations. Thanks for sharing your result.


  22. YD Srivastava
    YD Srivastava 2 Mar, 19 at 10:21 am

    Hi Anil,

    (F1 OPT -> H1B)
    I had my h1b interview at delhi on Feb 20th. Interview was brief and VO said ‘approved, you will get your passport back in 5 days’. it’s been 8 working days so far and the status is ‘administrative processing’. The last update was made on date of interview. Is this a usual thing with people transitioning from F1 to H1B?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 2 Mar, 19 at 11:00 am

      This is normal for everyone. It does not matter if you are changing from F1 or any other visa to H1B.


      • YD Srivastava
        YD Srivastava 21 Mar, 19 at 9:59 am

        Hey Anil,

        It’s now 28 days and the status is still `administrative processing`. Neither I or my employer has been contacted so far.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 21 Mar, 19 at 7:18 pm

          90% of such cases do get passport back within 7-10 working days.
          Unfortunately, there is no way to know about what is happening behind the scenes.

          But, the good thing is that they kept your passport which means that they probably expect to take a decision on your application within 1-8 weeks.


  23. sam
    sam 26 Feb, 19 at 2:57 am

    Hi,
    I had my h1-b interview and the VO retained my passport and asked the job documents in the interview itself. I was given 221(g) white slip with additional admin processing. I was asked only about the client details, who is the client, place located at and asked for the address of the client in the interview which i was able to tell straight away. I am working for the same client for the past 4 years. i gave my paystubs, w2’s, client letter ,lca and i-129. Could you please tell me with your experience how long does it take for them to decide ? I am just worried because i need to start my work within 3 weeks.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Feb, 19 at 9:35 am

      You should be able to get your stamped passport within 7-10 working days.


      • sam
        sam 26 Feb, 19 at 9:37 am

        Thanks Anil, this was at hyd consulate, and I work in EVC model. i forgot to give them the vendor letter as it was all in a hurry.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 26 Feb, 19 at 9:53 am

          I don;t understand your question. Earlier, you said you gave all the information that was asked from you and Embassy has not asked you to submit any other documents.

          Now, you are saying that you forgot to give vendor letter. Has US embassy requested any documents from you that you need to submit?


          • sam
            sam 26 Feb, 19 at 9:54 am

            the visa officer in the interview herself asked me to give all job documents, i gave my paystubs, w2’s, client letter ,lca and i-129. but missed to give the vendor letter. This all happened in the interview itself . no one consulted me yet from embassy to give any additional documents yet.


            • Sam
              Sam 26 Feb, 19 at 11:11 am

              In the interview Itself the VO took all my documents( mentioned above) and kept them, even passport as well, she never returned them. When the VO asked all job documets I gave all of them but missed to give the vendor letter.


              • Anil Gupta
                Anil Gupta 26 Feb, 19 at 11:31 am

                I do not think there is any need to be worried if they kept your passport. You should expect your passport back within 7-10 working days.


                • Sam
                  Sam 1 Apr, 19 at 10:57 pm

                  Hi Anil,
                  I got my passport stamped after 5 weeks, they have emailed my client manager, once the client replied it took 1 week for them to issue me the visa.
                  Thanks for the support
                  Thank you


                  • Anil Gupta
                    Anil Gupta 2 Apr, 19 at 9:17 am

                    Great. Congratulations on getting the passport with visa.
                    Thanks for sharing your update.


  24. spurthy
    spurthy 25 Feb, 19 at 2:23 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I had a H4 visa Feb25th at vancouver for change of status from F1 . The talk was short. They given me white slip which shows ( Administrative processing ) they kept my passport and documents . Do you have any guess how long it might take?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Feb, 19 at 3:36 pm

      You should get your stamped passport within 4-10 days.


  25. missinghome
    missinghome 25 Feb, 19 at 7:03 am

    Hi Anil,

    I had a H1B Visa interview on Jan 2nd and the talk with officer was short and nice. I got a white slip which says my visa is approved and the same day they sent supplemental questions via email (similar with DS5535) but I ignore this email since I thought it is a spam. When I got my passport on Jan 14th, there was a green slip which indicates it is under administrative process and it can take min. 3 months. I remembered the email about the supplemental questions and respond it on Jan 15th and there is no update since then (it has been 41 days). I am working on nuclear technology but on a government work and nothing related with military projects.

    I called DOS NIV phone service and they told me my case in on embassy. Do you have any guess how long does it take?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Feb, 19 at 9:26 am

      Sorry to say but if the passport has been returned, then, the chances are high that it will take more than couple of months and could possible be around 6+ months.


  26. Ab
    Ab 21 Feb, 19 at 8:13 am

    Hi Anil,

    I’ve been working on H1B status since 2014 in the US. I came on vacation to Dubai in December. I’m an Indian citizen but I grew up in Dubai and my mom still lives here. I attended my H1B visa interview on December 6th and the consular officer approved my visa and kept my passport.

    On 12th December my passport was returned to me without a visa and my status online was updated to Administrative Processing. There were no instructions given and they did not ask for any more documents or information. This is the web link the consulate pointed me to for case approved but passport returned without visa http://dubainiv.net/vars2/faq.asp?FAQ_ID=29

    Since then there have been no updates and I’m still waiting. I was supposed to fly back to the US on Jan 7th. I’ve sent an email to the consulate a couple of times, most recent was today since it’s been over 10 weeks since 12th December. I get the same generic response that it’s under Administrative Processing, they don’t need any documents from me and that I will be informed by email when processing is complete.

    My employer and some lawyers I’ve contacted said nothing to do but wait. Any idea what could be taking so long? I would really appreciate any guidance on this! I do not work with sensitive technology, nor were my job responsibilities discussed in the interview.

    Thank you,
    Ab


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Feb, 19 at 4:38 pm

      I can understand your situation but there is nothing that can be done at this time with your case except waiting.

      Do you work for your employer full time or it is vendor client set up?
      Have you changed your US addresses multiple times while you were working in USA?


      • Ab
        Ab 22 Feb, 19 at 4:28 am

        I’m in an employer client set up. I’ve been with the same client for the last 4 years. I’ve been living in Boston, MA since September 2014 and since I’ve been on H1 status. Within Boston I’ve had 3 addresses including my current one.

        I moved to the US to study in 2007, I’ve lived at 4 addresses in Philly over 5 years and then for about a year and half in Los Angeles at one address. This was all while I was on F1 status.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 22 Feb, 19 at 4:57 pm

          I can’t say with 100% surety but your frequent address changes sound to be a reason behind your admin processing as no other documents have been asked for.
          US embassy is probably doing identity and security background check on your name.

          Remember, that’s my opinion based on what you have shared. I may be completely wrong as there is no way to find out what kind of admin processing US embassy is doing.


          • Ab
            Ab 10 Mar, 19 at 5:22 am

            Hi Anil,

            My visa is still under administrative processing and there hasn’t been any request from them for anything. My employer has also written to the consulate highlighting the work that is pending my return. They replied a week ago saying thank you for the information but that’s about it.

            I’ve been in Dubai on a tourist visa which is now coming to and end. I am a permanent resident of Canada and I was wondering if I can go to Canada now and apply for the H1 at the consulate there while this is pending in Dubai? Otherwise I’ll go and wait there so I’ll at least be in the same time zone as work while I work remotely and come back to Dubai once the visa is issued. Please let me know what you think.

            Thank you,
            Ab


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 10 Mar, 19 at 10:24 pm

              You can apply for another visa stamp in Canada but i do not think it will be of any use since you already have one pending in Dubai.

              All the data is centralized.

              It is your choice if you want to take the risk of withdrawing your application in Dubai and file in again in Canada.


              • Ab
                Ab 10 Mar, 19 at 11:21 pm

                Thanks Anil, I suppose if it’s been this long already I’ll just leave it be and wait for it to finish processing. I’ll just come back to Dubai once it’s done. I don’t want to restart the clock in Canada.


  27. Waiting Waiting
    Waiting Waiting 18 Feb, 19 at 5:08 pm

    Hi, What if someone is given Ds 5535 with 221 g for h1b stamping for the first time and passport returned? Interview was in early January, 2019
    What will be the processing time for 221g with ds 5535 questionnaire?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Feb, 19 at 8:01 pm

      If your passport has been returned, then the wait time is most probably longer than 8-10 weeks.


      • Waiting Waiting
        Waiting Waiting 20 Feb, 19 at 7:20 pm

        Have you seen cases with DS 5535 admin processing under 221 g and how long do they usually take from what you have seen?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 20 Feb, 19 at 7:43 pm

          It depends on why US embassy has asked you to fill DS 5535.
          Do you work in any weapon or ammunition related technology field?

          Sorry to say but it can take anywhere from a month to more than a year depending on your profile.
          The more common is 12+ months.


          • Waiting Waiting
            Waiting Waiting 20 Feb, 19 at 8:21 pm

            No, not in technology.
            They have not shared any reason to why this was given. I have studied and worked in the US before without any issues in visas for 10+years.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 20 Feb, 19 at 9:07 pm

              As per my information, the form 5535 is usually issued when US government’s system gets a hit on your name for a possible threat. I may be wrong here but this form is usually issued to get a detailed background check for you.


  28. ARH
    ARH 18 Feb, 19 at 1:13 am

    Hello Anil,

    I submitted my documents for dropbox on Jan 30th but I was called in for finger prints and interview on Feb 12th. In the interview I was asked the folowing questions –
    Highest level of education?(ans: Masters in Industrial and Systems Engg),
    Did I use my OPT and then applied for H1?(ans: yes),
    Do I work at client location or Petitioner location? (ans: Im fulltime employee with my petitioned so I work at the petitioner’s location),
    How long have you been working with this company? (ans: I have been working since April 2017, so about 2 years)

    After this the visa officer said “Your application is under administrative processing, we will let you know in 5 business days”. Should I be concerned? how long might this take?

    Thanks in advance!


    • ARH
      ARH 18 Feb, 19 at 1:19 am

      Anil,

      Sorry I forgot to mention, the visa officer did not give me any 221G sheet with check marks or anything.

      I got a small rectangular white slip. Hope that helps.


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 18 Feb, 19 at 9:51 am

        I think US embassy is just doing a simple identity verification on your case and you can expect to get your stamped passport within 7-10 working days.


        • ARH
          ARH 19 Feb, 19 at 12:06 am

          Thank you for replying. I hope the same. Few of mt friends who had similar Dropbox to Interview experiences got it in 4-7 business days. But I agree with what you said regarding simple verification.


  29. Kelly Zaara
    Kelly Zaara 15 Feb, 19 at 11:39 pm

    Good day . My husband had his spousal visa interview about two months back , they told him not to worry that his visa was approved but that they needed an “authenticated “ copy of my divorce documents . A week later we sent what we thought was sufficient and about two weeks after that they responded and wrote the copy was not authenticated. I then contacted the clerks office in the state of my divorce and asked them to send me the full authenticated copy and it took almost a month for us to recieve it. We sent that to the embassy almost two weeks ago and have not heard anything . What can we do and should we be concerned ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 16 Feb, 19 at 8:41 am

      Embassy does take time to validate the documents that you submit. It is possible that they are cross verifying your document with the clerks office in US.


  30. SJ
    SJ 14 Feb, 19 at 1:19 am

    Hey Anil, Attended interview at chennai after passport was returned by dropbox and asked to attend in person. I was asked questions on my job and client vendor names, Visa officer returned passport and 221g without marking anything on the 221g and said he did not need any additional documentation from my side. Does this mean a long waiting period since passport is returned?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Feb, 19 at 9:47 am

      Unfortunately, yes, it may mean that you have a long waiting period ahead with form 221g and passport returned.
      It does not mean that it can’t be done earlier but it usually takes more than 8 weeks in 90% of cases.

      So, plan accordingly.


      • SJ
        SJ 14 Feb, 19 at 10:04 am

        Thanks Anil. Will keep waiting then


  31. Rachana Vidhi
    Rachana Vidhi 12 Feb, 19 at 12:28 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I have been working in the US on H1B for the past three years. I switched into a new role within the same company, and received a new I797 for that last July. I arrived in India on Feb 7th and submitted my documents for H1B renewal on the same day. Today it’s showing Administrative Processing, and the description says “your visa is undergoing necessary administrative processing”. What might this mean?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Feb, 19 at 3:49 pm

      What did the visa officer tell you? Or you used DropBox‘?
      Have they kept your passport?


      • Rachana Vidhi
        Rachana Vidhi 12 Feb, 19 at 4:58 pm

        I used Dropbox. the website shows status changed on Feb 12th to Administrative Processing. But no email regarding additional documents yet. And yes, they have my passport.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 12 Feb, 19 at 6:00 pm

          Don’t worry then. This is normal and you will get your visa and passport within 7-10 working days.


          • Rachana Vidhi
            Rachana Vidhi 12 Feb, 19 at 6:13 pm

            Thanks. You gave me hope. Fingers crossed now.

            Just so I understand, if they had needed something, they would have emailed me right away (when the status was changed to AP)? or can it take a day or two?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 12 Feb, 19 at 6:24 pm

              If they needed anything, they would have asked for it by now.
              I don’t think you need to worry.

              Many times, US embassy just tries to verify your identity to make sure you are the same person who applied.


              • Rachana Vidhi
                Rachana Vidhi 14 Feb, 19 at 4:08 am

                Thanks. It seems so. My passport is showing ready for pick up now. It went to AP on the 12th, then yesterday (13th) it showed issued, and my passport is ready for pick up today (14th)!!


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 14 Feb, 19 at 9:47 am

                  Congratulations. Enjoy. Have a safe trip back to US.


  32. nirvana
    nirvana 12 Feb, 19 at 12:27 pm

    Hey Anil,

    I did the drop box for my H1B extension at delhi on Feb 4th . On CEAC site it says admin processing. I havent received 221g . Dies this mean I should get the approved visa by end of this week as I ahvent recieved 221g . Are there chances that I still might get 221g after all this wait?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Feb, 19 at 12:27 pm

      Do not worry. You will get your passport within 7-10 working days.


    • Rachana Vidhi
      Rachana Vidhi 12 Feb, 19 at 12:27 pm

      Hi, when did you start seeing admin processing? I am in the same situation, and my status changed to admin processing today. Not sure how long it takes before they send 221g.


      • Rahul Bhandari
        Rahul Bhandari 13 Feb, 19 at 5:16 am

        Can u tell me which embassy/city u did drop box? Also did the employees at drop box location provide any timeline


      • Rahul Bhandari
        Rahul Bhandari 13 Feb, 19 at 3:24 am

        Mine went into admin processing the very next day. Like feb 5th. I think thatts the standard status, Once they receive the application. Howvere typically they send 221 g in couple of days if they do need more docs or finger printing. In my case it has been in admin processing till today with no 221g. I have a flight scheduled for Dubai next week so hoping to get it back this week


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 13 Feb, 19 at 10:25 am

          Generally, if no documents have been requested or form 221(g) is issued for fingerprinting, you get your passport back within 7-10 working days.


        • Rachana Vidhi
          Rachana Vidhi 14 Feb, 19 at 4:08 am

          I applied in Delhi. It went to AP on the 12th, then yesterday (13th) it showed issued, and my passport is ready for pick up today (14th)!! Not sure what happened.


          • Rahul Bhandari
            Rahul Bhandari 14 Feb, 19 at 4:17 am

            ahh ok . Congrats!! Hopefully i will get it by Sunday. I have put in a request to just get the passport back temporarily while the application is still under process as I have a trip planned fro monday


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 14 Feb, 19 at 9:48 am

              You are probably delaying your US visa stamp if you have asked for passport temporarily.


              • Rahul Bhandari
                Rahul Bhandari 14 Feb, 19 at 9:48 am

                Would this delay in getting the decision . Whne I spoke to customer care they told me this doesnt affect the timleine to get the decision made. Once the decision is made they will ask back fro the passport


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 14 Feb, 19 at 10:16 am

                  Well, if they are ready for your visa stamp while your passport is away, this will be counted as delay to me. its okay if you do not have any other option.


                  • Rahul Bhandari
                    Rahul Bhandari 15 Feb, 19 at 5:35 am

                    Yes so just asked the embassy to give the passport without visa. They have already sent to VAC. will be collecting it on sunday for my Dubai trip on monday. I was told taht the processing times doesnt get affected because of this. They will notify me in case my application is processed. With Monday being holiday I think its just matter of 2-3 days . Hopefully they approve my visa before I am back. I will be back by end of next week. So hopefully will have the visa processed by then . I have USA flight back on march 3rd


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 15 Feb, 19 at 9:51 am

                      Great. All the best. Do let us know the experience in Dubai. This is probably the right time to visit as its not that hot. Is it?


                    • Rahul Bhandari
                      Rahul Bhandari 13 Mar, 19 at 7:46 am

                      Dubai was great. Glad I took the passport as my USA visa petition is still under admin processing. I did submit the passport back as soon as I came back from dubai. Last status update date still shows feb 6. When I contacted embassy they said its under 221g admin processing and I will be notified once admin processing is done. No docs asked. I was never given “221g” slip. I am FTE for a fortune 100 company in silicon valley so not sure why this is taking so much time. I contacted immigration team at my company and they said they will send a request to expedite. Thankfully Delta agreed to not charge me change fee and allowed me to book the flight whenever i get the visa . Just need to pay change fee if the flight i book is more expensive.


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 13 Mar, 19 at 9:42 am

                      Thanks for sharing your experience. I appreciate it.

                      It nice on the part of Delta too accommodate requests.


                    • Rahul Bhandari
                      Rahul Bhandari 25 Mar, 19 at 11:29 pm

                      So just got an update on CEAC as “ISSUED” yesterday. hopefully will have my passport back by today. Just a brief summary on my case
                      Passport submitted fro drop box: feb 4. Feb 6 admin processing. Took the passport back for intl travel on feb 17 from VAC. Submitted passport back on feb 25th after i finished my travel. Waiting.. No update till march 22nd. Got updated date changed from 6 feb to 22nd march . Status still admin processing, Update on march 25th as issued. waiting to get notification for passport collection. Its not been too bad as I was able to work from home and pretty much got an open ticket thanks to Delta. I fly regularly with delta so its good on delta’s part to accommodate me. No documents were requested during this period. I never got 221g slip . So just fyi it can take extended time even when they don’t ask for docs/221g and retain the passport.(in my case it was drop box h1 extension) . I was able to attend some family functions which I wouldn’t have been able to if not for the delay 🙂 so all things considered this all seem to work out for now 🙂 I did ask delta to check tickets for march 22nd (on march 18) just to see if i would need to shell out whopping difference in fair if have to book it within a week. But it seems the flight fare was same and i dint have to pay difference fee 🙂 So hoping to get tickets with no “difference fee” when i book travel for next week. my tickets were pretty cheap to begin with so was worried about fare difference. Will update once i get the passport in hand and book my travel plans. This may help someone else who is in similar situation.


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 26 Mar, 19 at 7:56 am

                      Congratulations.
                      Thanks for sharing your experience again. We appreciate it.


                    • Rahul Bhandari
                      Rahul Bhandari 29 Mar, 19 at 5:34 am

                      Picked up the passport with valid visa stamp. Leaving next week. Managed to get tickets from delta without paying anything extra 🙂 . One of the leg is jet air ways so just hoping flight takes off on time 🙂


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 29 Mar, 19 at 8:53 am

                      Great. Have a nice trip back to USA.


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 14 Feb, 19 at 9:47 am

            As i said, it is normal and you will get it within 7-10 days. It varies by case to case and your case seemed to fit into the criteria.
            Congratulations and enjoy.

            Have a safe trip to US.


  33. Nitin
    Nitin 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I had my H-4 visa on 1st Feb and the counselor asked me a few questions and said your visa has been approved. The next day 2nd Feb onwards, my visa status is showing Administrative processing. My visa was conversion from an expired F-1 visa to an H4 visa. I was present in the US on an expired visa but I am completing my coursework with valid i-20.

    Is it possible that I can get a 221G in the future or this step of Administrative processing is just a stage before it gets approved?

    Thanks,
    Nitin


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:28 am

      The form 221(g) would have been issued right away if they needed any documents from you.

      If they just need to do some background checking about your identity or status violations, they usually change the status to ‘Admin processing’.

      No need to worry. You should get your stamped passport within 7 to 10 days.


    • Rahul Bhandari
      Rahul Bhandari 14 Feb, 19 at 1:10 am

      hey nitin did u get any updates back from embassy


  34. Gopal Krishnan
    Gopal Krishnan 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I had my H1B visa interview on 1st Feb and the consulate asked me few questions and verified end client letter. Later i was given 221G form with no details checked in it and he had returned the client letter along with passport. I got confused with the 221G blue slip as it doesn’t explicitly tell any documents required for AP. Could you please advice how may does it take in my case?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:27 am

      Sorry to hear that.
      If visa officer returned your passport, then, it usually means that it will take more than 8-10 weeks for your case’s admin processing.

      We have seen people waiting for decision in these kind of cases for more than 6 months too.

      So, be prepared.


      • Gopal Krishnan
        Gopal Krishnan 9 Feb, 19 at 2:09 pm

        I got my petition approved after RFE and also it was in premium processing. Why does it require administrative processing though i submitted all documents in RFE itself. Is there any specific reason?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 2:09 pm

          Well, i cannot guess as to why visa officer thought of issuing admin processing.
          You are the best judge as you heard visa officer’s questions and gave answers.

          We are seeing form 221g rise in cases where you are employed by consultancy firm and work at client location.
          Do you have a middle vendor involved between your employer and end client?


          • Gopal Krishnan
            Gopal Krishnan 10 Feb, 19 at 12:25 pm

            No..officer asked me only basic question which i answered correctly. M direct employee with my employer but will be working at client location


  35. Radhika
    Radhika 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    Hello, I had my Visa interview on the 31st of Dec 2018. My visa was approved, no slips given and they kept my passport. I haven’t got my passport yet. I email the New Delhi office recently and came to know that my case is in 221g admin processing. I wasn’t asked to provide any documents. CEAC also shows AP. Could you tell me what could be the reason and how long should it take.
    Thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

      This is normal these days and nobody can guess as to what kind of admin processing they are doing.
      You should get your visa stamped passport soon. Don’t worry.


      • Radhika Sharma
        Radhika Sharma 9 Feb, 19 at 10:01 am

        Thank you Sunil. Still waiting.
        Out of the blue, I checked my H1B application case in USCIS today https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/caseStatusSearch.do?multiFormAappReceiptNum=EAC1813953075 .
        It says the following, even though I got the H1B approval notice on 05/25/2018
        Name Was Updated
        On April 18, 2018, we updated your name for your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number EAC1813953075. If you move, go to http://www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

        Could this be the reason for the AP? Do you have any Idea what this means?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:11 am

          Its Anil 🙂 Not Sunil.
          “Name was updated’ status does not mean anything and you should not be worried about it. I have covered this status meaning separately here:
          https://www.am22tech.com/uscis-status-name-was-updated/


          • Radhika
            Radhika 9 Feb, 19 at 10:15 am

            Sorry about that 🙂 and Thank you for the response. I hope I get my visa issued soon.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:42 am

              Don’t worry. You will get it soon.


              • Radhika
                Radhika 9 Feb, 19 at 2:10 pm

                Hi Anil..there has been no update on my application on CEAC since the interview 31st Dec,yet. I have not been asked for any documents..what do you think might be the case and what should I do?


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 10 Feb, 19 at 12:26 pm

                  You can only wait at this time.
                  My estimation is that you will get your passport before Feb second week.

                  For people who’s admin processing can take more than a month, embassy usually returns the passport.

                  In your case, passport has been kept, so chances are bright that your visa is going to come sooner or later.

                  I can understand the frustration this may be causing. You can utilize this time by eating Indian food and Chaat as you may not get it when you are in US.


                  • Radhika
                    Radhika 11 Feb, 19 at 8:11 am

                    Thank You Anil.


  36. Santosh
    Santosh 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    Hello Anil,

    I have H1b i797 petition approved with me and planning to attend the visa interview in Feb

    I have a question on the name mismatch in my New passport and the approved H1b petition and the petition was applied on my old Passport.

    Here is to story,

    Old passport
    Surname is blank
    Given name : Xxxxx yyyy

    New passport
    Surname: yyyy
    Given name : Xxxxx

    H1B petition : LNU Xxxxx yyyy

    Can I schedule the visa interview and update the ds160 as per new passport, any suggestions

    And what name will reflect in the visa if that gets approved.

    Regards ,
    Santosh


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:02 am

      Yes, use the name as per new passport. If questioned, explain the reason behind this change in new passport.


  37. Karthik
    Karthik 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I am going to attend the H1 visa interview on the 6th of Feb. I am currently in US with F1 visa. I have a question. My old passport where my F1 visa was stamped was lost/stolen. I have reported it and I now have a new passport. But this is practically a new one with no immigration or previous visa stamps. How is this going to affect my interview. I have copies of the old passport, Indian consulate letter and police report but do you think it will affect the time they take to verify this in case they give a 221g?

    Thanks,
    Karthik


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:02 am

      Did you report your lost of passport (with US visa) to US embassy? If not, then you should have done that.
      https://www.am22tech.com/passport-with-us-visa-stamp-stolen-how-to-get-new-visa-stamp/

      Anyways, it is possible that US embassy conducts and identity verification check using form 221(g). If they do give form 221(g), there is no way to guess how much they will take.

      Plan your trip accordingly.


  38. Worried Sick
    Worried Sick 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    Hi,
    I had come to India for vacation, and was eligible for drop box. I had submitted my documents and passport on 13th December. But I got the passport back on 26th, with a blue slip – asking me to come for an in-person interview with some additonal documents. I went for the interview on 28th December, and VO after verifying my documents said my visa is approved. I still see the status in ‘Administrative Processing’ and passport status as ‘Your passport has been picked up’ (from Dec 26th). Is this just a delay in status update? When can I expect the passport back? I have already postponed my return trip once.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 10:04 am

      Wait. .what do you mean the status is ‘administrative processing’ as well?
      Does the status on CEAC website show as admin processing or it says approved?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 10:04 am

      This means that your passport is in transit. You should get an email soon about picking up your passport from VFS center.
      Don’t worry.

      I think the delay is due to the holidays. Normally, you receive the pick up email within a day.


      • Worried Sick
        Worried Sick 9 Feb, 19 at 10:03 am

        Hi Anil,
        Thanks for the response. The status was in administrative processing in CEAC site before I had attended the interview. After the interview on 28th, the site still said ‘Administrative Processing’ but the last updated shows ’28th December. I hope what you say is true, that the delay is because of holidays. My only consolation is that the VO said that my Visa is approved after the interview. He returned my documents ( as part of the blue slip) and retained the passport.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:13 am

          That should be fine then. It should not take more than 7-10 working days now to get your stamped passport.


          • Worried Sick
            Worried Sick 9 Feb, 19 at 10:44 am

            Thanks a lot! Will update once I get it!


  39. GMReddy
    GMReddy 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    Hi @SoanT:disqus

    I had visa interview on Jan 10 2019 at Hyd, this is my first H1B stamping after my masters. Very basic questions were asked like Major, University name, Employer, Client, Salary, location, status maintenance and also asked whether I have worked for any employer after my masters and current employer I said yes and mentioned the employer name. No slip was given and passport was taken by officer no documents were asked and said he is sending case for administrative processing will take 2 weeks or more. What are the chances of approval and how long will it take to process?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 10:04 am

      You should get your passport within 7-10 days.


      • GMReddy
        GMReddy 9 Feb, 19 at 10:02 am

        What are the chances of approval? What might be the reason for administrative processing even though basic questions were asked?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:12 am

          If they have kept your passport, then the chances of approval are 99%.
          Nobody can guess the reason if visa officer has told you.


          • GMReddy
            GMReddy 9 Feb, 19 at 10:43 am

            Thanks Anil. One last question, can I change my employer now as other employer is ready to transfer my visa when this was in administrative processing? Will this Administrative process impact on my new transfer?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 10 Feb, 19 at 12:27 pm

              I suggest to wait for result and do not add complexity to your case.
              The better way is to get visa stamped, travel to US and then file H1B transfer.


              • GMReddy
                GMReddy 11 Feb, 19 at 8:12 am

                Hi Anil,

                My case was last updated on 17th Jan but from then I haven’t heard any update. Normally I have seen in other cases the day after last updated date status got changed to issued in case of administrative processing but it wasn’t updated in my case.


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 11 Feb, 19 at 1:50 pm

                  Each case is different and can take its own time. There is no need to worry if no form 221(g) was issued. You will get the stamped passport soon.


  40. Santhosh
    Santhosh 27 Nov, 18 at 12:52 am

    Hi Anil / Other moderators, My wife attended visa interview today for H4 stamping (27th Nov 2018) at Chennai US Consulate and she was given 221g sheet (blue slip) for administrative processing. Her passport was not given back though. We are very worried on this situation. What is the normal processing time for administrative processing? She had previously F2 stamping. Pls advice.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 Nov, 18 at 9:04 am

      The official timeline that US embassy publishes is 8-10 weeks waiting time.
      But, usually, the admin processing can take anywhere between 7 days to a year.

      As per my opinion, in your case, you can expect a response in about a month.


      • Santhosh
        Santhosh 27 Nov, 18 at 9:58 am

        Thanks for your response. It is very unfortunate and we are worried..


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 27 Nov, 18 at 10:02 am

          I understand your concern and worries. Admin processing is a black hole where US embassy does not share any information at all.
          But, you have much better chances of approval as your passport has been kept.

          So, the chances are high that they just want to verify if you did not violate any status with F2 visa earlier. Once it is verified, you will get your H4 stamped. Don’t worry.


          • Santhosh
            Santhosh 27 Nov, 18 at 10:09 am

            Thanks.. That’s a relief.. The visa status in ceac website shows refused now.. Is it common for admin processing?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 27 Nov, 18 at 10:17 am

              Have you checked correctly? If it shows as ‘refused’ then, I am sorry to say but your visa has not been approved.
              Or does it say form 221g refusal or something like that?


              • Santhosh
                Santhosh 27 Nov, 18 at 10:42 am

                It says refused and please read the letter for instructions You received in the interview.. There is a check for admin processing in the 221g letter..

                The case number written on the letter is not active yet. I was able to check the status with the application number..


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 27 Nov, 18 at 11:05 am

                  ok..then it is not an actual refusal. This is just showing you that your visa has not been approved yet but have been issued a form 221(g) refusal.
                  They call form 221(g) as a refusal too. But, nothing to worry. Keep watching the status.


                  • Santhosh
                    Santhosh 27 Nov, 18 at 11:10 am

                    Thanks.. Appreciate your time.. It is such a relief to get your advice during this tough situation..


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 27 Nov, 18 at 11:28 am

                      You are welcome.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 27 Nov, 18 at 10:20 am

              The current status should probably show as this:

              “Your application remains refused under Section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act for administrative processing. U.S. immigration law requires that additional steps be completed in some cases before a file can be advanced for adjudicative review.

              The Department of State is continuously working to expedite visas. Please be assured that we will contact you as soon as your case is processed to conclusion. You can also check the status of your visa online at: https://ceac.state.gov/CEAC/.”

              Do you see this same status?
              If yes, then no need to worry. This is normal wording for form 221(g) admin processing.

              See this example where this person got his visa approved after a month waiting in admin processing:
              http://disq.us/p/1xf67ch


  41. Anil Gupta
    Anil Gupta 16 Nov, 18 at 7:01 am

    This response means that you have been issued a form 221(g) with no documents to submit.

    This is new information. Are you sure that visa officer told you ”visa approved” after the visa interview?

    If visa officer did say Visa approved and now they have issued form 221(g), the delay could be longer.

    Assuming your passport is still with embassy, the official timeline is about 6-8 weeks of wait.


    • abc
      abc 16 Nov, 18 at 9:53 am

      @SoanT:disqus : Thank you for the response. Yes I am 100% sure. VO told me that you would receive your passport in 10 business days instead of 5 since they need to update in the system that I have completed my masters degree from USA. She also told not to worry since this is for everyone and its common.

      Please advise


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 16 Nov, 18 at 9:58 am

        Well, looks like they did not tell about 221(g) as they do not need any documents from you.
        This case is also normal these days and normally takes about 7-14 working days to resolve but there is no guarantee that it will.
        It may take longer than that too.


      • abc
        abc 16 Nov, 18 at 9:58 am

        @SoanT:disqus I also called Department of State in US (202-485-7600) now and they told me that your case in under AP. This AP is under 221g which comes by default for all AP.

        I am really confused now


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 16 Nov, 18 at 10:02 am

          Don’t be confused. Its just that they will take some more time to process your visa as they are validating something in the background.
          Do you re-call anything that may have sounded fishy to visa officer?

          Like in the example given in above article, the person did not tell about one of the address that he lived at and then Visa officer wanted to verify the identity before issuing visa.

          My guess is that they are trying to validate your F1 status and university credentials.


          • abc
            abc 16 Nov, 18 at 10:14 am

            @SoanT:disqus : Thank you for the quick responses. My interview went for like 2-3 minutes and the questions asked were:
            Salary – explained
            Job duties – explained
            Current company – explained in 2-3 lines about what it does
            Were you on OPT with this company? – I said No. I changed my employer. I worked on OPT with my previous employer
            College Name and Graduation – explained
            Probably 1-2 more questions which I don’t remember but they were very basic

            She was very cordial, friendly and after these questions told me – Visa approved and should receive your passport within 10 business days.

            Do you think I should send an email to them and explain them about my master degree and my previous employer when I was on OPT with them?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 16 Nov, 18 at 10:20 am

              You cannot send them email directly. In the case above, US employer’s attorney sent an email explaining what the candidate may have missed to explain in the interview.

              Talk to your employer’s attorney if they have the access and can send it for you.


              • abc
                abc 16 Nov, 18 at 10:25 am

                @SoanT:disqus : My employer hired an external attorney for my H1B and she doesn’t do stamping when I asked her a month back before travelling to India. Do you have any recommendation?

                I also checked with my University International Student Services and they said they were not contacted and there’s no update in SEVIS as I am no longer on F1 visa. SEVIS was auto completed on Oct 1st, 2017


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 16 Nov, 18 at 10:35 am

                  I do not have any specific recommendation for any attorney but you can ask your H1B attorney itself if they can help here.

                  Otherwise, you can contact Reddy & Neuman (https://www.rnlawgroup.com/individuals). They might be able to help.


                  • abc
                    abc 16 Nov, 18 at 11:54 am

                    @SoanT:disqus : Thank you for the recommendation. Do you think I should wait before contacting attorney as I have seen few people were told the exact same thing? Some of them got stamping in about 10 business days however few are still waiting.

                    Please advise


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 16 Nov, 18 at 12:25 pm

                      I always suggested to have patience but given your eagerness, i think it would be difficult for you to wait 🙂
                      These cases resolve on their own and attorney might not even be able to help at all.


                    • abc
                      abc 16 Nov, 18 at 12:38 pm

                      hahahahaha. I will actually wait and hoping to get my passport back soon. Its just difficult to convince employer to wait for a long time unfortunately


                    • abc
                      abc 23 Nov, 18 at 1:11 am

                      @SoanT:disqus : My status got updated on Wed and got issued yesterday. It took exactly 1 month. Interview date: 22nd Oct and issued on 21st Nov


                    • abc
                      abc 23 Nov, 18 at 1:54 am

                      @SoanT:disqus : Thank you for all the help, suggestions and advice.


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 23 Nov, 18 at 10:43 am

                      You are welcome. I am glad that I could help you.
                      Do share the blog with your friends if they need help.


                    • abc
                      abc 23 Nov, 18 at 11:41 am

                      @SoanT:disqus : Sure will do


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 23 Nov, 18 at 10:39 am

                      Congratulations. Better late than never, as somebody has rightly said.
                      Welcome to America 🙂


                    • A_Narv
                      A_Narv 26 Nov, 18 at 6:58 am

                      abc: congratulations

                      What time of the day did the status change ??


  42. abc
    abc 13 Nov, 18 at 12:16 pm

    Hi All,

    I gave my H1B stamping interview on 22nd Oct and VO said the visa is approved and no form was given. I was also told that you will received your passport back in 10 instead of 5 business days since I have completed my masters from USA and they need to update the system to reflect that. Today is 15h business day and its still under “Administrative Processing”. Can suggestion would be greatly appreciated?

    Thanks in advance


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 13 Nov, 18 at 12:34 pm

      Be assured that your visa is approved. It just takes longer than usual to do some admin verification.
      You will get your passport soon.


      • abc
        abc 13 Nov, 18 at 12:56 pm

        Thank you Anil for the response. Really appreciate it


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 13 Nov, 18 at 1:12 pm

          You are welcome. Just don’t worry and relax.


          • abc
            abc 13 Nov, 18 at 1:17 pm

            @SoanT:disqus : My office wants to know when I will be back to the states. I have already delayed my flight by a week. Don’t want to reschedule it further as it might have an impact on my job too.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 13 Nov, 18 at 1:21 pm

              I understand but nobody can do anything about this situation. Not even your employer can do anything. So, the only way to pass this stressful time is by doing some other work. Nothing is in your hand at this time.


              • abc
                abc 13 Nov, 18 at 1:26 pm

                @SoanT:disqus : I agree. Thank you for the advice


                • abc
                  abc 15 Nov, 18 at 12:18 pm

                  @SoanT:disqus : do you think it can take even 60 days as my case is under AP?


                  • Anil Gupta
                    Anil Gupta 15 Nov, 18 at 12:22 pm

                    Normally, if you are NOT issued any paper form 221(g), then the process is fast and it does not take much time.
                    This seems to be your case.

                    I don’t think it will take 60 days for your case. You should get it anytime now.
                    I think it is delayed probably due to holiday season.


                    • abc
                      abc 15 Nov, 18 at 12:33 pm

                      @SoanT:disqus : Got it. Thank you Anil. But I also ready somewhere that they are taking more time for people who have moved from F1 to H1B visa. Is that true?


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 15 Nov, 18 at 12:37 pm

                      I cannot comment on what people write on internet. Most of the time, it is more of rumor than substance.
                      The more you read, the more you get scared. It is same as each pain in your body points to cancer, if you do diagnosis on internet.

                      My suggestion is to relax and there is nothing unusual with your case.


                    • abc
                      abc 15 Nov, 18 at 12:40 pm

                      @SoanT:disqus : Got it. Appreciate your help on the matter.


                    • abc
                      abc 16 Nov, 18 at 1:42 am

                      @SoanT:disqus : I sent an invite to US embassy and this is the response I received from them:

                      Your application remains refused under Section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act for administrative processing. U.S. immigration law requires that additional steps be completed in some cases before a file can be advanced for adjudicative review.

                      Please advise. Appreciate your help and quick response. Sorry for multiple queries on the same matter


                    • abc
                      abc 14 Jan, 19 at 9:49 am

                      @SoanT:disqus :

                      This is the email response I received from New Delhi US Embassy this morning. Can we infer anything on this?

                      Thank you for your email inquiry.

                      Your application remains refused under Section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act for administrative processing. U.S. immigration law requires that additional steps be completed in some cases before a file can be advanced for adjudicative review.

                      The Department of State is continuously working to expedite visas. Please be assured that we will contact you as soon as your case is processed to conclusion. You can also check the status of your visa online at: https://ceac.state.gov/CEAC/.

                      Please advise. Appreciate all your help and quick responses


  43. A_Narv
    A_Narv 9 Nov, 18 at 1:14 am

    Hi All,

    I have attended the H1B Visa interview on 30-Oct-2018 in Mumbai and VO said the visa is approved. I did not get any forms from the VO. I still haven’t received my passport and the status is “Administrative Processing” . I was working on my OPT with my employer. Its been more than 7 days now

    Is there any suggested action? Should I contact support or play the waiting game? I had my flight scheduled for 13th November and I am not sure if I will be able to get my passport by that time.

    Thanks a lot in advance for help.


    • A_man
      A_man 9 Nov, 18 at 4:47 am

      Hi – I am in the same boat. I appeared for the interview on Oct 31st and the VO said that the visa is approved and kept my passport saying I will get it back within 7 business days and there has been no update so far other than Administrative Processing since Oct 31.


      • A_man
        A_man 9 Nov, 18 at 4:49 am

        My visa interview was in Delhi.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Nov, 18 at 8:46 am

          Hi A_Man,
          Do not worry. You will get your passport within 7-10 working days. It is normal these days.


          • A_man
            A_man 17 Nov, 18 at 4:07 am

            Hi @SoanT:disqus – I got my visa issued the 9th business day and received passport 2 days after. To anybody waiting, keep checking for your status update date on CEAC, for my the date got updated (status stayed at AP only) but the next day status changed to issued.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 17 Nov, 18 at 7:39 am

              Congratulations @A_man
              So, my suggested timeline works 🙂
              Welcome to America.


            • A_Narv
              A_Narv 18 Nov, 18 at 9:31 am

              Congratulations A_man. Can you tell me when did you have your interview ?? my status is still AP , its 11 business days.


              • A_Narv
                A_Narv 18 Nov, 18 at 9:37 am

                A_man : Got it , now I read the complete thread. Just hoping to get it this coming week


      • A_Narv
        A_Narv 12 Nov, 18 at 9:56 am

        Hello A_man,

        My status is still the same. let me know if there are any updates to your case.


        • A_man
          A_man 13 Nov, 18 at 4:23 am

          Hi A_Narv – My status is still the same too.


          • abc
            abc 15 Nov, 18 at 11:48 am

            @A_man and @A_Narv: Any update?


            • A_Narv
              A_Narv 17 Nov, 18 at 4:12 am

              No updates, same status AP


              • abc
                abc 19 Nov, 18 at 3:57 am

                Thank you. Please keep me posted and I will let you know if I see any update on my same as well


                • abc
                  abc 23 Nov, 18 at 1:53 am

                  @A_Narv: My status got updated and passport was issued yesterday


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Nov, 18 at 8:44 am

      Hi A_Narv,
      Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do except waiting at this time.
      ‘Admin processing’ with Visa approved usually takes about 7-10 working days to finish.

      You should expect your passport soon. Calculate the working days to get an estimate.


      • A_Narv
        A_Narv 12 Nov, 18 at 9:54 am

        Thank you for your response.


      • A_Narv
        A_Narv 20 Nov, 18 at 11:35 pm

        @@SoanT:disqus : Its already 13 Business days for my case. Do you suggest any action to be taken from my end other than waiting 😛

        Thanks a lot in advance


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 21 Nov, 18 at 12:20 am

          You can’t do anything other than waiting.


  44. Priyaranjan
    Priyaranjan 25 Oct, 18 at 6:31 am

    Hi All,

    I have attended the Visa interview on 23-Oct-2018 in Hyderabad and received 221G white form to submit additional documents. I am curious about whether my Visa is approved or not, as they returned my passport after interview.

    Documents to submit:

    1) End client letter
    2) W2s
    3) Pay stubs

    I have never been to USA and this would be my first visit to USA. Hence, W2 forms and USA Pay stubs will not be applicable to me. but i attach my Indian Pay stubs for 2017 and 2018 till date and IT returns of my employment in India for the assessment year 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.

    Anyone in the same situation.

    Anticipating your response on this. Thank you.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Oct, 18 at 7:26 am

      Your visa has neither been rejected not approved at this time.
      Once you submit the documents, they will analyze your application again and take a decision.

      1. End Client letter – You have to get it from your client mentioned in H1B application
      2. W2 – yes, you can use Indian Income Tax returns.
      3. Pay Stubs – Yes, you can use Indian Pay Slips.


      • Priyaranjan
        Priyaranjan 25 Oct, 18 at 9:41 am

        Thank you Anil for your response.
        How many days will take take this process to complete?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 25 Oct, 18 at 9:56 am

          There is no fixed time limit. But, it usually take about 8-10 weeks. It can be less or more too and varies by case to case.


  45. Raysoflight
    Raysoflight 5 Sep, 18 at 12:59 pm

    Hi – I attended Hyd Embassy for H1 renewal on Aug 16 and the VO after asking some general questions mentioned your Visa is issued. Its been almost three weeks and the status on CEAC continues to be Admin processing. Any one in the same situation?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 5 Sep, 18 at 1:08 pm

      I have heard the same from many people recently. But, sooner or later they are getting their passport with H1B stamp. No need to worry.
      Not sure why they are delaying so much but looks like they are just trying to do extra vetting behind the scenes as per Trump’s order.

      Extra vetting means that they are trying to see if the employer has committed any fraud or not and the job offer is genuine or not.


      • Raysoflight
        Raysoflight 6 Sep, 18 at 3:52 am

        Thank for the response Anil. Its strange because I have been with the same employer non-consulting for over 8 years and the last extensions went just fine …. its frustrating after being told the visa is issued


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 6 Sep, 18 at 4:10 am

          Yes, I can understand. But, that’s how things are with current political scenario.
          In-fact, as per recent USCIS order, each H1B extension is treated and evaluated as a new H1B application.

          There are people who’s same H1B that was approved 3 years ago has been denied now, with no change in job details.
          That’s a different matter.
          You are way past that step.

          You will get the stamped passport soon.


  46. sk
    sk 23 Aug, 18 at 11:45 am

    HI – i appeared for H1 visa in Hyd embassy on Aug 1st and the VO said approved. No status change as of today and i had my return tickets for 23rd which I had to cancel. its been 3 weeks and no update in the status. please advise.


    • NP
      NP 28 Aug, 18 at 8:04 am

      Did you get your passport ? Any update ?


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 28 Aug, 18 at 8:31 am

        Hi NK,
        I am also waiting to hear from SK. I hope he shares his experience soon.


        • sk
          sk 4 Sep, 18 at 5:10 am

          Hi Anil – No update as of today. Its been 4 weeks already and had to cancel my flight tickets and kind of worried. No status update as well.


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 4 Sep, 18 at 5:17 am

            Thanks SK for the update. Looks like there are delays with quite a number of applications.
            But, there is no need to worry if your visa was approved. It is just a matter of time and you will get it.


            • sk
              sk 4 Sep, 18 at 6:54 am

              Hi Anil – one more quick question. I have plans of travel to the West African countries as part of my job and i am planning to request my passport from the embassy and travel. Is it possible to attend the interview there for H1 stamping while my case is still under administrative processing in India? Please advise


              • Anil Gupta
                Anil Gupta 4 Sep, 18 at 7:01 am

                I would NOT suggest to apply for another H1 stamping outside India while one is pending with US embassy in India. You can certainly apply but it is NOT going to help or expedite your case.
                Its better to keep things sorted out and at one US embassy.


                • sk
                  sk 4 Sep, 18 at 7:05 am

                  Thanks Anil. But I can travel right?


                  • Anil Gupta
                    Anil Gupta 4 Sep, 18 at 7:36 am

                    Yes, if you get your passport, you can travel.
                    But, you will need to submit your passport again for US visa stamping as and when US embassy clears your ‘admin processing’. You will get an email about it.


                    • NP
                      NP 4 Sep, 18 at 9:01 am

                      But how can we request passport from Embassy without completing the admin processing for current Visa stamp ?


          • sk
            sk 25 Sep, 18 at 10:32 am

            Hi Anil – Finally my visa got issued yesterday after 53 days wait. Below are my dates
            Aug 2nd- Attended interview at Hyd Embassy
            September 21- First update
            September 24- issued
            Waiting for my passport to arrive. its in transit now

            thanks all for your support and kind words

            Best wishes.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 25 Sep, 18 at 10:51 am

              Awesome. Congratulations. As they in Hindi or Urdu (not sure) : ‘der aaye par durust aaye’!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Aug, 18 at 8:31 am

      Hi SK,
      Not sure how i missed your comment. If you still need an advise, then my opinion is that there are delays in issuing visa at this time in the range of 15-20 days. I have spoken to many people and many of them have seen this delay even when Visa officer said ‘Visa Approved’.
      Unfortunately, there is no way to find more information about it.


  47. Sunil kumar Vytla
    Sunil kumar Vytla 13 Aug, 18 at 9:33 pm

    I have appeared to VISA on Aug 9th 2018 in Hyd consulate for F1 to H1B stamping. VO told my ViSA was approved but when I check my VISA status it says its under Admin Processing. Today is Aug 14th i.e 3rd working day. Still I didnt hear any response from them. Please help. I am scared . I have my return ticket on Aug 27th. Help plzz


  48. Sunil kumar Vytla
    Sunil kumar Vytla 13 Aug, 18 at 9:32 pm

    I have appeared to VISA on Aug 9th 2018 for F1 to H1B stamping. VO told my ViSA was approved but when I check my VISA status it says its under Admin Processing. Today is Aug 14th i.e 3rd working day. Still I didnt hear any response from them. Please help. I am scared . I have my return ticket on Aug 27th. Help plzz


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Aug, 18 at 7:49 am

      There is no need to be scared. Were you issued any form 221 (g) with any color paper?
      If no form 221(g) was issued, then it is normal processing. The ‘administrative processing’ simply means that they are working on your passport stamp.

      The normal processing time is 7-10 days. Don’t worry. You will get your passport and visa soon.


      • sunil kumar
        sunil kumar 15 Aug, 18 at 7:30 pm

        Thanks for your prompt reply. Nah, VO didnt issue any form. She clearly said my VISA was issued. I have appeared in hyd consulate, but ceac webiste says several weeks which is quite scary. The below is the status of my Visa. But passport tracker says “YOUR VISA IS STILL WITH US EMBASSY” . Its been already a week. Still no response from them 🙁

        Case Created: 07-Aug-2018
        Case Last Updated: 09-Aug-2018

        Your visa case is currently undergoing necessary administrative processing. This processing can take several weeks. Please follow any instructions provided by the Consular Officer at the time of your interview. If further information is needed, you will be contacted. If your visa application is approved, it will be processed and mailed/available within two business days.


      • sunil kumar
        sunil kumar 15 Aug, 18 at 8:37 pm

        Thanks for your prompt reply. Nah, she didnt issue anything. She clearly said my Visa was issued. But my only gripe is ,in CEAC website it says several weeks. Thats what it scares me. In passport tracker it shows “YOUR VISA IS STILL WITH US EMBASSY”. My interview happened on Aug 9th. Its already been a week. Fingers crossed. This is the status on Ceac website

        Case Created: 07-Aug-2018
        Case Last Updated: 09-Aug-2018

        Your visa case is currently undergoing necessary administrative processing. This processing can take several weeks. Please follow any instructions provided by the Consular Officer at the time of your interview. If further information is needed, you will be contacted. If your visa application is approved, it will be processed and mailed/available within two business days.
        For more information, please visit U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad.


      • sunil kumar
        sunil kumar 15 Aug, 18 at 8:38 pm

        Thanks for your prompt reply. Nah, she didnt issue anything. She clearly said my Visa was issued. But my only gripe is ,in CEAC website it says several weeks. Thats what it scares me. In passport tracker it shows “YOUR PASSPORT IS STILL WITH US EMBASSY”. My interview happened on Aug 9th. Its already been a week. Fingers crossed. This is the status on Ceac website

        Case Created: 07-Aug-2018
        Case Last Updated: 09-Aug-2018

        Your visa case is currently undergoing necessary administrative processing. This processing can take several weeks. Please follow any instructions provided by the Consular Officer at the time of your interview. If further information is needed, you will be contacted. If your visa application is approved, it will be processed and mailed/available within two business days.
        For more information, please visit U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad.


      • sunil kumar
        sunil kumar 15 Aug, 18 at 8:59 pm

        Thanks for your prompt reply. Nah, she didnt issue anything. She clearly said my Visa was issued. But my only gripe is ,in CEAC website it says several weeks. Thats what it scares me. In passport tracker it shows “YOUR PASSPORT IS STILL WITH US EMBASSY”. My interview happened on Aug 9th. Its already been a week. Fingers crossed. This is the status on Ceac website

        Case Created: 07-Aug-2018
        Case Last Updated: 09-Aug-2018

        Your visa case is currently undergoing necessary administrative processing. This processing can take several weeks. Please follow any instructions provided by the Consular Officer at the time of your interview. If further information is needed, you will be contacted. If your visa application is approved, it will be processed and mailed/available within two business days.
        For more information, please visit U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad.q


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 15 Aug, 18 at 9:40 pm

          Don’t worry. This is normal status. It happens with many people. It would be cleared in 7-10 days.


          • Ravi Kumar
            Ravi Kumar 16 Aug, 18 at 4:25 am

            Hi Anil,
            I was given no slip during the interview. It has been a week since I had my interview, and I do not see any update on the ceac site except for the same administrative processing thing. My fear is, I am working in the Information Security field and just came to know that it comes under the Technology Alert List (TAL). Since I was not given any 221G for TAL clearance, I am confused if my work triggered something or if is it a normal thing. If the system triggered me for TAL clearance, would I be flagged much before, that is during the interview ?

            Regards,
            Ravi.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 16 Aug, 18 at 7:16 am

              We can never guess what happened there. If they have to do some background checking, they will do it.
              I know people who’s passport goes for admin processing every-time they go for interview, even though the VO says ‘Visa approved’.
              But, in that case, they usually get their passport within 10 working days.


              • sunil kumar
                sunil kumar 20 Aug, 18 at 11:06 pm

                Still no change in update. Still it is showing admin processing. I have my return ticket on next monday. Loosing hopes and patience. Aug 9th was my interview. 15th, 17th and 18th are holidays tho.


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 21 Aug, 18 at 6:30 am

                  Well, hope is the only thing that you can hang on to.
                  Remember that your visa was approved.
                  So, it’s just a matter of time that you receive the visa and passport.
                  Admin processing process is like a black box and nobody knows how much time it will take.


                  • sunil kumar
                    sunil kumar 22 Aug, 18 at 7:46 pm

                    Well if you remember in the previous comments and in the actual article you have told us that admin processing without 221g form is a normal thing and we would get an passport in 7-10 days and in the previous comment you were telling its a blackbox. Looks like there is little bit contradiction keeping in mind that number of people may visit this article everyday. Just saying.


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 23 Aug, 18 at 7:40 am

                      Hi Sunil,
                      The ‘black box’ means that you do not get information about what is happening behind the curtain of ‘Admin Processing’.
                      In the above article, i have given you one real life example (with form 221(g) issued and how the attorney fast tracked it.

                      I am not sure how you feel that it is a contradiction. 7-10 days is average timing that i have said based on my interaction with many people. It varies with individual case and there is no data published officially by US embassy to get a real time span.

                      It is up-to you to believe it or not.


                    • sunil kumar
                      sunil kumar 29 Aug, 18 at 2:27 pm

                      Many Thanks to Anil and Ravi for answering my queries. My status changed to VISA Issued on the 9th Working day and got my passport on 10th working day.


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 29 Aug, 18 at 7:49 pm

                      Good to know Sunil. So, you finally got it within 7-10 days 🙂
                      All the best and enjoy. Have a safe trip to USA.


            • NP
              NP 30 Aug, 18 at 12:32 pm

              Hi Ravi,
              Did you get your passport ? Mine is still admin processing.


        • Ravi Kumar
          Ravi Kumar 16 Aug, 18 at 4:16 am

          Hi Sunil,
          I am in a similar situation. I had my interview on 9th of this month and still the status on ceac is “administrative processing”. Please let me know once you have any update. I will do the same.

          Thanks,
          Ravi.


          • sunil kumar
            sunil kumar 16 Aug, 18 at 7:49 am

            Hi Ravi Kumar,
            For which VISA did you appear and which consulate..?? Mine was F1 to H1B stamping and Hyd consulate on Aug 9th 09:30AM . I am also little bit tensed but as Anil said, we should be fine. Lets wait for next 72hrs. Only time will tell. Lets hope for the best. Fingers crossed.


            • Ravi Kumar
              Ravi Kumar 16 Aug, 18 at 8:06 am

              Sunil,

              Same Thing. F1 to H1B on August 9th at 9:30 AM in Hyderabad Consulate.

              Regards,
              Harshan.


              • sunil kumar
                sunil kumar 16 Aug, 18 at 8:09 am

                Ravi,
                If you are on whatsapp. Please message me at +14704477246


                • Ravi Kumar
                  Ravi Kumar 16 Aug, 18 at 10:43 pm

                  Sunil,
                  I saw this on the twitter handle of the US embassy, India. They are asking every-one to bring a copy of H1B. I think this is because their databases may not be up-to date and that is why it may be taking them greater than normal time to issue the visa.


                  • Anil Gupta
                    Anil Gupta 17 Aug, 18 at 6:54 am

                    That’s probably to avoid fraud. They anyway cannot give you visa simply on the basis of your i797 copy. US embassy has to verify it with USCIS about the H1B approval.


              • sunil kumar
                sunil kumar 16 Aug, 18 at 8:47 pm

                Hello Ravi

                Any update..? Did you try to call them..? This is getting ugly 🙁


    • NP
      NP 28 Aug, 18 at 8:05 am

      Any update on your case ? I am also in similar situation. attended on 7th Aug and still waiting for the passport. The VO told me that the visa is approved, but the site shows as administrative processing. No update till today.


  49. Habib Khan
    Habib Khan 8 Jul, 18 at 4:12 am

    I have applied for H1B visa First April 2018, My visa was approved but when i checked online still now it shows administrative processing. My petition will expire September 30, 2018. What should i do?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 8 Jul, 18 at 5:57 am

      Hi Habib,
      You cannot really do anything except to wait for the admin processing to get over.
      Why is your H1B petition date so close? Was it approved for smaller term?


      • Habib Khan
        Habib Khan 15 Jul, 18 at 3:35 am

        Lottery was happened in June 2016 and after that they issued RFE and finally they approved my application last year March. But due to the new rules and regulation from the Trump Government i was waiting for some convenient time then finally I have faced visa interview April 2018. Still now i am waiting for response… I don’t know when my waiting will be over…


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 15 Jul, 18 at 10:14 am

          I can understand the agony. But, that’s how it is. They do not share any more information about it.


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