Prior US visa is not annotated Clearance Received or Department Authorization

Anil Gupta  24 Feb, 19      4  USA

Find if your prior visa is Annotated Clearance Received?

For DS 160 – Prior visa annotated question, check your visa stamp (foil) in your passport for this text:

  1. Clearance Received OR
  2. Department Authorization

If you do have this text, then you have to answer Yes to this question on DS-160 form or while checking Dropbox facility.

Sample H1B visa “Clearance Received” Annotation on Passport stamp

Check this H1B visa stamp issued with ‘CLEARANCE RECEIVED’ Annotation.

DS 160 H1B visa clearance received annotated
DS 160 H1B visa clearance received annotated

Visa stamping Dropbox Clearance Received Annotation

If you are applying for a new visa stamp like H1B from same or new employer, but your last visa foil in passport has this annotation, you are NOT eligible for Dropbox facility.

The same holds true for all visa types like B1/B2, L1/L2, H4 etc.

Why “Clearance received” is written on Visa?

When your visa stamp is issued after 221(g) admin processing, you will find “Clearance Received” or “Department Authorization” written on your visa which means that US embassy contacted USCIS or other security agency to check on your name for more details.

There is nothing to worry about this text on visa as it simply means that US embassy did some extra background checks on your name. It can happen with anyone.

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  1. I received 221g last time but my H1B visa do not have “Clearance received”. Am I eligible for drop box ?

    • Anil Gupta   23 Feb, 19 at 6:25 pm

      Are you sure? Check again if anything else like ‘Department Authorized’ or ‘Admin processing’ is written on most recent visa stamp.


      • I am sure. Double checked. Last time I went for drop box but called for interview with 221g blue slip. Went for interview with required documents and again issued 221g during interview and returned passport. Waited 2 weeks to receive email to submit passport. Then visa was issued.


        • If there is nothing written on the visa stamp explicitly, then you are good to go ahead and book dropbox for yourself. You are lucky 🙂