US Visa Annotated Clearance Received or Department Authorization

Prior visa is annonated clearance received or Department authorization when visa stamp is issued after 221g Admin processing. Ineligible for dropbox.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  26 Nov, 19


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.

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.


   5 Useful Questions & Answers from comments

  1. Avnish Bhargav
    Avnish Bhargav 26 Nov, 19 at 2:52 am

    I was issued B1/B2 Visa in 2008 but it does not state anything about clearance. It only has Annotation word written. I am applying for visa again as earlier got expired. Please advise

  2. AMEEN
    AMEEN 23 Feb, 19 at 5:41 pm

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

    • Anil Gupta
      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.

      • ameen
        ameen 23 Feb, 19 at 6:56 pm

        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.

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 24 Feb, 19 at 12:09 am

          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 ๐Ÿ™‚