Check the Status of Your Visa Online – CEAC Status Check

Introducing the new CEAC Status Check. We hope you find it helpful.

Applicants for both immigrant visas and nonimmigrant visas can now check the status of their visa cases online by visiting the CEAC launch page (https://ceac.state.gov/CEAC/) and using the new CEAC Status Check.

To use the CEAC Status Check, you just need to enter your CEAC Barcode and the interview location for NIV cases and the case number for IV cases.  The check will return one of the following statuses.

CEAC Status Report

CEAC Status Report

STATUSES FOR NIV APPLICANTS

- No Status: 

If you have submitted your online nonimmigrant visa application (DS-160), it has not yet been processed into the visa system.  At some locations, your application will remain in this status until you appear for an interview or until your application is ready for review.   Please see the embassy or consulate’s website for information on the next steps required for visa processing.

- Ready: 

Your case is open and ready for your interview, fingerprints, and required documents. If you have already had your interview, please check your status after two business days.  If no interview was required, please check back in two business days for the status of your application.

- Administrative Processing: 

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.

- Issued: 

Your visa is in final processing. If you have not received it in more than 10 working days, please see the webpage for contact information of the embassy or consulate where you submitted your application.

- Refused: 

The case has been refused for a reason other than those listed in Administrative Processing.

STATUSES FOR IV APPLICANTS

- Ready: 

Your case is ready for your interview when scheduled at the U.S. Consular section.  If you have already scheduled an appointment for an interview, please prepare your documents as directed in your appointment letter and appear at the consulate on the appointed date and time.  Otherwise, please wait until you have been notified of your interview appointment.  Additional information about how Immigrant Visa interview appointments are scheduled can be found at:  http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_3731.html

- Administrative Processing: 

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.  Under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, Immigrant Visas for “Diversity Visas” cannot be issued after September 30th of the year in which you were selected to apply for a Diversity Visa.  For example, entrants into the Diversity Visa Program in Fall of 2011 were selected for  Diversity Visa 2012 Program, and selectees MUST apply and receive their visa prior to September 30, 2012 otherwise they lose eligibility to receive a Diversity Immigrant Visa, regardless of additional administrative processing.

In addition, please note that some immigrant visas may not be able to be issued  if the annual numerical limit for that category has been reached.

- Issued: 

Your visa has been printed.  Depending on local procedures at the location where you were interviewed, your visa will be mailed or available for pickup soon.  If there are further questions, or if we need updated contact information, you will be contacted.

- Expired: 

You have been notified that your registration for an immigrant visa was cancelled, and any petition approved on your behalf was also cancelled.  We informed you that your application might be reinstated if, within one year, you could establish that your failure to pursue your immigrant visa application was due to circumstances beyond your control.

Since you have failed to do so, the record of your registration and any petition approved on your behalf and all supporting documents have been destroyed; any Department of Labor certification has been returned to your prospective employer.

If you are still interested in obtaining an immigrant visa, the petitioner should contact the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regarding filing a new immigrant visa petition.

- Expiring Soon: 

Section 203(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act requires that your registration be canceled and any petition approved on your behalf canceled, if you do not apply for your immigrant visa within one year of being advised to do so.

You were advised of this requirement over 1 year ago, but we have not received a response from you since then.  As a result, your application for a visa has been canceled and any petition approved on your behalf has also been canceled.

Your application may be reinstated and any petition revalidated if, within one year, you can establish that your failure to pursue your immigrant visa application was due to circumstances beyond your control.  Please provide a written statement to the Embassy or Consulate outlining the circumstances beyond your control and noting that you still wish to pursue this visa petition.  

- Return to NVC: 

Your case has been returned to the National Visa Center (NVC). Please contact NVC for further information.  http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_3177.html
- Transfer in Progress: 

Your Immigrant Visa case has been transferred to another U.S. Consular office.  You should check back for your case status at a later date.

-  Refused:  Case has been Closed – Refused.

Please see the letter you received at your interview for more information.

56 thoughts on “Check the Status of Your Visa Online – CEAC Status Check

  1. Hi, I came across this blog and found the link to the CEAC Status Check very helpful. Although we are not inquiring on the status of a pending visa from KL, this blog is more informative than some other DOS sites. I have two questions though. First, how often is the CEAC Status Check site updated? Second, do all cases start or go through Administrative Processing? I ask this because I would like to know how up-to-date the status results are. In the particular case I’m interested in, the applicant had the interview on Friday, December 28, 2012, and was not told the case was being put in Administrative Processing, However, the status check returns a status of Administrative Processing. We expect the visa to be issued fairly soon according to the events of the interview, Does the status always say Administrative Processing between the interview and issuance? Any insight would be appreciated as we did not expect the application to go into Administrative Processing status.

  2. Thanks for your comment. The status results are up-to-date and reflect the current status of a case. Currently the system lists all cases that require any form of processing or additional action after the interview and before the issuance of the visa as being in “Administrative Processing.”

    1. Hi guys,

      My wife attended F-2 non immigrant visa interview (Hyderabad)on DEC 28, 2012 and visa was approved but we didn’t passport yet, we are checking the visa status in CEAC website it’s showing up as “under adminstrative processing”. guys please help me in this how long it will take to get passport.

      1. Hi Vin: Administrative processing varies on a case-by-case basis. It isn’t possible to say how long it will take for your wife to receive her passport. If you have any concerns then please contact The U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad.

    2. Hi guys,
      I had my immigrant Visa Interview on November 26, 2012 for US VISA in Mumbai Embassy/ Consulate and status of the Visa is ( CR1). After the interview, the visa officer kept me on hold for additional documents and issued me a white 221(G) hand out. I have submitted the documents on Decem 3, 2012. Then on January 14, I got an email from the US Visa Application Center, (Mumbai/ Bombay) that your documents and Passport ( Passport Number H2804901) is ready for pick up from the desired location. I have collected my documents on January 15, 2013 but I got back my passport only without visa and again they issued me a white 221(G) handout mentioned that administrative processing is incomplete, so as soon as they will complete the case, they will let me know.
      I had my interview but still it is showing status as Ready in the CEAC site but last updated date on Jan 23, 2013.

      What does Ready means? Nobody till now didn’t gave me the reply properly. Please help me

      1. I have a similar situation now. My family attended an Immigrant Visa Interview in Mumbai on March 26th 2013. We were given a white 221 g handout and I submitted the required documents on 1st april 2013 at OFC hyderabad. The VISA status on CEAC website was administrative Processing on 2nd april 2013. On 10th april 2013 it changed to READY. Could you please help me with this.

        What happened to your further processing. DID you have an interview again if possible call me at 09849589573

  3. Thanks for putting up this informative website. I hope you can throw some insight on NIV case status date updates. I was asked to provide additional documents before being issued the visa. I did submit the documents on the same day as my interview date (10 dec). My case till a day back showed the status update date as the date of interview/document submission date (10 dec). From yesterday, it has been updated to Jan 4 but still under administrative processing. Can you help me understand how one should interpret this change in date?

    Unfortunately, my travel dates are in next week and I am anxious if I will get the visa before that or should I change the dates. Keeping fingers crossed.

    Thanks for your help.

    1. Hi Curious,

      Just curious did u end up getting your visa?

      I am in the same situation as you. Currently status date has been updated to 18th January. Hoping you had a positive outcome.

      K

      1. Hi mr-k

        I also have been waiting since feb13th in AP and only had my status date updated to may 10th. Could you share if you had a positive response since the update and if it meant anything positive?

        Adam

    2. Can you (Curious) please share your experience “what happened after the status date get updated to Jan 4?” because I have same scenario

      Thanks for reply!!!

      MAX

      1. I also have been waiting since feb13th in AP and only had my status date updated to may 10th. Could you share if you had a positive response since the update and if it meant anything positive?

  4. Thank you aalegal for asking the same question that is going through my wife and I’s mind. OUr pending visa is also not from KL but i wanted to thanks both of you for posting and also this blog which is most informative then anything else I have found. Thanks again.

  5. what does it mean when you created date and status update date are the same? and it still says Administrative Processing. 5 months now, still waiting. :(

    1. hey I have interviewed already on 28th of FEB and still it is in administrative processing..did u get visa within one week ?from which country did u apply for a visa ?

  6. Hi..my visa case was transferred to another US consulate.I want to ask what will happen next?Does it mean that im refused to have a visa?

    1. hi sam, we have the same case. mine was transferred too but this time i received my appointment letter then it was transferred. i want to know what happened to your case? thanks. will appreciate your respond.

  7. My wife attended the visa interview on April , 01 2013 for J-2. They did not check her documents or anything and just gave her 221g. Now it has been more than 10 days and CEAC site is still showing the same “AP”. Normally , J2 people get it very fast , being a dependent visa. I dont now what is goin on. Is somebody else sailing in the same boat…

  8. My first interview attended in chennai on 10th nov 2011 and my case was put in ap and i was eligible to apply for i-601 waiver application and my husband (petitioner) filed it in usa pheonix lock box after 5 months my i-601 waiver application was approved then a notice to mumbai consulate was send for further visa process then a white 221g letter send me asking to bring some requested documents and appear directly to consulate for second interview and i attended my immigrant visa interview on 8th feb 2013 and i was approved my immigrant visa application and told that you will recieve ur passport along with ur visa within two working days but i still didnt recieve my passport when i send emails to support-india@ustraveldocs.com they send mail that ur case is pending under 221g now iam confused and case is updatiing on website ceac.state.gov and it is showing ready iam confuse fort everything wat happening its already 70days from my visa interview how much time i should wait for my passport and visa will i issue my visa or not i was given my alien number and told to pay $165 after sucessful visa interview but y case under administrative process please give reply how much more time shall i wait it is very frustating to me to wait so long pleasr reply me please will they contact me but when and wat process is being done by consuate and wat review iam not ghetting it please help me please

  9. Sir I submitted my f4 file document at ofc center mumbai 4 months back. Ceac website shows status ADMINISTRATIVE processing. But now shows READY my interview, fingerprint everything done before 8 months.my re medical also done before 1 month. Now what is meant by READY word.please send reply

  10. my parents give interview.consular need some documents which we wll submitted now my father case is ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSING and my mother case is READY 4 interview.what is mean ready 4 interviewwww

    1. i have the same promblem went for interview on 1 octoberwith my two children asked to send documents received and now my case shows issued but my kids under administrative proccess what does this mean anyone going throuhg the same its soo frustrating.

  11. Your visa case is currently undergoing necessary administrative processing. This processing can take several weeks.

    Quanto tempo leva o processo administrativo?

  12. I did my passport renew in new york. Now, my application status says , ” ready for collection” My question is that I am living in ohio not in NY. Do they send my documents through mail or do I have to go consulate in Ny and only pick up personally?… sorry I am so confused and I need my passport as soon as possible. Please someone help me out.

  13. we appeared for visa interview in mumbai on 23 march 2012,they giave us 221g paper & asked to submit our passport with them,but we told them as we not lived now in india,already worked i & stayed in QATAR then counsellor told us that we informed you ,no need to comeback india you send your passport from there to your relatives & they submit to vfs
    we received letter from embassy in may 2012 & we submitted the blood relation affidavit & passport again as per thier requirement to vfs,ahmedabad,they told us within 7 days you will received your passport back but
    they return our passport after 9 months & wrote that still your administration process continue when it will done we inform you,please let me know because in march 2013 we complete one year as they wrote in the 221g paper if you not submit the required document within one year your application will cancelled but they did not ask any document to us & still process continue since 9 months
    on website they told after 60 days you can enquire about your status but no body reply how much time will they still wants to take,please inform me on
    tanisha_shah2004@yahoo,com
    Many Thanks,
    Kamal

  14. What does it mean? if my case status show like this

    Your case is ready for your interview when scheduled at the U.S. Consular section. If you have already scheduled an appointment for an interview, please prepare your documents as directed in your appointment letter and appear at the consulate on the appointed date and time. Otherwise, please wait until you have been notified of your interview appointment. Additional information about how Immigrant Visa interview appointments are scheduled can be found at: http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_3731.html

  15. hi guys , i jst want to knw that my family has been interveiwd at Isl embassy . our passports has been sumbited to councel 1month ago . im really worried that 6 membr of my family in which 5 of them status is “ready” and one of them are coming at AP. i have mailed the US emabbsy for this conern they usally says plzz wait atleast 4weeks .its almost 5 weeks i didnt get any respond :( and the status is still on AP . im really worried :(

  16. IV
    status updated date 19feb2013
    - Issued:

    Your visa has been printed. Depending on local procedures at the location where you were interviewed, your visa will be mailed or available for pickup soon. If there are further questions, or if we need updated contact information, you will be contacted.
    they just give me 2 weeks time and now is more then two weeks and i m still waiting.My interview date is 6 may and now is 22 june. I Lost my one year extenion latter any body now about this plz help me

  17. hey,, there are two type of issued what does they mean..??

    my status is

    Your visa is in final processing. If you have not received it in more than 10 working days, please see the webpage for contact information of the embassy or consulate where you submitted your application.

    what does it means?? am i approved or not??

    1. I have a k1 application and now my status says the same . My fiance passed his interview in Islamabad and was givin no refusal form but they told him that he will get his passport soon . About 7-10 days . I will find out on the 10th if he received his passport with his visa inside .

  18. I have taken my interview yesterday (3rd July) at Hyderabad consulate and Interviewer took my passport and placed it in the bin and didn’t say anything or give any slip ….now my Visa status when i check online its Administrative processing…i am worried.

  19. hi,
    I am from Pakistan.I wouldnot know whether you can answer my problem or not but since there were querries from India as such thought why not try my luck here .there is no such site of USEmbassy in Islamabad.
    my interview and medical tests were held on 12 apr 2012.since then my case is under ‘adm processing’.despite the time given to sort out issue is 60 days.
    I am 73 years old and would like to join my son and daughter [both US citizens] in USA.it is traditional in eastern families to fall back on son in their old age .both of my children are very well educated and well off financially .moreso I am not going to do any job there.
    I fail to understand why so much delay in processing ?.
    please do reply .

    KHALID RASHID
    ISL 2008767002

  20. Hi Every One !

    I was interviewed on 29th January 2013 in US Embassy Islamabad. Visa Officer took my passport and put into proceedings. On the site of CEAC my case was “PENDING” till one month. Later on it was updated as “NO STATUS”. I sent 2 web based E-mails. In reply they said it is in Administrative Processing. Its 6th month is continued and no change happening in my case status.

    Please guide me, is it normal duration or it is a matter of concern now ???????? I am bit depressed and worried now.

    Please share your knowledge…………………………….

  21. Hello all my Fiance went to his interview yesterday in Haiti. for the k1 fiancée visa. The CO told him he was not eligible because he feels that our relationship is not legit. no extra evidence ask he was given 221g white paper please help us. Is theres anyway way of me the petioner can appeal this matter.. can I request another interview for me to be present?

  22. IMMIGRANT VISA APPLICATION
    Issued
    Immigrant Visa Case Number: JRS
    Case Creation Date: 26-Mar-2013
    Status Updated Date: 02-Aug-2013

    Your visa has been printed. Depending on local procedures at the location where you were interviewed, your visa will be mailed or available for pickup soon. If there are further questions, or if we need updated contact information, you will be contacted.

    For more information, please visit TRAVEL.STATE.GOV. I have not received a passport now, with the passage of a 18-day Are there problems or loyalty

  23. Your visa has been printed. Depending on local procedures at the location where you were interviewed, your visa will be mailed or available for pickup soon. If there are further questions, or if we need updated contact information, you will be contacted.

    For more information, please visit TRAVEL.STATE.GOV. I have not received a passport now, with the passage of a 18-day Are there problems or loyalty

    Reply

  24. Hi I have been to the interviewat new delhi ( India ) aNd officer told me that your visa is approved and day before yesterday but ceac status still says ready. and now in ustravel docs its says that NVC scheduled appointmenet at Mumbai I don’t understand please do let me know ? when is going to be cEAC status updated

  25. Thanks to everyone for your comments and reading the blog. Unfortunately, we cannot comment on individual cases or cases being handled in other countries. We wish everyone a speedy resolution to their situations and we will continue to try and provide helpful information.

  26. Thnx for your reply but i got this(At NVC) status for IMMIGRANT VISA(F4 category brother sister visa). I already sent ds-230 form and visa fees and others papers with police verification certificate. And after sent, i got this status. So please describe me in details about my status and what i have to do.

  27. hi everybody,
    i would love to know that if i apply for visit visa in usa. after my interview could i be able to know exactly that i have got visa or not on online? it means before i collect passport can i see online that u have got visa or not?

    please help me with this question.please anyone reply with correct answer,,,,plz plz

  28. hi , thanks for everyone for their great opinon and comment, even advices. could anyone tell me that after interview, is it possible to know online that i have got visa or not? or they will mailed me that i have got visa or i havent got visa.
    please reply me
    thanks in advanc

  29. Hi guys I really want to know how long it takes to get out of this AP and what is the way out? I have an appointment with my congresman next week am really frustrated and depressed I don’t know what to say or do. Am really stressed out .

  30. Hi my husband had interview on march 14 /2013 . during the interview time the consulate office told him u will get your visa 4 to 6 month now it’s complete 6 month we r still waiting for his visa .his case is still administrate prossing . I have little 2 kids I need my husband sport .i can’t take care of my kids alone . please any one can help me what should I do now . worried about his case

  31. i had my interview on july 29 and have been in administrative since them however this haven’t been updated in 20 day and i dont know what to do or expect. Can any one give me some information on what to do plz.

  32. Hi everyone, I had my K1 interview at the consulate and was told that everything was in order and that the visa would be processed, I just needed to pay for the delivery of the passport. When I log-in to the CEAC status update, my case is “Administrative Processing”. If I was told at the interview that all was OK, does anyone have any advice on roughly how long it might be until the visa is issued and sent? Many thanks!

  33. My mother- in law case has been under ap for 8 mo. However, when I emailed the consulate office to check the status with them they said she should come for her visa and the process is complete. The caec staus shows ap still. What should we do?

  34. Hi guys, I applied for L1A blanket from London consulate.Visa was approved & was asked to collect passport in 5 business days. After interview the status is showing as Administrative Process. I want to know after interview all visa status is changed to AP or some are changed to Issued directly. Can anyone please advise?

  35. Hey..I hd my interviw on 24th januaury 2014 fr usa imigrant visa…I missed one of my sponcership docoment ..nd dn I resubmited it along with my passport after 1 week….till today 32 working days has been passed, still they are shoeing ready status…can anyone please advice ??

  36. Hi my name is Jennifer and I petition my mother back in 2012. Her application was approved and everything was going smooth. However, I traveled to the Dominican Republic on January 21 for her interview, the officer said your visa is approved the only problem was that my Domimican birth certificate expired and I needed a new one. On January 24 I mailed the new certificate with my mother’s passport as the officer indicated. I am a little confuse because my case is undergoing administrative process but it’s been 60 days and they don’t clear my case or ask for any additional documents what should I do?

  37. please I need a help when I check my mother case is seeing…An unexpected error has occurred while processing your previos request.The error has been reported to the site administrator; no further action is required….what is that meen please help me I don’t now what was is going on with my mother case 3 times she when to interview they give her 221g letter…,please can someone help me I did not see her 11-years I am shook they give her 221g letter on 3 rd interview but she don’t wanna give up her case everything is done please can someone help me her case number is .I am thinking to write letter to president Obama,House representive,or Senator even my lawyer she did not helping at all all she did take my money and gone, I am tired opening her case cheking her status is noting going on I am tired but I don,t wanna give up the document to,please BIG help I need.

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