During the visa interview, if you are refused under Section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, the officer will hand you a 221(g) letter (green paper) requesting additional information. To continue the visa application, please follow the instructions and provide the needed documents.
Alternatively, you may be refused under 221(g) because your application requires additional administrative processing. Unfortunately, it’s not possible for the interviewing officer to tell the applicant exactly how long the processing will take. On average, administrative processing can take between one to two weeks, but sometimes it takes a little longer.
If you have been requested to wait until the Embassy contacts you, please do not make an appointment. The Embassy will contact you once the administrative processing has been completed. If you are requested to provide documentation, you have one year within which to comply with the requirement of the 221(g) letter.
For more information on 221g, read our blog post “Tips for Your Next Embassy Visit.”