What is All About 221g

This blog is an attempt to collect relevant information about the section 221(g), which is given to US visa applicants when the consulate is not able to immediately arrive at a decision on the application.  221(g) is a temporary refusal or hold on the application until further investigation is carried out on the application. The average processing time in such cases is officially claimed to be about 60 working days but some cases take more than a year. The only relief in such cases is that most often as long as the case is genuine there is a very high likelihood of getting cleared eventually. This blog will be mostly focused towards H1B (work visa). Since the other categories of visas (F1, H4) have similar 221(g) guidelines there will be similarities and a lot of the information should apply to them as well.

The information in this blog is obtained from a variety of sources with variable
reliability. It should not be considered legal advice and much of the material is
subject to change since the visa regulations and procedures change

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4 Responses to What is All About 221g

  1. Vaibhav says:

    I got 221g case during my h1b visa interview. It’s a yellow receipt and there is no documents are mentioned to submit at the bottom of the receipt by visa administration. I am confused about the documents I need to submit and what’s the next step to be taken from my side. What’s the meaning of yellow receipt ?

  2. Vaibhav says:

    I attended interview today. They issued me a yellow form.they told that “No new appointment needed. Please returnwith the required documentation on any business day”

    But they didn’t mention single document. They took I797,i 129 & returned passport.
    Is anybody got reply after issuing yellow form? What is the next step in this case
    any body can give idea ?

    • Kaushal Saxena says:

      Vaibhav, My wife was also issued 221(g) for her F1 with a yellow slip and no other document to submit on Dec 15, 2016. Could you please update your situation? Highly appreciate your reply.

  3. Lois says:

    I got 221g for administrative processing. It’s my 33rd day today from my embassy interview. Still i got no update from the embassy…

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