In some situations the Consular Officer does not have sufficient information needed to process your application to conclusion, or you may be missing some supporting documentation. The Consular Officer will inform you if information or documents are missing and how to provide it. If you have questions regarding which documents are required, please contact us.
Some applications may require additional administrative processing after the interview before the application can be processed to conclusion. The Consular Officer will inform you if additional administrative processing is necessary.
Based on U.S. law, not everyone who applies is qualified or eligible for a visa to come to the United States. Under U.S. law, many factors could make an applicant ineligible to receive a visa. See Ineligibilities for U.S. Visas. In some instances, the law might allow you to apply for a waiver for the ineligibility. If you are able to apply for such a waiver, the Consular Officer will advise you on the steps to take.
What do I do if refused under 221(g)?
If you interviewed for an immigrant visa and the Consular Officer did not approve your visa, it is likely that your application was refused under section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. You should have received a letter before you left the Embassy that explains why you were refused under section 221(g). While a refusal under 221(g) is a visa refusal, it can be overcome by supplying the required information or documents or when the administrative processing is complete.
Check your 221(g) refusal letter to see why your application was refused and consult the information below.
- Missing documents – If your application is missing required documents, gather the necessary documents and submit them it to the Consular Office as soon as you have them. We will review the information and tell you the next steps. Documents from the U.S. can be faxed directly to our office at +95 (1) 650-480. If mailing from the U.S., please mail documents to the applicant for submission to our office.
- Administrative processing – If a Consular officer has told that your case requires “administrative processing,” we will inform you as soon as this processing has been completed. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview, though the exact timing varies with each case.
What is administrative processing?
If a Consular officer has told that your case requires “administrative processing,” we will inform you as soon as this processing has been completed. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview, though the exact timing varies with each case.