Spouse immigrant visa - ceac status is showing refused

Hi 1Nish,

I am in the same boat. I got 221g blue slip and after a month my case changed from admin processing to Refused. Do you know what it means ?
And what happen to you case.

My case change to refused yesterday. Did you contacted consulate about the update or what does it mean?
I have no idea about it.

I am hoping this is true:

"If your visa has been stuck in administrative processing and suddenly on March 3, 2020 you saw a new “ REFUSED” appear on CEAC, then I can explain what’s happening


I’m a lawyer who filed a lot of mandamus cases to help folks get their visas out of administrative processing

Here’s what’s going on

It seems that today the CEAC status for anyone with a case pending administrative processing has been changed to “refused.” After several messages from panicked clients, we noticed that there is new language regarding AP at the bottom of the CEAC now stating that if the case was refused for AP it will be readjudicated.

If the “last updated” date has not changed then it appears not to be an actual refusal, just change in the way the CEAC is showing AP cases. "


Mine was also refused yesterday and last update status did not change. After looking at below video in the comment. It seems something is changed the way they process.

Do you think if i should file a law suit if my case has been stuck in AP for 4 months already or is it too soon

Hi all,

There is no need to worry as i have verified cases from US embassy Chennai and Hyderabad where the passport was requested for visa stamping last week.

Their case status also changed to ‘Refused’ on CEAC website on March 3, 2020.

This is just an update to the way CEAC is showing status online and nothing else. NO NEED TO PANIC.

This is just a way to say your case is pending form 221g processing. Earlier, the status used to show ‘Administrative processing’ but, now it is showing ‘Refused’.

We have real #H1B cases from Chennai and Hyderabad embassy where passport was requested last week and still their case status changed to ‘Refused’ on March 3, 2020.


Share this update with all your friends to keep their blood pressure in check.
I have given examples and links to real cases here:

Hi all,
State department’s official website has confirmed that the change is verbiage is to reflect correct stage of status. (see below)

Anil, thanks for bringing immediate relief to thousands of panicked applicants, including myself

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Hi @Im_Ran

I know of two cases where the passport was requested and then their status changed to “refused” on March 3, 2020.

Both cases are now showing status as “Issued” and this proves that CEAC has just changed the way they show status.

Pretty bad and illogical change though!

Hi @Sam400

Did your read what i have mentioned above? Please read as it is not possible to repeat the same for everyone’s individual case.

Hi @Anil.Gupta ,

My application has been in AP since Sep 2019 and now it shows “Refused”. But the updated date is March 9th, 2020. Is it negative or positive?
The text is the one mentioned in your post, the long one:

Hi @Don
Don’t worry. This only means form 221g admin processing.

I have verified it with real cases and two of them have got the visa approval even after this ‘refused’ status.

Do you know that you can file writ of mandamus to push US embassy to speed up your form 221g processing?

Hi @Anil.Gupta I have filed for mandamus as well. It’s been 1.5 months since we filed it. It could be that the mandamus has pushed the case to be looked at.

Anyways I wanted to learn about your opinion on the case last updated date which went from Sept 2019 to March 9,2020 yesterday.

Good sign? Or just random sign?

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Hi @Don

Mandamus may not have anything to do with the status update as we saw the update for everyone around the world.

The last update change after mandamus usually means that your case is moving ahead to next step. You may hear some news soon.

Fingers crossed! It’s been a tough 6 months. Hope resolution is near.

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Was asked to submit passport today. So hoping it is a good sign.

A post was split to a new topic: H4 visa approved but yellow form 221g asked to wait till H1B i797 date

Did you get yoir visa afterwards my brother?

Can i please get your phone number. Or email address

Hi Anil,

I have the same status “refused” mentioned in ceac, but passport says it is dispatched. So can I say it is denied for me. Please help.

U.S. Department of State



Application ID or Case Number:
Case Created: 25-Mar-2021
Case Last Updated: 29-Mar-2021

A U.S. consular officer has adjudicated and refused your visa application. Please follow any instructions provided by the consular officer. If you were informed by the consular officer that your case was refused for administrative processing, your case will remain refused while undergoing such processing. You will receive another adjudication once such processing is complete. Please be advised that the processing time varies and that you will be contacted if additional information is needed. For more information, please visit TRAVEL.STATE.GOV or the website for the Embassy or Consulate at which you made your visa application.