Visa Approved, Form 221g Admin Processing Questions & Answers

Hi @Anil.Gupta need your valuable comments on my case, my extension got denied and I traveled back to India, got the new I-129 approved through consular processing through a Big US based company for 3 years- full time employee, I was asked to do dropbox and after that I was asked to appear in-person for interview(alone with spouse’s passport) with some documents to be mailed in advance(new petition docs and proof that I was in legal stay while I waited for h1 ext. appoval) to be mailed (221g blue slip)
Appeared for interview on 16th May, VO didn’t asked any questions related to employment just asked to show my previous h1 ext. receipt on which I waited and asked new h1 filed receipt and exact date of filing, I didn’t had the new h1 receipt and showed the new I797 and told approx date of filing as I couldn’t remember as my attorney’s filed that.

VO gave 221g blue slip and told we don’t need any docs for now and need to do admin processing
VO kept the passports (mine and my wife’s)
Gave a case number and said you can mail if you want to track
My case is still in admin processing (its 7 working days now)

  1. Wanted to get your comments on the same when I can expect the update on the same and if it’s usual or fine?
  2. My attorney’s said in cases like mine admin processing is common and no need to worry just wait and we don’t need to send anything

Should we need to mail something or just need to wait, case shows admin processing with the date as 16th may- day of interview?

Hi @thatguy7

It looks like normal case processing to me. You should be able to get your stamped passport within 14 working days.

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Ok thanks a lot Anil, hoping to get that very soon!!

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Hi Anil,

Can we contact Embassy through my Attorney to see why issuing my Passport is getting delayed this much time? or Do you want me to wait for 60 days (its been 49 days as of today) and then ask my attorney to send an email?.

Hi @Harish779

I can understand the frustration of waiting.

Was your case filed in premium processing? If yes, then your attorney has access to premium service USCIS email and they can contact them to check if there is anything that USCIS would like to verify/confirm with them.

Other than that, there is no option of contacting US embassy directly for your case. You can call US embassy but the status response will be a generic one.

Hi @Anil.Gupta

I attended the interview on aprl 9th and got blueslip and returned my passport asking for additional document of petitioner tax filing for two years and my employer submitted the documents on same day of my interview.

last updated date was aprl 17th and till then i dont have any update and it is still under ap and it is almost like 60days.

How long it takes to approve?

Hi @kumuda_chowdary

There is no fixed timeline but for cases like yours, it is taking about 8 weeks at this time.

Hi @Anil.Gupta

Thank you for the response. It is already 8weeks. Vo requested for federal tax returns of two years which i submitted on the same day of my interview.

one thing i dont understand was what are they processing from 60 days without any update and not even contacting me or my employer.

Is there any option other than waiting?
Can my employer mail chennaihnl for status?

There is no option other than waiting.

Do you work for a consulting company or direct client?

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I work for a consultant company

Then, chances are good that US embassy is verifying your employer credentials.

They does not contacted my employer till now

Hi @kumuda_chowdary

I am just guessing that they may be verifying Employer details.

They may or may not be doing so.

My case is the following: Showed for the interview on May 17th. I was applying for a J1 visa.

Got the a white slip with 221g.
No other papers were requested and they kept my passport. June 7 an update showing Adm Processing again.

Yesterday June 10th an update showed but it came back to “Application Received” What dos this mean?
What am I supposed to expect from here?

Many thanks for your help and answer

Hi @Kellilo

You can expect your US visa stamped passport within 7-14 working days.

I just checked and it came back to AP… :sob:… What now?

Hi @Anil.Gupta I have still not received my passport, yesterday the case got updated again but it’s admin processing, what does that means? If you can share any insights, have not received and mails for any documents, it’s a FT position for a big 500 fortune employer.
It would be great to get any info.

Status AP 29th April, Dropbox and got called for interview, blue slip, mailed asked documents
Interview done 16th may, again 221g blue slip with no further docs asked, status AP 16th May, Passport retained by VO
Case updated 11th June but Status is same AP

Let me know please.

Hi @thatguy7

I re-read your whole situation.

Can you tell more about your previous H1B extension filing dates and how long after the denial you left USA?

Also, have you been changing US addresses every year or so?
Was your old H1B company a consulting company? How big was it? 20-50 employees or more?

Someone just got their passport within 7-14 days as I suggested (Just for your reference):

Thanks for the reply @Anil.Gupta here are the details.

Previous ext was filed in September 18, denial came in March 19 after rfe
Left in 2 days after my employer shared the details with me, same was declared in ds-160 and to new employer
Previous employer was a big Indian IT consulting firm > Changed only 1 address during my stay of 15 months(total stay in US) 3 months first address than 12 months in the last
New employer filed the new petition with all docs in PP and approval came immediately for 3 years

Not sure what’s the delay, hoping I get it very soon!

Hi @thatguy7

ok…so, you extension details look good to me.

You have not mentioned as to when your i94 had expired.

I am not sure why there is a delay now what are they really checking. But, with the documents US embassy had requested, it seems they have doubts on your i94 or violation of legal status.