What is an Administrative Processing letter?

1. What is an administrative processing letter?

If an Administrative Processing letter is issued to you, it normally comes at the end of a visa interview at an Embassy or Consulate. The letter is the Consular Office’s way of letting you know your case needs further review to be eligible for a visa.

In other words, an Administrative Processing letter is letting you know that the U.S. government, Embassy, State Department, or USCIS either needs to re-review your application based on new information or requires more time to review your pending application.


2. What are some of the reasons your case is referred for Administrative Processing?

There are many reasons that your case may be referred for further review or re-review. Some reasons include but are not limited to

>an incomplete file
>verification of documents
>a security check is needed
>criminal records in the U.S. or in your home country need to be reviewed
>a check for any prior U.S. immigration violations or fraud.

The government does not have to tell you the reason why your file was flagged for Administrative Processing or how long it will take to do their research.

3. How long does Administrative Processing take?

There is no specific time frame for Administrative Processing reviews. Each review length is case specific, depending on your individual circumstances.

Most Administrative Processing reviews are resolved within a reasonable time period; however, the process can take weeks, months, or in a rare situation, years.

4. What should you do if you receive a letter?

In general, you must wait 180 days from the day you receive the letter before you or your representatives can inquire about the status of your case.

While you are waiting, make sure your file is complete and send whatever new requested supporting documents are required.

After the 180 days, you can check the status of your case at the State Department’s website. Then, every few weeks, you can follow up with an email regarding the status of your case.

Finally, while you are waiting, it is highly recommended that you not sell any of your properties, leave you job, or make any travel arrangements before the final approval is issued.

5. What is the State Department website where I can check my status?

You can check the status of your case at the State Department’s website here.

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Disclaimer: Nothing in relation to the enclosed information should be construed and or considered as legal advice for any individual, entity, case, or situation. The following information is prepared for advertisement use only. The information is intended ONLY to be general and should not be relied upon for any specific situation. For legal advice on your specific situation, we encourage you to consult an attorney experienced in the area of Immigration Law.