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April 14, 2009


Checking the Status of a Nonimmigrant Visa Application

Some visa applications require additional administrative processing which takes longer than the 3 – 5 workdays required for routine processing.  Most administrative processing is resolved within 90 days of the visa interview.

Applicants who are subject to additional administrative processing are advised on the day of the interview.  While the timing will vary based on the individual circumstances of each case, you should allow at least 90 days for this stage of the visa process to be completed.  You can check on the status of your application by visiting our website at

The spreadsheet is updated weekly, usually on a Friday.

If your application is subject to additional processing because you have answered “Yes” to one or more of the Security and Background questions on the DS-160, you should allow approximately 16 weeks for the application to be processed.  Please note that it is not possible to check the status of this type of visa application.

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  1. Nawaid Ahmad
    Apr 8 2010

    how often is the administrative processing information updated on your website?

    • Apr 12 2010

      The administrative processing webpage on the Embassy website is updated on a weekly basis, each Friday.

  2. john
    Jun 3 2010

    well i have serached online for people cases and they have experienced delays of more then 90 days, some people have been waiting for years e.g. 20months, why should it take so long? i thought 90 days would be enough

    thank you

    • Jun 3 2010

      john – there is no set period of time that it takes to complete administrative processing. We strive to offer all applicants as expeditious a service as possible, but administrative processing cannot be waived or expedited. If your application is awaiting administrative processing, please be assured that you will be contacted as soon as it is completed.

  3. Sarah
    Jun 10 2010

    I called the embassy to schedule my appointment on monday (7th June) and I have not recieved my e-mail confirmation yet, how long does it take to come through??? and if it does not come through who should i contact to resolve this issue???

  4. Sam
    Jun 17 2010

    I have applied for visa at London consulate as third party national(egyptain); that means I should experience more longer time for adminstrative processing time???! Also I have been in US as Fulbrighter, does make sense to speed up processing???! Thank you very much

    • Jun 18 2010

      Sam – processing varies for each individual applicant, based on a number of factors. There is no set period of time that processing takes and times quoted should be used only as a guide. Please be assured that you will be contacted as soon as we receive any further information in your case.

  5. kashan
    Jun 22 2010

    After processing , I have recived an email instruction to submit my passport , how long does usually embassy takes , to return the passport . Also can i bring it to the embassy my self or Do i have to go through the embassy approved couries.
    Many thanks

    • Jun 23 2010

      Kashan – Processing varies in each individual case and there is no set period of time that it takes. Please be assured that you will be contacted as soon as processing in your case has been completed.

      Please note; you must submit your passport to the Embassy via the approved courier service, DX Secure.

  6. Nasim Asadi
    Jun 27 2010

    I had an appointment on 3rd of June 2010, my application was accepted and on 16th of June the website saidI should send the passport, I send my passport visa DX secure on 23rd of June.

    Unfortunately on Fri 25th of June my father in law passed away unexpectedly in Germany and I need my passport to attend the funeral on Fri 2nd of July. WOuld be possible for me to receive my passport with my US visa earlier? I need to fly to US on 20th of July 2010.

    Looking forward to hear from you soon


    • Jun 30 2010

      Nasim – you are advised to contact the Embassy Live Operator Service on 09042 450 100 (1.20/min) in order to facilitate the return of your passport.

  7. Neil Mantle
    Jun 28 2010

    I attended my interview on 14th May to receive my B2 visa. I am a british citizen but require the visa due to a conviction for theft 15 years ago. I have so far received 4 visas in the past 7 years, ( 3 in the last 3 years.). Each one only took about 3-4 weeks until I received an e-mail stating that my Visa was ready to be issued. When i attended this time the interviewing officer noted that i seem to visit the States each year so has reccomended me for a 2 year Visa. I am just wondering when I should hear something as its now nearly double the normal wait time that I have experienced. Sorry for bothering you but I am a bit worried as i dont want to spoil the holiday to Florida for my family as we travel on the 9th August. Thank you.

    • Jun 30 2010

      Neil – processing varies with each individual application and there is no set period of time that it takes. If you are concerned about the status of your application, you may wish to contact the Embassy’s Operator Assisted Information Line on 09042 450 100 (£1.20/min) for assistance.

  8. kHALID
    Jun 28 2010

    I sent in my passport after receiving an email to do so, as the embassy was in a postion to issue me a visa. It was sent in on the 7th April, and I am still waiting for my passport to be returned with the visa. As I am a flight attendant am, am on the verge of losing my job. I was wondering how long these matters normally take. I have had a visa to the States for the last 17 yrs. Thanks so much in advance

    • Jun 30 2010

      Khalid – if you are concerned about the status of your application, you may wish to contact the Embassy’s Operator Service on 09042 450 100 (£1.20/min) for assistance.

  9. John
    Jul 9 2010

    I attended the interview on 10 June as I have a conviction for drink driving 25 years ago. I last had a visa in 2005, when processing only took 4 weeks. I am meant to be going on holiday with my family on 31 July and am now extremely worried that I will not receive a visa in time and we will have to cancel, costing thousands of pounds. Why is it taking so long to process my application when nothing has changed since the last time I was issued a visa

    • Jul 15 2010

      John – if you are concerned that your visa will not be issued in time for your intended travel date, you may wish to contact the Embassy’s Operator Service on 09042 450 100 (£1.20/min) for assistance.

    Jul 13 2010


    • Jul 16 2010

      ABDULRAHMAN – if you are concerned about the status of your son’s case, you may wish to contact the Embassy’s Operator Service on 09042 450 100 (£1.20/min) for assistance.

  11. Sergey
    Jul 14 2010

    I had my interview on July 7th and my batch number did not appear on the Administrative Processing Status report published on July 9th. Does any chance at all remain that I will still be able to travel to the US before July 30th, or should I at this stage start trying to mitigate the consequences of me not being able to fulfill my original commitments? Thank you!

    • Jul 16 2010

      Sergey – it can take approximately 3-5 days for applicants batch number to appear on the Administrative Processing Status document. If, after 5 days your batch number is still not showing, please contact the Embassy’s operator service for assistance.

  12. Rimsha
    Jul 17 2010

    My husband interviewed at the US Embassy on June 28th, and was informed by the interviewing consulate officer that it can take 5-10 business days for the passport to be delivered. It has not been more than 10 business days and I am wondering how much longer it will take before the passport/visa and all our documents are mailed to us? We have been given a tracking number but nothing tracks on the courier tracking site once the number has been entered. Please let me know soon or advise me on how to get more information. Thank you!

    • Jul 20 2010

      Rimsha – if you are concerned that your husband’s application is taking longer than anticipated to be processed, you may with to contact the Embassy’s Operator service on 09042 450 100 (£1.20/min) for more information.

  13. Kiko
    Jul 21 2010


    I am a Dutch citizen with a Dutch passport. This should allow me to travel under ESTA. For a reason beyond my understanding (never convicted / never overstayed my previous stay in the US / etc) I have not been authorized to travel under ESTA.

    As a result, I had to apply for a business visa at the London Embassy. Normally this takes 3-5 business days. However, the officer has put me under Admin. Processing as I was initially not authorized by ESTA and they need to find out why. ESTA is Homeland Security; Embassy is State Depertment and I am being punished. Now I am facing a delay of minimum 90 days and am facing the worst time of my life because of this. The officer dismissed me after only five minutes saying I would get my 10yr multiple entry visa in due time. Did not get a chance to explain my situation!

    Please can you explain me why I have to undergo this ordeal? What can I do? Why can I not just get a visa quickly and why does an automatic ESTA refusal result in Admin. Processing? Nobody can give me any answers! What is happening to me is not fair.

    • Jul 22 2010

      Kiko – If you are concerned about the status of your application, you may wish to contact the Embassy’s Operator service on 09042 450 100(£1.20/min) for more information.

  14. Wael
    Jul 27 2010

    I sent my passport after receiving email from you on 20 July 2010 , I have to present a paper in a conference in the US by 11 august 2010 and till now I did not make any reservations or travelling arrangements, I would like to know my currant situation and how long it takes to get my visa processed.

    Many thanks.

    • Jul 29 2010

      Wael – if you are concerned that your application is taking longer than anticipated to be processed, you may wish to contact the Operator service on 09042 450 100 (£1.20/min) for assistance.

  15. Aleem
    Aug 20 2010

    Hi, I had my non-immigrant visa interview in December 2009. I was arrested in Dec 2008 all charges was dropped and I had No Trace on the police certificate. I have been waiting since then to hear the outcome of my application. I called the operator service a month ago and they told me to send an email however I still have not heard anything after sending the email and it has been more than 90 days and 6 months.

    I have visited my family before in the US and would like to go to visit them again and the only reason I would like to go to the US is to visit my family.

    Could you possibly advise me of the best way forward if I need to re-apply I will.
    Many thanks.

    • Aug 24 2010

      Aleem – you should contact the Operator Service again on 09042 450 100 (£1.20/min) for assistance.

  16. Khan M Khan
    Aug 24 2010

    I sent my passport as they asked for it on updated list (Administrative Processing) around two weeks ago and soon after they received my passport my status on the list has changed to Pending again from Send Passport.
    Can you tell me why and how long will it take??


    • Aug 25 2010

      Khan – we regret that we are unable to advise on case-specific queries. If you are concerned about the status of your application, you should contact the Embassy’s operator service for assistance.

  17. adil
    Sep 10 2010

    I have posted the below several times!!! Why does it keep getting deleted???

    I have a British passport and have been living and working in the US for the past 5 years with an E2 visa.

    I am in the process of renewing my visa. At my interview at the embassy the officer picked up on the question “Have I had my fingerprints taken.” Whilst in the US I was stopped by the police when driving, and took a blood test at a police station. The results were negative and there were no charges or convictions.

    The officer at the embassy put my visa application into administrative processing and requested a medical examination. I undertook a medical examination and the results were sent to the embassy. The form I was given stated that processing can take anything from 5 days to several weeks. It is has now been 6 weeks since my interview and I was due to travel at the end of August. How long will this take? This is incredibly frustrating, as I need to travel back to the US for work.

    I feel the interview officer unjustly deferred my case to administrative processing without listening or giving due consideration to my individual case. As I mentioned earlier, I do not have any cautions, charges or convictions?

    Can you please advise?

    • Sep 13 2010

      adil – for privacy reasons, we are unable to comment on individual cases on this blog. If you have a question regarding your individual case, you should contact the Embassy’s operator service on 09042 450 100 (£1.20/min) for assistance.

  18. Sep 13 2010

    I had my interview 80 days ago and was told it would take 4 to 6 weeks to come through. .As this is a re newal which only took that amount of time previusly. I booked my flights and accomodation to the us, as I am to attend my sons wedding.We are due to fly this Thursday. i HAVE SPENT A FORTUNE ON PHONE CALLS . TO BE TOLD NOTHING. i HAVE LEFT SEVERAL BLOGS AND NEVER RECEIVE A RESPONSE..The wedding is on the 23 rd september in las Vegas..perhaps someone from the us .. could pop over and explain this situation to my heartbroken son.

    • Sep 13 2010

      James – there is no mechanism for ‘status checks’ on an application and, for privacy reasons, we are unable to answer questions relating to individual applications on this blog. If you believe your application has taken longer to process than necessary, you should contact the Embassy’s operator service for assistance. We do advise all applicants that they should not make final irreversible travel plans until their visa has been issued and their documents returned to them.

  19. Chris Casagrande
    Nov 20 2010


    I have applied for my wife to get a spouses visa f to join me in the USA. She had her medical a couple of weeks ago (4th November) and we are waiting on the interview appointment letter. However we are getting getting really concerned that she and my son (US citizen) will not be here in time for Christmas or our 1st wedding anniversary, shortly after. is there any way we can check on this? or plead a special case. This was a process we began the Embassy received my petition (I-140) the 21 of June.

    • Nov 23 2010

      Chris – it can take approximately 4 weeks to receive notification of a date and time for an immigrant visa, once all the requierd forms have been received. If it has been more than 4 weeks, your wife should contact the Embassy’s operator service on 09042 450 100 (£1.20/min) for more information.

  20. Wasim
    Nov 22 2010

    Hello there,

    Just a quick query. I have been waiting for my L1 visa admininstrative processing to be complete. It has now been 91 days since I visited the embassy, having been instructed to check regularly for an update. Given it has now passed 90 days, is there any person/team I can contact at the embassy, to understand the status of where the processing is please?

    Any guidance/assistance would be much appreciated.

    Many thanks and kind regards,

    • Nov 23 2010

      Wasim – if you are concerned about the status of your application, you may wish to contact the Operator on 09042 450 100 (£1.20/min) for assistance.

  21. Netz
    Dec 6 2010

    I had applied for the Non-Immigrant Visa at Embassy of United States of America in Oct 2010 and my application went into Administrative processing and then was asked few details and then after few weeks later they asked me to send my passport and itinerary. I sent them and then again they asked me for another new travel itinerary last week, but now I have a personal emergency back Home (not US) where I should go as soon as possible and I want my Passport to travel. How should I go about and can ask them to post pone my processing till I come back as I will not be traveling now to US until I am back to UK or may be travel later next year. Please suggest me what to do, as I am really worried and have to go home asap.


    • Dec 16 2010

      Netz – you should contact the Operator Service on 09042 450 100 (£1.20/min) for assistance.

  22. dastgheib
    Jan 19 2011

    I am currently on J1 visa in the U.S. and I need to take a short trip to the UK,I am an Iranian citizen although I have UK residency permit but I am not a UK resident anymore,will I be able to qualify for my returning visa in London as my previous visa is single entry, and 1 more thing: is the administrative process different in terms of duration for returning students as I entered US 3 months ago?

    • Jan 20 2011

      Dastgheib – Anyone physically present in the United Kingdom can apply for a visa at the Embassy in London. However, please note that it can be difficult for applicants who are not permanent residents in the United Kingdom to demonstrate that they have sufficiently strong ties to a third country to compel them to depart the United States after a visit. This is because consular officers have no way of verifying or evaluating information from other countries.
      Your application will be subject to additional administrative processing. Please visit our website for more information.

  23. Nicola Benn
    Jan 21 2011

    Hi – I’m a British Citizen working in the US on a L1 visa but have to have my passport renewed as it is full. This will give me a new passport number – do I need to go back through the non-immigrant vias process in London to have the visa transferred into my new passport or is there a quicker way as I already have the visa?
    Many thanks

    • Jan 26 2011

      Nicola– If the passport in which your visa has been endorsed has expired, the visa in the old passport can still be used, provided that you also carry a valid passport of the same nationality. Note: If, when canceling your old passport, the passport authority has clipped the corners of the passport, and, in so doing, has damaged the visa in any way, that visa is no longer valid and cannot be used for travel to the United States.

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