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Consular Processing - Nonimmigrant - Frequently Asked Questions


What are the requirements if I have to apply for Consular Processing of nonimmigrant visa through the drop-box system?

The requirements for the drop-box system are that you:

  • Hold a previous U.S. visa in your private or public affairs passport
  • Are applying for the same class of U.S. visa
  • Have not been refused a U.S. visa since you last traveled to the U.S.
  • Traveled to the U.S. within the last five years on a private passport or within the last two years on a public affairs passport
  • Did not exceed time limit authorized by the U.S. immigration officer for the stay in the U.S.

What is Section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act?

Section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (the Act) of 1952, as amended, prohibits the issuance of a visa to anyone whose application does not comply with the provisions of the Act and State Department regulations. In practice, it means that sometimes nonimmigrant visa seekers do not provide complete information or documentation necessary for a nonimmigrant visa issuance, or the Consular officer has to apply certain administrative procedures to a nonimmigrant visa application.

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What should I do if my nonimmigrant visa application has been refused under Section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act?

Any visa applicant refused under Section 221(g) for administrative procedures will be contacted by the Consular Section as soon as the process is complete in order to continue the visa interview. Requests for 221(g) appointments take a shorter amount of time to process, but requests should be made several days in advance to ensure that the desired date of application can be given.

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