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Hello, I applied for B1/B2 VISA for a business trip from Auckland consulate, in New Zealand. I did my interview on Nov 5th. VISA officer told me that my VISA is approved and will mail to me with in 2 or 3 business days. However, it has been 8 business days since my VISA interview and I still haven't received my VISA. I also checked the CEAC website. It still shows the last update is Nov 5th (Now is Nov 16th). " Administrative Processing, Your visa case is currently undergoing necessary administrative processing. This processing can take several weeks. Please follow any instructions provided by the Consular Officer at the time of your interview. If further information is needed, you will be contacted. If your visa application is approved, it will be processed and mailed/available within two business days.For more information, please visit TRAVEL.STATE.GOV."

 

This is totally not normal. It's more than 10 days.

 

I have several questions:

1> If the VISA officer just say the visa has been approved. This is not necessarily true? right? They can still deny my VISA on a 2nd thought? In my case, it has been more than 10 days ,which means my VISA is denied? Has anyone has the same experience as I did?

2> What is Amin process? Does this mean they will do a background check with me? However, the VISA officer didn't give me the form 221(g)

3>Is it possible the US Consulate mail the passport, but it is missing during the mailing process?

 

Thanks,

 

 

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It's normal. AP can take anywhere from few days to few weeks or months and there is no way to tell how long it will be and no way to speed it up. 

 

Yes your visa can still be denied. You wont know for sure until you have your passport back. Usually visas are approved though. 


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I just don’t know why visa officer doesn’t tell me the truth. She can give me a 221 g form as official notification, if I they want to extra AP. She told me I will receive my passport and visa within two or three days. I hope they should be more professional.

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It is totally normal. 


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1 hour ago, sdpapet said:

I just don’t know why visa officer doesn’t tell me the truth. She can give me a 221 g form as official notification, if I they want to extra AP. She told me I will receive my passport and visa within two or three days. I hope they should be more professional.

Maybe she told you the truth at the time. Before the visa is issued they (not the person who interviewed you) decided you needed more checks.

 

They don't need to update you. You are the one applying for permission to try to enter their country. They don't owe you anything.

 

All you can do is wait and get on with life.

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5 hours ago, sdpapet said:

I just don’t know why visa officer doesn’t tell me the truth. She can give me a 221 g form as official notification, if I they want to extra AP. She told me I will receive my passport and visa within two or three days. I hope they should be more professional.

It’s not that she didn’t “tell you the truth”. It happens sometimes that they expect to approve the visa immediately and then something unexpected comes up in the post-interview background check that requires further AP, clearly this is what happened in your case. 

 

What is your country of passport?

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Presumably the OP is not a Kiwi.


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Well, this why I said the VISA officer didn't tell me the truth.

 

I checked CEAC official website about my status. The last status (Administrative Processing)  update is on the same day I was interviewed (It has never changed), which is Nov. 5th. This means that she decided to do this Administrative Processing right after I finished my interview or during the interview.

 

If this decision was made later by her boss, it should update as the other

 

Now, my whole travel schedule has to change. They hold my passport because they told me that it approved. I don't have my passport and I even can't make own Christmas traveling plan. I don't have my passport therefore I can't travel to any other countries.

 

PS, does anyone know if CEAC updates during weekend? How many times does CEAC update every week? Is CEAC updated by US or locally? (In my case, New Zealand)

 

Thanks

 

 

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30 minutes ago, sdpapet said:

Well, this why I said the VISA officer didn't tell me the truth.

 

I checked CEAC official website about my status. The last status (Administrative Processing)  update is on the same day I was interviewed (It has never changed), which is Nov. 5th. This means that she decided to do this Administrative Processing right after I finished my interview or during the interview.

 

If this decision was made later by her boss, it should update as the other

 

Now, my whole travel schedule has to change. They hold my passport because they told me that it approved. I don't have my passport and I even can't make own Christmas traveling plan. I don't have my passport therefore I can't travel to any other countries.

 

PS, does anyone know if CEAC updates during weekend? How many times does CEAC update every week? Is CEAC updated by US or locally? (In my case, New Zealand)

 

Thanks

 

 

EVERYONE, approved or not, goes into administrative processing straight after interview. There is no “other”.  It is the only status available between “ready” and “issued”. So no this isn’t proof of anything other than you don’t understand the available options. You can keep on complaining about the officer who isn’t omniscient, or you can wait, or you can contact the embassy and tell them uou need your passport back because you want to go somewhere else.

 

did you ever answer the question about what your country of passport is? That could be relevant.

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Thanks. I didn't mean to complain, but I just don't have much experience on this CEAC website. So, I have no clue about these AP means.

 

If they don't give VISA, that's fine. It's Xmas time and I would like to go to other countries. The Passport is in Consulate. I worry about the worst scenarios. They lost my passport. 

 

Well, as you said, I have no choice at this time but wait.

 

Thanks

 

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You can ask for your Passport back.


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1 hour ago, sdpapet said:

Thanks. I didn't mean to complain, but I just don't have much experience on this CEAC website. So, I have no clue about these AP means.

 

If they don't give VISA, that's fine. It's Xmas time and I would like to go to other countries. The Passport is in Consulate. I worry about the worst scenarios. They lost my passport. 

 

Well, as you said, I have no choice at this time but wait.

 

Thanks

 

I did give you another option

 

and you now seem to be definitely avoiding the question about your country. Odd.

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43 minutes ago, SusieQQQ said:

I did give you another option

 

and you now seem to be definitely avoiding the question about your country. Odd.

Sorry, I didn't notice that question. My passport is China. I went to the consulate same day with another friend who is also from China. She was also told the VISA has been approved, but she received the passport within three days.

 

PS, do you know if CEAC updates during weekend? How many times does CEAC update every week? Is CEAC updated by US or locally? (In my case, New Zealand)?

 

The local courier service is not very responsible. I lost my package before. I also heard they mail passport to wrong person before due to the foreign names.

 

Thanks,

 

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1 hour ago, Boiler said:

You can ask for your Passport back.

How can I ask for this? We only have an email contact here and they barely email you back. Or just simple say you should wait?

We also have a phone number, but they are only in charge the appointment related questions.

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The CO can recommend the case for approval, but there are items that can come up in checks afterwards causing a delay (or even a denial).

Any activities after the interview are part of AP.

As noted, you can request the passport back. This can be done via their preferred method of contact (which sounds like email). The visa cannot be issued without your passport. If they complete AP after returning the passport, they will, request the passport so they can issue the visa.

 

CEAC can update at any time, but the officers work on business days so you'll almost always see updates on non-holiday weekdays (unless there is a delay in updating CEAC). The CEAC status can update an unlimited number of times per week...it updates when there is a status change, not based on any sort of time interval. Expect it to stay in AP until the visa is issued or refused.

 

I'm certain delivery issues arise all the time (in any country, albeit likely more often with come couriers than others). It's a human process and humans make mistakes.


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