Some visa applications will be subject to “administrative processing” at the consular post, resulting in delays in visa issuance. Applicants may be asked to provide additional documentation in support of the visa application, such as an updated resume, employment letter, or detailed explanation of the nature of their J-1 program activities.
There is no mechanism to expedite an application that is undergoing administrative processing. Applications can take several weeks or longer to clear. OVIS can make an inquiry with the Department of State once an application has been pending 60 days from the date of the interview.