Visa Delays and Denial

Visa Delays

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.

Visa Denial

Whenever you apply to a U.S. consulate for a new non-immigrant entry visa stamp, you run the risk that your application may be denied.  You should be sure that you have new evidence or information, however, before you reapply. If you are denied a visa, please inform our office as soon as possible.

While it is allowed, the U.S. Department of State does not recommend that you apply for a visa stamp at a U.S. consulate in a country of which you are not a citizen. If you are denied in a third country, you will be required to travel home from that country to apply for the visa. You will not be allowed to come back to the U.S. first, even if you have applied in Canada.