Visa processing delays can occur where the consular official at the visa interview determines that further screening is necessary before the visa can be issued. The consular officer will indicate that the application must undergo administrative processing.
Applications are subjected to administrative processing for various reasons, including but not limited to:
- Concern that type of research/work/area of study involves a sensitive technology
- Name of applicant is similar to a name on a government watch list
- Applicant is a citizen of a country that has been designated as a country of concern, including North Korea, Cuba, Syria, Sudan, Iran and Libya
If your application is subject to administrative processing, you should receive a document from the consular officer advising you of the additional processing for your application, and providing you with instructions for checking the status of your application.
Your visa processing could take anywhere from two weeks to several months. There is no mechanism to expedite the process, but if you find yourself in this situation be sure to contact your OVIS advisor and your department at Dartmouth. OVIS can make an inquiry with the Department of State 60 days after the date of your visa interview.