Case Status

At the end of your immigrant visa interview, the consular officer will inform you whether your visa application is approved or denied.

Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant’s interview by a consular officer. Applicants are advised of this requirement when they apply. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview. When administrative processing is required, the timing will vary based on the individual circumstances of each case.  You can check the status of your visa application on

There can be no guarantee regarding the outcome of the interview, and applicants are advised not to make travel arrangements until after the visa has been approved.

If your visa is approved, your passport and new visa will be returned to you by mail within 7-10 days of your interview. Please be aware that processing may take longer for some cases due to required administrative processing.

If your visa is denied, you will be informed in writing. You may find useful information on Ineligibilities and Waivers on

If your visa is approved, you will receive a sealed packet containing your application documents. Do not open the sealed packet.  You must present it to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials when you arrive at the U.S. Port-of-Entry.