Wait Times – Wait time for a visa appointment can vary widely. Look up Visa Appointment Wait Times for the specific U.S. Embassy or Consulate processing your visa application.
Notify DIS of Any Long Delays – Contact DIS if you are going through administrative processing for longer than 60 days. DIS maintains records of visa processing delays to track trends but is not able to expedite visa processing at the Department of State.
Common Reasons for Visa Delays/Denial -
221(g) Incomplete Application or Supporting Documents (also referred to as Administrative Processing)
The consular officer cannot determine that an applicant is eligible for a visa with the information submitted. The applicant is referred for more extensive checks, referred to as “Administrative Processing." This may delay visa processing by several days to several weeks or longer. Refer to the DOS Administrative Processing Information webpage.
214(b) Intent to Immigrate
The consular officer cannot determine that an applicant will leave the United States at the end of their nonimmigrant stay. Most nonimmigrants must provide evidence of strong ties to their home country which would compel departure from the United States at the end of the program. However, nonimmigrants in H-1B status can be the beneficiary of an immigrant visa petition, apply for adjustment of status, or take other steps toward Lawful Permanent Resident status without affecting their status. This is known as "dual intent" and has been recognized in immigration law since passage of the Immigration Act of 1990, so 214(b) denials are rare for H-1B status.