I applied for a visa stamp at the U.S. Consulate in Chennai, but was issued a 221(g). I submitted all the documents requested about 2 months ago, but still no word from the consulate. Do I have any options?


Unfortunately, the U.S. consulates in India now are generally telling applicants that a decision after a 221(g) refusal could take up to 6 months. Until then, there usually are few options. One is free to inquire through Traveldocs. However, these inquiries often only receive a generic (and unhelpful) response. If an application is delayed beyond the normal timeframes, it may be possible to file a Mandamus lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State. (07.Aug.2019)

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