After the Interview

  1. The Interview
  2. After the Interview

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

If your visa has been approved, you will be informed how and when your passport and visa will be returned to you.  Passports are typically returned via courier service to the location you registered when you created your application. Carefully review After the Interview on to learn what to do when you receive your visa and about entering the United States, paying the USCIS Immigrant Fee, and other important information.

Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant’s interview. Applicants are advised of this requirement when they are refused. Most administrative processing is resolved within 90 days of the visa interview. When administrative processing is required, the timing will vary based on the individual circumstances.  You can check the status of your visa application on For the purposes of the visa application the denial of a visa pending additional administrative processing or awaiting required documents constitutes a denial of the visa at that time.

If your visa has been denied due to an ineligibility, you may find useful information on Ineligibilities and Waivers on