What is 221(g)?
What is 221(g)? What does it mean? If you have this question, it probably means that you or a family member or a friend went to a visa interview at a U.S. consulate abroad and instead of getting the visa, they got a sheet of paper, a worksheet, and on it, it said, “Visa refused under 221(g).” That’s section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. So what exactly does 221(g) or 221g mean?
In case you don’t know me, my name is Josh Goldstein. I’m an immigration lawyer and I help people across the country and around the world get their visas out of administrative processing and stop all the unnecessary delays.
What 221(g) means?
So what does 221(g) mean? Using the immigration and nationality act, a Visa office or consulate will declare a 221g when there’s something missing, and they’re not able to issue you a visa at this time. It also means that the applicant will now have to go through additional processing, also known as administrative processing or administrative clearance.
If you’re following what I’m saying, you’ll realize that it doesn’t make much sense. They’re saying the visa can’t be issued because it needs additional processing, but what does that mean specifically? That’s a very good question.
Administrative processing is just additional processing after the visa interview. You may keep asking, “Well, what does that mean?” or “Why is that?” and eventually…
This is what my son does. I have a 4-year-old, and he asks “Why?” 100 times. “Why this?” “Why that?” “Why is the sky blue?” He asks you a million “Why?” questions and you end up reaching a point where you can’t answer them any more.
Questions Without Answers
When it comes to administrative processing and a 221(g) refusal, you may keep asking questions… “Why is it in administrative processing?” “What’s causing this?” “How long is it going to take?” “What’s the government checking?” “What’s really going on with my immigration case, or with my visa application?” Eventually, you’ll realize that you’ll never get any good answers from the government. They’ll never explain to you what exactly is going on.
For now, you should know that 221(g) means that you’re not denied and you’re not approved. They’re just making you wait. A visa application with a 221(g) status is an excuse that the consulate is giving you when they want you to go through some additional background checks or additional reviews. But they never really define exactly what’s going on.
I’ve been involved with countless lawsuits against the state department and various consulates around the world regarding visas with 221(g) statuses. I probably know as much about administrative processing as any private bar lawyer, and I can tell you that I don’t know much about it.
A 221(g) Refusal Is An Excuse
It’s just an excuse that they give when they don’t want to issue the visa and they have no grounds to deny the visa. It’s just a delay. That’s what 221(g) means under the immigration and nationality act. It means that they want you to wait.
The solution, of course, is to fight back and I represent families and people, and I help them do that. But for now, you should know that you just have to wait. There are times when a mandamus lawsuit is not the answer. It’s very unfortunate and unfair, but that’s what 221(g) means.
If you need help or you have questions about your current immigration situation, feel free to reach out to me.
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