What does ‘Refused’ US visa CEAC status mean? (Form 221g Admin Processing?)

CEAC case status changed to refused on Mar 3, 2020. No need to panic if last update date has not changed. Form 221g is refusal in lgal terms. CEAC changed status title & text.

Written by AM22Tech Team
  AM22Tech Team    Updated 15 Aug, 23

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Form 221g admin processing means a refusal in legal terms but it is not an actual denial of your visa.

Many people have also reported that they were asked to submit a passport last week and still, their case status has changed to ‘Refused’.

Refused Status after Form 221g

The CEAC status language and their status title were changed in 2020 to reflect the status as ‘refused’ instead of the administrative processing.

The H1B cases which are pending form 221g processing for client letter also show status as ‘refused’.


This is a recent case from the US embassy in Mumbai where the H1B was issued form 221g after the interview on June 15 with the reason as ‘President Proclamation’.

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The F1, H4 visa, L visa, and pretty much every visa type including non-immigrant and immigrant visas will see this change.

CEAC Case Status Refused Text

If the “last updated” date has not changed then it appears not to be an actual refusal, just a change in the way the CEAC is showing AP cases.”

Note that the ‘Last updated’ date has not changed in this case and hence, it is safe.

CEAC status changed to refused after admin processing
CEAC status changed to refused after admin processing

The new CEAC admin processing text creates panic as the status title shows as ‘Refused’ and the details message also signals a visa denial.

“A U.S. consular officer has adjudicated and refused your visa application. Please follow any instructions provided by the consular officer.

If you were informed by the consular officer that your case was refused for administrative processing, your case will remain refused while undergoing such processing. You will receive another adjudication once such processing is complete.

Please be advised that the processing time varies and that you will be contacted if additional information is needed. For more information, please visit TRAVEL.STATE.GOV or the website for the Embassy or Consulate at which you made your visa application.”

Immigration Attorney Clarification

Law Offices of Joshua L Goldstein has clarified that this is an update to the normal language and the status title that CEAC uses and there is nothing to worry about it.

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Written by AM22Tech Team
  AM22Tech Team