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A change in the way the State Department updates its online visa status system for applicants who are undergoing administrative processing is causing confusion.
Administrative processing is an additional layer of screening that is not uncommon for certain nationals, including Chinese, Indian and others, as well as anyone whose application raises additional concerns. The additional measures can add several weeks and sometimes months to normal processing times.
BAL Analysis: The change in the electronic status update system appears to be merely a change in language and not a reflection of a change in status of cases in administrative processing—technically all administrative processing cases are provisionally denied. Applicants who were told by a consular officer that their case is in administrative processing and who see the new language in the system should assume that their case was only provisionally denied pending a final decision in the case, and may contact the National Visa Center if they have questions or concerns.
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