You’re done with your K1 Visa Interview but the Consular Officer cannot make a decision based on the information and/or documents you’ve submitted. This is where the 221G Request for Additional Documents come in. As explained by the Consular Officer, a 221G Request for Additional Documents is neither an approval or refusal of the Visa Case. Before Consular Officers decide on a case, they must thoroughly study the case. Which means there are additional processing involved. Your case may be put in Administrative Review or Administrative Processing if they are doing additional background checks and waiting for your 221G submission / compliance.
First, Don’t panic. It may be quite a bit of a delay on your visa issuance but if you comply to what they ask of you right away, your case may be reviewed in a timely manner and you will have news about your visa soon enough. Follow-up with the Embassy through calls to the Immigration Visa (IV) Unit or through email. Now, gather all the documents that are needed from you. They have given you a checklist and the Consular Officer has marked the documents you lack/need to submit. Nowadays, they EMAIL you your 221G Checklist. So make sure you check the email you used on your DS-160 Form/USTravelDocs everyday.
Provide a Cover Letter explaining what is included in your 221G Package. Fill out the 221G Submission Sheet.
Bring your 221G Documents with you at any 2GO Branch. They will pack them for you. For easier handling, you may want to label your documents and put clips on it.
No need to worry, you don’t have to pay for anything. It will be paid for by the US Embassy. You just have to hand everything over to a 2Go Courier clerk and they already know what to do. They will prepare everything for you, you just have to sign the receipt they’re going to give you. It also has a Tracking Number so you’d know when your 221G documents has been delivered.
Obviously, contacting them through a phone call is always the fastest. :P The following information was taken directly from the US Embassy Manila, Website: Email
For general inquiries: IVManilaReplies@state.gov To enable us to electronically sort the messages and provide better, more timely responses, please follow the instructions below.
- The subject line of your email should indicate the visa applicant’s last name, first and middle name (ex. DOE, John James), case number/USCIS receipt number, visa category and priority date.
- Messages should be limited to 500 characters or less.
- The mail size should not be more than 15 KB.
- Do not submit documentation or attachments with your message as our system is unable to receive inquiries with attachments.
- Do not send your inquiry more than once as duplicate inquiries will congest our system and delay our response time.
For inquiries on a specific case, please call the Immigrant Visa (IV) Unit’s inquiry line at (632) 301-2000, extension 5184 or 5185 during normal business hours, except between 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m.
UPDATE as of March 1st, 2014: The Embassy’s main trunk line 301-2000 is experiencing technical issues and prone to congestion. If your call can’t get through please use these numbers: 301-2166 or 301-2177
Good luck! :)
Disclaimer: I do not work for nor am I affiliated with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs and the U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines. This guide was made with the sole intention of helping other K1 applicants to understand what goes on during the K1 Visa Process. For the full disclaimer, please click here.