Integrity Legal

7th Jul 2009

Most United States Visas that process through the US Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand proceed in an efficient and uneventful manner. The Officers in the US Consular Section have a large caseload and generally do their job in a professional and diligent manner. This being said, some Immigration and visa cases are delayed. The term used in American Immigration circles when a visa application is set aside for further review is: administrative processing.

Administrative Processing and the 221(g)

Technically a 221g denial and request for more evidence could be classified as “administrative processing.” In practice, most cases that are in administrative processing have been red flagged because there is a suspicion of immigration fraud or there is some aspect of the case that the consular officer feels warrants further investigation. In cases such as this the application can be delayed for weeks or months until a final determination is made.

Does Administrative Processing mean a US Visa is Denied?

In some cases administrative processing can occur after a visa application has been denied and needs to be sent back to USCIS to close the case. In the case of a Fiance visa or marriage visa, this would likely only occur upon a factual finding by the consular officer that there is not a bona fide relationship underlying the visa application.  This type of visa denial is very rare in US Family Immigration matters.  However, a Consular officer who is suspicious about a particular visa application could put the case in administrative processing and ask for further documentation. The fraud unit would likely review the application further in order to ascertain the visa application’s merits.

There are other situations where a visa application could go into administrative processing. Of particular note are situations where beneficiaries have been present in the United States previously and have done things that may raise  questions about what they were doing while stateside. A good example would be someone in the United States on a visa without work authorization who was working. This factual scenario would probably cause a case to go into administrative processing because the Consular officers would want to know more details about the applicant’s previous experience in the USA.

Administrative Processing is something many applicants seek to avoid and one of the best methods of doing so is to have a well prepared application. Further, Consular Officers are very well trained when it comes to picking up on cues that an application might be fraudulent. For this reason, we highly recommend that the best way to stay out of administrative processing is to file a bona fide application. Honesty is always the best policy when dealing with the United States Government and the US Embassy Thailand is no exception.

If a case should be denied because the applicant was deemed legally inadmissible, then an I-601 waiver may be sought.

For more information please See K-1 Visa Thailand or K3 Visa Thailand.

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