J-1 Travel Emergencies

Learn your options when dealing with lost documents, outdated travel validations on a DS-2019, or other problems.

PIPS Guidance

Visa Application Delays

Some visa applications take more than 30 days due to Administrative Processing (a background check by the U.S. Consulate).

While Administrative Processing  is infrequent, you should be aware of the following:

  • It is not possible to inquire whether it will happen to you before you apply for the visa
  •  It is not possible to expedite.
  •  It normally lasts 30 to 60 days.
  • Always purchase flexible/refundable plane tickets when you apply for a visa.

Please notify your administrative contact and our office by using this form if you are placed in administrative processing.