What is a 221(g) form?

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2022 | Visas

When a foreign national visits the United States they have to go through several processes in order to be issued a visa. During the application process it is common for the U.S. embassy to conduct an interview with the applicant. The interview typically covers why they want to go to the U.S. and collect any necessary documents. Occasionally a person receives the form 221(g) and may have questions about what it means.

What is the form 221(g)?

The 221(g) form is issued when there are still questions about a person’s visa application. It usually means that an applicant is missing certain documents that were requested. Sometimes visa applicants are provided with another form that lists the reasons why they were issued a 221(g).

Types of 221(g) forms

When an applicant receives a 221(g) form there are various colors that are issued. Each color serves the purpose of identifying why they received the form:

  • 221(g) blue form: A blue 221(g) form is issued when the U.S. consulate needs additional documents.
  • 221(g) white form: A white 221(g) form is issued when the case is turned over to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and a final decision will be made by that department.
  • 221(g) pink form: A pink 221(g) form is issued when the consulate office has suspicions about the applicant’s information. There may be issues about the applicant’s intentions, issues with their background check, or other issues that have arisen.
  • 221(g) yellow form: A yellow 221(g) form is issued when additional time is needed to look over the documentation.

When a 221(g) form is issued an applicant needs to follow up with any of the necessary requirements. After they submit the necessary documents, they will enter a waiting period in which their visa continues to be processed. A legal professional who is skilled in immigration can help their client with the complicated legal process efficiently and successfully.