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Case Status
Immigrant visas

At the end of your immigrant visa interview, the consular officer will inform you whether your visa application is approved or denied.

Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant’s interview by a consular officer. Applicants are advised of this requirement when they apply.  Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview.  When administrative processing is required, the timing will vary based on the individual circumstances of each case.  You can check the status of your visa application on ceac.state.gov.

If you are asked to submit additional documents, please follow the instructions you received at the time of the interview.

If your visa has been denied, you may find useful information on Ineligibilities and Waivers.

Applicants for immigrant and K-visa can view the status of their visa cases from the CEAC launch page  CEAC launch page

How to use the system:

To use the CEAC Status Check, you will need to enter the case number (generally starts with “CDJ” followed by a ten-digit number).

If you submitted your petition at a Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office in the United States, a case number will only be assigned after the petition has been approved by USCIS and forwarded to the National Visa Center (NVC).  At that time, the case number will be provided to you.

Statuses for IV applicants:
The check will return one of the following statuses.


Your case is ready for your interview when scheduled at the U.S. Consular section.  If you have already scheduled an appointment for an interview, please prepare your documents as directed in your appointment letter and appear at the consulate on the appointed date and time.  Otherwise, please wait until you have been notified of your interview appointment.  Additional information about how Immigrant Visa interview appointments are scheduled can be found at: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/the-immigrant-visa-process/interview.html

Administrative Processing

Your visa case is currently undergoing necessary administrative processing.  This processing can take several weeks.  Please follow any instructions provided by the Consular Officer at the time of your interview.  If further information is needed, you will be contacted.  If your visa application is approved, it will be processed and mailed.  Under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, Immigrant Visas for “Diversity Visas” cannot be issued after September 30th of the year in which you were selected to apply for a Diversity Visa.

In addition, please note that some immigrant visas may not be able to be issued if the annual numerical limit for that category has been reached.


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