Held pending administrative processing (a)
Your application may require additional administrative processing before the Consular Officer can decide whether to approve or refuse. The Officer will inform you, in writing, that your application is pending and will return your passport to you. The processing time lasts, on average, between two (2) and four (4) weeks.
The Consular Section will call you once the processing is completed and will inform you of the next steps. In most cases, applications are approved, and you will be asked to drop off your passport for visa issuance. In a minority of cases, applications are refused following administrative processing.
In either case, we appreciate your patience.