Consular Corner & Travel Tips
Visa Applications Abroad
Administrative processing on visa applications can be lengthy and
processing times can be unpredictable. The type of administrative
check conducted on a visa applicant at a U.S. Embassy or Consular
post varies depending on the type of security clearance required for
the individual visa applicant. Administrative processing and
security checks can only be initiated after an applicant leaves the
U.S. and applies for his or her visa. Many clients are now
experiencing administrative processing delays for nationals of the
following countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, China, Egypt,
India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya,
Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia,
Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirate, and
In addition to administrative processing, U.S. Embassies and
Consulates in China, India and the Philippines have heightened the
scrutiny of visa applications in response to high fraud rates.
Blanket L and L-1B applications are reviewed closely and applicants
must provide thorough evidence regarding the nature of their
specialized knowledge. B-1 applications must contain sufficient
documentation outlining the proposed meeting/program in the U.S.
Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) has recently speared efforts to
investigate potential fraud within the B-1 category.
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