Visa Status Check Online (CEAC Status Check)

Applicants for nonimmigrant visas can view the status of their visa cases via the CEAC launch page. All NIV cases created within the past year are available in the CEAC Status Check.

How to use the system:

In order to use the CEAC Status Check, you will need to enter your CEAC barcode and the interview location. The CEAC barcode can be found on the DS-160 confirmation page. CEAC DS-160 Barcode numbers start with AA followed by 8 digits.

Status for NIV Applicants

When you check your visa status in the CEAC Status Check system, your result will be one of the following.

Status Message Displayed Notes
Application receipt pending If you have submitted your online non-immigrant visa application (DS-160), it has not yet been processed into the visa system. At some locations, your application will remain in this status until you appear for an interview or until your application is ready for review. Please see the Embassy or Consulate website for information on the next steps required for visa processing.

The application data has not been entered into the Embassy system.

For interview cases, the application will remain in this status until the applicant appears for an interview.

For mail-in cases, this means the Embassy has not received the application.

Application Received Your case is open and ready for your interview, fingerprints, and required documents. If you have already had your interview, please check your status after two business days. If no interview was required, please check back in two business days for the updated status of your application.

For mail-in cases: The visa application has been received by the Embassy and is undergoing review.

This also includes cases that are pending for additional documents.

For E-visa new company registration cases: The visa application has been received by the Embassy and is ready for review. Please wait for further instructions from the Embassy or Consulate. Processing time for new company registration typically takes 2-3 weeks.

Administrative Processing Your visa case is currently undergoing 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 back within two business days. This status includes:

  • The visa issuance process (visa has been approved but not yet printed)
  • Pending for additional documents/information
  • * Administrative Processing (See below for details)
Issued Your visa is in final processing. If you have not received after 10 working days, please see the webpage for contact information of the Embassy or Consulate where you submitted your application. The visa has been issued. Generally, the passport will be mailed out within 3-4 days.
Refused Your application was refused. Please see the letter or other instructions you received at the interview. This includes cases that are:

  • Denied under Section 214(b) of the INA.
  • Cases with a waiver request pending. If applicants are advised at the time of their interviews that their cases will be submitted for a waiver of ineligibility, they may check the status of their visa application on the Embassy website here.

* Additional Administrative Processing:

If applicants are advised at the time of their interviews that their cases require additional administrative processing, they may check the status of their visa application on the Embassy website here.