Immigrant Visas: Checking CEAC

Immigrant visa applicants applying for a visa through the Immigrant Visa Unit at the Embassy who have completed the DS-260, and fiancé(e) visa applicants who have completed the DS-160 can check the status of their application online. If your application is being processed by the National Visa Center (NVC), the only “status check” that will apply in your case is “In-Transit”  Any questions you may have concerning your application should be directed to NVC.

If you enter the DS-260 or DS-160 barcode and your case number, you will receive one of the following messages:

The National Visa Center has processed your application and scheduled the visa interview.  Your case is currently being transferred to the Immigrant Visa Unit at the Embassy.

Action Required:  If you wish to amend any information in your application or change the date of your visa interview you are required to wait until your “status” changes to “Ready” and contact us through the “Contact Us Tab” on the website.

Please note, however, that the Immigrant Visa Unit will reschedule an appointment in very limited circumstances.  We strongly recommend, therefore, that you attend the interview.  In some cases, applicants experience delays of several months before a new appointment date is allocated.

This can mean one of two things, either:

  1. Your petition has been approved by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in London and the Immigrant Visa Unit in London has received your case.

You are required to schedule and attend an appointment for a medical examination with the Embassy’s panel physician, and schedule and attend an interview with the Immigrant Visa Unit, following the instructions in the letter sent to you.

If you have not received the letter confirming that the Immigrant Visa Unit has received your case, please contact us through our contact form to confirm the full name and UK mailing address of the visa applicant, the full name of the petitioner, and the date of petition approval.


  1. You have attended a visa interview and your application is being processed.

Action Required: You are required to wait until the status changes to “issued”.  Click on the “Issued” heading below for further information.

Once the “status” changes to “issued”, you should allow 10 – 15 workdays for your passport to be handed to the courier for delivery.

Action Required. You can track your delivery online by signing into your account at  If more than 20 workdays has passed and you are unable to track delivery, please contact the Visa Appointment Service at

Your application is currently undergoing necessary administrative processing.  This processing can take anything from a couple of days to several weeks.  In some cases, it can take 60 days or more. If further information is required, the Immigrant Visa Unit will contact you.

Action Required:  We do not provide status updates.  You should continue to monitor CEAC until the “status” changes

Please see the letter you received at your interview for more information.

Action Required:  If you were not notified of the refusal at your interview, please contact us.