Processing Times & Return of Passport

If a visa application is approved during a visa interview, the average processing time is 5-7 working days. At least a further 2-3 workdays should be allowed for delivery.

If you are eligible for the ‘Interview Waiver Program’ and submit your application by courier without attending an interview. Visa processing takes approximately 21 workdays from the date on which the application is received by the Embassy. A further 2-3 workdays should be allowed for the return of your passport.  

We strongly advise you not to make any travel plans until processing is complete and your passport is returned to you.

If your application has been refused under Section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act for administrative processing, the consular section will notify you when it is complete or if additional information is required from you. Please be advised that we do not know how long administrative processing will take. Please see “Administrative Processing” for further information.

If you were advised at the interview that a waiver of ineligibility is required before the visa can be issued, you can expect your application to take up to 9 months to process from the date of the interview. Incomplete applications will take longer. Click here for further information.

We cannot guarantee visa issuance or visa processing times in advance.  All processing periods quoted are estimates only. If you require a visa, we recommend that you apply well in advance of your intended travel date and do not make non-refundable travel arrangements until you have been issued a visa and are in receipt of your passport.

It is not possible to collect your passport in person from the Embassy or Consulate.  As soon as your application has been processed, your passport will be handed to the courier service for delivery.

As soon as the processing of your application has been completed, your passport will be handed to the courier company for delivery and they will email you a tracking number.  You can use this number to track your delivery by signing into your account online at

We cannot answer any questions concerning the delivery.  Applicants choose how their passport is returned to them as part of the appointment booking process.  If you change your address or the  location of the delivery, or cannot remember where your passport is to be delivered, you must contact the Visa Appointment Service.