How to check US Visa status online (Nonimmigrant visa)
US offers various types of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. To check the status of your non-immigrant US Visa online, you have to log on to the official website of the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC), Bureau of Consular Affairs, US Department of State at https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx
To check the status of your US visa online (non-immigrant visa), you need the following information:
- Interview location
- DS-160 barcode number
Your visa can be refused or kept pending for either administrative processing or under section 214(b) of the INA Act of the United States.
You can check the status of your case by logging on to the official website of Consular Electronic Application Center. The information you require to check the status is listed below:
- CEAC barcode
- Interview location
Upon entering the above information, you should click on the option - Check My Visa Application Status. If you receive a message that your case is under administrative processing, you will be informed in case you have to submit additional information.
Section 214(b) of INA Act
Under Section 214(b) of Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) Act, a consular official processes your visa application assuming that you may choose to immigrate to the US in the near future. The onus is, therefore, on you to prove that you are financially strong in India and do not have any reasons whatsoever to settle in the United States.
It is important to note that all non-immigrant visa interviews, by and large, are held to understand whether you harbour any secret ambitions of shifting to the United States permanently. As an applicant, you will be asked questions based on the personal information you provided along with the supporting documents such as employment letters, letter of recommendation and financial statements among others which act as evidence. Any refusals under section 214(b) are not irreversible in that you can reapply if you want to submit new information.
How to check US Visa status online (Immigrant visa)
To check the status of your US visa online (immigrant visa), you have to log on to the official website of the Consular Electronic Application Center of the US Department of State at the link below:
To check the status of your US visa online (immigrant visa), you need your Immigrant Visa Case Number as in MTL1999626025 (example).
Check your Immigrant Petition Status
To check the status of your immigrant petition you have to log on to the official website of USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services) at the link below: https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/landing.do. To check the status of your petition, you should have your application receipt number (13-digit number).
News about Visa Status Online
United States Organizes Student Visa Day in Several Indian Cities
The United States Embassy welcomed over 4000 Indian students who hoped to draft an application for a US Visa. These visas were reserved for those who wanted to pursue higher studies in the North American nation. As of now, the US is housing around 166,000 Indian students that have been enrolled in several different institutions.
15th June 2017
H-1B Visas Issued Will Not Decline: Commerce Minister
The Union Commerce and Industries Minister, Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman has reassured the IT sector with regard to the issuance of the H-1B visas. The minister stated that the number of visas was not likely to go down and the proposed changes would only ‘tighten the selection process’. The IT sector has been on tenterhooks ever since the revamp of the H-1B visa applications was announced, and the Indian government has sought to calm the industry amidst fears of a decrease in the number of visas issued to India.
Out of the total number of H-1B visas issued each year, 17% are allotted to India. With the current administration looking to alter the allocation system from a lottery to a merits-based one, Indian companies were afraid this would result in an increase in costs, while Indian IT professionals were afraid they would lose their jobs.
This latest announcement comes on the heels of a statement made by Ms. Sitharaman where she appeared to be talking tough in the face of accusations made by the White House on ‘India unfairly cornering the H-1B visa market by flooding the system with applicants to up their chances of being allotted a visa’.
31st May 2017
Additional US Visa Appointments Available till December
The US Embassy officials have decided to temporarily increase the employees and staff in order to reduce the waiting time for visitors from India. So, there will be additional visa appointments available till December. They have also requested the visa applicants to take advantage of this opportunity and start booking for appointments. They can also persuade their family members and friends who have previously not applied for visa due to the amount of time needed to come forward now and avail this opportunity. They also have the provision of rescheduling previously made appointments.
18th October 2016
Issuance of US Visa in India cross 1 million mark
The US visas for tourism and business issued for Indians has crossed the mark of 1 million. When compared to the last 5 years, there has been a growth of 81 % in all the various categories. If this turns out to be an indication for India-US hard work for boosting the tourism and bilateral business links in the year 2017 then this number will go further up.
According to the Consular Affairs Assistant Secretary of State, Michele Thoren Bond, the visas are from different categories that include tourists, business people and students. US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi have taken a decision of considering 2017 as the tourism year. This will be done to encourage tourists and travel. Michele Thoren Bond added that the US Congress will deal with all the concerns related to the Visa fee hike expressed by different companies in India.
1st September 2016