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Administrative Processing

Administrative Processing Assistance in Charlotte

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Have you applied for a nonimmigrant visa? Your application may experience a significant delay due to an issue called administrative processing, in which the adjudicating officer or agency takes an unspecified amount of time to review additional information related to your case.

Administrative processing can occur for any of the following reasons, and more:

  • Suspicion of fraud or a threat to national security
  • Assessment of criminal history
  • “Questionable” posts on social media
  • Substance abuse (particularly for applications from athletes)
  • Verification of various factors (e.g. qualifications, the applicant’s relationship to their sponsor, etc.)
  • Assessment of any recent executive orders (e.g. immigration bans) and whether they apply to the applicant
  • The general need for additional details or evidence

Unfortunately, some applications may enter administrative processing for no clear reason, and there is no legal limit to the amount of time an application can exist in this bureaucratic limbo. If you are applying for an O or P visa, you likely don’t have much time to wait, as the next step of your career may hinge upon a competition or series of performances in the United States.

Fortunately, you do have options. At Oakhurst Legal Group, our team assists innumerable clients with challenges like administrative processing. Our goal is to submit thorough, errorless applications that minimize the risk of triggering administrative processing. Additionally, we use strategies like congressional inquiries to end this often-unwarranted delay.

Ready to learn more about how we can assist you with administrative processing in Charlotte? Call (704) 288-1003 or contact us online to request your complimentary case evaluation today.

Congressional Inquiries

Administrative processing can occur when an application is reviewed by either USCIS or the DOS. No matter which agency is processing your application, you may benefit from a congressional inquiry, which we file routinely on our clients’ behalf.

A congressional inquiry is when we reach out to a congressperson to ask about the status of a visa application. This congressperson may then expedite the adjudication process and help us obtain a visa for our client. Almost every congressperson has an immigration liaison, and we work tirelessly to establish rapport and cultivate trusted relationships with these influential figures.

Act Now to Avoid Delays

Because most of our clients are pursuing temporary visas for internationally recognized events or programs in the United States, we work proactively to avoid administrative processing wherever possible, and we strive to end this delay by reaching out to congresspersons.

Alternatively, we may file a mandamus lawsuit in federal court to compel the agency to make a decision regarding your case. However, a full year will need to pass before this option becomes available.

No matter what phase of the visa application process you are experiencing, we urge you to get in touch with us right away. With our years of experience, our Charlotte immigration processing attorneys know what steps to take to give your application the highest possible likelihood of approval.


Extraordinary talent requires extraordinary legal services. To schedule your consultation, call (704) 288-1003 or contact us online. We offer services in French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, and Arabic.


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