DHS "waiver of ineligibility" processing at the U.S. Consulate Belfast
If your visa application was refused pending Department of Homeland Security (DHS) authorization (a "waiver of ineligibility") to issue you a visa, you can check the status of your case on-line.
The case status report is updated approximately once per week. If you applied recently and your case is not yet listed, please check back periodically for the next update.
Estimated current processing time: 18 - 20 weeks.
How to read the case status report
Find your Case No. in the case status report and note the case Status. There are only four case status remarks: Pending; Email Sent (Date); Send Passport (PPT) and Processed. Each remark is explained below and instructions are given where applicable.
Pending: We are still awaiting a response from DHS. Please continue to check here for further updates.
Send Passport (PPT): DHS have granted you a waiver of ineligibility. You need to submit your passport for visa issuance.
Email Sent: We have sent an email to the email address you provided on your visa application form requesting additional information or documents, or providing you with additional information on the status of your case. Please check your emails.
Processed: We have received a response from DHS, your application has been processed to conclusion, and your passport has been returned to you.
Please note: DHS can either grant or deny the waiver request. "Processed to conclusion" means that your visa has been issued or denied depending on the DHS response. For this reason, please do not purchase tickets or make final travel plans until you have received your documents and confirmed that your visa application has been successful.
ESTA is for visa-free travel. DO NOT APPLY FOR ESTA.
Case Status Check
Please note: In order to check the status of your application, you will require your Case No (found on the letter handed to you at the visa interview.)