Slip Issued After The DV Lottery interview | 221(g) Pink Paper


The second paper that you might be given after the DV lottery interview is the Pink Paper. Today we’ll be looking on 221(g) the Pink Paper/Slip.

Remember that the information here on the various types of documents, is the general information that will be found on the paper. Depending on the embassies, there might be some various variations, but the overall information of the content will be the same.

What are the content of the 221(g) pink slip/paper?

The pink paper/slip is one of the colors of the 221(g) visa refusal document and it indicates that there is an issue with the documentation provided in support of your visa application.

This means that the visa officer requires additional documentation to make a decision on your visa application.

When you receive a pink slip, it is crucial to carefully review the instruction provided on the slip and understand what additional document is required.

As usual, whichever color of the paper you get on the refusal, read thoroughly through the document and understand the requirement. Of course, the consular will tell you whatever is needed, but this paper will in details explain the need.

It is when you miss some other document, for example, if your medical results have not been submitted to the embassy at the time of your interview, then you can be given the pink paper.

What are other things or other documents that by them missing will cause you to be given the pink paper?

One of the common reason for receiving the pink paper is the missing or expired passport. Remember, your passports, both yours and for your derivatives, need to have an expiration period of beyond six months after the interview. That is a requirement.

If your passport expires maybe in two months after the interview or three months after the interview, or under six months, then you can be given the pink paper. Or if your passport is currently expired at the time of the interview, you also expect to get this pink paper.

In this case, the visa officer may request you to provide a valid passport before the application proceeds. It is essential to make sure that your passport is valid before you attend the interview.

Before submitting anything, or attending the interview, ensure your passports they meet the requirements.

Incomplete Birth Certificate

Another reason is incomplete birth certificate. If the birth certificate is incomplete, there are some missing birth certificates or missing details on the birth certificate, you will be put to this administrative processing and be given the pink paper until you rectify those missing information on a birth certificate or the missing birth certificate.

In this case, the visa officer may require that you provide a certified copy. If you go without the certified copy of the birth certificate, expect a pink paper.

Ensure that you go with the original documents plus a certified notarized documents, for all those documents that require to be notarized, don’t skip any of them.

The pink document may also be issued if there are discrepancies in the information provided on your visa. If there are some minor differences, minor solvable differences inside your applications, then you can be given this pink paper.

Also if you come from other countries, like for example, South Africa and you fail to provide your social media handle, your social media accounts, expect to receive this pink paper.

So any discrepancies in the application that can be solved, they will lead you to receive the pink paper.

Delayed medical results, maybe the medical examining center has not yet sent the results to the embassy, then you’ll be given this pink paper as you wait for the results to be submitted.

In this case, the visa officer may require to provide the additional documentation or the support information for that case and it is important to respond promptly. That is the key take away for all these documents discussed.

You act as fast as you can, don’t make any delay because the more you delay, the slower your process will be.

In some cases the processing may take longer than others, essential to remain calm, to remain settled as you wait for the processing of this kind of 221(g) refusal.

In conclusion, when you receive the pink paper you may become stressed. Of course it is a disturbing situation because your expectation is when you go for the interview, you go successfully and get the visa approved. Just be calm and comply with the requirements.

Be careful to go through all the information on the document, be careful to comply with them as needed. It is good also if you submit your documents and you see some delay, it’s good also to follow up your case. There’s no punish you on doing that.

In Summary

Reasons for Pink Slip/Paper

  • The pink paper is issued is when you have issues with documentation and discrepancies in your application or
  • when your passport is expired or
  • your birth certificate misses something, or
  • you don’t have the notarized documents or
  • your medical examination has not yet been submitted, that is, the results of the medical examination have not yet been submitted and
  • some further documentation that are required in support of the information.

That is the general conclusion of the pink paper.

Other documents with different colors that are issued.

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