Applying for a non-immigrant visa at a U.S. consulate or embassy abroad generally takes 2-4 weeks to obtain the visa. If the applicant is coming to the U.S. to study or engage in research in a sensitive area, he/she may be subject to a background check, which can further delay the process.
The average time for a background check is 67 days. If the delay is considerably longer, the IO has created a procedure to assist students and scholars.
The student/scholar or the department should contact the IO. Once the IO is notified, the following actions should be taken:
NOTE: Please contact the International Office first before taking any action. Embassy and Consulate Officials are not always responsive to department letters or faxes.