Q: I was issued 221(g) during my visa stamping in 2018. How should I answer "Have you been denied a US visa?" in my DS-160?
I was issued 221(g) in India in 2018 and granted the visa two months later without being asked any additional information. The form I received was in white color. I am still employed with the same company as the one during my that visa stamping. I will be going to get my visa stamped again and wanted to understand how I should answer "Have you been refused a US visa?" in my DS-160 form.
Yes, you have been refused. Section 221(g) is a refusal. The visa officer or staff will see from their records that the visa was later granted.
Important: Just be sure to answer the question honestly. Don't try to hide it -- no reason to, it won't stop you from getting a visa, while concealing information can be considered fraud.
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