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Visa Application Status

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Center for International Programs
West Chester University
320 Mitchell Hall
675 S. Church Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-3515
Fax: 610-436-3426

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

International Student Advising:
Make an appointment.
Limited availability for walk-ins.

Study Abroad Advising:
Make an appointment.
Limited availability for walk-ins.

Visa Application Status

Pending Application

Visa applications may be in pending status due to security clearances being performed by the U.S. Department of State. There tends to be longer delays for security checks in China and Iran. It is not possible to expedite the security clearance process and WCU or CIP is unable to intervene on the student's behalf.


Students arriving late should email the CIP

 and their academic department alerting them of the delay. In general, a student cannot arrive more than one week after classes start and be an enrolled student for that semester. Students who may be more than one week late will need to work with their academic department and Admissions to defer their attendance to the next semester. The CIP and Admissions will then assist students with providing updated I-20/DS-2019.

Common Reasons for Denied Application

  • Section 221(g) - Lack of required documentation
  • INA 214(b) - Failure to demonstrate eligibility for the visa category being applied for (Insufficient ‚ÄúTies to Home Country is a possible reason)

Students who receive a denial should not get upset or argue with the consular officer. Students will most often be issued a letter that explains why the application has been denied.

If an explanation letter is not issued, students should request a written documentation for the reason of denial. Students should politely ask the officer how to improve their chances for next time and what additional documentation should be provided to reverse the denial. Students should thank the officer and take down his or her name for future reference.

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