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Once you submit your application, you must wait until the Embassy has made a decision on your case. This process usually takes 15 business days from receipt by the Embassy of a complete application and may take longer during peak times and in exceptional circumstances.

When submitting a visa application in our Washington DC, Miami, or Houston Visa Application Centers, you may choose to collect the passport in person at the end of the visa application process, or to have it returned by UPS courier.

For collection of passport, you need to bring an extra photocopy of the passport bio data page (page with photo) + signature page if your signature is not on the passport bio data page, for later collection purposes.

Applicants can opt to be notified via our SMS and Email service when the passport returns from the Mission and is ready for collection in the respective Visa Application Center, or sent by courier if requested.

You can check the status of your application online using the reference number on your receipt (which is issued to you on the day of your appointment) and your date of birth.

If you have opted for the SMS service you will be notified via SMS and email regarding the status of your application. The final SMS you will receive will inform you when the application is ready for collection in the Visa Application Center, or is being sent to you by courier.

Once you receive the notification, you can collect the passport in person with your collection receipt from Visa Application Center, at the designated times.

Upon collection of passports, applicants are advised to check that the visa granted meets with their travel schedule.

Applicants unable to collect in person may authorize another person to collect the passport on their behalf. The authorized person will need to bring the passport photocopy with the receipt, an authorization letter signed by the applicant, and a photo ID.

Example of an authorization letter

If you have opted for the courier service, your passport will be dispatched to you via Courier service.

You will be able to begin tracking your envelope on the day after you have been notified it is being dispatched to you from the Visa Application Center. Please use the tracking number from the sticker on your receipt to track your envelope.