I applied for US tourist visa in the US consulate in Paris. They have taken longer than a month to issue the visa and the status says its under “administrative processing”. I’m presuming this to mean background check (?). I urgently needed my passport back for travels to another country and will not travel to the US till they approve the visa (in which case I’ll have to travel back to Paris for getting the stamp which is ok with me). Their website has a contact form but “passport request back” is not listed as a contact reason (EDIT: my apologies this statement is wrong. This is listed as an option I just checked it on a wider screen). I wanted to know how long it would take to get passport back if I request such a thing under “administrative processing” option. Is cancelling the visa process faster than requesting passport back while keeping visa process going in the background?
Also, has anyone had any similar experience? Do they only return it by mail or is it possible to request them to hand it to you at the embassy (might be faster) ?
Thanks in advance.