221g for damaged passport - Chennai dropbox processing time


I was issued a 221g earlier because the passport I’d submitted was damaged. I have now got a new passport, and also a new I-797. I e-mailed the consulate (Chennai) to see what documents to submit now. They responded saying that I should submit my new passport, 221g notice and the new I-797.

I will be using the drop-box facility in Chennai. Has anyone been in a similar situation? - got 221g for damaged passport? And how long did it take for them to return the passport after you submitted it?

Any response is welcome. I only have about 20 days after my submit my passport to my travel date so I am hoping they’d be able to return the passport before my travel.

Thank you.

Someone kindly respond please!!

If the only concern was damaged passport, then the turnaround time should be 1-2 weeks. However, there is no SLA so it can take few days to few weeks to several months. Anyone’s guess.

Hi prasanna1157,

Can you share when did you receive your passport after the submission date?


I got it in 14 working days