greetings all, I had an interview with the US consulate in Melbourne in march where I was denied a visa as I have a past offence that I was not convicted of. The consulate officer was to apply for a waiver of ineligibility on my behalf. About 2 weeks ago I received an email asking me to send in my passport and DS160 confirmation page. There was no other information on the email apart from the passport and ds160 request. I was looking for any information from past experiences from people...by requesting my passport, does this mean my waiver is approved? how long after sending in my passport will I receive it back? any information will be greatly appreciated.
*apologies* At the top of the email it also stated this ***WE ARE REQUIRED TO ISSUE YOUR VISA NO LATER THAN 26-AUG-2017**
In respect of return time: I went for an interview in Melbourne, was told B1B2 Visa was approved there and then; they kept my passport. Tracking via Toll (e-mailed to me without my asking for it) showed that the passport was picked up by Toll 2 days later and arrived at an address outside of Hobart 2 days after that. But as you've already waited a while, I guess the August date is your target.