According to the website of the Department of Homeland Security, a visa applicant can check on the status of an application by entering the individual USCIS receipt number assigned to the application. The U.S. Department of State also receives applications and offers online status updates at Ceac.State.gov.
Visas for travel to the United States fall into many categories, with different requirements and time frames for review, according to the website of the Department of State at Travel.State.Gov, sometimes identified as the National Visa Center. Once an initial visa application has been made, it receives a USCIS receipt number, according to Homeland Security. This number can be used on either the Homeland Security website or the State Department electronic review website to check on the application status.