I was interviewed for O1 visa stamping at Islamabad Consulate last month (15 Dec). The visa officer could not locate the approved O1 visa petition in their system; they told me that I do not have to do anything and check on their end.

He gave me a 221 G receipt and told me that the consulate would contact me.

They have kept my passport and original O1 approval notice.

Is it related to the PIMS issue? Any idea how long does it take for the embassy to respond. Its been almost 40 days, and CEAC does not show any progress.

Appreciate your inputs