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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    Do you know what the matter is?

    Hello!

    "Do you know what the matter is with your visa application?"

    Is this sentence correct?
    Is it formal or informal?

  2. emsr2d2's Avatar
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    #2

    Re: Do you know what the matter is?

    I would use "problem", not "matter". It's neither formal nor informal. It's OK and understandable. You will hear "Do you know what the problem with your visa application is?" (note the position of the word "is").
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  3. BobK's Avatar
    Harmless drudge
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    #3

    Re: Do you know what the matter is?

    Or, much less formally, 'Do you know what's up with your visa application?'

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