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SRKiran     10/24/2016 00:29 AM

I am a H1B applicant working in the USA with a valid visa stamp in my passport until 01-Sep-2017, this visa was sponsored by my previous employer “Employer A”. Last year, I quit “Employer A” and joined “Employer B” and the new I797 form from the “Employer B” has validity until 01-May-2018.
The same is the case with my dependents(my wife and my daughter), the visa stamp in their respective passports has ‘expiration date’ of 01-Sep-2017, sponsored by “Employer A”, and their new I797 from “Employer B” has validity until 01-May-2018.

Now, my dependents are in India and are planning to come back to USA on 18-April-2017. Given that I switched job and their visa stamp has reference to my old employer, should they visit the US consulate for visa stamping despite the fact they have valid stamp until 01-Sep-2017?

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Adarsh Andamada     10/21/2016 11:43 AM

I attended my H1B interview in Chennai consulate today.
Interviewer asked me general questions:
-Who is your petitioner ?
-Which client you will working for?
-Which is your client location?
- What will be your annual salary?
After this he informed me that your case require further verification and is being sent for Administrative Processing. I asked for the reason, he said your case is all fine and I'm satisfied with your responses but we need to do some more processing on your case. He handed me a blue slip with 'Administrative Processing' option ticked along with my case number.
He collected the below documents from me.
-Client invitation letter
-Satwic experience letter
-Pay slips
-Bank statements
-Income tax returns etc
And he just told me, they'll inform if they need any additional documents to be submitted.
Most importantly, he informed no need to attend the interview again and I can drop off my passport in any of the VFS in Bangalore.

Can anyone let me know when i can expect the administrative process to be completed.?

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Sreenu.81     10/20/2016 07:56 AM

My counter VO was so serious that she has reject before 2 of them,but was nice when my turn came in......Was too luck.....:)

VO : Which Company you are working for
VO:What is your salaray
ME:XXX(Need to say H1 salary / year)
VO : Who's your Client
VO : How many years you are working in current company

Questions to my Wife

VO : How many years of your marriage
VO : Do you know where are you going

VO was searching on her desktop for 15 se4cs and then the golded words flow" VISA APPROVED"

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rajurokz     10/17/2016 03:16 AM

Hello All,

I have been a silent follower of this website for sometime now. I appreciate the ones who shared their experience and wish luck for those who are in the process of stamping. Well, here I'm writing down my experience, which can be used as a reference but remember, every case is individual and different to itself.

OFC Appointment:

Date: 07/10/16
Time: 1:00PM

I reached the place an hour in advance, parked my vehicles in one of the paid parking lots around the VAC building, left all my belongings in the car and carried just a file with required documents(i.e. DS-160, Visa Appointment letter and Visa Receipt). Went up to the gate at 12:15, but the security dint allow as my slot was at 1PM. Waited at the main entrance for 10mins, a security personal approached me and asked me to check once again, to my surprise, the same person allowed me. A person approached me and took the documents, verified and allowed into the main building. After a regular security check, was issues a token and asked to sit in the waiting area. Before my turn, a lady guided towards a free counter. A person sitting on the other side of the glassed cabin took my Finger impressions and a photograph was taken, that's it! Done for the Day!!

Consular Appointment:

Date: 14/10/16
Time: 12:00
Counter no: 12

Arrived just 15 mins before, parked car in a multi-storied parking lot, proceeded directly towards the consulate. A person at the gate verified the appointment schedule and passport, then entered the consulate. At the security check, I was asked to remove all the items from the pocket including the file and the passport to place in a tray,which was scanned and handed over. Then headed towards the counters, where finger impressions were cross checked, You get to see the first american here. Then asked to stand in the queue for the final session. Was given a token and sent into a room. There were 1 student and a H1B cases ahead of me in my queue. VO was asking various question to he F1 guy,dint pay attention as it was unnecessary,poor chap got rejected after 10mins of interview. Next guy was with family and from a MNC, his interview was smooth and the VO sounded gentle.Meanwhile, the other counter has students being interviewed and one of the other VOs was shouting at a f1 guy. Couldn't afford to loose my concentration nor my confidence. Hence kept smiling and stood confident, then came my turn.

VO: How are you doing Sir?
Me: Good afternoon Officer! Well, I'm doing good. Thank you and How about you.
VO: Good Mate! So, You are going to Work on H1B.. Whats your company name XXXX?

VO couldn't pronounce the company's name right ,Corrected him with the right pronunciation.

Me:Its not that, its XXXX company.
VO: Is this an Indian company?
Me:No, its an European company with presence all around the world.
VO: Which location are you going to work for XXXX company and where is its headquarters located?
Me:I will be working at a clinet site.
VO:Where is your client located?
VO: What is your current designation?
Me: Software Developer! Do ou want me to brief my roles and responsibilities?
VO:No. That's okay!

Kept searching something on his system.. few mins later..

VO: Congratulations! Your visa is approved :)
I'm not sure if these guys carry the best smile of its just my exaggeration out of happiness, VO had the best smile ever :) :)

Me: Thank you Officer!
VO: have a nice stay in the US, Good luck!
Me: Thank you, have a good day mate :)
VO: You too

1. Every case is independent to itself, so do not relate to anyone.
2. Keep all your documents handy, no matter if it is useful or not.

Getting H1b approved is just half the job, rest is to go there, settle down and lead the dream life. Congratulations to those who made it and good luck for future. For those who couldn't make it, there is a lot to do in the world, this was just one among them. And, remember there is always a next time, don't loose the hope, Good luck! :)

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nivia88@yahoo.com     10/14/2016 05:34 AM

I attended visa interview today. VO asked me few questions about employer name,client name,client location, project name and salary.
He kept on looking at the system and asked me to submit the entire set of petition. He said he needs to have a closer look at the petition and asked me to wait for sometime. After 30 mins of wait, i was called by the VO and told me that my case is under Administrative processing and issued a pink slip . He didn’t ask for other documents.
I wonder why my case went to Administrative processing?
How long does it take to get my case resolved?

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ALIJ     10/11/2016 05:26 AM

Hi Team,

Please help me any one which I have similar situation like me.

I got RFE on Education on one month back and within week my employer is responded with all detail.

One month Passed have not received any update from USCIS hence, my employer upgraded to premium process on RFE.

Could any one suggest me what is time line for normal RFE and Premium RFE process timeline.

Now my case is RFE premium upgraded shall I get feedback within 15 business day from USCIS?

Shoukath Ali

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speedracer     09/27/2016 09:33 AM


I wanted to share my H1B renewal experience. I interviewed for the same company and location. I live in Bangalore and had initially filled in a DS 160 for Chennai. Since no dates were available, I picked Kolkata and filled another DS-160.

Important points:
1. You need a DS-160 for specific location, i.e Fill and print a new one if you change your interview location.
2. Take your previous Visa passport copy and all petition documents including LCA.
3. Make sure your DS-160 US contact information lists your immediate manager or higher up in the chain of command. Do not list your spouse.
4. Include an India mobile number in the DS 160 form

My appointment was at 8:30 AM and I reached at 8:15. Even that is early by Indian Standards.
There are no printing shops nearby so make sure you get everything before hand.
There is no point reaching 1 hr early. They make you stand on a road for at least 20 minutes about 50 meters from the consulate entrance.

From the line on the road you will be directed to move to the entrance of the consulate where they will check your DS 160 and passport. Your name will be cross checked against a list and given a token number. I have no idea why they give you this number because there is no system inside. It looks like FCFS. Its not a physical token but a mental one. Mine was 46. Go Valentino Rossi :D
Once you enter, you will be asked to scan your documents through the machine. Make sure you dont have any battery operated devices (includes smart watches and pedometers). Make sure you dont have sealed documents like your University Transcripts.
Once scanned and frisked, you will enter the waiting area where they check all your documents - Passport, petition, relevant documents depending on your visa type. One smart guy also asked me how many people work in my company. I am still wondering why because he has no authority in decision making. Once checked you sit and warm a chair for 10 mins or less.

From here you move to another building for the actual interview. Here you form another line from where you go to either Counter 1,2 or 3. A person (of indian origin) will double check your documents and ask you about your company, designation,etc. They also give free advice which I found completely unnecessary. From here you are moved to Counter 4 for fingerprint (this is different from the ten printing, this is for verification)

From Counter 4 you move to a seating area close by where you move from chair to chair as people move to the interview queue. When it is your turn, you are directed to a specific counter depending on your language of interview.

VO: Good morning
Me: Good morning
VO: Company XYZ is a startup?
Me: No, It is an acquisition
VO: What is your designation
Me: I work as ABC
VO: Your Visa is approved

Overall, it took 30 seconds but the process took close to an hour. Overall I found Chennai embassy to be a lot more organized in their working and spacious. The only advantage of Kolkata is that dates are available easily and this is what mattered to me the most.

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ashpa     09/24/2016 00:53 AM


I had a query on applying H4 visa for my kid who is 4 years old.

Last year when my husband stamped H1, we had stamped H4 for myself and for kid.
Me and my kid have not traveled on h4 anytime and she is in INDIA now.
Husband is currently working in US.

My I-797 is approved and I have to appear for h1b stamping.

1) When I go for H1 stamping should I take my kid along for h4 stamping so that she will be MY dependent when travelling? can I apply for her h4 again?
2)Is her existing h4 stamped with husbands organisation good enough for her travel.(Note: husband is in US and I will be travelling with kid).

Legally which is the correct way ?
Please advice

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nirmala.vijayr     09/23/2016 10:43 AM

Hi All,

My situation is as below,

Applied for COS from H4 - H1 in 2015 and started working from Nov 2015 that time i was pregnant.
Then traveled to india in Jan 2016 for my delivery and appeared for H1 stamping on Sep 19th 2016.
I applied H4 for my daughter based on my husband's H1 petition different from my employer. My husband petition was approved and stamped one and valid till 2019.
I had scheduled stamping interview for myself(H1 ) and my daughter (H4 ) by thinking that two different petitions will be approved and there will not be much issue for my daughter's H4. I did not bring my daughter for the stamping. My petition went on 221g without even much questions and VO returned my passport as well as my daughters passport stating that My daughter will not be travelling without me.
I specifically asked whether she is travelling or not could you please approve her petition but the response is NO.
I really do not understand why my daughters petition also went on 221g also VO didnot give 2 different blue slip. In one blue slip she tagged both of our application numbers.
My situation is i can travel as i have valid and stamped H4 in worst case and just to avoid long waiting in India as my husband is in US right now.
But my daughter was unable to get a visa.
What would be the possible ways to get a visa for her,

Can i reapply H4 for her? If yes what are the steps?
Is there a way i can request B2 for her?

Can someone guide me with the process?
Thank you!

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anilch99     09/21/2016 15:45 PM

My wife is working with H1 visa, and would like her to change to H4 by going to Stamping in Mexico. It worked !

We are from San Diego and her current H1 visa's last date is Sep 19. Got the appointments for Sep 14(for ASC) and Sep 19 ( for VISA interview) in Tijuana, Mexico.

On Sep 14: We crossed the border by walk from east entrance (only entrance into Mexico) and entered into Tijuana. Officials gave the stamping for 7 days. Took the YellowCab, they charged 12\$ to ASC. We reached the ASC almost 2 hrs early, still they are okay. everything is done in 10 mins.
Took the local TAXI back to border, they charged 6\$. Walked back from the same entrance where we crossed border. It took almost 2.5 hrs ( Bad).

On Sep 19: Crossed border from East entrance, officials gave 7 days stamping. Took YellowCab, charged 25\$. She had done with her H4 visa interview ( SUCCESS! ) and they asked her to collect the passport and my I-797 on Sep 20 at 3:00PM

Took uber to a hotel near ASC, charged around 150 pesos. Took suite for 55\$ ( paid in pesos). had lunch at local Thai restaurant, dinner at Chilis.

On Sep 20: Had lunch at Panjabi restaurant ( Walk able). Took Uber at 1:30 to consulate and paid 110 pesos. Waiting till 3PM, collected the Passport. Took Uber to Border and paid 140 pesos. This time, he drooped at west entrance. Long walk, but no queue and no waiting ( How lucky !). My wife paid 6\$ for new I-94. in 15 mins, we crossed the border and entered into US( Next to Mall)

My Observations:

1. Enter into Tijuana, Mexico using east entrance (only way) and return using PEDWEST
2. Use Uber. It is so cheap compared to Yellocab ( 3-4 times less)
3. Use pesos, not dollars for local transactions ( restaurants, hotel, store).
4. Download Spanish translator APP into your Phone before entering ( might help to communicate).
5. If possible, enable DATA plan in your phone before entering.

6. Hotel prices might be cheap if you book with directly instead of online. ( check with them before)
7. You can make some good friends at Consulate. (Uber prices can be shared :) and can cross the border together)
8. ENJOY the trip with Piece of mind

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