SVS- () • 10/17/2012 18:44 PM
First of all, thanks a bunch for very useful comments/experiences about the new visa process. It helped a lot.
My background:- H1-B; FTE; changed employer 1 month ago while being in the US; stamping at Mumbai consulate - BKC.
Wanted to share my experience with filling DS-160 and possibly making an error while entering the "Given Name" information. The initial of my First, Middle and Last names are SVS. In DS-160, I mistakenly entered only "Sxxxxxxxx" in the "Given Name" field instead of as "Sxxxxxxxx Vxxxxxxx". My passport had my "Given Name" as "Sxxxxxxxx Vxxxxxxx". When I went for the OFC visit they immediately made me aware of the mistake and asked me to edit the DS-160 and bring back the Confirmation page within 2 hours to the OFC to ensure that my OFC appointment can be done as scheduled. In addition my profile name on the http://portal.ustraveldocs.com
website was also Sxxxxxxxx Sxxxxxxxx. i.e. not having my middle name Vxxxxxxx.
I ran back home only to realize that you cannot really edit your DS-160 form, you need to re-fill a new one. By the time I had finished filling up a new DS-160 the office time foe the OFC was over. I had missed on my OFC appointment. I called the support phone number at ustraveldocs. They suggested 3 things.
1. re-enter a new DS-160
2. wait for 24 hours before the http://portal.ustraveldocs.com
is updated to show that my OFC was a "No Show". Main interview appt will start showing "Cancelled". Only after that I can take a fresh set of appointments (OFC and Interview).
3. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with a passport first page scan. It is for requesting to add middle name to the profile on http://portal.ustraveldocs.com
Just after midnight (IST) of the same calendar day, the http://portal.ustraveldocs.com
website starting showing me the option again to "Schedule an appointment". I used the new DS-160 number to schedule the a fresh set of appointments (OFC and Interview). Later that morning at 8:00 AM I called the I called the support phone number at ustraveldocs to add middle name to my profile. The lady over the phone corrected that immediately over the phone. I re-printed the "appointment confirmation" page with correct name.
Rest of the process was pretty smooth. Have been approved for the Visa. Had choosen the option to hand collect the passport at the Trade Center. Anxiously waiting to receive SMS/email confirming that my passport is ready for pick-up. Have a flight back to the US in less than 48 hours.
********* bottom line - PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT your Given Name in DS-160 and the appointment website matches exactly as it says in your passport. *******************
Thanks and All the best for your visa experiences !