Thought to share my experience with you -
In 2010, i renewed my H1B visa (received 221 g back then). My interview date was in March 2010 and visa expiration date is March 2012 and petition expiration date was 30 September 2011.
A rule of thumb is that once you receive a 221 g, you are very likely to receive it again in future. The clearance embassy receives is valid for 1 year only. So plan your next trip accordingly.
@theconfused: My passort expiry is 2022.
So they should stamped it valid till Sept 2014. As you mentioned, probability of getting a I-797 again is high. That is why I am trying to check whether I can ask embassy to change the expiration date to Spet 2014.
I got the message from VFS site today that my passport is dispatched. Hopefully it will have the visa stamped on it. Embassy site is still saying that the case number is not valid. I am guessing they remove the case number from their database as soon as the case is resolved or a decision is reached.
@theconfused: Thanks and I pray that you get your visa done as soon as possible.
Will let you know what VFS guys reply.
Finally received the passport today with the visa stamped. Here are my details, hopefully it will help other worried souls out there:
Interview date: 01/24/2012
Got pink slip 221g with no documents asked.
Got a confirmation from VFS that passport is dispatched on 02/08/2012 (15 days after the interview).
Received the passport with H1B stamped for the same duration as on I797.
The I797 was attached to the passport.
Thanks and good luck to others
I went for my H1b visa restamping on January 12th,2012. I was informed by VO that my visa is approved and I'll receive my passport within 3-5 days.
I did not receive my passport for 2-3 weeks, so I sent an email to VFS as per their request, so they can forward the email to embassy and figure out what is going on. I got reply from VFS on February 10th after sending email twice that as per embassy, they sent me email on January 13th requesting further documents for admin processing.
I never received any emails from embassy ever. Has anyone faced same situation? My one month is already wasted and I don't even know what documents I need to send to embassy.
If anyone has faced similar situation, let me know!
@ Dhara :: I read few posts in past where email from Consulate / VFS went into Spam folder. Do check your SPAM mails as well.