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mch1234     10/20/2019 23:38 PM

Had my H1B interview at Hyd consulate on October 18, 2019

F1 -> CPT -> Pre-OPT -> OPT -> STEM OPT -> H1B COS on October 1st

Basic questions from a very friendly VO, he did not ask for any docs at all.

Oh xyz company. Where in abc State do you live ?
How long have you been working for them?
What's your salary?
Have you ever been out of status ? (to which i replied No)
Are you sure? (Yes, I am)
Okay, I don't think you were, we're going to have to manually change something. It might take an extra day or two. Everything else looks good ! Thanks.

FYI - I haven't submitted the final evaluation on my I-983, which i recently realized i should've done, so i'll be doing that soon. Could that be a reason ? I spoke to another person, who also is in the same situation but he does not have to submit his I-983 since he was not on his STEM OPT, so im kinda thinking it is a data issue.

Has anyone had a similar situation be resolved in a day or two before ? My flight back is early next week and I won't make it if my VO doesn't come through on his 1-2 day timeline.

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arkman     10/20/2019 15:03 PM

I gave my interview on 11th October. Standard questions and VO said your visa is approved and you will get it within a week. A week later I got an email saying document ready for pickup but CEAC still shows Admin processing. I picked up the passport today and along with it was the blue slip with a tick on "Police certificate to be submitted along with passport"

Please let me know if anyone else has gone through this.


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shksrj     10/20/2019 07:38 AM

when my turn came up, VO just took my passport and nothing else..

Questions Asked..

- Which company do you work ?
- Are you direct employee ?
- What is your annual salary ?
- Which university have you done your masters ?

and than he was talking about winter in our state which is pretty bad.

I was hopping for those golden sentence, but this is what VO said..

I am trying to approve your application but for some reason its not allowing me. I need couple of days to crosscheck few things. And than he gave me white slip - 221g and it does not have any check boxes.

i was checking the status online and below are the updates:

Interview Date : 10-Oct-2019
Case Created: 09-Oct-2019
Case Last Updated: 15-Oct-2019 (Admin Processing)
Case Last Updated: 16-Oct-2019 (Issued)

18th Oct i got my passport delivered

Hope this gives some confidence

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oscarsmith     10/20/2019 04:54 AM

Made my fresh H1B interview with my wife H4 in 16th of Oct.

VO ask for our passports,I797 and I129 all together, then the first and only question was about the employee rights in U.S! I answered perfectly.
Then asked us to have a seat in the waiting area, we spent 2 hours waiting til she finally called us to the window.

she directly informed us that we need to make another interview (Re-Interview!!), as at this moment they can not reach Washington (I do not know what is in Washington)!!

then she said (i will ask few questions for now, so the 2nd interview will not be that long),
asked about my age, my current position, and my position in U.S.
then asked my wife about her age, what is her position.

Then she returned all the documents along with our passports without any slip, and she said, we will contact you in few day for the 2nd interview, I really got so shocked!!

Any one have such an experience or any justification, please help!!

Looked into CEAC, my ds-160 status said AP til this moment.

Thanks in advance for your comments and help.

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[email protected]     10/18/2019 22:34 PM

Question asked are as below,

1. What is the purpose of Trip?

2. What type of trip is this?

3. Who is your employer?

4. How long are you associated with this employer?

5. Who is your client?

6. You are working at the client location right?

7. What is the client location?

8. What are your responsibilities?


She awaited me for two minutes typing something in her monitor and finally said the Golden words!


“Your Visa is approved , wish you happy journey!”

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h1b_bubbles     10/18/2019 22:27 PM


I gave my visa interview on Friday 10/11. VO approved my case and told me I will get my passport back by Friday 10/18. I have not heard anything back from consulate/passport pick-up location yet.

Anyone on the same boat?

My status on website is still 'Administrative Processing'. What should I do in this case?

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Vignesh Sankar     10/18/2019 09:00 AM

Hi All,
Hope you guys are doing good.
I had attended my interview today,18th Oct 2019 at Chennai US consulate.
I was asked with some 10 to 12 basic questions and the QA session went actually good and i was very much confident.
The Verification Officer collected my Resume and said she would be taking it to review and re validate my resume against the role of Architect and I would be required to wait longer for knowing the results and suggested to check on the case status.
She also added that I need not appear for an interview again. She did not ask me for any other documents or gave me a time frame by when I could get the response.
My petition validity is only 30 March 2020.
Can some body help me with guidelines to track my case or share some piece of any other info if some had faced the same scenario


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rambo13     10/18/2019 07:04 AM

Hello All,

I have attended my fresh H1 stamping on Oct 16 and at the end visa officer told that he wanted to retain the passport and will get in 3-5 business days.

Counter 16

Me: Hello sir, how are you doing?
VO: I am doing good. How are you?
Me: I am doing good too. Thank you for asking.
VO: Great. Is this fresh or existing h1?
Me: It is fresh H1.
VO: Who is your petitioner?
Me: Told my employer name.
VO: What is your designation?
Me: Told my role.
VO: Highest degree?
Me: MS in US.
VO: Which subject?
Me: Computer Science.
VO: Is it direct or client model ?
Me: Client Model.
VO: Who is your client?
Me: Told the name.
VO: He got confused and asked again.
Me: Repeated the name (my client company never uses its full name only use the abbreviation)
VO: Ok. Where it is located?
Me: San Antonio, TX.
VO: How long have you been working with this client?
Me: Told the effective date and the months.
VO: Ok sir. Your case need additional administrative processing and I am going to retain your passport and you will get within 3-5 business days and passed small white slip which does not have any case number or check boxes, it has standard information .
Me: Do you need any documents from my end?
VO: No. If needed, we will send you the communication.
Me: Thank you and have a nice day
VO: Thank you and same to you.

CEAC Updates:

Case Created: 15 Oct 2019 (OFC Date)
Case updated : Twice
                           (16 Oct after interview)
                           (17 Oct the very next day), but still showing administrative processing.

Anyone on the same boat? how long do you think this will take?


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nirchak88     10/18/2019 07:02 AM

Hi, I had interview along with my wife(H4) and son (H4) on Aug 27th in Chennai and been issued 221G blue slip asking client letter and project description on which i am going to work and SOW between my company and client.

After 1 week from interview my employer submitted all the documents what were asked for and these were so many question and answer between my employer and consulate all were answered.

Our client has received call from consulate and they were also answered.

2 week back i received email from consulate asking project description and i just replied to that email 2 days back but what is surprising me is that status last updated date is never changed in CEAC and still it is in AP so i dont know what is going on

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srinivas1993     10/18/2019 05:44 AM


My interview was on 30th Sept and Officer returned passport because it was damaged and gave 221g blue slip. I applied for new passport and dropped it VAC Chennai on 4th Oct. The Status was Admin Processing till 17th October and it changed to "Application Received". After 15 mins, it changed back to Admin Processing. I am not sure how to understand this. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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