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Ajax57     05/17/2019 07:10 AM

I am a full time employee for telecommunications company since 2008.
I was slightly worried as my current H1B expires in September and I had to travel while my H1B extension is pending.
But, the interview was very smooth and visa was approved until Sep 2019 in 2 mins.

VO: Good morning sir
Me: Good morning mam
VO: How long have you been working for this company?
Me: Almost 11 years
VO: What is your work location?
Me: answered
VO: What is your title and job duties?
Me: Network Engineer and explained job duties.
VO: What is your highest degree?
Me: Master's in EECS from XYZ University
VO: Do you know your rights?
Me: Yes
VO: Ok, your visa is approved.

I did overhear VO asking for latest payslip from a lady appearing for H1 visa before me who was working for a client and was approved as well.

Attended interview on May 15th and collected visa stamped passport on May 17th by showing my old expired passport as ID and appointment letter for confirmation.

Good luck to others.

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tarun6     05/17/2019 05:06 AM

EVM scenario

VO: good Morning
Me: Good Morning. How are you?
VO: Doing great.Thank you
VO: Do you work at client location or employer location.
Me; Client Location.
VO: Who is the client ? Business of client?
Me: Told client name and business of client
VO: What do you work on?
Me: Explained in details business model and duties
VO: Project name?
Me: Told
VO: Highest education?
Me: Told (Masters)
ME: told
VO:Do you know your rights?
VO:Ever been out of status?
VO: It looks like we need to do some administrative processing, gave white slip took my passport though and told will get decision in one week.

Do I need worry anything ??

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Sweetyanand     05/16/2019 08:56 AM

Hi ,

  Myself and my husband we are planning to travel to India in the month of August. Currently my husband works as a fte with direct client. Previously he was working as a contractor it's been about 2 yrs since our i140 got approved and we have had 2 extension so far this will be our 2nd stamping interview in India. We did one stamping in 2015. Just wanted to check the odds of getting 221g this time for our stamping from the experts here. I know now lot of people are getting 221g irrespective of the work background. Is it safe to travel with our give situation. We will be going to Chennai consulate for stamping.

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hpganesh1     05/16/2019 01:21 AM

Case : I already have my I140 approved and obtained an extension for 3 years effective June20. So my H1b had still not expired. I am with the same employer, but got promoted last year.

Dropbox Location : Bangalore.
Consulate : Chennai

10th May 2019 : dropped off passports with docs at VFS banagalore. Status: Passport is being delivered to post
11th (saturday): same status
12th (sunday ): same status
13th : Received
14th : Admin Processing at around noon.
15th: Issued (at around 10.30 AM)

Pending passport collection at Bangalore.

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akshaytanoor     05/14/2019 21:39 PM


on May 14th 2019, I attended H1B interview at HYD consulate, I am working in US for my current employer since July 2017 and got my H1b approval and change of status in January 2019.

At the interview, I submitted my I797A approval notice,
Q1. Did you get one more I797A?

Ans : Yes, I got one more i797A, Initially the USCIS have me an I797A which stated the H1B visa will till sep 2020, but after some days I got one more where H1B visa will be valid till sep 2021. I submitted the newer one to the vo.

Then VO asked some normal questions,
what degree did you complete?

when did you complete your masters?

when did OPT start?

which employer did you start working immediately after OPT start?

How long have you been working for your current employer?

Have you ever been benched?
ans : No

Are you working for a client or petitioner?
ans : petitioner

Who paid the H1B visa fees?
ans : My employer

Then she said it would take 5 to 6 days to process the visa, and gave me 221g white slip. Returned my I797A but did not give me back my passport.

The 221g white slip says,

Your visa application has been refused under sec..... because your application requires additional administrative processing before a final decision can be made. No visa shall be issued....

How will this scenario be played out?


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APR_H1_DELHI     05/14/2019 09:10 AM

Hi Everyone

This is the first time I have applied for an H1 visa (after winning the lottery). I had a valid L1 (2017 - 2020) when I applied.

April 29th - Interview (standard questions) was told approved and will get it back in 1 week. L1 was voided.
April 29th - Administrative Processing
May 6 - Case Last Updated changed but still in Administrative Processing (around 9am)
May 9 - Case Last Updated changed but still in Administrative Processing (around 4pm)
May 10 - Case Last Updated changed but still in Administrative Processing (around 11am)

There has been no update since. I do not have a common name. Anyone else had a similar situation?

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Chennaiboy19     05/14/2019 04:20 AM

Hi Everyone
I had immense help from this community for my visa application and wanted to share my experience.
My profile:
- I am Full time working for US company - have recently changed company. Came to India-Chennai - for H1B visa stamping - Qualified for Drop Box- below is my experience

May 6th (Mon) - Submitted Required Documents at the US Bio metrics Center - Took about 1 hour.
May 7th (Tue) - Visa Status No Change - Passport Tracking: Being delivered to US Post
May 8th (Wed)- Passport at US Post - Status: Not able to track status as website was giving error
May 9th (Thurs) - No change
May 10th (Fri): Visa Status - ISSUED, Passport: Available for Pick up.

By God's grace - my visa has been issued and I have collected the passport. Whole process was very smooth and received my passport within the 3-5 business days as they had mentioned earlier

Thanks immihelp!


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hyddropbox_h1b     05/14/2019 03:44 AM

HI all

I had my dropbox application submitted April 29th
called in for an interview on May 13th
The VO asked general questions what is your salary , job role , highest degree of education..
Then said we need additional time to process your application. It usually takes 2-3 business days. He kept the passport..

He handed me a 221g im not sure if its same as white slip it basically has 5 lines stating that it is under Admin processing.. What does it mean??

Anyone else having same experience?

What does this mean?

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F1toH1BFullTime21     05/13/2019 22:13 PM

When i attended my F1 visa back in 2015, I havent mentioned that I have a masters degree from india. Now my H1 petition got approved and i am planning for h1 stamping. Will there be any problem if i mention this masters degree now in my new ds160? Will the VO cross check details from my previous ds160? Please let me know if anyone of you are on the same boat.

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Sravan87     05/13/2019 15:42 PM


I have attended Visa interview on May 9th and got a Blue Slip 221G marked for
Administrative Processing by Visa Officer?

Anybody else got administrative processing in Chennai on same day?
Is there an update in the status?

Visa officer returned all my documents and passport saying the documents
Were helpful and we don't need anything from you now. And we will contact you
If we need anything. Anyone else in same situation?

Looking for responses who have got any update?

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