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kalyan23     04/08/2020 02:11 AM


Is there anyone whose visa got denied, currently in USA and planning to leave to India after lockdown?

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bchase126     04/06/2020 16:09 PM

Here is my timeline

Aug 26: h1b approved from Oct 2019 to 31st Jan 2020.

Jan 31: Had to leave for India when extension was pending.

March 16: Petition approved for 3 years in Feb and new stamping done in India

March 21: Stuck in India because of lockdown

I have been working from my home country since Feb 1st week, am I legally allowed to work? (h1 Extension had been pending)

My company has advised me to work from home until the COVID crisis situation dials down.

Will I be allowed to work from India since I technically got the visa but not still in USA yet?

Will I face any problem at the port of entry once I decide to return?

How many days can I stay in my home country (India) before I have to return while in the USA? Are there any exceptions made during the pandemic such as this?

Any help appreciated! Thank you!

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blr2020     04/06/2020 02:00 AM

Hello Guys,

On march 16th i got email to submit my passport to nearest VFS office. So, on march 19th i submitted to BLR office and was tracking my passport. But, today when i checked my passport in the tracking status it shows "There is no status update available for the passport number submitted". I tried to login to my appointment dashboard initially it requested me to change my passward which i did and finally i don't see any appointment completed nor the passport status only i can see is new appointment schedule. But when i checked through DS160 tracking there i can still see refused status.

Is anyone facing the same issue?

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vinayakar1*     04/05/2020 03:41 AM

Hi everyone,

I got my fresh H1b approved and scheduled for Visa interview with Chennai US Consulate on 6th and 5th May. Unfortunately it has been cancelled due to Corona outbreaks. Could you please paint your thoughts on this as I am worried a bit, and read that it can lead to job loss and recession too. It was my dream to work there. Please guide

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Patelronak     04/04/2020 20:51 PM

I have a question when filling i-129 . In the part 2 - Provide name of beneficiary

Family Name (Last Name)
Given Name (First Name)
Middle Name

My Passport is Indian. It has
Given Name : XXXX YYYY
Last Name : ZZZZ

XXXX= first name
YYYY= Middle (my father name)
ZZZZ= my surname(last name)

While filing i-129, what should i fill?

Family Name (Last Name) = ZZZZ
Given Name (First Name) = XXXX YYYY
Middle Name = leave empty


Family Name (Last Name) = ZZZZ
Given Name (First Name) = XXXX
Middle Name = YYYY

Please comment 1 or 2?

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samarsingh1     03/30/2020 04:37 AM

Do we have any clue if the routine immigrant and non immigrant services will resume by mid or end of April ?

I know many people are eagerly waiting for the embassy to resume its councillor services so that they can go for their various follow up apportionments document submission, biometrics etc. I was wondering if we can have a whatsapp group for discussing the same ?

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reachadrian     03/24/2020 13:19 PM

Attended interview at Chennai

First i will explain my issues.
1. Laid off and found another job after 90 days ( overstayed in US without valid status)
2. Had a misdemeanour ( Reduced from felony to misdemeanour)

 Interview Date 02/25/2020

VO: Your Passport ( DIdn't ask for any other doc at this point)
Me: Handed over saying Good Morning

VO: XXX is your employer ?
Me: Yes, i work for YY through XXX

VO: Is this your first time interview ? ( Because that is a renewal passport so no stampings on it)
Me: No this is my second interview

VO: What is your Salary ?
Me: I gave the number per month ( officer: so, it is around xxx per year)

VO: How Many months you're with this employer ?
Me: 2 months

VO: Why did you switch from previous ?
Me: Got a better opportunity

Vo: So, you where arrested in 20** year ?
Me: Yes, And i repeated same words I mentioned in the DS-160

VO: can i see something related to this?
Me: I gave court disposition letter

VO; aha I need more information than this
Me; I said, I have register of actions (office: yes, that works)

VO: After going through all she asked Did you have any issues at POE
Me: this is first time I'm travelling after this issue

VO: give me few minutes, She went inside I don't know what happened I'm not person to take wild guess.
VO: Came Back, I see you have Canadian visa ( I didn't mention anything about it and I have that visa on my world passport, which she never asked for)
Me: Yes, I do have but i never traveled to Canada

VO: took few more minutes and mentioned I'm approving your visa and please wait for few minutes I need to make Copies of your documents
Me: Sure, thank you

After 10 mins she gave me back originals and said you're all set

I got my passport back in 3 business days.

The person who gave before me got 221g and person after me got rejection.

At port of entry they took me for second screening and after asking some questions they let me go without any issues.

My advice: Please go to interview at same consulate which is mentioned on I-129. reason is USCIS sends your documents to same consulate if you go to another location they will definitely ask for more docs. And if you have a arrest record I suggest not to present Police record or police report to consulate ( It always say you did wrong)

Good luck guys hope this helps.

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singh009     03/23/2020 02:25 AM

Hello team I went for my interview on 13th Feb and the interview went for 1 minute and the result was" Your VISA is approved". My case is in ADMINISTRATION PROCESSING. I called multiple time the consulate support and email but the replies are the generic.
On 19th March I got an email that you passport is returned and ready for pick up. Whereas my VISA status is still in processing status. Do anyone have experienced this. Please provide a insight.

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pravinarr     03/22/2020 15:02 PM


My status was f1-opt-h1b

Had my biometrics on mar 5 @ Chennai . Went without any issues.

My interview was on mar 6 7:30am batch @chennai

Interview went as follows

Vo: good morning sir, can you pass me your passport
Me: gm sir.. (passed my pp)

Vo: which company do you work for ?
Me: replied

Vo: product or service company ?
Me: product

Vo: salary?
Me: replied

Vo: Role ?
Me: replied

Vo: (since I work in fintech start up. ) Asked questions regarding funding and bank rates etc
Me: replied

Vo: everything looks good . But there is an record in my Sevis which need to be cleared before approval and said he would like to retain my pp. he gave me 221g blue form with no docs req check and admin processing needed . He also mentioned that it’s not your problem it’s with our system . So don’t worry. You can expect to get a resolution in a week.
Me: thank you and left

Timeline of my application
Mar 6 : refused
Mar 9 : admin processing
Mar 10: issued
Mar 12 : got email to pickup
Mar 13: collected my pp

For anyone who was in the same boat f1-opt-h1b, if you got the same response don’t worry. This happened with me and also to my friend. This will be resolved by themselves . You just have to wait .

Hope this is useful


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anotherelsa     03/22/2020 09:23 AM

I have perm filed 365 days before h1b 6-year deadline and was approved recently.
I will file i-140 this year but my h1b will expire in jan 2021. Now pp is suspended by uscis, so I guess getting i-140 approval is with low possibility.

Assuming I got 7th year extension for 1 year with the pending 140 and then i-140 is approved in the 7th year, for the next extension starting in the 8th year, will it still be a one-year extension or it could be a 3-year extension?


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