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Simplynikhil     09/25/2019 13:08 PM

Hi Guys,

This Forum and the reviews from people really helped in getting myself prepared for my upcoming H1 Stamping in Vancouver on 04/30. (Fingers Crossed)

Since this is my first trip to Vancouver, any tips with respect to alternative's for Uber/Lyft ?
I will be there from 29th Sept to 07-Oct, and staying with in 5 miles of Embassy.
If commuting around with public transportation is manageable, than i can skip car rental.
Looking forward for suggestions

Let me know if anyone around during this week and we can catch up.

Will keep this forum posted, once i am done with my Interview on 30th


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Chahar     09/25/2019 01:37 AM

As usual this forum is very helpful for visa interview question. There was no line at Vancouver US consulate.

Interview question

1) Which Company
2) Which place you are working
3) Specialized knowledge ---mentioned propriety products
4) Are these client products or company products
5) Highest qualification
6) Are you happy with your compensation ?
7) How many kid?
8) How many clients

The interview was only for few minutes, No phones , no smart watches. Uber and lyft doesn't work in Vancouver.

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theme87     09/23/2019 17:03 PM

Hello All,

Me and my spouse recently attended our L1 and L2 visa interview on Sept 10th at Halifax, Canada. The interview went well, the Consular Officer informed us that our visas has been approved, gave us 2 set of endorsed I129-S and told us we should get our passports in a week. It is now been over a week and we haven't heard anything. The current status on CEAC site is "Administrative Processing" since Sept 11th. Is it common for the approved visa application to go through Admin Processing. I want to know if anyone in similar situation got their passports back within a week or 2.

Thanks in advance for your response!

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jhawaramit     09/23/2019 16:04 PM

Hi All,

I want to get a suggestion from you. My Wife is on L2 Visa and working on EAD and she was granted H1 in 2019 but she need to go outside US for "adjustment of status". Question is:

1) does she need to go to Home country for adjustment of status to H1?
2) can she go to Mexico or Canada for shift to H1?

I was looking at same data online and one of the webpage mentioned that you can renew in Mexico if you are renewing in same visa category. But since my wife is changing her visa status from L2 to H1, can she still do it in Mexico or Canada?

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stamaran     09/23/2019 13:50 PM

VO has given me 221g on this Friday. I have the Airbnb accommodation until Wednesday, thinking that I will be done with the passport picking up. Today, there is no status change. Just wondering if somebody is in the same boat. BTW I'm here for H4 Extension. (F1->CPT->H4->H4 Extension).

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prads_L1B_Blanket     09/23/2019 11:06 AM

Can someone please recommend a fairly priced, "not-so-expensive" hotel (apart from Days Inn) in Vancouver for a stay for 7 nights while I am visiting for my appointment with my spouse? I have scanned booking.com and AirBnB - but wanted to use the recommendations that someone might have from their experience. Knowing which area to stay in (which gives me transport access to Consulate itself will be massive help). Thanks :)

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mghotra     09/23/2019 10:12 AM

I am my wife had our interview on Sept. 20th at Ottawa visa application center. Here is my experience:

1. We had our interview at 7:45 am - entered the embassy at 7:30 am (that's when they open)
2. Went to first window for check-in
3. Had issue with my wife's pic so had to take new photo from photo booth inside the embassy
4. Went back to check-in window (extra time :( )
5. Went to second window for fingerprints
6. Entered in a new line for interview
7. During interview main questions were - your employer name, your daily duties, what your employer do, compensation, where do you live, do you have children (I have 2 children), are they US citizen (yes).
8. Visa consular said, your visa is approved you'll get your passport within a week.

Now question for you guys, if you can help me:
- How do I track my passport ? If i try it through DS-160 status, that website is full of errors, not letting me in (keep saying captcha is wrong)
- Today is Sept. 23rd, and didn't get any email on status.

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cool.virgo     09/22/2019 14:06 PM

Is anyone planning to be in Ottawa for stamping during 1st week of October?

And for those who had stamping specifically in Ottawa this year, please share experiences -
approved or 221g cases please.

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thejeepguy     09/22/2019 13:55 PM

I have already scheduled the appointment for my visa interview next month. My wife's I797 was not approved when I blocked the time. Now I want to add her to my interview slot and when I am trying to do I get the below message. Can anyone of you guide me what do I need to do without losing the slot?


'This travel group has a scheduled appointment. New applicants cannot be added to this appointment. If you click "Continue" the system will create all new applicants in a separate travel group.

If you want to add or modify the members of the group after you have scheduled an appointment, you need to cancel your group appointment, add or change the members of the group and then reschedule the group appointment.

Please note, depending on the calendar availability, there is no guarantee that you will be able to select the same date and time as originally scheduled.'

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Forcefibre     09/20/2019 10:39 AM

I went to USA in b2 visa and later changed my status to f1 and got approval after 7 months. Before I start my classes I had to visit my country and my dso told me that to renter USA I’ll have to get my visa stamped so I decided to do it from Montreal Canada,
I had my interview for f1 on 13th September 2019
During interview I was asked very general questions about where is your family and how u got to know about this collage and that’s it, he didn’t even asked me for bank statement or anything and at the end of interview I was told that my visa is approved but he didn’t gave me any receipt, next working day I got an email from counsulate that my visa is under administration process and I’ll have to fill ds-5535 which I have already sent them on same day. They updated my case on 18th September and today I got my passport back with a yellow slip stating that my visa application is incomplete and it’s under 221g process so I’ll have to wait until consulate reach me back, they didn’t asked for any document, I have my classes starting next month start. What should I do ?

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