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navneethbaliga     02/12/2020 08:05 AM

About Me:

Graduated in May 2018.
OPT Start Date - July 2nd, 2018
OPT End Date - July 1st, 2018
H1 Approved Date - May 5th, 2019
Cap Gap Period - July 2nd to Sep 30th, 2019
H1 Start Date- October 1st, 2019

Towards the end of my OPT, my company had applied for my H1 and it had been approved in May. Around same time I had alos applied for a STEM extension which got approved someitme after July 2019. So I was on cap gap between July to October 2019.

I work full time for an employer in Dallas.

Bio Metrics on Feb 11th Chennai.

Consulate interview on Feb 12th Chennai. I received a 221g slip for admin processing because the officer wanted to verify my SEVIS history while I was on F1 status.

Questions asked:

1. Salary
2. Location
3. Did you go out of SEVIS status while I was a student on F1 ?
4. When did you graduate and when did you start your OPT and when did it end ?

After these questions, he said that he is placing it for admin processing. It might take 2 weeks. but mostly it should be done within 2 weeks. He said that he doesnt need any documents from me. This will be verified in the U.S and he cant verify it here.

I understand this is normal but the way he asked me questions about F1 status took me by surprise during the interview and left me puzzled to some extent.

Any othes here with similar experience ?

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Abhi1617     02/12/2020 01:11 AM

About me
2006-2010 f1 and opt
2011-2016 December h1b
I140 approved 2015
I’m India since 2017 Jan - present
In 2018 I went to USA on b2 and later I went to Canada for f1 second masters.
F1 rejected and b2 cancelled without prejudice.

Now my new employer filled for h1 cap exempt. Texas service center.

Approved without rfe in 2 weeks.

Interview in Mumbai 5th feb 2020

Questions asked
Have I pursued masters from USA
Have I ever been to China.


Status date changed to 6th feb next day and same day noon changed to issues.
Received passport at my home town on 7th Friday.

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geethasas     02/11/2020 10:40 AM

I have my first H1B stamping planned on 12 Feb 2020 at Chennai.
I have all mandatory documents handy that's required for verification except client letter. My client does not provides client letter for the current position but provided a valid SOW stating contract with the employer till 2021 which clearly mentions about the onsite position and validity.

My confusion here is even without a client letter and with a valid SOW will my case be approved?

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sdda     02/10/2020 14:28 PM

Hi guys,

Can someone share their recent experiences at abu dabhi as port of entry? (H1b holders)


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heera123     02/10/2020 11:13 AM

Sharing My experience of the 221g timeline.

Jan 8th : Interview--Passport Retained and gave 221g.
Jan 16th: Case Last Updated changed for the first time.
Jan 17th : Case Last Updated changed for the second time.
Jan 21st : Received a call from embassy to attend for a re-interview on 22nd.
Jan 22nd : Re-interview and passport returned with second box ticked in the white slip.
Jan 30th : Client got verification email and client responded the same day.
Jan 31st : Got email to submit the passport and submitted the passport the same day.
Feb 3rd : Case Last Updated changed for the third time.
Feb 4th : Case Status changed to Issued.
Feb 5th : Got email to collect the passport.

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longprocessing     02/10/2020 10:07 AM

Hi Friends,

Please let me know if you have any insight to my situation.

I had received my passports and 221(g) letters on 1st of Feb, 2020. I submitted required document and passports on 5th of Feb, 2020.

On the next day i.e. 6th Feb, 2020, I received an email stating the administrative processing is complete for my application and to submit a copy of the email along with the passports for final processing.

Now, I have already submitted the passports before I received the email. Please let me know how to submit the copy of the email that they asked for or Do I need to still submit the copy of email that was asked for ?

I do not get any response from the travel desk, they are saying consulate would respond back if they need any other document as this is the standard reply.

Please help !!

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ddreddy     02/10/2020 08:46 AM

F1 to H1 with day 1 CPT. Change of status was denied and had to attend interview at the consulate.

Non- IT background Full time employee.

Biometric- feb 4
Interview - feb 10

Interview was less than 2 minutes. No slips given and Visa approved.

VO just asked passport not even I - 797 form. Just asked formal questions Job title, salary, duties and where I stay in The USA.

Now waiting for passport pick up notification. Good luck all.

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Skuruvalla     02/10/2020 02:20 AM

Hello Friends,

Can you please provide me your insights on my situation.

My H1b visa interview (first time visa stamping f1 to H1b) at Hyderabad consulate on Feb 24th 2020.

I am working on EVC mode and my petition was recently approved on Jan 30 2020 for 2 years. The issue is with my new client letter which has generic title (is-analyst) which is different from my LCA and end date as May 9th 2020 with possibility of extension. Different Title in end client letter will be an issue for my stamping ?

Client has provided me the client letter for my amendment which is 4 months old ( it’s good with my tittle and end date ( it stated 2 years long duration) but now due to some changes in organization polices my client is not able to provide the same letter now.

Carrying 4 months old client letter is risk for H1b stamping ? Or carrying the new client letter with generic title will be a good option ?

Guys please provide me your insights, your thoughts are much valuable for me.

Please help me !!!!!!!

Thanks in advance!

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mmurugesan     02/09/2020 05:32 AM

Please find my H1B visa stamping experience.

Jan 02nd - Biometric at Chennai.
Jan 03rd - Interview at Chennai and given 221G blue slip to submit client letter(Passport return).
Jan 14th - Client letter submitted (Petition approved on 2018)
Jan 29th - Received an email to submit passport through dropbox
Jan 30th - Passport submitted through dropbox
Feb 07th - Status changed to Issued.
Feb 09th - Collected my passport at Chennai VAC.

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sdda     02/08/2020 19:24 PM

Interview date: Jan 14, Hyderabad Consulate (F1 to H1b)

They took my passport during the interview and wasn't given any slips.


Jan 14: Case status in CEAC : Administrative processing
Feb 06 - Case status in CEAC: Issued
Feb 07: Got an email that my passport is ready for pick up.

In my case, It took 15 business days to change the status from AP to Issued.

Thanks to everyone who shared their experiences and All the best to people who are waiting.

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