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mohabbat-man     09/29/2019 10:10 AM


My visa was approved on Friday Sep 27th. My question is: Will my passport be ready for pickup by Monday? Can I book my flight for Monday night? (The prices are shooting up real fast so I wanted to save a few hundred dollars)

In your experience (personal or from reading other cases here), how many did it take from ISSUED to READY FOR PICKUP?

Thank you

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sracharla     09/28/2019 15:10 PM

Hi All,

I need your suggestions on H1b Stamping. I got H1B approved only for 2 months from OCT 1st 2019 to Dec 1st 2019, COS is denied because of CPT. Have valid extension client letter till June 2020. Will i be facing any problem at the US consulate at the time of stamping.

Will i be able to get H1b stamped at the consulate when i go to INDIA.

Employer is asking to leave INDIA ASAP for stamping, unless i get my H1B stamped he is not allowing me to work at Client Location.

Does any one faced similar issues and got H1B stamped for 2 months or short duration. Need suggestions ASAP.

Please help me out, how to overcome this situation.

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saasa489     09/28/2019 00:18 AM

Hi All,

I have chosen Chennai location while filling details in my DS-160, but while booking slot for visa interview by mistakenly I chosen Hyderabad location. Will it be a problem. Please advise what is the best solution for this scenario.

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dipud17     09/28/2019 09:53 AM

Hi I attended interview on 23rd sep 2019 and got blue slip 221(g) due to damage passport.In blue slip only new passport required is checked by VO. Now after submitting new passport in VAC may I know how long it will take to get visa stamped.

Thanks in advance for reply and suggestions.

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suresh_456     09/28/2019 06:37 AM

I have went to consulate interview on 27 Sep 2019 8:30 AM

IST slot.

Below are questions asked. Went along with my wife. No
questions asked to my wife.

Q: Good morning
A: Good morning

Q: Have you ever been to US ?
A: No

Q: Which Visa have you applied for?
A: Answered

Q: How long have you been married?
A: Answered

Q: What is Role and responsibilites
A: Answered

Q: What is your salary in US?
A: Answered

Q: Who is your client?
A: Answered

Q: Which company are you working on?
A: Answered

Q: What is your qualification?
A: Answered

Q: How many years of experience do you have?
A: Answered

Q: Can i see your LCA?
A: Answered

Q: Can i see your client letter?
A: Answered

Q: How many kids do you have?
A: Answered

Q: Where you going to work in US?
A: Answered.

He was typing for a while for some time around 2 mins

He finally said Visa is approved.

Let me know if you need any assistance w.r.t H1B interview.

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So225     09/28/2019 01:56 AM

Hi guys,

Recently I attended my h1b visa interview and got a 221g white paper. And the officer put my passport with him and asked me no documents. So is there any candidates who faced the same scenario in recent days not few months back or last year. And what was the time frame took for you guys.


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pooja.p     09/27/2019 20:43 PM

Has anyone seen their H1B visa status change from AP to issued after work hours or on a Saturday? I had my H1B first time stamping on 9/26 (Thursday) at 1pm and haven't seen any change in status to issued as of 9/27 (Friday) 5:30pm. Trying to figure out if anything might change now or on Saturday.

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Firestorm     09/27/2019 20:32 PM

First of all, i would like to thank everyone in this community for posting their experiences which helped me a lot.

I went for visa interview on sep 26th . This is my h1b extension after f1 to h1 .

Me : good mrng.
VO : good mrng.

After that straight to the point .

VO : is it intial or extension.
Me : extension.
VO : who is client.
Me : answered.
VO : client letter and paystubs.
Me : i gave it to her.

Mean while she is typing and started asking some more questions.

VO : whats your salary.
Me : told as per lca.
VO : where do you live near client address and employer
Me : told.
VO : how long with client ?
Me : told
VO : how long with employer ?
Me : told.

After going through client and vendor letter . She said visa is approved.

Without client letter these its hard to get h1b approved.

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smithathilak     09/27/2019 16:45 PM

My husband has a valid H1 and working as a permanent employee for an American company. I am planning to go to London for mine and my son's H4 visa stamping. Please let me know if anybody has gone to London for H4 stamping and the experience you had.

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srinivasb     09/26/2019 14:08 PM

Encounter 1: Fresh H1B Visa

Aug 5: Biometrics
Aug 6: VISA Interview
Details :

Parking is expensive here, better would be hiring a cab or come by metro(just 1 min walk away). As expected, no electronic items are allowed inside consulate. Lockers are available at premium price.

You will be allowed on time or in my case 15 mins before scheduled time.There will be security check followed by waiting in waiting area(10-15 mins max).

Once this is done, next will be standing in line for finger print verification followed by VISA interview. below was my conversation with VO

Me: Good morning mam
VO: Good morning
VO: What is your employer name ?
Me: Told employer name
VO: Position ?
VO : City ?
Me: Answered
VO: Client or direct employer ?
Me: Answered
VO: Is it the client that is part of XYZ company? (actually our client is subsidiary of fortune 500 company)
Me : Yes
VO: Congratulations, VISA approved

It took less than 2 mins.

Aug 7: Issued
Aug 9: Collected passport.

Unfortunately i couldn't go with that employer and another employer raised for Cap exempt premium petition (H1B transfer) which is approved in 15 days.

I can go with old H1B VISA stamp but attorney advised to get new one as CBP officers tend to make mistake with I-94. So i decided to get new VISA stamp

Encounter 2: VISA Dropbox

Sep 17 : Dropped documents via dropbox. I am eligible as i already have valid h1b visa with another employer
Sep 19: Passport returned. Asked to come for interview and old visa is cancelled without prejudice.
Sep 23: Attended interview
Details :
Procedure is same but this time no appointment is required. We can show the letter (221G) we got with passport and it has certain time mentioned (in my instance, i was asked to come in between 10 to 11 am on any week day).
Same finger print again and interview line.

VO: Good morning
Me: Good morning, How are you doing ?
VO: Good.
VO: You already have VISA, why apply new ?
Me: Answered, Change in employer from india
VO: Tell me about experience
Me : Answered
VO: Why didn't you join old employer ?
Me: Answered
VO : How different is role from previous employer to new one ?
Me: Answered
VO: Current job title and duties
Me : Answered
VO: When was lat visa issued ?
Me : Answered date
VO: Know your rights, handed over pamphlet
Me: Thanks
VO: VISA is approved
Me: Thanks

Sep 25: Collected passport

That's my experience. it is unique but positive one. Try to be genuine with your answers and be frank. There is no need to boast to impress VO. They need facts.

All the very best

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