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    Here's my case history:

    Nov 2: Dropbox drop-off of passport for H1-B visa stamping
    Nov 10: Update on passport pickup - Had 221g slip with interview option
    Nov 13: Interview. Another white 221g slip and passport returned. No documents asked.
    Nov 13: Received an email to fill in questionnaire
    Nov 15: Status date changed. But still in AP on CEAC
    Nov 16: Submitted the questionnaire with supporting documents
    Dec 23: Got an email with subject "Passport Requested"
    Dec 24: Submitted the passport to the consulate
    Dec 26: Status date changes. But status is still AP.

    Waiting for the next update. How long does it take to get the visa stamped ?

  • #2
    Hi mkn142857 i faced the same scenario, were you asked to fill in DS 5535 and did you get your visa approved?

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    • #3
      mkn142857 is your case status changed to issued yet ?

      Dec 2: Interview, 221g passport retained
      Dec 4: Submitted questionnaire, employer letter and resume
      Dec 9: Last Update
      Dec 12: Passport Returned with a 221g

      Admin Processing (Last Update: Dec 9)

      did you fill out research section in the questionnaire ?

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      • #4
        sagarrajani - Yes something similar. A research questionnaire. I sent 2 emails one with documents on what they had asked. Second email, I thought back to my interview and sent a bunch of research papers and other documentation as "additional evidence".
        chy_221g - Yes I had to fill out research section in questionnaire. For you next step is to get an email that says "Passport Requested" - That is when they have finished most of their checks and your visa stamping is in its final stage. After you submit - it will be between 1 week to 1 month for visa to be issued.

        Latest update 1/6 : CGI status shows "Document Delivery Information". This is actually a positive sign and usually means the passport is being transferred to VFS for delivery. CEAC is still showing AP.

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        • #5
          CEAC also had a change in the "last updated date" to 1/6 - Another positive sign I believe based on the forums.

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          • #6
            Hi ,

            I am facing a similar situation. Here is my timeline:

            Dec 27th 2019 - Submitted passport for dropbox

            Jan 2nd 2020 - case changed to Administrative processing in CEAC

            Jan 6th 2020 - Received passport from blue dart with 221 g and says appear for interview.

            Jan 8th 2020 - Appeared for interview, asked general qustns like ...place of work , employer , pay and place of my masters university. VO said: we will just need couple of days to verify your educational status and kept the passport with him and gave me a 221g refusal. NO documents were asked to submit.

            Received an email after few hours to fill form DS 5535.

            I am worried about this , any inputs are greatly appreciated.
            Thank you.

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            • #7
              Praveen59 - The mind has nothing else to do - So it worries. Just know that consulate keeping the passport is a good sign. spend good time with family.

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              • #8
                Hey did you get your visa approved?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Praveen59 View Post
                  Hi ,

                  I am facing a similar situation. Here is my timeline:

                  Dec 27th 2019 - Submitted passport for dropbox

                  Jan 2nd 2020 - case changed to Administrative processing in CEAC

                  Jan 6th 2020 - Received passport from blue dart with 221 g and says appear for interview.

                  Jan 8th 2020 - Appeared for interview, asked general qustns like ...place of work , employer , pay and place of my masters university. VO said: we will just need couple of days to verify your educational status and kept the passport with him and gave me a 221g refusal. NO documents were asked to submit.

                  Received an email after few hours to fill form DS 5535.

                  I am worried about this , any inputs are greatly appreciated.
                  Thank you.
                  Hi Praveen, do you have any updates?

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                  • #10
                    CEAC also had a change in the "last updated date" to 1/6 - Another positive sign I believe based on the forums.

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