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Transit visa for Canadian passport holder

I have Canadian passport and transiting through Delhi (May21) to Shanghai (May22) and Vancouver. My flight has stopover of 28 hours in Delhi. . What’s the easiest way to get visa for this? Thank you Rolef Ohlroggen.
What is the best link for online application? Thanks in advance
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C1/D Visa

Visa Category: C1/D ( Transit visa )

Interview Date : 02/08/2018

Islamabad USA Embassy


Hi Good Day !

my interview was 02/08/2018 in USA Embassy during my interview VO ask Some questions about my travel plan etc after that kept my passport and gave me a white paper 221-G same day i got email from the consulate NIV section .to send my details past travel history family details etc. after submitting the documents received a phone call from USA Embassy for a interview again by 04/09/2018.

during second interview VO asked me some more questions end of my interview they did not give back my passport .few days ago i email to them and ask my case status !👇

Thank you for contacting the Nonimmigrant Visa Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. We appreciate your interest in traveling to the United States.


Your visa application is undergoing routine but required administrative processing, an integral part of the visa adjudication and issuance process that can be neither waived nor expedited. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 to 90 days of the visa interview; however it is difficult to predict the amount of time it will take. The timing will vary based on the individual circumstances of each case.


Please be assured that we are aware of your concerns and will process the application to completion as quickly as possible in accordance with U.S. law. We recognize that this process can be frustrating for applicants and regret any inconvenience. Once the administrative processing is complete, we will contact you.


For additional information, please consult our website.





Nonimmigrant Visa Unit

Consular Section

U.S. Embassy Islamabad


1)i just would like to know they count 60-90 days from first interview or from the second interview ?

 2) if they kept passport is that good sing - how many chance's to approved Visa ?
3) there anyone had a same issues?

Please Share Your Thoughts !
Advance Thanks
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Traveling to india via uk

I need help to get a correct answer of the below question

I am travelling to india and my alyover will be in London, if i am not steping out of airport do i need a visa? I have US Green Card,

Thanks in advance
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UK Direct Transit VISA apply
UK VISA – Direct Air side transit VISA application process. I have followed below steps and I got VISA in six working days. I want to share my experience with all of you.

Document purpose: Those who are staying in united states without valid VISA and wants to go India via London we need Direct Airside transit VISA.

Steps to complete the application:
1. First follow this link and go through this page.
2. Once you click apply online in above link it will take to web site and create login account and start filling the application.
3. Once you fill the application select USCIS location for finger prints. We have to take the appointment for this.
4. Application fee per person is $48.
5. Required documents for USCIS is take the finger prints appointment document and your passports.
6. They will take one photo and your finger prints, also they will do stamp on the appointment document.
7. Ask security to give the UK VISA required documents and you can go through the document.
8. To send the documents to New York address use the following link and they will send you Air way bill. This will be fast but little expensive ($50). With one bill we can send four applicants documents together.
9. Also UK consulate will accept couriers only from UPS. No Fedex, no USPS.
10. Once we send below documents UK consulate will take 15 days to process. Remember UK consulate will work only Monday to Friday. So send documents well ahead to avoid last minute travel plan changes.
11. If you have any doubts then we need to talk to their customer care and they will charge $1.7 per minute and their timings from Monday to Friday morning 9am EST to evening 4pm EST. But customer care is not much useful.
12. Direct Air side transit VISA valid upto SIX months and in UK, within 24 hours we have to leave airport and we should not leave airport. This applicable only for transit.
13. If we want to visit UK, then take visitor VISA and that will cost you $96 per person.
14. Below are the required documents
a. VISA application form
b. Finger prints stamped document (from USCIS)
c. Passports
d. Valid original and duplicate US legal documents (Ex. I797A etc)
e. If kids are part of traveling then kid birth certificate (original and copies)
f. One photo (officially UK website they mentioned 45mm height * 35mm width but in US we will not get this requirement). I took photos from 50mm*50mm standard photos from Costco and sent. They accepted finally ?
g. Bank statements (recent 2 months are enough)
h. Return courier label. If you don’t send return bill then they will not send your documents back to your home

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Transit visa for Paris with expired USA visa
I see that below link mentions that a person would need a transit visa if the USA visa has expired. Is this information still valid?

I came across the following FAQ on a france consul webstite.
Q : I am an Indian citizen. I will fly from Newark to Mumbai through Paris. I will stay within the airplane during the 2 hours stop.
The US visa stamped in my passport is not valid anymore. I do not have a green card.
A : If you have a valid OR expired US visa stamped in your passport or a green card, you do NOT need an airport transit visa.

Can anyone here please share experience? Anyone traveled on a expired USA visa through Paris?

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Successful stamping in Nogales
Here is the template for those who plan to go to Nogales Mexico for H1b Stamping.

1. If you are in Phoenix,AZ just drive to border and walk across the border.

2.If you planning to flying from out of state then fly to Tuscon,AZ.

3. It takes an 1 hr to reach the AZ border from TUS by shuttle. you can get the shuttle from Airport.

4.Do not plan to stay in Nogales,AZ you are better staying at TUS . Atleast you can get comfy and clean accomodation.
5.Take the appointment before 3 weeks so that PIMS get updated.

6. I have seen some desi motel owners advertising in the forums saying that they will help you. In reality no one can help you . What they are trying to do is to sell their filthy motel at premium price to you . DO NOT STAY in Motel at Nogales,AZ you will regret.

7. Arrive a day before in AZ or early morning then schedule the finger printing ASC appoinment accordingly. Say if you have ASC appmnt at 12 PM then you have choice of staying a night at an airport hotel in TUS and taking the early morning shuttle to border. Else you could go directly to "Frey Marco De Niza" , a hotel near border.
Frey Marco De Niza is atleast 10 times the better than Desi motel at Nogales,AZ. Makes to to arrive in mexico before 6 PM.

8. Plan to stay in Nogales ,MX for atleast two nights,may be longer.

9. Make sure to have all your documents , they will ask you everything but if you are eligible you will get it.
10.When at Frey Marco De Niza, plan to eat there , it is very good . Also plan to tip accordingly ,it is an upscale place . for $20-$4 is good tip.

11. Things are as expensive as US or may be more
12.Keep in mind that Mexican GDP is almost 5 times that of India. They are rich by Indian standards.
13. I found the Nogales ,Mexico safe place I have gone out at 6 AM and 8 PM . Please dont take my word for it , if you are afraid stick to the itenery.
14.Do not entertain anyone who recognizes you as foreigner and start to converse in English , incase you need anything ask the hotel staff(tip the for the services after vacating , for two days $5 is medium ) may get the passport a day after consular interview at 4 PM . If you think you will get it before that then I would say that is very optimistic thought.

15.Finger printing they may allow you before appmnt time depending how busy they are.
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Our experience in Nogales for H1b Visa Stamping
As always, travelling to India is not straight forward. Firstly the need to travel to India, then the approved vacation at work, then travel tickets, dates, visa stamping, shopping etc. Not in the exact same order but pretty much everyone goes through these pains.

It all started with a plan to travel to India and then we started contemplating whether to go to Mexico or not for our visa stamping. For those who are on the same boat, read on to know our experience in Nogales Mexico. Both of us are on H1B, I am full time and she is consulting.
We ended up taking the appointment at Nogales consulate after researching some forums. We contacted Mr. Manu Naik and he has been a great help. He owns a hotel, about 15 mins away from the border entry to Mexico. The cab costs around $6 to get to the entry from the hotel.

We went through the security gates and one of the guards asked us if we had our passports with us. We had enough time to get the Mexico visa stamping done before travelling in. We had a baby stroller with us and we walked through the streets to the nearest good hotel called Fray Marcos Hotel. To my surprise, the concierge at the hotel knew some English but the lady at the front desk did not. So he helped us in the translation. The price was $65 USD and they accepted cash for it.

The Interview:

Our interview day was like going to a very important exam. It was a very cold day and me, my wife and our 16 month old daughter started from the Fray Marcos hotel at around 7AM, paid $6 for the cab and reached the consulate at around 7:20AM. There were already around 30 people ahead of us in the queue. At around 7:50AM, two women came out of the embassy with a listing of names of those who can attend the interview. They were cross checking the Benamax bank receipt, DS-160 form to the list they had and marking on the DS-160 form indicating that we are allowed to attend the interview. At this point she also asked us to hand over the I-797 form to her and said she will give it back to us inside the consulate. There were four including us for H1B extension visa stamping on that day.
Since both my wife and I are applying for H1B extension, we had two separate Benamax receipts with us. Most of the security personnel don’t know English, so be prepared to do some hand talking and or sign language ;).

You may already know some restrictions on what the consulate will allow you to carry with you to attend the interview. Since we have a baby with us, the security allowed a bottle of milk and a small box of baby cereal. To make sure the milk and cereal were harmless, security asked us to feed the baby with some milk and asked me to have some cereal.

To our surprise, because we had a baby with us, the security also allowed us to join the Biometrics queue before some other people that were already in the queue. Our number was 0009.
At the security, they found a Pen (not plastic) and iPhone headphones in my jacket pocket. I forgot to take the headphones out before coming to the consulate. I was asked to trash them or leave them outside. There will be a mobile food stand right outside the consulate and they would keep your stuff such as phones, etc. for a dollar which is handy, so I left the pen and headphones with the guy at the food stand.
We then went in and joined another queue, now inside the consulate past the security. This is, what appeared to us, to ensure that consulate has required information, cross check our I-797 to information on passport and mark previous H1B stamping page with a bookmark sort of paper.

We were then asked to take a seat in section 1 of 2 for finger printing and photo. This was straight-forward, they will take the finger prints for all fingers. The officer here organized the documents and gave us a package in a specific order consisting of Passport, I-797, DS-160.

We were then asked to take a seat in section 2 for the main interview.
It was a long wait. We sat by a play area at the end of waiting area hall and our baby kept us busy during our wait. There was only one officer taking all interviews on that day, we think because it was the first working day after a long weekend.

Eventually, our turn came up and we went in for interview. We first handed over the package in the same order and the officer started typing in some information on his screen. The following questions were asked:

1. Do you have bachelors?
a. I said: I have Masters in Information Technology.
2. How long have you been working with your current employer?
a. I said: 2 ½ years.
3. Do you have your tax filing documents for 2009?
a. I said: Yes, and I handed over the package to him.
4. Is your salary going to be the same for the next year?
a. I said yes.
5. Do you have any plans to travel outside of United States?
a. I said yes
6. He then asked when?
a. I said December.
7. He then asked December of this year?
a. I said yes. (I then realized that maybe I should have said no to this question)
8. He then started looking at my wife’s paperwork and asked, does your wife have masters?
a. My wife responded, yes I have masters in computer sciences.
9. He then asked how long have you been working with your current employer?
a. My wife responded, for the past 5 years.
10. Can I see her tax filing documents for 2009?
a. I said, the paper work I handed over earlier was for both of us filing jointly. I then took the documents out of my big folder and gave it to him again, this time for both 2009 and 2008.

He then took some time and gave us the verdict. He started by saying “Here are the results…” and continued saying your visa has been approved but the system is not letting me submit your application. I have requested for an update and it could take anywhere from 3 – 4 days for this to happen. He turned to my wife and said, your visa is also approved and you can come in later this evening to collect your passport. He then handed a yellow slip to my wife.

I then asked him if there was anything missing from my end. He said, no there is nothing missing. I asked if it was the PIMS verification and he said yes and asked me if I wanted to take my passport back. I said, no I would stay in Nogales, Mexico and wait for the update. He then said, we will contact you once the update is complete to the phone number on my file. I asked if there was a way to check on status and he asked us to email to [email protected] and handed a white slip after circling an email address on it.

That was it, we were on our way out congratulating each other but I was a little skeptical on when I would get my passport back and got a little paranoid. We came out of the consulate, got our stuff back from mobile food stand and waited for other two candidates to come out. One out of two candidates was on same boat as I and the other would receive his passport next day. We all discussed what questions were asked and since there was only one officer we were all asked pretty much same questions.

Since we would have to stay there for at least 3 to 4 days, we decided to move into an inexpensive hotel. On our way back to Fray Marcos we noticed that Marques De Cima hotel was not too far from consulate. Marques De Cima is famous for cops living in the hotel, there were many cops in and around the hotel and armed guards always at the entrance. We checked into a room for $42 a night. The consulate is walk able distance from Marques De Cima.

The waiting game:

The next day, we tried to contacting consulate by emailing to [email protected]. I received a response pretty soon that said “Your case is in Administrative Processing and that they would contact us as soon as there is an update”.

Although the officer informed us the previous day that it was nothing but PIMS verification that was pending for me, I started researching the term Administrative Processing. Google’d Administrative Processing and got numerous results stating about form 221g which are pretty scary. People getting stuck for 4 – 6 weeks, some people ending up travelling to India and from Mexico etc etc. I started getting anxious and immediately responded to the consulate with few more questions on whether administrative processing is same as PIMS or not, what would be a typical timeframe etc. They responded they could not provide any further information at this time and that was it.

We all went to the consulate that evening to get a status update for me and for my wife to get her passport. She got hers and at the same time spoke to the office who took our interview the previous day if the white slip that was given to us was indeed not 221g. The officer politely said that it was given only because it has the email address on it and nothing else and that they are doing everything they can to complete the process etc.

We returned back the next day to get a status update once again and luckily my visa stamping was done the next day. That was it, we returned to USA on the fourth day. So if you are planning on going to Nogales, be prepared to stay there for atleast 4 days if not longer than that.

The queue at the border was quite long and there was background check etc for the three of us. It took around 2 hours for us to get through everything. I-94 was issued for $6 (keep the exact change).

All the best to all of you who are planning to attend the interview in Mexico.
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Going to India for H1B stamping
I am going to India next month for my H1B stamping i do not have a valid visa stamp on my current passport as my passport was stolen and i had to get a new one. I am confused as to whether i need a transit visa or not. I am flying from Kansas city, MO to Paris, France (2 hour lay-over) and continuing on to Mumbai, India.

Also on my return trip i have a lay-over in Amsterdam continuing on to Kansas city so do i need a transit visa for that trip?

Anyone please help, i called the airlines but they sounded confused too.
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Travelling to India in Swiss Airlines

Can anyone help me out.Im going to India thru Swiss Airlines with stop over at Zurich for 2 hrs.So do I need transit visa as my H1B has expired.
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Experience during US Visa Stamping in Nogales
Hi All

We went to Nogales on 25th of August, 2009 for Visa Stamping. The Overall experience for us was OK.... Visa Officers Just make Sure that We are really on project and working for our current company.. We got our passports the same day.....

Actually we reached Nogales US Side a day before . we stayed there in Best Western Siesta Motel. Manu is the manager there.... He already prepared Banamex Drafts for us. ... So We reached for our Interview well in time... Manu is a nice and helpful Indian Guy and Helps the needy people. his Phone No is 520-223-0299.

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