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H1B Dropbox Appointment – 221(g) Green Slip Experience – Mumbai

If you plan to renew your H1B Visa, you may be eligible for Dropbox / Interview Waiver option.  Since September 2019, if you plan to use Interview Waiver/ Dropbox option for US Visa renewal in India, you need to book an Appointment for US Visa Dropbox . While many cases get US visa stamping done with drop box directly, some cases end up in additional administrative processing.  One of our users, Sagar Mehta, who blogs at themeltingblow.com, had to go through administrative processing and got a 221(g) Green Slip for the same. He was kind enough to share his experience with our readers. Thanks a lot to him for taking time to share his experience. You can also share your experience with our readers by emailing us at redbus2us(at)gmail.com or share in forum

H1B Visa Dropbox Stamping with 221g Green Slip at Mumbai

Background – H1B Dropbox Eligibility: I planned to visit India in November’19 as I haven’t been to India in 3 years and my VISA stamp was expired in April’19.  I thought, I am still eligible for a visa drop box because it has not been a year from my H1B Visa Stamp expiration and this time I didn’t have to go through fingerprints and interview process.

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Dropbox Date Scheduling– “Schedule OFC Appointment” Confusion

During appointment booking process, when you go to the scheduling screen, you will see title “Schedule OFC Appointment”. It is very confusing for many to see the term OFC here. The reason is that OFC, which means Offsite Facilitation Center, is typically used for giving Biometrics before US Visa Interview. Now, for Dropbox Appointment, what does this screen mean ? Does it mean there are biometrics to be given too ? can be confusing…Anyways, I was too…Firstly, there is no need to give biometrics here for dropbox.  It is just that US State Department is using the same booking system for both visa interview and dropbox and hence the title is misleading. In any case, if you see the term “Schedule OFC Appointment”, do not be confused, it is nothing but the actual dropbox appointment booking page. Below is the sample screen.  You need to select the Interview Location here to see the actual dates. You can pick any location of your choice, I have picked Mumbai as it is closer to me. See below.  Your dropbox locations are based on the location of the interview you pick, so pick the consulate accordingly.

US Visa Dropbox Appointment Booking Screen- OFC and Dates Info

Once the booking is successful, you can see the confirmation of the date on the home page as well like below.

US Visa Dropbox Appointment Confirmation Screen on Dashboard

You can change the appointment dates as well, they will appear in the history of dropbox appointments. See below.

US Visa Dropbox Appointment History Screen

You can check out Sample US Visa Dropbox Appointment Letter to get an idea on how the Dropbox Confirmation looks like.

Submitting Documents at Dropbox Location for H1B Visa Stamping

So, I chose Ahmedabad to submit my documents as it is the closest dropbox location from my hometown. On November 13th, I reached to Ahmedabad dropbox location around 12:30 PM and it took about 1 hour to finish the formalities including waiting in the queue (both outside and inside), submission of documents. They asked me to submit below documents.

H1B Dropbox Stamping with Appointment Checklist:

  • DS-160 copy
  • H1B Dropbox Appointment Letter copy
  • Current I-797 copy (H1B Approval Notice)
  • Passports (Old Passport with US Visa and new passport).
  • Photo

That’s all the documents I submitted. I was very happy. The entire process went smooth as silk. In the end, the consular representative told me that it may take up to 7 to 10 days to receive your passport back from consulate.

After Submission, got Courier with 221(g) Green Slip.

On 10th day, 22nd November (Of course it has to be Friday) I received my passport in a courier. I opened a package and what I see. They haven’t stamp my VISA and instead they gave me the green 221(g) slip.  It looks like below.

221g Green Slip – Administrative Processing for H1B Visa Dropbox

221g Green Slip given for H1B Visa Dropbox

As seen in the 221g green slip for my H1B visa stamping, I needed to go through Fingerprint Verification and an Interview. They have ticked those two boxes with red ink. The only positive thing was, it was a walk-in interview. I didn’t had to schedule an appointment neither for fingerprint verification nor an interview.

I was so confused at the time. Since I never faced such situation before. Do I need to go to OFC location for fingerprint verification or do I need to go direct to Consulate. After getting help from Kumar (RedBus2US) it was clear that I only had to go to US consular office.

Process at Consulate for giving Fingerprints, Interview in Mumbai with 221g Green Slip

On very next Monday on 25th November, I reached to Mumbai consular office at about 10AM. What I see was about 30 to 35 people were in queue for 10:30 time slot. (FYI: 10:30am time slot is dedicatedly for 221(g) or walk-in Interview). I stand in the line. The person who was managing the queue came to me and asked me not to carry any mobile phone or any electronic device. He asked me to take my iWatch off since it was not allowed to wear as well. At about 10:20am they started let people in the consular office.

As I entered, the consular office, as usual I had to go through a security. They asked all of us to wait in the chair, outside of actual consulate office but inside their premises.

Fingerprint Verification Slip Inside Consulate  with Window number

Around 11:00AM they took a bunch of 221(g) people inside and collected our 221(g) receipt, I-797 copy and Passport. After doing initial check they gave us everything back with an additional slip stapled with 221(g).  Looks like below.

Fingerprint and Interview - 221g Slip

As per the slip I have to go for fingerprint verification first and I must go to window number mentioned in the slip. It may change, for me it was 35.  It was very long queue just to get fingerprint verification done. It took almost 30 mins to get the fingerprint verification done. And now it was the interview time. I went to the window.

H1B Visa Interview Questions with 221g Green Slip

Below are the questions asked by Consular Officer(CO)

  • Me: Good Morning Officer.
  • CO: Good Morning.
  • Me : How’s your day so far ?
  • CO : Not so bad.
  • CO : What are your job duties?
  • Me : I started explaining my job duties. (Before I finish my answer)
  • CO : Your VISA has been approved.

The interview hardly lasted for 30-40 seconds. Yes, you heard it right 30-40 seconds. On one hand I was happy that the interview was not so bad but on other hand I was so angry that just for 30-40 seconds of interview, they gave me 221(g). They didn’t even let me finish my answer. The overall process in US consulate took about 2 hours.

Passport with US Visa Stamped – Delays  

Due to thanksgiving holidays, there was a slight delay of about a week or so and I had to delay my travel by a week because of this. While I was waiting, the online status showed as Administrative processing like below..

Administrative Processing Status - Dropbox Stamping

Do not be worried, if you see this message.  It is normal, others also had similar status, when they were waiting…Anyways in the end I received my passport with H1B VISA stamped after a week.  

US Port of Entry :  Also,  there was no issue while entering the states. It was pretty standard US Port of entry Procedure and nothing different.  Hope it helps everyone !

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  1. I have received a 221g for fingerprint from Chennai Embassy. For followup (221g) fingerprint , do you have to go to Chennai US Embessy or US Biometrics Center ( Good Shepherd Square, 82, Dr MGR Salai, Badrikari, Tirumurthy Nagar, Nungambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600034, India)

  2. I recently had a Visa Interview in Kolkata in March 2023 and I got a 221(g) Green Slip and Visa status shows as Refused.
    tick marke aganist “you dont need any action. we will contact you when administrative action is complete in green slip”.
    May I know anyone has gone through same . if yes, how much time it takes ?

  3. hey, I am in the same situation as only fingerprints box is checked on 221g, so do they ask any questions or take any formal interview if only fp is checked.

    • divyaraj,
      Usually only fingerprints and then it is up to them. Most of the times, they may not, if the box of fingerprints only is checked.

      • Now that we are allowed to go to any 11 locations for drop box regardless of the VAC center selected for the drop box appointment. If later we end up with 221g (come in-person) then do we need to go to the scheduled drop box VAC center e.g. Delhi or can we go to Mumbai VAC?

  4. Kumar,

    They gave my passport back. Also, they didn’t mark anything in the green slip except for Other administrative processing. It’s been a week and the status is still same, haven’t got any email yet. Usually what is the chance of such cases?

  5. I recently had a Visa Interview in Kolkata in March 2022 and I got a 221(g) Green Slip and Visa status shows as Refused. Anybody on the same boat as me ?
    Visa Officer asked about duty Educational background (I’m a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering) and my job responsibility which I’ve answered. I have 7 years of experience and this is my first time stamping, never travelled before.
    Can somebody provide inputs if you had experienced this in the past?

      • Kumar,

        They gave my passport back. Also, they didn’t mark anything in the green slip except for Other administrative processing. It’s been a week and the status is still same, haven’t got any email yet. Usually what is the chance of such cases?

        • Vindod,
          It is very hard to say, what can happen. All you can do is wait for a week or so and then follow up with them.

          • Kumar,
            It’s been a month since Interview and there is no update on my case.
            When I followed up, they are sending a standard email asking to wait. I also heard from other people that they’ve been waiting for 9 months. Is there any other way for me to move my case?

          • Vinod,
            There is not much you can do other than waiting. There is something called writ of Mandamus that you may try…but, I have not seen many use that option in the community.

    • vinod, did you get any reply. I got the same green slip with tick on “you dont need any action. we will contact you when administrative action is complete in green slip” . what does that mean as they haven’t asked me any docs or details to submit and they returned passport. Any idea of such cases and how much time it takes.

  6. Hi,

    I had recently availed dropbox facility for my H1-B visa stamping and received 221G requesting for fingerprints. Do I need to visit the Embassy where I dropped the documents or can I go to the nearest one?

    As similar to your letter, it has a header with US Embassy, Delhi and no where mentioned to visit Delhi, just stated as Embassy.


  7. Hi,
    I have already a F-1 issued visa and now I want to go to India for first time H1-B visa stamping, shall I go/eligible for dropbox appointment/interview waiver ?

    Thank you in advance for your help!

  8. Can you please confirm if with inter waiver – OFC appointment we have to go on that data/time only ? For example earliest appointment I see right now is June 2021. Can i book that and try to go for drop box in April, May time frame ?

  9. I got the green slip with fingerprint and interview mumbai consulate for H1B.

    Will both the things be done in one day or do i need to travel on different days for fingerprints and interviews ?

  10. Thank you so much for this write up! I.went through the exact same steps and your blog have me all the information about the ordeal. I just finished my interview and I am currently waiting for the passport to be delivered.
    Thanks again

  11. Thank you for detailed information. Just one question about booking appointment for drop box. Since you had selected Mumbai, how did you select “Ahmedabad”. Was that an option in the drop box or once you select Mumbai, you can directly submit the documents at Ahmedabad/Mumbai? Thanks

    • Sunny,
      Depending on the consulate you choose, you get options to drop off documents in different cities. Below is the list
      Applicants for Delhi Consulate : Can Drop off at New Delhi, Chandigarh or Jalandhar centers
      Applicants for Mumbai Consulate : Can Drop off at Mumbai, Ahmedabad or Pune centers.
      Applicants for Chennai Consulate : Can Drop off at Chennai, Kochi or Bangalore.
      Applicants for Hyderabad Consulate : Can Drop off at Hyderabad Center.
      Applicants for Kolkata Consulate : Can Drop off at Kolkata Center


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