One of my good friends Sri attended H1B visa interview in Chennai and initially got 221(g) query and later got H1B visa stamped in his passport after submitting necessary documents. Congratulations to him on getting visa ! He was kind enough to take time and share his experience with our readers. Thanks to Sri for sharing his experience with us. You can share your experience with our readers as well, by emailing it to redbus2us(at)gmail.com.
Background of H1B visa Interview scheduling
My initial Visa interview was on Feb 25th 2011 at the Hyderabad consulate. I’ve arrived in India on 18th hoping to submit my documents on 21st as Hyderabad consulate expects to submit all the visa documents 4 working days before your visa interview. I’ve realized that 20th is a holiday and there is no way that I could submit the documents and consequently could not attend the interview. Hyderabad consulate does not give out the list of holidays, it just posts for every fortnight or week I guess. So, I rescheduled my interview to Mar 8th at Chennai consulate.
H1B Visa interview Questions by Visa officer (VO):
Me: Hi, Good Morning. How are you?
Visa Officer (VO): Hi. Can I see your I 797?
Me: Yes. (Passed my I 797)
VO: Which company do you work for?
Me: My company name
VO: Are you happy with your company
VO: What is your role?
Me: Programmer Analyst, I work on a compensation product for insurance companies.
VO: Can I see you client letter?
Me: Yes. (Passed it on)
VO: This does not have Work Itinerary. Do you have a work itinerary?
VO: This does say from which date you are working from.
Me: It does have the my employment dates.
VO: Yes but does not have dates from the previous clients.
(While explaining what a Work Itinerary is and during the discussion, she pulled up a blue form and started checking a few boxes)
VO: I’m putting your application through administrative processing. You need not come for the consulate for an interview again. Here is a list of documents that you need to submit at the drop box.
Me: Where can I drop them?
VO: The details are on the back.
Me: Thank you.
Documents Submission & Response time for 221(g) Query :
After that, I’ve asked my employer for a work itinerary. He passed me on one with all the dates. I’ve submitted all the relevant documents along with my passport at the Hyderabad VFS office. After a week, I got back the entire document set highlighting a document that I’ve missed. After a couple of days, I’ve resent all of them again. After 3 weeks I got my passport back without a Visa stamp. This time, I also got another blue form with my case id on it. After another 3 weeks I got all my documents back and the original blue form was commented “return passport”. I’ve sent my passport and go it stamped and returned in a week.
The entire process took 3 months. Had my company been a little more attentive, it could have been complete in 4 – 6 weeks.
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