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H4 Visa Emergency Appointments, Interviews – 21 Experiences in India

Due to COVID-19, US Consulates in India are not open for regular operations yet. Many of the H4 Holders are getting Emergency US Visa Appointments based on H1B & H4 Visa Exemptions from Trump travel ban. The H4 Visa community has really come together to help one another other during difficult times in various social media channels, especially many Telegram groups.

The below experiences are shared by many users in Telegram groups ( US Visa Stampings India, US Travel Ban, H4 Spouses Group) Full credits to all the users in these groups and community. Thanks to all of them for taking time share them with everyone. We have curated all these experiences for easy reference. All are kept as anonymous for privacy reasons.  We will continue to curate and add more relevant Emergency Appointment (EA)experiences from users to this article…

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H4 Visa Interview Documents Checklist, How to Organize

Below is how to arrange H4 visa stamping documents for easy reference and to give to visa officer as needed.

  • Compartment 1: Major documents required for H4 interview.
    • Passport
    • Appointment confirmation
    • DS160 confirmation page (need to take print)
    • Form I-797 (H-1B approval notice)
    • I-140 copy if applicable
  • Compartment 2:  H-1B application documents
    • Employer or Petitioner Support Letter
    • I129 – petition for Nonimmigrant or Application for H-1B
    • LCA copy
  • Compartment 3: Marriage related documents
    • Marriage certificate
    • Marriage invitation card.
    • Marriage hall receipt
    • Reception hall receipt
    • Photos
    • Journey tickets and receipts
  • Compartment 4: H1B Spouse Work related documents
    • Spouse Employer Letter (need to take print)
    • Spouse- client letter (need to take print)
    • Spouse Vendor Letter (need to take print)
    • Client Identification Card
  • Compartment 5 :  Visa and travel documents
    • Spouse Passport
    • Spouse current i94
    • Spouse Travel history.
  • Compartment 6 : Taxes, Pay slips, Funds
    • Spouse last 6 months payslips.
    • Spouse W2’s
    • Spouse last 6 months bank statement.
  • Compartment 7 : Spouse Education (Optional)
    • Transcript copies from University.
    • Master’s degree certificate (University).
    • Bachelor’s degree certificate .
    • Master’s Courses that are helpful for Current Job
  • Compartment 8 :  H4’s education
    • Master degree certificate if applicable
    • Bachelor’s degree certificate.

Latest H4 Visa Experiences – EA Appointments

We have organised the below list of US Visa Emergency Appointments and Visa Interviews in India experiences by Month, so that it is easy for your review. Most recent experiences are on the top

Experience 21 – H4 Visa Stamping in New Delhi

My visa got approved on 4th Sep in Delhi & received my passport today (11th Sep) in Hyd 🙌🏼😃

Situation : First time H4 newly married.

  • Original Regular appointment was scheduled for Oct 2020 @ Hyderabad consulate..DS -160 location was also Hyderabad.
  • It got cancelled due to COVID lockdown.
  • Rescheduled regular appointment for March 2021 with Delhi consulate as dates were not available for Hyd.
  • Then sent an email to the Consulate requesting an Expedited Appointment & I was advised via email to raise an Emergency Request on the portal.
  • Raised Emergency Request on the portal & got an approval in 12hrs !
  • Once the EA was approved I scheduled the Biometric and Consular interview on Sept 4th @ 8.30AM & 12.00PM respectively with Delhi Consulate.
  • Regular appointment got cancelled automatically on the portal once my EA was approved.
  • Reached VAC center by 8.00AM, they allowed inside at the appointed time & process was completed in 15 mins.
  • Reached consulate by 11.00AM & was allowed inside that time itself (although it was quite early). The entire process took about 1 hour.
  • We stayed at The Ashok- Delhi (had a very comfortable stay & is close to the Embassy)
  • You can use taxi services- Uber & Ola
  • VO was very friendly and interview was very smooth !
  • VO asked for Passport, DS -160, I797 of my spouse, Marriage Certificate, & Marriage Album

H4 Visa Interview questions:

  1. Is this the first time you’re applying for a H4?
  2. Where is your spouse working?
  3. Where is the office located ?
  4. Where does he stay in the US ?
  5. When did he travel to the US?
  6. When did you get married?
  7. How did you guys first meet ?
  8. How long have you been married for ?
  9. Can I see your Marriage certificate and marriage album ?
  10. What are your Quarantine plans?
  11. Have you travelled to any other country?
  12. Do you know your rights as a worker in the US? ⁃ Finally VO said – Your visa has been approved & gave me the worker rights booklet.

Experience 20 – H4 Visa Stamping in New Delhi

My visa (H4) got approved on 8th Sept from Delhi Consulate.

  • Newly married(Marriage date: Feb 2020)
  • Normal appointment scheduled on 31st Aug
  • Normal appointment slots booked for 14th March 2021
  • Emergency Appointment (EA) applied on 1st Sept
  • EA approved on 1st Sept(with in 12 hrs)
  • Biometrics on 4th Sept
  • Visa interview on 8th Sept
  • Passport delivery date: 12th Sept
  • EA Reason: Medical need. Newly married. Separated for almost 6 months now, since we both are separated, we are going through severe stress, emotional breakdowns and mental stress and sleeplessness.
  • Stay in Delhi : Luckily I got a good convenient hotel in Delhi “Hotel West Yard, in Greenpark” (per day charge 2k), which is 15-20 mins distance from all 3 places that is airport, consulate and US embassy.
  • Documents asked for Biometrics:
    • passport
    • husband’s visa
    • ds 160
    • i797
  • Consulate appointment was at 10.45am but they allowed at 9:30am. It is better to reach to the consulate as early as possible.
  • Documents Used at H4 Visa Stamping :
    1) passport
    3)Wedding Album
    4)Marriage Certificate

H4 Visa Interview Questions asked
1) where is your husband working
2) Date of marriage
3) Arranged or Love marriage? who arranged the marriage?
4) How many people attended the marriage?
5) What Quarantine rule you will follow?
6) Have you visited any other country?
7) Your Husband’s company? where is it located?
8) When did he go to US recently?

Experience 19 – H4 Visa Stamping in Chennai

Finally my spouse H4 visa approved today in Chennai Consulate.. First time H4 newly married.

  • Original Regular appointment was scheduled for April 2020 Hyderabad consulate.. DS -160 location also Hyderabad.. It got cancelled due to COVID lockdown..
  • Scheduled regular appointment again on Aug 10th for Feb 2021 Chennai consulate.. Applied EA on Aug 11th with tentative travel date as Aug 28th Chennai consulate
  • Rescheduled regular appointment on Aug 13th for Oct 1st 2020 Chennai consulate..As I rescheduled the regular appointment in the same consulate, EA was not affected..
  • Regular appointment which is scheduled for Oct 1st 2020 got cancelled on Aug 21st.. I haven’t rescheduled any further appointments, patiently waited for the EA approval..
  • EA approved on Sept 1st..

Biometrics & Interview Process

  • Scheduled both Biometric and interview on same day Sept 11th 9.00AM and 11.00AM
  • Reached VAC center at 8.45AM, they allowed inside, process completed in 15 mins..
  • Reached consulate at 10.30AM, they allowed inside at 10.55AM. It took 1 hour.
  • Stayed at the Park Chennai..hotel is good.
  • VO was very friendly and interview went very smooth..
  • VO asked for Passport, DS -160, H1 visa copy of spouse, Marriage Certificate, Marriage Album, 2*2 passport photo…

Visa Interview questions
Asked for passport, Ds-160 and Spouse H1 visa copy

  1. Is it your first time H4?
  2. Are you recently married?
  3. When did you get married?
  4. Your spouse recently stamped? And what is the stamped date?
  5. Where is he located?
  6. When did he travelled to US?
    Asked for Marriage certificate and marriage album
  7. How many people attended your marriage?
  8. Was it a big marriage?
  9. What are your Quarantine plans?
  10. Have you ever travelled to any other country?
  11. Have you booked your tickets?

Finally VO said – Your visa has been approved. Gave worker rights and Blue slip.

Experience 18 – H4 Visa Stamping in New Delhi

We have been trying to schedule Visa interview since March 2020, it keeps getting cancelled/postponed – booked for April (Hyderabad), June(Hyderabad) and then finally in October (Delhi). We tried for emergency appointment by booking regular appointment for Delhi in early 2021 & sending email on Aug 28th. We received EA approval by August 30th, booked VAC & OFC Appointment in Delhi for Sept 4th and Sept 5th.

VAC – Nothing major, pretty standard was done in 5-10 minutes

Consular Visa Interview & Questions : Interview was pretty straightforward with couple of questions related to our marriage & my husband’s job:

  • Give me your Passport and DS-160
  • What is your husband’s name?
  • Which company your husband work for?
  • Give me your husband’s I797
  • Can I see your Marriage Certificates?
  • Where is your husband ?
  • How did you met your husband?
  • Was it arrange or love marriage?
  • Do you plan to travel with him? (Since he was in India)
  • When did you get married?
  • How many people came to your marriage (I told 100 as we invited only close family & friends )?
  • Why so many less peopleCan I see Wedding Pics? ( I carried 10-15 pics with me to interview)?

Passport with Premium Delivery : Received passport with Visa in 3 working days – opted for premium delivery, since we flew back after interview.

Important Tips & Notes :

  • Make sure you carry all the documents, answer all questions correctly.
  • Do not forget to carry passport photo for the interview, they scan and give it back to you ( I came to know about this only through group and got photo done in hotel we were staying – there is a photo studio in hotel “The Ashok” – it is also walking distance from the consulate.)
  • Also take time to review all the questions and experience shared by so many folks.

Experience 1: H4 Stamping with EA – 221g Issue, Approval  

I received my passport with H4 visa today from Kolkata. Please find my visa application details and journey below

  • VAC and Consulate location: Kolkata
  • Got married during March 2020
  • Regular VAC appointment: scheduled for 23/02/2021
  • Regular Consular Appointment: scheduled for 26/02/2021
  • Took the appointments on 13/08/2020
  • Raised EA on family separation ground on the same day : 13/08/2020

Documents provided during Emergency Appointment (EA) request :

  • I797A Approval notice
  • Marriage Certificate
  • My husband’s passport ( front and back page)
  • My passport ( front and back page)

US Visa Emergency Visa Appointment – Booking Dates, Interview

EA got approved on 21st August and I was asked to schedule an appointment by 24th of August. There were only 2 dates available 24th and 25th August of which I chose 24th for Biometric and 25th for Consular Appointment.

Biometrics  experience at OFC

  • Biometric 24/08/2020 – I was asked to show the following:
  • DS-160
  • Passport
  • Appointment confirmation letter
  • The authority put a stamp on DS-160 regarding the passport collection

Experience 2 : H4 Visa Interview – Missing Spouse Visa

Consular Interview 25/08/2020 – the VO asked for the following:

  • My passport
  • Appointment letter
  • My husband’s stamped H1-B Visa

Unfortunately, I could not show him my husband’s stamped visa because he is currently in the US with I797A only. He came here for marriage during March with a valid F1 Visa and got his I797A once he returned to US. I showed him every other document he requested but he was still in a fix and called his Chief Consular officer to consult on the issue. He also asked me that an expired H1B visa copy of my husband in will also work. Unfortunately, I did not carry one since it did not find it important. Finally he gave me a Green 221g form and told me that he will follow up on this.

I came back home and wrote a detailed email as directed in the form along with the the expired visa copy. Visa status CEAC website on 25th Aug : Refused

  • On 28th Aug, I got an email from the Kolkata consulate to submit my passport, 221g form and the email to Kolkata VAC.
  • US Visa status CEAC website on 01 Sep: Administrative Processing
  • US Visa status CEAC website on 02 Sep : Issued
  • Received an email on 3rd Sep to pick up my passport from the given address. Also checked my ustraveldocs profile to find that my passport is ready for pick up
  • Picked up my passport today from Kolkata VAC
  • Note: Today I found a lot of people present in Kolkata VAC for Dropbox

Experience 3 : H4 Stamping with EA – New Delhi  

My wife visa got approved today ! Regular appointment is on March 2021 in Delhi. Request EA ( Family separation with kids) on 27th, got approval email on same day with in 6 hrs. Got another email from consulate to book slots before Sep 5th.. Booked slots for 2nd and 3rd Sep, 2020.

Documents uploaded for EA:

  • I797, I140, Marriage certificate

Visa Officer  questions:

  • How long your husband working in US
  • When did you came to India
  • What is the reason to visit India and did your husband came with you.
  • What is your husband role.
  • When did your husband last came to India.
  • Quarantine plans in US.

Documents asked by VO: I797

Note : Please carry one US Visa size (2×2) photo when going for an interview.

Experience 4: H4 Visa Regular Appointment at Hyderabad.

  • Got regular appointment for Feb 2021
  • Requested EA on Family separation (Newly Married) on Aug 10th.
  • Did follow up via email and got response “under review”. After 5 days, I did reschedule it for Oct 5th 2020 in Delhi (many people told Emergency request will get nullified after reschedule. Even I thought so)
  • Recently US State Dept did mass cancellation of regular appointments. But I kept on following up with Hyderabad Consulate Via email for emergency appointment update.
  • Finally, my wife received call on Aug 31st that they are waiting for the response to the email sent out to my employer for last 15 days.
  • As soon as my employer responded. She received a call on Sep 1st that emergency request approved and scheduled for interview on Thursday.
  • And My Wife’s H4 Visa has been approved today morning Sep 3rd IST.

Visa officer Questions Asked.

  • When did u get married?
  • Which company does your spouse work for?
  • Marriage certificate and album?
  • Spouse Date of Birth.

Experience 5 : H4 Visa Interview (EA) – New Delhi

Below is my experience

  • Consulate – New Delhi
  • Visa Interview Date – 03/Sep/20
  • OFC – 02/Sep/20
  • Type of Visa – H4
  • Status – Approved
  • Applied for EA on 28/8 and got approved on 29/8. Applied for medical emergency.  I’m ( Applicant’s wife) with him in India.

H4 Visa Interview Questions

  • VO : Pass on I797
  • VO: Asked for the wedding date
  • VO: Urgency for wedding during Lockdown
  • VO: Curious to know why the wedding took place during Lockdown
  • VO: Asked for work location details of spouse
  • VO: Asked about spouse’s education
  • VO: Asked for marriage certificate and wedding album
  • VO: Asked plenty of questions regarding previous F1 rejections which was unexpected
  • VO: Asked the reason to choose that specific university for the F1 visa
  • VO: Asked if the marriage was love/ arranged
  • VO: Asked where the spouse is right now.

Got grilled for almost 10 mins

And finally beautiful words were your visa is approved and passed on the flyer stating the work rules and asked him to carry I797 for sure during immigration

Experience 6 :  H4 Visa Interview (EA) – New Delhi

Hi everyone my visa is approved at Delhi embassy today.

I applied for Emergency Visa Appointment(EA) on 31st.  EA approved. Also on 31st. Travelled from Bangalore to Delhi.

Biometrics at 8:30 AM. There was some queue at VAC. And found that vac was underground in Delhi 🧐. They didn’t allow me before 8:15. I was the first one to get biometrics!

Stayed at the park. So walked back from VAC to park. Interview at 12 Noon.  No queue at Embassy. Very quick process. Took along a friend with me to carry my phone 😛

The following is the visa interview questions which took about 20 mins.

  • VO: Show your passport
  • VO: show spouse’s I 797
  • VO:  since when is she in us
  • VO:  what company does she work in
  • VO:  what does she do
  • VO: what company you work for
  • VO: what do you do
  • VO: seems like you were in us previously what was the purpose
  • VO: can you show marriage album and certificate.
  • Me: Gave the certificate. The marriage album was big and couldn’t fit through counter. So showed from outside the counter
  • VO: how many people attended the wedding.
  • Me: showed album and estimated the number as 200
  • VO: since when you guys were married
  • VO: was it love marriage or arranged marriage?
  • VO: why are you applying now? Why didn’t you go back with her?
  • Me: told the uncertainty of her coming back to India.
  • VO:  Do you have your wife’s visa copy
  • Me: Showed the old visa copy of hers.
  • VO: Asked a questioned related to me being in us prior. About me overstaying previously
  • Me : told the reason

Throughout the interview there were some technical issues preventing him from scanning my passport properly. So he was asking these questions while he was trying to scan.  There were long periods of silence while he was typing and I was waiting nervously.

After getting the scan done.  Your visa is approved. You will receive the passport in 7 days.

Experience 7 :  H4 Visa interview (EA) Mumbai

My visa got approved at Mumbai consulate on September 1st.

  • Applied EA on 18 Aug
  • Approved EA on 24 Aug
  • Interview date : 1 Sep
  • EA Reason :  no family separation, but medical issues

Documents asked at H4 Interview

  • Spouse i797
  • Spouse visa stamping
  • Passport
  • Passport size photo
  • Marriage certificate

Questions asked at Visa Interview

  • Where does your husband work?
  • Marriage date ?
  • What is your quarantine plan?

Experience 6 :  H4 Stamping – New Delhi

  • Emergency Visa Appointment(EA) -23 Aug
  • Email sent-25 Aug
  • EA approved -25aug
  • Location : New Delhi
  • OFC and Visa date – Aug 31st and 1st sept
  • Visa Officer Questions
    • Where does husband live, work profile
    • Marriage certificate and photo
    • Why you haven’t accompanied him when he was going
    • Love or arrange marriage
  • Status : congrats your visa approved you will get it by courier within 1 week

Experience 8 :  H4 Stamping Emergency Appointment – Mumbai

  • My H4 is approved today at Mumbai
  • Applied for EA on Aug 12th got approval on Aug 17th
  • Had biometric on Aug 18th and Interview on Aug 2th.

Visa Interview Documents asked

  • My husband’s visa copy
  • I-797
  • My Daughter’s Birth certificate (minor)
  • Passports
  • Original marriage certificate

H4 Visa Interview Questions

  • Where is your husband working?
  • Where is he currently?
  • Since when are you married?
  • Do you have any kid?
  • How old is she?
  • Do you or your daughter have any valid visa of any other country?
  • Have you ever been to US?
  • When did your husband last came to India?
  • How do u plan to quarantine yourself?

After this officer said ur visa is approved and u shall get an email on when to collect it

The process was done in just 15-20 mins

Went in at 8:35-40 was out by 9

Experience 9 :  L2 Visa Interview – New Delhi

  • Applied for EA (L2 visa) for Delhi consulate on 21st August
  • EA approved on 22nd August
  • Rescheduled the appointment and got 30th August for OFC and 31st August for interview.

L2 Visa Interview Emergency Appointment

Interview was very simple. Asked for spouse I797 asked few questions

  • Which company your spouse is working?
  • For which client he works?
  • What’s his work location?
  • Is this the first time you are applying for visa?
  • Have you been to USA before?

That’s all, then he told me your visa is approved..

Experience 10 :  H4 Stamping EA – Hyderabad

H4 visa approved. My case : Family separation without kids(1st time H4 newly married)

  • Location-Hyderabad
  • Normal Appointment booked for Feb 2021.
  • EA raised-12th Aug
  • Reason-Family separation for months after my marriage which is causing mental stress and anxiety.
  • EA approved -28th Aug
  • VAC and interview-31st Aug

Visa Interview Questions

  • where does he work?
  • what he does?
  • where he lives?
  • Will you stay with him?
  • Wen you got married?
  • How long he is been in US?
  • How long he is been working?
  • Do you know the Quarantine rules in us?

H4 Visa Documents  Asked

  • I797 Approval Notice
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Marriage photographs
  • My Passport
  • DS-160 confirmation

VISA APPROVED. You got to take them in a folder

You’re allowed wallet . Women are allowed small hand bag ( not big .. just enough to put money or necessary things ). But nothing electronic  No pen drives or anything of that sort

Experience 11 :  H4 Stamping EA – Chennai

My visa got approved today at Chennai

  • Applied on 7th aug, approved on 25th.
  • biometrics and interview on 31st.

Questions asked

  • when did your husband got H1B
  • what is the nature of his job, company
  • where does he stay
  • what is the quarantine rule in the state where he lives
  • which place have u been for honeymoon (because I’m recently married)
  • have you visited any foreign countries
  • what’s your highest qualification

H4 Documents asked:

  • i797
  • DS160
  • I-94
  • Marriage certificate
  • Wedding album

Also mentioned to take a direct flight to US

Experience 12 :  H4 Stamping – First EA rejected. Second EA at Delhi

My h4 visa got approved today. would like to share my experience with you all.

Below is the process I followed.

First EA Process with Kolkata Consulate

  • Filled form ds-160
  • Opened an account in us travel docs
  • Paid for visa fee (h4) and waited till that got published in the portal
  • Booked normal appointment in Kolkata for the date of February and March 2021
  • Applied for EA in Kolkata only.
  • Got rejected in a single day without any reason
  • Several follow up with support team and Kolkata consulate with the documents but no luck
  • Tried to communicate to Delhi consulate to know the exact reason of cancellation but they didn’t provide any.
  • Scheduled normal appointment in Delhi for the month of October 2020.
  • That too got cancelled, that was a mass cancellation for all.
  • Followed up with cc and support and consulate but no luck.

Process to raise Second EA, Approved at Dehli

  • Tried to know the procedure to raise EA for second time
  • Exhaust the regular appointment by scheduling it for 5 times and then cancel it. One will not be able to see the reschedule option once it’s exhausted.
  • Paid second time visa fee for h4 on same profile with same ds-160.
  • Scheduled normal appointment for February 2021 and then EA for Delhi consulate
  • Justification was family separation just after getting married in march 2020, the same was in the 1st EA as well.
  • Uploaded the documents along with the ea justification.
  • 2nd time EA raised on 26th August around midnight IST time.
  • EA got approved on 27th August, was asked to schedule my appointment by 5th September

Biometrics, Visa Interview Process

  • Got my biometric on 31st August AND consulate appointment on 1st September.
  • Biometric was smooth enough, asked for appointment confirmation, ds-160 and passport.
  • Embassy was also smooth, asked for passport, one photo, ds.-160 stamped by vac, apportionment confirmation at the gate.
  • At the counter, asked for ds-160, passport, I797, marriage certificate, marriage album

H4 Visa Interview questions

  • Are you going to join your spouse
  • When did u get married
  • when did he leave for US
  • what’s his position
  • which company
  • love or arrange marriage
  • how many people attended the wedding?
  • she confirmed with a smile that my visa is approved.

Experience 13 : H4 – Spouse, Kid Interview EA

This is regarding EA appointment for H4. After lot of here and there I managed to get appointment.

  • I was able to manage the Emergency Appointment (EA) on 28 Aug, 2020.
  • My spouse and son went for interview and Biometrics at OFC on the same day…
  • Consulate Officer put passport and visa on administrative processing.
  • On, 2nd September it was Issued..
  • On September 4th they have received the passports with stamp

Experience 14 : H4 Interview EA – Hyderabad

  • My visa got approved on sep 2 in Hyderabad.
  • Done with the biometrics on March 15 but still they took the biometrics again on sep 2nd during the time of interview.
  • No need to panic guys, the interviewer in Hyderabad consulate is cool
  • They are issuing h4 visas for almost everyone as h4 is under NIE.
  • H4 Visa Interview questions
    • When u got married?
    • Is your husband presently in US?
    • Is this your first time for H4 visa?
    • Nothing more than that.
  • But better to be prepared about some basic questions regarding husband job details like company name, address.
  • Where does your husband live in US?
  • When he went to US? etc.
  • Just be confident and be clear about your answers.

Experience 15 : H4 Interview EA – Kolkata

My wife’s visa got approved today from Kolkata consulate
EA was approved in 6 hours.
Biometric – Sept 4 Appointment – today
Initially they thought she was for H1B visa they were giving her some form then she told is this needed for H4 visa and they apologized for the mistake and scheduled H4 visa interview questions.
Interview Questions asked
1) spouse’s birthday
2) visa stamped of previous employer and my current employer was different so they asked about that
3) Quarantine plans in US
4) Asked her about her current job and her education
5) How long your husband is currently working in the current company
6) Why your husband didn’t attend the interview with you?

Experience 16 : H4 Interview EA – Hyderabad

My spouse H4 visa was approved today, September 8th, 2020.

  • Original Apt was scheduled for Biometrics and Interview for Mar 12th and Mar 16th in Hyderabad.
  • Mar16th appointment was at 9 am i.e. the earliest Appt 🙁 that got cancelled due to COVID19.
  • Mar 13th: Raised EA. Was declined same day. (This was the biggest mistake realized later to raise EA during COVID).
  • Aug 17th: (After consulates reOpen) Raised query to all consulates to reconsider EA now that they have resumed H4 via EA.
  • Followed up continuously for 2 weeks but got nothing but automated response. This is the most frustrating part.
  • Aug 31st: Gave up on wait. Scheduled/Cancelled all appointments to expire the MRV fee. Purchased another MRV Fee.
  • Sep 1st: Scheduled Appt for Delhi embassy and then raised EA (Got error). Submitted a help query
  • Sep 1st: Within seconds of raising EA with the error – got EA approval in email.
  • Sep 1st: Scheduled Interview apt on Sep 8th as earliest.
  • Sep 2nd: (Height to be on time) Chennai Embassy finally called to give an Appt date for the original EA declined reconsideration which we politely mentioned that we would like to keep our Delhi embassy appt.

Word of caution: There is no locker facility in Delhi Embassy. So anyone coming by herself/himself will have difficulty handing over bag/mobile. My Spouse took help from the helpful taxi driver but it was tricky to be in that situation.

H4 Visa Interview Questions, Documents Asked

Visa Officer asked for I797, Marriage Certificate, Marriage Album and below questions:

  1. Where is he located.
  2. Where does he work.
  3. What does he do.
  4. With whom are you staying now.
  5. Was it arranged or love marriage.
  6. How did you first meet your spouse.
  7. How many people attended your marriage.
  8. How did you guys meet.
  9. How was the marriage arranged.
  10. When did you meet your spouse first time.
  11. In which company is he working.
  12. Since when he is working for his current company.
  13. How long have you been married.
  14. When did he first arrived in US.
  15. Where did you stay in India.
  16. What are your plans after going to US.
  17. Are you planning to work there.
  18. When did he last came to India and when did he reached back to US.
  19. How is your relationship with your in laws.

Finally VO said – Your visa has been approved. You will receive your passport within a week.

It has been really a wait and 6 months of struggle for both of us to wait through this COVID and finally get the visa to be together. Thanks to this group and everyone. Sending positive vibes for all who are in the process. All the best 🙂

Experience 17 : H4 Interview EA – New Delhi

My wife H4 interview successfully completed on Sep 9th, 2020, at Delhi consulate. Here is the story

  • First EA requested at Hyderabad but EA got cancelled due to reschedule.
  • Lapsed all the chances to expire MVR fee. Paid again and this time EA applied with Delhi, got the approval in hour’s.
  • Biometrics: Sep 4th Hyderabad
  • Visa interview: Sep 9th Delhi
  • Questions asked:
    • Where he live
    • Which company he work for?
    • How long with current company?
  • Documents asked:
    • DS-160
    • I797
    • Marriage certificate

H4 Court Marriage Visa Interview Questions

One of the users had court marriage and these were the questions asked.

  • They grilled me also yesterday because mine is a court marriage
  • Where did u 2 meet?
  • Why court marriage? Don’t u follow the same religion?
  • Are u planning to do traditional wedding sometime?
  • Do u have any other valid visa?
  • Is it first time to US?
  • Does ur spouse have younger sibling? What does he do?
  • Where are ur in laws? Y dont u stay with them?
  • How many months of marriage? Why did u not travel back with him only
  • What are your quarantine plans?
  • They did not ask photos or marriage certificate.
  • Some things that can be showed for proof of relationship are emails, call records, whatsapp chats with spouse, etc.

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  1. My wife and I are having an H1/H4 interview together next week. Have seen questions asked on what will the H4 application do after they reach the US. Can my wife answer that she will not be working because she will be in H4?
    Also, heard that according to the new rule, H4 holders do not need an EAD to work in the US. Is it a correct news?

  2. Hi I’m trying to book H4 stamping interview slot in India. My native language is Hindi and I do speak English also but not confident about understanding American accent during interview. is slots availability different for different language selected or same slots will shown irrespective of language. I’m afraid if I select Hindi for interview language it may get difficult to get a slot soon?

  3. Hi, My wife and Kids Emergency appointment for H4 visa is denied at Mumbai. I gave Family Separation as the reason under Medical category. Had attached Passport and H1b I797, Marriage Certificate . I am currently in US on H1b .
    Any other proof needs to be attached. Please suggest

    • Hi Hitesh,
      Sorry to hear about denial of your EA. I was planning the same , my L1 and NIE is approved but my dependants(wife and kids) visa not done. I think no benefit of try this as it would going to be denied same as in your case. As per their definition of medical needs we don’t fall into that category. Not sure how other people in this forum got approval on family separation ground.
      Can anyone explain what proof they attached against Medical needs( Family separation) to EA because of which their request accepted?

  4. Can I ask for Emergency appointments for my spouse and kids Visa interview based on my NIE has approved and I need to travel with 3-4 weeks time. Under which category I can apply for Emergency appointments for there Visa interview. EA request has only 5 categories : ESTA Denied, Student, Urgent Business travel, Medical and Funeral.

      • Hi Kumar,

        Thanks for replying. I have doubt EA, shall I go to US and than apply EA under family separation or shall I do it from here only and travel along with family. Will I am in US would going to make any positive difference to ask for EA and its approval?

  5. Hi,
    I have submitted EA request to the Delhi consulate on 20/07/2021 and I have not received any response from the consulate yet. Did anyone send follow-up emails? if so can you please share the sample format?
    Appreciate your help. Thank you!

    • Hi Prasad, I applied for EA on 23rd July. I reached out to embassy due to some confusion with the EA and they promptly replied. I didn’t use any particular format. Just a regular email. There is no time frame on when it’ll be approved, it’s case by case and probably still under review. If you get an approval for EA please let me know.

      • Hello,
        I have a regular appointment scheduled for Feb 2022. My husband has an approved NIE and is travelling to the US next month. I want to raise an EA stating the same and I was told that if the EA request is a one-time thing and cannot be raised if it is rejected the first time. can someone please guide me on this and let me know if I can raise an EA before my spouse leaves? and raising an EA through email directly the same as raising it from the cgi portal, will I still lose the chance to request EA even if I contact them through email and get refused? Please let me know. Thank you.

  6. Hi,
    I knew I have to book a normal appointment before raising EA. My receipt got activated but I am not getting any slots to book a normal appointment. Can anyone help me with how to get the slots?
    Appreciate your immediate response as I am in urgent need.
    Thank You!

  7. Hi,
    I am planning to raise EA request, EA reason would be Family separation with two minor kids. I would like to know what format/content I have to fill in EA justification. Can anyone help me with this?

    • Hi Prasad,
      Did you apply for EA? if so what was the reason you selected out of : Medical needs, Urgent travel request etc.

      Was your EA approved?

  8. Hello Everyone,

    Same as everyone situation, looking to book slot for H4 visa (not eligible for dropbox). Due to the current situation of not finding any dates, do anyone know how to raise emergency request (kids starting school in August) without appointment.

  9. can someone let me know how to proceed for EA for my wife’s H4 visa? I filled the DS 160. Do i schedule a regular interview first, then mail them for the EA?

  10. We applied for EA on Jan 13. The EA was approved immediately and was valid until Feb 28th in Hyderabad, India . From mid February, could not get even emergency appointment and they kept extending the EA until April 15. Finally, after sending repeated emails to consulate directly HydCEA@state.gov explaining that though EA was approved, we could not still book a slot and reiterated the child separation and medical situation, we were granted a slot in April. Stamping completed.

    Please email consulates directly rather than contacting ustraveldocs if you have EA approved.

    • For EA , was family separation and child school starting is considered for EA? you can apply EA only once you have regular appointment right?

  11. EA reschedule always gives the “Your group size is larger than the current allocation” message. I only have 1 more day to utilize the slot. Please guide me.

    I have sent an email to US Doc, still awaiting response. Any one knows the Customer care #?

    • The EA was approved immediately and was valid until Jan 28th. From mid February, could not get even emergency appointment and they kept extending the EA until April 15. Finally, after sending repeated emails to consulate directly HydCEA@state.gov explaining that though EA was approved we could not still book a slot and reiterated the child separation a d medical situation, we were granted a slot in April. Stamping completed. So, with EA reference, please email consulate directly instead of ustraveldocs customer care.

  12. I have scheduled visa appointment for myself -h1b and my wife -h4
    My wife couldn’t attend both the ofc and visa interview due to her work concerns
    Can I use the same appointment and go attend the interview alone ?

  13. Hi,
    I also have the same issue ““Your group size is larger than the current allocation”. As per the above comments, i am trying to contact the customer service.
    I have sent an email to the customer care and a case has been created.

    Should i call them and check on the case to get it resolved.


  14. Hello,

    I have my wife first H4 stamping in a week. Is she required to have my original h1b approved i797 or a copy of i797 is fine?
    Thank you.

  15. Hi All,
    not a happy story!
    H4 visa interview on 2/4/2021- regular appointment.
    It is a interfaith marriage
    Officer grilled my husband of 5-6 mins, mostly paraphrased same questions.
    A the counter visa was approved, passport taken by the officer but after few hours, got a text to pick up passport with 214 (B) and visa refused .
    I believe it is wrongful refusal due to dual intent within scope of H1b beneficiary and spouses. What should I do, any thoughts? TIA

    • Yes, its most common last few months due to visa bans i guess, checking background admin process which is taking about 5-10 working days most cases, it took 10 working days for me, but others got in 5-7 days, like after visa approval it will change to refused same day and then change to admin process in few days then change to issued, you will get it , don’t worry, we all went through that phase and got it

  16. Raised EA request twice at Delhi and Chennai. got denied both of them
    Then book H4 visa interview on Jan 21st & 20th in Hyderabad consulate – Regular, First time h4.
    I am (H1) in US since October 2021 – No H1 Visa stamping on my passport as i was on F1 and my H1b approved with COS

    Hyderabad consulate
    Time: 8:15AM

    Questions Asked on consulate interview Jan 29 [Regular Appointment]

    Show your passport
    asked about previous F1 rejections?
    Ans: I had plans to pursue higher studies in USA before marriage.
    Is this first time you are applying for H4 visa?
    Marriage certificate and photo album?
    how many people attended the wedding.
    Where is your husband working?

    Then VO said visa approved. Good Luck

    Jan 28 – CEAC : case created
    Jan 29 – CEAC : Refused
    Jan 29 Evening – CEAC: Admin Processing
    Feb 1st CEAC: Issued (JAN 30 & 31st weekend)

    Thanks Kishore.

    • Hello everyone,
      Can anyone help me?

      I had h4 (1st time) visa interview on 21-22nd jan 2021 at delhi consulate

      Questions consulate Aked me:
      1) what is your marriage date?
      2) When did he came last time in india?
      3) how you guys meet?
      4) about my previous f1 visa rejections
      5) show me your marriage certificat and your husband’s i-797

      After she saw my husband’s i-797 document she kept my passport and my husband’s i-797 doc too.

      22nd Jan – CEAC refused
      22nd jan Evening – CEAC admin processing

      Till now my status is the same and my passport tracking status is “ your passport is with embassy “

      It is already 10th day but my passport and i-797 form both are still with embassy. 1) How long I have to wait for my passport ?
      2) How do i know my visa application is approved or not?

      • Hello everyone,
        Can anyone help me?

        I had h4 (1st time) visa interview on 21-22nd jan 2021 at delhi consulate

        Questions consulate Aked me:
        1) what is your marriage date?
        2) When did he came last time in india?
        3) how you guys meet?
        4) about my previous f1 visa rejections
        5) show me your marriage certificat and your wife’s i-797

        After she saw my wife’s i-797 document she kept my passport and my wife’s i-797 doc too.

        22nd Jan – CEAC refused
        22nd jan Evening – CEAC admin processing

        Till now my status is the same and my passport tracking status is “ your passport is with embassy “

        It is already 10th day but my passport and i-797 form both are still with embassy. 1) How long I have to wait for my passport ?
        2) How do i know my visa application is approved or not?

  17. Hi All,
    Today I got my H4 visa stamped, but it has an Annotation written on it “EXCEPTED FROM OR NOT SUBJECTED TO PP 10052”.
    Can someone help me to understand what does that means?
    And can I travel to US with this annotation anytime now?

    Rekha K

  18. Hi,
    Can anyone provide suggestion…
    My wife is in India currently and has H4 visa until Feb 28th 2021.
    Planning for H4 visa extn stamping with my approved H1B extn petition.
    Is it a good idea to go for H4 stamping in feb or travel back to US before visa expires?
    Is she eligible for regualr dropbox appointment considering PP 10052 or will it get cancelled?
    Thank You

  19. I initially booked H4 interview for my wife on March 2nd and 3rd in Chennai. It got cancelled on 2nd week of Jan 2021.
    Then i could able to book H4 visa interview on jan 17th & 20th in Mumbai consulate – Regular, First time h4.
    I am (H1) in US from March 2020 – No EA.

    Questions Asked on consulate interview Jan 20 [Regular Appointment]
    1) Explain whole marriage process
    2) Visa type?
    3) I797, i94, Marriage certificate
    4) Spouse designation

    Then VO said visa approved.

    Jan 20 – CEAC : Refused
    Jan 20 Evening – CEAC: Admin Processing
    Jan 21: Issued

    US Travel Docs Jan 21: Passport has been received from the consular section, and is currently being processed for delivery
    Jan 22: Ready for Pickup

    Jan 23: Picked up from Blue Dart Office

  20. Hi Guys,

    My wife needs to visit India as her father is very sick (not COVID related). How can we apply for EA for H4 stamping?
    As per the EA options on USCIS website, she may not qualify.
    Please help.


  21. My wife gave her interview on 15th Jan in Chennai and I booked the flight for 22nd Jan. I opted to pick the passport at the Hyderabad location. Is my flight too early? I booked that flight because it was a direct one from HYD to ORD. Is there a way for me to call them or contact them and request faster shipping?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Krishna

      Can you please share the list of interview questions asked to your wife in Chennai consulate for H4 visa and how was the experience?


      • The interview was surprisingly simple, There were only two questions.
        First he read the EA applying message I sent them and show her pity.

        What visa are you applying for?
        where does your husband currently live?
        He asked for a marriage certificate and took the passport.

        • Hi Krishna

          That’s so cool. My wife is having her H4 visa interview in Chennai consulate so was curious about it. Thanks for sharing the details and congrats on the visa.


  22. I’m looking for H4 appointment for my wife in Hyderabad. If I select the preferred language like Telugu, then the slots are not shown up, If I select English then slots are available. I think I’m losing chances to book the slots.
    Can I select English for now, and then If my EA is approved then can I update it back to Telugu? Is this possible?

    • I had the same experience with my parents and the interviewer switched his language to Telugu since my dad was unable to answer his questions. They usually are bilingual . I would suggest to go ahead with the slot booking as they are very had to find later.

        • Hi Surya and Krishna,

          I have the same problem. I am looking for slot in Telugu for my Wife’s H4 Visa. Does your dependents visa approved after booked appointment and asking Interviewer for Telugu counselor at the time of Interview?

          Your quick response would be appreciated.

  23. My wife’s EA got approved for h4 and we were able to schedule the visa appointments without any problems.
    Applied EA – nov 30th, Chennai consulate. Waited for more than 40 days. Gave up hope as well.
    Her regular appointment got cancelled for March 3rd today and we were in a lot of confusion whether the EA would be approved. After couple of hours, we received appproval email.
    If it was denied then we would have had to book another slot which is now showing in November 2021.

    Just wanted to contribute our experience to this redbus forum as we found a lot of info here.

    Who ever is waiting for EA please be patient and wait for your turn.

    All the best

  24. Hello,

    I will be travelling to India around May-2021 to get married. I have H1B petition approved until 2023. As my current visa will expire soon, I need to get stamping while coming back.

    I am eligible for the H1B dropbox but my wife would have to appear for the H4 visa interview. Should I go ahead with the dropbox appointment and schedule my wife’s interview after the wedding (~June 2021 first week )? Or, should we appear for the interview together? Any suggestions? I hope things would settle down and I don’t need an expedited appointment by then, fingers crossed!

    PS: I am exempt from the PP 10052 as I had a valid H1B visa on June 24, 2020, though I was out of the US at that time. Anyway, the PP 10052 will most likely expire on May 31, 2021.

  25. Hi,
    My appointment for March 8th was canceled on Jan 3. I am trying to reschedule my appointment, however, there are no dates showing for in-person interview. I raised an EA on 6 Oct, 2020 but never got a response. Please advise me what to do in my situation.

  26. Request for suggestions.
    I am applying for H4 Visa. However in my marriage certificate my father’s middle name is written in short form (Ch instead of Chandra). In my passport complete name is written with no short forms. Will this create any problem during Visa interview? Or what steps should I take?

    • Jahnabi,
      It should not really create issues. If you are worried, you can get an affidavit and submit a name reference sheet that both are same.

  27. Kumar,
    First of all Thanks for maintaining this site and sharing valuable info here. Appreciate it!

    Need a suggestion please. After initial appointments were cancelled by the Consulate, I was able to reschedule regular appointments for my wife’s H4 Visa (Delhi, Jan 19th & 20th).
    Since the appointments are with in 2 weeks, should I still need to raise EA appointment under Medical needs/Family separation (recently married, 9 months) reason ? I am eligible for exceptions from proclamation.

    If the EA wont get approved, I am worried that the regular appointments might get cancelled, right ?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Srinu,
      If it was a regular appointment, you should consider raising EA, otherwise they may cancel the appointment, unless it is dropbox. It is really hard to know, many are getting cancellation emails, so check with consulate on this and then only proceed.

  28. I got an email saying that my h4 emergency appointment was approved, but I don’t see any step to follow to reschedule my appointment. Could anyone please help me to reschedule?

  29. Hello, I have applied for H4 dependent visa ( newly married). regular appointment is scheduled for March 8 th 2021.
    In order to expedite the appointment what are the documents that need to be uploaded?

  30. Hi,

    I have scheduled the Biometrics and H4 VISA interview appointment of my spouse for 14th Jan 2021 and 19th Jan 2021 respectively.
    Do we need to raise the EA request as well ?


    • Ashtoush,
      If you are not eligible for exceptions for stamping, they may cancel the appointment. If you are eligible for exceptions from proclomation, then you need to raise EA.

      • My emergency visa appointment got approved today.when iam going to reschedule my h4 emergency visa appointment I didnt find any slot…please help regarding to this
        Thanks in advance

        • I read somewhere about this third party person who helps find slots and wanted to book an H4 appointment for my wife and decided to give it a try. It worked! and he was able to find a slot mid Jan.

          Name: Mani
          Contact : +91 94913 35611
          Price quoted: Rs 5k

          Hope it helps you too!

  31. Hi Everyone,
    Today my wife’s H4 regular appointment for march got canceled (EA got rejected last month).
    However, I found one slot for Jan 11th which I booked.
    Does anyone have an idea on which appointments they’re canceling and will they cancel Jan 11th appointment as well?

    • Dear Apoorv,
      My wife’s H4 appointment also got cancelled, but was not able to reschedule it for any other date. Did your new appointment is confirmed?


        • Dear Apoorv, My EA got denied yesterday but I am still seeing new available dates for 28-Jan. Should I apply for it. Did your wife attended the interview?


    • Hey,
      apoorv I have also faced same experience. I scheduled my h4 visa date for march which is canceled before 3 days.
      Now, i get january slot and i booked 17th january 2021.(confirmed successfully)
      But i m in dilemma, that if proclamation is extended till march2021 then how it possible that we are able to book interview date before march.??

  32. We applied for an emergency h4 application for my wife on 31st Dec and got an email today (3rd Jan 21) saying it is rejected. And the reason section is blank.

    Even my regular appointments stand canceled and I have no clue why! Can anyone provide what I can do?

    • May I ask if you got married recently or long before during lockdown? Also, what kind of documents did you submit and reasons gave in order to request the emergency appointment?

      • 10 months ago.. we did not submit any documents because we were told family separation is a reason enough. But I guess that is what might have gone against us. Do you see if we can reapply? I see no such option

        • I think applying with documents and other necessary proof could have been better since that way they definitely know you’re married and the situation you are going through. I am not sure about reapplying. I think you can apply for EA just once and if you need to apply another time, you need to book a brand new appointment slot.

    • Siddhant,
      Not much you can do. They do not provide much reason. All you can do it wait.
      Regular appointments are canceled due to logistic reasons with covid, nothing to do with you.

  33. Has anyone recently applied for an emergency appointment after undergoing only the court marriage? How was your experience during the visa interview? Thanks in advance.

  34. Hi,
    I want to request an EA, however, I need a regular appointment before I may apply for it.
    I am not able to find consular appointment slots for the regular appointment.
    Has anyone faced similar situation?
    Can someone please advise on this?

      • Hi Kumar,

        Thanks for the response.
        Checking often seems risky as they froze my account once for 72 hrs when I repeatedly checked the page in a day for availability (they said “for suspicious activity”).
        Is there a specific no. of times in a day that one may check the availability?

        • Ankit,
          That is true. You can only check few times a day. Well, this is difficult to guess, there are few people discussing this in telegram groups and checking accordingly. You can ask in https://t.me/us_visa_stamping_india

    • Hi Ankit,
      I am facing the same issue wherein I am unable to book a regular appointment in order to have it expedited. Were you able to figure out any next steps for this?

      • I also have the same problem that I can’t find slot availability of regular appointment to get it expedited. Is there an email address where I can send my documents and explain my situation to the consulate?

    • Hello,

      I too tried for regular schedule of appointment to submit documents as I am waived visa interview and when i tried to scheduled for document submission at chennai VAC center. So far, no clue about it.

      I have used the feedback forum in profile dashboard and explained my situation to them to atleast clarify what it means that no appointment is available.

      Will let you know if they give any response through that.
      So that you too can give it a try.

    • Hi Guys

      My EA approved after almost 4 months of a wait at Chennai Consulate. I immediately scheduled it for January 6th. Be patient and wait for it….it will happen….

    • Hello My name is ruchi I have filled my visa interview language is English but I comfortable with Hindi can I give my interview in Hindi or I have to fill some form to change the language

      • Ruchi,
        If you have selected English, then you can only give it in English. If you want to change it to Hindi, then you need to change the language of interview. Call customer service to check for options to change it.

      • Ruchi can you please let me know what did you do to get the appointment in Hindi. As my parents also looking in hindi and nothing is available in Hindi

  35. Is this a rejected email foe emergency ?
    I got email like thus after put a request

    You have received the following message regarding your Emergency/Group scheduling request:

    Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our routine consular services across India remain suspended. Visa operations are very limited. Thus, and at this time, we are unable to accommodate your emergency appointment request currently, but your case will remain under review. We will re-assess your request when local conditions allow us to safely expand our services

  36. Hi Everyone, I am very tensed now as, I am NOT able to reschedule VISA appointment dates after I got the EA approved. I am seeing this below message while I am trying to book the Visa date.
    “Your group size is larger than the current allocation”

    Visa is for my wife and my 2 kids whom I have added while booking the regular visa appointment date. I raised EA and got approved but NOT able to reschedule

    Kindly help me – vishalvissu@gmail.com

    • Hi Vishal,

      I am facing the same issue for the last 1 week. My wife EA got approved on the 7th Dec but still, we are getting the same error “Your group size is larger than the current allocation” when we try to book slots for her. Please let me know if you are able to fix that issue and share what are the steps i need to follow to get it fixed.

      Thanks in advance..!

      • Hi Vinay,
        I was approved EA yesterday, but when I going on counsler appointment page getting error “your group size is larger than current allocation”

        Please suggest how to fix it.

        Waiting for your reply

    • Call and email support team. They will definitely help you. I had same issue. They resolved it in 2 days. Also they can extend your date to schedule appointment.

      • Hello Viraj,

        Could u please let me know as to what did you convey to the customer care about the error u get while trying to reschedule for an expedited appointment. What was done to resolve the issue. Since even after I have contacted them regarding this, they have only asked me to keep trying every few hrs and nothing else was done.

        It would be great if you could share some details.


      • Hello Kumar,

        I contacted the customer care after my EA got approved regarding the error ” group size is larger than the current allocation”. They have asked me to keep trying every 3 to 4 hrs. Still no luck. Is there anything I can do for them to give me slots for emergency appointment.


      • Facing same issue. Trying to book L1 appointment for me and my wife. How long does it take to fix it after calling customer care?

        • Hi Ayush ,

          were you able to fix the issue? I am getting the same error , when I contacted the call center they asked me to check every 5 hours once.


          ” Is there anyone who was able to get through this Error by contacting the Support team or the solution only to wait?


          • Hello Mahesh,

            Iwas facing the same issie.
            The first time I contacted the customer support, they asked me to check every 5 hrs. But the issue still persited.

            I again wrote to support-india@ustraveldocs.com informing that the issue persists. That is when I got a response from them saying my profile is linked to my travel agent account and I am showing as a dependent on his account which is why the error.

            I would suggest you to reach out to the customer support once again.


          • Hello Mahesh,

            I was not able to fix this. Customer care asked me to keep checking slots. Now, my account is also frozen and I don’t have an appointment.

          • Hello,

            I was able to fix this issue with the customer support’s assistance.

            First, I was told the issue was with my profile. My account was showing as a dependent of my travel agent’s account which is why I wasn’t able to reschedule my appointment on emergency request approval.

            I wrote to them to have my profile removed from the travel agent’s profile. Even after that was done, I got the same error.

            The next time I reached out to them, they told me my emergency request was approved by Chennai consulate and I should put my state of residence as India- Tamil Nadu and proceed. And luckily this worked for me.

            For anybody facing this issue, I would suggest them to keep following up with the customer support until it gets resolved. Since this was a technical error, they also extended my emergency request on writing to them.


  37. Hi,

    I have scheduled H4 visa appointment on March 10th, 2021. I have raised for EA request on Oct-13, 2020 and got denied today.

    After raising my EA request in CGI portal earlier, I was not able to see EA request option in portal. but Now, I am able to see EA request again without paying fees and cancelling existing appointment to raise EA request again. lot of people mentioned in the comments that we can only raise EA request once and if its denied, we have to lapse the previous appointment and pay the fees again to get EA Request option.

    Can I submit EA Request again as its available for me in the portal?
    Does any one have similar situation?


  38. Hi,

    I have scheduled H4 visa appointment on March 10th, 2021. I have raised for EA request on Oct-13, 2020 and got denied today.

    After raising my EA request in CGI portal earlier, I was not able to see EA request option in portal. but Now, I am able to see EA request again without paying fees and cancelling existing appointment to raise EA request again. lot of people mentioned in the comments that we can only raise EA request once and if its denied, we have to lapse the previous appointment and pay the fees again to get EA Request option.

    Can I submit EA Request again as its available for me in the portal?
    Does any one have similar situation?


  39. Hi ,

    I got married on 26th OCT. I have filled DS160 for my wife and paid the fees for H4 visa , I am not getting slot for normal appointment . How do we need to schedule . After getting the normal appointment ,i can try to emergency visa . Can some one suggest please

    • Hello Vishal,

      Any luck on rescheding the appointment on your EA getting approved. I too have been trying for couple of days now and I keep getting the same error.

      Please let me know if you have found a way out.

      Thank you,


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