One of our readers, Magesh, applied for H4 visa for his kid using the drop box facility offered by US embassy. This is the first experience around drop box for a kid shared by any of our readers. Thanks to Magesh for taking time to write up the experience, Congrats to him and his family for getting visa.
Submitted the documents: 16th, September 2013.
Received the passport with H4 Visa: 20th September 2013
I have a valid H1B visa and I wanted to get H4 visa for our Kid (7 months old).
I browsed through the internet and found that I don’t need to travel to consulate with the
kid for the interview. Children under 14 years can use the drop box facility available
across India to get their H4 or any other visa stamping done in their passport; no need for them to be interviewed. I confirmed this information with the consulate by writing them an email. The rest of the procedures remain the same.
Steps for Applying H4 Visa for Kid using Dropbox facility
- Fill up the DS 160 form online
- Pay the visa fee
- Walk in to the drop box center with the required documents
I choose to drop my documents in Bangalore drop box location. The office is close to MG road and Shivaji Nagar bus stand. Popular landmark is the Empire hotel which is just opposite to the building where you need to drop your documents. This particular office is in the 3rd Level. There’s a booth to take the photograph and photo copies at the same building just in case you need it
Documents Carried for H4 Visa Stamping for Children under 14 years
1.DS-160 form print out
2.Visa fee receipt
3. I-797 original & copy of mine (principal applicant)
4.Visa copy (H1B) of mine and my wife’s (H4)
6.My Job Offer letter
7. Pay slips
10. Photos of the kid
Documents Taken at the Dropbox location for H4 visa:
1.DS-160 form printouts, confirmation page
2.Visa fee receipt
3. I-797 copy of H1B Visa holder (principal applicant)
4. H1B Visa copy
5. Kid’s passport
6. 2 Photos of the kid
I insisted the guy at the counter to include the copy of my wife’s visa and he said
its not required. That means you can only submit the documents which the counter guy asks you to submit.
I received my Kid’s Passport with H4 Visa Stamped within 4 days from the submission date.
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