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  1. @asaajid - AFAIK, you have to be in India to avail it. For eg, there could be complications and they might ask you for further evidence or interview while they hold the passport. Then you could be in a weird situation where you can not get out of the country.
  2. chandugr@ - your wife's visa is dependent on yours. So if you are not eligible, she is not eligible too AFAIK.
  3. More info for people on the overall flow: There is no direct way to select dropbox during "schedule appointment" process - read through the blog to find the flow. (images are missing, but you can read through the article). http://www.dodla.com/2013/05/drop-box-option-to-renew-h1-b-visa.html This is the overall flow:1. Fill out ds-1602. Register at https://cgifederal.secure.force.com/ as mentioned in http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in/in-niv-visarenew.asp#apply 3. Then follow the instructions in the blog, at one point you will be presented the dropbox eligibility criteria 4. At one point, you will get stuck and need to pay to proceed, you can pay using these banks: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in/in-loc-bank.asp 4. proceed after payment (follow the blog) and you will get the dropbox confirmation.
  4. gcchecke@ - the dropbox criteria is given here: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in/in-niv-visarenew.asp If you meet all of them, you will qualify even if you don't previous H4 I-797 - but you said this is the first time your wife is getting stamped in India, so she will not qualify if she never had a visa stamping in India before (see criteria #1) >>> Eligibility Criteria for all applicants except child below 14 years and applicant above 80 years of age: My most recent visa was issued in India I received my visa after January 1, 2008 My prior visa is not annotated “Clearance Received” or “Department Authorization”. My most recent visa (in the same class for which I am applying) was not lost or stolen. My most recent visa (in the same class for which I am applying) was issued on or after my 14th birthday I have no refusals for a visa in any category after my most recent visa issuance I have a previous U.S. visa in the same class as the visa for which I wish to renew; If I am applying for a B1/B2, C1D, or J visa, my prior visa in the same classification is still valid or expired within the last 48 months;OR If I am applying for an F/M/J visa, my prior visa in the same classification and same Academic Institution is still valid or expired within the last 48 months; Note: F/M visa interview applicants must submit their original I-20 form and J visa interview waiver applicants must submit their original DS-2019 form along with their passport.OR If I am applying for an H or L (individual) visa, my prior visa in the same classification with the same petitioner is still valid or expired within the last 12 months. Note: Blanket L1 visa applicants do not qualify,but Blanket L2 spouses are eligible. <<<
  5. L1orH1@ - I am not a legal expert, so the best thing to do here will be to ask a lawyer or directly call Indian consulate (or customer care)and ask them. They seem to be 2 different legal entities, but if US Consulate says that you qualify, you can continue with IWP. (also ask them to send some email for reference)
  6. This is what was there in the dropbox confirmation page - #4 says documentation for the visa type which is very broad and vague: >>> Documents to be submitted: 1. Applicant’s valid passport with all previous passports. 2. A completed DS-160 application confirmation page with barcode. 3. Photograph with white background (2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size. Specifications available htt 4. Supporting documentation in original and one photocopy required for your visa type 5. Valid visa photo copy of the same visa category of either of the parents in which the child is applying (applicable for child under 14 years of age) Note: Applicant is not required in person to submit documents at any Drop off location. Only ensure the representative is carrying all the above listed documents as per specification. <<<
  7. I went for Visa stamping through the new Interview Waiver Dropbox program for the first time in Cochin (Team Stanley office). Thought of sharing my experience. MY experience was quite similar to the one described in http://forum.murthy.com/index.php?/topic/61363-h1b-stamping-in-india-dropbox-in-kochi-cochin-kerala/?hl=cochin Summary: very quick,convenient and pleasant experience - extremely satisfied. Details: I (H1B) and my wife(H4) qualified for the dropbox facility and went to Cochin Team Stanley office on Sep 27, 2013. Only I went to drop the documents (H4 spouse is not required to physically go there to drop off documents). Overall it took only 15 minutes for everything to be over! I took a lot of documents, but they asked for only a few documents. I specifically asked if they need anything else such as pay stubs, employment verification letter, W2, tax documents etc and they said No. Documents submitted for me (H1B): - original passport - dropbox confirmation letter - DS-160 confirmation page - H1B I-797A copy - Previous H1B I-797A copy (which corresponds to your expired/soon-expiring visa stamp) - 1 2x2 photo Documents submitted for my wife (H4): - original passport - dropbox confirmation letter - DS-160 confirmation page - H4 I-797A copy - Previous H4 I-797A copy (which corresponds to your expired/soon-expiring visa stamp) - Spouse's H1B I-797A copy - Spouses's previous H1B I-797A copy (which corresponds to your expired/soon-expiring visa stamp) - Copy of spouse's last visa stamp (which is expired/soon-expiring) - 1 2x2 photo They acceped all documents and gave me a confirmation sheet as acknowledgemen. Also they gave option to pick up passport in the same office or from a blue dart office. I opted for pick up in the same office. (Actually Blue Dart would have been closer to my home). Then I tracked passport using http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in/in-niv-passporttrack.asp (just enter passport number). It took about 12 days for it to be ready for pickup. Again I went alone and took my wife's authorization to pickup her passport, but it was not needed. You can pickup your spouse's passport if you have a copy of her passport (also take other documents in case needed). Timelines: Sep 27 - dropped documents, status: "Your passport is being delivered to post" (means they are sending it to consulate) Oct 1 - status: "Your passport is still with the post" (means still with consulate) Oct 3 - status "Passport has been receieved from the consular section, and is currently being processed for delivery" (means decision has been made and they are about to ship it back) Oct 8 - ready for pickup Additional Info: Cochin/Kochin Dropbox location: Mon-Fri 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m. 3C South Point Hinton Chittoor Rd Nr Kasba Police Station Kacheripady Ernakulam - 682018 All locations can be found at: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in/in-loc-documentdropoff.asp#locations Passport tracking URL: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in/in-niv-passporttrack.asp