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  1. Thanks for your response, rahul412. i just want to clarify this, by employment letter, do you mean the offer letter that was given to me when I joined my employer? Or, does the employment letter need to mention something else? I'm sorry if this sounds like a noob question, but your response will be much appreciated. Thank you!
  2. Thanks for the reply omshiv. I will have a copy of the LCA on which the H1-B was petitioned; but I will not have a client letter as I will travel after my current contract ends. I should have all the other documents, other than the client letter. Would that be an issue? Thanks for your response, again.
  3. Hi All. I am currently in the US with a valid H1-B stamp. I have my H1-B visa stamped until June 2014. The contract for the project that I'm working on will come to an end at the end of July 2013. I am planning to travel back to India for a vacation, for a month or two, after my current project ends. My employer will remain the same, however I plan to take a break and search for my next project from India and return after my vacation to the new project. Will this cause any issues at the POE? Any inputs will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
  4. kpaxx

    221G Pink Chennai Tracker

    My apologies for the delay... I got the visa. :) The only thing mentioned on it different from my earlier visa is the following line: "Clearance Received on: 02 DEC 2011" The visa was stamped on 06 DEC 2011, four days after the clearance was received. I was notified on the 7th of DEC that the visa was issued, and I received my passport by courier the very next day.
  5. Please take a look at this, it may help you. I certainly hope it does. http://forum.murthy.com/index.php?/topic/29512-221g-administrative-processing-isnt-exactly-a-black-box-heres-why/
  6. You're most welcome chennai_221g. I hope you get your visa stamp without further delay. Most people don't know what goes on under "Administrative Processing". I am one of those too. I don't claim that all the information I have posted is definitive, but it sure helps to soothe tense nerves. It calmed me down quite a bit. Especially when I tried to filter down, by process of elimination, the process (or part of the "animal farm") that I may be stuck in.
  7. kpaxx

    221G Pink Chennai Tracker

    Thank you rVins... I hope that you and everybody in this situation gets their visa stamps ASAP... Goodluck, and Godspeed to all of you... :) Take care... And have faith...
  8. kpaxx

    221G Pink Chennai Tracker

    ISSUED!!! I thank God for this!!! YIPPIE!!! Good luck to everybody... And Godspeed... May all of you get it lightning fast... Be blessed...
  9. @tusharvk. Thank you for the appreciation... This forum has helped me a LOT!!! And I hope this information will ease the nerves of many of us who are in the similar situation. I just felt like I owed at least something back. I really hopes this information helps...
  10. I have created a new topic. It will soon be visible in this section of the forum. It is titled "221G - Administrative Processing, isn't exactly a black box. Here's why." It should, hopefully, be of some help to you.
  11. What Are Security Checks? An important aspect of Nonimmigrant Visa processing at U.S. Embassies and Consulates is the security check procedure. A security check is performed by immigration officials as a necessary part of each visa application. The individual annoyance of waiting for a delayed security check pales in comparison to the national security concern of carefully screening individuals who want to enter the U.S. The uncertainty of the security check process and the often time-consuming delays can cause a potential visa applicant to wait an unspecified amount of time. Meanwhile, business plans, employment opportunities, major life events and holidays can pass without the issuance of a visa. The most common types of checks required are discussed below. What are the Types of Security Checks? Visa Condor Checks, are required for specified individuals. The exact criteria for which applicants this Check applies to are confidential. However, anecdotal evidence indicates that any one of a number of factors may trigger the need for Visa Condor Clearance: [/left] Travel to predominantly Muslim countries Prior foreign military service in certain countries Prior employment in sensitive sectors Specialized training that may have military, intelligence or security implications Birth or residency in certain countries, not limited to Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen., Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North, Korea, Sudan, Syria. The U.S. Department of State reports that approximately 80% of Visas Condor clearances are completed within 30 days. [/left] Visa Donkey Checks are based on a “name hit”, meaning a name is similar to an individual of interest to U.S. authorities. In theory, the name hit is non nationality-specific. However, male applicants from Middle Eastern countries are most often subject to this type of check. Processing estimates for most Visa Donkey clearances take between 2 to 4 months, although long delays are no unheard of for a select few. Visa Mantis Checks are required for individuals who are involved in any of the technologies included on a list of 15 areas. The Critical Fields List (CFL) of the Department of States Technology Alert List is very comprehensive and includes almost any field relating to military, weapons technology or intelligence. This includes biochemistry, chemical engineering, and certain medical research specialty fields. For example, a high school chemistry teacher from France intending to visit the U.S. could be subject to a Mantis Check. Most Mantis checks are completed within 10 weeks from the date of request by the consular officer. Routine Criminal Checks are performed by immigration officials by using the Consular Lookout and Support System (also known as “CLASS”). This system contains information on criminal convictions, FBI records, and terrorist watch lists. The system is updated very regularly, and is a valuable tool of national security to immigration officials. [/left][/left] How Can a Lengthy Delay be Prevented? Although the initiation of certain security checks on the part of consular officers is entirely discretionary, some checks can be prevented if all necessary information is provided to the officers during the application process, thus speeding up the overall process. Special attention must be given to the information submitted on visa forms and in supplemental documents. All post-specific directions must be followed carefully and all manner of supporting documentation must be included. [/left] Because many names are common to many people (e.g. “Maria Gonzalez” or “Jin Wang”), false hits sometimes occur. Special care must be given to such cases so that the proper documents are obtained for presentation to immigration authorities. In the instance of a criminal hit, court dispositions, arrest records, and legal briefs can be submitted to immigration authorities for clarification. [/left] The Department of State’s Visa Office will field public inquiries in regards to long-pending checks of over 90 days. However, due to security concerns, little information is usually forthcoming. Contrary to popular belief, congressional offices are unable to help expedite visa issuance. The Department of State considers security checks to be a matter of national security and is not willing allow applicants to bypass the clearance process. [/left] The only circumstance under which expediting security clearance is viable is if there is a significant U.S. government interest or humanitarian interest. A request to expedite is normally requested at the post where the visa was originally applied for, and ultimately adjudicated by the Washington D.C.’s Visa Office. [/left][/left] The information above was found at: http://www.reevesglobalvisaservices.com/security_check_delays.php [/left][/left] If you are the kind that needs more information, these links may be helpful: [/left][/left] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security_Advisory_Opinion [/left][/left] http://www.greencardlawyers.com/answers_for/VisaProcessing/visasecuritychecks.html [/left][/left] http://www.****.com/legal-guides/ugc/an-overview-of-security-checks-in-the-us-nonimmigrant-visa-process [/left][/left] I am stuck in this loop as well... And I'm hoping that I won't be in it for too long... [/left] I wish everyone good luck... And I wish all of us, including myself, Godspeed... [/left]
  12. kpaxx

    221G Pink Chennai Tracker

    Visa Interview Date : Nov 25th, 2011. Docs To Be Submitted: None. Common Muslim Name: Yes. The VO mentioned, twice, that there is nothing to worry and I will get my visa. However, he also mentioned that my case would have to go through further administrative processing. He handed me the Pink Slip, and asked me to wait to go to another counter. After about 5 mins, a lady came over and asked me to go to another counter. At the second counter was an Indian VO (a lady). She asked me a few generic questions. 1. How long I've been with the current company? 2. Is it the first company I joined? 3. Which university did I attend for my Masters? 4. Which university did I attend for my Bachelors? 5. Do I have any other passport? 6. Have I travelled to any countries other than the US? 7. Do I have siblings? 8. What is my sisters' name? 9. What is her age? 10. Where does she live? After this, the VO told me that I would receive my passport by courier within the next 2 to 6 weeks. About 10 days done, and counting. IA, I won't have to wait much longer. Good luck to all you guys.
  13. Marked as "APPROVED!!!" on the 13th of OCT approximately around 10.30PM IST I wish everyone who is awaiting approval the very best of luck!!! May God bless you...
  14. FEDEXed on the 26th of SEP Marked as Received by USCIS on the 30th of SEP Current Status: Acceptance, as of 13th OCT