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    221G White Hyderabad tracker October

    Hi koooonal, My case is also very similar to yours I guess. I am working as a FTE with a company having >50k employees and with revenues in billions. I went to the US on F1 Visa and after completing my masters I joined a small company in Dallas ( but my job was fulltime and it was related to my masters). I worked there for 18 months and then transfered to my present company 6 months back. I attended the VI on 22nd Feb, 2012 at Hyderabad. This is how the interview went: VO: Please pass your documents Me: Passed the documents and exchanged the pleasentries VO: Where do you work ME:Answered VO: Is that company your employer Me: Yes VO: What is your title? Explain what you do Me: Answered VO: Give me your W-2 form. ( This was the only document which he asked and checked during the interview) Me: I passed on both the W-2 forms ( from my previous employer and present employer) VO: What is your salary at your present employer? Me: Answered VO: Where did you do your masters? Me: Answered VO: So, you are a sooner? Me: No, I am a cowboy ( Sooner is the Football team of another university in the state in which I did my masters. Sooners and Cowboys are kind of arch-rivals in sports) VO: Oh yes. Fine. Your case would require further admin processing. Your H1-B is approved but we would need further administration processing and it may take 2-3 weeks. VO then asked me for an email id which i would be checking regularly and said that he is sending me a questionnaire and that I need to fill up the questionnaire and send it as soon as possible and the processing will start as soon as they recieve the filled up questionaire. Then he gave me a white form (but didn't specify a case number) and checked the box which says that you will recieve further instruction in an email. I recieved that email and it has a questionnaire and asks me to send some documents like resume, invitation letter and supplementary material. When he gave me the white form I saw that he didnt specify the case number. So, I asked if I will be given some case number in order to correspond through emails. He said case number is not needed just specify your passport number. He kept my passport with him. Thats the only document he kept with himself. The questionnaire has basic questions like my bio, itinerary, sponsors information, US Contact, Educational information, Academic advisor etc. The email also asks me to send recent resume in text format, scanned copies of invitation letter in pdf format, scanned copies of supplementary material like invitation letter, transcripts and research/publications in pdf format. So, my questions now: 1. Our cases seems very similar except that he didnt specify a case number for me. What is the difference in forms with case number and without case numbers? Even though the VO said that just specifying the passport number is fine, the email which I got says that I should specify both the passport number and case number in subject line for future correspondences. 2. What is an invitation letter? Is it the letter of employment from the company? or the offer letter? Should the invitation letter include job duties? My letter of employment which my manager gave me before coming to India doesn't include the job details and neither does the offer letter. The letter from my employer to USCIS in the petition process(LCA) contains the job details ( This letter was submitted as part of the advance document submission. So, what should be sent as the invitation letter? I am sorry but I am not aware of the jargon. 3. He mentioned that my Visa is approved but we need further administration processing in this case. Do they always say that the Visa is approved when giving away the 221(g) form? 4. What can be sent as supplementary material? I am planning on sending transcripts, invitation letter and a publication I have from a Global Users conference of the technology we use in the job. Do I need to send something else? 5. I have a comman muslim name. My friends say that it might have been the issue. Can that be the case because I see that everything else looks fine in my case. 6. How long exactly did it take in your case to get the passport back with visa stamped on it? Thanks for helping me out with my queries. -Sohail Mohammad
  2. Hi, I had my visa interview today (Feb 22nd, 2012) at Hyderabad. The VO said that "as far as H1B is concerned it is approved but your case will require further administrative processing" ( these were his exact words). This is how the interview went: He asked where I work. I informed him that I work at FedEx Services. He asked me if FedEx is my employer. I said yes ( I am working as FT employee). He then asked me about my job title, asked me to describe my job job duties, where I did my masters from, in which field, asked for my W-2 ( thats the only document he asked!) and asked about my salary. After listening to all the answers he told me my case would require further administrative processing. He then added dont worry as far as H1B is concerned it's approved but your case will require further administrative processing. He then asked me for my email id and told that he was sending me an email with a questionnaire. He asked me to fill up the questionnaire and send it back as soon as possible and that the processing will start as soon as they recieve the filled up questionnaire. He added it might take 2-3 weeks to complete the processing After saying that he gave me the white 221(g) form ( he didnt specify any case number on that form) and showed me an email address on that form and said that if you dont receive any email in next 5 days send an email to that email ID. He ticked the box against that statement which says about the email address and stuff. Seeing that there was no case number on that form I asked what should I include if I want to email , will I get any case number or something like that - he said just include the passport number. I then asked if he would require further documents from my side. He said no - passport is fine. When I came back and checked now, the email has a questionnaire which asks general details about me, my family, my sponsor and stuff. Along with the questionnaire it asks me to send these: You MUST also attach the following: A complete CV/resume and a complete list of publications and professional/research references. CV/resume should be submitted in text (*.txt) format. If you are retired, you MUST still include a CV/resume listing your past work and any part-time work since retirement. A scanned copy of the invitation letter from the organization/university that you will meet or attend. The letter should be saved and sent as an Adobe Acrobat (*.pdf) file. You may scan and attach supplementary material if needed, such as invitation letters, transcripts and research papers. Supplementary materials should be saved and sent as Adobe Acrobat (*.pdf) files. Failure to follow these instructions will substantially delay and may prevent the administrative processing of your application. You must include your passport number and Case Number in the subject line of all e-mails. So my questions now: 1. Did anyone else also have same/similar experience? Does anyone know who had same/similar experience? 2. Why did he not give a case number on the white 221g form? The email says that I need to include case number and passport number in the subject line of the emails. 3. Is it because of a common muslim name ( My last name is Mohammad)? Some of my friends were saying that it might be because of it. 4. How long generally does these kind of cases take? 5. What does the "scanned copy of the invitation letter from the organization/univeristy that you will meet or attend" mean? In my case ( as I am working) can I send my offer letter and a letter from my company? 6. What supplementary material would be appropriate in my case. I can send transcripts but I donot have any research papers. I have a paper which I presented in a conference. Can I send it? Apart from these two documents what else would I need to send? Do I need to send I-797A, LCA and other stuff? His words that H1B has been approved makes me believe that it shouldn't be a problem. But we never know in these kind of cases - do we? Really appreciate taking the time out to read this and reply with ur suggestions. Thanks in advance. I will update my case as soon as I hear anything from them. -Sohail Mohammad
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