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  1. Would like to share my H1B Visa Interview Experience. Date: June 14th 2019 Location: 1075 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6E 2M6, Canada VO: Visa Officer Me: Good Morning, Handed over my Passport & I-797 to VO Officer VO: Where do you work? Me: I work for xxxx company VO: Did you come for H1B Extension? Me: Yes VO: What do you work for xxxx company? Me: I work as xxxx Engineer for xxxx company VO: When did you start working for xxxx company? Me: Since Jan 2019 VO: Very recent Me: Yes VO: Where did you work before? Me: I worked for xyz company VO: What is your salary? Me: xxxx VO: What are your job duties? Me: Told my job responsibilities VO: Your Visa Approved, you will receive email regarding passport pickup. Me: Thank You, Appreciate your Time. DS-160 Status Update: 1) After stamping on June 14th 2019 (Friday) status showed (Administrative Processing) 2) On June 17th 2019 (Monday) Status changed to Issued around 11:30AM 3) On June 17th 2019 (Monday) Shipping label created and Passport picked-up by Canada Post from US Consulate around 3:45PM 4) On June 18th 2019 (Tuesday) received email from Canada Port "Your parcel is ready for pickup" around 9:30AM 5) On June 18th 2019 (Tuesday) collected my passport around 11:50AM Good Luck Everyone & Thank You all for sharing your experiences!
  2. Hello, I am trying to book the appointment for my H-1B stamping in Vancouver, Canada, but unable to get the slots, please let me know if anyone booked the slot in May or June 2019? What time they usually open the slots? "There are no available appointments at the selected location. Please try again later" Thanks & Regards, Sri
  3. Hello Happy2016, I received the passport on May 9th 2016 at 9:30AM PST, it usually takes 2-3 working days to receive the passport.
  4. My Visa Interview Experience.... Interview Time : 8:00AM Window # 5 Me: Good Morning Sir, how are you doing? Provided my Passport, DS-160 Confirmation Page and I-797. VO: No Response, took my Passport & I-797 VO: what do you do for your company Me: I work as "xxxxx" VO: What does your company do? Me: My company is an "XXXX" and "XXXX" company VO: Can I see your LCA & Paystubs Me: Sure, Handed over my LCA first VO: Do you work for Client? Me: Yes, I work for "XXXX" Client VO: Where? Me: XXXX Location Me: Handed over the Paystubs VO: How long you been in H1B? Me: X.X years VO: Can I see your Approved I-140 Me: Sure, Handed over the Original I-140 Approval notice Me: VO gave me a Green Paper & pamphlet for Non-Immigrant Visa holder rights. VO: You will receive email regarding passport pickup. Me: Thank You Sir, Appreciate your Time. Good Luck Everyone & Thank You all for sharing your Experiences :)
  5. Would like to share my Visa Interview Experience Interview Time : 8:00AM Window # 5 Me: Good Morning Sir, how are you doing? Provided my Passport, DS-160 Confirmation Page and I-797. VO: No Response, took my Passport & I-797 VO: what do you do for your company Me: I work as "xxxxx" VO: What does your company do? Me: My company is xxxxx and xxxxx VO: Can I see your LCA & Paystubs Me: Sure, Handed over my LCA first VO: Do you work for Client? Me: Yes, I work for "XXXX" Client VO: Where? Me: XXXX Location Me: Handed over the Paystubs VO: How long you been in H1B? Me: xxx years VO: Can I see your Approved I-140 Me: Sure, Handed over the Original I-140 Approval notice Me: VO gave me a Green Paper & pamphlet for Non-Immigrant visa holder rights. VO: You will receive email regarding passport pickup. Me: Thank You Sir, Appreciate your Time. Good Luck Everyone & Thank You all for sharing your experiences.
  6. Hello, I scheduled my Visa Appointment on May 5th 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. I am planning to be there by May 4th 2016 and will be staying there till May 9th or 10th. Is there any one scheduled during the same week and looking out for accommodation? If so I am interested in joining with you people. please find my email id on my profile.
  7. My I-94 got extended at Tijuana border on March 7th 2015 (Saturday), would like to share my experience. Note: Some Important Points to be noted here to avoid confusion, I will try my best to share each and every point so that it will be easy to others!! 1) Drove from Bay Area,CA on March 6th 2015 (Friday) @10:00PM, reached San Ysidro border on March 7th 2015 (Saturday) @5:45AM PST. 2) Parked my Car behind 'Jack in the Box' parking space. Parking Address: 721 E San Ysidro Blvd, San Diego, CA 92173, paid $7 for 8 hours 3) Crossed the border by feet, you see signs "Pedestrian path to mexico", just follow the path and you see "Revolving Door" to enter Tijuana. 4) After passing Revolving Door you will see the people waiting/passing in lines to enter the USA, lines go towards right, ****dont go left****. 5) Dont join the "General Public" line, keep passing from the right most way, you see two gates one for "General Public" and other Gate for "I-94/Permits". 6) Once you enter that "I-94/Permits" Gate, you will see the CBP office building on the right. 7) Entered into the CBP office around 6:00AM PST. Officer: officer asked what do you want? Me: surprised to hear that, but anyways told him I came for I-94 Officer: told me go to the next counter and pay $6 cash to get I-94 Lady officer: went to the lady officer, showed my passport and asked her I-94. Lady officer: She looked at my Visa on old passport and saw the Visa validity till May 2016 and told you don't require I-94. Me: Again surprised to hear that :) gave her I-797 approved copy as well. Lady officer: officer saw the port of entry stamps on opposite page of Visa, she saw 29 May 2016 date on one of the stamp, she said you don't require I-94. Me: reason for that stamp on my passport: in June 2013 when I came from India CBP officer in SFO by mistake didn't check the passport expiry date and entered Visa expiry date, which is May 2016, even in 2014 I went to India but that time CBP officer in SFO stamped till passport expiry April 11th 2015. Me: I have couple of port of entry stamps on opposite page of Visa, since I travel to India more frequently. Lady officer: She verified I-797 and she noticed the I-94 on the I-797 approved copy, she again told me that you have I-94 in your I-797 so no new I-94 required. Me: Since I have not detached the old I-94 on my I-797 she got confused, she said that she will check with the senior officer. Lady officer: she went to officer and told the situation, he said that she is right and I don't require new I-94 Lady officer: she came back to me and told you are good, no I-94 required!!! Me: Now I understood the situation and the officers knowledge on I-94. Lady officer came out of the room after taking to officer and she came to me with my passport and I-797 and she is trying to convey that I dont require I-94. I clearly told her that, if you see my opposite visa page on passport you see multiple port of entry stamps, she said yes I can see that, told her each time I go out of the country and while coming back to USA the CBP office in airport looks for my Visa validity and passport expiry and puts the stamp, if the passport expires before the Visa expiry date, they put the date of passport expiry. With all these explanation I showed her last port of entry stamp and the date on it, which is April 11th 2015, I told her since the I-94 is online, my online status show that my I-94 is valid till April 11th 2015, so I came here to cross the boarder to update my I-94. Finally!!!! she understood and said Okay I will give you I-94, please pay $6 cash she gave I-94 paper copy (Blank copy) and asked to go to CBP officer!!! Hold on Guys!!! story not done yet!!!! :) Note: Lady officer in the room will only verify whether we need I-94 or not and will issue I-94 paper copy (Blank copy) only by taking $6 cash, main information in I-94 will be updated by CBP officer in the same office. Joined the Line and went to CBP officer, CBP officer took the passport, I-797 and I-94 paper copy (Blank copy), Officer after seeing the I-797 and my Visa he told the same story that I don't require I-94, again repeated the same story to the officer and finally gave me paper copy of I-94 and updated it online as well!!!! :) Once done with the I-94 came out of that building and joined the General public line to enter USA, CBP officer asked why I came to mexico, told him that I came to update my I-94 and said I am work in USA on H1B, he verified my visa and I-94 on the passport and he said you are good to go, while coming out I passed my bag through security scanner for screening and collect the bags once done, Finally Came out the building entered USA!!!! Total time : 6:00AM to 7:30AM PST, go early to avoid wait times in Lines. Guess What caused Confusion here???? Yes...you got it! I-94 on your I-797 Approved Copy!!! Remove the I-94 on your I-797 Copy and explain your situation to CBP officer to get your I-94, CBP officers in San Ysidro (Tijuana) boarder are very polite and friendly!!!! :) Key Points & Documents: 1)Make sure you carry both old and new passport 2)I-797 Approved Copy Original 3)Employment Verification Letter 4)Make sure you have Valid H1B Visa on you passport to enter USA 5)No Mexico visa required to enter Mexico, since you are crossing the boarder by walk! 6)Carry latest pay stubs Note: If you traveling to the San Ysidro boarder by Car, don't travel with your friends who doesn't have the valid visa in their passport (people who have valid I-797 but expired Visa in passport), if you miss the last exit you enter into Mexico and they will be in trouble coming back to USA!
  8. My I-94 got extended at Tijuana border on March 7th 2015 (Saturday), would like to share my experience. Note: Some Important Points to be noted here to avoid confusion, I will try my best to share each and every point so that it will be easy to others!! 1) Drove from Bay Area,CA on March 6th 2015 (Friday) @10:00PM, reached San Ysidro border on March 7th 2015 (Saturday) @5:45AM PST. 2) Parked my Car behind 'Jack in the Box' parking space. Parking Address: 721 E San Ysidro Blvd, San Diego, CA 92173, paid $7 for 8 hours 3) Crossed the border by feet, you see signs "Pedestrian path to mexico", just follow the path and you see "Revolving Door" to enter Tijuana. 4) After passing Revolving Door you will see the people waiting/passing in lines to enter the USA, lines go towards right, ****dont go left****. 5) Dont join the "General Public" line, keep passing from the right most way, you see two gates one for "General Public" and other Gate for "I-94/Permits". 6) Once you enter that "I-94/Permits" Gate, you will see the CBP office building on the right. 7) Entered into the CBP office around 6:00AM PST. Officer: officer asked what do you want? Me: surprised to hear that, but anyways told him I came for I-94 Officer: told me go to the next counter and pay $6 cash to get I-94 Lady officer: went to the lady officer, showed my passport and asked her I-94. Lady officer: She looked at my Visa on old passport and saw the Visa validity till May 2016 and told you don't require I-94. Me: Again surprised to hear that :) gave her I-797 approved copy as well. Lady officer: officer saw the port of entry stamps on opposite page of Visa, she saw 29 May 2016 date on one of the stamp, she said you don't require I-94. Me: reason for that stamp on my passport: in June 2013 when I came from India CBP officer in SFO by mistake didn't check the passport expiry date and entered Visa expiry date, which is May 2016, even in 2014 I went to India but that time CBP officer in SFO stamped till passport expiry April 11th 2015. Me: I have couple of port of entry stamps on opposite page of Visa, since I travel to India more frequently. Lady officer: She verified I-797 and she noticed the I-94 on the I-797 approved copy, she again told me that you have I-94 in your I-797 so no new I-94 required. Me: Since I have not detached the old I-94 on my I-797 she got confused, she said that she will check with the senior officer. Lady officer: she went to officer and told the situation, he said that she is right and I don't require new I-94 Lady officer: she came back to me and told you are good, no I-94 required!!! Me: Now I understood the situation and the officers knowledge on I-94. Lady officer came out of the room after taking to officer and she came to me with my passport and I-797 and she is trying to convey that I dont require I-94. I clearly told her that, if you see my opposite visa page on passport you see multiple port of entry stamps, she said yes I can see that, told her each time I go out of the country and while coming back to USA the CBP office in airport looks for my Visa validity and passport expiry and puts the stamp, if the passport expires before the Visa expiry date, they put the date of passport expiry. With all these explanation I showed her last port of entry stamp and the date on it, which is April 11th 2015, I told her since the I-94 is online, my online status show that my I-94 is valid till April 11th 2015, so I came here to cross the boarder to update my I-94. Finally!!!! she understood and said Okay I will give you I-94, please pay $6 cash she gave I-94 paper copy (Blank copy) and asked to go to CBP officer!!! Hold on Guys!!! story not done yet!!!! :) Note: Lady officer in the room will only verify whether we need I-94 or not and will issue I-94 paper copy (Blank copy) only by taking $6 cash, main information in I-94 will be updated by CBP officer in the same office. Joined the Line and went to CBP officer, CBP officer took the passport, I-797 and I-94 paper copy (Blank copy), Officer after seeing the I-797 and my Visa he told the same story that I don't require I-94, again repeated the same story to the officer and finally gave me paper copy of I-94 and updated it online as well!!!! :) Once done with the I-94 came out of that building and joined the General public line to enter USA, CBP officer asked why I came to mexico, told him that I came to update my I-94 and said I am work in USA on H1B, he verified my visa and I-94 on the passport and he said you are good to go, while coming out I passed my bag through security scanner for screening and collect the bags once done, Finally Came out the building entered USA!!!! Total time : 6:00AM to 7:30AM PST, go early to avoid wait times in Lines. Guess What caused Confusion here???? Yes...you got it! I-94 on your I-797 Approved Copy!!! Remove the I-94 on your I-797 Copy and explain your situation to CBP officer to get your I-94, CBP officers in San Ysidro (Tijuana) boarder are very polite and friendly!!!! :) Key Points: 1)Make sure you carry both old and new passport 2)I-797 Approved Copy Original 3)Employment Verification Letter 4)Make sure you have Valid H1B Visa on you passport to enter USA 5)No Mexico visa required to enter Mexico, since you are crossing the boarder by walk! 6)Carry latest pay stubs
  9. Thanks everyone for sharing your experiences. I am planning to visit San Ysidro border for I-94 extension on March 7th 2015 (Saturday) from Bay Area, CA. Please let me know if anyone planning to go San Ysidro border for I-94 extension and interested to join. Current I94 will expire on April 11th 2015.
  10. Murali/Friends - would like to join with you guys, will be there on june 5th @Vancouver, appointment on June 7th, let me know if interested.
  11. Hello, I do have appointment on June 7th 2013 at Vancouver, I will be there on June 5th, would like to join with you guys, let me know if interested. Thanks, Srikanth
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