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  1. Hi, What is the difference between I-797B and I-797C? An employer in the states applied H1B petition for me and I received the approval notice on which I see I-797B, Notice Of Action. However, I never went to VISA interview with this letter as the employer backed out and unable to provide me with a client letter to go to VISA interview with Chennai consulate. After few months, I found another employer who was willing to sponsor my H1B. He took my I-797B number and applied for transfer. The new notice of action which I received has I-797C, Notice of Action. I don't understand the difference between these 2. When I went for visa interview with I-797C and other relevant documents, my visa is refused and I was giving 221 blue form multiple times basically asking for same information. Regards
  2. Hi Friends, I'm in the US for the past 1.5 years working on H1-B visa. I have a elder brother (37 years old) who practices independently as advocate in India. And our step mother, who is a house wife. They would like to attend my 4 year old daughter's birthday celebrations coming up in May 2015. And stay with for couple of weeks and go back. They never had a US visa and this is the first time they will be applying for a B-2 VISA to visit us. I will be providing all the necessary documents required from my side to invite them along with the documents that they have to gather from their side as per the VISA requirements. My brother is married & has a son. They will not be coming to USA or the VISA interview. It's just my brother who is planning to accompany my step mother. Few questions 1. The last name is spelled differently in mine & my brother's passport. Will this be a problem? 2. Since he is not working for anyone & is independently practicing lawyer/advocate, how likely/unlikely is it to get B-2 VISA? 3. In my passport, I have my own mother's name and not step mothers. How do I prove that she is my step mother? Can this be an issue? Thanks in advance.
  3. 221g_blue_np

    Visitor Visa for own (elder) brother and step mother

    Thanks a lot.
  4. 221g_blue_np

    Visitor Visa for own (elder) brother and step mother

    Also, one more question. Is it too early to attend the visa interview now (in the month of January or February 2015) to attend the birthday celebration which is in 3rd week of May 2015?
  5. 221g_blue_np

    Visitor Visa for own (elder) brother and step mother

    Thanks a lot jairichi. This information helps!
  6. Friends, First of all thank you so much for the amount of information exchange that takes place in this forum. It's extremely useful. My turn to give back to the community now. H1B AT LONDON EMBASSY 2013 EXPERIENCE CLEARLY MENTIONED Date Of interview - 14th Jan 2013, 9:00 AM Consulate - London Type of Visa - H1B for me and H4B for my spouse and kid (2.5 year old) together. I had taken appointment for all of us together. Type of Employment - Full Time Employment Petition Processing - Mine was premium processing Previous VISA history - Never traveled to the US. H1B denied once in India under section 221g (blue form), New Delhi long back in 2008. We reached the consulate by 8:45 AM. After security clearance, we went for fingerprinting and document collection window. The officer was extremely polite. He took mine and my wife's fingerprints and collected passport and I-797 and asked us to wait to be called for the actual interview. In the next 15 minutes, our token number was announced and we went together to the actual interview window Visa Officer - Good morning sir Me - Very good morning Visa Officer - Can I verify your fingerprints Me - Sure. Mine and my wife's fingerprints were verified Visa Officer to me - Which company you are going to work for sir? Me - XYZ Visa Officer to me - Where will you be working from sir? Me - ABC city, XYZ state Visa Officer to me - How long you have been in the UK sir? Me - XYZ duration. Visa Officer - Do you know your rights as a temporary worker in the United States sir? Me - I had a glance at them online Visa Officer - Handed over a pamphlet to me and set "I am approving your VISA sir, please handover the blue slip to courier desk and pay the fees" We - Thank you so much, you have a nice day! The officer didn't ask a single question to my wife. Status in CEAC website 14th Jan 2013 Administrative Processing. Application ID or Case number : XXXXXXXXXX Case Creation Date: 14-Jan-2013 Status Updated Date: 14-Jan-2013 Your visa is currently undergoing necessary administrative processing. This processing can take several weeks. Please follow any instructions provided by the Consular Officer at the time of your interview. If further information is needed, you will be contacted. If your visa application is approved, it will be processed and mailed/available within two business days. The status remained like that until 17th Jan 2013 sometime around 14:00 hours GMT and after that it was showing it as: 17-Jan-2013 Issued. Application ID or Case number : XXXXXXXXXX Case Creation Date: 14-Jan-2013 Status Updated Date: 17-Jan-2013 Your visa is in final processing. If you have not received it in more than 10 working days, please see the webpage for contact information of the embassy or consulate where you submitted your application. And around 16:00 GMT on the same day, i.e. 17-Jan-2013, I received a text from DX Secure, the courier company that they are dispatching my package from the embassy. I opted for the standard service for courier. I received the courier around 17:00 GMT on 18-Jan-2013. All of our passports are stamped with VISA (mine with H1b and spouse and child with H4 visa). One question - They have also sent the original I-797 that they had retained during the interview. Is that expected? Thank you so much again for all your support. Please let me know if I am missing any information that's relevant to any of you and need to mention, I will update the thread.
  7. Hi, I am traveling to the US for the first time, on H1-B visa. I suppose I will be asked for an address where I will be staying in the US at Port Of Entry. Is it mandatory to have a confirmed reservation (if I am going to stay in a hotel for first few days) or lease signed (in case I am going to be staying in a shared apartment, etc.)? What other questions I can expect at Port Of Entry? I have H1-B from a big MNC and it's a full time employment. Thanks in advance.
  8. Hi, It should be fine to attend from HYD.
  9. 221g_blue_np

    Confusion on Status shown in ceac.state.gov

    For folks who were told that their visa is approved, below post should help understanding the CEAC status: @Don0000007, what you are seeing should be quite normal if you compare it with my case. It should change to "Issued" in about 3 to 5 business days if everything goes well. I wish you all the best.
  10. Nope, nothing. All you need to do is to call up the "Operator Assisted Information Service" and book your appointment. Before calling them, it's better to complete online DS-160 and have confirmation number.
  11. @H1B_info_please, I didn't get your question. How can you file H1B in London? I said, we attended H1B interview in london (H4 for my dependants of course).
  12. Hi, I got my H1B in London embassy. My wife and kid got their H4 along with me. I am evaluating options of all of us going to the states directly from London or sending my family to India, travel to states alone and later ask them to join me (come from India to states). Is it mandatory that since their H4 visa is issued in London, does it restrict them to enter US only from London or they can do so from India also?
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    H1B AT LONDON EMBASSY 2012 EXPERIENCES CLEARLY MENTIONED

    Friends, First of all thank you so much for the amount of information exchange that takes place in this forum. It's extremely useful. My turn to give back to the community now. Before writing my experience, if required, may I request the moderator to move this thread to "H1B AT LONDON EMBASSY 2013 EXPERIENCES CLEARLY MENTIONED" instead of 2012. Date Of interview - 14th Jan 2013, 9:00 AM Consulate - London Type of Visa - H1B for me and H4B for my spouse and kid (2.5 year old) together. I had taken appointment for all of us together. Type of Employment - Full Time Employment Petition Processing - Mine was premium processing Previous VISA history - Never traveled to the US. H1B denied once in India under section 221g (blue form), New Delhi long back. We reached the consulate by 8:45 AM. After security clearance, we went for fingerprinting and document collection window. The officer was extremely polite. He took mine and my wife's fingerprints and collected passport and I-797 and asked us to be called for the actual interview. In the next 15 minutes, our token number was announced and we went together to the actual interview Visa Officer - Good morning sir Me - Very good morning Visa Officer - Can I verify your fingerprints Me - Sure. Mine and my wife's fingerprints were verified Visa Officer to me - Which company you are going to work for sir? Me - XYZ Visa Officer to me - Where will you be working from sir? Me - ABC city and XYZ state Visa Officer to me - How long you have been in the UK sir? Me - XYZ duration. Visa Officer - Do you know your rights as a temporary worker in the United States sir? Me - I had a glance at them online Visa Officer - Handed over a pamphlet to me and set "I am approving your VISA sir, please handover the blue slip to courier desk and pay the fees" We - Thank you so much, you have a nice day! The officer didn't ask even a single question to my wife. Status in CEAC website 14th Jan 2013 Administrative Processing. Application ID or Case number : XXXXXXXXXX Case Creation Date: 14-Jan-2013 Status Updated Date: 14-Jan-2013 Your visa is currently undergoing necessary administrative processing. This processing can take several weeks. Please follow any instructions provided by the Consular Officer at the time of your interview. If further information is needed, you will be contacted. If your visa application is approved, it will be processed and mailed/available within two business days. The status remained like that until 17th Jan 2013 sometime around 14:00 hours GMT and after that it was showing it as: 17-Jan-2013 Issued. Application ID or Case number : XXXXXXXXXX Case Creation Date: 14-Jan-2013 Status Updated Date: 17-Jan-2013 Your visa is in final processing. If you have not received it in more than 10 working days, please see the webpage for contact information of the embassy or consulate where you submitted your application. And around 16:00 GMT on the same day, i.e. 17-Jan-2013 (Yesterday) I received a text from DX Secure, the courier company that they are dispatching my package from the embassy. I opted for the standard service for courier. I received the courier around 17:00 GMT today, 18-Jan-2013. All of our passports are stamped (mine with H1b and spouse and child with H4 visa). One question - They have also sent the original I-797 that they had retained during the interview. Is that expected? Thank you so much again for all your support. Please let me know if I am missing any information that's relevant to any of you and need to mention, I will update the thread.
  14. 221g_blue_np

    H1B AT LONDON EMBASSY 2012 EXPERIENCES CLEARLY MENTIONED

    Friends, First of all thank you so much for the amount of information exchange that takes place in this forum. It's extremely useful. My turn to give back to the community now. Before writing my experience, if required, may I request the moderator to move this thread to "H1B AT LONDON EMBASSY 2013 EXPERIENCES CLEARLY MENTIONED" instead of 2012. Date Of interview - 14th Jan 2013, 9:00 AM Consulate - London Type of Visa - H1B for me and H4B for my spouse and kid (2.5 year old) together. I had taken appointment for all of us together. Type of Employment - Full Time Employment Petition Processing - Mine was premium processing Previous VISA history - Never traveled to the US. H1B denied once in India under section 221g (blue form), New Delhi long back. We reached the consulate by 8:45 AM. After security clearance, we went for fingerprinting and document collection window. The officer was extremely polite. He took mine and my wife's fingerprints and collected passport and I-797 and asked us to wait to be called for the actual interview. In the next 15 minutes, our token number was announced and we went together to the actual interview window Visa Officer - Good morning sir Me - Very good morning Visa Officer - Can I verify your fingerprints Me - Sure. Mine and my wife's fingerprints were verified Visa Officer to me - Which company you are going to work for sir? Me - XYZ Visa Officer to me - Where will you be working from sir? Me - ABC city and XYZ state Visa Officer to me - How long you have been in the UK sir? Me - XYZ duration. Visa Officer - Do you know your rights as a temporary worker in the United States sir? Me - I had a glance at them online Visa Officer - Handed over a pamphlet to me and set "I am approving your VISA sir, please handover the blue slip to courier desk and pay the fees" We - Thank you so much, you have a nice day! The officer didn't ask even a single question to my wife. Status in CEAC website 14th Jan 2013 Administrative Processing. Application ID or Case number : XXXXXXXXXX Case Creation Date: 14-Jan-2013 Status Updated Date: 14-Jan-2013 Your visa is currently undergoing necessary administrative processing. This processing can take several weeks. Please follow any instructions provided by the Consular Officer at the time of your interview. If further information is needed, you will be contacted. If your visa application is approved, it will be processed and mailed/available within two business days. The status remained like that until 17th Jan 2013 sometime around 14:00 hours GMT and after that it was showing it as: 17-Jan-2013 Issued. Application ID or Case number : XXXXXXXXXX Case Creation Date: 14-Jan-2013 Status Updated Date: 17-Jan-2013 Your visa is in final processing. If you have not received it in more than 10 working days, please see the webpage for contact information of the embassy or consulate where you submitted your application. And around 16:00 GMT on the same day, i.e. 17-Jan-2013 (Yesterday) I received a text from DX Secure, the courier company that they are dispatching my package from the embassy. I opted for the standard service for courier. I received the courier around 17:00 GMT today, 18-Jan-2013. All of our passports are stamped (mine with H1b and spouse and child with H4 visa). One question - They have also sent the original I-797 that they had retained during the interview. Is that expected? Thank you so much again for all your support. Please let me know if I am missing any information that's relevant to any of you and need to mention, I will update the thread.
  15. 221g_blue_np

    H1 B Visa, Passport expiration question

    #2, in general, as far as I know, you don't have to be worried about valid visas on your expired passport. They still remain to be valid even if you get your new (renewed) passport and old one gets canceled. So, there is nothing to be worried about that. All you need to do is to carry both passports whenever you travel. Hope this answers #2
  16. 221g_blue_np

    DS 160 QUESTIONS

    For your questions no. 1, be honest and explain. Just mention that F1 visa rejected on so and so date, month and year. If there is anything like I-797 receipt no. (used in case of H-1B visa), mention that there as well. Hope this helps
  17. 221g_blue_np

    Husband and Wife H1b Stamping

    Hi amvinfo It really depends on your track record in the US. I mean, if one has not exploited their system and clean all along their stay, I don't see any issue in both of you going together to India. But even if that's the case, I would take this thing bit cautiously as VISAs are rejected left and right in India for the reasons known to them/god :-) These are my personal opinions after going through couple of rejections with no valid reasons quoted on paper or in interview. If I were you, I will play safe and follow one after the other approach. Hope this helps!!
  18. 221g_blue_np

    H1B AT LONDON EMBASSY 2012 EXPERIENCES CLEARLY MENTIONED

    HI tigerlava, Will update by next week. My intv is scheduled next week.
  19. 221g_blue_np

    Anyone attended H1B + H4 interview together

    Thanks a lot chakrakr and wiweq. omshiv, I got response for my query. Let's close this thread here and let's not take this thread into a unhealthy and unwanted discussion. Thanks again everyone.
  20. Hi, My petition is approved last week and I most likely would be going to attend VISA interview in London embassy in the second week of January 2013. I am planning to attend along with my wife and my daughter (2 year old). They will be applying under H-4 category. I heard that wait times can vary and go up to 2 hours or so outside the embassy on a busy day. Will there be any preference given to us because of the child? How will be the interview process? Will all of us be interviewed by the same officer or different? If anyone has experience of attending together, please share. Thanks in advance!!
  21. 221g_blue_np

    Anyone attended H1B + H4 interview together

    Hi t75, Thanks for your response. The last part of your response is unwanted and offensive. What is the connection between handling the child and rethink coming to the US? It sounds like only in US children need to be handled and elsewhere it's not required?
  22. 221g_blue_np

    H1B AT LONDON EMBASSY 2012 EXPERIENCES CLEARLY MENTIONED

    Thank you tigerlava. I have very low hopes that this goes through (even if I go to india for just this, which for me is not worth the time/effort). Let me take a chance here and update you folks. I am only optimistic on the fact that mine is a full time employment. Let's see how things go. Thanks for sharing your experience.
  23. 221g_blue_np

    H1B AT LONDON EMBASSY 2012 EXPERIENCES CLEARLY MENTIONED

    Hi tigerlava, I have 11+ years of experience with a world's renown employer and working for them since an year in the UK (previously i was in india, working for the same company). Now, I got an offer for a full time position by another well known, very big multinational. They are taking care of my H1B filing etc. I will most probably need to visit the London consulate in 2nd week of December. Any suggestions/inputs?
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