First of all a bigggg thanks to the murthy forum and its contributors. The first reason I got the visa is GOD and second is you guys. Learnt a lot through this forum and I hope my experience helps others too .
I had appointment @ 9:30 today in Vancouver. The visa got approved and here's how it went :
I came to Vanouver last night . Me and my husband both went for h1-b visa stamping and we both had appointment at the same time
9:30 AM. I have a 19 month old son , so we took him along with us. we went to the consulate about 8:45 AM and the wait was verrrry long.
The security check was very thorough . The wait was about 1.5 hr , though our appointment was at 9:30 , we went in at 10:30 .
Inspite of us telling them that we have different appointments , they sent us in together. When the security chek was finally done , they asked us to go to 20th floor.
Called us to one counter and got us 10- finger printed. Then the visa officer called our number, we both went together and the conversation went like this :
VO : Hello , What do you do ?
Husband : I am XXX and work for YYY
VO : You madam ?
Me : I am AAA and work for BBB
VO : where do you guys live ?
H : blah blah ...
VO : Is this your h1-b extension for both of you ?
H : Yes
VO : How old is your son ?
H : 19 months
VO : Did you gradute from NNN
H : Yes
VO : And you mam?
Me : I graduated from India
VO : Both your visas are approved . you can get them by DHL in 3 business days.
Both : Thank you sir .
VO : Hold on a minute , I need to check something .
(At this point my heart beat was so loud , that I was able to hear it )
He checked something on this computer . My husband works as FTE for fortune 50 company , so we were sure that it was about me . I am in EVC for a small software company.
After two minutes of tension and nervousness ...
VO : Mam , you company BBB has some complaints against it that they do not treat their employees fairly . Did you have any problems with it.
Me : No , I am treated well and paid well.
VO : This does not change the issuance of your visa , but if you have any problems please call this number . ( Handed me over a small card which
explains the rights of h1-b employees)
Me : So far I don't have any problem . should I be concerned ? ( I really do not have any problem with them)
Vo : (Smiles) No ,It doesn't mean there is a problem with them , We just have it here even if the complaint was years old and we need to inform you about it
Me : Thank you
Vo : You are done here .
Both : Thanks.
Thats it . Not a single document was asked except for I797 and I think the VO assumed I am FTE too , because he did not ask anything in regard to if I work at client location etc.
DO NOT carry anything except a credit card and some money (of course the documents). If you are going to vancouver , its better to take early appointment in the morning , the later you go , the longer is the wait . The wait is outdoors so dress up accordingly.
I am not sure how it is for others but Vanouver seems to be a very good place with no 221(g)s ( atleast in the forum ) till now. So , book you appointment ASAP , because these days we never know what can happen . As everyone say ,be confident , carry all the supporting documents , talk loud and above all have faith in GOD .
All the best all you guys ...
I'd be happy to answer if you have any questions....