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    Calling all Toronto 221Gs

    Golden Rule - When you go with your wife and if you have do not have kids and the VO asks's you the same Q You have to let your wife answer that she is expecting. Even if the VO gives a query, he would atleast process the case ASAP. Just my 2 cents, but the fact is we never know what he is thinking. Thanks, T
  2. thinkb4umail

    Calling all Toronto 221Gs

    Hello Everyone, I wanted to give you detailed information about our experience regarding Visa stamping at Toronto. Timeline: Jan 27th 2014 - Monday:Interview Date Result: Visa approved for me as I was FTE. For my wife working on EVC model - 221g Green slip. Kept I797, returned passport. VO told it would take around 2 weeks to make a decision Jan 31st 2014 - Friday: Email from Embassy to submit h1b docs Submitted all the docs online same day Feb 4th 2014 - Tuesday 1 PM - Went to Embassy to submit the same in person Feb 10th 2014 - Monday - Exactly 2 weeks as the VO said - Email from Embassy saying - "They are still processing the case" Feb 18th 2014 - Tuesday - Clearance Email from embassy. Told to submit passport either tuesday or thursday. Note: Feb 17th- Monday was holiday. So, they took exactly 3 weeks to make the decision (another week to collect passport) Feb 27th 2014 - Thursday Submitted passport No option to collect passport directly from embassy. They said it would take 3-5 business days Mar 3rd 2014 - 1PM - Online CEAC status changed to Issued. It was Administrative processing b4 that. Mar 5rh 2014 - 9 AM - Call from Loomis to pick up passport No Q's were asked while entering USA. They just take you to the building and issue new I-94 and charge 6$ for it, Analysis: No matter what you do, Toronto embassy will do the processing as they mention. If they say 2 weeks, they will reply in 2 weeks. 3-5 days means, its always 5th day. Its good to be hopeful, but you all need to be patient. It's not worth thinking about it every minute. My advice: Go to home country. It's not worth staying in a 3rd country. You may contact Congressman as well. I got the same updates from the congressman as the embassy sent me. So congressman do hear from embassy as well. Good Luck. Below is the interview experience - Jan 27th 2014. Hello, My wife and I had our US renewel interviews at US Embassy in Toronto, Canada on Jan 27th 2014 (today). We both have H1B visa. I am a regular FTE and my wife works on EVC model. I could get an appointment for both of us at the same counter at the same time (we were interviewed together) I got my Visa approved, and the officer said I could collect it within 3-4 days. Unfortunately, the same visa officer gave a 221g- Green slip for my wife. The "Other" section was selected in the Green slip, and nothing was written below it. He did not require any information from our end, and he said he needs to do some processing from his end, and will get back to us (call or email us) within 2 weeks. Further more, he kept her Original I-797, and gave back the passport. Main Documents we took: All previous I797's, new H1b from November 2014. She had all the client, vendor, employer letters, 2 paychecks from current employer. All tax docs, MS degree, etc... Our experience: We entered the consulate at 9 AM. At initial counter, submitted our ds 160 forms, I797 and passports. She wrote "PIMS ok" on my application, on my wife's application she wrote PIMS - SMIE or SMEI (PIMS followed by those letters). Not sure what that means? After finger printing, we were called according to our token number for Visa interview. VO: Are you both on H1's? Us: Yes VO: Let me start with you first Sir? What company you work for, what do you work as, what is your annual salary, do you work for any specific client?, where do you live? Me: Answered all the questions, I am a FTE. We have many clients we work for...told other info.... VO: Did you do your MS...what was your thesis about..etc? Me: Yes, ...and explained details VO:Next to you Mam: Wife: Sure VO: Same questions again: What company you work for, what do you work as, what is your annual salary, do you work for any specific client?, where do you live? Wife: She is a contractor working at client's place. She provided all details VO: Took some time, and then mentioned that your company XXX address looks like residential address. Wife: No sir, it is not. I have pictures of my Company. And showed the pics. He was pleased. VO: Did you ever visit your company? Wife: Yes, once. VO: Do you get paid in time? In past we have heard that your company does NOT pay in time. Wife: Yes, I got paid in time. I received 2 paychecks from them. Both were paid on time. VO: Took a while again, and he finally said...Sir, I am approving your Visa, but Mam we need more time to process your case. Us: We were left in a confused state. We asked him if he needs client letters or any other doc. VO: No, I do not require anything from you right now. Additional checks needs to be done from my side. He kept the I797 and returned the passport of my wife. No slip was given at this point. Us: This is what worried us. If he had kept the passport, we would be confident that he is doing some checks. Anyways, he kept the I797, so that was good sign. We came out of embassy and identified that we were not given any slip. We went back and the security officer did not let us in. He took my wife's passport and went inside, and brought a Green slip along with it. There was no docs required on the 221g - Green slip. (Only "Others" was checked, and nothing written below it). -------We did this step, if the VO could give in writing why there was a query placed. however, no luck, he wrote nothing on the 221g except my name and batch number.-------- We are guessing the intial check of PIMS might have failed. Again, why the passport was returned and I797 kept is questionable. We are stuck now, and have to wait for embassy to contact us.There is no bar code or case number or any ID on 221g form as well. Miscellaneous: Dont carry bagpacks or cell phones/any electronics, even keys. You have to walk across the street and deposit it in a convenience store for $5. The same store takes pictures too ($12 for 2 pics). The photo machine in embassy was broken, so everyone was running out in snow to the store to take pics. So please carry everything. Thanks and Let us know. --T
  3. thinkb4umail

    Calling all Toronto 221Gs

    Hello SaiBB, Parker and others: I got an update on my case. I was asked to submit the passport. I submitted the passport on Feb 27th Thursday. The case status still shows as "Administrative processing" but the date was updated to Feb 28th. Is it something I need to worry about? Since the status shows as "Admin processing" and not "Issued". Today is the 3rd day. They say we need to wait 3-5 days. Any suggestions? and what needs to be done if we dont hear from them in 5 days? Thanks, T
  4. thinkb4umail

    Calling all Toronto 221Gs

    Hello SaiBB, Congrats on your visa. You mentioned you called the toronto embassy. how did you get that number? We do not have any number. Can you please share it with me at ****************@gmail.com? Thanks, T
  5. thinkb4umail

    Calling all Toronto 221Gs

    Thanks a lot Parker and fataka. It's just that my Client has not allowed me to work remote for more than 2 weeks, and this is fast approaching. It looks like the entire process from day 1 of interview takes 4 weeks minimum. So, we are just worried, and hope the process gets done sooner. Thanks, --T
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    Calling all Toronto 221Gs

    Hello Guys, Do you have any idea if it is a good sign that the Embassy has contacted us to provide a copy of the petition? I am scared that this email might imply that they are going through my entire H1 case now, and then take a lot of time for processing. The VO told me that I should get a reply within 2 weeks - did he mean that we will hear a result in 2 weeks, or he was referring to getting in contact with us within 2 weeks? This is really frustrating. Thanks, -T Update: 27th Jan 2014 - toronto, Visa interview Result: 221g -Green slip with no docs requested. VO said, you should hear from us within 2 weeks. 31st Jan - got an email from Embassy to "provide a copy of your petition with all the supporting documents" I am guessing it is I-129 and I-797 copy? Did anyone get a similar email? If so, what docs did you submit? After submitting these docs, when do we submit our Passport? Any suggestions are helpful. Thanks, T
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    Calling all Toronto 221Gs

  8. thinkb4umail

    Calling all Toronto 221Gs

    Update: 27th Jan 2014 - toronto, Visa interview Result: 221g -Green slip with no docs requested. VO said, you should hear from us within 2 weeks. 31st Jan - got an email from Embassy to "provide a copy of your petition with all the supporting documents" I am guessing it is I-129 and I-797 copy? Did anyone get a similar email? If so, what docs did you submit? After submitting these docs, when do we submit our Passport? Any suggestions are helpful. Thanks, T
  9. thinkb4umail

    Calling all Toronto 221Gs

    Hello Parker, Thanks for sharing your experience. As mentioned in my previous posts, even my wife got the Green slip at Toronto. Only original I797 was kept. VO mentioned will contact us within 2 weeks. It has been 5 working days now, and no requests or email from Embassy. - You mentioned they asked your resume- did the VO ask you to email resume? or did you receive an email from Embassy to submit the resume? If so, how many days after interview did you receive an email? - You mentioned you tried to contact the Toronto embassy via email. You never received any manual response to it right? - Do you work on EVC model? or are a FTE? - You mentioned to contact senator - How sooner can we request Congressman to look into this issue? Will they be able to escalate the process? - Did you contact the senator and sign the "Privacy Release Form"? (The form as details about SSN, etc). Do you really think its a good idea to go through the Congressman/Senator? - How can our Lawyer help us escalate or check the status of the process? Our lawyer mentioned they cannot provide any updates, as the updates needs to come from US Embassy? Thanks, -T
  10. thinkb4umail

    Calling all Toronto 221Gs

    Thanks Parker. Do you know how we can contact the embassy? If we send emails to them, do they respond? I don't think they have a direct number. Also, does it help if we go in person to the Embassy? Will they allow it? Any suggestions will be helpful.
  11. thinkb4umail

    Calling all Toronto 221Gs

    I got this forum link from subvern1... here is my case: Hello, My wife and I had our US renewel interviews at US Embassy in Toronto, Canada on Jan 27th 2014 (today). We both have H1B visa. I am a regular FTE and my wife works on EVC model. I could get an appointment for both of us at the same counter at the same time (we were interviewed together) I got my Visa approved, and the officer said I could collect it within 3-4 days. Unfortunately, the same visa officer gave a 221g- Green slip for my wife. The "Other" section was selected in the Green slip, and nothing was written below it. He did not require any information from our end, and he said he needs to do some processing from his end, and will get back to us (call or email us) within 2 weeks. Further more, he kept her Original I-797, and gave back the passport. Main Documents we took: All previous I797's, new H1b from November 2014. She had all the client, vendor, employer letters, 2 paychecks from current employer. All tax docs, MS degree, etc... Our experience: We entered the consulate at 9 AM. At initial counter, submitted our ds 160 forms, I797 and passports. She wrote "PIMS ok" on my application, on my wife's application she wrote PIMS - SMIE or SMEI (PIMS followed by those letters). Not sure what that means? After finger printing, we were called according to our token number for Visa interview. VO: Are you both on H1's? Us: Yes VO: Let me start with you first Sir? What company you work for, what do you work as, what is your annual salary, do you work for any specific client?, where do you live? Me: Answered all the questions, I am a FTE. We have many clients we work for...told other info.... VO: Did you do your MS...what was your thesis about..etc? Me: Yes, ...and explained details VO:Next to you Mam: Wife: Sure VO: Same questions again: What company you work for, what do you work as, what is your annual salary, do you work for any specific client?, where do you live? Wife: She is a contractor working at client's place. She provided all details VO: Took some time, and then mentioned that your company XXX address looks like residential address. Wife: No sir, it is not. I have pictures of my Company. And showed the pics. He was pleased. VO: Did you ever visit your company? Wife: Yes, once. VO: Do you get paid in time? In past we have heard that your company does NOT pay in time. Wife: Yes, I got paid in time. I received 2 paychecks from them. Both were paid on time. VO: Took a while again, and he finally said...Sir, I am approving your Visa, but Mam we need more time to process your case. Us: We were left in a confused state. We asked him if he needs client letters or any other doc. VO: No, I do not require anything from you right now. Additional checks needs to be done from my side. He kept the I797 and returned the passport of my wife. No slip was given at this point. Us: This is what worried us. If he had kept the passport, we would be confident that he is doing some checks. Anyways, he kept the I797, so that was good sign. We came out of embassy and identified that we were not given any slip. We went back and the security officer did not let us in. He took my wife's passport and went inside, and brought a Green slip along with it. There was no docs required on the 221g - Green slip. (Only "Others" was checked, and nothing written below it). -------We did this step, if the VO could give in writing why there was a query placed. however, no luck, he wrote nothing on the 221g except my name and batch number.-------- We are guessing the intial check of PIMS might have failed. Again, why the passport was returned and I797 kept is questionable. We are stuck now, and have to wait for embassy to contact us.There is no bar code or case number or any ID on 221g form as well. Please let us know if anyone had similar experience or any thoughts? Miscellaneous: Dont carry bagpacks or cell phones/any electronics, even keys. You have to walk across the street and deposit it in a convenience store for $5. The same store takes pictures too ($12 for 2 pics). The photo machine in embassy was broken, so everyone was running out in snow to the store to take pics. So please carry everything. Thanks and Let us know. --T
  12. thinkb4umail

    221g Green in Toronto - Jan 27th 2014

    Any suggestions experts?
  13. Hello, My wife and I had our US renewel interviews at US Embassy in Toronto, Canada on Jan 27th 2014 (today). We both have H1B visa. I am a regular FTE and my wife works on EVC model. I could get an appointment for both of us at the same counter at the same time (we were interviewed together) I got my Visa approved, and the officer said I could collect it within 3-4 days. Unfortunately, the same visa officer gave a 221g- Green slip for my wife. The "Other" section was selected in the Green slip, and nothing was written below it. He did not require any information from our end, and he said he needs to do some processing from his end, and will get back to us (call or email us) within 2 weeks. Further more, he kept her Original I-797, and gave back the passport. Main Documents we took: All previous I797's, new H1b from November 2014. She had all the client, vendor, employer letters, 2 paychecks from current employer. All tax docs, MS degree, etc... Our experience: We entered the consulate at 9 AM. At initial counter, submitted our ds 160 forms, I797 and passports. She wrote "PIMS ok" on my application, on my wife's application she wrote PIMS - SMIE or SMEI. Not sure what that means? After finger printing, we were called according to our token number for Visa interview. VO: Are you both on H1's? Us: Yes VO: Let me start with you first Sir? What company you work for, what do you work as, what is your annual salary, do you work for any specific client?, where do you live? Me: Answered all the questions, I am a FTE. We have many clients we work for...told other info.... VO: Did you do your MS...what was your thesis about..etc? Me: Yes, ...and explained details VO:Next to you Mam: Wife: Sure VO: Same questions again: What company you work for, what do you work as, what is your annual salary, do you work for any specific client?, where do you live? Wife: She is a contractor working at client's place. She provided all details VO: Took some time, and then mentioned that your company XXX address looks like residential address. Wife: No sir, it is not. I have pictures of my Company. And showed the pics. He was pleased. VO: Did you ever visit your company? Wife: Yes, once. VO: Do you get paid in time? In past we have heard that your company does NOT pay in time. Wife: Yes, I got paid in time. I received 2 paychecks from them. Both were paid on time. VO: Took a while again, and he finally said...Sir, I am approving your Visa, but Mam we need more time to process your case. Us: We were left in a confused state. We asked him if he needs client letters or any other doc. VO: No, I do not require anything from you right now. Additional checks needs to be done from my side. He kept the I797 and returned the passport of my wife. No slip was given at this point. Us: This is what worried us. If he had kept the passport, we would be confident that he is doing some checks. Anyways, he kept the I797, so that was good sign. We came out of embassy and identified that we were not given any slip. We went back and the security officer did not let us in. He took my wife's passport and went inside, and brought a Green slip along with it. There was no docs required on the 221g - Green slip. (Only "Others" was checked, and nothing written below it). -------We did this step, if the VO could give in writing why there was a query placed. however, no luck, he wrote nothing on the 221g except my name and batch number.-------- We are guessing the intial check of PIMS might have failed. Again, why the passport was returned and I797 kept is questionable. We are stuck now, and have to wait for embassy to contact us.There is no bar code or case number or any ID on 221g form as well. Please let us know if anyone had similar experience or any thoughts? Miscellaneous: Dont carry bagpacks or cell phones/any electronics, even keys. You have to walk across the street and deposit it in a convenience store for $5. The same store takes pictures too ($12 for 2 pics). The photo machine in embassy was broken, so everyone was running out in snow to the store to take pics. So please carry everything. Thanks and Let us know. --T
  14. Hello, My wife and I had our US renewel interviews at US Embassy in Toronto, Canada on Jan 27th 2014 (today). We both have H1B visa. I am a regular FTE and my wife works on EVC model. I could get an appointment for both of us at the same counter at the same time (we were interviewed together) I got my Visa approved, and the officer said I could collect it within 3-4 days. Unfortunately, the same visa officer gave a 221g- Green slip for my wife. The "Other" section was selected in the Green slip, and nothing was written below it. He did not require any information from our end, and he said he needs to do some processing from his end, and will get back to us (call or email us) within 2 weeks. Further more, he kept her Original I-797, and gave back the passport. Main Documents we took: All previous I797's, new H1b from November 2014. She had all the client, vendor, employer letters, 2 paychecks from current employer. All tax docs, MS degree, etc... Our experience: We entered the consulate at 9 AM. At initial counter, submitted our ds 160 forms, I797 and passports. She wrote "PIMS ok" on my application, on my wife's application she wrote PIMS - SMIE or SMEI. Not sure what that means? After finger printing, we were called according to our token number for Visa interview. VO: Are you both on H1's? Us: Yes VO: Let me start with you first Sir? What company you work for, what do you work as, what is your annual salary, do you work for any specific client?, where do you live? Me: Answered all the questions, I am a FTE. We have many clients we work for...told other info.... VO: Did you do your MS...what was your thesis about..etc? Me: Yes, ...and explained details VO:Next to you Mam: Wife: Sure VO: Same questions again: What company you work for, what do you work as, what is your annual salary, do you work for any specific client?, where do you live? Wife: She is a contractor working at client's place. She provided all details VO: Took some time, and then mentioned that your company XXX address looks like residential address. Wife: No sir, it is not. I have pictures of my Company. And showed the pics. He was pleased. VO: Did you ever visit your company? Wife: Yes, once. VO: Do you get paid in time? In past we have heard that your company does NOT pay in time. Wife: Yes, I got paid in time. I received 2 paychecks from them. Both were paid on time. VO: Took a while again, and he finally said...Sir, I am approving your Visa, but Mam we need more time to process your case. Us: We were left in a confused state. We asked him if he needs client letters or any other doc. VO: No, I do not require anything from you right now. Additional checks needs to be done from my side. He kept the I797 and returned the passport of my wife. No slip was given at this point. Us: This is what worried us. If he had kept the passport, we would be confident that he is doing some checks. Anyways, he kept the I797, so that was good sign. We came out of embassy and identified that we were not given any slip. We went back and the security officer did not let us in. He took my wife's passport and went inside, and brought a Green slip along with it. There was no docs required on the 221g - Green slip. (Only "Others" was checked, and nothing written below it). -------We did this step, if the VO could give in writing why there was a query placed. however, no luck, he wrote nothing on the 221g except my name and batch number.-------- We are guessing the intial check of PIMS might have failed. Again, why the passport was returned and I797 kept is questionable. We are stuck now, and have to wait for embassy to contact us.There is no bar code or case number or any ID on 221g form as well. Please let us know if anyone had similar experience or any thoughts? Miscellaneous: Dont carry bagpacks or cell phones/any electronics, even keys. You have to walk across the street and deposit it in a convenience store for $5. The same store takes pictures too ($12 for 2 pics). The photo machine in embassy was broken, so everyone was running out in snow to the store to take pics. So please carry everything. Thanks and Let us know. --T
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