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H1B / H4 Visa Stamping Experience @ Monterrey, Mexico on 12/17/2019 (Tuesday) & 12/18 (Wednesday)

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Arrival Date at Monterrey: 12/17 at 1.00 AM @ Monterrey (MTY) International Airport.
I’ve booked Hotel (4.5 star) with really good price and without taking any available expensive services in the market. Hotel team has arranged my pick up request from MTY to Hotel for 450 MXN$ (1USD = 18.80 MXN$(peso) on an average) and provided all accurate pick up detail (Driver Name / Car Color /Make /Model/ Number Tag, etc.)

 

FYI: CAB driver was waiting for me with given name tag and Hotel name.


Note: If you have valid any type of US, Canada, Japan, or any other countries visa, you don't need to get Mexico visa unless you willing to do so. At the airport they will give you a doc, which you need to return it by the time you go back to the airport.

 

12/17/2019 (Tuesday):


Checked in at Hotel at 1.45 AM and had an enough sleep as I had ASC appointment at 12.00 PM. Hotel team provided FREE shuttle to reach at ASC and I went early at 11.00 AM and done everything in 15 minutes. I called hotel team and FREE shuttle came back to pick me up in 20 minutes.

 

Walking distance from Hotel to below & and very safe to walk any time...…

 

Food options :: TOKS Restaurant  , Los Cabos , Pizza Hut , 1 or 2 Indian Restaurant ( I did not try though) , Wendy's, ****'s Jr  and other well-known food franchisees  available on an average prices and pretty much they accept major Credit Cards.
Bank Options: HSBC, Scotia Bank and other local bank to get the currency with good rate. I got MXN$(peso) from Scotia Bank with really good rate.
Other Local Time Pass activities:  Mall, Casino and many local tourist place to visit (if you have time)

CAB Service: Any time / anywhere... you will get it and its risk free.

 

12/18/2019 (Wednesday): Interview Day

 

·        Total 44 windows were there and almost 18-20 were opened. I had an interview time slot at 9.30 AM and took FREE shuttle to reach at U.S.Consulate. I went there at 8.30 AM  and there were almost 300 to 400 Mexican people who were in  queue  on front of me BUT  I figured soon that they will be separated in different queue in few minutes, I noticed around  3 H1B  , 1 H4  , 10-11 TN  and few other type of visa seekers were  with me.
H1B- All applicants got approval.
H4: Got approval
TN: 50/50 approval and other type of visa: Don't know...

Document checked and other formalities were done at window # 3 to 5 and # 7 to 9 respectively and I was in line with others and VO told me to come at window # 21.

@ Window # 21- A White (American guy) and window # 22 (A White (American) lady)

 

VO: Hi
Me: Good morning
VO: Scanned (H1B/H4) DS-160, checked in their system and said, I am seeing you guys have few Green Card petitions under pending process...

Me: Yes we do! (GC file under EB2 / F3 / F4 Visa Class)
VO: How long you been in US?

Me: Since XXXX
VO: Who is your end client?

Me: XXXX (I gave him end client letter) 
VO: Are you full-time with them?

Me: No, XXXX company is my Employer and XXXX Company is my Vendor (I gave him Vendor letter) 
VO: Help me understand your EVC model then?

Me: Explained (simple /short / sober...Ans) 
VO: When were you at end client place last time?

Me: Monday (12/16) I did Work from Home and last Friday (12/13) I was at client place
VO: Any issues with your employer?

Me: No
VO: Any salary issue? Getting on time?

Me:  Never ever and Yes!
VO: When are you returning to US? Any plan?

Me: Today evening!
VO: Not Possible at all

H4:  One humble request VO, 
VO: Please go ahead!

H4: Explain and provided him valid & genuine reason with document proof.
VO: Wait a minute, I will be back!

Note: He asked someone inside and came back with an update in 2 minutes.
VO:  I can try to expedite BUT no guaranty at all. However, come back at 2.00 PM here and check just in case if yours passports are ready, IF not then come back on 12/19 (Thursday) at 2.00 PM to pick up. BUT again, there is no any guaranty and going forward plan for 4 to 6 days for your travel. He did type the information as much as  he can in the system and gave me the 
Orange slip with approved info and passport pick up date mentioned at same day 12/18.
We: Thanks VO, appreciated your help to expedite our request, have a great day!!
VO: Bit movement of his head.

 

·        I called to Hotel and shuttle was arrived in 25 minutes and reached at Hotel at 11.00 AM. Checked out hotel at 12.00 PM as I’ve booked just for 2 nights and waited in Hotel lobby till 1.30 PM and Hotel Shuttle came at sharp time and dropped me off at US Consulate at 1.50 PM and I was out with STAMPED Passports at 2.25 PM.

·        Took a CAB (Hotel Team  pre-arranged for me as I discussed with them) at 2.30 PM from US Consulate to  MTY Airport and reached at 4.00 PM ( paid MXN$430 cash to CAB driver;  reached bit late due to traffic or else  it will take around 50 minutes).

·         I’ve booked my return flight while on the way to MTY Airport and safely landed to my final destination at 2.30 AM.

·        Good Luck to all!!!!!!!! Thank you.

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