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H1-B Renewal - Mumbai Dropbox Experience

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I wanted to share my H1-B renewal stamping expereince at the Bombay Consulate via Dropbox. 


My Case: H1-B renewal, same company, same class. 


Documents taken at the Visa Application Center: 

  1. Dropbox Confirmation Letter
  2. DS-160
  3. Passport
  4. Copy of Approved I-797 A 
  5. One Recent Passport Photo

They did not take any other documents.

They were NOT interested in looking at anything. 

They returned the confirmation letter with signature on it as a proof of acceptance. 


Sequence of Events: 

Dec 1 - Submitted Documents via Dropbox (Took 5 mins start to finish)

Dec 2 - Passport was delivered to the consulate. Case was created and tracking was now available at the consulate website. Status: Ready

Dec 3 - Passport Still at the consulate. Status: Admin Processing

Dec 4 - Passport Still at the consulate. Status: Issued

Dec 4 - At 3:00 pm, received email that passport is ready for pick up

Dec 5 - Picked up passport


When you go to pick up your passport, carry a copy of dropbox confirmation letter and copy of government issued id card with your signature and passport number written on it. They return all the documents with the passport i.e. copy of I-797 A and your photograph. 


If your case is of H1 Renewal with a direct FTE company, just go for dropbox. No Hassle Process. 


Takes upto 5 days to get everything done, but no fingerprinting, no interview, nothing. 


Dont worry about "Admin Processing" status, they show that status when they are processing your application, does not necessarily mean 221(g). 





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