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My visa experience, 221g issued and finally got my visa approved in Vancouver

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Here is my visa experience. My interview was on March 3rd and was issued 221g white slip to submit timesheets for past 6 months as there was  difference in my pay. I submitted the timesheets on the same day(March 3rd). I waited for 23 days the status remained in Admin Processing and finally my visa was issued on March 26th. 

 

I was in a very bad situation as I did not know what to do expect keep waiting. Sent email to the consulate after one week asking for the update but they got back after two days saying that the case is still in review. Sent one more email after 2 weeks and they replied back saying that the case review is still not complete and was unable to advise how long it would take to complete the review. Informed that they will surely send an email as soon as the visa issued.

 

It is very frustrating as they don't inform you how long it would take to review the case. I stayed in the hotel for almost  4 weeks and finally got the approval.

For all those who got 221g, be strong and don't lose hope. You will definately get it but it takes atleast three full weeks to have them issue the visa. Good luck for all those who are waiting for the update.

 

Location: Vancouver US Embassy

Date: March 3rd

Status: H1B

 

VO: Good Morning

Me: Good Morning. How are you?
VO: Good. Thanks!
VO: Is this your first time or renewal?
Me: Renewal
VO: Are you with the same employer?
Me: No.
VO: From when did you start working with this employer?
Me: MMDDYY
VO: Did you study in USA?
Me: Yes
VO: What did you study?
Me: Masters in Computer Science
VO: Which University?
Me: University of Northern Virginia
VO: Where do you work?
Me: XXXXX
VO: What is your role:
Me: XXXXX
VO: Location
Me: XXXXX
VO: What do you do there?
Me: Told him my responsibilities at work
VO: Give Paystubs, employer offer letter, drivers license and LCA
Me: I was taking out the documents from the folder
VO: Why did you study in a non-accredited university?
Me: I got admission into that university. It was accredited when I studied
VO: It was not accredited
Me: I mentioned my duration of study,Year and month and told him that it was accredited during that time.
VO: It was not accredited even then.
Me: I did not say anything
VO: So from YYYY you are working?
Me: Yes
VO: Where did you do your under-graduation?
Me: In India, XXXXX
VO: Is it also a non-accredited university?
Me: I said it is a accredited university
VO: What is your major in under graduation?
Me: Mechanical Engineering
VO: Do you have family in USA?
Me: Yes. My husband
VO: What status is he on?
Me: H1
VO: Where does he work?
Me: XXXXX
VO: What Company?
Me: XXXXXX
VO: Do you have children
Me: No
VO: All this time he was typing and was looking at my documents that I gave
VO: You studied in a non-accredited university and you don't have recent paystubs
Me: I told him those are recent paystubs
VO: No, they are not. They are the paystubs from Jan, feb and March of 2014.
Me: Sorry. I gave them by mistake. I have it and gave the recent paystubs
VO: Why there is a difference of pay $ZZZZ in the two pay stubs
Me: I worked more hours in that month
VO: Where are the hours on Paystub
Me: I looked at paystub and noticed that there are no hours on paystub. 
VO: Why is Jan paystub having so less amount?
Me: I took off
VO: Why in December you have more pay?
Me: I worked for more hours
VO: Can I see the hours?
Me: I submit timesheets in my employer portal
VO: Can I see it?
Me: I did not carry them
VO: Took white slip 221G and indicated to submit timesheets for past 6months. He retained my Passport, I797 form and January, November and October paystubs. He gave back all other documents.
 
Conclusion: 
 
Wait time for 221g: Atleast 3 weeks. In some cases if you are lucky it will get approved in 1-2weeks.
 
Don't go to visa stamping if you don't have LCA or difference in the pay on paystubs. Make sure the pay is constant on atleast 3-4 pay stubs.
 
Good luck for all those who are waiting for the update...!!!
 

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Hello

 

Which branch did you selected in vancouver .Burnaby,Castlegar,Cranbrook,Dawson creek,Kamloops,Kelowna,Nanaimo,Prince Geaorge,Richmond,Terrace,Victoria,Williams Lake.Can you provide ur Emails ID or Contact No.

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Hello

 

Which branch did you selected in vancouver .Burnaby,Castlegar,Cranbrook,Dawson creek,Kamloops,Kelowna,Nanaimo,Prince Geaorge,Richmond,Terrace,Victoria,Williams Lake.Can you provide ur Emails ID or Contact No.

Richmond

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Hi there..when they issued 221g white slip did they took your passport or returned it to you after interview? Please let me know. .I got the same at Ottawa on April 10th 2015.thanks

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Hello

 

Can you tell me what is the email ID you sent email to asking the status of visa and how many days it is going to take to complete the processing. My case is little similar but i dont have a 221G but its in administrative processing from last 25 days. My interview happened on March 27th and still dont know the status. A week and half back they sent me email asking I129 and LCA and i provided the documents on right next day. I wanted to know how many days its going to take. Please let me know the email ID which you sent an email to.

 

Thanks & Regards,

Hari

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Please send an email to this ID: VancouverAP@state.gov they will respond usually in 2days. I am sure you must receive your passport soon. Good luck!

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