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About sankeerth

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  1. sankeerth

    221G white slip for F1-H1 @ Ottawa 2nd Dec

    Bro Stay positive, you would get an update soon. atb
  2. sankeerth

    Ottawa H1B VISA Renewal Experience - Dec 1st 2014

    ourtime545 What do you mean? for the whole process? or just for stamping?
  3. sankeerth

    I 797

    ofcourse the New one! unless you want to go to the stamping again after 5months with the new petition
  4. sankeerth

    Ottawa H1B Renewal on Dec 1st 2014

    All the folks got their H1B renewal today at Ottawa
  5. Hello all, I just wanted to share my H1b visa experience at the US consulate in Ottawa Canada. This is my 3rd H1B Visa renewal. My first one was from Calgary in 2009 & 2nd one was @ Ottawa Feb 2014 My Background: - I am a full-time employee at an Insurance company in Boston - Did my Masters is Software Engg in US (Graduated 2008 March) - Started working on H1B since Oct 2008 - Went to stampingF1 -> H1B in 2009 at Calgary Canada, got approved. - Changed employer and started to Fulltime in 2013 - Went for my 2nd H1B renewal in Feb 2014 at Ottawa Canada, got approved. - Got my PERM and i140 approved by my current employer - Went for stamping today in Ottawa (Dec 1st 2014), Steps: 1) First get the Canadian Visa (Its better if you have a multiple entry VISA) Apply here: http://www.cic.gc.ca...visit/index.asp 2) Fill out the DS160 Form (You do not need to fill out the whole form, but at least get to a point where you get the confirmation number so you can use that to schedule an appointment) Apply here: https://ceac.state.g...IV/Default.aspx 3) Schedule an Appointment with the Ottawa Consulate (You can change as many times as you want-the deadline is 1 day before your scheduled date) Apply here: https://usvisa-info....country_welcome 4) After making sure you got all the documents from your Employer/Client complete you DS160 at least 2 days ahead of your Appointment date. Docs I carried:(Better to carry than not) DS-160 Confirmation, MRV receipt (Appointment Confirmation), Passport 797A I129, LCA, Other Supporting for H1B docs*(lawyer usually gives u a stack) Employer Letter, Manager Recommendation Letter Pay Stubs Tax Returns W2 Resume (This is a must have @ this Consulate) Mark Sheets etc.. On the day of Appointment: 1) My appointment is at 9:45am, I went by walk from Capitol Hill Hotel 2) I was there in the consulate at around 8:50, waited in the line. The Ottawa consulate is open from 8AM, this consulate is small so you will be allowed inside the 1st wait lobby check. 3) Now, it is the time for a security check- you will be asked to put everything in the box with nothing in your pockets) 4) You will then asked to proceed to the Visa Appointment section before which you will checked for your 1) Passport, 2) DS160 and your 3) H1B 797 form. 5) You will be asked to see Counter 7 for check-in; he would give u r docs in a pamphlet. 6) When my turn came in, I submitted my Passport along with DS160 and H1B. You will be given a token number. 7) You will be then called in to Counter 6 where in your fingerprints will be taken and your documents will be returned to you in a Yellow folder asking you to wait for your number to be called. There was only 1 window open for taking the interview today, these were the questions asked: 1) How long you have been working in the US? 2) Whats the nature of your company's business? 3) What do you do for your company? Even before I finished my answer, he confirmed that I have convinced him enough and gave me the Passport Loomis Pick up info. The interview was clean; it is just that we have to be honest. Track you Application: https://ceac.state.gov/ceacstattracker/status.aspx Journey: I live in Boston, so I drove from Boston through New Hampshire, Vermont to Montreal; Drive was good as the temperature got a bit warmer this week in Ottawa. Ottawa Cuisines: Kottu Rooti (awesome dosas - especially egg dosa), Shafali, Tandoori Fusion(not so great) My recommendation to everyone is don't panic, It is very important that we should keep ourselves relaxed during or before the interview, Don’t think too much, We are all professionals and have worked hard and crossed many obstacles to get to the point where we are and should continue to do the same. I wish everyone good luck and best wishes!! If any questions please I am open to answer them. All the very best to all the guys who wish to be here for their Visa Renewal
  6. sankeerth

    VISA Approved Ottawa Consulate 11/24

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!..Thanks for sharing your experience. We need people to share the success stories as well :)
  7. sankeerth

    Ottawa H1B Renewal on Dec 1st 2014

    howto - These are the complete steps Fill out DS 160: COMPLETED 1) Go to https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ 2) Select any Consulate in Canada and start filling the DS 160 Application (If you pick a different consulate later, you will need to fill out a new DS 160 form from this website) 3) Complete the first page, and Save your Application,.(This can be completed before your Visa date) 4) Note the Application ID, which is Displayed on the top. - This is required to book a Visa Slot initially. Fee Payment: 1) Go to http://usvisa-info.com/en-CA/selfservice/ss_country_welcome 2) Click Log in on the Top, and answer NO to the Question that pops out. https://usvisa-info.com/en-CA/selfservice/verify_account 3) Create an Account with all your details 4) Log in to your Account after creating the User Credentials. 5) Pay the Fee using Credit Card. Book an Appointment: 1) Logon to your account: http://usvisa-info.com/en-CA/selfservice/ss_country_welcome 2) Enter the DS 160 Appointment ID, to continue and choose the dates. 3) Select a Consulate and search for the dates. 4) If you confirm the appointment in a different consulate, you will need to enter a new DS 160, specific to that consulate and update the Application ID on your account from the same log in. 5) Book an appointment with some Application ID as the required Dates are tough to get, and change the ID later as per the consulate.
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    Dates availability at Jamaica in December ?

    Yes no more Jamaica for us - Read Below Effective October 31, 2014, Embassy Kingston is unable to accommodate visa interview requests from third country nationals who are not resident in the Embassy’s consular district of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. The only exceptions to this policy are C1/D crew member visas, which the Embassy will continue to process. Click here for more details.
  9. sankeerth

    Nov 28 th H1 B stamping Otttawa

    I have mine on the 1st DEC, and looking Accomodation for the night of NOV 30th - would u like to share?
  10. hey Marg where are starting from? and I m willing to share on the Nov 30th evening if you've already planned your stay at the Hotel at Ottawa
  11. sankeerth

    EAC Number Update for H1B Visa appointment

    If its for Canada goto the site: https://usvisa-info.com/en-CA/selfservice/ss_country_welcome and update the Applicant Details
  12. I am planning to attend the Ottawa US Embassy for my Visa Intwerview on the 1st of Dec 2014, anyone around that dates? Im planning to drive from Boston to Ottawa around 29th or 30th. Please give me a buzz and we can collaborate on the plans. Cheers
  13. Does anyone have an updated Check list for H1B Renewal in Canada I am pasting the old one I have here, please let me know if there are new additions 1. Passport 2. One photograph 3. Original Form I-94 (From H1 Renewal Approval Page Bottom) 4. Appointment Letter from Consulate 5. An application fee payable in advance. You will get a receipt for the scheduled interview. 6. Confirmation page of online submitted DS-160 Form with bar code. Not entire form. 7. Original bachelor's and/or master's degree certificates or transcripts. 8. Copies of tax returns 9. Latest bank statement proving that you have enough finances to take care of your expenses. 10. H1B Package – Complete Packet from HR and, or Lawyer 11. The original approved Notice of Action Form I-797, top and bottom parts. 12. Employment Verification Letter from the employer. It would be helpful to mention the employee strength, offices, turnover, and projects of the company. 13. Initial Job offer letter 14. Copy of the i-129 petition 15. Copy of the LCA (Labor Condition Application) approval 16. Current Resume with Employment Dates 17. Pay stubs – Past 3months to 1year 18. W2’s & Tax returns for the prior years 19. Company Profile - Take printouts of the company information from their web site. 20. Copy of the PERM and I-140 approval notice if you are beyond 6 years on H1 21. Original degree transcripts and education evaluations, if any 22. Prior work experience letters 23. Photos of your current employer showing cubicles, nameplates of the company etc. 24. i-94 Print Out of Recent Travel History 25. Proof of U.S. Address (Pay stubs, Utility bill, Driver's License, etc.) 26. Photos of your workplace 27. Company brochure or print outs of company web pages 28. Recommendation letter from your supervisor
  14. sankeerth

    H1B Stamping done with Dropbox

    check with them immediately
  15. sankeerth

    Has any rented a car in Jamaica?

    Thanks all for awesome feedback :) BTW I am just going for a vacation, already have my VISA :)