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H1B Visa Stamping Drop-Box to Interview Experience at US Consulate Chennai, India

One of our Readers has shared his H1B Visa Stamping Experience at Chennai, India. He started the process with Drop-Box and waited to get the details to update under PIMS Database and finally went for an H1B Visa Interview to secure a visa. Download Template for PIMS Update

  1. I have submitted my documents on December 28 at a Drop-Box location in Chennai, India and they have posted my H1B documents to US Consulate on December 29. (Applied with my Spouse for H4 Visa)
  2. I tracked my status through VISA tracker and It was showing READY from December 29th to January 5th  - I called NVC during these days and found my petition was not updated in PIMS DB and I informed my employer and finally got updated on January 5th with “Administrative processing”.
  3. I got mail on January 6th to collect my passport but in CEAC website it was showing “Administrative processing” so I contacted NVC and found it's under 221g for asking me to come for VISA interview.
  4. I collected my passport on January 7th and I got a blue slip for VISA interview during Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 8 am to 12 pm and there is no need to schedule a new appointment.
  5. I went to Chennai consulate on January 8th at 8 am with all the necessary documents which we usually carry for H1B visa interview and the interview was simple than I thought. She asked me the below questions
  • When did you switch your job?
  • How long are you working with this new employer?
  • Have you changed your job in the US?
  • Who is your end client?
  • What is your annual salary?
  • Show me your pay stubs

Finally, she said my VISA got approved

Status updates by date:

  • December 28: Document submitted
  • December 29: Document sent to the consulate for processing
  • January 01:     PIMS updated - called NVC to know this status
  • January 07: Passport collected with a letter for 221g to attend the interview
  • January 08: Attended the interview
  • January 11: Passport ready for pickup


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