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

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One of our Supporters 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. (Please see links below for more information on PIMS Database and it's Importance)

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)

I tracked my status through VISA tracker(Refer links below) 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”.

I got mail from travel docs on January 6th to collect my passport but in CEAC website it was showing “Administrative processing” so I contacted NVC and found its under 221g for asking me to come for VISA interview.

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. 

I went to Chennai consulate on January 8th at 8am 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 switched 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 consulate for processing

January 01,: PIMS updated - called NVC to know this status

January 07, : Passport collected with letter for 221g to attend the interview

January 08 ,: Attended the interview 

January 11, : Passport ready to pickup 

January 11, : Issued 

Reference links

Passport tracking: http://ustraveldocs.com/in/in-niv-passporttrack.asp  

Visa status tracker: https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx 

NVC helpdesk contact information: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/nvc/nvc-contact-information.html



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