Visa - H1 and H4 Experiences

Transfer Of H1 Visa

Posted by: Sajeed On 03 Sep 2015

Hi Friends,

The candidates those who have Valid H1 with valid Expiry,with Stamping and those who not traveled to US.They can approach us on 040-23740400.

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Posted by: Chakris On 03 Sep 2015

Hi All,

First off, I appreciate for maintaining this online forum. This very useful for us.

On 2nd SEP 2015, We went to VISA Interview in Hyderabad consulate. Two days prior, we have completed our Bio metrics at OFC center.

On the Big day, I went to consulate 1 hour before with all my family members(2 kids and my wife). Even though my kids are 5 and 2.5years old and their presence is not required for the VISA Interview, I took them because, my younger one does not stay away from his mother for longer time. Anyways coming back to my experience...

Our appointment is at 11 AM and they allowed us inside just 10 mins before. Because, I am with my family, the executive & Security person allowed us to get inside the campus.

We were asked to take our seats(there are 6 rows ) and wait for about 25mins to proceed further for regular security checks.

After that, we were asked to wait for some more time. Mean while another executive(Indian) enquired about our VISA type then I said its H1B. Then he gave me US-RIGHT's pamphlet.

Next we wait for another 25-30 mins and then they asked to stand in another line to verify our biometrics. Stood in the line for 15 mins. Bio metrics are verified by an officer inside the counter(For Kids it's not applicable).

Next, we have entered to the Interview line... Here, they are issuing token numbers for applicant( For family also only one Token number is issued. Token number represents the counter number for VISA Interview).

Finally, we entered in the line corresponding to my token number. There are about 6 members before our turn. When our turn arrived it is 12.40-12.45PM ... (Just before we step in, some executive took our passports and hand over them to our VO).

ME: Good Afternoon
VO: Good Afternoon.

VO: Who is your Pititoner ?
ME: XYZ Company located at AA City, BB State.

VO: Who is your client.
ME: In my case there is no client so, I explained the same.

VO: Since how long you are working for this company.
ME: At first I did not get the question, so requested her to repeat it once again.
Later, I answered it according to my case.

VO: She asked did you gone through the US-Rights pamphlet?
ME: I said, I have received this but not gone through it.

VO: Okay, your VISA is APPROVED.
ME: I asked her again and she said ... Your VISA IS APPROVED.
MySelf & My Wife thanked her and returned.

They did not asked for any single document nor any questions to my wife.
We are holding a bunch of documents in two transparent folders.

BTW, VO is very cool and young officer.

I noticed, some times they are taking very quick short breaks(2 mins).

Waiting for our passports.

Hope this will help others.

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H1b Visa Stamping At Tijuana On Sep 1st 2015

Posted by: Raj On 02 Sep 2015

Hi Guys,

I have attended the H1b Visa stamping at tijuana on Sep 1st 2015.It went fine and asked below questions.

1)Are you from the same company -Yes
2)how long you are working -- X years(easy if you are with same employer)
3)Had they filed your perm( Greencard processing) -Yes
4)What stage you are in your perm- I said my I-140 got approved
5)can you please provide the document (I have submitted the I-140 copy,Please make sure to have copy of I-140 when you are trying to go for stamping on extension using I-140

final status: Congrats your visa is approved and you can collect the passport by the following day.

Note: $5 for finger printing trip(oneway) and $10(for visa invertivew location)(oneway).You can negotiate if you have talent :)


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Query H1B Old Petition

Posted by: jayashri On 13 Aug 2015

My husband had H1B Visa/petition in 2006 from employer A. He travelled to USA from Nov 2006 to Oct 2008. In 2010 he joined employer B. Employer B filed new H1B under cap for 2013 and He had petition in 2013 which expired on Sept 2014.But He did not travel on this petition. So can he use his old petition(2006-2008) which was valid till 2010 to file H1B under cap exempt??

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Want To Know

Posted by: sridevi On 12 Aug 2015

Hi all

i am an indian attending visa interview in malaysia .. i dont have an ic so what is the proof i need to submit at the guard house.


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H1b Approved Hyderabad

Posted by: Red On 12 Aug 2015

My Experience - HYDERABAD

My Visa got approved way back in Oct 2014, my h1 was applied in April 2014. So after a long wait for 10 months gone to the interview. I am not going onsite, but I was going through a consultant.

VAC - Finger Prints ( 6th August 2015 )

My scheduled time was 12:30pm, but i went an hour early, but they are only going to send 15 mins prior to your time.

They need your

- Passport
- DS 160 Confirmation page
- Visa Appointment letter

But in case, just take all the docs with you. Keep those 3 in your hand.

After you go in

- First they take your passport and keep a barcode sticker on its back
- Then, the security check and they give the token number
- Then, you go IN and wait for your number which can be seen on screen with counter number.

They take those 3 above mentioned docs and ask basic questions

They asked me

-What is your fullname ?
-What is your purpose of visit ?
-When is your interview date ?
-Where is your interview place ?

Then they take your fingerprints and your foto (with their camera)

They will give all your 3 docs with the DS 160 confirmation page stamped with date.

Interview ( 11th August 2015 )

I was actually tensed from a week prior to my interview date. I was tensed as I did not have a Client Letter and Project description. I only had an Agreement between Employer and Vendor stating their Client. Rest , I had the basic documentation like I 129, I 797 original, LCA, Letter from my employer to the consulate, Work and Edu Docs.

Here they will let you IN 1 hour prior to your appointment time. My appointment time was at 12, I went by 11 and stood in the line. They check the DS 160 confirmation page, Visa appointment letter and passport outside, so keep those 3 in hand.

When I went in and sat down, I saw so many pi***d off faces, there were so many rejections that day, that added up to my tension like fuel in the fire, but I stayed strong that I will definitely get an approval.

The junior officers there will give the Rights of employees pamphlet to the h1 and h4 applicants, you have to take it.

Then I was given my counter number card (not token) . If it says counter number 10 then, there will be 3-4 other applicants standing in front of you at your counter. My VO was like 27 or 28 and so cute :) I have seen my VO rejecting 2 tourist,1 student and 1 B1 applicant, approved 1 B1 and 1 Student who were standing before me. I was like OMG. Then my time came :D

I did not have client letter and project desc letter and prayed god she should not ask any kind of docs and ask just few questions, but just took out all the docs, in case if she asks I have to give it quickly .

Me : Good afternoon Mam
VO : Good afternoon

VO : Whom are you working for ?
Me : I am working for XXX company in India.

She got confused and asked

VO : Who sponsored ?
Me : I said XXX, this is another company that has sponsored me.This is the first time I am going to US

VO : So, are you changing your company ?
Me : Yes mam, exactly.

She was typing and I guess she was checking info reg my employer

VO : Where are you going to work ?
Me : XXX

VO : Whats your pay ?
Me : XXX

VO : What is your position ?
Me : Sorry mam, Didn’t get you

VO : Position ?
Me : You mean the designation ?

VO : Yes
Me : I am a XXX

VO : Are you going to resign the present job ?
Me : Yes mam

VO said me to place the right hand four fingers on that machine

VO : What is your highest qualification ?
Me : XXX

VO : Are you married ?
Me : No mam

Thats it :)

VO : Ok, your visa is Approved sir
Then I was like dancing inside :P

VO : Is this the first time you are going to US ?
Me : Yes mam.

VO : Ok have a pleasant stay

VO : Do you have the rights for employees pamphlet ?
Me : Yes mam I do.

Me : Thank you so much mam, Have a good day and left the counter in joy :)

Interview lasted for 2 minutes, She dint ask me any docs, mine was the least time compared to other applicants in my counter.


As everyone here as mentioned, whatever you say, say it CONFIDENTLY
Dress well ( no need of suit )
Clean shave and make yourself appear neat
SMILE on your face is a must as that will make a first impression.
Greet them like Good morning or afternoon
Don’t get scared they are not devils :P ..You can ask them twice if you did not understand

Finally its your luck. I went to the consulate thinking I wont make it, but I did :)

Passport Collection ( 12th August 2015 )

You can track your passport online in
by typing in your passport number.

When it is ready, you will get an email from UStraveldocs that they have sent your passport from consulate to VAC.

I got it in a day.

While collecting your passport, take your DS 160 confirmation page which got stamped on the Fingerprints day along with any of your original id proof like Voter card, driving license, Aadhar card along with a xerox copy. They will take the Xerox copy when you collect your passport.

Hope this helps. Thanks a lot to this blog, it helped me a lot.

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H1 Stamping CoS From H4 To H1 At Mumbai Jul 2015

Posted by: Guest On 05 Aug 2015

Hi All,

I was on H4 and got H1 while in US in 2013. This July I travelled back to India for 1 month vacation. Sharing my experience of first time H1 stamping at Mumbai consulate. VISA GOT APPROVED…HAPPY!!

29-Jul-2015 – Biometrics Appointment @ 2:30 PM
Arrived at the center at 2:15 pm and finger printing was done and I was out by 2:45!!

30-Jul-2015 – Visa Interview Appointment @ 9 AM
Arrived at 8 am and got in line. By 9:15 am, I was called for the visa interview.
Following questions were asked by lady Visa Officer –
• Name of your company?
• How many employees in your company?
• How many years of experience?
• What’s your designation?
• What’s the salary?
• Are you working for a client? Is there also a middle vendor?
• Are you working for full time? I mean is this the only client you are working for?
• Is your husband also on H1?
• Do you have any children?
• Though I was carrying almost 50 pages of documents, she did not ask for even a single document!
• Your visa is approved!

03-Aug-2015 – Got text and email that my passport is ready for pickup. Collected it from Blue Dart location at Pune’s Sohrab hall.

1. Please arrive at least 1 hour before appointment even if they allow you to stand in the line just 30 minutes before the appointment.
2. Correction to DS-160 is allowed without rescheduling appointment. Just submit a new DS-160 and on biometrics appointment day, let the staff know. You don’t have to do this again on visa interview day.
3. They say minimum 1 day gap is required between appointments but it does not mean 24 hours.
4. Rest rooms are available once you are inside the building
5. At the time of interview, just keep your file folder on the counter to show that you are ready with all the documents

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H1B Expired

Posted by: steven On 04 Aug 2015


I have granted a H1B visa in october 2011 for a period of three years which was expired on april 05 2014. Before expiry, my company did extension of my visa within US and it was approved for another year which was valid till april 05 2015. I still have 2 years left in my six years quota and have atleast 2.5 years of non stay period.

Now I am in India and changed my employer. I am looking for a renewal of my expired visa through another employer. Can you please let me know if it is possible? If so, what should the new employer do? How long the process would take?

Thanks in advance. Appreciate your help.

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H1B Transfered From India

Posted by: usha On 26 May 2015


I have Valid H1B visa till Aug. 22, 2016 from employer A . I have worked in Chicago for 1 year (2014) after coming back to India I have changed my employer to B now my new employer is from san jose (CA) my start date with new employer ( san Jose) is June 29th 2015.

My Question is, Is it mandatory to going for H1b stamping in India as I have changed my employer? Or is it fine with get my stamping done before my current visa expires?

Few ppl told me that as long I have valid petition from my new employer that should be fine there won’t be any issues at port of entry. I am really worried about this as my earlier port of entry was in Chicago a nd now it will be san Jose.

Appreciate your reply.

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Visa Interview Scheduled On 29th May

Posted by: Karthik On 17 May 2015


I have question here.

Currently an amendment process for my H1B petition is in progress. I got the new LCA, I129 form and I797 receipt notice of the new petition. However as per my employer with old petition + new LCA i can attend visa interview.

Please share your thoughts on this scenario if any one had faced it earlier and let me know the questions I can expect.

Note: The amendment petition not only has the location change but also my H1B role change.

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