Success On 221g Blue Slip

Posted by Shahaji On 11 Feb 2012

Hi All,

I had attended a H1B renewal interview at Mumbai consulate along with my wife. A consulate officer gave me a blue form (221g) and requested most of the documents listed in the blue form from employer as well as few documents from my side. I was horrified because of number reasons. First and foremost reason was, I was supposed to be on vacation of 2 weeks. Considering 2 weeks vacation, I had left all my life (rented house with lot of stuff, car, etc.) back in states. Fortunately my employer was very supportive in this situation. The employer arranged all the documents in 2-3 days and shipped to me. Below is the chronology.

1. H1B renewal interview - 01/24/2012: blue form
2. Submitted all the requested documents - 01/31/2012
3. Received first response from the consulate - 02/07/2012: Requested to submit passport
4. Passport submitted - 02/08/2012
5. Passport received with Visa stamped - 02/11/2012

Bottom line is, please do not press panic button. I can understand that it is very normal to be panic in this situation but unfortunately nothing much we can do except taking care of requested documents. Believe me, I had lost quite a few lbs in these days. The wait time is not pleasant at all.

All the best. Hope for the best!



    • Posted by Venkatesh on February 26 2012 at 6:29pm

      Hello Shahaji, I am planning for a travel soon and will have to go for stamping. Unfortunately, my employer is new to H1B cases, I am a direct / fulltime employee. Could you please tell me what are the documents that was asked in 221g Blue form.
      Thank You!

    • Posted by Shahaji on February 27 2012 at 9:24am

      1. Employer tax return for last two years
      2. Notarized list of all the employees with their salary and start and end date
      3. Your professional profile
      4. A letter to US consulate from personal department stating job description and responsibilities you would be performing.
      5. Your tax return + W2 for last two years
      6. Pay stub of last one year.
      7. Bank statement of last year.
      8. Last but very important. Financial statements of employer.

    • Posted by Sameer Pandit on March 02 2012 at 9:48am

      What a surprise? I m hearing that the 221-G (Blue Slips) are taking a min of 3 mths to clear. Congrats Shahaji. Can you please tell me if you submitted the documents to VFS (mumbai) or in BKC complex?

    • Posted by Shahaji on March 02 2012 at 12:58pm

      Its really depend on case to case basis that how long it would take to clear 221g. As per as submitting documents is concerned, its really does not matter where you submit the documents. I had submitted at VFS Pune. Every VFS office takes a day or 2 to send those documents to consulate.

    • Posted by victimofblueslip on March 09 2012 at 7:33pm

      Shahaji....u truly r a lucky man.....i got a blue slip requesting with exactly the same kind of documents as your's....i have applied for H4 n still they r making me go through this hell....anyway I have submitted all the docs from my husband's company and am just waiting for a response from u said the wait time is not pleasant at all n i wish it just gets over asap.....

    • Posted by victimofblueslip on March 09 2012 at 7:56pm

      Venkatesh....if possible...postpone ur travel...m sorry if i m scaring you but my husband's employer is also relatively new to H1B cases....probably because of this reason I got a blue slip....if they could stop a dependent from going to the US....m sure they can stop any1....

    • Posted by Kalpesh on March 16 2012 at 5:25am

      Shahji, i have received the Blue form and need to submit all the mention document which you have stated. I just want to know about point "A letter to US consulate from personal department stating job description and responsibilities you would be performing", what your employer had mention for this point.

    • Posted by Shahaji on March 16 2012 at 2:12pm

      Hi Kalpesh,

      This should be a letter to consulate officer from your personal department or HR stating your job description and duties you perform in day to day office hours. The letter can have two sections, one with job description and another with your responsibilities. I hope this makes sense.

      All the best!

    • Posted by Andy on March 17 2012 at 2:26am

      To victimofblueslip,

      My wife submitted docs on 1st march, no update from consulate yet. Any update on ur H4 221g? How are u tracking the status? How much is the avg. processing time for H4 221g blue slip?

    • Posted by nirali on March 31 2012 at 12:10pm

      Hi shahaji
      same problam my husband they ask same document my huby interview date 02/09/2012,applay all document 03/29/2012 i m worry for this case and i m merry with niraj last year usa i m hear greencard holder last month appaly for my citizon ship?

    • Posted by Shahaji on March 31 2012 at 12:27pm

      Did your husband apply for H1B or H4. If he has applied for H1 then its completely an independent case where you do not have to worry about your position and citizenship application. If he has applied for H4 then you need to provide all the documents consulate officer has requested. Since you are an GC holder, your case is pretty strong. As you have already submitted all the documents, just wait for a positive response.

    • Posted by nirali on April 04 2012 at 9:22am

      Hey shahaji
      how r u? my hub recive e- mail,and he is going to mumbui consulet in manday 04/09/2012 i think for interview what do u think why the ask come to the mumbai i dont understand what can i do...
      thank's nirali

    • Posted by Shahaji on April 04 2012 at 9:55am

      Hi Nirali,

      I am doing well. Thanks. It's a good news that they have responded within reasonable time frame. I am not an expert, but it looks to me that they need some clarification on the documents submitted. I would take this positively, because usually they raise queries and ask to respond through postal mail. Let's hope for the best. Make sure your husband carries ALL the possible documents.

    • Posted by nirali on April 04 2012 at 10:29am

      hey shahaji
      I m sorry,but my huby not recaive e-mail but mumbai consulet call in cell phon and they ask come tomorrow (appointment) but my huby say is not possible tomorrow that's why he is going manday..

    • Posted by nirali on April 06 2012 at 8:22am

      Hi shahaji
      how r u? thank's for rep me..
      i have one que more if u have a time ple's
      Greetings from the Nonimmigrant Visa Section of U.S. Consulate General

      You DO NOT require scheduling another appointment. Please visit the
      Consulate General any business day at 10.30 am for a re-interview with
      your pending letter, passport, courier envelope and other documents
      pertaining to your visa application
      so shahaji which ple's pic up the courier envelope,and what do u min documents pertaining

    • Posted by Shahaji on April 06 2012 at 8:47am

      You can get courier envelop from any VFS office. Documents pertaining means documents related to your job and all supporting documents you had carried at the time first interview.

      If your husband had phone call from consulate then I don't think you need to follow this email because these two things sounds contradictory to me. I would make a phone call consulate or VFS number and let them know exact details of received phone call and the email. I think they would best guide you.

    • Posted by nirali on April 09 2012 at 7:40am

      Hey shahaji
      thank's for help me but now is very big issue today my huby going to the consulet and ask same que about job and me and after they give him 212 (a)(6) do u have any idea for what can i do...

    • Posted by nirali on April 09 2012 at 8:42am

      212 (a) (6c) (1) misresenation

    • Posted by Shahaji on April 09 2012 at 9:41am

      Sorry to hear that. Considering seriousness of the matter, I would suggest you to consult immigration attorney immediately.

    • Posted by XYZ on June 07 2012 at 2:24am

      Hi, I attended H4 interview on 10th May 2012 and was given a blue slip. They had asked me to submit some of my husbands company's documents at VFS. I submitted the same by 14th May 2012. Since then I havent heard from them. The documents were in perfect order as per their requirements. How long does it take for them to get back? Why are they asking for so many documents for H4?

    • Posted by XYZMUMBAI on June 08 2012 at 7:49pm

      Nowdays it is usual to ask for more documents,when dependent is going alone for stamping. If you have all docs proper nothing to worry about...

    • Posted by Portia on June 18 2012 at 10:53pm

      I have attended my L1B Visa interview @ Chennai Consulate on 11/06/2012. The consular has asked me several question and handed over the passport to me. Alongwith the Blue Slip with the point selected as “Your blanket L1 application is not clearly approvable under section 8 CFR 214.2(I)(II)(D) and INA101(a)(15)(L)”.Also in the I-129S form the Denied(Reason) is mentioned as “Not Clearly Approvable” Can anyone tell me whether this is a Rejection or any other possibility of success after few months

    • Posted by XYZ on June 28 2012 at 3:50am

      But how long till i hear back from has already been 6 weeks.

    • Posted by XYZ on July 11 2012 at 12:53am

      Still no update on my visa status.. Though it has been 2 months already

    • Posted by M on July 17 2012 at 7:27am

      I attended H4 interview on 18th may 2012 and got 221g blue slip. I submitted all docs on 27th june 2012. Still no updates on my visa status.

    • Posted by XYZ on July 20 2012 at 9:53am

      Hi M any updates? My interview was on 10th May and got blue slip..still no updates

    • Posted by loadrunner on July 24 2012 at 9:20am

      got blue slip from Mumbai consulate, dates below -

      1. Visa interview on 3 April, got a blue slip
      2. emailed required documents on 3 June
      3. Got email from VFS to submit the same documents in hard copy on 12 July
      4. submited the same on 13 July
      5. Recieved a mail from mumbai consulate to submit Passport to VFS on 23 July,
      6. Submitted the documets on 24th July

      does this mean that my visa is approved? How many days does it take for VFS to give the passport back?

    • Posted by XYZ on July 25 2012 at 6:02am

      Ya i think you got the visa..Please update once you get it..Also can you please let me know what time you got your email??

    • Posted by lodrunner on July 25 2012 at 8:35am

      got the email at 3.30 PM IST on July 24th

    • Posted by Loadrunner on July 31 2012 at 8:29am

      Hi All,

      I have got a mail from VFS today that my passport is ready for pickup or would be couriered tomorrow. Also the status of the visa on CEAC site shows ISSUED. I think i have got the visa, i will only know for sure in next few days when i get my hands on the passport!

      URL to check your status is pasted below. please bookmark the same, its not available on site anymore

    • Posted by M on August 01 2012 at 11:01pm

      Hi XYZ ..
      still no updates

    • Posted by Sarda D on August 02 2012 at 7:19am

      Hi LoadRunner,

      10 days back I got a mail from US Consulate to submit few docs.

      I did that via VFS.

      But when I check on, it shows refused. I am not sure what does that mean.

    • Posted by XYZ on August 06 2012 at 1:47pm

      We got email to submit the passport finally, I hope we will get it soon with stamped visa on passport:
      Interview Date : 10th May 2012 for H4 visa
      Document Submitted : 14th May 2012
      Email received to submit Passport : 3rd Aug 2012
      Passport submitted : 3rd Aug 2012
      Waiting for passport.
      My H1B is on EVC model..I got my stamping without any issue but they gave 221g to my wife...
      Hope it will help to others who are scared and people who are sending out wrong information like EVC model = Reject.

    • Posted by S Kumar on August 09 2012 at 6:22am

      H1B Stamping - 221g blue slip at mumbai consulate
      I attended H1B visa interview on 25th June and got 221(g) slip. Submitted all the document on 23rd of July.
      Employment type - full time employee in small but reputed company/internal project
      They asked me employer details, project details, employer office photos and pay slips .

      What timeline I can expect to complete the case?

    • Posted by Loadrunner on August 10 2012 at 4:33pm

      @Sarda D

      Refusal is your current status, before review of your documents. There are only three status, Refused, Admin Processing, Issued.

      Keep checking and dont loose hope. it will happen in due time

    • Posted by rs on September 28 2012 at 11:16pm

      Hi S kumar any reply from mumbai consulate I got same 221g blue on 27 July u seem to b one month before me

    • Posted by Sunil Sutar on November 05 2012 at 10:42pm


      I had applied for H1B Visa and following are the details –

      H1 Visa Interview Date: 20 Oct 2011.
      Status on 20 Oct 2011: Received blue 221(g)
      Expected Documents submitted on: 2 December 2011.

      Since then there is no update on any site. My H1B is fresh/new one and Petition is approved for next 3 years upto Jan 2014.
      My patience is killing me. Wait or change my current employer. But changing current employer and to have H1B /L1 from next employer may need 1 more year.

      So waiting with patience

    • Posted by khan on July 26 2013 at 3:31pm

      Hi..I had my immigrat interview on 1 July 2013 in embassy and consular officer take my passport and medical and gave me blue slip to submit joint sponsor. A week before I submitted all documents my status change into administrative process to REady.ready for interview. But I already had a interview. ....what does it mean???? Plz do reply me plzzzz waiting. ...

    • Posted by sherieff on December 30 2013 at 10:55pm

      Hi need ur help , I was been denied for B1 visa under 221(g) blue form with case number got the reason need to submit additional doc . Can any one help me what all documents I need to submit pls. Thank you

    • Posted by blueslip221 on August 12 2014 at 6:13am


      I been given 221(g) blue slip and told to send project details by email. do i need to send this or ask petitioner to send.

    • Posted by godfred onnomah jnr on September 07 2014 at 1:05pm

      went for an interview on the 4th of august 2014 and i was told to come on the 10th of aug,i was given a blue sheet wrtten on it visa collection ticket and time ,what is the meaning please ?hope its a gud news

    • Posted by Shree on December 05 2014 at 1:30am


      I had my visa interview today at the Chennai Consulate and I was given a 221(g) Blue Slip as well asking to submit a detailed project description and asked me to email them.
      Already informed the employer regarding the same, and my husband who is already on H1 in USA with the same employer will take care of the document.
      Just need to know how soon can I expect this to process after I send them the documents in email.

    • Posted by Sai on January 02 2015 at 12:55am

      Hi Shree,
      Did you send the email. Mine is also same case asked me to submit
      Project desc through email.


    • Posted by Shree on January 06 2015 at 11:17am

      Hi Sai,

      Yes I had submitted the PDD on 13th Dec. Still my case is in Administrative Processing.
      Its been 1 month since my interview and still no response from Consulate.
      Hoping for the best...and all the best to you too.
      When was your interview date ? Mine was on 5th dec'14


    • Posted by nippu on January 28 2015 at 5:47am

      Has anyone got their visa approved who were asked for project description?

    • Posted by Shree on January 29 2015 at 5:32am

      Mine is still in Administration Processing.
      I had submitted the required PDD on 13th Dec, and its been more than 6 weeks now.
      Just hoping for the best !
      Requesting others to please share their experience on the same, with Interview Date and other details.

    • Posted by Rishi on March 09 2015 at 6:42am

      i had my interview today on 9th March 2015 , for L1A category individual petition , VO kept my passport and took all docs i was caring but when i just checked on ceac it says refused , but does that means its still in processing as passport status shows it still wit post and for my rest family is under administrative processing ?

    • Posted by pavan on July 17 2017 at 3:43am

      Hi Everyone,
      I had attended my H1B interview on 10-July-2017 .
      And officer given 221g blue slip, kept my visa with him and not verified any of my documents.
      Guys please suggest how many days it took to complete this process.
      Because i have to travel within 3 weeks for client work(1 week already finished in waiting).
      Please suggest me any other possible solution , I dont want to loose this oppertunity.


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