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  1. Interview Experience at Mumbai Embassy Check our journey till the interview here. We originally had our interview date for 8th April. But after checking on the ustraveldocs religiously, we were able to get an interview date for 25th March at Consulate General Mumbai. We completed our medical at Max Delhi on 9th March and biometrics at OFC center of VFS Global at Shivaji Stadium Metro Station in Delhi. Before leaving for Mumbai we got the DD made for the visa fees which was $325 converted into INR 24050 (according to ustraveldocs valid exchange rate) payable at Mumbai and drawn in favor of "US Consulate General, Mumbai". This is applicable if you are filing DCF and have skipped the NVC stage and have not paid the fee online. We arrived in Mumbai on the 24th. There are a couple of good hotel options for people coming from other cities that are very nearby to the consulate. We chose the Trident Hotel, as it is the closest one and you can walk 2 minutes and reach the consulate. The consulate does not allow any kind of phones or electronics inside. Even a smart or digital watch. So leave everything at your hotel room or with someone. They don't even allow the Xray CD you will get after your medical, so no need to bring that. Our appointment was at 7:15 AM. We reached outside the consulate at 6:45 am and there were already a lot of people there on the opposite side of the road from the consulate. Once the clock hit 7, the guards from the other side of the road ushered people to form a line along the consulate wall on the sidewalk according to the interview time slot (I believe 7:15 was the first slot). There were around 50-75 people in that slot and we all slowly walked in the consulate after showing our appointment letter, DS260 confirmation page and the passport. My wife, who is a US citizen and petitioner, was also allowed inside with me. She showed her US passport for verification. Once inside, we went through a security check like you do at an airport. Then we were told to go inside the actual consulate building where the counters are and where all the interviews take place. There were around 20 counters and sufficient seating for people to wait. We were given a token (no. 24) and told to wait until our token number flashes up on the screen and tells us which counter to go to. The people working inside were very helpful and helped in arranging the documents one needs to submit. They told us to put our initial documents in order (Passport, Visa fee DD, DS 260 confirmation, Birth Certificate original & copy, Marriage certificate original & copy, PCC original, Medical report & all of the i-864 forms and transcripts). Our number was called at window 4 and an Indian officer greeted us (my wife and I both went to the window) and asked for our documents. He asked me if my wife is the petitioner and I said yes. He then got our file from the inside (which had our whole I-130 bundle that we submitted at USCIS Delhi) and added the documents we gave him to that file. He only asked us how long has my wife been living in India and nothing else. He then directed me to counter number 21 with my DD and told me to go pay the fees and bring the receipt back to him. Once that was done, he handed me the domestic violence pamphlet and directed us to sit down and wait until the CO calls us for an interview. After waiting for around 15-20 minutes, our token number flashed again on the screen and we went to the counter. An American CO greeted us and told us that he is our officer today and will be conducting the visa interview. He then asked my wife if she is the petitioner. She said yes, and he directed her to go sit down and wait and said that he would call for her if needed. Then he asked me to raise my right hand and take the oath that everything I say today is true and all the information I have presented is the truth. Then my interview begun and these were the questions: 1 ) Who is calling you? 2 ) What is her name? 3 ) What does she do? 4 ) What are her future plans in the US? 5 ) How did you two meet? 6 ) When did you start dating? 7 ) Who proposed and when was that? 8 ) When was your wedding? 9 ) Did her parents attend the wedding? 10 ) Did your parents attend the wedding? 11 ) Who are your joint sponsors? 12 ) Where do they live in the US? 13 ) What do they do? 14 ) Do you intend to live at their address once you get to the US? 15 ) Have you been to the US before and for how long? 16 ) Have you ever stayed in the US for more than 6 months? 17 ) What was your purpose of visiting the US when you went there previously? 18 ) What is your date of birth? Then he said that everything looks good but he still wanted to know more about what my wife's plans are once we move to the US. I asked him if he wanted to see the proof of her domicile, but he said no I just want to know the plans. As she was working for 4 years in India and had quit her job to move back to the states, I believe he was trying to see if she has applied for jobs there or had plans to work once back in the US. So I asked the CO if he wanted me to call her and he said yes. So I called my wife to the window and she explained what our future plans were. Once he was satisfied with the answers, he told us that he is approving our visa and gave us the documents explaining how long it will take to get our passport back with the visa, what a conditional resident status means and how to pay the immigrant/green card fee before entering the US. We thanked him and asked him if it was possible for us to get our passport with the visa the same day, but he said that it would not be possible. We thanked him again and wished him a good day and we walked out of the consulate. Overall it was a pleasant experience and if you have all your documents in order and your relationship is genuine, you don't have to worry about anything In total, it took us 74 DAYS from filing our I-130 to getting our visa. A big thanks to visajourney and all the good people here who replied to our questions and helped us along the way. We intend to continue being active here and help others as much as we can with our experience!
  2. My interview was scheduled for 07:30 IST Jan 2018 at the Mumbai consulate for EB3 visa. Arrived at 06:50 IST and was asked to wait across the road, opposite the consulate. Immediately, all immigration visa applicants were called forward to the consulate to form the line irrespective of the time slot. We grouped into the queue as a family of 4 and were asked to keep the following documents ready for check: § P4 Letter § Passport Original § Visa Centre stamped DS-260 (received after biometrics) At 07:05 IST the line started to move forward and initial checked the DS-260 and passport and then into the building for security checks. No electronics gadgets such as Cellphones, Power Banks, SIM enabled watches, CDs are allowed. Place all the wallets, purses, documents, bags into the x-ray scanner trays. If you have kids, snacks and juices are allowed. Since there are also chances of long waits for any unforeseen reasons, you can carry books to read while waiting. After the security check, we will be directed to the next building where the Immigration counters available and the Counter Window #1 issues the token number which will be used throughout the process. Counter Windows 1 -16 will be available for Immigration visas. Counter #2-6 for Documentation Checks, Counter #7-16 for Immigration Officers. We got called to Counter Window 3 for setting our Documentation in order, ensuring whatever required for the Visa officer to study the case and interview. We are asked to produce copies of marriage certificate, birth certificate, original Police clearance, 2 photos, offer letter. Once completed we were asked to wait at the lounge for our Token number to be called for the VO Interview. This waiting for us took at least 3 hours of waiting. Finally when our token number flashed, the VO greeted and introduced himself as the VO for our case. He then asked us lift our right hand up and swear whatever we say from this point is the truth and nothing but the truth. As the primary applicant, initial questions were directed to me and later my spouse. No queries were directed to the kids. Note that kids can really get restless at this point so ensure to occupy them with something so that they may not disturb the interview. The following are the questions raised by the VO: Primary Applicant 1) Who is calling you to the US? 2) How did you know about this agency? 3) Will the agency support your salary in case you loose a job or they are unable to find an opening? 4) What will you be working for the agency as? 5) Why is the reporting location different than the work site address? 6) Where did you do Master’s? What all subjects did you learn in your masters? What courses did you do apart from Masters? 7) How many years of experience you have in your profession? 8) Where were you born? Spouse/Dependent Applicant 1) Where were you born? 2) What is your current job? Explain the roles and responsibilities 3) Did you visit US before? What were the job roles in US? 4) What Team did you lead? 5) Who did you work for during the period of H1 and L1? ( ince he had already been in the US before on H1 and L1) The interview seemed very nerve wracking to me. But after 20 mins of questions and answers back and forth. The VO took some time of typing on his system and discussing with his colleague/Supervisor about this case. Once he completed that he paused for a while and told us that all 4 of our visas were approved and gave us 2 forms. We sighed with relief. One form explained how to pay the GC fees, the other form explained that our visa was approved – in bold letters and a tick mark against it (It also contained instructions what next after this interview). We thanked God and the officer for the approval. Overall the experience was different from what I had in mind. The officials and workers at the consulate were helpful. Special attention was given to senior citizens or differently abled applicants, helping them in arranging their documents in order, language support / translator in case applicant does not know English. After a week of getting our visa approved, we were intimated by email that our passport were ready for pickup. We got a large grey packet that had a sealed packet and our passports with visa on it. The yellow sealed packet is to be handed over to the Immigration Officer at the POE along with our X ray CD. This has been our visa interview journey. Thanks VJers for your constant support and help. God bless you all.
  3. Since people here have been so helpful, I'm posting this in case others find it helpful: My husband is applying for an IR-1 via DCF in Mumbai. We did not expect Rele Clinic in Mumbai to refer him for further TB testing after identifying what they said was a dark spot on his lung X-ray, but after eight weeks, which ended Feb. 16, the TB sputum test was negative, as we had expected. Rele said it sent the medical report to the consulate on Monday, which happened to be a U.S. government holiday. I inquired on Tuesday if the consulate had received it, but it had not, and whoever responded to my email said the consulate would automatically get in touch after it received the medical report. We weren't sure how to proceed with the rescheduling of the interview, and the appointment calendar online showed nothing open in the next three months. But early this morning the consulate emailed my husband to see if he could come in for an interview TOMORROW at 7:30 a.m. -- probably a last-minute cancellation. Someone later called to confirm whether my husband could make that appointment, saying that Monday was also a possibility but that he had to confirm a cancellation first. We went ahead and went with the Friday appointment. Fingers crossed!
  4. I would like to share my recent experience with mumbai (india) US embassy this the questions are asked Indian officer 1.what is your phone number ;Ans 2.where is wife now (state and city ) ;Ans Then Please wait i will call you ,after 2 Hrs they call me another counter american officer asked me the following quastions 1.who is calling;ans 2.last time u have seen u r wife ; ans 3.show me photos ;Ans 4.do u communicate with her : Ans 5.Have any proof for communication (showed facebook chat ,viber ,call logs,financial support) 6.what her mother do; Ans 7.What she do;Ans Then wait ........after 1 mint typing something....... then he said i will give you latter , printed it and hands its over me its say and the paper is section 221(g) visa refusal latter-white paper , please read the attachment latter,it dos not say anything. then I asked Sir the latter says nothing like bring this and that ,what did i tell my wife. He said take that latter when you are contacted present this latter and your passport any one of our 5 VAC document drop-off. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- here is My questions; 1.do u think they send my case to NVC 2.how long it will take in Mumbai for AP 3.anyone have similar problem Thank You for your Help and I so sorry for my bad English.
  5. Hello, I am the petitioner and I have filed for a CR-1 Visa for my Wife in India. Below is the time line of my petition: 1. Filed I-130 - Jan 9, 2019 2. NOA1 - Jan 11, 2019 3. NOA2 - Apr 04, 2019 (I-130 Approved) 4. Case sent from USCIS to NVC. 5. Case Received by NVC - May 12, 2019 6. Fees Paid for AOS and DS-260 - May 16, 2019 7. Received Police Certificate - Jun 18, 2019. 8. Submitted DS-260 and Uploaded all Civil Docs and AOS docs - Jun 26, 2018 9. NVC Received case and sent back the case to upload a Clearer Copy of Marriage Certificate - July 24, 2019 10. Submitted Clearer Copy of Marriage Certificate - July 25, 2019 11. Case Completed from NVC and Documentarily Qualified Email from NVC - Sep 04, 2019. 12. Waiting to get interview Date at U.S. Embassy in Mumbai. Does anyone know by when could we expect to get the interview date in Mumbai? I called NVC and they said that the U.S. embassy did not disclose any interview dates. Your help is much appreciated. Neel
  6. Does anyone have any idea regarding wait time to receive interview schedule from NVC after receiving CC? We will be interviewing at Mumbai, India consulate. CC Date: 05/03/2017. [Timeline from India are mostly incomplete, which does not help in averaging the wait time. As per most recently updated Interview dates, they received Interview schedule within 10 days] Anyone with any information please advice.
  7. Hi guys, I had my IR2 visa interview on 4th of November 2019, and I would like to share my experience. I searched through the internet and I could find only two experiences for IR2 for children who are close to 20 years old (have mentioned the links below). Hope this post might help someone in the future. First I'll dive into the actual interview day directly, following I'll share a brief paragraphs about Medical, Biometrics and other stuffs if any. Interview Time: 7:15 AM. Went to the consulate around 6:45 AM in Formal dress, and were waiting opposite to the consulate. Then they called applicants with 7:15 AM interview and formed a queue outside, where an Indian guy/officer checked for the Interview Email Printout from NVC, DS260 with a stamp from our Biometrics and our passport. Then there'll be a screening process like in the Airport. I just took my Wallet and other files. Electronic and food items are prohibited, and they have a locker for the electronic items if you bring any (I believe that you have to pay some amount for this). I then arrived to the place where the interview takes place. Few Indian officers will instruct you to take specific documents in the language you are comfortable with. The documents they asked to takeout from us are: Passport, Birth & Police Clearance Certificate - Copy and Original DS260 with a stamp from our Biometric interview Two 50x50 White Background Photographs Sealed Medical Envelope. Then we get a token number according to the language we choose. There were 15 counters and the officers in the counters call up the token numbers on a First come First serve basis. An Indian officer will be present for this initial calling from the counter. He asked me to hand over the documents which was mentioned above and asked the following questions after greeting him with a Good Morning: Who's calling you (Who's you petitioner)? When's your birthdate? Have you been to USA? Have you been outside India? (Answered him with the places I have been) How long have you been in those places? (Answered him: "A week each") He then returned the Xerox copies of the documents and kept the original, and said that an US officer will be calling you for the next interview(with the same token number). This should be around 730 I guess (Didn't carry my watch inside) For the interview of US officer, what I noted was they called in specific categories to a specific counter. And for the US officer interview there were only three counters active. One counter was processing Parents Visa(IR5), another was IR1/CR1 and another was processing group people (where father and kid comes together). I kept on waiting till my number was called upon (I was sleepy too as I had only 4 hrs of sleep and have to just stare at the closed counter in front of you :P). Finally around 11 AM, my number was called. Greeted him with a Good Morning. Asked me to raise my hand and took an oath saying that the information I provide today is true, then you’ll be asked to provide fingerprints here too. Then he proceeded with the following questions: Who’s is petitioning you? (He didn’t get my answer, hence asked it twice) How old are you? (Answered 22) Are you married? Have you applied or denied for a US Visa before? How did your father go to US? (Answered: Through employment) What did he do? (Answered with the title of his occupation) Did he go on a H1B? (Answered: Yes he went on a H1B, then got his Green card and then through naturalisation he got his citizenship) He was looking into his computer in between the questions and it took around 5 min for the entire interview Then he said the golden words “Your Visa is approved”! And gave the originals back and a sheet saying the next steps which was basically on how to pay the Green card fee (This should be paid before you enter US) He didn’t ask me any other documents, but I took the following documents which was present in the checklist (https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Supplemental/appt%20letter_checklist%20for%20interview.pdf & https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Supplemental/BMB - Bombay.pdf): Affidavit of Support Tax Documents: Federal and W2 for last 3 years Pictures & Chat logs with my Dad Proof of US Domicile of my Dad PayStubs and Employment Letter of my Dad, Notarised document from my mother saying that she is okay with myself immigrating to US with my Dad (I am not sure if these is a compulsory doc, just in case if they ask I took, since my Mom will not be travelling with me to US) Other things which I carried is copies of my siblings and Mom’s VISA and Passport Copy, Dad’s driving license copy Few tips from people were: Read the DS260 answers well, be confident and truthful in your replies, answer strictly to the question and not give extra unnecessary replies. I had chosen pickup option for Passport, and it was available for Pickup at Chennai 3 days after the Interview. Medical process: I did my medical at Apollo Chennai. The base fee was around 15k with 5k extra for required vaccinations.Take: 6 50x50 White Background photographs Interview Email Printout Passport Original and Copy and DS-260 A report(original and copy) from a Doctor listing the vaccines you have taken from your birth until now. Initially, you’ll be giving your blood sample, then Vision and other general checkups will be done. You’ll be taking a Chest X-Ray then. Finally, a doctor will examine you and ask necessary questions and choose the vaccinations you must take. Then you’ll be taking the vaccinations. During the examination by the doctor, she’ll be entering the information you provide into the computer, make sure that the information is correct like dates and spelling. You can pick up the report the next day evening before 5. In case if they find any abnormality in the tests, they’ll call you else you can assume that you have passed the medical test. They’ll return the report sealed which you’ll be taking to the interview, then a sheet mentioning the vaccination’s you have taken and the ones you have to take in future and the a X-Ray disk (2 and 3 are not required for interview). Had my appointment at 9 am, the entire process got over close to 1pm. Biometrics process: I had my Biometrics at Chennai VAC, Kodambakkam 830 AM. Documents required: Passport, Biometrics Appointment Letter, DS-260. (In addition I also took the Visa Interview Email printout). You’ll be screened first. Avoid taking mobile phones. They’ll stick a couple of barcode stickers onto your passport. Don’t remove this. Then you’ll be called upon based on your token number. They’ll take fingerprints and a photograph and ask your birthdate, Visa type. This photograph will be present on your visa. Take care of your fingers before both Biometric and Visa interview, as there will be delays in you have a visible cuts or injuries in your hand. The earlier you go, the earlier you complete the process. For me it was over in around 20 min. NVC Received: 18-Jan-2019. Case Complete: 21-May-2019 Submitted all docs on April 12, and I was notified to re-upload the passport scan so that it can be read from left to right. This verification of scanned passport took more than a month. Interview Scheduled email: 15-Oct-2019 (Mumbai had a backlog at that time). Both VisaJourney and a Mumbai folks WhatsApp group were very helpful for the part from Interview letter waiting process to the end of the Interview. Other experience links: https://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/486953-ir2-visa-interview-experience/ https://wynonapauline.blogspot.com/2017/07/my-detailed-us-immigrant-visa-interview.html
  8. Hello, I need your help regarding planning my travel to India. My employer can only give me 3 weeks to visit India. I am the Petitioner and USC spouse. My wife is back in Mumbai. Our petition became Documentarily Qualified on Sep 4, 2019. We're still waiting for an Interview date at the U.S. Embassy in Mumbai. I have updated the Case to Interview workbook. Once we get an interview date, I want to travel to India such that I arrive in India 1 week before the Interview and leave 2 weeks after the interview. I'm assuming that the petition would not be put under administrative processing as all our documents are straightfoward and ample evidence of a bonafide marriage. My question to you is: Assuming that the Visa is approved, how soon can we get the Passport in Hand if we choose the "pickup" option. Which option is better? Pickup or Premium Delivery? (My wife stays in Mumbai, so pickup is not a hassle). Is it safe to assume that 2 weeks after the interview is more than sufficient time to get the passport? Unrelated to the above 3 questions, Can I (the Petitioner and USC spouse) enter the Consulate while my spouse has her interview? I don't want to attend the interview, just go inside with her to support her. I know the answer depends from Embassy to Embassy, but based on your experience with the U.S. Embassy in Mumbai, your inputs are highly appreciated. Looking forward to your responses. Greatly appreciate your help. Regards,
  9. Thread for 2017 I-130 filers for spouses of permanent residents, Mumbai Consulate. Please share your Priority Dates and any other questions.
  10. I and my fiance (petitioner) had our interview on 30th of August 2019 in Mumbai. The interviewer asked a few questions and after that started asking about our previously refused k1 Visa application. Before I and my fiance had met in person, we had applied for k1 because he was in US army flight school and was not allowed to travel or leave the country and I didn't have a travel visa to the US. So they refused our request for waiver and denied us. We filed again after we had met (and got engaged with the ring and stuff) and within 3 months we had got accepted. Did everything else which we were asked to do and then this happened at the interview. My morale is at an all time low. I am heartbroken. My fiancee even went to the interview with me. The interviewer asked me to send him our Whatsapp correspondence before we had met in person so I will do that now. I also think he asked me to send my passport along with it. Now I am not sure about that. Everything feels like a haze to me so I am pretty sure that he asked me to send the passport along with the proof but my brain is raising doubts. So do they ask you to send your passport with the proof?
  11. Hi all, Our CR1 case has been complete for a couple of a month and we have been waiting get an interview date for ages. 2 days ago, we got two notifications from NVC in our CEAC: (1) Appointment Cancellation Email that says " We previously notified you of the date and time of your immigrant visa interview at the U.S.Embassy/Consulate General in SINGAPORE, SING. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have to cancel this interview. We will schedule a new interview appointment as soon as possible and notify you of the date and time. There is no need for you to take action at this time." The weird thing is that we NEVER got a notification for any interview being scheduled for us. (2) We got another notification soon after mentioning that our case has been documentarily qualified - which is the SAME message we got when our case got completed back in February. All our documents have been received and approved for ages. Why this mail again? Has this happened with anyone before? We changed our embassy location from Mumbai to Singapore on 3rd July - could this be because of that? Thoroughly confused. (2)
  12. Hi! I am a USC living in California, petitioning for my husband's CR1 visa. We got married in a small, civil ceremony on July 24th 2019 in Mumbai, India and our parents were witnesses. Questions: 1. We've been living together at my husband's home since our marriage, but there's no documentation - I'm going to fly back to San Diego next month and the stay is temporary. What evidence can we provide? We do intend to have a joint bank account in India, but there are no bills/lease agreements/official documentation of us living in his house. 2. My husband and I met when I was studying in India (2012), and have pictures over a range of 7 years (we haven't taken trips together). Will that be good evidence? 3. I read a lot about affidavits being poor proofs of an ongoing marriage. We haven't requested them yet, but will it help if we had one each from my mother and his, considering we don't have much else to provide? 4. We are hosting a party for the rest of our family in a week, to announce our marriage. Should I wait to file a petition and include pictures from the party as well? Thanks!
  13. People who are waiting for interview date after Document Qualified notification and Priority Date Current as per visa bulletin.
  14. Hi VJ Family, First off, I would like to thank each and everyone of you for sharing your stories, and giving the best advice -- if it was not for you guys, my process would have been more difficult. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Secondly, I do apologize in advance, as my story might get long. Please bear with me. I have been going back and forth for the past week, contemplating whether or not to share my story. Today, I woke up and finally decided to share my journey in hopes of receiving sound advice and possibly helping others who are going through / will go through this issue. Petitioner & Beneficiary Background I am a US Citizen and my wife is from India. My wife's family and my family have been very good friends for the past 30 - 40 years. As a result of the good friendship, I met my wife through my grandfather and wife's father / now my father in law. My wife and I are a mere 4 years apart in age (I am older). We are from the same caste/ community. We have the same religious background. My father and my father in law even went to school together when they were young. Our families definitely approve and support our relationship. That being said, as close as both of our families are, we are not related and did not get married for immigration purposes. My wife and I have always known about each other, but never in a million years would have imagined getting married to one another. We started "talking" in September 2017 and we decided to meet in person and got married in December 2017. I knew she was the one -- we just hit it off from the moment we met. This registered wedding was small and intimate -- around 250 attendees. (Side note: This past December 2018, we had a reception and day of rituals, since all of my friends and family were in India. This event was just a celebration. This date was not mentioned anywhere, like on social media or during the interview.) Yes, I did marry her upon my first visit, in India, to see her. In my defense, that is how arranged marriages work (or I think?) Everything happened so fast, and I knew if I would have not married her then, I would have lost a great girl and someone else would have swept her off her feet. Employment & Education Currently, I am employed and have a steady job. I make just a tad bit over the poverty limit for 2 people. I used my parents as household members for that extra little push in the Affidavit of Support portion. I had all the paperwork necessary and it passed the NVC stage. Financials were not brought up during the interview. So, I do not believe this was a cause for concern for the CO during the interview. My wife is currently studying Pharmacy at her local college. This got me thinking... since Pharmacy is on the TAL list, could this possibly be a red flag? or just overthinking on my part? Travel In the 15 months we have been married, I have visited my wife 2 times and have spent an average of 30 days with her each visit. I have boarding passes/ itineraries/ pictures from each trip. All of our travel is well documented. However, we have yet not had a chance to go on a honeymoon, since I have always had to attend family and friend's weddings and my wife cannot take much time away from school. Do you think us not going on a honey could be a red flag? Interview Process March 4, 2019 : According to my wife, the interview process was smooth. Albeit, she was quite nervous. They had asked her a total of 15 questions, which covered the topics below: Who is the petitioner? Where does the petitioner live? Who does the petitioner live with? Did you have a love or arranged marriage? What was the date of your wedding? (CO asked this question twice, and had her retake the oath for the second time) Asked if we had any pictures from our wedding? Wife had to explain who each person in the picture was and their relationship to her. Few questions about petitioner's siblings, nephew, and grand father Do you have any family in the US? Where do they live? When and if you go to the US, will you live with your husband? or your sister? What is your mother's maiden name? What are you plans if you reach the US? We had plenty of other evidence on hand, such as chat logs, call logs, money transfers, gift receipts, affidavits from friends and family, hotel receipts, social media posts, other photos of our relationship, etc. but the CO did not ask for anything other that wedding photos. Interview Result Upon finishing her interview, my wife was handed a white 221G letter stating that our file is incomplete and our visa application has been refused. The letter also went on to mention the case is currently under administrative processing and we would need to re-interview. I have attached the 221G letter for your review. My wife was quite surprised to hear this. She thought the CO liked her answers and was happy when looking at the wedding photos. What caught my attention about the letter was, the CO asked for a re-interview when we are ready, but there was no verbal or written reason for denial. Usually with 221G's, I have seen them ask for additional documents or actually give a reason for denial. Has anyone ever dealt with this before? or seen a letter like this? I have contacted the embassy in regards to this matter. The consulate's reply was pretty generic and just stated, "be patient as it could take 60 days to resolve" In conclusion Everything seems so great, but it has been a rough journey to say the least. In my eyes, our entire process is pretty normal and happens on a daily basis in India. But I have no idea why the CO would hand us a 221G with re-interview on it without mentioning why. Again, has anyone dealt with this before? Or can provide me with any information on what to do next? Should I start preparing anything? I understand waiting for the Embassy/ CO/ Consulate to give an answer is our only option right now. But, I am going crazy and overthinking the whole situation. Please HELP!!
  15. PD: Feb 16 2017 Case Open: Dec 7 2018 Documentarily Verified: March 21 2019 Priority Date current: April 2019 Bulletin Consulate: Mumbai Any one with similar dates? Did any one get visa interview from Mumbai? Someone is talking about calling Mumbai embassy and got response like "We dont have your case yet". I got the same reply. Anyone has any idea what is happening?
  16. Hi all, Our case was documentarily qualified on 01st Feb 2019 and we were in queue to be interviewed at the Mumbai Embassy (we recently changed this to Singapore). All cases that were completed after ours (except one) and before April 19, have received their Interview dates and we haven't. When we call NVC then say everything is fine with our case and we are in the queue. I can't figure out why would we be skipped and fear something must be wrong at the backend. Has anyone else been in the same situation? I am worried that even though we've moved our case to Singapore, we will continue to be skipped!
  17. We had our interview which went very well, 6 questions. As soon as we told the consul that we have been together since 2014 they gave us a 221g asking for more proof of relationship. Has anyone actually experienced this, and got approved after submission? How long did it take to get approved? Did you have to interview again? Thanks!
  18. Those who have completed NVC processing in the last few months...when did you complete NVC approval and how far out was your interview scheduled???
  19. hello - most folks here are of the IR/CR kind - trying to connect with EB employment based Visa aspirants all over the world and especially Mumbai. Please share experiences and status updates here - thanks
  20. HI All, I had received the letter stating "While we will schedule your case for an interview, there is something incomplete or missing." After speaking with the NVC help desk I got to know that there is some misunderstanding on the AOS submitted and the additional document required needs to be submitted at the time of interview. My concern is that will this effect the time required to schedule the interview? and secondly is anyone aware on the average time required by NVC/Consulate to schedule the interview at Mumbai, India consulate? I have been thru some of the titles on this forum to get an answer on the average time required for scheduling the interview but was left quite confused, any suggestion/comments would be highly appreciated.
  21. My interview was scheduled for 07:30 IST Jan 2018 at the Mumbai consulate for EB3 visa. Arrived at 06:50 IST and was asked to wait across the road, opposite the consulate. Immediately, all immigration visa applicants were called forward to the consulate to form the line irrespective of the time slot. We grouped into the queue as a family of 4 and were asked to keep the following documents ready for check: § P4 Letter § Passport Original § Visa Centre stamped DS-260 (received after biometrics) At 07:05 IST the line started to move forward and initial checked the DS-260 and passport and then into the building for security checks. No electronics gadgets such as Cellphones, Power Banks, SIM enabled watches, CDs are allowed. Place all the wallets, purses, documents, bags into the x-ray scanner trays. If you have kids, snacks and juices are allowed. Since there are also chances of long waits for any unforeseen reasons, you can carry books to read while waiting. After the security check, we will be directed to the next building where the Immigration counters available and the Counter Window #1 issues the token number which will be used throughout the process. Counter Windows 1 -16 will be available for Immigration visas. Counter #2-6 for Documentation Checks, Counter #7-16 for Immigration Officers. We got called to Counter Window 3 for setting our Documentation in order, ensuring whatever required for the Visa officer to study the case and interview. We are asked to produce copies of marriage certificate, birth certificate, original Police clearance, 2 photos, offer letter. Once completed we were asked to wait at the lounge for our Token number to be called for the VO Interview. This waiting for us took at least 3 hours of waiting. Finally when our token number flashed, the VO greeted and introduced himself as the VO for our case. He then asked us lift our right hand up and swear whatever we say from this point is the truth and nothing but the truth. As the primary applicant, initial questions were directed to me and later my spouse. No queries were directed to the kids. Note that kids can really get restless at this point so ensure to occupy them with something so that they may not disturb the interview. The following are the questions raised by the VO: Primary Applicant 1) Who is calling you to the US? 2) How did you know about this agency? 3) Will the agency support your salary in case you loose a job or they are unable to find an opening? 4) What will you be working for the agency as? 5) Why is the reporting location different than the work site address? 6) Where did you do Master’s? What all subjects did you learn in your masters? What courses did you do apart from Masters? 7) How many years of experience you have in your profession? 8) Where were you born? Spouse/Dependent Applicant 1) Where were you born? 2) What is your current job? Explain the roles and responsibilities 3) Did you visit US before? What were the job roles in US? 4) What Team did you lead? 5) Who did you work for during the period of H1 and L1? ( ince he had already been in the US before on H1 and L1) The interview seemed very nerve wracking to me. But after 20 mins of questions and answers back and forth. The VO took some time of typing on his system and discussing with his colleague/Supervisor about this case. Once he completed that he paused for a while and told us that all 4 of our visas were approved and gave us 2 forms. We sighed with relief. One form explained how to pay the GC fees, the other form explained that our visa was approved – in bold letters and a tick mark against it (It also contained instructions what next after this interview). We thanked God and the officer for the approval. Overall the experience was different from what I had in mind. The officials and workers at the consulate were helpful. Special attention was given to senior citizens or differently abled applicants, helping them in arranging their documents in order, language support / translator in case applicant does not know English. After a week of getting our visa approved, we were intimated by email that our passport were ready for pickup. We got a large grey packet that had a sealed packet and our passports with visa on it. The yellow sealed packet is to be handed over to the Immigration Officer at the POE along with our X ray CD. This has been our visa interview journey. Thanks VJers for your constant support and help. God bless you all.
  22. Dee & Will

    PCC IN INDIA

    I’m applying for a PCC online. I need it for my K1 visa. However, I’ve come across a question that I’m conflicted over the answer. “ Purpose for which PCC is required” do i state : Immigration purposes other than Citizenship. or : Long term visit / Stay. Please help!
  23. I check CEAC every day (multiple times a day if I'm being honest), checking our case status and tracking my fiance's passport. We were given a 221g for "Proof of Relationship" after our interview on March 7th and everything was submitted within a week (18th), including his passport. I checked it today and nothing has changed with our AP Immigrant status (Date updated on 19th). However, his passport now says "There is no status update available for the passport number submitted." Yesterday it was still at the Embassy/Consulate. What is happening right now? Has everyone ever experienced this? Are we being denied?!
  24. We had our interview this morning, April 13th, at Mumbai embassy. I flew abroad from Oregon to attend. We have a solid relationship, history and madly in love but have children to consider and bills to pay so the K-1 was the fastest (at the time) option to be together and get settled. My fiance was questioned about how we met, the timing of his divorce (failed arranged message from 12yrs prior and divorced a month before we applied). The officer looked at a few photos, questioned him again about his divorce date and issued 221g with no additional information. He did not ask about our children, life plans, etc. After we left (heartbroken) they called him back to embassy for fingerprints and took his passport. We now must wait for contact regarding next steps and no input on what or how to prepare. One thing we noted during document review was that he took local PCC rather than regional PCC from passport office. Questions: 1. They now have his passport so if we order proper PCC online will get accept copy of passport to pick up PCC? 2. Where can we submit new PCC against our case in AP before they call on us to submit? MOST IMPORTANTLY, has anyone else been through similar and have a timeline or experience to share (with focus on divorce - two for me and one recent for him- or PCC issues or similar officer behavior at interview)??? Thank you, Annie & Prasad
  25. Wondering if anyone has had any recent experiences with having their fiancé(e) join them for their K1 interview? When we called the contact number for the Mumbai Consulate, the agent couldn't understand why we were asking the question or why the petitioner would even want to join. The last thing she stated was, "A decision will be made real-time before the interview they can join or not." Seems a bit silly there's no information or planned procedures in place. Thanks in advance for the help!
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