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Timeline for passport receipt for dropbox

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Posted by quantumquark (13) 13 Jan 2018#6051
to h1bext123:

I think it depends on the consulate. For Chennai, the 221g sheet said any Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday between 10-11am
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Posted by quantumquark (13) 16 Jan 2018#6052
H1-B renewal. Timeline:
Dec 26 2017 - documents submitted to Dropbox in Bangalore
Dec 28 2017 - CEAC shows Administrative Processing. Case created date "28-Dec-2018"
Jan 10 2017 - Still shows Administrative Processing, but Case Last Updated Changed to "10-Jan 2018". Ustraveldocs showed "Passport is being processed for delivery"
Jan 11 2017 - UStraveldocs showed "Passport ready for pick up". CEAC Showed "Administrative Processing". Picked up passport. It had blue 221-g slip asking to come to Chennai for interview.
Jan 12 2017 - Went to Chennai and interviewed. Literally hundreds of people with 221g had come. VO asked standard 3-4 questions on employer, location, salary, education. Then said visa is approved and that I should get the passport back in 2-3 business days.
Jan 16 2017 - Status on CEAC changed to Issued at around 11am.
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Posted by chinsane (1) 16 Jan 2018#6053
H1-B renewal: Same petitioner/employer & eligible for dropbox

Timeline:
Dec 28 2017 – Docs submitted to dropbox in Mumbai

Dec 29 2017 – Case created and CEAC shows Administrative Processing

Jan 03 2017 – Status still showed “Administrative Processing”. Ustraveldocs showed "Passport is being processed for delivery"

Jan 04 2017 – UStraveldocs showed "Passport ready for pick up" but CEAC still showed “Administrative Processing”. Picked up passport. It had green 221-g slip asking to come to Mumbai consulate for fingerprints & interview.

Jan 05 2017 – Went to Mumbai consulate and interviewed. There were at ~100-150 folks holding a 221-g slip in that time-slot. While waiting for an interview window, saw people in front of me being given another 221-g, most of whom were client-based petitions or H4 applicants. VO asked me standard questions, salary, degree, “were you ever out of working status?”, “inhouse: yes/no?”, said visa is approved and that I should get the passport back in 10 business days.

Jan 16 2017 – Status on CEAC changed to Issued at around 2pm. Ustraveldocs shows "Passport is being processed for delivery"

Sigh of Relief..
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Posted by quickwit (126) 16 Jan 2018#6054
to bpositiv:

Hey guys. First of all good luck to everyone waiting for their passports. Stay positive, and things will turn out well.
I was in a similar boat in May, when I went for a 2 week break, but I was able to get everything sorted out in a week, and travel back as planned (I got a 221 g, and had to go for an interview, but everything turned out well).

I am asking this question for a friend of mine: he works for a India based company (one of the WITCHes :-)), and is on his 3rd h1 extension (10 years with the same employer, client) - he's planning to go to India and use the drop box facility in Chennai - I know its hard to answer this question, but do you think he's going to be having any issues getting his visa stamped in 2 weeks using the dropbox facility? His situation is different compared to mine in the sense that I work as a full time employee for a US based tech company.

I am getting mixed signals from this forum about the current dropbox situation in Chennai. Please advise. If anyone has questions about the 221g I got, I am happy to answer them. Thanks in advance!
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Posted by quantumquark (13) 16 Jan 2018#6055
to quickwit:

The recent trend of mass 221g was due to the holiday rush I think. Everyone from FTEs of fortune 50 companies to evvc types got 221g. The backlogs haven't cleared yet, but might clear by end of this month. If your friend travels in Feb, I think it might take less than two weeks, but you never know.
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Posted by quickwit (126) 16 Jan 2018#6056
to quantumquark:

Thanks. How does 221g help clear the backlog though?
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Posted by quantumquark (13) 16 Jan 2018#6057
to quickwit:

As I understand, consular officers only have three options. 1. To approve the application ;2. To refuse application under 214b; 3. To refuse application under 221g.

They can't just sit on it or put it in some queue. So, they use option 3 to kick the can down the road.
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Posted by quickwit (126) 17 Jan 2018#6058
to quantumquark:

Okay. Thanks. :-)
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Posted by quantumquark (13) 17 Jan 2018#6059
H1-B renewal. Timeline:
Dec 26 2017 - documents submitted to Dropbox in Bangalore
Dec 28 2017 - CEAC shows Administrative Processing. Case created date "28-Dec-2018"
Jan 10 2017 - Still shows Administrative Processing, but Case Last Updated Changed to "10-Jan 2018". Ustraveldocs showed "Passport is being processed for delivery"
Jan 11 2017 - UStraveldocs showed "Passport ready for pick up". CEAC Showed "Administrative Processing". Picked up passport. It had blue 221-g slip asking to come to Chennai for interview.
Jan 12 2017 - Went to Chennai and interviewed. Literally hundreds of people with 221g had come. VO asked standard 3-4 questions on employer, location, salary, education. Then said visa is approved and that I should get the passport back in 2-3 business days.
Jan 16 2017 - Status on CEAC changed to Issued at around 11am.
Jan 17 2017 - status on ustraveldocs changed to ready for pick up. Picked up passport stamped with visa.
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Posted by quickwit (126) 17 Jan 2018#6060
to quantumquark:

Congratulations & safe travels back!
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Posted by pana90 (5) 7 hours 21 minutes ago#6061
Timeline for my h1b stamping.
Submitted documents on 5th Jan at hyderabad dropbox. Iam an FTE for same company as last time and
was eligible for dropbox.
i had valid stamp until April 2018. So they asked for copy of old as well as new 797, photographs.

got a call on 9th to attend for fingerprints on 11th Jan

went to consulate on 11th and gave fingerprints. it was just fingerprints for me . there were many others who were at consulate.. some were called for fp and interview..some only for fingerprints.

after Fingerprints, the consulate official said thats all she needed .

on 17th ceac status changed to Issued.

on18th ustraveldocs status changed to "ready for pickup" . picked up passport today.

good luck to all who are waiting..
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Posted by sk1987 (1) 4 hours 25 minutes ago#6062
to baigfahim:

Hi I am also in a similar situation like you ..can you please share your today's interview experience!! Hope everything went well!!
Thanks!!
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Posted by bkg84 (1) 2 hours 50 minutes ago#6063
to baigfahim:

Hi,
I hope everything went well. Can you please share an update and your interview details like process and questions.
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