Fingerprinting after Dropbox – No Visa Passport Pick Up with Green Slip

Anil Gupta  13 Jan, 19      0  USA

Form 221(G) Green Slip with Dropbox Interview Waiver

You are eligible for US visa interview waiver via Dropbox and have received an email with message “Passport ready for pick up” after dropping the documents in US visa DropBox. As soon you have your passport in your hand, you see that there is no US visa stamp!

There is a light green slip attached to the passport with message: “Please come to the consulate for fingerprints“. 
Don’t worry. This is normal process. Your visa has NOT been rejected or denied.

You just need to get your fingerprints verified by visiting US embassy any day between 10:30 AM to 11 AM as an added step.

This can happen with any US visa type including B1/B2, H1B, H4, L visa who are going for Dropbox service at any US visa embassy including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad or Kolkata.

Dropbox Fingerprint Processing Time

It can take anywhere from 3-10 working days to process your visa stamp and get your passport after fingerprint verification in US embassy.

Dropbox Fingerprint Timeline Sample

DateStatus
Dec 10 Dropped documents in DropBox for both husband (H1B) and wife (H4)
Dec 19Date updates on CEAC website with status “Administrative Processing
Dec 20 Email Received – “Passport ready for pickup“.
Dec 21 Pick up the passport at VFS center. No H1B or H4 visa stamped.

Form 221(g) green slip with message: Fingerprint verification required on any day between 10.30 AM to 11 AM at US Embassy.
Dec 21Passport tracking status will show: Passport Picked Up. Don’t worry.
Dec 27 Both H1b & H4 appear for fingerprints verification at US consulate.
Dec 28Fingerprints provided, date updates on CEAC website with status “Administrative Processing
Dec 29CEAC website status Updates to “Issued
Dec 30 Email received for wife H4 – Passport ready for pickup.
Dec 31 Pick up Wife’s Passport with H4 visa stamp from VFS center.
Jan 2 Email received for H1B – Passport ready for pickup.
Jan 2 Received my passport with H1B visa stamp from VFS center.

Will there be personal interview after dropbox fingerprinting Green slip?

No, there won’t be any personal interview unless it has been specifically mentioned in the form 221(g) Green Slip that you have received.

Dropbox Fingerprint Location

Fingerprints are taken inside US consulate building, where you would normally appear for US visa interview. So, don’t be confused with VFS center as the time slot is only 1/2 an hour and you do not want to waste time.

Example, If you are visiting Mumbai, you will have to appear for fingerprints at US Embassy Mumbai (BKC – Bandra Kurla Complex).

Fingerprinting after dropbox with form 221(g) green slip
Fingerprinting after dropbox with form 221(g) green slip

Documents Required for Dropbox Fingerprint

There are no documents required for fingerprinting after DropBox form 221(g). You just need to carry your original passport and original visa approval i797 form (if any).

The passport will be kept by US embassy after fingerprints. Your i797 will be returned to you.

Dropbox form 221(g) Green Slip vs Visa Approved Admin processing

Dropbox form 221(g) fingerprinting administrative processing is different than the other form 221(g) issued after visa officer said ‘Visa Approved’ and status still shows Admin processing.

Dropbox’s fingerprinting is just a formality to validate your identity before issuing you visa stamp.