US Visa Dropbox Eligibility Checker India 2020

US visa dropbox eligibility checker 2020. H1B to H4 COS stamping eligible for dropbox due to same class H. Visa fees required. Admin processing not eligible.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  2 Mar, 20

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Am I eligible for US Visa DropBox in 2020?

US visa Interview waiver is the term used for dropbox facility. There is no dropbox as such but you need to submit your documents to the VFS location assigned by US embassy.

Dropbox Processing time varies from 1 day to 6 weeks. We strongly recommend to keep a buffer of at-least 3 weeks after dropping your application as you can be called for interview. Many applications also receive form 221g and can delay your passport.

Dropbox helps you to get US visa renewed without appearing for in-person visa interview at US embassy.

Check your eligibility using this simple question and answer form (you need your Google account to use it – no spam, secured by Google)


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It is possible that you receive a form 221(g) green slip after dropping your documents in US visa dropbox asking to appear for fingerprints.

Last Stamping in Canada or Mexico?

You are not eligible for Dropbox in India if your last visa stamp was issued in Mexico or Canada. Many H1B, H4 and F1 students do get their US visa stamps in near shore countries but this makes them ineligible for interview waiver in Indian US embassy.

How to use DropBox

If you qualify for interview waiver, you will receive a submission letter containing a document checklist. You will need to follow the same process on the USATravelDocs website to pay the visa fees and then answer the dropbox eligibility questions.

The system will automatically ask you to take DropBox appointment if you are eligible.

Documents for DropBox

Drop off your passport along with the listed documents mentioned on the submission letter at one of the 11 service centers.

  1. One copy of the submission letter – You will get it after you have submitted your DS-160 form.
  2. Your current un-expired passport (original)
  3. Your current or most recent visa – If visa is stamped on old expired passport, then submit that passport too in original
  4. One photograph taken within the last six months (according to US visa photo specifications).
    Do not submit the same photograph that you used in your LAST US visa. They are smart and might reject your case if you use the same photograph and your case will be delayed.
  5. Supporting documentation – 1 set in original + 1 set photo copy.
  6. Children applying through interview waiver should submit photocopies of their parents valid visas and passport bio-page.

Supporting documentation varies by each US visa type:

Dropbox eligible if last stamping was done in Canada/Mexico?

You are not eligible for Dropbox in India if last stamping was done outside India including Canada or Mexico.

Is Appointment Required for Dropbox?

Appointment is required for Dropbox submission.

Dropbox Visa Stamping Processing Time?

Dropbox visa processing can take between 3 to 21 days.

Can US Embassy call for visa interview after Dropbox?

US embassy can call you for visa interview after your have dropped your documents. There is no need to take visa interview appointment if they call you.

Green form 221(g) issued after Dropbox for Fingerprinting

US embassy can issue a green form 221(g) and ask you to visit in person for fingerprints.

Is H1B extension denial same as visa denial?

H1B extension, amendment and transfers are called ‘petition’ and are filed with USCIS. Petition denial is not same as H1B visa denial that’s denied by US embassy.

Form 221g Admin Processing Dropbox

You can receive form 221g or a call for in-person interview even when you are eligible for dropbox. My suggestion is to book your plane tickets back to US after at-least 3 weeks from the date of your documents submission.

Family Member not Eligible for Dropbox

It is possible that you are eligible for dropbox individually but one of your dependent is not. In this case, you can drop your documents separately but your dependent will have to appear for interview in front of visa officer.

Example:

Primary H1B is eligible for dropbox but dependent H4 is not. In this case, there are two options:

  • H1B primary uses dropbox and H4 dependent appears for visa interview. H4 cannot get interview waiver just because H1B is dropbox eligible.
  • H1B gives up his option of dropbox and combines his application with H4 to appear for interview along with H4. In this case, H1B application should be added to usatraveldocs online website after first adding the H4 i.e. the application that’s not eligible for interview waiver.

If you are interested in evaluating the DropBox eligibility rules yourself, you can read further.

Dropbox Questions for Age Between 14 to 80 years

You are eligible for Dropbox facility if you can answer YES to all these questions

#1 I have a previous U.S. visa in the same class as the visa for which I wish to apply.

The class now means exact same visa including alphabet and number.

Example: H1B and H4 are different visa classes now as per new update in usaTravelDocs website.

#2 My most recent visa was issued in India.

If you got your visa stamp in Mexico or Canada or any other non-Indian country, you are in-eligible.

Example: If you got your first time H1B visa stamp in Mexico or Canada or any other US embassy outside India.

#3 I received my visa after January 1, 2008

#4 My prior visa is not annotated “Clearance Received” or “Department Authorization”

If your last visa stamping got a form 221g for any reason, your US visa stamp will have the marking of ‘Clearance received” or “Department Authorization”.

H1B visa clearance received annotation
H1B visa clearance received annotation

#5 My most recent visa (in the same class for which I am applying) was issued on or after my 14th birthday.

#6 My most recent visa (in the same class for which I am applying) was not lost/stolen

Example: If you got your US visa replaced after passport was lost in Europe on your travel, you will need to appear for visa interview.

#7 I have no refusals for a visa in any class after my most recent visa issuance.

This question asks for visa refusal after your last visa issuance but when you actually go for appointment booking online, the question changes to ‘any visa refusal anytime in past’. Hence, we have changed it here.

H1B extension or transfer petition denial in US is NOT same as H1B visa denial at US embassy. Your visa is counted as denied only if you applied it in any US embassy and not USCIS.

L or H visa petitions are sent to USCIS and H and L visa applications are sent to US embassy.

If you ever got B1/B2 visa denial and now applying for H1B visa, you are still not eligible for dropbox as your B1 was denied.

#8 If I am applying for an H or L (individual) or R visa, my prior visa in the same class is still valid or expired within the last 12 months.

OR

  • If I am applying for any other class of visa, my prior visa in the same class is still valid or expired within the last 12 months.
  • Note: Blanket L1 visa applicants do not qualify for the Interview Waiver, but Blanket L2 spouses are eligible.
  • If I am applying for an F visa, am continuing as student at same school for which my previous visa was issued.
  • If I am applying for a J visa, my current DS-2019 is issued by the same institution as the institution listed on my previous visa.

Dropbox Criteria for Child Age Less Than 14 years

You should be applying for visa stamp before your 14th birthday along with other criteria mentioned above.
Note: Children under 14 must submit a photocopy of both parent’s passport biographic information and valid U.S. visa page.

DropBox Criteria for Age more than 80 years

Your answer should be ‘YES’ to both questions:

  1. I am applying on or after 80th birthday AND
  2. My most recent visa application was not refused.




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  149 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. Anup
    Anup 18 Feb, 20 at 4:02 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I have couple of questions about my parents visitor visa.

    They are eligible for Dropbox since their previous visitor visa expired last month.

    1. Do I need to send all my supporting documents as last time? Like Invitation letter, I-134, employment letter, I-797, valid visa copy etc etc
    2. Does both of my parents need to go for Dropbox appointment or my dad can go and submit paperwork for both?

    Appreciate your thoughts.


  2. Sunny Xavier Swarna
    Sunny Xavier Swarna 8 Jan, 20 at 1:41 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I am currently in US with my approved i797 for my H1B extension. My wife’s H4 & H4 EAD are still under process (applied in Aug 2019). I’m planning to visit India in Feb 2020. I filled myDS160 & then my wife’s DS160. Based on my responses to questionnaire in USTRAVELDOCS, I qualified for Dropbox. Meanwhile, the website gave me an option to add my wife’s name as it was saved as dependent from my previous H1b/H4 stamping.

    1. Do I need to separately log in with my wife’s credentials & verify if she is eligible for Dropbox? Or can I assume she will qualify due to my qualification.

    2. Does she need to accompany me to the Dropbox facility or can I drop off / submit her documents along with mine?

    Appreciate your help.

    Thanks
    Sunny


  3. parag doshi
    parag doshi 23 Dec, 19 at 2:24 pm

    Hi Anil ,
    the Questionnaire for visa waiver qualifying checker on ustraveldocs website asks clearly if ‘Have you ever been refused a H-1B (temporary occupation, temporary worker or trainee) visa before? ‘ and hence it does not translate to any visa refusal in any class . so if you a visa refusal in F1 category before but applying for H1b currently then you still qualify for visa waiver aka dropbox, just to clarify things for other readers


  4. sandeep kataram
    sandeep kataram 23 Dec, 19 at 2:24 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I have a valid H1b visa stamped on my passport from my previous employer/petitioner. I am planning to visit India in 3 months. I have a new I-797 from a new employer/petitioner now.

    Can you please answer below questions..

    1. Do I qualify for the Interview Waiver program?
    2. While submitting application for appointment, it asked below question what should I answer to it? Yes/No.

    Is your previous H-1B visa (temporary occupation, temporary worker or traine
    e) still valid?

    If I answer yes, it is waiving my interview..

    Thanks in advance.


  5. Debdas Dhabal
    Debdas Dhabal 16 Dec, 19 at 2:37 pm

    Hi Anil,
    Your article and forums are always helpful for me.
    I have a question regarding dropbox facility. I (J1 visa) and my wife (J2 dependent) both are eligible for dropbox facility individually. In that case while paying visa fee should I add her as a dependent and proceed with the dropbox appointment together?. Or should I apply from two different profile ?. Because in my profile even if I add her as dependent all the questions are related to J1 visa only and not related to J2. I am worrying that if we apply together they might have consider both as J1 visa class.
    Any comments regarding this will be very helpful.

    Thank you
    Debdas


  6. Santosh
    Santosh 11 Dec, 19 at 10:38 am

    Hi Anil,
    Great article. I am applying for my H1 renewal and got a Dropbox option. I have two questions

    1. My previous stamping was in Chennai so should I go to Chennai for my Dropbox or any other US consulate in India will be ok. I saw someone said it should be the same city consulate as prior one. Please clarify

    2. I am not seeing any dates open in 2020 Feb, do you happen to know how long before these dates open? Should I be looking at other city consulates as a backup?


  7. Parag Rathi
    Parag Rathi 5 Dec, 19 at 4:21 pm

    I have a situation. Me and my wife are eligible for dropbox. She is on H4 and i am on H1 and our visas expired on september 30, 2019 so well within 12 months. Our immidiately prior visas were also H4 and H1. However, as i answered the questions – it just led me to setting up an OFC and interview appointment. Is there a different set-up (or website) to schedule dropbox appointment. Alternatively, I am wondering if i accidentally answered any of the questions incorrectly. So right now i have interview appointment date of Jan 6, 2020. Is there a way i can re-check my eligibility for dropbox and go for dropbox option?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Dec, 19 at 10:38 am

      You cannot go back now as you have already scheduled the interview. You may have answered something wrong. You can go through the questions once again given above.


  8. rag
    rag 6 Nov, 19 at 1:46 pm

    I have a situation for dropbox submission. My visa expired last year dec 20, 2019. I am qualified for dropbox as of now. But I see a “Note” with the dropbox eligibility on usatraveldoc website that

    Note: “If you are renewing a visa, your previous visa can be no more than 12 months expired. Please select a submission data atleast 7 calender days before that 12-month deadline.”

    Now the situation is i am planning to land in india on dec 18, and do the submission. What should i do in this case. Shall i answer no somewhere and get bypass this dropbox eligibiltiy so that i can go in person interview at embassy? I cant change travel dates.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Nov, 19 at 3:20 pm

      Have you already booked the dropbox appointment ? The appointment date can be anytime earlier than the 12 month deadline. You should be fine.


  9. Ramgopal Bachu
    Ramgopal Bachu 24 Oct, 19 at 12:06 am

    Hi Anil,
    Would you please help me with information can someone else (my brother/friend) submit my documents for the Dropbox for me, Its H4 dropbox? or is it I should only need to submit the documents in person.


  10. MAHAK RAJVANSHI
    MAHAK RAJVANSHI 2 Jul, 19 at 11:38 am

    Hi Anil,

    I have a valid I797 for H1B extension and its valid till January 31, 2020. If I get my visa stamped through dropbox and have a valid H1 visa stamp in my passport and then my new H1 extension is pending with USCIS. Will I be able to travel in month of November to India under H1B extension pending with USCIS? Please let me know.


  11. subhani sk
    subhani sk 2 Jul, 19 at 4:45 am

    Hi Anil, I have valid H1B visa until July 2018 and I got one extension till December 2018. My company applied extension again in December 2018 and it is extended till June 2021. I am planning to travel India next month. Can you let me know if I am eligible for drop box as I have two extensions in the last one year or Can I go in person for interview?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 2 Jul, 19 at 8:52 am

      H1 Petition extension and visa are two different things. If your H1B visa stamp in passport has expired more than 12 months ago, then you will not be eligible for dropbox.


  12. Bala
    Bala 30 Jun, 19 at 7:36 pm

    I’ve a valid H1 stamped, H4 spouse and H4 kid (8 year old) don’t have valid visa. H4 spouse qualify for an interview waiver, can the H4 spouse and kid apply for a visa through interview waiver at the same time? Or should I get first for H4 spouse through interview waiver and then for kid? UStraveldocs help center folks said ,if both parents don’t have visa, kids has to go through interview, this doesn’t make sense for a family application , any help would be appreciated.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 1 Jul, 19 at 10:01 am

      Each individual has to pass the dropbox test individually. If your kids are not eligible for “interview waiver”, then either they need to attend interview alone (if they are eligible) or you have to appear for interview too even when you are eligible for dropbox.


  13. Jemis Gandhi
    Jemis Gandhi 26 Jun, 19 at 10:35 pm

    Hello..
    One of my friend got usa student visa before one week. Now question is he got personal serious problem so he cant be go for usa for one year so do he has to go for visa interview again? or can he go to usa on same visa after one year.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 Jun, 19 at 6:34 am

      If the stamped visa is valid, there is no need to get a new visa stamp.
      You can travel and use the stamp to enter US as long as its valid.


  14. Jemis Gandhi
    Jemis Gandhi 26 Jun, 19 at 3:50 am

    Hello..
    I had visa of X university of usa and i went there and took transfer in Y university, studied there in Y university for 3 semester but could not complete study in Y university due to health issue and i came back to india. Now i want to go back again in Y university to complete my study. May i eligible for interview waiver program?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Jun, 19 at 7:02 am

      Please use the questions app given above to check your interview waiver eligibility.


  15. Appy
    Appy 25 Jun, 19 at 10:35 am

    Hi Anil,

    My spouse’s L1 Blanket visa was extended but the category has now changed to L1 Individual.
    My L2 visa has also been extended from L2 blanket to L2 Individual.

    Do I qualify for dropbox in India?

    Thanks
    Appy


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Jun, 19 at 1:39 pm

      Did you use the app above to check your eligibility? Answer the question as it asks and you will get the answer at the end.


  16. deepu kanna
    deepu kanna 18 Jun, 19 at 5:44 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Thank you for setting up this blog. While I understand that the change of employer would not effect the drop box eligibility, I still have few additional questions around it.

    Scenario:

    My visa stamp expired in May which is from employer A. I switched to employer B in April and then to employer C in May. My current employer C is a full-time organisation. Now I am planning to go to drop box in July/August.

    Questions:

    1) When I submit the documents for the drop box, should I also provide them the older copies of I-797 held by my previous Employers A & B or just the current one from Employer C should suffice ?

    2) Because I switched jobs so frequently, should I be concerned of any additional scrutiny by the Visa adjudicators like calling me for an in-person interview?

    3) What may be the right answer in justifying the frequent job switch if I were to be called for an in person interview? While my intent was to join employer C, I had to join employer B and wait for the visa transfer approval by C and make sure that I at least have one of the opportunities.

    Thanks in advance


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Jun, 19 at 6:00 pm

      You only need current H1B approval i797 to apply for H1B visa stamp.

      There is no way to find out if you will be called for interview or not. Just make sure that you do not make any mistakes and avoid common form 221g reasons.

      The only correct answer is the truth for changing employers. Normally, visa officer does not ask for reasons to jump jobs. They don’t care as long as you are working as per visa rules.


  17. Vaibhav
    Vaibhav 15 Jun, 19 at 8:50 am

    Hi Anil,
    If there is h1b amendment after ds160 and visa appointment; how should one proceed? Is it required start all over again or is there a way to retain the visa appointment date and correct the petition number?

    Thanks!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Jun, 19 at 9:03 am

      Has the amendment been approved? Have you got the approved amendment’s i797?


      • Vaibhav
        Vaibhav 15 Jun, 19 at 9:03 am

        No, not yet.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 15 Jun, 19 at 9:28 am

          Then, you cannot use the pending amendment to apply for H1B visa.

          You should have planned your visa stamping after the amendment approval.

          Many people are getting form 221g if they file an amendment and then go for stamping using previous approved H1B.


          • Vaibhav
            Vaibhav 15 Jun, 19 at 10:29 am

            I understand. My question is little different, what happens when I take an appointment with already approved h1b, but before the actual appointment after reserving the interview appointment, h1b is amended. There is a huge delay in getting a visa stamping date and I don’t want to miss a convenient date for h1b amendment that will be approved and ready prior to the actual appointment. At the same time, I don’t want to be in a position where I am required to resubmit ds160 because prior to the actual appointment I have a new amended petition.

            Thanks!


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 15 Jun, 19 at 1:26 pm

              I think i have clearly answered your question earlier.


  18. Maddy
    Maddy 14 Jun, 19 at 5:27 pm

    Hi I am in Usa now from 7 days on B1/B2 and I got limited stay and I have my wife and 2 kids in India 1 of them is just 5 months and don’t hold visa and I have my return plan on 7th and limited stay will also finish on 8th but I want to call them for travel with me now can I ask my wife to apply drop box visa for my 2nd kid now can we get


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jun, 19 at 5:39 pm

      Did you check your 2nd kid’s Dropbox eligibility using above app?


  19. manju
    manju 13 Jun, 19 at 11:29 am

    i was schedule for an appointment before payment there were few question on eof the question is “was your visa(spouse/child)was issued on or after 14th birthday” what should i answer “yes/no”. as an adult i got my visa after my 14th birthday but my son who is 15 yrs now who got visa at age of 13 and my daughter who got at age of 9.
    is this question is applicable only for the applicant r including applicant dependent who accomping with the applicant.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 13 Jun, 19 at 2:29 pm

      The question has to be answered separately for EACH applicant. Each person has to fill his/her DS160 separately.


  20. Anonymous
    Anonymous 8 Jun, 19 at 6:00 pm

    My kid just turned 14 and when I filled the form , it said I’m eligible for dropbox. Does it mean my kid would also be eligible or should I create another profile and see if she is actually eligible


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 8 Jun, 19 at 6:29 pm

      Dropbox questions have to be checked for each person and kid separately.


      • Anonymous
        Anonymous 8 Jun, 19 at 6:44 pm

        Thanks Anil!!


  21. Ravali
    Ravali 5 Jun, 19 at 11:41 pm

    Hi. Can a family members submit papers for drop box or does the applicant have to be there?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 Jun, 19 at 7:55 am

      I think a family member is allowed to drop the documents. But, it is recommended that you personally drop your own documents.


  22. Saumil
    Saumil 2 Jun, 19 at 10:02 pm

    My h4 visa stamp was stamped on dec 21, 2018 and is till 10/2020. My h1b COS in usa got approved in apr 2019. Till what date am I eligible for dropbox. Till 10/2021?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 3 Jun, 19 at 7:24 am

      Please use the Dropbox checker given above to find your eligibility.


  23. Neel Kushare
    Neel Kushare 2 Jun, 19 at 6:44 pm

    The waiver ( dropbox) wait time to get the passport back is 3 weeks ( which is too long for me). Could you please tell me if it is possible to apply for the interview even if I am eligible for the dropbox? if yes, what is the procedure?
    thanks !


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 2 Jun, 19 at 6:44 pm

      The wait time will be same for visa interview and then passport.

      You can opt for visa interview if any one person in your family or group is not eligible for dropbox.


      • Neel Kushare
        Neel Kushare 3 Jun, 19 at 5:01 pm

        Thank you.


  24. Vagarwal
    Vagarwal 28 May, 19 at 7:01 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I am applying for a change of status from H4 EAD to H1B (Approval received) in New Delhi. My previous H1B stamp in the passport was marked “Cancelled without Prejudice” when I transferred to H4 .My H4 stamp is valid and stamped in passport.
    Based on your questionnaire if I consider H4 & H1b to be the same class or type, I am eligible for dropbox. But my lawyer is saying that H4 & H1B are not the same class. Which is true? Anyone who had dropbox in change of status from H4 to H1b?

    Hope you can help!
    Thank you


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 May, 19 at 10:28 pm

      Class is referred to as the ‘H’ and the category is H4 and H1B.

      You can try with it and if US embassy finds that you need interview, they will call you for personal interview.

      Or the other option is to do what your attorney is saying.
      Your choice.


  25. Sanju
    Sanju 28 May, 19 at 11:52 am

    Hi Anil,

    My Extension is approved, My Wife & Son has taken the biometric for their Extension in US, But their Extension approval notice is not yet received, it is been a month now, They have to travel India along with me, for H4 stamping in India do they need H4 Extension Approval notice or They can use my H1B Extension Approval notice.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 May, 19 at 12:39 pm

      Only H1B extention approval is required for H4 visa stamping.


  26. Vishal
    Vishal 27 May, 19 at 3:09 pm

    I received F1 Visa for fall 2018 program, but in the end was not able to attend the program. The university deffered my admission to Fall 2019 program.
    I have applied for F1 Visa for fall 2019 program. In the application process there were questions related to previous F1 Visa. I answered them and the portal mentioned that I was eligible for “Interview waiver”. Because of that I am not able to Schedule my Visa interview.
    “Interview Waiver” has a disclaimer mentioning that I may be called for an interview. but with the same application I am unable to book an appointment.

    Has anyone got visa via “Interview Waiver” or been through the similar situation.. pls help.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 May, 19 at 4:16 pm

      What is the problem with “interview waiver” if you are eligible? In-fact, it is good that you are eligible for dropbox and you may get your F1 visa with without interview.


  27. Chebrolu Prasanth
    Chebrolu Prasanth 27 May, 19 at 11:08 am

    Hello,

    1)I am on H1b and after answering drob eligibily questions in ustravel docs –I got this –Congratulations! You qualify for the Interview Waiver (No Appointment). Please do not schedule an appointment at the Visa Application Center or U.S. Embassy/Consulate.

    2)My wife is on h4 visa and she is india .I added her as a dependent and paid money at axis bank for 2 of us in 1 advice slip–Did we do it right as we need to enter same receipt number?

    After entering receipt number for both of us — i am getting–Step 8: Please enter your MRV receipt information below.

    No valid record can be found for the entered receipt number. Please validate that your receipt number is correct and that you have paid the correct amount for the visa which you are applying for

    3)Now since i am eligible for dropbox,is my wife also eligible for dropbox?

    4)I did not receive any dropbox eligibility email .When will i receive it?

    5)how to schedule an appointment by ignoring the dropbox eligibilty?

    Please answer my questions .

    Thank you.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 May, 19 at 3:48 pm

      Dropbox eligibility has to be checked separately for each person.

      It is possible that you are eligible for dropbox but your dependent is not eligible.
      In that case, your dependent will have to appear for visa interview.

      If you want to attend interview with your H4 dependent who is not eligible for dropbox, you should first add your dependent to the usatraveldocs website and then add yourself. This way, you both will have to appear for interview.

      The fees receipt gets activated in about 4-48 hours payment.


      • Chebrolu Prasanth
        Chebrolu Prasanth 28 May, 19 at 11:21 am

        Thanks for you reply on my previous questions.

        I have created profile and After receipt number got activated i got confirmation for Dropbox with interview waiver for both me and my wife.(Her name is there on confirmation as i added her as dependent)

        I have few questions:

        1)My wife was in india since october 2018 and we did not apply for her H4 extension.
        if we are using dropbox,what documents should i drop related to my wife.

        2)If we dont want to use dropbox and schedule an appointment with the current payment receipt number .What are the steps?

        Kindly let me know.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 28 May, 19 at 12:29 pm

          You can use the H4 visa stamping checklist.

          Please follow the instructions on the usatraveldocs website for booking an interview appointment. I do not have the steps with me at this time.


  28. Riddhan
    Riddhan 20 May, 19 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Anil

    I have selected Dropbox for my H1b visa stamping. I did submitted my passport on May 6th 2019, and till today’s date it’s still showing under administrative process. It’s been 2 weeks already. Should I contact the VFS office or wait till they call me. Please advise.

    Thank you


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 May, 19 at 3:47 pm

      You should wait for a response from VFS office.


  29. Rekhavem
    Rekhavem 19 May, 19 at 1:22 am

    Hello Anil,

    13 days ago
    Hello Anil,

    I have a question regarding H4 dropbox option. We are going to India for some emergency whether I am eligible for dropbox or not . I have visa stamping in my passport upto Dec 2017. I have visa extension with me. This is the clause which I am getting confused.

    If I am applying for an H or L (individual) or R visa, my prior visa in the same class is still valid or expired within the last 12 months – yes or no


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 May, 19 at 11:44 am

      Visa is the stamp that you have in your passport.
      The extention that you file within USA is called ‘petition’ and not visa.

      So, your visa expired more than 12 months ago. You should say ‘No’.


  30. Jemis Gandhi
    Jemis Gandhi 16 May, 19 at 1:18 am

    Hello..
    My friend has usa student visa and currently he is in 2nd semester there but he want to change his visa category from f1 to b1b2. Does it possible from there?


  31. Jemis Gandhi
    Jemis Gandhi 15 May, 19 at 8:50 am

    Hello…
    I have canada visitor visa which i have got from USA. I did not travel to canada before. Now I am in india. Can i travel to canada from india?
    or do i have to travel canada from USA only?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 May, 19 at 9:13 am

      Is there anything written on the Canadian visa that you should travel only from USA to Canada?


      • Jemis Gandhi
        Jemis Gandhi 15 May, 19 at 10:01 am

        No sir..but i have heard from my couple of friends so i am worried.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 15 May, 19 at 10:02 am

          I have not heard of any such criteria.
          Also, please ask questions on our forum if your question is not related to the topic of the page.

          We will delete the questions that are un-related to topic within a day.


  32. SHRIDHAR BHAT
    SHRIDHAR BHAT 13 May, 19 at 10:13 am

    I am also facing a new problem. Some how my log-in got locked.
    When I enter my email address as username and my password, it says password is wrong.

    I tried many times, I also tried with forgotten password, got new password from system.
    Still the problem exist.
    Is there any condition that log-in get locked? If so, how to over come from this problem?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 13 May, 19 at 3:45 pm

      You should contact usatravels support to know what could be wrong with your ID.


  33. SHRIDHAR BHAT
    SHRIDHAR BHAT 13 May, 19 at 10:12 am

    When and how will I get submission letter?.
    After I filled all the questions, I received a message – Congratulating me for getting eligibility for interview waiver.
    After I clicked ‘continue’ button, I came back to first page of scheduling for interview.
    How to get this submission letter ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 13 May, 19 at 3:45 pm

      You should contact usatravels support to know what could be wrong with your application.


  34. Lakshmi Devi Sambanthan
    Lakshmi Devi Sambanthan 6 May, 19 at 8:56 am

    Hello Anil,

    I have a question regarding H4 EAD dropbox option. We are going to chennai and gonna use dropbox since we got our visa extension last novemeber. My question here is I am on H4 visa with EAD and working in US right now. We know that we can go for dropbox together but little worried that will my working status (EAD) affect or create any issue in the dropbox process. Any useful details are appreciated. Thanks!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 May, 19 at 9:05 am

      No issues with the legal H4 EAD work permit for stamping. You are following the law. Why are you worried?


      • Lakshmi Devi Sambanthan
        Lakshmi Devi Sambanthan 6 May, 19 at 9:05 am

        There was a question in the DS160 form, after I mentioned my visa as H4 it asked are you working? I said Yes and it asked all my employment details here. That made me worried little 🙂


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 6 May, 19 at 9:34 am

          Don’t worry. You are working with legally allowed work permit.


  35. Jemis Gandhi
    Jemis Gandhi 4 May, 19 at 10:00 pm

    Hello.. Anil
    This is jemis gandhi. i have usa 5 years student visa which is going to expire next month. i came back to india after completion of three semester due to health issue and did not go back to usa than. can i eligible for interview waiver program for my f1 visa renewal for completion of my study?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 4 May, 19 at 10:45 pm

      Please use the dropbox checker tool given above.


      • Jemis Gandhi
        Jemis Gandhi 4 May, 19 at 11:36 pm

        I have used it but showing not eligible but as i m match with all questions.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 5 May, 19 at 12:12 pm

          If it says not eligible, then you are not eligible as per the rules set by US embassy.


          • Jemis Gandhi
            Jemis Gandhi 10 May, 19 at 9:30 pm

            Hello…
            as i have student visa can i get b1b2 visa from drop box?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 11 May, 19 at 5:45 am

              Did you read the dropbox rules? It has to be same type of visa.


              • Jemis Gandhi
                Jemis Gandhi 11 May, 19 at 10:38 pm

                This is Jemis Gandhi from India.
                I have one question regarding B1/B2 visa. I have been to USA already for study MBA in 2014 but due to health issue could not complete MBA. I have completed 3 semester out of 4 semester and came to india in 2016 without incompletion MBA.
                Now i want to apply for B1/B2 visa for visit my friends there.

                So my question is what to fill out in DS160 form for this incompletion study???

                Looking for your reply.

                Thank You.


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 12 May, 19 at 3:15 am

                  I don’t understand your question. You have to fill whatever is correct.


                  • Jemis Gandhi
                    Jemis Gandhi 12 May, 19 at 5:32 am

                    If possible may i have your contact number please??


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 12 May, 19 at 6:04 am

                      If you want paid private consulting, send an email to
                      Contact AT am22tech DOT com


  36. Lakshman A
    Lakshman A 30 Apr, 19 at 3:51 pm

    Hi Anil,
    My H1 VISA with my previous employer was expired on Sept 11, 2018. I moved to another employer in 2016 and got the H1 extension. I am planning to visit and India in August 2019, so am I eligible for drop box facility as my current employer is not same as mentioned in my expired VISA. Please clarify. Thank you. Lakshman


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 30 Apr, 19 at 6:11 pm

      Dropbox eligibility is not affected by Employer.


  37. yuvaraj
    yuvaraj 28 Apr, 19 at 11:48 am

    Hi Anil,

    I’m sure many of them had asked similar question, but I just wanted to make sure my understanding about the dropbox process is in sync and that is based on my current situation.
    a) I got my first visa stamping in India which was valid till 22 Sept 2018, employer A was my petitioner.
    b) By start of Jan-2018 I changed to employer B and by May-2018 I changed to employer C.
    c) Now I’m planning to visit India by end of Jul-2019 and planning for Visa stamping Starting Aug-2018 (may be Aug-05-2019)

    My doubts here are,
    1) as I didn’t go to India for stamping when I changed from employer A to employer B, does my stamping with employer A and I797 copy of employer C is still considered valid reason under section “My most recent visa was issued in India by US Embassy ” and “My prior visa in the same class is still valid or expired within the last 12 months.”

    2) My Son (H4) who is under 14 had new passport within this period. Does it marks anything as “No” state for his dropbox application.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Apr, 19 at 12:23 pm

      Visa stamp stays valid even when you change Employer. That’s why the question does not say anything about Employer.

      Your son should answer question as per his age.


  38. Kesava
    Kesava 21 Apr, 19 at 8:04 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Me (h1) and my 13 yrs old son (h4) going to India in mid July and my wife (h4) coming in August 2nd week. We are all eligible for drop box.

    Can I first drop mine and my son documents soon we reach India? Or should we wait for my wife to come?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Apr, 19 at 10:51 pm

      You can drop documents as per your choice. But, i recommend dropping them all together.


  39. Krishna
    Krishna 21 Apr, 19 at 1:00 am

    Hi Anil,

    Thank you so much for providing responses. I am eligible for drop box and planning to visit India in the month of may. I am from Madhya Pradesh and the nearest US embassy location is Mumbai. But this time I will be in the Chennai during my trip, so I selected Chennai location while filling DS 160. While scheduling for the appointment, If I select Madhya Pradesh is my state of residence, the website automatically giving Mumbai for the dropbox location. Last time, when I went for my H1B stamping, I did select Madhya Pradesh as my state of residence, but when scheduling the appointment I had options to choose different visa locations and i chose Chennai for the visa appointment and got the stamping. But this time as I am eligible for dropbox, 1. Do i need to select Tamilnadu as my state of residence or Madhya Pradesh? or Can I drop appliaction at any location? 2. If my application requires further processing 221 g and ask for personnel interview, Where do I need to go, Chennai or Mumbai?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Apr, 19 at 6:46 am

      Do you have a residence in TamilNadu?
      If yes, you can select it and schedule appointment at Chennai.

      The Dropbox location will also be chosen as per your residence state selection.
      If they call you for interview after dropping documents, the embassy location will be based on what you selected as your residence state.

      Officially, they allow choosing any US embassy as per your choice within same country. I am not sure why they have changed this process for dropbox.


      • Krishna
        Krishna 21 Apr, 19 at 12:20 pm

        Thank you Anil for the quick response. I am from Madhya Pradesh and my brother lives in chennai. During my trip to India, I will be in chennai. So I want to use dropbox in the chennai and chennai embassy ( in case of interview) . Can I do that?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 21 Apr, 19 at 12:29 pm

          As far as i know, there is no address verification done. So, you should be able to do it.


          • Krishna
            Krishna 23 Apr, 19 at 1:17 am

            Thanks Anil


  40. Ravi
    Ravi 14 Apr, 19 at 8:56 pm

    Hi ,
    Thank you for your service maintaining this forum with your prompt responses.
    I have my recent H1B expired on 31st dec 2018. am planning to visit india in ten days , would like to check whether am eligible for drop box facility.My previous visa as through drop box at chennai. Have H1B extension till 2021 with current employer. I have H1B petition denial for another employer recently. My doubt is whether petition denial is considered as visa denial for the check list in Drop box eligibility? Thank you in advance. Ravi


  41. Sidharth
    Sidharth 14 Apr, 19 at 2:37 pm

    Hi,

    Thanks for maintaining this forum.

    Based on the eligibility criteria, I’m eligible for Dropbox for H1/H4 renewal. Is there any prior appointment required for dropping off the documents.
    I’m planning to book flight tickets to arrive India on 11th May (Sunday). Can I walk-in to a VFS drop-off location the very next day (Monday morning) without any prior appointments? I plan to be in India for 3 weeks. Should I check for available Dropbox date/time slots before booking my flight tickets? if so, where can I check that info

    Appreciate your time and help

    Thank you,
    Sidharth


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Apr, 19 at 6:25 pm

      I think you can drop off anytime if you have already paid for the visa fees.


  42. Shiva
    Shiva 12 Apr, 19 at 6:02 am

    Hi,
    Hope you are doing good!

    I am eligible for the Interview Waiver program and received a Interview Waiver Confirmation Letter on April 12, 2019. I am still in US and traveling to India on June 2nd week 2019, so was wondering is there a due date to submit my documents for this dropbox program once i receive the Interview Waiver Confirmation Letter??

    Appreciate your time and help!!
    Thanks much!
    Shiva


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Apr, 19 at 6:54 am

      There is no due date as such but it is better to submit as soon as you arrive in India.


      • Shiva
        Shiva 12 Apr, 19 at 7:15 am

        Will do! Thanks much Anil for the quick response!


  43. hemang thakkar
    hemang thakkar 10 Apr, 19 at 8:34 am

    I got my H-1B visa stamped in March. Last week, I was laid off. I don’t have i140 yet and my 6 year period ends in December. I am planning to change to H4 as my wife has got her own H-1B with i140 approved. Due to recent biometric requirements for H4 COS, I assume it will add delay to COS process. I am planning to go to India and get my H4 visa stamped. Am I eligible for dropbox? I tried above form and it says I am eligible. I was looking through list of supporting documents needed for H4. It asks for “Photocopy of current I-797”. So, which I797 is it pointing to? My H-1B I 797 or H4 I797(which I dont have as I havent applied for H4).


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 Apr, 19 at 8:58 am

      For H4 visa stamping, you need primary H1B approved i797.


      • hemang thakkar
        hemang thakkar 10 Apr, 19 at 9:09 am

        Thanks for the quick reply. So, just for confirmation. Here is the list of supporting documents which I will need.

        Prior visa in the same class which is still valid or expired within last 12 months. (applicable for
        H1,H4,L1Individual,L2) That would be my H-1B stamp
        □ □ Photocopy of current I-797 (applicable for H1,H4,L1Individual,L2)(If issued for dependent) nothing as Not Issued
        □ □ Photocopy of previous I-797 (only if the last visa stamped on the passport and current
        petition have a gap of more than one year) (applicable for H1, L1Individual) N/A
        □ □ Principal applicant’s current I-797’s copy (applicable for H4 and L2) Wife’s Approved I797
        □ □ Principal applicant’s previous I-797 only if the last visa stamped on the passport and current
        petition have a gap of more than 1 year. (Applicable only for H4 and L2) Will keep it just in case
        □ □ Principal applicant’s photocopy of current I-129 (Applicable only for L2 Blanket) N/A
        □ □ Principal applicant’s last visa copy (Applicable only for H4 and L2) Wife’s visa stamp
        □ □ All previous I-797s for the applicant. (Applicable only for H4 and L2) (photocopy)(if available) (Does it mean H4 I797s? If so, then N/A)

        Am I correct?

        How would consulate verify marriage through dropbox? Just something to think about.


      • hemang thakkar
        hemang thakkar 10 Apr, 19 at 9:09 am

        Thanks for the quick reply. So, just for confirmation. Here is the list of supporting documents which I will need.

        Prior visa in the same class which is still valid or expired within last 12 months. (applicable for
        H1,H4,L1Individual,L2) That would be my H-1B stamp
        □ □ Photocopy of current I-797 (applicable for H1,H4,L1Individual,L2)(If issued for dependent) nothing as Not Issued
        □ □ Photocopy of previous I-797 (only if the last visa stamped on the passport and current
        petition have a gap of more than one year) (applicable for H1, L1Individual) N/A
        □ □ Principal applicant’s current I-797’s copy (applicable for H4 and L2) Wife’s Approved I797
        □ □ Principal applicant’s previous I-797 only if the last visa stamped on the passport and current
        petition have a gap of more than 1 year. (Applicable only for H4 and L2) Will keep it just in case
        □ □ Principal applicant’s photocopy of current I-129 (Applicable only for L2 Blanket) N/A
        □ □ Principal applicant’s last visa copy (Applicable only for H4 and L2) Wife’s visa stamp
        □ □ All previous I-797s for the applicant. (Applicable only for H4 and L2) (photocopy)(if available) (Does it mean H4 I797s? If so, then N/A)

        Am I correct?

        How would consulate verify marriage through dropbox? Just something to think about.


  44. SharadPOWD
    SharadPOWD 4 Apr, 19 at 8:10 pm

    Hello,
    I had my H1B previously stamped at Mumbai consulate thru dropbox. Recently my H1B extension was denied by USCIS, is denial of extension petition by USCIS considered a visa denial as far as dropbox eligibility is concerned? I have heard conflicting answers, some say that a denied extension petition by USCIS is not considered as visa denial, as it is not a consular denial while some say even the extension petition getting denied by USCIS should be counted as visa denial. I am not sure what to answer when the DS160 asks “were you ever denied visa/admission previously”. Same thing goes for my wife, since my H1B extension petition was denied, her H4 extension petition was also rejected. are we both still eligible for dropbox?
    Thanks for your help.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 4 Apr, 19 at 8:12 pm

      H1B petition denial is NOT same as visa denial as it is not a visa extension request.

      Visa denial is the one if it is denied by US embassy when you apply for visa stamp in passport.


      • SharadPOWD
        SharadPOWD 4 Apr, 19 at 8:49 pm

        Thank you for your prompt reply. Thank you for everything you do to help everyone in the community!


  45. Raj
    Raj 27 Mar, 19 at 10:12 pm

    Hi, I had my visa stamping of ex.employer in my passport until sep 2018. But I changed my employer in sep 2017 and I have my new petition from sep 2017 to sep 2020.

    If I go for dropbox checklist questions, there is a question called Is your previous visa expired in last 12 months? Yes / No

    What I have to choose now? Since my ex. Employer’s visa expired in sep 2018, whether i have to say yes, Or I have to say no because my new employer visa is from sep 2017.
    Thanks
    Raj


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Mar, 19 at 6:34 am

      You have to say ‘yes’ as visa expired within last 12 months.


      • Raj
        Raj 28 Mar, 19 at 6:26 pm

        My employer changed a year ago. The visa stamping which I have it in passport is my old employer. That won’t be a problem right. That’s the only doubt I have.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 28 Mar, 19 at 6:32 pm

          I answered your question earlier only after reading your full question.
          There is no need to ask the same thing again.


  46. Kiruthika Ramanujam
    Kiruthika Ramanujam 23 Mar, 19 at 11:31 pm

    Hi, I have a visa(H4) stamped till June 2019. I have travelled to India last months. My husband applied visa extension after I left US and got his visa (H1B) approved. Am I eligible for Dropbox?? Because we will be having only his I797.

    PS: the questionnaire says that I’m eligible.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 24 Mar, 19 at 8:36 am

      If it says, you are eligible, then you should be.


  47. Purav Shah
    Purav Shah 18 Mar, 19 at 1:36 am

    Hi, my F1 visa expired in 2018 (graduated in 2018 even though visa says 2019) and my previous B1/B2 visa was issued before that when I was still not 14 years of age. Do I still need to go for an interview even though I have been ten printed for my F1 and was interviewed for that?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Mar, 19 at 8:00 am

      Your question is not clear at all about what visa you are applying now.
      Also, please use the Dropbox check questionnaire to see if you are eligible for it.


  48. bkumar
    bkumar 12 Mar, 19 at 12:41 pm

    Hi,
    I filled DS 160 online and was asked to used dropbox. I filled H1 for myself and H4 application for spouse and 14 year old kid. When I went to drop off documents, both mine and wife’s were accepted , but were asked to get interview date for 14year old kid. However since I am the principal applicant, the website keeps directing me to go for dropbox. I am unable to create an independent profile for my kid.Please suggest what to do. Thanks in advance.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Mar, 19 at 1:14 pm

      Did you create a separate log-in for your kid’s profile?


  49. Mousumi
    Mousumi 24 Feb, 19 at 8:51 pm

    Hi,

    Does a dependent (spouse, H4B) need to be present when the primary applicant (H1B) is submitting the documents at consulate ?

    Thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 24 Feb, 19 at 8:51 pm

      Are both H1B and H4 eligible for dropbox? I think if both are eligible, they both should still be present. You can call usatraveldocs contact and check the exact requirement though.


  50. Harpreet singh
    Harpreet singh 24 Feb, 19 at 2:45 am

    Hi Anil
    I paid my fees for c1d visa on 22nd feb and i am eligible for the interview waiver as well and i have taken all the required documents printout as well my question do i need to submit my document as soon as possible or i can submit those documents by 28th feb


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 24 Feb, 19 at 10:49 am

      You can submit the documents as per your convenience but it is recommended to visit Dropbox center as early as possible.


  51. Vaibhav
    Vaibhav 23 Feb, 19 at 11:42 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I got H1B visa on my passport expired in Aug’2018. I’ve changed employers before the original visa expired and my current i797 is valid till Oct 2021. I’m planning to go to India next month and looks like I am eligible for dropbox. Likewise, my wife & daughter has H4 on their passport expired in Aug’2018 and their i797 is approved till Dec’2020. I’ve couple of questions about dropbox –
    1. Can I submit a single application online for dropbox for myself and my family or do I need to create different profiles?
    2. My daughter is under 14 and the website says that for kids under 14, we must submit copy of valid visa for both the parents. So, can I drop documents for myself, my wife and my daughter together at once or should I drop for myself and my wife first and once we get Visa stamped on our passports, then should we drop my daughter’s documents with copies of mine and my wife’s visa?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 24 Feb, 19 at 12:44 am

      You need to fill separate DS160 for all applicants.
      I think you can drop off documents for all 3 of you at the same time. Kids below 14 are not required to go in person.


      • Vaibhav
        Vaibhav 25 Feb, 19 at 8:10 pm

        Thanks! I did filled up DS160 separately. But USTravelDocs website says “Children under 14 must submit a photocopy of both parent’s passport biographic information and valid U.S. visa page.”. I’m confused if I should submit my daughter’s application separately after getting Visa for myself and my wife. Have you heard of any issues in similar cases?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 25 Feb, 19 at 10:19 pm

          I think you need those parents documents when the child is submitting visa application alone.
          In your case, you are submitting all of your family applications together.


    • Raj
      Raj 27 Mar, 19 at 10:38 pm

      Hi, I am also in the same status like yours. Did drop box work for you? Everything was fine.

      Thanks
      Raj.


      • Vaibhav
        Vaibhav 23 Apr, 19 at 2:21 am

        Yes. We have dropped documents for everyone together and got passports with new visas in 5 days.


        • Debdas Dhabal
          Debdas Dhabal 16 Dec, 19 at 2:38 pm

          Hello Vaibhav, I have a situation slightly similar to you. I have a question. Did you create different ustravledocs profile for you and your wife to take appointment (dropbox facility)? or you added your wife in your profile and proceed with the visa payment together?.
          Any comments asap from your side would be very much appreciated. Thanks so much.
          Debdas


  52. vishnu priya
    vishnu priya 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    Hi
    My previous h4 visa had expiration date June 2019 but my I 94 expired on Jan 1st 2018 which is shortened to the passport expiry date Jan 2018 at the port of entry .we renewed the passport but didn’t renewed I 94 and my spouse employer didn’t filed for extension. so when I came to know that my i94 expired it was 9 months overstay and returned back to India in oct 2018. so kindly clarify whether my visa with date June 2019 is still valid or not .Am I eligible for drop box.please suggest and give opinion.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:02 am

      Visa validity and i94 validity are two separate things.
      The dropbox questions should be answered keeping in mind the visa dates and not i94.

      Go through the dropbox app once again and see what result you get.


  53. taken421
    taken421 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    Hello,

    I entered US on H4 visa and got my status changed to H4 – F1 – H1. My H1 was approved last year and is valid for next 2 years. I would like to know if I’m eligible for drop box even if my last visa stamped was H4 and now I’m on H1? Has anyone had similar experience?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:01 am

      Did you check the Dropbox Eligibility questionnaire?


  54. Azam
    Azam 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Anil, could you please help me with following question:

    1) I am the primary H1B applicant, got visa stamping in Jan 2018 in Hyd consulate and changed the employer in August 2018. As per the VFS website I’m eligible for the drop box.

    But

    2) My wife & Daughter (H4 visa) had their last visa stamped back in 2013 and their stamped visa expired in 2015. I have added them to the same application, but VFS website didn’t prompt for any questions for my wife & daughter. It prompted the regular questions for the primary applicant (H1B) and shows that we all are eligible for the dropbox.

    I just want to clarify if my family is eligible for the dropbox? I’d really appreciate your quick response and any opinion


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:02 am

      It sounds like you made a mistake while answering questions for your H4 dependents.
      When you add your dependent (H4) to VFS website, it would ask questions specific to that newly added DS-160 and not the primary H1B.

      If your dependents are not eligible for dropbox, they should appear for interview.
      If any one in the whole group is NOT eligible for dropbox, the whole group has to appear for interview.


  55. Bala
    Bala 18 Nov, 18 at 7:23 am

    Hi,
    You posts are useful to me. I have a question for you. I got H1B visa stamped in Oct 2016 and got expiration date to mid of 2019 (appears on passport). In 2017 I changed my employer, location and client and filed amendment. Now I got validity until mid of 2020. So my question is if I travel to India before or after 2019, am I eligible for dropbox? Please suggest.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Nov, 18 at 7:50 am

      Please use the Dropbox eligibility checker given above. If it says yes for eligibility, you are eligible.
      To answer your question, H1B amendment does not affect Dropbox eligibility.


  56. Bala
    Bala 18 Nov, 18 at 7:19 am

    Drop box Eligibility


  57. Saikat Banerjee
    Saikat Banerjee 8 Nov, 18 at 9:58 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I have an F1 Visa and it was stamped in New Delhi. Now, I am planning to renew it through Kolkata. Do I still qualify for Dropbox interview waiver program?
    Thanks!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Nov, 18 at 8:36 am

      You can check your eligibility using the app above.
      Change of US embassy within same country does not affect Dropbox eligibility though.


      • Saikat Banerjee
        Saikat Banerjee 9 Nov, 18 at 2:44 pm

        Thanks, Anil.


  58. DDSD
    DDSD 8 Nov, 18 at 3:26 pm

    Hi Anil,

    My last visa stamping was done through drop box in Apr-2016 and it got expired recently, so if i visit India within 1 year then am I eligible for drop box again? can i have back to back visa stamping through drop box or there is a high chance i could be called for interview? There is no change in employment or Visa Class.
    Thanks!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 8 Nov, 18 at 3:55 pm

      If you are eligible and qualify as per the Dropbox questionnaire, then there should be no issue in another dropbox visa stamping.


  59. Deepak
    Deepak 7 Nov, 18 at 2:29 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I have a question regarding H1B Visa drop box.

    I did a H1 transfer from a E-C model employer to E-V-C model employer earlier this year.
    My current visa expired in June 2018 and I need to Travel to India in Jan 2019. My current Petition is valid until Oct 2020.

    Is it advisable to opt for Drop Box in E-V-C model?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 Nov, 18 at 2:41 pm

      Dropbox does not make any difference to E-C or E-V-C model.
      If US embassy thinks that they need more information from you after Dropbox, they will either call you for interview or ask for more documents.

      Also, when you start your US Visa interview appointment, it will ask you questions to check your Dropbox eligibility.
      If you are eligible, it will ask you to go for it.

      As per my opinion, you should Dropbox if you are eligible.


      • Deepak
        Deepak 7 Nov, 18 at 2:49 pm

        Thanks for the quick reply. I am eligible for drop box for sure and I think its not an option to not opt for it.

        In case if they call for an Interview, is that immediate or I need to book based on the availability?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 7 Nov, 18 at 3:41 pm

          Yes, DropBox is not optional if you are alone.
          If you go with family for interview as a group and one of the member is NOT eligible for dropbox, then you can skip (opt out of) dropbox too.

          US embassy will guide you on interview based on your paperwork. Most of the time, you have to book an appointment through the usual appointment calendar.


          • Deepak
            Deepak 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

            Hi Anil,
            Just an update, I went with Dropbox and got the stamped visa in 5 days irrespective of change in employer.
            Thanks for guiding me.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:27 am

              Great. Congratulations Deepak. Enjoy.
              Thanks for sharing your details.

              Do share the website with other if you think it helped you.


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