US Visa Dropbox Eligibility Checker India 2019

US visa dropbox eligibility checker 2019. 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  31 Jul, 19

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Am I eligible for US Visa DropBox in 2019?

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 (no appointment), 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 go for DropBox 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?

There is no appointment required for Dropbox submission. You can visit the Dropbox center anytime and submit your documents for visa stamp.

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.

You can submit your visa application anytime in VFS office without any appointment.

 

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.

Class means the visa alphabet character excluding the number. The class now means exact same visa including alphabet and number.

Example: H1B and H4 have same class. 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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   131 Useful Questions & Answers from comments



  1. 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


  2. 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.


  3. 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!


  4. 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.


  5. 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!


  6. 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.


  7. 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.


  8. 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.


  9. 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?


  10. 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.


  11. 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.


  12. 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.


  13. 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.


  14. 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?


  15. 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.


  16. 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.


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

    Drop box Eligibility


  18. 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.


  19. 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.


  20. 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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