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H1B visa appointment availability

NNB18

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May 10, 2022
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Need help in getting appointment of H1B in Canada

Here is our situation:
I am currently on H4 visa and my spouse is on H1B. Our last stamping was done in India and Currently we have Canadian COPR which is yet to be activated. Would we be eligible for Dropbox or would have to take in person visa appointment? If eligible for dropbox ,then can we mail in documents from USA to Canada or have to go to Canada and then submit the documents? Having said this USA embassy mail back passports to USA or some authorize person has to pick from USA consulate to Canada?
Hi, did you mail in passports from USA to Canada for H1B stamping ?
 
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NNB18

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May 10, 2022
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Hello! Apologies if this has been asked already, but if I am going to Vancouver to do soft landing with a COPR from the US, can I currently avail Dropbox to get H-1B stamping? Also, do we have to book a slot ahead of time for the Dropbox appointment like how we have to do in India?

thanks much!
Hi I am on the same boat.. if we first do a soft landing then we will be PR of Canada correct? So technically we can book H1B appt as a resident of Canada and hence get the dropbpx option? But I see that Dropbox is taking more time for approvals than in person interview
 

iSimran

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Hi all I just want to ask you guys. I am a Canadian citizen. I applied my grand parents visitor visa for Canada and they are coming this June. So I want to apply their USA visitor visa. Can someone help me figure out how can I apply the visa and what are the requirements they are both nearly 70. Thx
 

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Hi, did you mail in passports from USA to Canada for H1B stamping ?
Whole point of removing stamping facility being inside US will become total waste then if they allow this. I heard that 2 decades ago they were doing stamping locally(candidates used to just mail it in before going for vacation to home country) which was discontinued.

US wanted people to apply for visa from outside to avoid lot of overstays or permanent stays legally/illegally. Making candidates apply from outside gives them opportunity to deny few reentry candidates they think as not eligible. So i totally doubt that you can have the passports mailed out to US. You can only mail from US to embassy/consulate in Canada to be mailed to local pickup inside Canada(which i did to save time i mailed from Detroit and later picked it up from Canada after my one week trip in US).

As far as i know, the mail in and pickup labels are for within Canada using Canada post. And the candidate only can pickup/receive the passports.
 
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iceman55

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Can we return to US from Canada via road without getting a valid H1B visa stamp ?
As soon as you submit your DS 160 at a personal interview or at a dropbox you become ineligible to use AVR.

At that point, will have to wait in Canada until you get an answer from the consular post no matter how long it takes.
 
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prusa

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Hi All - I've a question regarding registration/creating an account on the visa appointment portal (https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ca/niv/users/sign_in). Just to give you a brief background I have received my first H1B stamp from the US embassy in Vancouver. To book an interview appointment at that time, I've registered on the above mentioned visa appointment portal i.e. https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ca/niv/users/sign_in

Now, I've got the H1B extension and planning to get a stamp from Canada again. My question is:

Do I need to create a new account on the visa appointment portal or Can I use my existing account and add a new applicant in it for myself? Reason I am asking this is, If I will use my existing account and add a new applicant in it, the system would not ask again the below which is asked at the time of new registration.

1. "I am a Non canadian citizen residing in the US and want to apply for a visa"
2. "I am a Non Canadian Citizen residing in Canada who has completed the U.S. Nonimmigrant Visa Application (DS-160) form and want to apply for a visa."
etc.

Since my situation is still the same when I first registered on the visa appointment portal i.e. "I am a non canadian citizen residing in the US and applying for a US visa". Just wanted to clarify, Is it fine if I don't create a new account and use the existing account to add the new applicant OR Do I need to create a new account this time?

Would be really helpful if anyone could please clarify? Thanks!
On the home page, there is a gear icon. Click that, and then on Edit, scroll down to the last question "Are you traveling from another country to apply for a U.S. visa in Canada? ". I think this will update what you are trying to do.
 
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ripster85

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I tried to book appointment today for My B1/B2 visa but it gave me to send the documents to consulate is it normal? I am Canadian PR had B1/B2 since 2010 which expired in 2020. Had h1B from 2012 to 2018 which I surrendered when I moved to Canada.
Its normal since you are renewing
 
 

swan0206

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As soon as you submit your DS 160 at a personal interview or at a dropbox you become ineligible to use AVR.

At that point, will have to wait in Canada until you get an answer from the consular post no matter how long it takes.
This is incorrect. People have travelled after submitting ds-160 till a day before their interview slots. during the pandemic and also after pandemic.
 
 

iceman55

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yes, i am talking about submission itself. Forget about submitting just ds-160, people have travelled using AVR with interview slots booked.
Submitting does not mean hitting submit button on DS160. It does not mean booking an interview slot. You can go back and read my prior posts in this thread.
Ds160 is the application for a visa and submitting means handing over the application at an in person interview or at a Dropbox site.

An electronic DS 160 by itself doesn't do anything.