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swan0206

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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.
My bad, read your post again. i missed that point. you are right . cheers :)
 
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j9lad

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Hi all, need some guidance - my spouse and I are Canadian PRs currently living in the US. My spouse needs to urgently travel to India, but we're unable to find any dropbox appointments until 2023 in order to return to the US.

For some context, my partner previously had an F-1 student visa and is currently living in the US as a dependent (on an approved H-4 petition), so it was determined to be eligible for a visa waiver (dropbox). This has turned out to be even more problematic for us. What options do we have given it's an emergency?

1) Can we schedule an appointment (interview/dropbox) in Canada as PR holders?
2) If yes, what's the earliest available date that can potentially be considered in Canada? (Since we already paid for DS-160 in India, we haven't yet registered on the Canadian consulate site)
 

swan0206

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Hi all, need some guidance - my spouse and I are Canadian PRs currently living in the US. My spouse needs to urgently travel to India, but we're unable to find any dropbox appointments until 2023 in order to return to the US.

For some context, my partner previously had an F-1 student visa and is currently living in the US as a dependent (on an approved H-4 petition), so it was determined to be eligible for a visa waiver (dropbox). This has turned out to be even more problematic for us. What options do we have given it's an emergency?

1) Can we schedule an appointment (interview/dropbox) in Canada as PR holders?
2) If yes, what's the earliest available date that can potentially be considered in Canada? (Since we already paid for DS-160 in India, we haven't yet registered on the Canadian consulate site)
Hi,
1)Yes, you can schedule an interview in Canada. Considering you are both PRs i believe you should get a dropbox option. If its a dropbox option you can send your docs immediately but for that better to be inside Canada. If you are not eligible for dropbox you would get an option to schedule an interview where the dates are somewhere in Nov 2022 for almost all the consulates and few are in 2023.
2)You may have to fill up new ds-160.
3) As you are saying its emergency my suggestion is better your spouse alone travel to India and you both look for dropbox slots in parallel with help of some agent. And if you find some slots earlier better you travel then. Many people got it that way.
 

j9lad

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Hi,
1)Yes, you can schedule an interview in Canada. Considering you are both PRs i believe you should get a dropbox option. If its a dropbox option you can send your docs immediately but for that better to be inside Canada. If you are not eligible for dropbox you would get an option to schedule an interview where the dates are somewhere in Nov 2022 for almost all the consulates and few are in 2023.
2)You may have to fill up new ds-160.
3) As you are saying its emergency my suggestion is better your spouse alone travel to India and you both look for dropbox slots in parallel with help of some agent. And if you find some slots earlier better you travel then. Many people got it that way.
Thank you, @swan0206. Really appreciate you answering the questions and providing details.

A visa interview would've worked well for us considering this would be the first H-4 visa stamping, but the application got qualified for a visa waiver. Unfortunately, there are no dropbox slots in India until the end of the year. Our only option now is to fill up a new DS-160 and for my partner to travel to Canada in order to apply for a dropbox.

1) Would you happen to know the timeline of how long dropbox appointments + processing times are taking in Canada?
2) Since we are currently in the US, we are wondering how to apply for the dropbox. On the website (https://ais.usvisa-info.com), looks like there are two options:

I am a Non Canadian Citizen residing in the U.S. and want to apply for a visa.
or
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.

Not sure which option would help us in our situation -- wondering if it would be better to make an appointment while we are in the US or to do it only when we are in Canada.

Thanks again. Your suggestions would tremendously help in booking temporary accommodation along with other travel plans.
 
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swan0206

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Thank you, @swan0206. Really appreciate you answering the questions and providing details.

A visa interview would've worked well for us considering this would be the first H-4 visa stamping, but the application got qualified for a visa waiver. Unfortunately, there are no dropbox slots in India until the end of the year. Our only option now is to fill up a new DS-160 and for my partner to travel to Canada in order to apply for a dropbox.

1) Would you happen to know the timeline of how long dropbox appointments + processing times are taking in Canada?
2) Since we are currently in the US, we are wondering how to apply for the dropbox. On the website (https://ais.usvisa-info.com), looks like there are two options:

I am a Non Canadian Citizen residing in the U.S. and want to apply for a visa.
or
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.

Not sure which option would help us in our situation -- wondering if it would be better to make an appointment while we are in the US or to do it only when we are in Canada.

Thanks again. Your suggestions would tremendously help in booking temporary accommodation along with other travel plans.
Ok, so dropbox appointments are immediate they ask you to send documents as soon as you fill up questionnaire. But dropbox results take anywhere between 4-6 weeks as per few folks here in this forum. Also remember few were asked to attend interview after sending in documents(this would delay your process because they wouldnt give you slot, you need to book the appointment- also double check this with customercare as few people posted this concern but havent seen responses if consulate was able to provide them any slot later or they had to do it themselves).

In your case i would say either you travel to Canada temporarily for Visa(better check with customer care once) or applying from US its the first option because you are not residing in Canada. And if you select 1st option you would be asked to book an in-person interview and if you select 2nd option you will be asked to send documents i.e dropbox.
 
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j9lad

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Ok, so dropbox appointments are immediate they ask you to send documents as soon as you fill up questionnaire. But dropbox results take anywhere between 4-6 weeks as per few folks here in this forum. Also remember few were asked to attend interview after sending in documents(this would delay your process because they wouldnt give you slot, you need to book the appointment- also double check this with customercare as few people posted this concern but havent seen responses if consulate was able to provide them any slot later or they had to do it themselves).

In your case i would say either you travel to Canada temporarily for Visa(better check with customer care once) or applying from US its the first option because you are not residing in Canada. And if you select 1st option you would be asked to book an in-person interview and if you select 2nd option you will be asked to send documents i.e dropbox.
Thank you so much! This definitely helps clarify a few things. Great to know that it's possible to send documents immediately. Need to keep our fingers crossed about not being called for an in-person interview.

If the second option is selected, would you happen to know if there's a requirement to having lived in Canada for a certain period? We will be moving permanently in the next 2-3 months, but don't have a permanent residence at this point, so wanted to be sure if a temporary (friend's) address would suffice.
 

swan0206

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Thank you so much! This definitely helps clarify a few things. Great to know that it's possible to send documents immediately. Need to keep our fingers crossed about not being called for an in-person interview.

If the second option is selected, would you happen to know if there's a requirement to having lived in Canada for a certain period? We will be moving permanently in the next 2-3 months, but don't have a permanent residence at this point, so wanted to be sure if a temporary (friend's) address would suffice.
There is no question or section where it would ask for your proof of residence if you are in Canada or not. As your plan is to move within next 2-3 months then you can go ahead with your friends address for now and select the 2nd option. But i am NOT sure on one point where it would ask you to send documents immediately after you are done filling the questionnaire, whether you can travel then or you need to be inside before. There is no check as such anywhere. But just giving a headsup.
 

krishnan3119

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Hello friends..
Currently i am on a work permit. Working from Canada.
To qualify for dropbox, Do we need to answer "yes" to the below set of questions, When registering on https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ca ?
I called the customer care and they said, We are eligible for dropbox, On a work permit as well.
Qualifying statements applicable to citizens or nationals of countries that are NOT part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
  • Applicant is a national or permanent resident of the country in which the applicant is applying, and
  • Applicant has been previously issued a U.S. visa (any class of visa), and
  • Applicant submitted ten fingerprints when the previous U.S. visa was issued, and
  • Applicant answered 'NO' to all of the Medical and Health, Criminal, Security or Immigration Law Violation questions on the DS-160 visa application form
But, Below question is contrary to what we were told by the customer care. I am on a work permit. So, confused whether i should answer yes to this question and proceed with registration.
"Applicant is a national or permanent resident of the country in which the applicant is applying."

OR Can i answer No to these questions and still be eligible for dropbox?
 
 

Cedya

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Hi, My case doesn’t seem to be moving from admin processing for more than 10 days now!
Are there any ways to contact the embassy? Emails seem to be going unnoticed and apparently there isn’t an option to call them either for this matter .
Hi @RaghuR, did you get any updates, if yes could you please lmk how long it took?
 
 

swan0206

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H1b Interview Experience:
Status : Approved
Status in Canada : PR
Consulate : Ottawa
Date: June 16th 2022
Total time taken : 30 Minutes
Booked Slot: A year ago, had cancellations from their end, rescheduled 3 times( I know thats a long wait but a good News :) )


Not too many people at Consulate, seems like only limited services. There were 2 Visitor visa people ahead of me followed by a H4 after mine.

Firstly Interviewed by American lady Officer at Counter 6. All generic questions. Have been handed-over to a Indian lady Officer for document verification at Counter 5.

Indian Officer: Had asked every document starting from Old I-129s, Old 1797s and new petitions. University Grad docs, Tax returns, W2's, Client letter(I had no client letter but gave her Vendor letter and all the list what i took as supporting documents related to Client). She seems like working on all Dropbox files and asked one document after another and reviewed everything real quick. Then after Indian officer went backside and spoke to American officer and handed over my complete set of documents to her.
Then, American officer came to her system typed for a while and called me back to the counter and said Visa is Approved.
She told i should receive Visa within 2 weeks.

Happy to answer any questions. thanks.
 
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