@Anil_Gupta - Wanted to update about my Interview experience.
As you rightly alerted me, I was called for an interview with consular, though I submitted my passport through drop box.
In short, I was eligible for ‘drop box’ and submitted my passport with required papers on scheduled date(18-Jan-2019). The very next working day(22-Jan-2019), my passport was returned back with a blue slip(221g) and ‘ticked’ with the info to attend Visa interview. It was also mentioned not to book any appointments and wanted me to come directly to the consulate at 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. on any Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays.
So, I had to reschedule my flights and appeared for Visa interview on 28-Jan-2019 at Chennai consulate. Though I was panic, but the interview was very smooth. Consular asked following questions,
- My per annum salary.
- Job description and responsibilities.
- End client.
- Relation between my employer and client. Was clarifying if there are any mid-vendors involved with my employer and client.
- Work location
- W2 documens(lastest or last year) - But I didn’t carry any
- Employment letter
- Last 6 months pay stubs
- Current I-797 original
Interview took only for few mins(roughly 2 mins). Then, consular said my Visa was approved and I left the consulate. I got my passport back on the next day(29-Jan-2018).
As you said, I would recommend anyone who appear for the visa interview or drop-box should have ample time between their return flights which avoids lots of confusion. Or better not to book the return journey until we get the passport back.
BTW, my company HR said that I had different company in my expired Visa and my current papers has different company may be the reason for the blue slip. But, I’m not sure.
Thanks @Anil_Gupta for proper guidance.