I have this scenario which i need an answer of.
I am an H1B Holder and presently in US with an extension approved till Year 2021. I had applied for H4 Extension of my wife and kids in October 18 and still waiting on approval.
That means its pending with USCIS. It is with Vermont center. My wife and kids are to travel to India in March 19 and come back by April 19. How do i get the visa for them to come back when their extension is still pending.
In one of your posts i read that they can go to any US consulate in India and will be stamped a visa with valid i797 of mine. If its true then How to approach the consulates for such an appointment.
Should this be through my Employer ?
Please give detailed inputs and step by step guide. I shall be highly thankful to you.
Sorry Anil, i think i messed up with my question here myself.
My H1B i797 Extension is approved at present till 2021 march.
My question was my wife whose H4 extension is pending at the moment, when visiting India Will she stand eligible for a drop box when she appears with my approved i797. i went through your questionnaire and found her eligible though.
Also how do we book for a drop box , is it the same process we do it for a Visa interview.
If the dropbox app says that you are eligible for it, then you can us the facility.
When you start the visa application on the usatravels website, it will automatically ask you the same questions that were asked in out dropbox app, and it will then automatically suggest you to use dropbox facility instead of going for interview.
Dropbox is nothing but submitting your passport and H4 documents at the VFS center or OFC center instead of US embassy. You will see the address when you are done filling online forms.
With your guidance i got the Drop box appointments for my wife and kids. Remember it was an H4 Extension in process case and we needed to go to India.
My dependents(wife and kids) on H4 had entered in US in sept 2018 and they have i94 which has september entry date. Their H4 expired in Dec,18 and Extension was applied. We spoke about it and i got their Drop box appointments booked. Meanwhile i have valid i797 till March ,2021.
We are travelling to india in April 2019 and coming back by April end itself. My wife plans to join Studies in US once we are back.
For her to apply for F1 will she be required 90 more days from April or is it her first i94 from Sept 2018 which they will refer. How is it , could you please explain. Please be informed that we will be going for Drop box when in india in April.
Adding to this , which center we should apply the F1 from.
Please note that my H1B extension has been approved from Vermont center.
Do we have freedom to chose any of the Visa processing centers ?
i notice that Vermont center has 12- 15.5 months of waiting period for processing F1 requests.
Will it be possible for my Wife to file her F1 from a different center for example California one which has comparatively faster response time when it comes to F1.
Just got my family H4 dependents Extensions approved. I am yet to get the documents for that but got a confirmation from my employer this morning. My family is to travel to India this wednesday and their Drop box appointments are confirmed. Will it be possible for my Wife to apply for conversion to F1 at this moment and leave for India. I mean in next two days what are all possible means she can do so.
Also how should we deal with Drop box appointments now . Will they ask for Extensions approval documents at the OFC Centre or just go by my i797 which has validity till March 2021.
I have same situation like above. My husband and me qualified for drop box(h1b &h4).
Is it fine to submit Xerox copy of my husband h1b approval notice in my drop box as he is submitting original for his dropbox?