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Discussion in 'Non-working nonimmigrant issues' started by putta_nagaraju, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. putta_nagaraju

    putta_nagaraju Junior Member

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    My parents went for US - visitor visa from India. BOth of them are retired people. Father worked in Defense Research and developement Labs(DRDL) and mother worked as a lecturer. Visa officer just asked few questions like when they were retired and what was their proffession. My mother told that she is a govt. lecturer and retired and then visa officer did not ask any further questions. But in father's case, she asked what did he work on. He said he worked in DRDL and was into designing,he did not mention any further details,did not use the word missiles.His actual work was to design hardware components for missilles.
    Then they were given a 221 g form with following questions..and to send an e-mail with the documents attached.

    Description of your current or most recent research/professional projects in details and description of practical applications of your most recent research or study. Assume that you are describing your work to a technical expert, scientist, or professional in your field


    Description of your professional and academic background. Please attach a complete CV/resume and a complete list of publications and professional/research references.


    Please let us know what we are supposed to do. My concern is my father worked in design of misilles in india and if he says the same in the e-mail then it might lead to more queries.

    Also since he is retired, there is nothing to write in CV. and he does not have any publication of research papers.

    Please let me know how we should answer this query and how much time it might take to resolve this.

    Please help me in this issue as the visa is very much needed..

    Currently both my husband and myself are on H1B US visa.

    In some cases,people are getting further queries even after submtting the documents requested for in 221(g).
    Is it true that the chances of getting visa are depends on the color(such as white,blue,pink,yellow) of 221(g) form that is given to the applicant.
     
  2. Ron Gotcher

    Ron Gotcher Attorney at Law

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    This is a security background check. Just provide the information requested.
     
  3. putta_nagaraju

    putta_nagaraju Junior Member

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    Thanks Ron, But would it be a problem if we say that he is into misile design etc and already he is a retired person..
     
  4. Ron Gotcher

    Ron Gotcher Attorney at Law

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    Without knowing what they are looking for, I can really offer any intelligent comments. Based only on what you have written, I don't see any problems. Still, it's possible that there is something in the record that causes them to be concerned.
     
  5. sahilk1

    sahilk1 Junior Member

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    Hi Ron,

    How are you?

    I got 221 g pink handout on 13th April 2010 when I applied for NIV tourist/relative visa , its been almost 3 weeks but I see no update online.....everytime I try to contact the DOS they say that my case is under mandatory administrative processing and they themselves don't know how long would it take. They have even kept my passport with them after the interview...I come from a political family and we are well settled in India....I got all the docs with me this time since I have already been denied the visa on 19th march 2010 under section 214 b but when I reapplied again and explained everything about my financial and political background to another consular (this time it was a male consular) then he did not ask for any docs but said that I will have to undergo Mandatory Administrative processing. My query is that when I had everything to prove my strong ties in india then why they did not ask and consider any of the docs I was carrying with me??? and how long they would take to clear my case under 221g or whether there is still a chance of getting a second rejection??? Just to give you a clear picture on my case.... I have a sister married in Newyork to an Indian born American Citizen. All they asked me via e-mail is about my siblings and their date of birth which I have already given long time ago (15 days ago) via e-mail but there is no resposne now. Kindly advise if 221 g has got to do with my political family background or is it because of my muslim name and age ???
     
  6. Ron Gotcher

    Ron Gotcher Attorney at Law

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    It is hard to know why a particular case is selected for additional processing. From what you have written, I suspect that it is a background security check. If they wanted to deny you out of a concern that you would overstay, they would have done that at the interview.
     
  7. sahilk1

    sahilk1 Junior Member

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    Hi Ron,

    Thanks for your prompt reply ....I think all I can do is to wait wait and more wait.....
     
  8. sahilk1

    sahilk1 Junior Member

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    Dear Readers,

    Unlike others who don't post anything after getting the VISA approved, I though it would be of some help to those who are stuck in 221 g Pink slip. I applied for the tourist visa on 13th April and after a torturing period of 24 days, finally I have an approved NIV VISA in my hand. For more information on my case you can read my post above.
     
  9. sahilk1

    sahilk1 Junior Member

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    Hi Ron, Just wanted to inform you that finally I have an approved visa in my hand. You proved to be lucky charm for me as soon after seeking your help in my case, I got the visa very next day :)

    Thanks :)
     
  10. Ron Gotcher

    Ron Gotcher Attorney at Law

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    Congratulations!
     
  11. pantheon.arthas

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    Hi Ron,
    My mother-in-law, a home-maker, got a 221(g) pink slip for B2 visa at Chennai consulate. She was not asked any questions. All questions were directed towards my father-in-law.VO took both their passports and stated that both visas are approved but Mother-in-law will have to wait for admin processing. She was asked to fill in a questionnaire with questions like her educational qualifications,work details( resigned 35 years back, settled to homemaking after marriage), previous travel details and sibling details.She was specifically told no additional action required from her part other than this questionnaire which she filled out and handed over promptly on the same day as the interview.

    Its been exactly 3 weeks since this happened and no progress has happened in this regard.

    We are quite surprised on hearing this. What kind of check could be on a home-maker?

    Appreciate your help on this...

    Thanks in Advance.
     
  12. Ron Gotcher

    Ron Gotcher Attorney at Law

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    Your guess is as good as mine. I have absolutely no idea why they would do this.
     
  13. H1b-221g

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    I had my interview at Delhi Embassy on April 11th 2011 I am a direct full time employee, the VO asked me questions about qualification, company name and project. Then she told me that my case needs additional processing and told me to go to another counter, I went there and they handed me a pink slip with case number and told me to check the status online with no documents asked. They told me that it would take about two weeks for the process. But browsing through blogs and discussions it looks like it has taken a lot lot more then these people say. Anyone has an idea about how much time does this kind of processing takes ??

    VI: April 11th,2011
    Documents Requested: None (221g Pink @ New Delhi)
    Status: Pending Admin Processing
     
  14. Ron Gotcher

    Ron Gotcher Attorney at Law

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    Based only on what you have written, if I had to guess, it would be that they have questions as to whether you need an export license. This is one of the most common reasons for these kinds of delays. If this is the case, then it should take a few weeks for the Department of Commerce to advise them. To avoid this problem, petitioners should always apply for export licenses for the H1B employees. The Department of Commerce will either issue one, or issue a letter advising that an export license is not required. Either way, it avoids this problem when the beneficiary applies for a visa.
     
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    Thanks Ron, I will keep the thread posted as soon as i hear from DOS.
     
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    I called DOS three times in a week to check my application status , First Visa specialist told me that its going through PIMS verification, Second one told me that its going through Security Clearance and third guy told me that its going through Security clearance either for me or my company. Does anyone been through same situation before ? approximately how much time this processing takes ?, any idea ?? I don't have a muslim name but my last name is Singh is that an issue ??

    I was on F1 status before which went from F1 -> OPT -> H1B and I have been in the US for almost 5 years now. This is my first H1 stamping its already my third week and the VO told me that it should take about 2 weeks for processing. The VO kept my passport , forms and H1B approval notice.
     
  17. Ron Gotcher

    Ron Gotcher Attorney at Law

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    From what you have written, it appears that the visa post has asked the KCC to verify the employer's information and that they are in the middle of that process now.
     
  18. H1b-221g

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    Thanks Ron, I called DOS today and they told me that the case is under processing at the consulate in New Delhi where I had my interview. Does that mean the processing is completed be the Department Of State ??, Please advise ?
     
  19. Ron Gotcher

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    No, it means that they are just telling you that no decision has been made yet.
     
  20. Anilhk

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    Hello, can you please let me know how much time did it take for the visa processing of your parents.

    My wife is facing the same problem. She is a research scientist from germany and applied for a visa from india after marriage.

    Would appreciate if you could let me know the time frame it took for your parents to grt the visa

    Thanks
     

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