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US H1b visa dropbox experience in India

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As a non-immigrant worker in the United States, navigating the visa stamping process can be a cumbersome task. However, with proper planning and understanding of the process, the journey can be much smoother.

If you are on a visa in the US and need to travel outside of the country, it is likely that you will need to visit your home country to get a visa stamp. This stamp is essential for re-entry into the United States. However, if you are applying for the same visa class, you may be eligible for a convenient option called "dropbox." This means that you do not need to go through the traditional visa interview process in order to obtain a US visa stamp.

Recently, I had to travel to India for personal reasons and decided to take advantage of the dropbox option. I booked an appointment at Delhi's VAC (Visa Application Center) located at the Shivaji Stadium Metro Station.

There were restrictions on carrying a bag or luggage, except for the necessary documents. After going through security, I was able to head to the VAC center, which was three levels below ground level.

Documents required

  1. Valid passport

  2. Appointment confirmation

  3. DS-160 confirmation

  4. One passport photo (I got it from Walgreens in US, size requirement)

  5. Employement verification letter

  6. I-797 Approval Notice copy (Not original).

Passport delivery

If you selected premium delivery while filling the appointment, you can go to Blue Dart website. You need to enter your UID. This information is printed on your appointment confirmation page.

Track your passport by using UID as Ref No.

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