Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application – H1B Visa Stamping. This is solely my experience and process which I followed for H1B Visa stamping ( 2 years back in 2014). This blog does not guarantee your visa stamping approval or denial. Please contact ustraveldocs.com for latest information or any changes.
Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form which is available at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/
Frequently Asked Questions about the DS-160
a) Are you 10 printed? If I don’t know then I select No
b) Purpose of trip to US: Temporary Worker. Enter your Visa expiry date in Date of Departure from US
c) Address where you will stay: Your US address
d) Application Number/Petition Number: This is EAC number on your I-797 form
e) Contact Person Name in US: I prefer to enter my Employer Immigration Department Contact Information
f) Have you been in the US: I enter all my arrival date in US till date
Payment at AXIS bank /Citibank option-
Note that without getting the receipt number from bank one won’t be able to see the calendar. Now create your account at http://portal.ustraveldocs.com/?language=English&country=India and enter all the relevant information, after few pages you will get the confirmation number (U.S. visa fee collection slip). Before going to the bank in India, you must print and carry the applicable U.S. visa fee collection slip. You need to give this collection slip along with visa application fee to get the receipt number. After receiving your payment, the bank will give you a receipt. You can schedule your interview within 4-5 hours of paying your visa application fee
Visa applicants, are required to pay a non-refundable visa application fee. Visa Fee amount is available at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in/in-niv-visafeeinfo.asp
Bank and Payment Options: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in/in-niv-paymentinfo.asp. Note that now Over the Counter is AXIS Bank and Citibank
Bank locations: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in/in-loc-bank.asp
Again login to http://portal.ustraveldocs.com/?language=English&country=India to schedule an appointment. The receipt number will already be pre-populated on your account so you will be able to see the calendar on next page.
Now we need to schedule two appointments, one for the OFC and one for the visa interview at the Embassy
First, schedule your visa interview appointment at the Embassy and then schedule your Offsite Facilitation Center (OFC) appointment. OFC appointment must be at least 1 day before your visa interview appointment at the Embassy
Once you take the date you can click on
Appointment Confirmation link and get the confirmation print out.
As per US travel doc: For your Offsite Facilitation Center (OFC) appointment, you will need to bring:
· A passport valid for travel to the United States with validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the United States (unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions). If more than one person is included in your passport, each person desiring a visa must submit an application.
· Your DS-160 confirmation page.
· Your appointment confirmation page.
Following your visit to the OFC to have your photo and fingerprints taken, you will then visit the U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the date and time of your visa interview. You will need to bring:
· A printed copy of your appointment letter,
· Your DS-160 confirmation page, one photograph taken within the last six months,
· Your current and all old passports, and the
· Original visa fee payment receipt.
Applications without all of these items will not be accepted.
Information available at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in/index.html