Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Interview at US Embassy/Consulate


This post is a part of series of posts that makes up “The Complete Process Trail for H-1B Work Visa”.

  1. All visa applicants, irrespective of age (including infants), are required to appear for an interview at the designated Embassy/ Consulate on the specified date. All applicants below age 14 must appear along with their parents, copies of parents NIC should be provided while submitting the applications.
  2. Applicants must carry following documents while appearing for the interview:
    • Valid Original Passport and all previous passports
    • Fee Receipt issued by AEG having the interview date specified on it
    • Original academic degrees/ diplomas/ certificates with a photocopy set of all those documents
    • Any other documents, at their own discretion, to support their visa case (e.g. full travel details, detailed educational information etc.)
    • Original CNIC
  3. At the interview, visa officer after review of your application may ask for additional information from you; and will advise the decision on your visa application. Following situations are likely
    • Visa is refused; passport will be returned by the visa officer
    • Visa is approved with some additional administrative process; either a letter would be given to that effect and passport is retained or on your request passport can be returned
    • Visa is approved; passport will be retained and will be returned after a week or so through the visa center where the application was submitted
  4. On receipt of the Passport with visa sticker from the Embassy/ Consulate, applicant will be notified on his/ her contact number. You may collect passport personally or through an authorized representative in writing along with copy of his CNIC on surrendering one original Receipt and the letter given by the Visa officer.
  5. If you have taken back the passport prior to visa issuance, you would be advised by the Embassy/ Consulate to submit passport once the visa is ready. You are required to submit passport through the Visa Center on payment of applicable service charges. On receipt of passport back from Embassy/ Consulate same process as defined in point 9 will be followed.

Nonimmigrant Visa Unit - Karachi
U.S. Consulate General
Plot No 3-5, New TPX Area
Mai Kolachi Road
Karachi, Pakistan
Phone Inquiries:
(+92-21) 3527-5000
Monday - Friday, 2:00 to 3:00 PM

(+92-21) 3527-5885
For visa related inquiries: KarachiVisaQuery@State.gov
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Monday, January 28, 2013

Submit H-1B Visa Documents and Fees to American Express and Schedule your Embassy/Consulate Interview


This post is a part of series of posts that makes up “The Complete Process Trail for H-1B Work Visa”.

Once you have submitted online your Nonimmigrant Visa Application DS-160, you have to submit following documents and fees to:

American Express
Ground Floor, Shaheen Complex
Dr Ziauddin Ahmed Road
PABX 92-21 3263 0260-80
Web: http://www.aegusvisa.com.pk/

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List of Documents to submit:

  1. Confirmation page of DS-160
  2. Original Passport valid for at least 6 months at the time of submission along with an enlarged (A4 size) copy of the first two pages of current and old passport. Original passport would be returned after due verification
  3. Copies of previous passports first 2/4 pages, covering 15 years of travel
  4. Travel history form for last 10 years. You will get a paper document from American Express on which you can fill your Travel history.
  5. One photograph; having size of 2X2 inches preferably color photograph taken against a white or off-white background, printed without borders on non glossy paper. Computer Scanned photographs are not acceptable and photograph cannot be modified in any way, re-touched, penciled or altered by computer software Photograph should have been taken within last 6 months.
  6. I-797, I-29
  7. HEC Form – You will get this document from American Express. Fill it, sign it and attach it with the rest of the documents
  8. Original SSC (Metric) Certificate
  9. Original HSSC (Inter) Certificate
  10. Original Bachelor’s/Master’s/PhD’s Degree/Certificate
  11. Original SSC (Matric) Marks Sheet
  12. Original HSSC (Inter) Marks Sheet
  13. Original Bachelor’s/Master’s/PhD’s Transcript
  14. Submit H-1B Visa Fee - US$190
    1. Do not forget to get the receipt
  15. Once you submit all these to American Express
    1. Take receipt against submitted visa application
    2. Take an interview appointment date. (Interview date will be noted on the Visa Fee Receipt).