221(g) admin processing but kept passport

DoorDash 10xgrowth
Aug 26 13 Comments

I had my visa consulate interview in Hyd, india today and got asked relatively straight forward questions but then was told “we have to do some additional processing on your case, you should hear back in 2-3 days”. I was given the 221(g) white slip and they kept my passport. Visa Officer did not take a look at any documents during the interview and did not ask for any additional documents after asking “Do I need to do anything?”. Has anyone else gotten this? What was the outcome?

Ive been on Opt for 2.5 years and this is my first H1B approval via change of status/ first H1B visa interview if that helps.

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  • DoorDash 10xgrowth
    OP
    Update on ceac website says “Issued” on 8/29. Thank you everyone!
    Aug 29 0
  • OfferUp / Eng ugUr43
    Almost the same series of events happened to me last year, I went for stamping after 1 year of being in Opt. It took 2 more additional weeks for them to approve.
    Even my friends from other FANG companies had similar experience.
    Just stay calm and be prepared in case it gets further delayed in processing.
    Aug 26 4
    • DoorDash 10xgrowth
      OP
      Did the visa officer give you a timeline of how long to wait during the interview?
      Aug 26
    • OfferUp / Eng ugUr43
      He mentioned that its due to F1 to H1 transfer and told me wait for 1 week.
      Aug 27
    • DoorDash 10xgrowth
      OP
      Got it - Did you have multiple case updated time stamps on the Ceac website? Just wondering because I got an update today (two days after interview) but it’s still in AP
      Aug 28
    • OfferUp / Eng ugUr43
      Yes, the time stamp did update but the status did not change
      Aug 28
  • Nordstrom zfbN20
    It's pretty regular nowadays for people changing from F1 to H1B. Wait for a week. It's about background checks TAL.
    Aug 26 2
    • DoorDash 10xgrowth
      OP
      What are background checks TAL?
      Aug 26
    • Amazon :(:(
      Technology alert list
      Aug 26
  • Amazon max9chars
    Might be due to the headcount at Doordash, esp. if VO hasn't heard of it.
    Aug 26 2
    • DoorDash 10xgrowth
      OP
      Do you mean size of company? They did ask is doordash a startup and I said not really now given 2k employees and over $1B in funding.
      Aug 26
    • Amazon max9chars
      VO might have misconstrued it as "trying to be evasive". I would have said "yes, it's a startup" to that question. It's not about your qualifications, it's about their perception. Don't worry though, they will do some background checks on the company and approve your Visa. It happens a lot these days.
      Aug 26
  • Apple FPPM52
    Your case was selected for an audit. In most of the cases, it just means that it will take longer than expected before getting the visa stamp.
    Aug 26 0