DS 5535

Expedia eFPH42
Jan 5 58 Comments

I went for my H1B visa stamping to Mumbai and was told during the interview that I will receive my passport in 2-5 days. I did receive my passport but without visa and instead was given a white slip that says follow instructions on email. Whereas on the email, they sent me DS5535 form. I filled the form immediately. It’s been a month that I haven’t heard back.
Anyone else been in the same situation?

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  • Facebook / Eng 5'6"Indian
    Does 221(g) appear on the form? It takes 1-3 months for the entire process to complete. Sorry OP.
    Jan 5 5
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      Yes white slip was 221g. No other form. Is that usually how long it takes?
      Jan 5
    • Facebook / Eng 5'6"Indian
      Unfortunately, yes.
      Jan 5
    • Google / Eng catburglar
      Did you mention AI anywhere?
      Jan 5
    • New / Eng i i i
      'AI' triggers State Department admin check EVERY TIME you get h1 Visa stamp, just a heads up.
      Jan 5
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      I might have mentioned machine learning. WTF. That triggers admin check, why?
      Jan 7
  • Intel inick
    Kind of remember that our immigration law firm shared a list of keywords to not mention/watch for at interview.

    For example, worked on security mitigation threats, designed threat models and implemented them, white hat hacker (he will only hear ‘hacker’), physics, validated software for satellite trajectories, molecular, biochemical, etc.

    This was off top of my head, I’d need to look for that email, it was many years ago.
    Jan 5 4
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      Is machine learning or AI one of them too? Why is that a trigger word for them?
      Jan 7
    • New / Consultant
      keef

      New Consultant

      PRE
      Morningstar, Bloomberg
      keefmore
      Indian
      Jan 7
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      And if I said that, they should have given me the white slip during the interview. I don’t see why they said approved in the interview. I’m just trying to learn why I got a 221g when my entire profile is so clean.
      Jan 7
    • New / Consultant
      keef

      New Consultant

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      Morningstar, Bloomberg
      keefmore
      It's random. Nobody knows 🤷‍♂️
      Jan 8
  • Oracle AXaU50
    Any update on your case ? I have been stuck on 5535 since mid December. Interviewed at Mumbai consulate.
    Apr 3 8
    • Oracle AXaU50
      No. Nor do I have a common name.
      India-Canada-US
      Software dev
      Yes. Online it says you can get for TAL as well. But that’s untrue as TAL predates 5535 and even today people who are caught in TAL are cleared within a month or 2.
      Apr 3
    • Expedia / Eng anony🐭
      What's TAL?
      Apr 3
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      Any updates?
      Apr 10
    • Oracle AXaU50
      Nope. EFPH42 I sent you a PM. Have you heard back ?
      Apr 11
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      Nope. Still waiting
      May 31
  • Splunk JtJU18
    Any updates?
    Feb 23 4
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      Nope, case still pending with admin processing. Nothing can be done but to wait. This sucks!
      Feb 28
    • Splunk JtJU18
      Is this your first H1? Like F1–> H1?
      Feb 28
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      Yes, is it common for first H1 ??
      Feb 28
    • Splunk JtJU18
      Seeing more cases of COS having this. Like H4–>H1, F1–>H1. But still seen some H1 extensions going through this. So not sure if there’s a pattern.
      Feb 28
  • Microsoft someone99
    Any update guys? Have y’all done a congressional inquiry?
    Jan 31 3
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      Still pending case
      Feb 28
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      Does congressional inquiry help?
      Mar 12
    • Microsoft someone99
      Not really
      Mar 14
  • Centene / Data
    ptn

    Centene Data

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    Monsanto
    ptnmore
    I am working remote for now. Company cant really do much in this situation as this is related to national security. We just have to wait and hope it ll be done by 6 months and not more.
    Jan 10 3
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      Is 6 months minimum that it’s taking everyone so far?
      Jan 11
    • Centene / Data
      ptn

      Centene Data

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      Monsanto
      ptnmore
      Unfortunately, Yes
      Jan 11
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      Any updates?
      Apr 10
  • Expedia / Eng anony🐭
    Op, are you muslim?
    Jan 19 2
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      Nope and don’t have a common name
      Jan 19
    • Expedia / Eng anony🐭
      Wow... This is getting crazy
      Jan 19
  • Centene / Data
    ptn

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    Monsanto
    ptnmore
    There are a variety of reasons why one can get 5535. If we have a name which is very common in India, then they may want to do namecheck. Other is Technology Alert List which we might fall under. Other can be a criminal conviction in USA
    Jan 10 2
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      I might have fallen under the technology category because my name isn’t common.
      When was your interview? Is to common to wait for 3-6 months? How is your company helping in this situation?
      Jan 10
    • Splunk JtJU18
      Would expect TAL in this scenario rather than DS-5535
      Feb 28
  • Walmart.com PMXX05
    yo op..any updates?
    May 29 1
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      Still waiting
      May 31
  • T-Mobile GkMv68
    Did you get any response? One of my friend is in similar boat
    May 10 1
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      Still waiting
      May 31
  • VMware FFne08
    I got on April 15th. Did you status date ever change or did they request for any additional docs
    Apr 25 1
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      Nope still pending since then. No additional docs needed
      Apr 27
  • VMware FFne08
    Hi
    Did you get any update
    I got a request to fill out ds 5535 as well
    Apr 16 1
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      Nothing yet. When did you get the form?
      Apr 25
  • Microsoft someone99
    Any word for you guys?
    Jan 16 1
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      Haven’t heard back yet! :(
      Jan 19
  • Centene / Data
    ptn

    Centene Data

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    Monsanto
    ptnmore
    I have been waiting for the last 4 months. Expect to wait 6 months or more to get clearance. There are a whole bunch of folks on immihelp forum who are stuck like us. Its extreme vetting. Do you have a speeding ticket/ common name?
    Jan 9 1
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      WHAT? You got a DS 5535 too? What’s a speeding ticket or common name? Sorry not familiar with this.
      Jan 10
  • Amazon mamazonian
    You seemed to be a threat during their administrative processing
    Jan 5 1
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      Any idea how long it takes?
      Jan 5
  • RSA Security wildwidow
    Op.. Any updates?
    Jun 28 0
  • RSA Security wildwidow
    So sorry to hear about this. My colleague also got the same thing from Chennai consulate in Nov 2018. He was actually told that the visa was approved during the interview. After couple of days he got this DS 5535 form. He is still waiting. :(
    May 31 0
  • Expedia / Eng anony🐭
    OP, you've been waiting since Jan? Wtf! Are you working from gurgaon? Are you getting US pay?
    May 10 0
  • Amazon rofl lol
    It can take anywhere between few weeks to months
    Jan 5 0
  • New qHqU05
    They suspect you are a threat to US
    Jan 5 0