DS 5535

Jan 5, 2019 64 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, 2019 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, 2019
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      I might have mentioned machine learning. WTF. That triggers admin check, why?
      Jan 7, 2019
  • 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, 2019 4
    • 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, 2019
    • New / Consultant
      keef

      New Consultant

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      keefmore
      It's random. Nobody knows 🤷‍♂️
      Jan 7, 2019
  • Oracle AXaU50
    Any update on your case ? I have been stuck on 5535 since mid December. Interviewed at Mumbai consulate.
    Apr 3, 2019 8
    • Oracle AXaU50
      Nope. EFPH42 I sent you a PM. Have you heard back ?
      Apr 10, 2019
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      Nope. Still waiting
      May 31, 2019
  • Splunk JtJU18
    Any updates?
    Feb 23, 2019 4
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      Yes, is it common for first H1 ??
      Feb 28, 2019
    • 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, 2019
  • Santander Bank SWAG12
    Does anyone know of any case that has been approved ?
    Dec 20, 2019 3
    • Santander Bank SWAG12
      How long have you been waiting (and which embassy if I may)?
      Dec 20, 2019
    • Salesforce chatter!
      3 and half weeks in Canada.
      Dec 20, 2019
  • Microsoft someone99
    Any update guys? Have y’all done a congressional inquiry?
    Jan 31, 2019 3
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      Does congressional inquiry help?
      Mar 12, 2019
    • Microsoft someone99
      Not really
      Mar 14, 2019
  • 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, 2019 3
    • Centene / Data
      ptn

      Centene Data

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      Monsanto
      ptnmore
      Unfortunately, Yes
      Jan 11, 2019
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      Any updates?
      Apr 10, 2019
  • Expedia / Eng anony🐭
    Op, are you muslim?
    Jan 19, 2019 2
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      Nope and don’t have a common name
      Jan 19, 2019
    • Expedia / Eng anony🐭
      Wow... This is getting crazy
      Jan 19, 2019
  • Centene / Data
    ptn

    Centene Data

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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, 2019 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, 2019
    • Splunk JtJU18
      Would expect TAL in this scenario rather than DS-5535
      Feb 28, 2019
  • Walmart.com PMXX05
    yo op..any updates?
    May 29, 2019 1
    • Expedia eFPH42
      OP
      Still waiting
      May 31, 2019

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