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H1B Dropbox Renewal in India

📅 2023-Jun-10 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 🏷️ usa ⬩ 📚 Archive

I had to renew the H1B and H4 visas for myself and my dependents this year in India. Our renewals qualified for the dropbox process and this post captures notes from the entire process.

Getting an appointment

We booked our flight tickets to India and prepared the original and copies of documents needed for the application.

Submitting documents for dropbox

Timeline to getting the visa

After submitting at VFS, the status of the application can be tracked at 2 different websites:

Here is my timeline of progress for my application:

Picking up passports

The documents required to pick up the passports from VFS are described here.

I went to VFS center the day after I received the notification emails and endured more than an hour of waiting time in the morning to pick up our passports.

The VFS representative took these documents to give our passports:

Overall, I felt that the dropbox process in my home city instead of traveling to a US consulate city is an order of magnitude easier. Needless to say it is less stressful since there is no interview by a consulate officer.


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