The following details outline the H1B visa stamping process if you apply from India. This stamping process assumes you have an approved H1B visa petition and are available for a visa interview and stamping. The H1B Visa section contains general information about the H1B visa and H1 visa petition.
After the H1B petition has been approved, you will receive the stamp on your passport from the appropriate U.S. consulate.
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Step 1: Get a digital photograph.
Every individual H1B visa application needs a digital photo. For specific visa categories, digital images are required. Photos are required for others. Acceptance of your print or digital image depends on the U.S. consulate or embassy where you applied.
These are the criteria for your photo:
- Color with 24 pixels per inch, taken within the last 6 month
- Dimensions must be square and range from 600 pixels to 1200 pixels.
- JPEG format with a maximum of 240KBs
- It would take it in full-face view with a white background.
- Be neutral in your expressions and clothes.
- Except for religious reasons, no head coverings
- New visa photos no longer allow glasses, effective November 1, 2016.
- Always ensure that the image is square. The head should be between 1 and 1 3/8 inches (22mm and 35mm), or 50% to 69% of the image’s total height from the base of the chin up to the top.
- Before scanning an existing photo at 2 x 2 inches (51×51 mm), you must check it.
- They were scanned at 300 pixels per inch (12 pixels/millimeter).
- Bring 2 copies of your printed copy on quality paper to the interview.
No eyeglasses allowed
Some consulates and embassies do not require that you upload a digital photo when filling out the DS160 form. The photograph will be taken at an OFC (offsite facilitation center) or ASC(application service center). The fingerprint will be at the Visa Application Center.
Step 2: Complete H1B visa application form DS160
Online submission of the H1B visa application (form DS160) is required. The Dept of State Website can be used to complete your application.
You will receive confirmation after completing the application. It includes a 10-digit code. This page can be printed. This is necessary to set up your interview for a visa.
Step 3: Pay the H1B Visa Application Fee
You can visit this link for completing this step.
You can pay the fee electronically via bank transfer or cash at any of India’s CitiBank and Axis branches. To ensure that the correct amount is paid and activated promptly, create a U.S. visa Service profile and select the Schedule Appointment option. The payment confirmation screen will present you with payment options and further information about how to make a payment. The fee is valid for one year starting from the date of payment. For your visa interview, you must make an appointment within one year.
Step 4: Make an appointment to interview for a visa.
You will need to schedule two appointments once you have paid the fees. Two positions are required. One work is with an Offsite Facilitation Center (OFC), where you will be given Biometrics information, including a photograph and fingerprints. The second appointment is with the Consulate/Embassy for a personal interview.
Online U.S. visa fee payment and appointments are available at the official website
Step 5: U.S. Visa Fingerprinting at Visa Application Center (VAC)
Schedule the fingerprinting appointment at least one day before your consulate interview. The fingerprints were previously taken during the personal interview. The new rules require you to provide the Biometrics information at your VAC appointment. This was done to reduce congestion at U.S. consular facilities and speed up applicant processing. Before the VAC appointment, schedule the interview at the Embassy or Consulate.
Step 6: Visit the designated U.S. consulate to arrange a visa interview.
Go to the consulate on the date and time you have been scheduled for your interview. All required and supporting documents, as well as originals, must be carried.
Take the following items with you to your interview:
- Your passport, and any old passports, if applicable
- Your photograph
- At the VAC, stamp the confirmation page for DS-160 visa applications
- Receipts for the visa application fee (applicable to Indian consulates in the USA)
- Visa appointment letter.
- Petition-based visa applicants (H. L. F. J. M. R visas) must also include petition-related documents.
- Your supporting documents will be required based on the type of visa you are applying for.
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