I have filed an h1b visa thru an indian consulting firm. At the time of the visa interview i got an RFE (221g) which means that the embassy requires more documents to process the case. SOmetimes this means that they doubt the authenticity of the consulting firm, or that they feel there may be some discrepency in what is being presented. I am not very sure what it means or whether there is cause for concern, but I want to confirm whether there is anything to worry about when filing a new visa or travelling to the US on a visitor visa while the current application is still pending. Is there any \'correct\' answer to this question? HOw do I make sure i am safe from any visa issue if i travel to the US on a visitor visa or if i apply for a new work visa?
5th March 2012 From United States , Cambridge

Hello there,
221(g) is an administrative processing and normally, the pink/yellow or green slip handed to you will indicate the average time take for each case. It can be between 8 to 12 weeks generally.
As this is not a refusal for grant of visa, the best is to wait and promptly arrange for the documents asked by the embassy (they will contact you for any additional document required).
The working of US embassy in Indiado not allow them to keep the passports for longer than few days, and in cases where they feel more detailed study is required they return you the passport with a slip instead of outrightly refusing the Visa (which is a case with UK embassy in India).
This is surely much better position for an applicant, as in circumstances the case is closed without a decision under 221(g), you can safely say in future application that \'you were not rejected a visa by any country\'.
You should keep yourself updated of the status of your application by the file numb
5th March 2012 From United States , New York
They treat each new application on its own merits. So your new application will not really be prejudiced by a negative status on the first one.
But in case of a rejected application, do state the reasons for rejection. The embassies understand that for some new and genuine applicants it becomes difficult to arrange all the papers and technical bits at the time of application.
5th March 2012 From United States , New York
well, the employer told me that the approval to the 221g response will take many months or even a year. So i decided to opt out of the h1b visa option. Now, this means, that the case was withdrawn. I am not sure how the embassy views this and what implications it might have that the 221g was not left unresponded. DOes this non-response generate any problems? any doubs? any concerns? any issues? for future visas or for travelling in an existing visa? I do think the embassy doubted the existence of a project for me . It is a strange situation -- bcos the employer itself made a mistake in advising me, and now i am paying the price of it. Its not right and not fair either.
6th March 2012 From United States , Cambridge
So basically what i am trying to ask is --- IF at all they suspected anything unethical in that application (by reputation of consulting firms) then has it sealed my chances of US visas completely? They did not cancel my b2 visa so this could be a good sign. So basically i think it is best i do not apply for any more h1b visas and if at all i travel it should be on teh b2 itself. this is my conclusion. OR if a big US firm hires me then it shd be fine is what i have hear, but i am not really sure which of these statements is true. There seems to be many opinions on it.
Another thing is, is it safe to report this consulting firm to the embassy without fearing any backlash? i could be perceived to be part of the scam if i report it. i am not entirely sure of the way this works once reported. There could be many ways to interprete such a matter. And opinions are subjective.
7th March 2012 From United States , Cambridge
And in such cases where the employer gives you wrong advice and you end up suffering on the basis of that, is there anything we can do on the lines of corporate accountability from here? I am sure it will be a long drawn process anyway so might not be worth the time or effort. However, as you can see, i have faced a large personal and professional damage by taking their advice, and have been clearly misled. So then, how do i resolve this now? They are aware of what they have done and are avoiding my queries. Obviously. They wont want to face up to what they did. Now, what is the best thing for me to do? Telling the embassy thsi story may not actually help too much -- they dont care about personal damage. But it may have affected my credibility with teh embassy forever, and also my prospects to travel to the US forever. Again im not sure all of this is true, but it seems likely that this is what has happened. I REALLLY would love to report the facts to the embassy but people say such
7th March 2012 From United States , Cambridge
i finally reported all thsi to the US embassy here in india, and NOTHING WAS DONE ABOUT IT.
i am surprised.
so i have been severely harassed in this situation and nobody can help?
filing a lawsuit is NOT my preference as it takes a lot of time, money, and focus to fight it out -- and i think moving on with life is of higher importance.
is there anyone who can help with this? or does it mean that h1 scams get to win at the nd of the day while aspirants end up feeling frustrated? i dont think anyone will pursue a court case since the effort itself is so cumbersome.
13th May 2012 From United States , Cambridge
i finally reported all thsi to the US embassy here in india, and NOTHING WAS DONE ABOUT IT.
i am surprised.
so i have been severely harassed in this situation and nobody can help?
filing a lawsuit is NOT my preference as it takes a lot of time, money, and focus to fight it out -- and i think moving on with life is of higher importance.
is there anyone who can help with this? or does it mean that h1 scams get to win at the nd of the day while aspirants end up feeling frustrated? i dont think anyone will pursue a court case since the effort itself is so cumbersome.
13th May 2012 From United States , Cambridge
 

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