Hi, My H1B case is as below
H1B VISA Expiry Date : 04-Jul-2015
I-94 Expiry Date : 13-Jul-2015
H1B VISA Extension got denied on 20-Jan-2016 and I traveled back to India immediately on 1st-Feb-2016.
Currently my employer(Same employer) has filed another H1B extension and it has got approved.
I am filling up the DS- 160 form in order to appear for stamping interview.
1) In DS-160 there is a question 'Have you ever been refused a U.S. Visa, or been refused admission to the United States, or withdrawn your application for admission at the port of entry?'
What should I answer here, Yes or No? .
Should I say 'Yes' and mentioned that my petition was denied by giving all the details OR should I say 'NO' ?
I am totally confused if petition and VISA mean the same.
2) If I mention it as 'Yes', Do I still qualify for Interview waiver program(Dropbox)? OR I have to go in person for stamping as my petition was denied in the past.
Does this make any difference?
Petition is not visa. The questions asks about visa. Extension is not visa. There is no visa extension only status/petition extension. Talk to the lawyer for the employer. This is really where these questions belong.
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The question asks whether you were denied a visa, not a petition.
Mr. Shusterman's (former INS Trial Attorney, 1976-82) response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.
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