This article is from the FAQ, by with numerous contributions by others.
7 July 1997
Your FAQ was very useful for me. I am adding my experience
in Halifax, Canada where I got my H1B visa on July 7,1997.
I got the appointment through the 900 number. Actually, I could
not get the apptmt anywhere else(Toronto, Quebec city etc.) so Halifax
was the only place. Also a thing to note is that, I was asked to call
on a particular day(June 17) to make the apptmt for July 7th, but
when I called that early morning, they were are taken up in all
places except Halifax. So I guess they do not necessarily give away
apptmts two-three weeks in advance.
The documents I had were LCA, I-797, the petition, I20s, I-94s, Apptmt
letter, Degree Certificate, (I also had a letter showing my date of
graduation just to show that I had finished my degree before my joining
date), Pay stubs, EAD, Bank statement,Employement verification letter,
OF-156 with photograph(on a light background), job offer letter, company
ID, transcript from University.
They took all originals from me and made a copy of them I think,
before they returned them. The visa officer asked me the dates in USA,
where I was, what I was doing etc, my work and my period of stay in US.
Then they took $100 + $20(processing fee) and gave me my visa. The whole
process took a few hours only, so I got the visa the SAME DAY. Halifax
was a small consulate with few people, but were very particular about
the documents. I was there at 8:30 am when they opened the office and
the processing started immediately. They were pretty courteous and prompt.
There is a garage for parking next to the Coxwell towers. There
is a mall in the building, a hotel etc. etc. - the consulate is on the
HALIFAX is a beautiful sea-side town, did a lot of site-seeing
[Various People on the net including Dip, NANDID@UCBEH.SAN.UC.EDU]
For all consulates in Canada, First obtain an appointment by calling
Hi Mr. Khanna! Your FAQs proved to be very useful when we prepared our
list of documents to appear for a H1-B and H4 visa recently in Halifax,
Nova Scotia, Canada.
I am documenting my experience in Halifax 'because I didn't see
anybody mentioning about appearing for any kind of Visas there. This
US Consulate is located on the 9th floor of Chateau Halifax (a hotel) in
downtown Halifax. The phone # is (902) 429-2480. The processing time for
H1-B visas is 1 week. We appeared on 10th April 1996 and we submitted the
following documents (may not be the same set for everybody!) as per the
1. Application form with the processing fee of US $20 each (H1-B & H4).
2. Letter from the employer
4. H1-B & H4 approval notice
5. Passport photos
They asked us to return after a week 'because they needed 7 days to
check on the background and stuff. We reappeared on 17th April. There
was a wait of a couple of hours before we ere interviewed. The official
just asked me for my EAD and asked my wife about the date of the marriage,
the reason for visiting Canada,etc. That's it! Our visas were approved
and we had to pay US $100 each as the reciprocity fee. This varies based
on the nationality. I reiterate,the list of documents that I have provided
may NOT be the same for EVERYBODY. It's better to be equipped with more
documents rather than repenting on the spot.
This is a small Consulate. It's just a suite on the 9th floor.
They issue visas only on Mon.,Wed and Fri. between 8.30am-11.30am Atlantic
Time (1 hr. ahead of EST). They are open to inquiries after 2pm on these
days. So,if you have 10 days at your disposal,this is a beautiful place
for vacationing also.