My 1st time H1B was approved in Oct 2019 this year under consular processing with consulate/POE as NEW DELHI.
Can I go to Hong Kong (due to easy availability of dates) for getting my H1B stamped.
I couldn’t find any third country national specific (TCN) restriction on HK website of US consulate like Mexico. I am aware that this is not possible in Mexico/Bahamas. Canada is possible but dates are too far like 2+ months. Even India dates are 30+ days.
The major reason for form 221g in third national countries is verification of education documents.
In most cases, the visa officer is not able to completely understand the educational background or have never heard of your institution name and would issue form 221g to borrow more time.
It does not mean that all cases get form 221g. I am just saying that chances are high for form 221g.
You can give it a try if time is a concern. If you don’t get form 221g, you will gain time and if you do get it, then you will probably be waiting for same amount of time that you would wait for visa interview in India anyway.
Thanks @Anil.Gupta for your valuable comments. My plan is that if 221g is issued, I will abandon the visa stamping process and come back on L2 visa (& wait for my EAD). Pls let me know if you see any issue with this approach.
In this case, later I will move to H1B thru consulate in India.
Thanks for your forum.
I had H1B stamping interview on 7th Jan 2020 in Hong Kong and collected stamped passport on 8th.
Since I am already employed from 3+ years with same firm that filed my H1B, I was lucky that my case didn’t go through any extra checks/scrutiny.
Also fingerprinting was done just before interview saving me a day in HK.