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    I have a question on filling up DS-156. I'm already in the US and
    planning to revalidate our H1B/H4 visa. In the application form, how
    do I fill up items 22, 25-29 since I'm already in the US. Is it safe
    to leave it blank or put in Not Applicable?

    22 - When do you intend to arrive in the US?
    25 - Name and Telephone Numbers of Person in US Who you will be
    Staying with or Visiting for Tourism or Business
    26 - How long do you intend to stay in the US?
    27 - What is the purpose of your trip?
    28 - Who will Pay for your trip?
    29 - Have you ever been in the US? Yes or No
    When?
    For How Long?

    I already have a printed Form with Barcodes. If things needs to
    be filled out on some of the items above, can I just write it in with
    a Black pen? Also, on item 2 when I selected United States of America
    as the country(Got my passport renewed in the US), it was blank when I
    printed it out. Is this okay?
    On item 20 (Name and Address of Present Employer/School), can I
    leave it blank for my wife who is on H4 or do I need to put in
    None/Not Applicable.

    Thanks

  • #2
    Filling up DS-156 form


    Originally posted by Gerrond
    I have a question on
    filling up DS-156. I'm already in the US and
    planning to revalidate
    our H1B/H4 visa. In the application form, how
    do I fill up items 22,
    25-29 since I'm already in the US. Is it safe
    to leave it blank or put
    in Not Applicable?
    22 - When do you intend to arrive in the US?
    25 - Name and Telephone Numbers of Person in US Who you will beStaying with or Visiting for Tourism or Business
    26 - How long do you
    intend to stay in the US?
    27 - What is the purpose of your trip? 28
    - Who will Pay for your trip?
    29 - Have you ever been in the US? Yes
    or No
    When? For How Long? I already have a
    printed Form with Barcodes. If things needs to
    be filled out on some
    of the items above, can I just write it in with
    a Black pen? Also, on
    item 2 when I selected United States of America
    as the country(Got my
    passport renewed in the US), it was blank when I
    printed it out. Is
    this okay?
    On item 20 (Name and Address of Present
    Employer/School), can I
    leave it blank for my wife who is on H4 or do
    I need to put in
    None/Not Applicable. Thanks
    I just
    put 'Not applicable' in the ones that you highlight (my situation is
    exactly the same as yours). Was not a problem.
    Aslo FYI, I got my
    passports back in only 9 weeks instead of the trheatened 12!!!!!


    --
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    • #3
      Filling up DS-156 form


      "Gerrond" <[email protected]> wrote in message
      news:[email protected] om...
      I have a question on filling up DS-156. I'm already in the US and planning to revalidate our H1B/H4 visa. In the application form, how do I fill up items 22, 25-29 since I'm already in the US. Is it safe to leave it blank or put in Not Applicable? 22 - When do you intend to arrive in the US? 25 - Name and Telephone Numbers of Person in US Who you will be Staying with or Visiting for Tourism or Business 26 - How long do you intend to stay in the US? 27 - What is the purpose of your trip? 28 - Who will Pay for your trip? 29 - Have you ever been in the US? Yes or No When? For How Long?
      Blank or "Not Applicable" seems appropriate for 22 and 25, but I
      don't see why there should be any problem with the others (or why
      you should think there is).
      I already have a printed Form with Barcodes. If things needs to be filled out on some of the items above, can I just write it in with a Black pen? Also, on item 2 when I selected United States of America as the country(Got my passport renewed in the US), it was blank when I printed it out. Is this okay?
      I don't know for sure. Since the point of the barcode is to encode the
      information you enter on the form (or some of it at least) I guess
      you will have to do the "electronic" one again. I have seen comments
      on an embassy website that suggests that hand-modified "electronic"
      versions of the form will be rejeted.
      On item 20 (Name and Address of Present Employer/School), can I leave it blank for my wife who is on H4 or do I need to put in None/Not Applicable.
      One or the other. Some versions of the instructions for this form just
      say "answer all questions". Others say to leave blank the answers to
      questions that don't apply.



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      • #4
        Filling up DS-156 form

        On question 27 and 28, I just answered Not Applicable since I'm
        already in the US and not making a trip. I did answer 26 and 29 on the
        basis on the validity of my H1B visa.

        Also, I've tried numerous times but the country is always blank on
        printout when you select United States of America as the country. The
        pdf file created always is always blank on the country field. Maybe
        Unuted States of America is too long to fit. I use Acrobat reader 6.0
        so that shouldn't be a problem. Hopefully, this would not be an issue
        as I put in New York as both city and state.

        Thanks

        "J. J. Farrell" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected] ink.net>...
        "Gerrond" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected] om...
        I have a question on filling up DS-156. I'm already in the US and planning to revalidate our H1B/H4 visa. In the application form, how do I fill up items 22, 25-29 since I'm already in the US. Is it safe to leave it blank or put in Not Applicable? 22 - When do you intend to arrive in the US? 25 - Name and Telephone Numbers of Person in US Who you will be Staying with or Visiting for Tourism or Business 26 - How long do you intend to stay in the US? 27 - What is the purpose of your trip? 28 - Who will Pay for your trip? 29 - Have you ever been in the US? Yes or No When? For How Long?
        Blank or "Not Applicable" seems appropriate for 22 and 25, but I don't see why there should be any problem with the others (or why you should think there is).
        I already have a printed Form with Barcodes. If things needs to be filled out on some of the items above, can I just write it in with a Black pen? Also, on item 2 when I selected United States of America as the country(Got my passport renewed in the US), it was blank when I printed it out. Is this okay?
        I don't know for sure. Since the point of the barcode is to encode the information you enter on the form (or some of it at least) I guess you will have to do the "electronic" one again. I have seen comments on an embassy website that suggests that hand-modified "electronic" versions of the form will be rejeted.
        On item 20 (Name and Address of Present Employer/School), can I leave it blank for my wife who is on H4 or do I need to put in None/Not Applicable.
        One or the other. Some versions of the instructions for this form just say "answer all questions". Others say to leave blank the answers to questions that don't apply.

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        • #5
          Filling up DS-156 form

          My guess is that it's a bug in the form. Whoever designed the PDF form
          probably didn't think that you could apply for H-1B inside the USA.

          On Mon, 12 Apr 2004 13:35:38 -0700, Gerrond wrote:
          On question 27 and 28, I just answered Not Applicable since I'm already in the US and not making a trip. I did answer 26 and 29 on the basis on the validity of my H1B visa. Also, I've tried numerous times but the country is always blank on printout when you select United States of America as the country. The pdf file created always is always blank on the country field. Maybe Unuted States of America is too long to fit. I use Acrobat reader 6.0 so that shouldn't be a problem. Hopefully, this would not be an issue as I put in New York as both city and state. Thanks "J. J. Farrell" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected] ink.net>...
          "Gerrond" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected] om...
          I have a question on filling up DS-156. I'm already in the US and planning to revalidate our H1B/H4 visa. In the application form, how do I fill up items 22, 25-29 since I'm already in the US. Is it safe to leave it blank or put in Not Applicable? 22 - When do you intend to arrive in the US? 25 - Name and Telephone Numbers of Person in US Who you will be Staying with or Visiting for Tourism or Business 26 - How long do you intend to stay in the US? 27 - What is the purpose of your trip? 28 - Who will Pay for your trip? 29 - Have you ever been in the US? Yes or No When? For How Long?
          Blank or "Not Applicable" seems appropriate for 22 and 25, but I don't see why there should be any problem with the others (or why you should think there is).
          I already have a printed Form with Barcodes. If things needs to be filled out on some of the items above, can I just write it in with a Black pen? Also, on item 2 when I selected United States of America as the country(Got my passport renewed in the US), it was blank when I printed it out. Is this okay?
          I don't know for sure. Since the point of the barcode is to encode the information you enter on the form (or some of it at least) I guess you will have to do the "electronic" one again. I have seen comments on an embassy website that suggests that hand-modified "electronic" versions of the form will be rejeted.
          On item 20 (Name and Address of Present Employer/School), can I leave it blank for my wife who is on H4 or do I need to put in None/Not Applicable.
          One or the other. Some versions of the instructions for this form just say "answer all questions". Others say to leave blank the answers to questions that don't apply.
          --
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          everybody to seek competent legal counsel rather than relying on usenet
          newsgroups.

          Please support H.R. 539, H.R. 832 and S. 1510. More information at
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          • #6
            Filling up DS-156 form

            The country (United States of America) can be selected in the form
            (Item 2). I have renewed my passport in my country's consulate based
            in NY. It might be that the name is too long for it too fit. It is
            when I click on submit to get the printable form that the country
            field on Item 2 is left blank. I think that using the barcode, they
            would get the info that I put in United States of America as the
            country. Anyway, I put in New York as city and state so hopefully this
            would not be a problem.

            Ingo Pakleppa - see web site for email <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>. ..
            My guess is that it's a bug in the form. Whoever designed the PDF form probably didn't think that you could apply for H-1B inside the USA. On Mon, 12 Apr 2004 13:35:38 -0700, Gerrond wrote:
            On question 27 and 28, I just answered Not Applicable since I'm already in the US and not making a trip. I did answer 26 and 29 on the basis on the validity of my H1B visa. Also, I've tried numerous times but the country is always blank on printout when you select United States of America as the country. The pdf file created always is always blank on the country field. Maybe Unuted States of America is too long to fit. I use Acrobat reader 6.0 so that shouldn't be a problem. Hopefully, this would not be an issue as I put in New York as both city and state. Thanks "J. J. Farrell" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected] ink.net>...
            "Gerrond" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected] om... > I have a question on filling up DS-156. I'm already in the US and > planning to revalidate our H1B/H4 visa. In the application form, how > do I fill up items 22, 25-29 since I'm already in the US. Is it safe > to leave it blank or put in Not Applicable? > > 22 - When do you intend to arrive in the US? 25 - Name and Telephone > Numbers of Person in US Who you will be Staying with or Visiting for > Tourism or Business 26 - How long do you intend to stay in the US? 27 > - What is the purpose of your trip? 28 - Who will Pay for your trip? > 29 - Have you ever been in the US? Yes or No > When? > For How Long? Blank or "Not Applicable" seems appropriate for 22 and 25, but I don't see why there should be any problem with the others (or why you should think there is). > I already have a printed Form with Barcodes. If things needs to > be filled out on some of the items above, can I just write it in with > a Black pen? Also, on item 2 when I selected United States of America > as the country(Got my passport renewed in the US), it was blank when > I printed it out. Is this okay? I don't know for sure. Since the point of the barcode is to encode the information you enter on the form (or some of it at least) I guess you will have to do the "electronic" one again. I have seen comments on an embassy website that suggests that hand-modified "electronic" versions of the form will be rejeted. > On item 20 (Name and Address of Present Employer/School), can I > leave it blank for my wife who is on H4 or do I need to put in > None/Not Applicable. One or the other. Some versions of the instructions for this form just say "answer all questions". Others say to leave blank the answers to questions that don't apply.
            -- Remember, I am strictly a layperson without any legal training. I encourage everybody to seek competent legal counsel rather than relying on usenet newsgroups. Please support H.R. 539, H.R. 832 and S. 1510. More information at http://www.kkeane.com/lobbyspousal-faq.shtml Please visit my new FAQ at http://www.kkeane.com (always under construction) My email address in usenet posts is now invalid for spam protection. See my Web site for information on how to contact me. Please feel free to enjoy some of my photographs at my Web site http://www.ingopakleppa.com ! Comments are welcome.

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            • #7
              Filling up DS-156 form

              joean,

              [email protected] (Gerrond) wrote in message news:<[email protected] com>...
              I have a question on filling up DS-156. I'm already in the US and planning to revalidate our H1B/H4 visa. In the application form, how do I fill up items 22, 25-29 since I'm already in the US. Is it safe to leave it blank or put in Not Applicable?
              As a general rule,

              A. All questions must be answered.
              B. N/A should be used instead of blank.
              C. You can always leave a line blank if the question is ended by "if
              known".
              D. Unanswered questions are sometimes forgivable sometimes not
              (depends on the question and the officer).
              22 - When do you intend to arrive in the US?
              there is " if known"

              Any of the following is acceptable:

              A. blank
              B. N/A
              C. N/A (I'm currently in the U.S.)
              D. N/A (visa revalidation)
              25 - Name and Telephone Numbers of Person in US Who you will be Staying with or Visiting for Tourism or Business
              H-1 is not for tourism or business...

              A. N/A
              B. N/A (H-1B revalidation)
              26 - How long do you intend to stay in the US?
              According to H-1 status expiration date.
              27 - What is the purpose of your trip?
              H-1 worker
              28 - Who will Pay for your trip?
              same answers as for 22
              29 - Have you ever been in the US? Yes or No When? For How Long?
              same as for 22
              I already have a printed Form with Barcodes. If things needs to be filled out on some of the items above, can I just write it in with a Black pen?
              It is much better to use e-forms.
              All (299) U.S. immigration forms (from six federal agencies: USCIS,
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              Also, on item 2 when I selected United States of America as the country(Got my passport renewed in the US), it was blank when I printed it out. Is this okay?
              Place of passport issuance is shown in the passport.
              On item 20 (Name and Address of Present Employer/School), can I leave it blank for my wife who is on H4 or do I need to put in None/Not Applicable.
              No employer/School (H-4 revalidation)


              Berel

              Thanks

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              • #8
                Filling out DS 156 and DS 157 ...pls help

                I worked at the company A in US as an Electrical Engineer until May, 08 (the end of my 6 year H1). Then, I went back to Malaysia and worked on my family business as a store manager and business owner, selling electrical appliances. My PERM is currently pending over one year now. Accordingly, I got an approval for 1 year and 2 months on my H1 (1 year extension and 2 months recapture time). I will now come back to work at company A in US, starting March 5, 09 (the same US company that I worked until May, 08). I tried to fill out the forms DS 156 and DS 157 for my visa interview. However, there are some items that I am unsure as listed below:

                Form DS 156
                - Question 20 (Name and Address of Present Employer or School): I think this should be my current company. In this case, please advise if this should be Company A that I will be start working in March or my family business in Malaysia.
                - Question 21 (Present Occupation): should this be Electrical Engineer or Store Manager (Business Owner) for my family business? I actually worked as an Electrical Engineer for over 8 years. I only worked on my family business as a Store manager (Business Owner) for one year. Please advise which one I should put.
                - Question 25 (Name and Telephone Numbers of Person in US Who You Will Be Staying With or Visiting for Tourism or Business): I will go back to work at Company A in US, and my brother lives in the same area that I will be working. So, I’ll be staying at my brother’s place. In this case, should this Item be the company A’s address or my brother’s address? Otherwise, should I put “None”?
                - Question 28 (Who Will Pay For Your Trip): should we put “self” or “Company A”? I’m not sure if there are any requirements that the US company has to pay for the plane ticket of H1B worker. Would it cause me any problems to pay for the plane ticket myself? Please advise.
                - Question 29 (Have you ever been in US?):
                For How long?: would this be (6 year – 2 months) since I spent 2 month vacation outside US during this past 6 year H1?
                Enter Additional Visits to US here: I made 3 trips to Malaysia and 2 trips to Canada during this past 6 years of my H1B. I also made one trip to Canada during my F1 visa. In this case, I’m not sure if this should be the date I returned back to US from my trips to Malaysia and Canada. Should I mention only the trips during my 6 year H1 or mention all the trips, including the period of my F1 Visa?
                - Question 30 (Enter additional visa issuances): should I mention the date that I got the visa at the consulate including the place that issued my visa?
                - Question 36 (Has Anyone Ever Filed and Immigration Petition on Your Behalf?): My PERM was filed and still pending till now. Accordingly, my I-140 has never been filed. In this case, should I check “Yes” or “No”? I heard that we should check “No” if the I-140 has never been filed regardless of the PERM status. Please advise.

                Form DS 157
                - Question 8 (Full Name and Address of Contact Person or Organization in United States): should this be the Company A that I will start working in March or my brother’s address?
                - Question 9, List All Countries You have Entered in the Last Ten Years (Give the Year of Each Visit): I went to US, Canada and Malaysia during these past ten years. I visited Canada twice: April 4, 08 for a week and April 17, 08 for a week. All my trips to Canada only last approximately one week. In this case, should I still put Canada in this item? If putting Canada in this item, should I put Canada (2008) and Canada (2008) or Canada (April 4, 08) and Canada (April 17, 08) for my two trips to Canada? Should I also list out the length of stay in each country?
                - Question 12 (Not Including Current Employer, List Your Last Two Employers): I worked at company B in US till Jan, 07 and then moved to Company A in US until May, 08 (the end of my 6 year H1). Then, I came back to work on my family business till now. I will go back to work at Company A again in March, 09. I am not sure if my present company is my family business in Malaysia. My future company is Company A that I will start working in March, 09. My two previous companies are Company A that I worked from Jan, 07 to May, 08 and also Company B that I worked before Jan, 07. In this case, should I put Company A (Jan, 07 to May, 08) and Company B (before Jan, 07) as the last two companies? Please advise.

                Another issue is that I worked on my family business as a Store Manager (Business Owner) for almost one year. This is not engineering work. Would this cause me any problems for my visa application because I will go back to work with company A as an electrical engineer? Note that I still get work from company A from time to time, but I just did not get pay during this time that I stay in Malaysia. Please advise.

                - Question 18 (Have you made specific travel arrangement?): I currently have the H1 approval for 1 year and 2 months. I think that I have to buy the round trip ticket due to my H1 Visa that requires me to return home after the end of my H1 period. However, the ticket only valid for the maximum of one year, but my visa valid for 1 year and 2 months. In this case, should I buy a one way or two way ticket? Should I check Yes or No in the case of buying either one way or two way ticket? Do I have to bring the plane ticket with me during the interview? Please advise.

                For the specific Location you will visit, should I put company A since I will be going to work there. Otherwise, should I put my brother’s home address?
                For the point of contact at each location: should I put my boss’s name? Otherwise should I put my brother’s name?

                For any questions that are not applicable, should I put N/A or none? Otherwise, should I just leave it blank? Anybody please help….Thank you very much.

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