It’s my pleasure to share with you what God has recently done in my life. Yet again, I experienced the mighty and awesome hand of God over my life.
I am working in an IT company, for over a year now. It was on 5th May, 2006 that I had submitted my H1B visa petition, along with my teammates. You would surely know the value of this -H1B visa. It is very difficult to get this visa; since it has so many privileges attached to it. The American government accepts only 65,000 H1B visa petitions every year! So, there is a huge competition. The success of any visa petition depends on the approval by the American foreign affairs department. So after I submitted my petition on 5th May, 2006; my company submitted it to the respective department, in the USA.
After one month, I and my teammates received emails informing us, the status of our H1B visa petitions. The email stated that the cap of 65,000 H1B visa petitions was reached on 25th May. This meant that if the American foreign affairs department had received our petitions before 25th May, our H1B visa petitions would most likely be approved, but if they had received it after 25th May, it would have been rejected!! They had also stated in that email that they received my petition on 25th May! Wow!! I could see God’s perfect timing in this. However, the email also stated that since my petition reached them on 25th May, it would be in a ‘hang’ state and that visa approval would depend on the Citizenship andImmigration Services (CIS) lottery! When I read this, I just left it to God. I knew for sure that if it God’s will, no one can stop it. I also know that our God is utmost faithful and that He cares for us more than we care for ourselves. So, I left it to Him and forgot about it.
Suddenly, one day, I got an email stating that my petition was selected in the CIS lottery and that my H1B visa petition was approved. I praise God because He did it!!
After a few days, I got intimation about my personal appearance date with the American Consulate, for the H1B visa stamping. It was scheduled on 20th Dec, 2006. After few weeks, I again received an email stating that they had advanced my personal appearance date to 14th Sep, 2006. It was a pleasant shock to me! Getting your ‘Personal Appearance Date’ advanced by 3 months is impossible!! They can advance it by a month or 45 days, but by 3 months – it’s impossible! God proved yet again, how great He is!! He does things more than what we can imagine. I am reminded of the verse which says “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him” 1 Corinthians 2:9(NIV). God does things in extra ordinary ways! He makes a way where there is no way!! This is a promise for all of us.
Finally, having got my personal appearance date to be on 14th September, I went to the American Consulate for the interview. I saw the official asking few questions to the people who were interviewed before me. When my chance came, he asked me to provide the documents. I gave it to him. At the same moment, his mobile phone rang; he was checking my documents and also attending the call on his mobile phone – with the other hand. He didn’t ask me any questions. He was just going through the documents. So after perusing my documents, he asked me one simple question. That’s it! My H1B visa stamping was done!! God did it yet again!!! Praise God!!!! He again proved that He is more than able and when we trust Him, He lifts us up like anything!! I could see God’s hand directly in everything! It’s so much better trusting and loving Him – because He alone is worthy of our trust!
I would love to complete this testimony, quoting my most favorite verse, as found in Romans 8:28, which says “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (NKJV) Our God is good all the time!! All glory belongs to Him and Him alone!!! Trust Him completely and see the difference!!!