Our readers Gaurav, Arun and Santosh have shared their H1Bs and B2 stamping experiences at Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad. Thanks to them for taking time to write and sharing their experiences with everyone. You can share yours as well here to be published on the blog.
OFC Experience: My appointment was at 415pm However I went to the venue at 330pm. On first come first serve basis, my biometrics were taken successfully. I got a verification stamp from VFS centre for the next day visa interview at the U.S. consulate. The process was simple and straight forward and took no more than 15 mins.
Background, Day of H1B Visa Stamping :
I have previously done F1 visa stamping in Mumbai few years back and as compared to Mumbai U.S. Embassy, Kolkata U.S. consulate is smaller and have only 4 processing windows and 2 windows for visa interview. My visa experience was very smooth and pleasant. Appointment time was 10 30am
Reached embassy at 9am and was standing in queue for almost 2 hours the 1030am slot started at 11am. After doing security check at the embassy was redirected to waiting room where one consulate officer asked for H1B approval notice and petition papers. After verifying those, she gave me “rights as a foreign worker” pamphlet. Then was redirected inside the main building for visa interview, I was redirected to main window 2 instantly. (My visa approval I979 was for Mumbai Consulate but booked appointment for Kolkata consulate)
H1B Visa Interview Questions :
VO: Please give your DS160
Me: Yes, please
VO: your visa approval notice is for Mumbai consulate, how come you here?
Me: I booked appointment for Kolkata U.S consulate
VO: I am sorry it’s okay, you been in the U.S. before?
VO: my colleague at window 6 will take your interview please wait in the queue at the next window.
Me: Thank you!
I waited for almost 15 mins in the queue and it was very dramatic because there were many other candidates who were there for H1B visa stamping. I overheard the VO at window 6 asking questions like what is your project, why you going for this project and there were candidates who were not able to communicate in clear English ( Nervous and lost their ground in the moment of panic) and that pissed the visa officer very badly and he was grumpy thereafter. Furthermore, VO asked few candidates do you know what a visa is ? and I saw many being denied as they were taking the exit door after the interview with their passports. I was affected by this but I held my ground and I was confident and positive.
After 15-20 mins my turn came and VO asked me to verify myself by putting my left hand fingers on the finger printing machine. Then he asked for my I-797 approval notice and passport, flipping through my passport like a deck of cards he saw my UAE (Work visa), UK ( work Visa) and US ( F1) visa and said “okay okay cool”.
VO: do you work for XXX company?
Vo: what is your designation?
VO: what is your highest qualification?
Me: M.S. in XXX
VO: is it MBA?
Me: No, Master of Science in XXX from Florida
VO: May I see your social security card?
Me: Yes sure ( I provided my Social security card to VO, he returned it after verifying the SSN number from his side from petition docs)
VO: Welcome back to the United States sir 🙂
Me: Thank you!
Tips for visa interview:
- The most important one: Always smile and answer, even if you been cross questioned stay calm and answer with a genuine smile.
- Don’t answer immediate take a deep breath, think, take 2 secs and then answer
- Dress formal with no belts
- Clean shave
- Talk no more no less
- Do not volunteer information unless asked
- Be clear in your communication
- Appear at the interview well prepared by doing some Q and A prep
H1B Stamping Experience in – Chennai
I got my H1B visa stamped. I was a silent follower of this site. I read all the interview experiences posted here and got pretty good idea on how the interview will be, what are all the possible questions they are asking and what are all the process involved. So thanks to this redbus2us community.
There will not be much process involved in OFC. Take your passport, DS 160 confirmation, Appointment confirmation with you for OFC. I reached there by 8.30, my slot was 9 AM. There was a big queue there and I waited for my slot. Around 8.45 AM I was allowed to enter into the building. Please note that there will not be any parking facility. Once we entered the building, we were guided to VAC, there your passport will be verified against DS 160 followed by security check. Mobiles are allowed but you will have to switch it off. Once the security check is over you will be moved to counters, there they will take a photograph, record your finger prints. They asked some basic questions like:
- What is your purpose of visit to US
- What is date of birth and place of birth.
They will place a white sticker on the back side of your passport and give it to you along with the verified DS 160 and appointment confirmation. You need to bring that verified copies to consulate interview.
That’s it! You can leave to your hotel from OFC center.
H1B Consular Interview :
The appointment was at 11AM in the morning and I reached there around 8.15 AM itself. There our passport is verified and I was in the long queue. I was in the queue for 30 minutes and then queue started to move. Then I went for physical security check and once done I went into the next building. First my finger prints were verified and I was allowed to counter area for the final visa interview. Deep breath!
As all the counters are occupied I was standing in the queue for few minutes. I was able to hear all the questions asked by VO. Then lobby assistant asked me to go to a counter, where a person came for L1 interview, the interviewer was asking too many questions and gave him a pink slip. I have to go there next.
- VO: Good morning Sir, How are you doing today?
- Me: I am doing good madam, thank you. How are you doing?
- VO: Great, thank you. Your Passport please.
- Me: Passed the Passport.
- VO: Typed something and asked are you from ABC?
- Me: Yes, I am from ABC.
- VO: Who will be your client? Typed something on her computer for long time.
- Me: XYZ is our client.
- VO: What is your highest degree of qualification? [During this question I saw her taking a white booklet, I guessed I made it]
- Me: Bachelor of Technology in so and so major.
- VO: What is your current designation
- Me: I said my current designation
- VO: Thank you Sir, your visa is approved, Have a nice stay in US. This pamphlet will explain the rights for foreign workers in United States, you can go through this and passed it to me. You can leave for the day, good day to you.
- Me: I was full of smiles, I said thank you madam, you too have a great day ahead and left the place. I came out by 9.05 AM.
It was a smooth experience for me. What I noticed was that they are checking few of the information we have provided on I129, so please go through the entire I129 before the interview. Be cool and calm and share all the information they are asking. Please keep in mind that visa officers are there to provide your Visa not for rejection, so be honest with them and get your visa approved. All the best.
B2 Visitor Visa for Parents Stamping Experience in Telugu
This is Santosh. I would like to share my B2 visa Exp. Me and my Parents attended for B2 visa interview at Hyderabad Consulate today i.e on 25th Nov. Surprisingly, there were too many B2 visa applicants today. We were interviewed at counter no 9. The VO is a young man with really very good command on Telugu language.
B2 Visitor Parents Visa Interview Questions in Telugu
WE: Namaste(Parents), Good Morning(me).
VO to my Dad: Me Passports ivvandi (Please pass on your passports)
VO to my Dad: US lo evaru untaru(Whom are you going to visit in US)
Dad: Ma Ammayi (My daughter)
VO: Me Ammayi ekkada untundi?? (Where does your daughter stay)
Dad: XXX University, Place
VO to my dad: Meru em work chestaru?(What do u do?)
Dad: I work for XYZ corporation of India.
VO to my mom: Meku entha mandi pillalu (How many children do you have?)
VO to my mom: Meeru em chestaru?(What do u do Madam?)
VO to me: What do u do sir?
Me: I am working as ABC for XYZ technology services Pvt. Ltd
Typed something for long time….
VO to me: Could you please repeat your company name? XYZ??
Me: Its XYZ… I have mentioned the spelling X….Y….Z
Typed few characters and then
VO to me: For how long will you stay in US?
Me: 1 Month
VO to my dad: Ok..Meku VISA vachindi. Have a nice trip!! (Ok. your VISA is approved).
It was very simple.. No supporting docs were asked. The family that took interview just before us, faced a partial rejection. That actually made me little. panic since I have faced Multiple F-1 visa rejections in 2011-2012. But it turned out to be an awesome exp.