Reading someone experience always helps us be better prepared for anything, it is no different for visa stampings….Many of our readers take time to share their experiences with our community for benefiting everyone. Today it is Dev, Kalyan, and Sowmya. Thanks to them for taking time to share their experiences with our readers. Also, Sandeep has shared a small note on visa rejection, thanks to him. You can share your experiences here
Biometrics and H1B Visa Stamping Experience in Mumbai – 2016
Explaining in detail so that you are aware of trivial things and set up. Skip it if you have attended any other biometric process.
Biometric Process for H1B stamping in Mumbai:
- Reach 15 min prior to the appointment. They won’t let you in before that.
- Staff will verify your passport , DS-160 and appointment confirmation while you are standing in queue outside the premises.
- Once you enter , 3 or 4 staff members will make sure your name , PP no etc. is correctly mentioned on DS-160. Will ask your full name and visa interview date. Told me not to staple/paste old and new passports. (I don’t know why I would have done that , but still a word of advice from the lady whenever she sees multiple passports)
- Then you move inside where again you have 3/4 staff members who already have printed bar codes for each candidate. They will verify/scan you passport, DS-160 and put the bar code behind your passport.(If your DS-160 and appointment letter has any mismatch, this is where they rectify it. I had tried for an appointment last year with old passport when I was not able to get the appointment. My appointment letter was reflecting old DS-160 and PP number. So the staff took a new bar code print out and rectified the mismatch.) You will be given a token and asked to take a place in seating area where a screen will be visible.
- Once your number is displayed on the screen move to the counter specified against your token. Staff will verify your passport, take your photo and fingerprints. Make sure you don’t have sweaty hands or any cut/injury on your fingers. There will be an indicator on top of the device indicating if your finger print is captured or not (Similar to mobile finger print registration). Use the other hand to put some pressure so that finger prints are captured properly. There will be a cloth just below the machine to wipe your hands, if needed.
Note: There is canteen next to the biometric centre. I saw a board stating they provide locker facility for mobile phones for around Rs 200/-.Its not official. So avoid carrying mob etc when you are coming for biometric from Mumbai itself. If you are coming from a place not very nearby you can try the canteen facility)
That’s it. You are done for the day 🙂
Day 2: H1B Visa Stamping Experience at Mumbai August 2016
- Reach embassy just 15/30 min before scheduled time. Actually speaking , doesn’t matter what’s your time slot. They assemble all the morning slot people in a big assembly area. So if your time is 11.30 am there is good chance that you will meet someone who was given a time slot of 10am. So don’t panic if you are late by 30 odd minutes. (I was stuck in traffic and reached 40 minutes late :), I met few people who reached 90 min late. So don’t worry. Just be careful if you have a morning slot as SCLR is jam packed during morning time)
- You will be asked to form a queue which goes parallel to embassy wall. On the other side of the wall is the exit door for VIPs. Spotted Katrina Kaif :D.
- I suggest carry a folder with multiple compartments. That way you can readily make documents available to visa officer (VO).
- Keep your DS-160 and Passport in your hand when you are standing outside embassy.
- Before you enter they will check DS-160 & passport and let you in. They will ask you not to carry any mobile, Big bag, Big umbrella etc. inside. NO LOCKER FACILITY AVAILABLE. So don’t carry your mobile to embassy. IF biometric and stamping dates are on the same day , you can leave mobile in the locker provided at the biometric centre. It’s around 3km from consulate.
- Once you go inside you will have to pass through security check. Similar to the one we have at airports. You put your belongings in a tray and pass through metal detector. Then you are allowed to seat in a big open (but covered) area. There are around 6 rows and people are asked to take a seat in a specific order. One entire row is sent inside the consulate building for stamping. You have to be seated till your get your turn. You can try sneaking into other rows if you are in a hurry :P. Use this time to revise your petition and basic questions like client name , job title , hob responsibility. You don’t want to get a blacked out inside.
- Once you are allowed inside , you are asked to go straight to the other side (Extreme right corner) of the room. Last 3/4 counters are assigned just for biometric verification. Here while you are in queue the staff will collect your passport and scan it in one go. This is just to save time. Once all the passports in his hands are over, he will call each person one at a time. The VO officer (This is the first actual American you interact with, till now all the people you interact are Indians) will ask your name and the staff member will ask you to put your right/left hand four fingers on a biometric machine. Your fingerprints have to match yesterdays fingerprints. No big deal , they have to.
- After biometric verification , you move to the actual interview area. You will be able to listen to a number of interviews. Some VOs are very strict, loud while some are polite. Doesn’t matter who is your VO , you will get the same set of questions (Almost the same). So try not to listen to these question. Just keep you mind focussed on your interview. One of the VO actually rejected a Visa (Don’t know which category), and he said that so loudly that entre room was able to hear that. It sent shock waves throughout :). Don’t panic (Easy to say now). VOs are to approve your visa and not reject them. I was praying god that I get a VO who looks most gentle of all the VOs.
- You will asked to stand against any available counter just behind yellow line. (Similar to immigration counters). There will be an interview going on. Listen to these questions if its H1B interview. Generally the VO will ask you the same questions. Good time to do a mock interview in your head. I got a very polite lady as VO. Interview before me was for student visa so the Questions were useless for me. I preferred revising my answers at this moment.
- The student left (Don’t remember if his visa was approved or not as I was feeling the pressure by now). VO asked me to wait as she had some water. One lady came to her for some help. They checked a few things on computer. Around 1 or 2 interviews completed at other counters while I was standing waiting for my turn. Agonising wait of around 2-3 minutes.
- Lady finally called me. Both of you will have mike and speakers. So no need to be very loud. There will be a small opening from where you can pass on your documents.
Visa Interview Questions at Mumbai for H1B Visa Stamping in 2016
- Me: Hey..How are you
- VO: I am fine. How are you.
- Me: I am good. (Passed on my new passport)
- Will you need my old passport?
- VO: (Thought for a sec) No.
- (Scanned my PP) Can you provide your petition copy (I979)
- Me: Sure (had it ready in my hands gave it to her)
- VO: How long have you been with XXX (My petitioner and current employer)
- Me: I have been with XXX for x years and y months. Working with XXX since MON-YYYY.
- VO: Who is your client?
- Me: ABC,(location in US like NJ NY etc).
- VO: What is your designation?
- Me: Answered according to petition
- VO: Are you married.
- Me: Answer appropriately.(Simple yes or no)
- VO: Do you hold any other Visa
- Me: I am holding visas to C1 country..
- VO: (Interrupted me while I was answering) Are you holding any valid US visa
- Me: no
- Vo: Your Visa is approved. Have you received this pamplet (Pointed to a small circular placed on the desk)
- Me: No
- VO: I need to give you one. Let me get it for you.(Went inside and came back with one)
- Me: Thanks. Have a nice day. Collected my petition original copy(Collect if you have given any other document
- VO: Have a nice day
- Some quick pointers
- Be confident. Maintain eye contact with VO. Don’t be too loud.
- Be thorough with your petition. Answers to all the questions are in the petition. They verify your answers against the petition only.
- Don’t ask questions like Indian designation or US , Indian salary or US salary. You are appearing for US visa interview , all questions are for US unless and until specified like what is your Indian salary. I saw a VO getting angry after one girl asked Indian salary or US salary.
- Keep all the documents neat and ready. You don’t want fumble around if asked for any additional document.
All the best!!!
H1B and H4 Visa Stamping Experience in Hyderabad – India 2016
Hi All, Firstly, thanks for this blog and I appreciate the posts which gave us many inputs to attend visa interview.
Background : Basically, My husband Kalyan had visa from 2013-2014 and this is fresh application by a new employer from USA. So we didn’t have to go through the lottery pick process. We went for bio metrics on June 10th and for interview on July 19th. I also went along with him for h4( I did not have h4 earlier and this is my first stamping experience).
We were admitted into consulate at 10-15 am and our schedule was at 11-30 am. There was a huge queue and due to students’ season, almost 90% of candidates were students and some are b1 and b2s and a very few were for H visa. Many students got rejected and it was a panicking situation for us as we look at them coming out with their passports.
Being a couple, we were sent to counter 7 and we submitted our passports. She asked basic questions about us and gave back the passports. We got disappointed thinking that we got rejected but they sent us to other counter. There, we had to wait for an hour to pass 2 candidates. Not all counters were like that. In our next counter, the interviewer passed a H1 couple within 1 minute. It means, nothing is genetic. We cannot declare that it takes less time nor it takes long time. It varies from person to person.
We were called then. We were interviewed for 25 minutes. The interviewer asked simple questions but took long time. She did not ask even a single document, not even I797(petition). The questions that were asked:
H1B and H4 Visa Interview Questions in Hyderabad India for 2016
- Name of the employer(US petitioner). She even asked me to spell it
- Where the company is located at
- who is the client(mine is in-house project)
- what is the salary
- Job description
- Client when I went to USA the previous time(in 2013)
- whether there is any relation between my current employer here in India and the new employer in USA(petitioner)
- After a few more questions, she asked my wife when we got married and whether we have kids.
Our Advice : The tips I can give is, better have some mocks using the questions from the blogs. We did that everyday for a week before the interview. Also, carry all the documents. For some like us, not a single document is asked. For the candidate before us, she asked many documents. Similarly, be prepared with all the questions and answer confidently. They don’t ask you anything from outside. Whatever is filled in DS160 form are asked. We have to be fully aware of our resume and ds160 form. Have a smile even if the interviewer is serious. That helps. Be confident while answering. You may be wrong also but confidence is must. Try to be cool and don’t answer in hurry. we can ask them to repeat the question for clarity which I did. But don’t be in a hurry.
Thanks and best of luck to all. Hope my review help you
Will Visa Rejection Impact my Current Stamping ?
This is Sandeep, I was rejected US visa 2 times back in 10yrs ago and got visa after that. I had made 1 visit to States.
If you are honest & reply honestly with your intentions clear of returning back to your country than Visa will be granted. You have to prove strong ties in your native country.