Congrats to Suresh, Roy and Braj on their H1B Visa Stamping. Thanks to them for taking time to share their experiences with the community. You can share your experiences as well here
Background : Thank you redbus2us for the updates and information. After following this website closely for a year now, its my turn now to contribute to this community. I’m a first timer with H1B and this site helped me a lot to prepare myself for any given outcome. Thankfully it all turned positive.
Oct 26th OFC Bio-metrics for H1B Stamping.
Its a very straightforward and simple process. Since I went along with my 2 year old, they let us pass the queue and went directly to document verification section. All you need is a copy of your DS160, Appointment confirmation letter and your current passport. They will take your finger prints and picture and you are done for the day. 15 minutes process max.
Oct 27th US Consulate H1B VISA Interview
We were given 10 AM slot. We reached there by 9 AM. But it doesn’t matter. Folks from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM were all made to stand in the same queue. One guy with a small microphone asked only the 12 noon guys to move out of the queue. And they asked to make a separate line for folks with kids. Again, there was no wait time anywhere. Went into the main door for documents and physical security check. And they asked us to skip the queue again and we were asked to directly go to the bio-metrics verification line. They checked for the finger prints matching and then we were guided to stand directly at one of the counters for interview. There was L1 and B1 interview going on either sides of the counter and they were pretty tough and got rejected. That got into my nerves. Did some deep breathing exercise 🙂 Finally she called us for interview.
H1B Visa Interview Questions asked by Visa Officer
VO: Good morning
ME: Good Morning
VO : Passports Please
ME: (Passed on the passports)
VO: Who is your petitioner?
ME: Said my company name
VO: Who is your client
ME: Said my client name
VO: Which city are you going?
ME: Said the name of the city
VO: What is your designation?
ME: said my designation
VO: What is your salary?
(By this time my son pulled the bio-metrics machine and it was about to fall. So got that saved and i missed the question)
ME: I’m sorry mam. I missed your question?
VO: (Smiled at my kid and asked) I was asking you what is your salary. But never-mind..
ME: Told my salary
H4 Visa Interview Questions To my wife
VO: Are you working now?
My wife: No
VO: When did you quit?
My Wife: said the date
VO: How long you have been married?
Both: Answered at the same time 🙂
She said your Visas are approved and she gave the rights pamphlet. She didn’t ask for any other documents except for our current passports. The total time from the time we entered and left the building was not more than 15 minutes. Thanks again to redbus2us for all the experience and information. Good luck to everyone.
H1B interview experience at Kolkata Consulate by Roy
Background Info :
- OFC: 27th Oct, 2016
- PAI: 28th Oct, 2016
- Interview location: Kolkata
OFC is conducted at a different location than PAI.I was given 3pm slot. Reached 1 hr early,
but they don’t allow you before 15 mins, had to wait on the road. Entered OFC venue at 2:45pm.At the gate the security personnel checked the ds-160& PAI letter. They also have a list of candidates who will be attending. At the venue a lady checked the PAI letter & passport & scanned the barcode & let me in. After another round of security check, now with handheld metal detector was directed to the counter. At the counter a lady asked me to read out a declaration pasted & took my scanned my hands & took photo & pasted a barcode at the back of the passport. Took 5 mins to complete the whole procedure.
– don’t reach too early, they won’t allow you in
– only ds160,pai letter & passport is required
– Don’t take bags, they don’t have any locker, you have to keep them outside & they don’t take any responsibility of it
– Don’t wear white or very light color dress, as the photo is taken with a white background
H1B PAI ( Personal Appearance Interview ) Experience:-
My PAI appointment was scheduled at 8 AM but I reached early at around 7 AM, so was ahead in the Q
1) At first one of the security guards checked my Passport and DS160 confirmation page outside
of the consulate & gave me one serial number(as mentioned in PAI letter).
2) They let us enter into the consulate at 7:45 AM where another security guard checked my pockets and belongings and asked me to place everything in a basket to be passed through metal detector conveyor belt (as in airports). A security also checked with handheld metal detector.
3) After all the security checking was done, I was sent to the waiting room where an Indian person checked my passport, I797B original and the whole bunch of petition which includes the I129 and LCA.
He arranged all the documents and returned those to me along with a white pamphlet
describing the rights we have in US & send us to another room. That was the last room of my visit
4) In this room there are 7 counters. Counter 1 – 4 are for verification & 5 -7 for interviews.
I was sent to counter 2 where an Indian folk checked my passport and asked me my designation & told me to go to counter 4. There an African-American person scanned the barcode which was pasted on the backside of my passport during OFC. Then he checked my finger prints to cross checks the finger prints taken during OFC & asked me to wait.
5) After 30 mins we were asked to form a line & go to counter 6, where the actual interview took place
PAI – H1B Interview Questions
Me: Good Morning sir.. How are you?
VO: (with big smile) Very good morning sir. I am fine, how are you?
Me: I am also fine.
VO: Can I have your passport & I797 please?
Me: Sure..(Gave him the passport & I797B
VO: For which client are you going??
Me: XXYY (He never heard the name I guess, was not able to pronounce it, told again, still not able to pronounce. After 3 attempts, he got it right)
VO: So what are you going to do for them?
Me: I am a developer, will code … blah blah….
VO: Ok Ok. Cool… (stopped me in between). What is your total exp?
Me: 5+ years
VO: Are you married?
Me: No sir.
VO: When are you planning to get married?
Me: Not in next 2 years 🙂
After that he stated to type something in his computer. Suddenly his face became very serious.
Believe me got very much frightened then…..VO looked at me & again started to type. I was wondering why his expressions changed all of a sudden
VO: What will be your salary?
VO: Did anybody give you a white pamphlet?
Me: Yes sir, I was given the same in the waiting room.
VO: Have you gone through that?
Me: have started to go through it
VO: Please go through it. It explains what rights you will have in usa. In case of any questions call the helpline number. You can collect your passport 2-3 business days.
Me: Thanks sir!
VO: Happy Diwali
Me: Happy Diwali!!!
I came out of the consulate at around 9:30 AM.
No other document except passport and I797 was asked from me during the interview.
PAI H1B Interview Tips:-
– There is an Airtel shop which is on the opposite foot of the consulate where you can keep your bags and the shopkeeper provides a token. One can carry his/her wallet inside the consulate. Mobile phones/bag/sealed envelope/any kind of electronic devices are not allowed inside the consulate.
– Reach an hour early
– be confident
– don’t lie to VO
My Visa Interview Experience at Hyderabad – By Braj
Stood in Q and went inside, was given token, waited for 30 mins. My token number was displayed on screen and went to the counter here the lady took finger prints of both hands. Came back home and celebrated Diwali.
Background of H1B Consular interview:
Scheduled at 11:30 AM, reached at 10 and stood in Q. Entered the outside waiting lobby and waited for 5 mins. Soon after staff called us to enter the security check area, they scanned all belongings including all the files we carry. After this I walked in for finger scanning (done by American lady).
After this I was directed to a waiting area and sat for about 2 hours, it was a long wait. I thought this was the best time to go through all the documents and questions that VO might ask.
At about 12:15 PM we were asked to enter the building where actual interviews were held.
I was given a token, went inside and VO just finished interviewing a lady and I Greeted good morning.
Questions asked at H1B interview :
VO: What company?
ME: XYZ Company
VO: Who’s your client?
ME: ABC Client. VO asked me to repeat the client name. I did.
VO: What’s your salary?
ME: XXXXX USD PA
VO: Who’s your Role?
VO: Which place is your company located?
ME: XXX city, YYY state
VO: Have you visited this city before?
VO: Have you visited USA before?
He Looked into system for 10 secs and said “YOUR VISA IS APPROVED”. Have a nice journey/flight..
No cross questions were asked. I didn’t fumble or didn’t gave second thoughts while answering any of those questions. Came back home and celebrated Diwali with kids again.
I guess self-belief and confidence is the mantra.
All the best to all the RedBus2US readers and aspirants about to attend the interview