Many of our good readers have been sharing their experiences to be shared with all our readers. This week, I would like to Thank Rams, Rajesh and Sandhya for taking time to share their experiences with all of us. Rams has given a much detailed experience, special thanks to him. You can share your experience as well here .
H1B and H4 Visa Experience at Hyderabad by Rams
Background: I attended H1B visa interview last week in Hyderabad and it was approved. I am following this forum from past 2 weeks and people are sharing their experiences. Whenever I read the existing experiences posts, I always think about when I will write my H1B experience like this. Finally the day came and I am really very happy to write my experience. I will not write how I started from my home and what I did after that (it’s all dependent on the person how and where he start :)). Below is my Experience at OFC and on the day of Interview
OFC/ Biometrics Experience at Hyderabad
Please reach before 30 mins to your schedule appointment, before that the security person did not allow you to enter inside (This is what I have observed their, incase if you want to wait outside of the consulate for some time, it’s your wish)
Documents Carried to OFC Center : I have carried all my H1B documents to OFC center to avoid any further complications or issues.
1. OFC and Consulate Interview appointment confirmation Letter
2.Passports (For all if you are going with your H4 people)
3. Fee Receipt acknowledgement letter
5. DS 160 confirmation page with Barcode
Step 1 : Once you enter into the consulate with basic security check, you will be joining in a queue and VAC people will come to you and they check DS 160 forms with your passport details (If there is any mismatches they will guide you to make the changes and join in the queue. My suggestion is, while filling DS 160 itself, give all the correct details to avoid any further complications inside the consulate)
Step 2: Once you clear the step1 process, you will be entering into the OFC premises where you have to empty your pockets and keep everything thing in the tray and go to the officer and they will cross check your passports and put a white sticker with Token# on the backside of the passport.
Step 3: Once the 2nd step completes, security person ask you to sit in the waiting area for your turn (Keep a eye on the display screen for your token) and go to the respective counter.
Step 4: Once the 3rd step completes, you will be inform of the VAC officer and they will ask your passport and ask you basic questions. In my case it was,
Question: Why you want to go to States?
Answer: To work for my employer (Said the Employer name)
Question: When is your interview?
Answer: Tomorrow (Said the date and time)
they have taken photo and finger prints. That’ it. the entire process completed in 20 mins.
H1B Visa Stamping Interview day: I really prepared well and I have complete documentation from my employer so I am confident but there was some nervous and my heart is pumping like anything from 8:00 AM. My interview was scheduled at 10:30 am. me and my family went to consulate by 9:40 AM. Outside of the consulate gate we waited for 15 mins and then they asked us to hold the passports in hand (they did basic check and allowed us to inside the consulate). We formed in a queue and I have taken out everything from my pockets and kept it in a tray (Watch, Belt, documents, Bangles, wallet, pen, etc..) and we proceed further into the queue and inside the security room they have asked me to open the sealed cover. So, finally I joined in the queue and after 20 mins they asked us to proceed further for finger prints verification, after that we have joined in a queue for Visa interview with a token.
In front of me there were around 7 including F1, H1b, H4 aspirants. Before me, there is one guy from top MNC company and his visa rejected saying, your qualifications are not meeting H1B requirements hence ask your employer to refile again in next year. My Turn came. We went to the counter with lot of stress ( But I managed with little smile)
H1B Visa Interview Questions
Me: Good morning Mam.
VO: Good morning.
VO: passports please.
VO: Who is your petitioner?
Me: Said my petitioner name
VO: How long you have been working for this employer?
Me: It’s new opportunity
VO: What is your salary?
Me: I have asked her, you’re asking about Current salary or proposed US salary?
VO: US salary?
Me: Said the salary as mentioned in my offer letter (Please cross check your salary should be common in LCA, Offer letter, and other documents.
VO: What is the current employee size in US company?
Me: said the count (I have taken it from my I129 document)
VO: What is your position?
Me: Said my Role. I am a Software Engineer (as mentioned in the I129)
VO: What is your Highest Qualification?
Me: Master of Science in Computers
VO: From when you have completed/did this?
Me: OU, Hyderabad
H4 Visa Interview Questions:
VO: How long you have been married?
Wife: XX years old.
VO: Will your kids go to school in US?
VO: Pointing her finger to the Human rights pamphlet and said that, Do you have this document and you have to read this before you land in US.
That’s it.. Not golden, Platinum words ” I am approving your VISA, have a safe journey”. We wished her with big heart and said ” Thank you mam, have a good day”
The interview process took less than 5 mins and entire process took about 1 hour. We came out of the consulate @10:35 AM and you guys know what we will do after coming out with such a happy moment in life. Collected my passports on the very next day. Very happy… All the best.
H1B Visa Experience at Hyderabad by Rajesh
I have been a silent listener in this group from the past 8 months and this forum really helped me in each and every aspect. I want to say heartfelt thanks from my bottom of my heart to the Admin of the site. Yesterday i have given my H1B Visa Interview in Hyderabad consulate and my Visa got approved. I want to share my experience here –
Background : Biometrics Appointment
10/04 12:30pm is my biometric appointment and I have reached there by 12:00 Pm. As soon as i reach they allowed me to go inside and the overall process took me around 7-8 min to complete. They just saw my passport, DS-160 and Appointment letter. They verified and gave it back. Later gave my finger prints. I was out by 12:10 Pm.
H1B Interview Day : 10/07 10:30 Am is my H1B Interview Appointment time. I reached there by 9:30 Am, but they allowed me after 10 Am. We have a seating arrangement inside. They took another Finger printing (to cross check) and gave me a counter number to stand in the queue. Have 4 members in the queue. I was able to listen from all the counters what they have been asking but did not want to show interest what they were asking because unnecessarily you will think for those answers and get you more tensed.
In my counter there was a US lady and there are two guys before me, they both gave interview about 10 min each and I’m really tensed what she will ask me. But thank god she only asked 3 questions to me
- Who is the petitioner filed your case
- what is your Client
- What will you do there?
- Did you read the pamphlet – Yes
Finally golden Words – VISA Approved. All the best friends those who are going out there for VISA interview. Thanks
H1B Stamping Experience at Hyderabad – Sandhya.
Today I want to share my H1 interview experience at Hyderabad consulate.
Day 1 – Biometics for H1B Stamping : My Biometric was on September 13th 4:00 PM at OFC. I went there at 3:15. Security did not allow my brother to the entrance who accompanied me. We are not allowed to take anything other than required certificates. Security guard allowed me into the queue at 3:15 pm. The queue is not that much the reason may be its starting season of H1. After 10 mins queue standing one attendant checked my DS 160 and appointment letter and passport. Then she allowed into the OFC. Visa officer checked my DS 160 sticked one label on my passport and gave token to take biometrics. I waited at the waiting hall for my turn. After 10 mins waiting biometric officer have taken my photo using web camera and finger prints. She asked my name and the purpose of travel. That’s it my biometrics done. This entire process had taken 30 mins completed all this at3:45.
Day 2 – H1B Visa Interview : The second day my visa interview September 14th at 10:00 am. I reached consulate at 9:15 and was allowed into the queue. The security checked the label on the passport which was sealed by the biometric officer. Security guard instructed us to don’t carry any cosmetics, phones, food etc. After I allowed into the premises greeter showed the seat to wait for the security check. After 10 mins waiting my turn came. During that check we need to put all our belongings in one box for scan including wrist ornaments also. Once it’s done, I waited 10 more mins for the next process. They allowed our row to the biometric check.This day officer will compare the biometrics which was given by us at biometric OFC. Once it’s matched they gave one token with the counter number. Lined into that counter. After 10 minutes of waiting my turn came. Visa officer and I greeted each other. Then the most tensed moment questions turn 🙂
1) he asked my experience in IT industry.
2) my client name
3) my designation
4)what my client is doing over there.
5) After that he asked my I797 B
Then he took my passport and smiled at me. Thank god my tension relieved left consulate around at10:45.
Admin Processing Status after H1B Stamping :
Once I came home checked my visa status. Again my tension raised. The visa status is showing as admin processing. I checked in the net what’s meant by admin processing. Different versions I read. finally concluded by reading all those was it might take more time to get visa. Some process was left to get visa. But by god’s grace the status had been changed to issue by the evening. On 15th I got a mail from US Embassy pick your passport. That’s the story of my interview process friends.