Below are some of the H1B, H4 Visa stamping experiences shared by our readers. Thanks to Amolk for sharing detail experience. I have taken experience posted by Ram and added it here. Thanks to them for sharing with all of us, you can share your experience here so that we post it on the blog for everyone’s benefit.
H1B, H4 – FY 2016 Quota Visa Stamping Experience in Mumbai
I got my H1b visa approved on 14th Sept. My appointment was on 13th for Photo and Fingerprints at VAC, Trade center, Mumbai @ 2:45 PM. Visa interview was on 14th Sept 10:00 AM at U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai Consular Section C-49, G-Block, Bandra Kurla
Fingerprint Taking – Experience
On 13th we(me and my wife) reached at Trade Center at 2:15 PM. Security ask us to step in for the process. Same time there was a queue of applicant whose appointment was at 3:00 PM
There they need your passport and DS 160 copy.
Then we got one bar-code sticker on back of our Passport. We moved then to the window individually where they were clicking your photo and taking the Fingerprints. This process hardly took 7-8 mins. We were then out at 2:35 PM and headed to our Hotel for next day preparation.
Day of H1B Visa Stamping
What NOT to carry ?
On morning of 14th we reached at U.S. Consulate General office around 9:15 AM. There was queue of applicant. We followed the line and entered into open area inside Consulate’s office after security check. Note here don’t take any electronic item while going to interview. We ware knowing this fact so we kept our mobiles at hotel. There are some people outside Consulate office, they will charge you around 300-500 bucks to keep you mobiles.
What’s the process inside ?
The queue (which is a seating arrangement) was moving to interview hall, we stepped into interview hall at around 10:25 AM. While inside the interview we ware able to listen Q&A for other applicant’s as the interview window was not far from the queue. There was three windows, where interview was conducted by ladies was having more rejection than other window. We prayed to got not to give those window to us. Luckily we got window #28. The guy that side was cool. Then the conversations starts as follow.
H1B and H4 Visa Interview Questions :
Me: Hello Sir, Good morning.
VO: Good morning. (Looking at both of us) so what is your relationship?
Me: She is my wife.
Vo: Can I have you PP please.
Me: Yes (Handed over to him.)
Vo: I 797?
me: (I gave him void copy, and asked) You need original one?
me: here it is (gave him both)
VO: Ohh , off course. (He mumbled something , I couldn’t heard that). Where are you going?
Me: @ north Brunswick, NJ at client’s space.
VO: Is it in-house or client project?
Me: Client’s , xxxxxx(client name).
VO: (he was searching for something) How do you spell it? (I think he was searching)
Me: (I spelled it and gave him client letter)
Vo: Thanks (He took the client letter). What is your role and responsibility?
Me: My role will be programmer analyst. (and explain as, The responsibilities are end-end s/w development. That includes Requirement analysis, estimates, design, coding, testing and if required prod support and maintenance.)
Vo : You have prior experience in it?
Me: Yes. As I been working in the S/W development and have more than 8 years of experience.
Vo: What will be your salary?
Me: xxxxx per year.
Vo: What is you highest qualification?
Me: Bachelors of Engineering in 2006.
Vo: How many years you have been married?
Vo: You have children?
(Then one guy came to him asking something, he asked us to wait for couple of min. He went away from the window), When he came back.
Vo:(To my wife) You had L2, this your first time travel?
My Wife: Yes
Vo: Why you have not traveled on L2 earlier?
My Wife: I had some health issues?
Vo: (He made a sad face) ohhh! (He was going through her passport as there was some tourist visa we had in our passport).
Vo: Are you working ?
My Wife: Yes.
Vo: Which job you are in?
My Wife: I am working as QA engineer at xxx company.
Vo: You know that on H4 you cannot work in USA?
My Wife : Yes I know.
Vo: (To me, showing me workers right template) you have this template with you and gone through it?
Vo: (With Smile) OK, Your visa has been approved and will be ready in 2-3 business days. Thank you.
Me: (With bigger smile) Thanks you sir. (left the window with smile and relief)
Second Reader’s Stamping Experience
H1B Visa Interview Questions in Mumbai, India – FY 2016
I have done my visa interview today in Mumbai and approved. Here i am sharing my experience with you guys, It could be helpful. I have carried most of the documents but not even single document asked.
Me: GM Madam with good smile.
Vo: GM and asked PP and I797
Vo: What this company do ?
Me: Software Dev company
Vo: Where this is located?
Vo: Who is ur client?
Me: In-house partner development project
Vo: What about project?
Vo: Are you married?
Vo: Are they coming along with you?
Me: not at the movement.
Vo: What is ur highest qualification?
Me: B.E Comp
Vo: What is salary?
Vo: Are you from Chennai?
Me: No, I am working in xxx company in Mumbai.
Vo: What is ur designation?
She took about another 2mins checking in the system and Finally Golden words, left the place.
I know its easy to tell that don’t be nervous, but be confident and maintain eye contact. I was very much thinking for last 2days and finally said to my self that Vo’s are there to give the visas not to reject the visa. there are many people who applied for visa, very few are rejections and who ever got 221g they are sharing the here most so look for positive side, many of them getting approvals as well, not all of them sharing positive. Be confident and finally god is there. hope it will helpful you guys.
Third H1B and H4 Stamping Experience – FY 2016 Quota
First of all I would like to thank to this forum. I am silent listener of this forum from past 3 years. last 2 years was not having luck and not been through lottery. But this time luck was with me and all went well, Today I received my passport with H1B stamping. I never posted single comment in this forum from past 3 years. but now I am sharing my this year experience to all of you. Please find below my brief experience from my filing to my consulate interview. Which may help others.
Background Info :
Vermont Service Center.
My Petition type : Regular/Non-Advanced Degree
Receipt Date : 23rd Apr, 2015
Approval Notice : 24th June, 2015
Consulate location : Chennai
OFC Appointment Date : 30th Aug, 2015
Consulate Interview : 31st Aug, 2015
Passport with H1B stamping Received date : 2nd Sep, 2015
Conversation With Visa officer at Chennai: Questions
VO : Hello!!! How are you doing?
Me & Spouse : Good afternoon officer, I am good. Thank You.
VO : Passport please.
Me : Passed mine and spouse passport.
VO : XYZ is your petitioner.
Me : Yes, That’s Correct officer. and repeated XYZ.
VO : How did you come to know about your sponsoring company?
Me : I kept my profile in naukri.com job portal, They are posted their job advertisement in naukri, their job description best matches to my profile and applied for it.
VO : How many employees working for your petitioner.
Me : 10000+ Employees [ my voice was very low, Officer heard only 10+ ]
VO : suddenly, only 10.
Me : Yes, 10000+ employee with my louder voice.
VO : Do you have client letter.
Me : No, I will be working from my petitioner development center at XXX City, YYY State.
VO : Do you have project description letter.
Me : Yes, and passed my Itinerary of Service letter and said her my project description mentioned in it.
VO : Officer took some time and looking at her system, and said me, you said you don’t have client earlier.
Me : I do have client project, working from my petitioner location at XXX City, YYY State.
VO : Took some more time at her system, and asked, are there any third party vendor involved in.
Me : No, I am directly associated with my employer.
VO : Finally heard 3 golden words “Your visa approved”, will be keeping your passport and you will get it in 2 to 3 working days. And provided me “Rights to in US pamplet” and asked me to go through it before you travel.
Me : Thank you very much officer, and was in hurry to come out from there.
Spouse : Not even single questions to her. My spouse said to me after interview, officer has looked at her many times, and whenever officer looked at her, she has given smile to officer.
I congratulate all who all are been through lottery and done their stamping.
And others please don’t be upset, Keep try till you get it. I understand the frustration when we won’t through lottery and more on waiting for it. Good luck to all.