Many of our readers have shared their experiences in the last few weeks, I have combined few of them for the sake of convenience. Thanks to our readers Anonlymus, AK, Kumar L, and Bhaddre who have taken valuable time to write up their experience. Really appreciate all their time and contribution to our community. You can share your experience here . We still have few that are on their way to be published in next few days, stay tuned folks.
OFC Experience in Mumbai for H1B Stamping By Anonlymus
I attend the visa interview as Mumbai. I took the OFC on Sunday and consular visit on Monday in Jan. OFC meeting was scheduled on 12:30 pm. on Sunday 12 PM we reach at OFC, trade center. Please note that there is not parking, waiting or locker arrangement, there is no electronic device even CAR keys are allowed. You have to leave all that outside somewhere at your own arrangement. I visited OFC with my wife. At entry, they just check for passport, appointment letter and DS160. The put a sticker on passport and ask us to wait for our number.
The number appeared on the screen and each of us went to a counter. The guy on the counter asked:
- Your passport please.
- Ans : Gave him all my passports
- Why do you want to visit US
- Ans : Have got a offer to worked for my company XYZ.
- put your left, right & thump print on the machine, and we were done for the day.
H1B Visa Stamping Experience Mumbai
On the coming Monday, we visited the Consular Mumbai at 2 PM. There was long queue outside of the Consular office but you need to follow the time as per your appointment. No need to be in the queue. At entry point, our sticker on the passport is checked and allowed to go inside. At inside, we waited for the security check, then went inside and sitting in a long queue. once, we got our numbers, we went into another queue for the finger prints verification. Once it is done, we are asked to stand into another queue for Visa interview. After waiting for 30 mins, we go our turn. There was almost 10-12 Visa interview counter. Each was VO was an US officials. you can hear their voice and interview conversation while being in queue. As soon as a counter is become free, waiting person is asked to go for the interview at that counter. we heard that one particular counter VO was questing too much. She was a young official, and have seen rejecting few of the visa applications. Thought, that, hopefully we should not get that counter. But still, this happened..
H1B Visa Interview Questions at Mumbai – 2016
At counter , me and my officer.
VO : Good after noon sir
me : Good after noon mam
VO: your PP & petition please
VO : since how long you are working with XYZ
Me : I have got a new offer from there for a specialized work to be done.
VO: what kind of company is it.
me : its software prod. development company.
VO : what kind of software they have:
me : explained
VO : why did they hire you.
me : I have referred by one of my friend.
VO : Your friend is working with them?
me : Yes
VO: what is your educational qualification
me : BTECH
VO: what is your salary
me : $XYZ
VO to my wife :
VO : since when you are married
Wife : told the marriage date…
VO: what is your education qualification :
wife : Graduate.
VO looked at screen, start typing many thing, gave lot of bad expression then finally, one last question :
VO :which product are you going to work:
me : told her the product name.
VO : have you gone through this booklet
me : yes
she started typing something, then, she keep our passport and return petition copy, with the words ” you will get your passport in 2 days, have a safe flight to USA and pleasant stay.
H1B Stamping Chennai by AK
My first H1B stamping was in 2010. Since then I did not travel outside the US, and switched 2-3 employers. Now I came for stamping again in Dec 2015. I already had the approved H1B petition (based on I-140 from a previous employer).
Visa Type: H-1B
Time between last stamping and this: 56 months
Eligible for dropbox?: No
Consular visa Location: Chennai, India
OFC appointment: 28 hours before Consular appointment
Time taken for OFC (fingerprinting, photo, etc): 10 minutes
1. Appointment Printout (with both OFC and Consular times printed)
<>: I forgot to take the appointment printout (silly – forgot it in the house), but I was able to convince the respective personnel that it was indeed my scheduled appointment. Since it was just OFC, they cautioned that I need to take it for my consular (in-person) interview, and if I did not take it, I won’t be permitted to attend the interview.
<>: Do NOT forget your appointment printout. You WILL NOT be even let inside the building.
H1B Stamping – Consular Interview – the next day:
Standing in Line: 45 minutes outside the gate
1. What employer/ company? — <>
2. What type of employment — <>
3. Where is it located — <>
4. What salary — <>
5. Brief description about job — Answer I gave: “I manage data – clients’ and internal. Some of it is internal, some of it is client’s data. Let me know if you need more detailed explanation.
<< He said “that’s fine”, and said “your visa has been approved – you will get a SMS with notification on when to pick it up. This will tell your rights as a Immigrant Worker in the US. Please read it thoroughly and good luck! ”
Total Interview Time: <2 minutes
How long did it take between consular interview and receiving stamped passport?: <2 days (received email the day after my interview that my passport is ready for pickup)
Validity of Approval: Approved for 3 more years (until 2018)
Longest time is the actual wait time from outside the consulate office, to inside the consular building and upstairs to the interview area(s).
H1B, H4 Stamping Experience by Kumar L
I want to share my experience which is a positive one with u all so that it can help u in some or the other way to appear with improved confidence for Visa interview…
1) filed for h1b in April 2015 as every one would have done for this year
2) waited for very long to get the update on my application and finally in the month of October (4th week), got an update from my employer that the application got approved
3) that’s when the tension has started like how the questions are going to be in visa etc. and this is where redbus2us site really came in handy to get to know like how the interview process will be etc
4) with some research, zeroed onto Kolkata consulate for OF and Visa interview in 1st week of dec
It’s pretty smooth like it goes for everyone…the appointment was at 12:30 pm where as we reached around 11 and waited till 12:15 as they allow only 15 minutes to our appointment time…it’s better to reach half an hour before instead of reaching there very early…because u will be ending up standing waiting n doing nothing.. Security at the entrance will check for required docs…(appointment confirmation, ds160’s of all candidates and then the passports, rest of the docs like employer & client related stuff are optional, approved petition, I-129 and its supplements – gud to carry)
You will be allowed inside the building and again there will be a check by security and then in the counter inside followed by taking the scan of finger prints etc..
Don’ts: no backpacks, no mobiles. Put in the hotel or give it to someone and walk to OFC.
H1B, H4 Visa interview Day – Questions :
Interview was at 9:30 am next day…reached around 8:30 am…so again waited for another 45 mins as they allow only 15 mins prior…again security check outside & inside including docs…
Then u will be allowed inside to meet one officer in waiting room..he will check whether we had carried the required docs are not and then you will be sent to interview room…there again initial checks by other Indian officers in counters and then will move us to a queue to wait for final interview…this is where American visa officers will be interviewing us…
There were 3 counters and I was hoping for one of the counter where the people were getting stamped and luckily I got that and went there..
First finger prints checking and then the below questions:
A)wished good morning
B)officer greeted ‘Hi’ to my kid as I went with my family for interview
C)officer asked: what’s your highest qualification- told B.tech in so & so discipline
D)who is ur end client – told so & so
E)what do u do for them – told in one line…
That’s it…he was checking for some info in online I believe as he was typing something in computer and he was having water in between and that was making me more tense as he is not asking anything and simply working on the system and officer looked more relaxed..
After few mins,
I heard golden words that “your visas are approved”.
We came out relaxed…myself and my wife kissed my son as this is all about time & luck…
Do’s & Don’ts for Visa Interview
- no backpacks, no mobiles, no sealed envelopes, don’t reach very early…too much of waiting will make u to lose focus…
- Don’t get tensed…be relaxed…don’t get disappointed…
- When u r in queue in front of VO for interview…u will come to know how is the VO and how is he asking the ?s etc and that’s the final chance for anyone to regroup urselves and to hit the bulls eye…
- Be confident and answer VO like u answer in any other interview..
Mock test will help..
- Keep questioning urself and try answering…that will make u tension free…All the best…
H1B Visa Interview at Hyderabad – India – January 2016
Here is my VISA interview experience at Hyderabad Consulate.
OFC Experience – Finger Prints :
Jan 10th Finger Prints. Scheduled at 11:00 AM. Went to the location at 10:00 AM but they didn’t allow inside. Candidates will be allowed only 15min earlier. 10:45 AM went inside security checked appointment letter, Passports, DS160. I changed the DS160 as previous has some mistakes with salary. Security gave a token and made to wait and next step is straight forward came out by 11:15AM.
H1B Interview Questions at Hyderabad, India – 2016
On Jan 11th went to US Consulate at scheduled time 11:00 AM. Went inside after security verifying the Passports. After 10mins Security gave token. Below are the questions after we made it to the interview.
VISA OFFICER : Good Morning
Me : Good Morning Officer
VISA OFFICER : Your I 797 Please
Me : Handed Over the Docs
VISA OFFICER : How you got this Offer
Me : That’s through employee referral programme
VISA OFFICER : Whats your USA Salary
Me : 65100 $
VISA OFFICER : Whats your Position?
Me : System Analyst
VISA OFFICER : Are you going to work for Client or its a In-house Project
Me : It’s for Client
VISA OFFICER : Who is the Client
Me : Told the Client name
VISA OFFICER : Whats your qualification
Me : Bachelors in Computer Science
VISA OFFICER : What’s the passing year
Me : 2007
VISA OFFICER : To my wife — Do you have children
Her : No
VISA OFFICER : To Her — Is it the first time you are travelling
Her : Yes
VISA OFFICER : Your Visa is Approved. Have a happy stay
Me : Thank you officer