Many of our readers write about successful H1B Visa stamping experiences, but one of our anonymous readers shared their H1B experience that was quite intense and involved tricky questions around paying money for H1B. Thanks to our anonymous reader for sharing his honest experience, it is quite insightful for anyone attending. You may share your experience here
Background: Applied H1B through a small employer and went for visa stamping. Let me jump into visa interview directly as many have shared the process in earlier experiences. I will share some notes at the end so that you have some idea on why I was grilled for so long.
H1B Interview – First Set of Questions
After 1hr of waiting in queue I went to a counter.
- Wishes exchanged with Visa Officer
- Asked for passport
- Who is current employer?
- How long you’re working with them
- What is your designation?
- How is the work in that employer?
- How many years you are working with that company (Present Employer)?
- Who filed your petition? (Then asked me approval form and went inside and came after 10mins)
- Can you please wait will call you back.(Given one yellow slip written as please be seated until we call back)
After 2 hr. waiting: Second Set of Tricky H1B Interview questions
An Indian lady called me and asked how much money you paid to the employer to process visa. I said nothing. Then she asked I129, Client Letter and asked me to wait.
After 30mins of wait again two VOs called me to a counter.
- VO : How are you sir?
- ME: Doing good sir. How are you.
- VO: Who is your employer?
- ME : XYZ
- VO : Can you tell about your employer?
- ME : Explained the name of the company, place, what kind of work they are doing.
- VO : Now tell me how much money you paid to process your visa?
- ME: I haven’t paid anything sir
- VO : No sir I am asking you how much caution deposit you paid to the employer?
- ME : Same reply from me.
- VO : Are you going to work in client place or employer place?
- ME : Employer only
- VO : Who is the contact person from the employee?
- ME : Given CEO Name.
- VO : have you spoken to him?
- ME: Yes.
- VO : How may rounds of interview they conducted?
- ME : 4 rounds (2 technical, 1 client and 1 hr)
- VO : How much they offered?
- ME : XXX
- VO : Did you commit with them anything?
- ME : Yes, I have accepted to work with them for 1yr.
- VO : Why did you accepted?
- ME : Same question I asked the employer. They told like they spent some time for my recruitment process so I have accepted.
- VO : Did your employer will deduct anything from your salary after you joined with them?
- ME : No they didn’t say anything
- VO: Who is your client what they are doing?
- ME :Explained about the client and work they are doing.
- VO: Who is the contact person in the client place?
- ME: Given the name of the contact
- VO: Have you to spoken to him?
- ME: Yes, couple of times, he took interview on March. And 2 weeks back spoken to him regarding joining date and stamping status
- VO : Again how much employer charged you for visa?
- ME : Same answer, have not paid anything.
- VO: How come? You know XYZ?(Company HR Name)
- ME: Yes he is my HR
- VO: He confirmed us that he has taken X (exact amount that the employer really charged) amount of money from everyone.
- ME : Sorry sir. They didn’t charged me anything. If the HR confirmed then definitely I will ask for explanation about that.
- VO : But one of your colleague only confirmed just now that he paid money to your employer for processing the visa?
- ME: May be, But I am employee referral and you can check the my friend XYZ already working with them
VO : Its ok..
- VO : Tell me truth it won’t effect your visa.
- ME : Same answer. Haven’t paid.
- VO : Tell me how much you paid, I will approve your visa.
- ME : Without paying anything how can I tell?
- ME: It’s really shocking for me that my employer charging money for processing visa. I have done a proper check about the employer before processing. My friend is working there and I have requested some of my friends in US to visit the employer. Everyone have given positive feedback of the employer. In fact first time I am hearing that they are charging money to process visa.
- VO: Oh is it? Paying money is not an issue. I won’t cause anything related to your visa
- ME : Yes I know, Paying money is not an issue(should not say like this, but by that time fully frustrated) but really I didn’t paid anything.
- VO : Do you have any other documents?
- ME : Given all the documents I have. Kept 797 original, copy of 129, LCA, Client letter, Employer offer letter, attorney letter and returned all the original documents except 797.
- VO : Please have a seat will call you back.
- Me Thank you.
Same Indian lady called me returned passport with blue form mentioned one number on top and ticked only “Your application requires more administrative processing before taking final decision” and asked me to leave.
Key notes – Why so much grilling? : Many hate to admit this as it is illegal, but there are good number of people who pay money to get their H1B visa application. It just happened that the same day some other employee, who had H1B sponsored, from the same employer had been to the same consulate and he admitted that he paid X amount of money as caution deposit for visa processing. The guy was convinced by VO that the HR only emailed them that he has paid X amount money as caution deposit. He ended up signing a piece of paper confirming that he paid money. My interview took place after that…Even though I did not pay any money for my H1B application and it was through referral, I had to go through all the grilling. Above are some of the tricky questions that you need to keep in mind. Hope it helps.