It has been a while since I wrote, have been very busy with lot of things…Anyways, I will try to get back to my normal routine from today. One of my friends recently went for H1B visa stamping in India. He explained me the kind of questions they are asking especially H1B holders and what they are looking. This article will shed light on couple of those and do analysis on why Visa officer is keen on these kind of questions. This post assumes that you have H1B visa and you are going for extension visa stamping.
I am sure all of you are aware of the latest H1B visa rules of 2011, Also, if you have not, please check this article on “ H1B visa petition filing guidelines for 2011 quota and H1B extensions”. Coming back to our point, recently there has been lot of fuss about H1B visa holders being sent back at Newark Port of entry in January 2010 and with all these multitude of events occurring, people are scared about anything related to H1B visa. One of the major things is going to H1B visa extension stamping. You can avoid visa stamping to a certain degree, but if your situation forces, you have to go to visa stamping and face the visa interview with Visa officer. Here are few questions and I will explain them in detail. Why they are important and logic being them and How to be prepared them.
- Where do you work ? What client ?
- How long have you been working with the company ?
- What is your Salary ?
- What does your company do ? What is your role ?
- Can I have a look at your recent pay stubs ?
Few other similar questions, there is no big deal, anyone can answer the questions
Critical questions for H1B visa consultants 2010 :
- Where is your LCA ( Labor Condition Application) for current project?
- Can I look at your LCAs for the previous projects?
- Your salary is $10,000 in February. why is it only $5,000 dollars in October ?
- How much did your client bill ? How much did you get ?
If you look above, the Normal questions are very easy and they are nothing new. It is just an interaction with Visa officer and you answer the questions. There are no tricks in there. When you say salary, you must say what is your H1B visa petition. You may get bonus, you can say that it is bonus for… Most of us carry all the documentation, so we are fine if they just ask the first set of questions.
Critical H1B visa interview questions 2010 :
Let’s look at each one of the questions individually,
Where is your LCA for current project?
LCA should be filed in the project location before you start working at a project. So, the Visa officer is asking for the latest LCA. It is very critical for carrying the current LCA. Small/ Medium Desi consulting companies used to do it late or skip the LCA filing, now you have to be careful. An instance just happened that the H1B visa holder did carry all the previous LCAs, but did not carry the present project LCA. So, there was a problem.
Can I look at your LCAs for the previous projects?
This one is also very important. The visa officer may ask, “ how may projects did you change in last year or two” . You say, “three”. Then they ask for the copies of the LCAs. You must carry copies of the previous copies of LCA. Your employer must have these, it is very important. Carry every LCA you have.
Your salary is $10,000 in February. why is it only $5,000 dollars in October ?
Well, this is the hard thing for H1B consultants who have been on bench and trying to find a job. There might be various terms between employer and employee. But, according to law, H1B visa holder should be paid as promised in the H1B petition irrespective of being on bench. The point is, if your pay stubs show some big fluctuations like from $10,000 to $5,000 drop , then Visa officer understands, there is some snake oil here and tries to pound on that. Be prepared to deal with kind of questions. I do not have a good answer. At least, this info is ideal for planning for future.
How much did your client bill ? How much did you get ?
This question is exactly similar to above one, the Visa office is trying to trick you here and ask questions about client, vendor and other layers, etc. Also, trying to see what are you doing with the deals. The point is, as most of us are under pressure at Visa stamping, people may sometimes take side steps and reveal something that is not intended to be revealed. Be careful. Ideally, as an employee, your job is just work on H1b Visa and everything related to billing is taken care by the company that sponsors you H1B visa.
Healthcare, Social security deductions :
Also, the visa officers are looking closely at the pay stubs to see if you are paying all your taxes correctly. They look at your W2. They are very keen on looking at your deductions of Healthcare, Social security and others. Be careful and discuss with your employer about these before you go to stamping.
These are some tricky questions asked. There might be similar ones, but the above ones are definitely worth thinking through and be prepared for them.
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