Recently a very good friend of mine attended H1B visa interview at Chennai consulate… He was gracious to share his experience with our readers…Thanks to my friend…If you have attended visa interview, please send it to redbus2us(at)gmail.com, it will help our readers.
Visa stamping at Chennai Consulate General
Visa officer (V.O): Which company are you working for?
Me: I am working for XYZ company as a ABC.
V.O: What does the company do?
Me: It is an IT services company which provides computer software etc..,
V.O: Who paid for your H1B?
Me: My company sponsored my H1 fee
V.O: Why did you change employer?
Me: For career growth and better benefits
V.O: Which client are you working for?
Me: XYZ client
V.O: Can I see your LCA and Pay stubs?
Me: Produced them, he was particular if the LCA was filed at the client location
V.O: Do you have client letter?
Me: Produced it, he looked at it and questioned if I work closely with manager who gave me the letter, I answered him that he is my manager manages my project and oversees the budget of the project and I work closely with him.
V.O: Asked me for my W2
Me: Produced it. Asked me if I have worked only part year? I mentioned I worked for the whole year.
Thanks to Almighty, Visa got approved! 🙂
Did my homework and had all the required documentation and was well prepared for all the questions and answered them confidently having eye to eye contact!.
Lessons to learn from Visa Stamping experience :
There has been so much scrutiny lately with the new H1B visa guidelines introduced earlier this year related to employer-employee relationship and it is very obvious with the kind of questions the visa officer asked. If you look closely at interview, the visa officer is very keen on the documents….You need to have every single document LCA, Client letter, Pay stubs, and W2…these are very fundamental…The biggest lesson to take away is to be prepared with set of latest documents. Also, the Visa officer is asking “who paid for H1 ?”, some of you may be in situations where you may have ended up paying for H1B without knowledge or for some reason. In fact, it should be paid by the H1B sponsor… Read this article : H1B visa Online Advisory tool by DOL (Department of Labor) to know various details or info about H1B visa holder rights, etc…Also, Check the list of documents for H1B/L1 Visa stamping by US Consulate
Do you have any other H1B visa related question or experience to share ?
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