H1B and H4 Visa 2013 Stamping Experience – Chennai, India – Tips for Success !

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One of our readers, Anil was kind enough to write up his H1B visa stamping experience to share with our readers.  Firstly, Congrats to Anil and his wife for successful visa stamping and Thanks to him for sharing the experience. You can share your experience here

Background Info

I am sharing my experience of the visa interview for my wife and I for H1B visa for me and H4 for my wife. I hope this may help some of you who is going to attend the interview. The visa interview was in Chennai at 16:30 PM (13th May 2013) and the OFC (Offsite Facilitation Center) appointment was on May 12th, 2013 ( 10:30 AM)

US Visa OFC Process in Chennai-India  for H1B and H4 Visa

1. We reached the Chennai OFC center by 15.45PM and were allowed inside.
2. I had an updated DS160 (Different from the one used during booking the appointment) and informed this to the officials at the gate.
3. They checked the documents – only passports and DS160 and were asked to go to the first floor.
4. Mobile phone was allowed but we had to switch it off.
5. I again informed the officials in the first floor about the new DS-160, they updated the barcode and put stickers on the passport and wrote the new application numbers.
6. Then we got a token and moved to another room.
7. Passport and DS160, Appointment confirmation letter were checked.
8. Photo Clicked, Fingers scanned and then exit.
9. No questions were asked here.
10. Please reach early to this place. Luckily for us there was not much traffic as well as not much people in the OFC.

H1B and H4 Visa Interviews – Process at US Consulate in Chennai
We reached the US Consulate by 9.30Am for the appointment scheduled at 10.30Am. There was a queue for every segment of the process. We stood in a queue and then out passports were verified. Then a token was stuck on one of the passport and we were allowed to get in after thorough security check. No mobile phones to be carried here. The official guided us to take our seats and look out for the token number on the TV screen. When it appeared,
First Counter:
Our documents and petition approval were verified.
Question: Why did you update the DS160? (Answered)

Next Counter:
We had to give our finger prints, rather verify the finger prints.

After this we were made to wait for some time and then finally joined another queue that leads to the Visa interview.
Here is the Interview Part:
to Me ( H1B Visa):
1. To which place are you travelling to? (Answered)
2. Which company do you work for? (Answered)
3. Who is your client? (Answered)

To My wife (H4 Visa ) :
1. When did you both get married? (Answered)
2. How did you meet your husband? (Answered)
3. How many guests attended your wedding? (Answered)
4. Which color Saree did you wear for the wedding? (Answered)

And after that he said, “Your Visa Approved. Have a nice day”. We left the place after submitting the courier details.

Things to remember for Visa Interview – My thoughts
1. Be calm and confident.
2. Don’t get influenced by other interviews that are happening.
3. Dress nicely.
4. Have an eye contact with the Visa officer.
5. Don’t be nervous.

My interview was really short. I had taken all original documents but was checked only for passport, DS160, Appoint confirmation letter, Petition approval.

Hope this is helpful and good luck for others.

Cheers!
Anil
http://anilwrites.blogspot.com/

   

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Comments ( 28 )

  1. vibha

    Anil, Were you married at the time of you filling the first DS-160 for visa appointment? Did you fill your marital status as single or married when u filled out the DS-160 form?

  2. Thilak

    Hi,
    If am attending the interview with my dependent, do we face the questions on the same counter at the same time?

  3. Rakesh Kumar

    Hi,
    Recently I booked my H1B visa interview date along with my dependent(H4 visa). But in the interview confirmation page it is showing H1B visa for both of us. I am not sure why it is showing like that. Is it normal or system has messed something up? Please suggest what to do in this case?

    Thank you,

  4. Anand Shyam

    I had my H1B interview on Sep 6th. I work in US on EVC model. I was on L1B & applied H1B last year & got it approved. No gaps in my employment, as soon as I got H1B approved, I started working for new employer from last October.

    Questions asked in the interview:
    1) Are you returning or newly going to US?
    2) Whats your salary?
    3) Whats your role?
    4) Is your employer paying ontime?
    5) Any issues with payments or with your employer?

    after all these questions, he said “your visa is approved”. Whatever they ask, answer with confidence, you will be good.
    Good Luck everyone.

  5. venkat

    hi

    I have appled for H1B visa,

    could any one of you tell what will be the schedule of the Visa interviews.

    thank is advance
    Venkata chitturi

  6. Peerthy

    Hi All,
    Yesterday i attended H1 Visa interview Chennai Consulate RQ/RP Fresh H1. VO asked I-797.
    1. Who is your employer?
    2. location u going to work?
    3. Roles & Responsibilities?
    Finally visa officer told your visa got approved & hand over me the white pamphlet. Thanks for all. Wishing good luck for those who going to stamping.

    Regards,
    Peerthy.

    1. H1B stamping - need guidance

      Hi Peerthy,

      Congratz on getting H1 stamped.

      I am planning for H1 stamping in the mid of Oct.
      I need some guidance from you.

      Could you please add me in gtalk/gmail

      My mail id – madhavi(dot)savitha(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. manasa

    Hi, my name is Manasa. I attended for F1 visa on june 2012 and got rejected under 214(b). Now I got married, I am going to attend for H4 visa along with my husband(H1) next month. I am afraid to attend visa. Will I face any problem? Will they ask about my past F1 visa?
    If any one faced the same problem and got succeded, Please give reply.
    Your reply will give me confidence.

  8. raghu

    Hi,

    I have applied for H1B visa from India this year and it got approved by uscis. May I know, if all goes well in the visa interview when can i go to USA.

    Thanks,
    Raghu.

  9. Carry

    My H1B and my dependents H4 interview took place today. Minimum questions asked (what is your employer’s name, where will you be working at) and approval right away. Wish good luck to all.

  10. AKS

    Dear Saurabh

    Can you please clarify how much is US Embassy fees for stamping through BEP process ?

    My employer say $650 but I suppose it is $190.

    please confirm.

  11. Srivastav

    Hello, I have H1-B Samping from my previous Employer valid till Apr 2014. I don’t have Visa stamping for my current Employer yet. I would need to visit Inidia early next month. Could anyone please let me know if I need to go for Visa stamping again or just I can return using the previous Employer H1-B Visa stamping? Please let me know any other issues.
    Thanks a lot!

    1. rkode

      It seems like they were filed H1 petition in last year cap.Some stupid Indian IT com’s file the the petition and they will allow you to attend interview when they find some requirement.This case could be one of it

    1. same here

      Actually, it’s the simplest questions that trips people up. When someone marries a citizen, and they go through the same process, they can be asked “what color is your spouse’s toothbrush?” Or “what side of the bed do you and your spouse sleep on?” Those questions are common in all visa procedures. They seem silly to us but not to the immigration official.

      Source: My friend/husband 🙂

      1. a

        Not a tricky question. Questions like this are about the everyday life and the important moments of a married couple. The point is that the both of you have to give the same answer. Not being able to answer one question correctly is probably not disastrous, but it will alert the immigration officer.

      2. A

        If you think ANY woman would EVER forget what she wore on her wedding day, you clearly don’t know women.

        By the same token, do you really think you’ll forget the color of your wife’s wedding saree? Think about it!

        1. a

          No, of course not. Genuine married couples don’t need to worry about it at all, and from their point of view such questions may indeed seem ridiculous. But if someone got “married” a week before the interview just because it’s his / her best interest in order to set foot on American land, it’s easier than you think to slip on these simple questions. Why? Because they can ask anything: the other person’s favorit color, if you keep your toothbrushes in the same glass, when is your husband’s / wife’s birthday, etc. Asking questions like these makes it easy to filter out people who barely know each other and their intentions with the visa is questionable…

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