One of our readers Jayanth got his H1B Visa Stamping done at Chennai. Congrats to him. Thanks to Jayanth for taking time to write up and share his experience. You can also share it here
Background – When to arrive, Steps before interview at Chennai
Hi Guys, I have been a reader of this forum for sometime and it has helped me a lot. First things first. Thanks a lot for this forum.
I attended h1b visa interview in chennai yesterday and it went like a breeze. I had appointment at 9.My friends had told me they will get me in much before my interview time. So, I was at the consulate at 8. But, there was a good rush and I was sent in only at 9. Make sure you go just 5-10 mins before your interview. No point in hanging out nearby.
As soon as I went in, documents were asked and bundled together. One thing I noted was, Indians inside are much less courteous towards their compatriots than the Americans! Anyway, after the interview you need to go fingerprinting. All this took about 45 mins. No token in chennai consulate.
After this, i was sent to another building where interviews happen. There will be some 5-6 queues and one official was assigning people to queues prioritising earlier appointments. I went in at around 9:40. So I was immediately sent into one queue.
One H1b or L1 was given a white slip, another F1 was rejected, one B1 was approved by the VO officer. Here goes my exp.
H1B Visa interview Questions from Visa officer
VO: Have you worked in US before
ME: No. but I was in US before on B1 visa for around 13-14 days.
VO: <I could see he was happy that I did not abuse my earlier visa>
VO: What’s your qualification
Me: BE in CS
VO: Is it in a inhouse proj?
VO: your job?
Me: blah blah blah <cut in between and says I understand sir!>
VO: where is your office
Me: XX, XX
VO: how much you will be paid
VO. Thats very nice Sir! I approved your visa and you will get it in another 3-4 days.
I was happy it got over without much fuss. I was also disappointed he didn’t ask any docs. I took such great pains to collect them:P. I was out of the consulate by 10:30.
My Observation and Thoughts
Note that the Visa Interview is just a formality and they are there to give you visa. Only thing is make sure u don’t raise any red flags. Think before you say something. The F1 was rejected because he said something like “I will work there for 2 yrs after education and then come back”. If they even smell visa abuse they refuse.
If all your docs are genuine and you are honest, no reason for them to refuse.
Good luck to all of you!