One of my close friends recently visited India for his H1B visa extension Stamping. I am sharing this with our readers because, with the new memorandum and H1B rules of 2011 quota, there are many rumors about visa stampings and also with the recent incidents in January 2010 where H1B holders were sent back at Port of Entry in Newark , people are very confused. The reality is, many bloggers and everyone share only BAD experiences, no one writes about GOOD experiences and how many people are coming through immigration at US port of entry. My goal here is to share some positive experiences and clear some myths and help you all prepare well. My friend is kind enough to share with me his complete experience. Thanks to him !
Background about my friend: He attended Visa interview in Mumbai. In fact, it was his H1B visa extension stamping. He works as a consultant and has lived in US for almost 4 years on H1B visa.
H1B visa extension interview Questions 2010 :
The visa interview questions were very basic and see below for the responses he gave to the visa officer. Also, some tips along with them. ( VO means Visa officer ). I am writing on behalf of him as he explained me everything. ‘He’ refers to my friend
- VO : What company do you work for?
- He told the client name absentmindedly and the visa officer was confused and looked twice at him at the computer and then looked at him again. My friend realized that he messed it up and then told sorry and said that is the client name and I work for so and so company. Be careful here, say the company name you work for, do not get confused and tell the client name. It can create a little confusion for visa officer and you do not want to screw up here.
- VO : Briefly explain what work do you do ?
- He explained all the regular stuff that he works in IT and all the technical jargon about what the client does, etc blah blah blah… Just tell what you actually do at client site. Do not try to create anything from nothing, ideally use proper technical jargon as would use at work.
- VO : How long have you been working with this company ?
- He said, for the past 4 years.
- VO: Surprisedly asked “ You haven’t changed your employer in 3 years”
- He said, “ yes, we have a long implementation and the client is good etc etc. and he liked the company, etc..”
- VO: Can I have a look at your recent Paystubs ?
- He gave all the latest paystubs 4 of them, W2 of previous years, then pay stubs of previous years. In fact, he created a stack of Paystubs followed by the W2 of that year. The VO looked at the latest 3 pay stubs or so and then W2 of last year, did not look everything and handed it back.
VO congratulated and told him that he would get visa in a week or so. That’s it. NO drama. In fact, my friend said, all the people around him got visa too. At least the people who were in line with him before and in next lines.
H1B Port of entry (POE) questions :
Port of entry is the immigration check point before you enter USA. For my friend Chicago was the port of entry and as usual he filled in the I94 form and he was in the line looking around. My friend was looking at the instruction screens that say how to fill out forms, what to keep handy, etc. The Immigration officer called my friend once and my friend was so deeply involved reading the instructions on screen, the immigration officer had to call second time loudly and he said, “ I have a copy of the instructions on a CD, do you like one of those ?” My friend approached the immigration officer and just replied jokingly, “Well, that’s the only entertainment you provide for us when we are standing in line”. Some light humor, but not super funny… CBP (Customs and Border protection) officer or Immigration officer asked these questions. Just one question :
- What do you work as?
- Software developer. That’s it he did not say anything else. The immigration officer took the finger prints, as usual and took picture and stamped the I94 and gave passport too. , he says :
- Towards the end, immigration officer says, “Do you want that CD on how to answer questions ?”
- My friend replied. “NOPE. Thanks” smiled and left.
That’s it. NO Drama nothing. You may also read the recent post on Critical H1B extension Questions of 2010 and how to answer them.
If you have any positive H1B visa stamping or port of entry experiences to share, please send me your experience, I will share with our readers. Let’s share some positive experiences and create positive attitude among people attending H1B visa interviews or coming through port of entry !
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