Naveen got his H1B visa stamping in late December after Holidays. He has articulated beautifully with every single detail in the whole process. Should be really helpful for anyone attending H1B visa stamping or any other visa stamping at Chennai, India. Congrats to Naveen on his Successful visa stamping ! Thanks to him for taking time to write up and share his experience with our readers.
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My H1B visa interview experience:
I have tried to explain the things that might be of some importance for the smooth Visa experience. I have tried to cover the fine details too(So not the one if you are in hurry!).
After I got my petition approved, as per my petitioner’s suggestion I got my interview scheduled on 23rd Dec (Considering the fact that this date will be followed by Christmas holidays). We were just hoping that Visa Officers in general will be in good holiday mood and if at all luck factor comes in to picture for the Result of the interview then chances of Murphy’s Law (“If anything can go wrong, it will”) would be real less 🙂
I got my tickets reserved from Bangalore to Chennai. Googled the hotels around the consulate office and luckily I got the hotel just opposite to the Consulate. It was really great being there (especially considering the fact that it was just opposite to consulate office). My interview was scheduled at 9:45 and I landed in Chennai a day before and came to US consulate office only to find out its closed. I was told before that there is a service inside the Consulate itself where you can get the documents verified a day before the interview but there was no such service and you are not allowed inside the
office if its not your D-day!
Got some necessary documents printed. Late in night when I was verifying the documents, I found that there were some more documents expected for the First timers. But sadly all the internet cafes were closed. The next morning some where around 8:00, I was checking if there are internet cafes open but found none. When I was returning to the hotel luckily an auto guy asked me if I was looking for a Internet cafe (He probably saw the folder in my hand and guessed it!!). He took me to a
24hour internet cafe and in the last minute I got my Bank statements printed. I came back to hotel and had a nice complementary breakfast. Then at around 9:00AM I went to consulate. I was not allowed and was asked to wait as the interview was scheduled at 9:45. It was pretty much sunny so I thought of going back to hotel. One important point that needs to be noted is that, Electronics gadgets are absolutely NOT allowed inside. There is a small cart available outside the consulate office which would keep your gadgets till your interview is over (I didn’t really use it though!) Then I came back at 9:20 and found that all the 9:45 candidates had already gone in and most of the members standing in the queue were of 10AM slot. When I asked the security guy over there has asked me to skip the queue and directly go to the counter (Lucky me!). At the counter (Which is outside the office) they need your Appointment Letter CEAC Barcode Printout and HDFC printout. They will put a seal on these and generate a ticket (this is like the token number). Keep this safe as this is needed through out the process. Then there will be Frisking before entering the building. As soon as you enter the building all your documents are checked to find out if you have sneaked in any thing that you are not supposed to. After this you get in to a room which has around 12 counters which are
basically involved in Documents arrangement. You will be asked to be seated till your turn comes.
Every counter will be queued up with at most 3 members. Ticket token number will be displayed on the screens. So have an eye on the screen for your turn. Your token Number along with the Counter number will be displayed. If you don’t turn up the staff over there will be shouting the number a couple of times. When your turn comes you just need to go and stand in the Queue of your counter and wait for your turn. Here you might have to produce a latest photo (if the photo in your DS-160 is not good enough). Necessary documents will be arranged in the required order and your finger prints are taken. A pamphlet is given which describes the Rights of employees in USA (You will be
asked to read this pamphlet before you attend the interview). Then you will be asked to go to the next building for the actual interview. We were made to wait in the same building for a while and then all of us who were done with the documents Arrangement section had moved to next building.
In the next building too its kind of same way. Keep an eye on the screen and wait for your turn. Once your turn comes you got to go to the your counter. It so happened that I was busy reading the pamphlet , occasionally looking at the screen and thinking that there is still some more time for my turn. All of a sudden I heard my number being shouted and I ran to the place and then realized that my number was displayed quite a long time back and it was my turn right away (i.e. again I didn’t have to wait for 2 members also at the counter!) . So I didn’t even got a chance to have a look at how others are doing (The good thing is I didn’t even get time to get tensed 🙂 ).
Visa Interview Questions and Answers – Chennai Consulate
Here goes the conversation with Visa Officer.
VO: Good morning sir, How are you doing today?
Me: Good morning, Yeah I am doing fine. How about you? [I passed on
the documents (which were arranged in the previous counter)] VO: I am doing fine [She started going through the docs and entering
some information in the computer for a while] VO: Why are you going to US?
Me: I got an offer in ABC company. So I would like to join the same.
VO: What will you be doing over there?
Me: I will working as a Programmer Analyst [Here I was not really sure
what she was expecting me say].
VO: [She gave an expression as if she was expecting me to say something more] Me: [I was kind of lost as to what more to be said] I started
explaining the project I will be working on in a couple of statements.
VO: What is your highest qualification?
Me: Bachelor of engineering (I didn’t prefer to say Electronics and
Communication as the Job doesn’t really fit to the Specialization!)
VO: Which specialization?
Me: Electronics and Communications
VO: How many years of experience do you have in this field?
Me: 4.5 years.
VO: [The golden words came out] Thank your very much sir. Your visa is
approved and you will be getting the passport soon.
Me: Thank you madam.
Just make sure you maintain eye to eye contact and be confident while answering (I don’t know how I was answering things as I was hyperventilated as I went there running.) I was there with so many documents. Not even a single document was
asked for. (I had 4 Japan stampings in my Passport. That probably was the reason why my case was considered to be authentic). Anyways, prepare for the worst is the best strategy. The interview happened so fast that I couldn’t believe myself I have
done it :). It was 11:30 by the time I came out. Made all the necessary phone calls ordered one Gobi Manchurian and Vegetable biryani. Had a meal for the day and took a nice nap. Hurray!! That was the day of my life!!