2 Real H1B-H4 Visa Stamping Experiences
My visa interview took place at the New Delhi consulate.
Despite extensive preparations, I was feeling nervous after booking my dates. Most of the articles on PrepEZ.com advised candidates to be confident and stay calm. I feel that it is normal to become anxious, especially for those who are experiencing it for the first time.
I prepared for the interview by going through several interview experiences posted on PrepEZ.com and asked my friends to take mock interviews. I jotted down points about my employer, project, and roles and responsibilities.
- Do not try to memorize new material one day ahead of the interview.
- Keep all documents ready at least two days ahead of the OFC appointment.
I was allotted a token number and was asked to wait in queue for my interview. A candidate was being interviewed in front of me by the visa officer. I stood at a distance of 5 feet and did not pay attention to the proceedings.
- Who is your petitioner?
- Do you have any end client?
- What is your role at the client?
- What is your pay?
- How did you know about your employer?
- Where are you going?
- How long did you work with your last employer?
- Have you been given the white pamphlet?
(This was when I knew I had got it!)
- Stay calm and do not listen in on other candidates’ interviews.
- Use the rest room in the waiting room to reduce stress.
This is the visa interview experience as submitted by a visa applicant.
My visa interview was held at the Hyderabad consulate in January.
Fingerprinting should not take more than 30 minutes. Do not arrive too early because you are not allowed inside the consulate until half an hour before your appointment.
Although my appointment was at 11:30 a.m., I reached at 10:30 a.m. and had to wait outside in a queue until called. I had to wait for an hour inside as well and this increased my nervousness. I thought about work and family to calm myself. The expressions of the candidates who had completed their interviews varied from happy to sad. My advice is to ignore them because each person’s case is different.
You can usually hear other candidates being interviewed while waiting in queue. However, most officers were friendly. If it makes you nervous, do not listen to the ongoing interviews. The officers ask you questions on the material in the DS-160 form.
- Is this your first H1B?
- Where are you going?
- Will you be working at the client’s site?
- Who is your client?
- Tell me about your project.
- Were you given this pamphlet?
- What is your qualification?
- What will your salary be?
- Where did you study?
- Are you married?
- Is your wife traveling with you?
- Do you have kids?
- Why did you come to Hyderabad?
No matter what the visa officer’s demeanor is, stay calm. Use conversation starters like “Good morning” to help you relax. Ask for clarification or repeat the question if you are not sure what is being asked. Do not be in a hurry to answer. Speak clearly.