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How to Handle H1B/H4 Visa Interviews

This is the visa interview/visa experience submitted by a visa applicant. You can read other visa experiences HERE.

My visa interview was held at Kolkata.

Background

My OFC appointment was scheduled at 3:45 p.m. and I arrived at the venue at 3:40 p.m. I was allowed inside immediately after my appointment confirmation was checked. Due to the experiences that I have read on PrepEZ.com, I was well prepared. If you are too early for your appointment, you will be asked to wait outside.

Inside, your passport, DS-160 form, and appointment confirmation is checked by an officer. Then you enter the OFC office where a barcode is attached to your passport. This barcode is scanned and validated to the DS-160 form.

A token number is allotted. When our turn arrives, our photos and fingerprints are recorded.

Interview experience

I reached the consulate at 10:10 a.m. for my 10 o’clock appointment. Again, I did not have to wait. I underwent a security check that is similar to the one done at airports and was allowed to enter.

After waiting for 10 minutes in line, I reached the initial verification counter where my appointment time and barcode attached to the passport were checked.

Next, your fingerprints are verified.

You then wait behind a yellow line to wait for your turn to be interviewed. I had to wait for 5 minutes.

Interview Questions

  • Which company do you work for?
  • How long have you worked for this company?
  • Have you visited America previously on a B1 or B2 visa? (Yes, I was in the US for seven days.)

Tips

  • Arrive at your OFC center at least 15 minutes before your appointment time. This will ensure that you don’t have to wait too long. Even if you are late, you are still allowed to enter.
  • You can carry your phones inside the OFC center provided they are switched off.
  • You only need your passport, appointment confirmation, and DS-160 form for your OFC appointment.
  • Try to avoid becoming anxious by seeing the result of the applicant in front of you during the visa interview process. They may be trying for a different visa category.
  • I waited at the yellow line for a few minutes after the previous applicant’s interview because the officer had not called me. The impression you make is important.
  • Smile and speak confidently.

 

This is the visa interview/visa stamping experience submitted by a visa applicant.

My visa interview happened in Chennai. I needed to renew my H1B visa since I switched jobs in the US from an Indian MNC to a US consulting organization. I was worried about my interview but I am grateful to PrepEZ.com for their guidance.

Interview experience

I had to wait my turn in the final queue for nearly 45 minutes before I was waved in by the officer.

Interview questions

  • Why do you want to get this visa? (I answered that I was working in the US and I had come here on vacation. I would go back to the US if my visa extension was approved.)
  • Where are you going in the US? (My client was a major auto company and the officer seemed confident about me once I mentioned the name.)
  • When did you start working with your new employer?
  • Who was your previous employer?
  • How many years of work experience do you have?
  • Questions about wife and daughter
  • Confirmed if my daughter was a U.S. citizen

Tips

  • Visa applications get rejected if the candidates are not able to answer questions properly.
  • If you answer confidently and your case is genuine, your application should not be rejected.
  • Make direct eye contact with the officer while speaking.

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