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Tips from 2 H1B/H4 Visa Interview Experiences

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

My visa is approved. The interview was held in Chennai.

Background

I applied through a consultancy and had a client letter. I prepared by going through several interview questions.

Interview Questions

  • Who is your petitioner?
  • How long have you been working with XYZ?
  • How did you come to know about this opportunity?
  • What is your salary per annum?
  • Will you be working at the client’s location?
  • Who is your client?
  • Which city/state will you go to?
  • What is your highest educational qualification?
  • (To wife) How long have you been married?
  • (To wife) Do you have 3 kids?
  • Do you have the white pamphlet?

According to my research, when the visa officer asks questions to your dependents, your visa is usually approved.

Tips

  • Answer confidently. Do not let your nervousness show on your face.
  • Answer briefly. Do not use acronyms like B.Tech or B.E.
  • Ask your friends to take mock interviews. Prepare a list of possible questions.
  • Book a morning slot because the visa officer will have a fresh mind. Try to join the queue quickly.
  • Prepare your answer to the question, “Explain your project.” because it often decides your fate.
  • You should know the answers to questions like:
    • What do you know about your client/employer?
    • What does your client/employer do?
    • Explain your interview process.
    • What is the name of your technical interviewer?
    • Why did you choose this opportunity?
    • Why did your employer choose you specifically?

 

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

Our visa interview was held at Mumbai.

Application experience

Although my wife and I reached the visa application center at 2:45 p.m., we were allowed to stand in line only at 2:55 p.m. We were asked to keep our passports, DS-160 forms, and appointment forms ready for checking.

Once inside, a second check was done and bar codes were pasted onto our passports. We were allowed to carry our mobile phones inside, provided they were switched off. We verified the details on the bar code and collected our tokens.

After giving our documents to the officer, we were asked basic questions like date of birth and full name. Photos and fingerprints were taken and we were handed a form that listed the things that are not allowed inside the US Embassy.

Interview experience

Our appointment was at 11:00 a.m. but we reached by 9:30 a.m. We weren’t allowed inside until 9:45 a.m. and had to wait in the waiting area that had four-five rows of seats. We’re required to deposit our mobile phones and other electronic devices at a specific counter. Bags are not allowed in the waiting area or inside the embassy.

If you leave your bag in the waiting area, it is scanned by security personnel using a metal detector, thoroughly searched, and then handed over to the local police.

Once in the queue, we were asked to hold out our passports. For H1B applicants, a photocopy of the I-797B form was also required. An officer scanned the bar code stuck to our passports and stapled the I-797B form to the passport.

We underwent a security check and emptied our pockets. Then we waited in a lobby, which was the only area with restrooms. Every five minutes, a row of people are called into the interview room. A television screen plays a video about the process a candidate will undergo after the security check.

Our fingerprints were validated and we entered the line behind a counter, awaiting our turn. A family with four people were being interviewed ahead of us, who were petitioning for an L1->H1B. Their visa was approved and that made us feel positive.

Interview Questions

  • What work are you going to do in the US?
  • Are you going to work at your petitioner’s place?
  • Who is your client?
  • Where will you go in the US?
  • What will be your salary in the US?
  • How long do you plan to stay in the US?
  • Do you have kids?
  • When did you get married?
  • Do you have a marriage certificate?
  • Did you receive this (US rights form) pamphlet before?
  • Do you have any marriage photos? (Do not bring photos in an album because it may not pass through the slit below the glass pane.)

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