2 Real B1/B2 Visa Interview Experiences
This is the visa stamping/visa interview experience submitted by a visa applicant. You can read other visa experiences HERE.
My business visa (B1) stamping happened in Mumbai and my B1/B2 visa was approved for 10 years with multiple entry.
My visa history is as follows:
- F1 (student visa) approved for 5 years
- H1B visa approved for 3 years
- H1B visa extension denied. Got a 221g form and an H1B visa denial letter
I switched jobs a month ahead of my B1 visa stamping. My new company initiated B1 visa proceedings so that I could attend meetings.
Visa interview experience
I took guidance from applicant experiences on PrepEZ.com. I reached the consulate at 7:00 a.m. for a 7:30 a.m. appointment. Your documents are checked at the entrance and then you are sent to a counter for more document verification. The officer did not approve my photo because he felt there was a shadow around the spectacles. I was required to get photos clicked again by the photographer located there for INR 100.
After document verification, your fingerprints are recorded and you are sent to another room to wait your turn for your interview. My visa officer was a middle-aged woman who approved the visas (H1B and B1) of three candidates ahead of me.
- What is the name of your company?
- What is the work of your company?
- Which place are you going to?
- What is the aim of your trip?
- Have you been to America before and worked there?
- How long will your trip be?
- Will you take your wife with you?
- Do you have children?
- What is your role in your company?
- How long have you worked in this company? (I answered 1 month.)
- Why is your company sending you to the US when you have worked for such a short time? (I answered that I had to attend meetings.)
- What is your salary?
The interview took around three minutes and no documents were asked for.
- Arrive for your appointment around 15 minutes in advance. There is no need to arrive early because you will have to wait outside the building, which will make you uncomfortable.
- Don’t carry bags, mobile phones, or electronic devices.
- Don’t get your photo clicked while wearing spectacles. It may be rejected.
- Your visa history does not influence the result of your current interview.
- Be prepared to answer questions on what your organization does and why you need to go to America.
- The visa officer will want to ensure that you are being paid as per market standards. If your pay is low, they will do more due diligence.
- Greet the officer with a smile.
- If your organization has not abused the B1 visa program, your application should be approved. If your company asks you to work for 3-5 months on a B1 visa, it is illegal and you will have to answer questions about it during your next visa interview.
This is the visa stamping/visa interview experience submitted by a visa applicant.
People who have lived in America for an appreciable amount of time usually apply for a B2 visa so that their parents or parents-in-law can visit them. I learned a lot from the experiences shared on PrepEZ.com.
My parents were successfully given the B2 visa at the Mumbai consulate. It was a simple and smooth experience. I filled the DS-160 form for my parents, paid the fees, and booked their appointments. I prepared a list of commonly asked questions for my parents.
I sent the following documents to my parents from America through FedEx:
- I-134 forms
- Invitation letter
- Letter to the consulate officer
- Proof of employment
- Copies of entire passport
- Copy of I-94
- Bank account verification letter
- Bank statements for the last 6 months
- Pay slips for the last 3 months
- Copy of W-2 (I had arrived in America recently and had not filed my taxes yet.)
- Copy of I-797
My parents carried the following documents with them for the interview:
- Copies of property documents in India
- IT returns for the last 2 years (My parents are retired government servants.)
- Bank statements for the last 6 months
- Proof of pension
I held some mock interviews to help my parents prepare.
I chose to have the interview conducted in my mother tongue even though my parents knew English because they could get confused by the American accent.
For the OFC appointment, my parents arrived at the venue an hour in advance. The process took around 15 minutes. They were asked the purpose of their trip.
For the visa interview, they again reached the venue one hour ahead. They completed the document verification and security checks and waited their turn for their interview. The visa officer spoke my mother tongue fluently and my parents understood her perfectly.
- Who lives in America?
- Where does your daughter live in America?
- What work does your daughter do?
- What is your daughter’s salary?
- What work does your son-in-law do?
- What is your occupation?
- Do you get pension?
- How many kids do you have?
- Where do your other kids live?
She asked for their passports only.
- Carry all the required documents.
- Answer questions confidently and stay calm.
- Answer questions genuinely.