I have been a silent follower of this website for sometime now. I appreciate the ones who shared their experience and wish luck for those who are in the process of stamping. Well, here I'm writing down my experience, which can be used as a reference but remember, every case is individual and different to itself.
I reached the place an hour in advance, parked my vehicles in one of the paid parking lots around the VAC building, left all my belongings in the car and carried just a file with required documents(i.e. DS-160, Visa Appointment letter and Visa Receipt). Went up to the gate at 12:15, but the security dint allow as my slot was at 1PM. Waited at the main entrance for 10mins, a security personal approached me and asked me to check once again, to my surprise, the same person allowed me. A person approached me and took the documents, verified and allowed into the main building. After a regular security check, was issues a token and asked to sit in the waiting area. Before my turn, a lady guided towards a free counter. A person sitting on the other side of the glassed cabin took my Finger impressions and a photograph was taken, that's it! Done for the Day!!
Counter no: 12
Arrived just 15 mins before, parked car in a multi-storied parking lot, proceeded directly towards the consulate. A person at the gate verified the appointment schedule and passport, then entered the consulate. At the security check, I was asked to remove all the items from the pocket including the file and the passport to place in a tray,which was scanned and handed over. Then headed towards the counters, where finger impressions were cross checked, You get to see the first american here. Then asked to stand in the queue for the final session. Was given a token and sent into a room. There were 1 student and a H1B cases ahead of me in my queue. VO was asking various question to he F1 guy,dint pay attention as it was unnecessary,poor chap got rejected after 10mins of interview. Next guy was with family and from a MNC, his interview was smooth and the VO sounded gentle.Meanwhile, the other counter has students being interviewed and one of the other VOs was shouting at a f1 guy. Couldn't afford to loose my concentration nor my confidence. Hence kept smiling and stood confident, then came my turn.
VO: How are you doing Sir?
Me: Good afternoon Officer! Well, I'm doing good. Thank you and How about you.
VO: Good Mate! So, You are going to Work on H1B.. Whats your company name XXXX?
VO couldn't pronounce the company's name right ,Corrected him with the right pronunciation.
Me:Its not that, its XXXX company.
VO: Is this an Indian company?
Me:No, its an European company with presence all around the world.
VO: Which location are you going to work for XXXX company and where is its headquarters located?
Me:I will be working at a clinet site.
VO:Where is your client located?
VO: What is your current designation?
Me: Software Developer! Do ou want me to brief my roles and responsibilities?
VO:No. That's okay!
Kept searching something on his system.. few mins later..
VO: Congratulations! Your visa is approved :)
I'm not sure if these guys carry the best smile of its just my exaggeration out of happiness, VO had the best smile ever :) :)
Me: Thank you Officer!
VO: have a nice stay in the US, Good luck!
Me: Thank you, have a good day mate :)
VO: You too
1. Every case is independent to itself, so do not relate to anyone.
2. Keep all your documents handy, no matter if it is useful or not.
Getting H1b approved is just half the job, rest is to go there, settle down and lead the dream life. Congratulations to those who made it and good luck for future. For those who couldn't make it, there is a lot to do in the world, this was just one among them. And, remember there is always a next time, don't loose the hope, Good luck! :)