My wife and me went for H1B and H4 stamping together at US Consulate Mumbai.
We scheduled OFC time a day ahead before actual consulate interview.
The OFC process is straightforward.
We scheduled the time slot at 1:30 PM and we reached the venue at 10:15 AM as suggested by consulate. There was a huge queue of people with their family standing in the nearby vicinity.
Guys,, please pay attention to reach the venue just only 15 mins earlier else you have to stand in the queue ( which is very pathetic) in the rain or sun.
Since we reached on time, we were allowed to go in directly.
You should only bring
1) All your passport ( new and old)
2) OFC and VAC appointment letter
3) DS160 confirmation letter
Nothing at all is required (only in case of adults). Please do not carry any electronic device as it is not allowed at all in the premises.
Our documents were checked and we were directed inside. There were three queues where we need to stand. They just scanned the barcode and pasted a white sticker on the back of the passport. They also verified the name and DOB in the passport.
Next we were given a token and asked to sit and look at the tv screen for the window. Our number came and i went to a window where i was asked to have my fingerprints(left 4 finger then right 4 fingers and then both thumbs together). Post that i was asked to stand for a digital photograph.
That was done and we both came out. The DS160 confirmation letter has been stamped by the OFC officer at the entry. These all 3 things needs to be carried next day for the consulate interview.
Next day our Consulate interview appointment was at 10 AM. We reached the Consulate at 9:45 AM. There was a queue which was formed nearby the wall of the consulate where we were directed by the Consulate staff. Our documents were verified ( DS 160 confirmation, VISA appointment letter and Passport). As the time came we were asked to move in to the consulate where our folder ( which contained our company docs and other petition related docs) were scanned for security. After that we were asked to sit on the third queue which was in the open shed of the consulate. After 10-15 mins our queue was asked to move in the main area where people were standing in the queue and there were several windows where interviews were going on. Everyone was asked to go to the last queue, where our passports were taken and our fingerprints were re verified by the US Consulate Person (American). They checked fingerprints and photograph and then asked to go to stand in the second queue. From the second queue a Indian consular staff was directing people to go to different vacant windows where US Embassy consular officer were taking interview. We were given Window 13. We moved there and stood for our turn. There was a guy who was in front of us getting interviewed for F1 and the consulate officer rejected the Visa. They guy was disappointed and so were we because the we were next.
We went nearby the window and the officer greeted us first. Below is what happened.
VO: Good morning.
US: Good morning Officer. How are you ?
VO: I am good. Thanks. Can i have your passports and I-797?
US: Sure and we passed the passport and Original I-797.
VO: Is this your new Employer?
ME: Yes. It XXX, is my new employer.
VO: What will you do for them in US?
ME: I explained my role and the responsibilities i will perform.
VO: Whats your highest qualification?
ME: Its Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology.
VO: Madam, What is your highest qualification?
My Wife : Its Master of Business administaration in Marketing and Finance.
VO: Sir, Where will you work in US?
ME: I will work in Princeton, NJ.
VO: What is the project name?
ME: Its XXX.
VO: She returned back i-797 and kept the passport and said your visa is approved. You will get back the passport with visa in 2-3 days.
She passed the right to work pamphlet to us.
My wife and me said thanks and came back out.
Things to take care
1. Be on time. Reach 15 mins before your interview time so that you dont have to stand in long queue.
2. Dont carry any mobile or electronic device as they cant be kept inside. dont carry wallet too, just take 1000 Rs that will be enough.
3. Drink water and be relaxed. Dont worry there are restrooms inside the consulate.
4. Wear Formals dress.
5. Listen carefully. Think before you speak and be confident. dont be loud to express confidence.
6. Take all docs as its always better to keep it.
7. Give officer only the docs that he/she asks. Dont be confused.
8. Have faith in yourself and God.
Remember the officer are to give you visa until and unless you make the consulate officer in doubt or you miss some document.
Also its not the end of the world but can be a start of a new future.