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sree247     03/21/2013 06:47 AM

Thanks a lot for this forum..it really helpful…
Today I had my L1B blanket PAI at chennai and my visa is approved
I went to Chennai consulate before 30mins to my appointment time and luckily there is no big queue..i was allowed directly and verified my documents, paid check and waiting in the queue for PAI. I token number came within 20mins.


Me: Good morning
VO: Good morning
VO: Which type of Visa you are applying for? (Blanket or Individual)
Me: Blanket
VO: Who is your petitioner?
VO: What is your total exp with petitioner?
Me: 6 years 2 months
VO: Why are you going to US?
VO: Asked again, what is your total exp with petitioner?
Me: 6 years 2 months
VO: What is the project?(asked twice as he could not able to understand)
VO: Who is your client?
VO: He asked a cross question, to understand what exactly am doing for proposed project
VO: Who is this intellectual property that you have knowledge on?(customer or employer)
VO: What is your Indian salary?

That’s all….Finally golden words “your Visa is approved”

I was dressed normally without blazer and tie..
Be confident and don’t fake anything….

All the best!!!

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tootifrooti     03/20/2013 23:18 PM

Appearance, appearance and appearance....no matter what people say about how its vain and blah blah, that's the only thing that talks for you, about you, way before you open your mouth. Please invest in yourself, groom yourself and buy nice clothes for the appointment. No matter what, when you dress the part, you start feeling the part and DEFINITELY ups your confidence which decides on how you talk to the VO.
Anyway, I spend 12K Rupees for my interview. Though I have closet full of clothes, i bought a new Pant, shirt, shoes, pantyhose, silver chain with a pearl pendant to go with my pearl studs/earrings and an expensive silk scarf (square scarf). I groomed myself (eye brows, waxing and basic face massage).
For the interview I wore the scarf under the collar and made a knot (youtube for the different styles and pick one that works for you). I wore pearl necklace (single strand) and a very simple silve bracelet and a silver watch. I had glasses with Tommy Hilfiger frames. So, my point is make yourself presentable and make others believe that are worthy a L1A.
Questions asked:
Q. Were you denied a visa?
A. Yes, XX visa was denied but that was long time back. (FYI, i was denied a dependent visa 10 yrs back. I told the truth).

All the procedures after you enter the consulate is regular stuff that VFS does. The VFS guy who verified my docs, BEP letter and DD etc took whatever he needed and threw back the rest of the papers. That really pissed me off. I looked into his eyes and asked him to arrange them and put the clip. He apologised and arranged my papers and gave it back. My point here is don't allow others to treat you like cr$p.

When my chance came, the VO took his own sweet time to type, donno what, in his system. During that time, I took out my org chart, project roadmap (for my program) etc. ready to show it to VO in case i get questions related to reportees or my projects.
Q. Do you have clients?
A. Yes, we do. We serve XXXXXXX (list of clients). We serve over 14,000 financial institutions.
Q. Will you be working at client location?
A. No, I'll will not be working at client location. I'll be working out of my employer location at XXX.
Q. Whats your Indian salary?
A. XXX lacs
Q. Whats your US salary?
A. XXX K dollars
Q. How many report to you in India?
A. 11 reportees. 5 direct and 6 indirect. (I had the org structure ready. I showed it to him).
Q. How many will report to in US?
A. 8. 3 direct and 5 indirect. (I showed the org chart. He took that and looked at it for sometime)
Q. Who will you be reporting to?
A. VP XXX (He looked at the chart again)

He typed something and stamped my docs and said it was approved.

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subarubo     03/20/2013 20:20 PM

Tanks to everyone who has shared a wealth of information.

My VISA was approved.. here are some additional notes thought would help everyione.,.,

Prior to travel question:
1. Do I need to return I94? ? I dint return it and on return back, it was collected during by immigration officer.
2. Do I need to exchange currency?
a. Use your credit card, but check on the transaction fee with your bank. There was no fee on my Amex, but VISA card there was transaction fee.
b. Taxi driver take US dollar, so no issues.
c. If at you need cash, with draw from ATM the charge is less compared to exchange rate 7 dollar fee.
3. How do I pay the 500 dollar fee?
a. Cash of 500 USD. (I had a confusion whether USD or Canadian Dollar)
4. Where to stay?
a. Hotels in Gatineau are comparatively cheaper and close by to embassy also.
5. What is Loomis?
a. It is part of DHL and you choose any one.
b. Choose the one close by the Embassy.
For VISA interview:
1. Dress code – There is no dress code. My take is to be formal.
2. Now the temperature should be fine, when I went it was snowing and had an early morning interview. It was cold and freezing. Did not have my jacket, please take them. Had a wait time of 5 minute outside.

Question was pretty standard plus I have almost 20 years of experience, direct employee in a leading company and have a pretty large team in US (20 members).
I never gave a single line answer except for the first question.
1. Do you work for XYZ?
2. What is your role?
3. Who is your client?
4. What do you do for the client?
5. What is your position?
He looked at me and said it is approved.
The day I went almost all the interview was success except for a person who had only work contract for 3 months. Good luck guys!!

What to do in three days?
I went to Niagara. Had friend and they gave me couple of options, you can explore it.
1. Take Via Rail (if you book early they have a web deal)
2. Take the greyhound (online price is cheaper)
3. Rent a vehicle.

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Reehan     03/19/2013 00:02 AM

Hello everybody,
I need people who have had stayed previously on B1 visas for 2-3 months & impact of it on their current visa due to previous B1 stays, come forward & post their experiences. I see only few of them mentioning about B1 visits, so i sincerely request people with such an experience let people like us know so that we can prepare accordingly.

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l1@     03/19/2013 06:25 AM

Thanks to immihelp and fellow members for the wealth of information. I just wanted to add few points I noted that might help somebody.

OFC: Make sure that the sticker they paste on the back of your passport is accessible during your consulate visit. They scan it before admitting you into consulate.

Chennai consulate: I went to Chennai consulate, 15 minutes ahead of my appointment. As happened to somebody else here, I ended up at the tail of a half-a-kilometer queue. If you are facing the consulate, this queue is to the left. People with appointments 1 or 2 hrs after mine were all standing ahead of me. My appointment time came and went, I was still no where near the entrance. Half an hour past my appointment time, a security guard came and asked all the people with appointment time around my own to go with him. He made us to stand in another queue (to the right of consulate) that was shorter. Finally I entered the consulate 45 minutes past my appointment time. I was not worried because before going into the first queue I asked a security person at the front if this is the queue I have to stand even if my appointment was only 15 minutes away and he said 'yes'.

Many people mentioned that after security frisking, you go to a counter where they arrange your documents. For a blanket L1 visa, the only documents they rubber band together are your pasport(s), 3 copies of I-129S and 3 copies of I-797. That's it, no support letters, no college certs, no nothing. You'll have to carry all those supporting documents separately and be ready to quickly draw them out and show them to the VO if asked.

Be careful about what you fill in your DS-160 and I-129S. Apart from asking you and looking at the stamps in your passport(s), those two forms are probably the only source of information about YOU for the officer. The VO ofcourse has access to all cases pertaining to your company's blanket petition.

The interview itself was simple enough for me. Not a single question was asked that was not posted here already. No supporting docs were asked. If you have been to the US on L1 before, you may expect questions on that.

I was dressed in simple formals with no tie or blazer. You should be presentable first and foremost and comfortable in what you wear.

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mehul.kaps@gmail.com     03/16/2013 02:09 AM


First of all thank you very much to this forum and all contributor here to make other's way easy.

Though people have mentioned their experiences about OFC and PA before. I would like to reiterate my experience during VISA interview.

On 14th March We had our Biomatric, but because of some technical issues it was delay by 4 hours. I had appointment 10:00 AM in the morning but I got my turn at 2:00 PM. and that was very very long and hactic day as with family you have to stand in the queue for more than 4 hours, and my daughter is just 2 and half year old, She was totally tired. But once my turn came up at 2:00 PM we came to know that finger prints and photo would not be possible today, only unique barcode sticker on all passport and initial registration would be done. and we were told that fingerprints and photo would be done on visa interview appointment day itself.

PA :
On 15th March we had our PA. and whole process was very very smooth , as we were with kid we don't need to stand in any queue. Firstly they have checked DS-160 and all passports(including expired/cancelled) at the entry gate. during this time they put one sticker which carries unique number(starts with 'P' Or 'N') which would be used for different queeu inside the embassy.

Once you enter embassy there was a document check again and full body scan. there would be one security person who would check you physically to make sure you don't carry and unwanted stuff. Bags/Laptop/Mobile/Pen-drives and all other electronics devices are not allowed inside the embassy, but if you are with kids, they allowed bag which carries my documents and food and other stuff for my kid.

Now there would be all document check, there would be total 12 windows, follow in the queue as per number displayed on the TV. Once your number appears, that window would check all your end to end documents to make sure everything is in place. they would make one bunch which carried, all your passport and all other petition documents. and they take finger prints on that window also.

now you need to go to other building to submit your DD.once you submit DD they would be giving you acknowledge receipt.

After that you need to be in the queue to appear for PA with Visa Officer.

My 2 Cents on experience for L1B.

A) Nothing matters other than followings
- Your actual specialized expertise(that you mentioned in your BEP Letter, PRD and DS-160), you should not deviate from this while giving answers. your answer must be around what you have mentioned in above documents.
- Confidence is the only key.
- Represent your answer in full sentance and keep it upto 2-3 clear sentances. Don't answer in mono-sentances. try using words that convey and convience Visa Officer(VO) that you are indeed falls in the specialized category.

My Interview Questions.

(We both greet the Visa Officer and he greet in return).

Q: So Who is your current employer ?
A: Answered Appropriately.

Q: Who is your client?
A: Answered Appropriately. (As my client's name pronounciation was a little tough[also depends on accent] he asked me my client's name thrice).

Q: So What do you do ?
A: Answered Appropriately.

Q: What is your indian Salary?
A: XXX Thousand Per Annum. (Its very impotant to ANSWER in "hundred thousandS" which is US counting system as well, They would not understand Lacs)

Q: What is your US Pay ?
A: Answered Appropriately. (Its very impotant to ANSWER in "hundred thousandS" which is US counting system as well, They would not understand Lacs)

After this questions, VO was typing something for 15-20 seconds and was not looking at me at all. Somewhere deep in my heart I was knowing that I am throuhg the VISA interview. He started stamping and signing the all 4 copy of I129S form.

Then comes the words that We were waiting for. VO Said 'Your visa is approved.' , I am giving you 2 copies of I129S, Give one copy to your HR and Keep one Copy with you , you would need when you enter the US.

Then he look and smiled at my family and said Have a great day. Good luck. and we filled for courier forms for delivery and leave embassy happily and smile on our faces.

Mehul K

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vicky94     03/14/2013 03:22 AM

Hi All,
I have my OFC appointment on 16 Jan 2013 and visa interview on 22 Jan 2013. I have done with my OFC but my visa appointment is going to be scheduled in April.

My doubt is:
1. Whether my DS-160 is still valid? Or do i have to fill it again?
2. Does it create any issues at the consulate because of long gap?
3. What is the maximum gap we can have between OFC and visa interview.

Thank you all.

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krish_1     03/11/2013 10:44 AM

Hi All,

First of all, thanks to all the people who have been sharing their experiences in this forum. It definitely helped in preparing for the interview. I just finished my L1B Visa interview. The interview was pretty simple and took less than a minute.

Some Key points :
1. Please be calm and do not get nervous while talking.
2. Speak precisely and clearly.
3. Ensure that you highlight your role and responsibilities pretty well.

All the best!

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mvv     03/09/2013 00:27 AM

Firstly, many thanks to the people who have recorded their experiences, it was very useful for me to prepare.

Mine was a simple interview with 3 Qs
Where do I work?
What does my company do?
What is my specialization?

The VO checked if the skills I mentioned were indeed "specialized" in the system and then stamped the papers saying my visa is approved, the whole process took 1 min and I got back my passport within 3 days.

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gaurav     03/07/2013 01:19 AM

One of best suggestion - Be confident about ur skills and prepare for your specialized skills. That will decide or reject ur visa.

Other questions like Indian salary, US salary, total experience, client name is also important. prepare well for these questions. Interview will be around these questions only.

Also pleaseeee.... don't get nervous, a infact answer the questions calmly and short. Never start speaking in a go.

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