This Visa process (starting from the day of applying to today, the visa stamping interview) have taken a toll on me..
Any way, I would like to thanks all of you who shares their experiences here, and believe me, this forum has been my daily visited page. i must have visited at least 5 times a day to see, if any new experience has been added. :). Its been really a great help in preparing the interview questions and ur all experiences.
OK, Lets start my story now.
My Company has applied L1B visa for me before 2 months, and it has been approved without an RFE. my employer really got surprised to know this (as they were habituated with getting the RFEs for all the visa applications).
and finally we scedule the visa stamping date . we schedule for two dates. one for bio-metrics and another for Interview(19th Apr 2013 and 22nd Apr 2013).
Bio-metric day(was pon Friday) at OFC was really very smooth and before my scheduled time. my time was 10.00 Am but i reached at 8.30 am (to avoid Mumbai traffic actually) and i came out from OFC at 8.45. it was very fast and smooth.
1) Finger prints
2) Photo Taken by the officer ( I wasted my 4 photographs i had photographed for this visa interview :) :))
3) stamped on DS-160 form and returned back
and a wide smile on my face while i was returning from the office.
Now My Visa stamping interview Experience :
My sleep time has been reduced due to un-necessary tensions and i have mocked the interview at least 20 times in these two days(satday and sunday) in front of mirror. but it really helps and only raised my confidence.
Finally the day has come, and i woke up at 4.00 AM morning and didnt able to sleep futher. ,my timing was at 10.00 am and i left my house at 8.00 AM and reached at consulate office at 8.30 and standed in line. and got the entry very soon. but My advice is not to reach before 30 mins of schedule time. its totally a waste of time by sitting there on the heat. I had also ready this advice here in blogs. but u know i am one of those over-cautious first timer who loves to waste his time.
Any way after a long wait, i got into the office, they have pasted a slip with a number(like N-521) on my passport. Now i
had to wait for my turn by looking at the screen, which was flashing the numbers and corresponding windows. and the number was flashing now with window number 25.
I went to 25th window , i was the 3rd person standing on the line. it was an american officer taking interviews. but i
observed he was approving the visas to all my front liners. my turn came and i went near the window.
my heart was beating very fast, i tried to control. and here was the questions :
1) Which company you are working for ?
Ans : told my company name ( he asked this twice)
2) What is your specializations ? ( he was looking my face and interrupted to ask about my application)
3) what is your product name. (I replied twice, as the spelling was a bit tough)
4) where will you work for your client ( i told the city name) but i should have told him my company name. but due to
nervousness i forgot and just stated the City and state name).
but it seemed he was less interested to know all these details
5) are you married ?
Ans : No, I am single.
6) did you get the work-right pamphlet ?
Here the Golden words came from him, Sir, Your Visa has been approved. it will take 2-5 days to receive your passport. I am keeping your passport here. I said thank you .
But the way my interview went, i just surprised( it took only 3 mins for this interview).I felt this visa was pre-approved. Interview was just a formality.
I had read here in this forum, that after approval the VO will give me some kind of forms with stamp.
but he didn't give me anything. I asked him twice , is there anything else I need to submit, do i need to go to another
window for any further process . He said, no, thanks you, ( even the person was standing in front of me, had asked the same question to him twice after his approval, Ha.. Ha... :) ).
Any way finally its done, I came out with a diet coke from the office and choose to pick up my passport from OFC location( didn't choose the courier service). and got the way to my office.
Now, I am waiting for my visa-passport to be ready.
Thanks for your help and patience to ready my story. i am sure it will help others.
Have a great interview.