We had applied for a visa for a family of four and my MIL.
Initially, we had filled the DS 160 incorrectly and submitted it and paid the Visa fees and taken an appointment too. But later realized our mistake and corrected it. You can correct the information. Use your original DS 160 application ID and retrieve your
application. It will ask you if you want to 'Go To The Confirmation Page' or 'Start a New Application'. Click on 'Start a New Application'. A new forms with a new application ID will load but it will have all the data you had entered in the original form
except your date of travel, the address where you will be staying and the security questions.
We are planning to visit US as my kids have Diwali vacation and to visit my brother-in-law. He is not sponsoring us.
My mother-in-law is.
The bio-metrics was on 29th September at 2.30 pm. We reached the Trade Centre at Bandra Kurla Complex at 1.30 pm. They checked our appointment letter and passports and let us go in. At the first counter, we gave all our five passports and informed
them about the two DS 160. She asked me what changes I had made. Told her. Then she stuck some bar codes (visa fee payment) on our passports and gave us token numbers. We sat in the waiting lounge till our token number was called out and
directed towards a particular window number. Our fingerprints and photo was taken. My kids are 10 and 5 so the elder one just had his photo taken, no fingerprint. For the 5 year old, I had to give a hard copy of the photo 2x2 with white background. It
was over by 2.30 PM.
At the customer service desk, you are asked if you want to opt for the lounge service on the day of your interview for extra 400 rupees per person and if you want your passport delivered by courier for 300 rupees per passport. We did not opt for any of
Interview was on 3rd October at 7.45 AM.
For the Interview the documents we took -
Mother-in-law's (Homemaker) - 6 months Bank statement, FD receipts, Pension papers, Property Papers, Father-in-law's death certificate, Tax Return documents, Family photographs and her academics certificate.
Husband's - Salary Stubs, Leave letter from his company (he is a software professional), property documents, rough itinerary, birth certificate of our 2 children, marriage certificate, Tax return documents, 6 months bank statement, academics certificate
Me (Homemaker) - Bonafide certificate from the children's school, my academics certificate and transcript, relieving letter from the last place I had worked (I left my job 4.5 yrs back), the DS -160 confirmation, Appointment confirmation and Visa fee
payment document. Old and new passports for everyone.
We reached the consulate at 6.30 AM and there were already 30 people ahead of us. We stood in the queue outside the consulate and were let in at 7.30. Had to go thru a security check. You cannot carry mobile-phones and digital watches. Then we had
to take a token number. We applied together as a family so ours was a group interview. After the token number we were guided to a queue where we had to give our fingerprints again. Then they asked us to wait till our token number is flashed on the TV
screen with the interview window number. In 10 minutes our turn came.
VO: Good Morning
Husband: Good Morning (While passing the passports thru the slit in the window)
VO: What is the purpose of your visit?
Husband: My kids have Diwali vacation and to want visit my Brother.
VO: Where does your brother stay?
VO: Where is he working?
VO: And Sir what do you do?
Husband: Software ------ with ------ company since last 6.5 years
VO: What is your salary?
Husband: (replied) per annum
VO: How many months you will be in US?
Husband: 15 days (we have mentioned 15 days in our DS 160)
Something was not working on his computer, so he kept apologizing to us for the delay. He asked us if we had scanned our passports at the previous counter. My husband said that he thought so, we had. Then he asked us to step aside and wait for him
to call us. We went back and sat down. I was like... why is this happening to us. After 5 minutes (it seemed like 30 minutes) he called us to the window again.
VO: So sorry about the delay.
Husband: That's OK
VO: (pointing to my MIL) What do you do madam?
MIL: I'm a home maker
VO: (pointing to me) And what do you do?
VO: (to my elder son) Which class are you in?
Elder son: Fifth
VO: (to him again) Do you like your class?
Elder son: Yes
VO: (to my younger one...by this time I was sure we had got the visa) Which class are you in?
Younger Son: (Doesn't answer, maybe didn't understand his question/accent)
Me: He is in Sr. KG
VO: Sr. KG? Great!
THEN THE GOLDEN WORDS COME....
VO: I'm granting the visa. Enjoy your vacation. Collect your passports within 3-5 business days.
Husband & Me: Thank you so much (the grin spreading across all our faces)
The whole process was over by 8:15 AM. The VO did not ask for any supporting document. We collected 10 YEAR valid visa the next day.
Just an afterword - Be truthful in your DS 160, be confident, stick to your DS 160 answers, dress soberly and decently, give detailed answers.
And a special thank you to the Visa Officer in window number 28. He was very courteous and was smiling throughout.