My immigration team has booked an appointment on 20th september 2014 for finger print and photo session and then the next day for visa interview. Below was my experience about the interview.
My interview was scheduled in mumbai embassy in bandra east at 10AM in the morning (second day).
I arrived at the embassy by 9:00AM itself, being so much excited / worried about the questionnaire.
Was called for security check and asked to switch off my cell phone and put all belongings (other than my documents and passport) in a plastic basket and submit at the security counter there.
After the security check, i was guided to a open area where huge crowd was waiting under a roof and people were slowly moving forward as the crowd keep finishing their interviews inside the room/consulte hall.
I was also moving along with the crowd, and once i entered the final/consulate room, i was guided to go to a separate line to show my passport and take a second round of finger prints and was guided to go to counter number 24 (currently i forgot the number but something like this only).
As soon i went to the counter as guided, there was a line of 5 people standing there on after the other. I was the fifth person standing quite nervous.
The VO rejected all those previous girls/guys for some reason and was not having a smile on his face. Where the previous guy standing infront of me was irritating VO's mind, someone from the inside counter came and finally spoke in hindi to leave the place and that was my turn finally and the VO signed to come front.
I went towards the window and was having a nice smile (dramatically may be to cover my nervousness) and wished him good morning.
Time was 9:20AM IST.
Me - Good morning, how are you doing?.
VO - Very good morning, goo.....d doing great, you look so energetic (was smiling inside my heart).
Me - Thanks.
VO - Passport please (I said sure and handed over).
VO - Why are you going to US.
Me - To attend few trainings on a new system being built under customer supervision.
VO - A new system?
Me - Yes, we call it a system, as multiple applications are linked to it.
VO - Wow. So, which place are you visiting in US.
Me - Bellevue place, seattle, WDC.
VO - Where will you stay and who will take care of your expenses?
Me - My customer and company will provide accomodation, food and transport and i have to take care of my personal expenses being paid in the form of allowances.
VO - Perfect! So....you work for XXX company, it is a big giant USA based firm. Don't your company know that a USA company should not file for B1.
Me - You are right! the company which i am working currently has only 1 branch in india and it is a subsidiary of the USA company and not a direct reportee and our payrolls and everything differs.
VO - Gooooood. What is your designation and can you explain me your roles and responsibilities in this project and your future plans.
Me - Explained.
VO - Who will pay you?
Me - My company in india in the form of allowances.
VO - Will you be working there in USA.
Me - No, only meetings, KTs.
VO - How long?
Me - 4 weeks.
VO - Sounds clear. Finally, what if you don't get your visa approved. (Sarcastic smile).
Me - We may have to look for alternative ways in getting the KT, and attend the session through any other process.
VO - You dont need to go for a second chance. I am approving your visa. (Laughed loud).
Me - Thanks, thats great.
VO - Ow, wait, can i have your client invitation letter?
Me - Sure, handed over.
VO - Looked at it and said cool.
Me - When shall i collect my passport.
VO - Within 2 business days from now.
Me - Sure thanks, it was my pleasure talking to you.
VO - Smiled and said same here.
Me - I was flying in air and no control for my happiness, and removed my hand cuffs of the shirt and collected my belongings from security and ran out of the place.
Remember, whatever the experience you have. Salary, Company doesn't matter.
Stay confident, stay calm, speak truth. YOU ARE DONE.
I wish all the best to every individual going for interview. And finally, dont listen to anyone who says, this embassy is good for approvals, the other does lot of rejections etc.
Embassy is same everywhere, it;s you who have to prove yourself that your approach is proer and perfect.