Asha- () • 06/21/2012 07:57 AM
I appeared for visa interview on 20th june 2012. It was a very good experience. I would like to share my experience here as this forum helped a lot to boost my confidence.
My employer took care of my travel, accommodation and cab bookings. I traveled to Chennai from Bangalore on 19th in train. A cab was waiting for me at the Chennai central when I reached there. The cab driver took me to Nova Scotia guest house, T Nagar. Us consulate is very near to this guest house. The guest house is very good and neat. I liked it. I got fresh, had dinner and watched TV for some time. Then arranged my L folder with relevant documents for H1B new. My employer had given a checklist of documents to carry. I cross checked my L folder to verify documents according to the checklist. At 11 pm , I slept off. Had a very good night sleep.
Next day, that is on 20th, I woke up at 7 am. Got ready by 8.30 am. I was looking my best. How you present yourself matters. Had breakfast and started at 9.15 am. Took an autoriksha and reached the consulate by 9.30 am.
My interview was scheduled at 10.30 am. Since I reached the consulate an hour before, I was asked by the security there to wait outside. A lot of people form different time slots till 11.30 am were waiting outside, I joined them. The interview process is well managed at Chennai. If i had known this, I could have planned to reach there just half an hour before the scheduled time. Outside, there was lot wind that day as rain was showering in Chennai from past 2-3 days. I had left my hair free and this wind was making me impatient by blowing my hair. Need to have patience:-) Better reach just half an hour before the scheduled time.
Around 9.50 am, all people from 10.30 slot were called to go inside the consulate. For that also there was a queue. I stood in the queue for 5 min. Then i presented my ds160 page and appointment letter at a counter near gate. A lady gave me a token, two copies. one for myself and another for the embassy people.
After receiving the token, there was security check. It didn't even take a minute for me as i was carrying only my L folder. Its better not to carry stuff like mobile, plastic covers or bags.
Once security check is through, I was told to wait for my token number to be flashed on LED scree for document screening. I might have waited for 5 min, my token number flashed on the screen to go to 11th counter. I went there and stood in queue. There were already two people before me in that queue. There was a guy in front of me. For him, some problem was there with photo. So the office told him to go and take a new photograph and come back. This facility is available at embassy itself. Next was my turn. He asked me to handover to him passport, ds160, hdfc receipt, i-797 and support documents. He asked me how old is my photo. I told him that it was taken two weeks back. Photo needs to be a recent one. He was fine with it. He gave me back all those docs bundled in a rubber band.
Next step was finger printing. My hands were sweating may be because of humidity or body lotion that i had applied, dono:-) Took a tissue paper dried my hands and gave finger printing.
After that, i was told to go inside second building for interview. I went there, waited for 2-3 min, my token number flashed on LED screen to go to counter 24.
I went there and stood in queue again. The VO(Visa officer) was an old lady but looked intellectual. She was drilling one family with many questions. I was not cool, so started taking few deep and long breaths. That calmed me. After that family, another couple were interviewed. I was concentrating on next counter 25. There VO was a young beautiful girl may be of my age. She interviewed 3 people but my VO was still interviewing that couple. I waited with patience this time:-)
Now was my turn. I greeted her with smile and passed the bundle. there was some problem to pass the bundle as the window slide was very this. She was explaining to fold the bundle and press it through slide like explaining to a child:-) very loving.
Here goes one to one conversation...
Me: Hi, Good Morning.(with a smile)
VO: very good morning.(with a smile)
VO: Whats your designation?
Me: Told both internal and us designations(since question was general, was not clear which one to tell)
VO: Who is your client?
VO: come again plz.
Me: XYZ(loud and clear)
VO: oh XYZ!
Me: It used to be XXX before. XYZ acquired XXX.
VO: wow! XXX was such a big company. Didn't imagine anyone could buy it..
VO: Whats your highest education qualification?
Me: BE in E&C
VO: Who is your reporting manager?
VO: Which is your client location?
Me: Atlanta, Georgia.
VO: How do you report to your manager?
Me: I report to him directly. He assigns me day to day tasks and supervises them.
VO: Where he sits?
Me: Atlanta, Georgia.
VO: Have you read the white pamphlet?
Me: yes It talks about labour rights for non immigrants in US.
VO: oh! you have read it. your visa is approved. It will reach in 5 business days.
Me: Thank you. Have a nice Day.
VO: Thank you, Nice day to you too.
That's it. i came out. The whole procedure took 1 hour.
Dress well, be calm and confidant. Do prepare well and plan your day properly.
Wish you all good luck...