Immihelp is a great website. When I was asked by my company to apply for visa. I searched the net for guidance. After hectic searching I found this fabulous site. It has all the info which one needs to know before attending the visa interview. I request u all to go through the website and follow the instructions given here.
I was a bit nervous since this is the first time I am going for a visa interview. Never been out of India. I joined my current company just one and a half month ago. But I do have a few years of IT exp.
Interview scheduled at 11.45 @ Chennai. I went to the US embassy at 10.30.
The interview was only for about 2 min flat The VO (May God Bless him) just asked me 2 Questions:
VO: What does your client do ? Me: yak yak yak (straight to the point just 3 sentences) VO: What do u do? Me: xxx (Again straight to the point just 2 sentences. My Designation and what I do in one sentence) He did not ask for any doc’s like experience letter or education certificate’s. But I would advice you all to take all your original doc’s even though you are applying for B1 in BEP program.
During the initial doc verification before the interview I was asked to give another photo of mine since in the current photo which I gave them there was a glare in my glass so the officer at the counter asked me to take another photo. So I had to came out there were outo drivers who would pester you to come with them for photo I would advice you not to do so since thought they will bring u back in 15 min they charge 300 rupees. Instead u can approach the VFS people in the embassy they would send u in there own van to their center which is near by charge u 100 rupees for a few copies of photo and will drop you back in 15 min at the embassy.
I was rejected the B1 VISA twice in a row within a span of 6 months. Then I applied for L1 B which was approved and I travelled to USA.
I again went for my B1 VISA interview (after about 2 yrs of rejection) and yes I was very tensed but the Consul (a very kind lady )just asked me 2 questions.
1. How long have u been with you company ?
A. I have been wiht XYZ for over 3.5 yrs
Recently, attended interview for B1 visa at Mumbai Consulate.Believe it or not, got my B1 visa in barely 20 secs.My interview was scheduled at 8:30am, so reached the counsulate around 7 am.Later found its pretty useless reaching early as they let you inside only about 30 mins prior to your interview.
Once inside, had to wait approx 20 mins before my number was announced. I walked to the booth where there were two people waiting already. When they were done, I walked inside and greeted the officer , who was a pleasant middle aged lady,with a warm smile and she too replied back with a smile.I think this cordial exchange set the tone for the rest of the interview process. The interview went something like this
Officer: Whats the purpose of your visit?
Me: I am going for training on XYZ
Officer: How long have you worked with ABC(co name)?
Me; About N yrs.
Officer; Your Visa has been approved.It will be couriered in 2-3 days?
Me; Thank you. Have a nice day!
That's it, had my Visa in about 20 secs, no documents, no invitation letter, no proofs, no certificates, nothing...infact didnt even have to open my documents folder.
Its worth mentioning that I have done my PG from IIIT and have worked with one of the Insurance majors in the past. That could have had some bearing on the length of the interview, but I still feel the best thing that you can carry to interview aprt from your documents is your self confidence. People often panic a lot before such interview and in the process give ambiguous answers which raises suspicion in the officers eyes. Stay calm and you'll sail through like a charm.
I have been reading immihelp forums/ and one of the best website whr I did find everything I needed to know. Very recentlyi had my visa interview and I got it after 3 rejects. Here is what I wanted to share with you guys..
There was this VO, (cant remember his name now) who came like a GOD to the hall and gave us all some gyan! He says there are 4 basic rules to getting a visa.
*1 Always greet the VO with a smile
*2 Step forward and pass the file (just the file nothing else) i.e. the file that contains DS forms and passport that you usually receive after the pre-screening.
*3 Always speak to the point.& Its ok to be nervous, but speak clearly and be assertive.
Always present the documents only when they ask
Never Lie since they maintain a history and they know if you do. Always do your homework and present the facts. "
Till then I had a different frame of mind only before these 4 basic rules came into affect at the nick of time. Strange, but true.
Things the VO asked me:
VO: Hi, why are you going to the US
ME: yak yak (to the point)
VO: (Looking through the passport)have you been to the US before?
VO: Are you sure, have ya been to the US before?
VO: What does your product something do?
Me: Yak yak blah blah (again no ramayan)
VO: Your visa will be couriered in a weeks time?
Despite of having too many Qs in my mind while appearing for the first time, the experience was really cool and fruitful.
I was asked to show my invitation letter, first and was asked the below
What is my company into?
Answer: My company does 1. 2. 3.
How long I was working with my company
Answer: X days/months/years
Being a Diploma holder how was I able to get a X position in my company?
Answer: With my sincerity, hardwork and experience all proven, it happened to me to attain such position.
I was asked to show my Appt. letter. Showed and I was told that my Visa is issued.
My personal opinion, Don't be nervous before your consular or Visa officer. Be assertive in your tone, maintain a good body language. Put on smile for each answer. DONT EVER TRY TO BLUFF OR ACT OVERSMART. I wish success to all the people.
Please go through this Web site before you are applying Visa for US. This has really a good stuff
Last week I have attended my B1 Visa Interview and the interview was very cool. Let me explain the process that I have undergone in the US embassy, Chennai.
I have waited outside of the US Embassy for an hour. After the security check, Ive entered into the embassy. (I suggest people to reach the embassy at least before 1 hr of the appointment time)
After entering into the consulate office, Ive waited for around 30 min for initial processing (Officer have verified my 156 & 157 forms)
After an hour long stay, my interview was happened. The interview was really cool and the consulate officer was very polite.
Where are you working?
How long you are working for your current company?
Why you want to go to US?
How long you will stay there?
Thats it .
The Consulate officer said, my Visa has been approved and they will courier my passport as soon as possible.
This website is amazing :) People please follow this website and experience given here and trust me you will surely get your visa.
Im 24 single and my company started just 5months back. I just had 10% chances of getting a visa. And it was important for me to visit u.s.a for a business meet. Tried to get as much documents as possible but still as you know i was incomplete..
My interview was on 29th oct at 10:15 am and i reached at 9:45am within ten mins crossing two security check i was within the consulate for finger prints and then in 5mins i was in front of the interviewer.
he said hello how are you doing
I said great.
He said can i have your application
I said sure you can
and i gave him all the application document with that i also gave my company registration information and the invitation letter. He asked me about our company and why im going to the u.s.a also inbw he was asked me about my percentage in the company . Also the number of employees in the head office and other branch office.
he asked about my family and he didnt cross check even one single document and finally in 7mins the interviewer said im approving your visa this time.. and today i got my passport with 10yrs multiple entry :)
People just remember one of the applicants said here wat matters is your confidence and the way you walk till the counter. And im saying it now it does matters :)
Its a dream come true to me. I still cant beleive myself. Thanks to immihelp. and goodluck to all the applicants :)
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