Rather a pleasant but experience on Feb 4 (Luckily I got appointment again in Delhi, I think slot was available as someone cancelled :) Rather long interview, but I was confident, could feel my heart beat, but she was very calm, Today I felt she wanted to approve my Visa from very starting.....
VO: How are you?
M: I am good how are you?
VO: I am great thanks, it’s quite windy today...Give me your passport?
Reads on computer...
VO: Wow you studied in France
Me: MSc in Cell Biology & Bioinformatics in École Polytechnique, Paris
VO: I did my Year abroad there, so you know French
Me: Yes I have C1 level certification in French
VO: Wow, so let’s do this interview in French
Me: Smiles, I could try
VO: She said you don’t have to...I am not so good in French. Anyhow, where you work
Me: I work in Big Pharma company (given name) in Hyderabad for more than 2 years
VO: How much you earn?
Me: 25 Lacs per annum...
VO: Everything fixed?
Me: Yes, also 15% of fixed salary is given as bonus depending on individual and company’s performance
VO: So how are you performing?
Me: I have the rating and I am above expectations
Me: I will get 140% of my bonus component
VO: Good for you, I see you are going for AAD, where it is taking place
Me: Walter E Washington Convention Centre
VO: Where will you stay?
Me: Renaissance Hotel
VO: Your Company spends too much..
Me: Yes, it makes $XX Billions every year as profit and I travel in business class
VO: That’s nice, Which airline are you flying?
Me: Flying Emirates
VO: Which countries you have been to...I see you have been to Canada
Me: Yes Canada, UK, France, Singapore...Denmark, Netherlands, Switzerland. Interrupts in between
VO: Which countries you have been on business reasons
Me: Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden
VO: I see you have 5 years Schengen Visa, was that sponsored by your company or Europe just choose to give you
Me: I travel frequently for business purposes, so when I applied last time in April 2018, they gave me 5 year multi entry visa (MEV). I also have 3 and 1 year Multi Entry visas before this...
VO: I see that rarely on Indian Passport Holders (I don’t know why she said that...I know 4 people in my company who have 5 year MEV)
Goes inside with my passport and god knows how long she stayed in...(2-3 minutes and longest of my life)
Comes and smiles
VO: How many years you stayed in the UK
Me: 3 years 3 months for my BSc
VO: Where you did BSc
Me: BSc in Pharmacology in University College London
VO: Can you show me your previous passports...
Me: Gave two previous passports...
VO: Why your company is making you travel so much to Europe, do you get paid in Euros?
Me: There are lot of conferences and workshops and I attend those collect the data at these conferences, analyze the data in tools and get insights from data which I share with my stakeholders...(Interrupts in between)...VO: ok ok..
VO: Do you get paid in Euros when you travel to Europe?
Me: No, I get reimbursement of all expenses I make through Company’s Multi Currency Corporate Card and air tickets and hotels are paid directly out of Company’s account
VO: Types something in system for 1-2 minutes then ask, have you been ever denied US Visa
Me: Yes twice, one in April 2016 with my previous employer and one with my current employer which was recent in Jan 2019
VO: Why did you choose to apply from Delhi and not Hyderabad
Me: I have my permanent home in Delhi and working from home for last 3 weeks. In addition, there were no appointments in Hyderabad...
Goes inside again and come within 1-2 minutes
VO: Do you own house in Delhi?
Me: No, however, I have one flat in Gurgaon...sorry Gurugram, Delhi NCR in Sector 55 which I own, however I am the only son of my parents, so that house will be mine...only as ancestral property
VO: Laughs...Are you single
VO: No worries, your visa is approved
Me: Thank you very much
VO: Returns my previous passports, Canadian Resident Card and expired UK Resident card
Came out with smile
Feb 1: Finger Prints
Feb 4: Interview
Feb 5: Visa Issued (as per CEAC)
Feb 8: Ready for pick up