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B1/B2 interview on 1Nov- Rejected
Hi i have applied for B1/B2 visa. Had interview on 1st Nov. Got 214(B). Please help me what went wrong and how can i rectify and re-apply.
4 guys from my company had interview on same day and all got 214(B). Please help me. Thanks in advance.

me- Good Morning officer
VO(Lady)- No reply
VO- SO are you working for XYZ company ?
Me- Yes
VO - Where are you going in USA ?
Me- Roseville
VO- Where is that ?
Me- California
VO- for how many days ?
ME- 2 weeks
VO- Whats ur designation ?
ME- Told
VO- Are you going for Business or Pleasure ?
ME- Business
VO- Whats your CTC per year ?
ME- Told (Though its less)
VO- Sorry can not approve your visa under 214(B).
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B1 Interview on Oct 22, 2018 - Approved - Chennai
This is the first time I am applying for B1 Visa and I never travelled to USA or any other country. As others I do had lots of questions and many told many things, when I visited this site I saw people experience and started analysing why few of them VISA is getting rejected.

As per my analysis I found that: If your stay in current company is less than a year, or your annual salary is low, or your stay of duration at USA you mentioned as more than 2 weeks or at the time of interview if your providing reason which is general like I am going for project purpose, I want to go there for project discussion etc, because there are can be done through online, so interviewer might not satisfy.

So I come up with a solution that instead of saying I am going for my project plan or road map, I thought to say We developed so and so application and is running in standalone server and now it requires cloud migration, so client my presence to analysis and discuss about how to make migration which won't affect already existed users etc.

I have prepared and went for interview and here is the way it goes:

* Reached 30 min's before to the location as the crowd was less, they sent inside even 30 min's before, after general checking, finally standing in queue where another 20 to 30 are standing for their turn and there are 6 interviews and you can able to listen what they are asking to each candidate. Many gets tensioned with the questions by listing and few gets VISA approved and few gets rejected. So here don't take anything into your mind, just be calm as every one case is different and you be with your preparation what you made earlier. After the queue gets my turn I have sent to one of the interview and the interview is lady:

VO: Please come sir.
I: Very Good Afternoon, with smile I said.
VO: Very Good Afternoon with smile
VO: Can I have your passport?
I: Handed over the passport
VO: What is your designation?
I: XXX
VO: How long your working in this company?
I: XXX
VO: XXX Years
VO: What your company does?
I: Explained what our company does
VO: Why you want to travel to US?
I: I provided my answer as I was prepared like cloud migration etc.
VO: Before I complete, she told okay, but I completed what I want to say, it looks she was impressed.
VO: Which part of US, your travelling?
I: XXX
VO: What is your annual salary?
I: XX Lakhs
VO: XX Lakhs, your visa got approved. Have a wonderful time.
I: Thank you.

After completing the interview and I was checking in VISA status website, there it shows Administration process, later date it got changed to Issued, and next day got a message that I can go and pick up my VISA in the said location.

I collected my VISA and I got VISA for 10 years with multiple entry.

So, be confident and positive for sure you will get it. All the best.
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B1 Visa Rejection @ Hyderabad Consulate
I have appeared for B1 Visa interview today @ Hyderabad Consulate

VO: why are you visiting to California?
Me: To participate in product roadmap discussions in our head office.

VO: What's your annual salary?
Me: xx LPA

VO: Have you travelled outside of India?
Me: Yes, to Seychelles, Malawi and Gabon.

VO: That's great, is it for a tourism or official?
Me: It's for business meetings.

VO: How long have you been associated with your company?
Me: 1 month

VO: Why is you're company sending you for such a short joining?
Me: I have joined very recently and our product management team sits in California, going to have a meeting with them on product roadmap and I should come back and start working on that with the team in India.

VO: What's your designation?
Me: Product Manager.

Sorry! Cannot issue the Visa, you can reapply again in future.

Can you guys let me know where did it go wrong? Why was it rejected?
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B1 Visa Interview @ Hyderabad
I've applied for a Visa Interview today @ Hyderabad Consulate

Although I had 2 previous Student Visa Rejections in the year 2011 and I was ambigious at to what the result may be. I was calm and composed! Making sure not to capture the emotions on Peoples faces while they left the consulate.

Me: Good Morning! How are you doing today!
Vo: I'm doing good
Vo: So you're working with ABC company
Me: Yes
Vo: Since how many years?
Me: 1 year 10 months
Vo: Lets say 2 years
Me: Yes!
Vo: WHy are you going to the US?
ME: To attend a Project Review Meeting?
Vo: Where are you going to in the US?
Me: XXXXX, XXXXX
Vo: How long will you stay in the US?
Me: 8 days
Vo: What's your highest education?
Me: B.Tech (ABCD)
Vo: What sort of Projects do you work on?
Me: ABC, EFG, XYZ Projects
Vo: Were you rejected a Visa Before?
Me: Yes!
Vo: Okay nothing to worry you got your Visa this time! Have a Safe trip!
Me: Thanks! Have a Great Day!

Just make sure to empty your mind! Don't concentrate on others emotions!

All my documentation is LEgit, No Fake Experiences What so Ever!

Make sure to Answer whatever you have mentioned in the DS-160 Form! Do not speak if you are not spoken to! Be genuiene! Be confident!

Answering anything other than what is mentioned in DS-160 will cause the Visa Officer to ask more questions.

Keep it Simple! Carry yourself with a smile always!
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B1/B2 (from UK)
Applied for B1/B2 today, had a previous refusal about (2 years ago).

Questions:
Me: Good Mornin Sir, How you doin?
VO: I am doing good - yourself?
Me: Good.
VO: So what is your purpose of visit?
Me: To attend a conference and to meet my uncle - so XX days in Vegas for the conference and XX days with Uncle.
VO: What do you do in UK?
Me: I'm settled here - have a wife, daughter and a business.
VO: How many people employed in your business?
Me: Around 14, All Remote (online).
VO: What does your business provide?
Me: XX Services and AA Projects
VO: Explain
Me: XX to XX and AA to AA in AA that is AA to do AA.
VO: Seems like you have settled here a since your last visit.
Me: Yeah, last time i came daughter was XX Months, Now she is XX Years
VO: hahaha
Me: hahaha
VO: Okay Sir, your visa is approved.
Me: Thank you

Advise:
be yourself, be genuine, speak the truth.
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Need Help friends
I got rejected in B1 visa interview 2 months back. i am submitting again this month. what i suppose to select for the below question(YES or NO). Is this question mean about my VISA interview rejection last time???

Have you ever been refused a U.S. Visa, or been refused admission to the United States, or withdrawn your application for admission at the port of entry?
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B1 got rejected third time
I got my B1 visa rejected third time at Chennai.

First time in 2009 - I was nervous and my experience was less(2.5 years)
Second time in September 2018 - VO asked for meeting agenda, I handed it over to VO and he drilled me on that.
Third time on 16th October 2018 - This time I dont understand what went wrong as the questions were very normal but still got rejected, below is how it happened:

VO: Passport please
me: Good morning (Handed my passport)

VO: What is the purpose of travel?
me: I have to go our Company's headquarter to attend internal meetings on requirements of new product.

VO: Where in US?
me: Sunnyvale, California

VO: what's your designation?
me: Technical Lead

VO: What is your salary?
me: XX lacs annually (It is par with industry standards)
(I did not tell my monthly salary which is not exactly XX/12 as it does not include variable component)

VO: how long have you been with XXX company?
me: 8 years and I have total 11 years of experience

VO: where were you working earlier?
me: I was working in YYY company.
(In DS-160 I selected 'NO' for 'Were you previously employed' because there is one NOTE which says 'provide previous employer details in last 5 years')

VO: How long did you work in YYY company?
me: 2.5 years

VO: Did you ever travel abroad?
me: Yes, I traveled to Thailand on my personal visit.
(In DS-160, I selected 'NO' for the question 'Did you travel outside India in last 5 years' as I traveled in 2011)

VO: How long will you stay in US
me: 2 weeks

He typed something for 30 seconds and then said 'I am sorry to say but you are restricted to travel on non-immigrantion visa' and gave me 214(b)

What did he mean by 'restricted'? What can be the reason of rejection this time? Can it be because I applied after one month only? However he did not ask me anything related to previous rejections.
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B1 got rejected third time
I got my B1 visa rejected third time at Chennai.

First time in 2009 - I was nervous and my experience was less(2.5 years)
Second time in September 2018 - VO asked for meeting agenda, I handed it over to VO and he drilled me on that.
Third time on 16th October 2018 - This time I dont understand what went wrong as the questions were very normal but still got rejected, below is how it happened:

VO: Passport please
me: Good morning (Handed my passport)

VO: What is the purpose of travel?
me: I have to go our Company's headquarter to attend internal meetings on requirements of new product.

VO: Where in US?
me: Sunnyvale, California

VO: what's your designation?
me: Technical Lead

VO: What is your salary?
me: XX lacs annually (It is par with industry standards)
(I did not tell my monthly salary which is not exactly XX/12 as it does not include variable component)

VO: how long have you been with XXX company?
me: 8 years and I have total 11 years of experience

VO: where were you working earlier?
me: I was working in YYY company.
(In DS-160 I selected 'NO' for 'Were you previously employed' because there is one NOTE which says 'provide previous employer details in last 5 years')

VO: How long did you work in YYY company?
me: 2.5 years

VO: Did you ever travel abroad?
me: Yes, I traveled to Thailand on my personal visit.
(In DS-160, I selected 'NO' for the question 'Did you travel outside India in last 5 years' as I traveled in 2011)

VO: How long will you stay in US
me: 2 weeks

He typed something for 30 seconds and then said 'I am sorry to say but you are restricted to travel on non-immigrantion visa' and gave me 214(b)

What did he mean by 'restricted'? What can be the reason of rejection this time? Can it be because I applied after one month only? However he did not ask me anything related to previous rejections.
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US B1/B2 Visa - Approved
Hi all, I am really grateful to all the answers which helped me to prepare for my interview. I did apply for the first time and through all the help I got here, I got my visa approved. Would like to share my experience in a hope it might help someone else too.

Location: US Consulate, Chennai
Date: 16th Oct 2018

VO: good afternoon, please give me your passport.
Me: Good afternoon (and handed my passport to him with a smile in my face)

He looked into the screen for a minute or 2 before asking me farther question.

VO: Which company are you working?
Me: I told my startup's registered name.

VO: What is the domain of work in your company.
Me: I explained in short about our product (no more than 2 lines which I had prepared earlier.)

VO: Wow that interesting, so you do this and that ...
Me: I sensed he got interested in the product idea and explained in a bit detail taking this opportunity. (I was looking straight in his eyes and was answering with a smile)

VO: So what is you designation?
Me: I told him my designation.

VO: Where are you going in US?
Me: I am going to attend *** Conference which is happening in San Jose in these dates.

VO: How long will you stay in US?
Me: 5 days. (Here let me tell you 2 important things, 1) My conference was for 3 days so I added 2 days more and said 5 days cause I hard one guy was saying earlier to me that he will stay only for the days he will have the conference which The VO asked why only those days, won't you roam around a bit. He said no and VO wasn't convinced from his look. Luckily my dates mentioned in DS form was 2 days more than the conference. Please make sure you say exactly the same as you mentioned in your DS form. 2) Don't not mention dates against this question even if you have mentioned dates in the form. Another guy before me replied from this date to this date against the same question and the VO got irritated and said "I am not asking for dates please answer me in no of days you will be staying in US"

VO: What is you education background?
Me: I told I did my master from IITB.

VO: Then you joined this startup?
Me: No, I had worked in Oracle for these years and then moved to this company.

VO: So whats the name of the startup you said?
Me: This time I realised that he is trying to search the company home page and I told our registered name which is different from our brand name and our website in in that name only. SO I said:
:: My company name is THIS but our brand name is THIS.

VO: Can you spell that out?
Me: I spelled the brand name.

VO: (after opening our website) Oh you guys are working in AR/VR field, do you use oculus rift or similar device.
Me: I took this opportunity and explained about our product in more details and he was listening with full concentration. I was smiling and explaining in a way you explain a new exciting gadget to your friend (showing you are also excited to have worked on that product)

VO: After typing for another 2 minutes: Your visa got approved, Good luck with your trip and your startup.
Me: Thank you very much

Though he didn't ask for any documents in the process, I kept all the documents suggested by others in this group like, employment letter mentioning my designation, letter saying my company will sponsor the trip, my old passport, last 3 month payslip, last 2 years of ITReturn form, property papers, mtech sertificate, aadhar card etc.

Please be confident, talk slow if require and don't show you are nervous. I saw a guy got rejected who was answering a bit nervously (though that might not be the reason)
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US B1/B2 Visa - Approved
I'm really grateful to all the answers here that helped me prepare for my interview! Following is my experience!

Location: US Consulate General, Hyderabad
Time: 11th October 2018, around 12:30 pm

VO was an elderly gentleman.

Me: Good Afternoon sir (in the meantime an officer on my side of the counter, who already had my passport passed it to the interviewer).
VO: Good Afternoon, what's your purpose of visit to the United States?
Me: I have to attend ABC developer conference.
VO: Can you please provide the invitation letter of the conference?
Me: passed the letter
VO: Why do you want to attend this conference?
Me: I'm studying computer engineering and attending this conference will expand my skillset. Also, I'll get to meet experts and other students who will be visiting from all over the world.
VO: How long do you intend to stay in the US?
Me: 10 days sir, including travel.
VO: What's the nature of this conference?
Me: The conference is about ABC and PQR, the name of the conference is an acronym which stands for so and so.
VO: Who is funding your trip?
Me: My father has paid for my trip now but I will be awarded a reimbursement at the conference.
VO: By the conference organizers?
Me: Yes.
VO: Starts reading the invitation letter.
Me: Sir, I have a separate email regarding my reimbursement scholarship.
VO: Yes, show it to me please.
Me: Passed the email printout.
VO: after reading, "so they're providing $XYZ."
Me: Yes
VO: What does your father do?
Me: He is ABC of PQR at XYZ
VO: (After typing for some time) What is his annual salary?
Me: Sir, he never tells me his salary but he provided his bank statement for this interview (I retrieved the bank statement).
VO: It's okay, I do not need it.
VO: Do you have any siblings?
Me: Yes.
VO: What do they do?
Me: She is a 4th year engineering student pursuing XYZ.
VO: Here in India?
Me: Yes.
VO: Your visa is approved. (the magical words!)
Me: Thank you very much sir, have a great day!
VO: You too!

Just be confident and coherent during your interview, and everything will be fine!
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