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B1/B2 in Delhi
Hello everyone!

This is my first attempt at the interview. I'm a software engineer straight out of college and I have less than an year of experience in the industry. My monthly salary is 1.3L. I'm assuming that'll affect my application. I wanted to know if there are things I could say or show to explain why I have been presented with this opportunity so soon and that it is not a common thing at my company? Or is it a terrible idea to do that if not asked?

Further, can you please scrutinize the following answers:

Purpose of Visit: To attend internal business meetings scheduled for setting up a similar project in Bangalore. The agenda is to gain trainings and hold discussions to achieve synchronization across all sites. This is done to avoid cross-site dependencies and increase velocity of production.

Reason behind me being chosen: I would be the only person working on this from Bangalore.

Thank you so much for your time already!
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B1 B2 DELHI Rejected
Hello All,

My Interview was in Delhi on 6th Jan 2020 for B1/B2 and i was denied. This was my 2nd attempt.(First attempt in March 2019)

VO:Can i see passport,please?
ME:Handed over the passport

VO:what is the purpose of visit?
ME:To attend internal workshop training being conducted by Business associates on Business application XYZ. i will apply those learning in the work when i come back to india. Also series of Internal Team meetings are also scheduled in the same duration to understand the project road map for my module.

VO:What is your designation?
ME:Associate consultant

VO:How Long will you stay in US?
ME:3 Weeks

VO:How Long have you been working in XXX?
ME:1 Year and 2 Months

VO:Why you have been choosen to travel?
ME:I am a individual contributor for my module in the project. so i am have been invited to attend the hands on workshop training.

VO:Have you travelled internatioanlly before?
ME:No.

VO:whom you are going to meet?
ME:My Onshore counterpart and leadership team.

i was handed with 214 (B) slip.

Can anybody help me what went wrong? My application was genuine and then also they rejected it.

Please correct me what went wrong? so that i can prepare well.
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Help for B1 business visa interview preparation
Hello everyone,

I would like to take your help in preparing for my interview. It is scheduled at the end of this month.

I am a team lead in an IT company and working here for the last 3 years. My total experience is 8+ years and am getting around 90k per month salary.

The main purpose of my visa is to provide training and transfer knowledge to the client team during data transfer from our system to the new system. As the process in final phase and the onsite presence will help the client not to lose the business.

Duration of trip: 4 weeks.

Personal information:
Married and One child
My Father is farmer

Please help me in preparing for interwar questions and answers. Please also tell me the positive or negative points of my profile so that I can work on it.

Thanks
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B1 VISA REJECTED TWICE
Hello All,
 
I work for a US-based giant networking MNC. I am a Procurement Professional currently based out of Bangalore.
 
I was denied a B1 visa twice in 2019 -the first time in Sep and the second time in Dec.
 
INTERVIEW 1- Purpose- To Attend the Supplier Day in San Francisco. I got the invitation a bit late (just 2 weeks before) and contacted the travel desk for a Visa Interview Date. They gave me a date that was scheduled after the event. In order to expedite I logged into the US visa website- https://ceac.state.gov/genniv and scheduled appointment for an earlier date. In between the process, the website blocked me once as I refreshed the site too many times.
 
However, I got all the right documentation and appeared on the interview day in Chennai.
 
VO: Can I see your passport, please?
Me: Handed over the passport.
 
VO: What is the purpose of the visit?
Me: I am going to attend a Business Conference?
 
VO: What is your designation?
Me: Procurement Specialist-Category & Supplier Management.
 
 
VO: How long will you stay in the US?
Me: 7 Days
 
VO: How long have you been working in XXX?
Me: 4 Years
 
VO: What is your Annual Salary?
Me: 14 lakhs Rupees
 
VO: Have you visited any other countries in the past?
Me: Yes, I went to Indonesia in May 2019 and that too to attend a business conference.
 
VO: Can I see some kind of invitation
Me: I handed over the HR Letter issued by my company. (The letter talks about my Medical Insurance Coverage during travel, my stay tenure, and that the company takes full responsibilities during my stay in the US)
 
VO: I’m sorry but currently you do not qualify for this Visa.
 
She handed over a 214(b) slip.
 
I had an invitation email from our Procurement VP, which I thought later, I could have produced.
 
Many of my colleagues told me later that since I rescheduled the date myself, I was not given the Visa. Really?
 
What went wrong?
 
 
INTERVIEW 2: I spoke to my boss and he suggested me to reapply after a couple of months. When asked for the purpose of the visit, he said he can issue an email asking me to come down to the US to attend a workshop on a key project with our key stakeholders based out of the US and get their sign off- which he sent after few days.
 
This time it was New Delhi
 
VO: Good Morning
Me: Good Morning
 
VO: Can I see your passport, please?
Me: Handed over the passport
 
She looked into her system and seemed to read something for around 10 seconds
 
 
VO: What is the purpose of the visit?
Me: I am going to attend a Business Meeting and workshop?
 
VO: What business meeting?
Me: I’m a part of the Global Procurement Team and we have a project of IT Spend Optimization which aims to reduce the total cost of operations. I’m going there to discuss the strategy, take inputs from my stakeholders...
 
VO (interrupting): What strategy?
Me (realizing something was not right): Um…strategy means to present the project plan, taking inputs..um.. to discuss on Spend Optimization Levers..get sign off…
 
VO (interrupting): Why you need to go to the US for this? It can happen over a VC?
Me (realizing its falling apart): (Nervously) Um…well..um.. face to face meeting makes more sense …um.. and my boss wants me to lead this project once I am back in India.
 
VO: What is your designation?
Me: Procurement Specialist-Category & Supplier Management.
 
 
VO: How long have you been working in XXX?
Me: 4 Years 4 months
 
 
VO: Thank you Mr.XX but currently you do not qualify for this Visa.
 
I walked out slowly and not knowing what went wrong.
 
She returned my passport with a 214(b) slip again. This time a yellow slip.
 
I was extremely upset and felt humiliated. The B1/B2 rejection rate in my organization is extremely low. In my department, I have not heard anyone’s B1/B2 getting rejected ever. People travel to the US every now and then.
 
I am so frustrated with my condition.
 
What am I doing wrong?
 
How long should I wait before applying again
 
How do I ensure I clear the interview next time?
 
 
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B1 VISA REJECTED TWICE
Hello All,

I work for a US-based giant networking MNC. I am a Procurement Professional currently based out of Bangalore.

I was denied a B1 visa twice in 2019 -the first time in Sep and the second time in Dec.

INTERVIEW 1- Purpose- To Attend the Supplier Day in San Francisco. I got the invitation a bit late (just 2 weeks before) and contacted the travel desk for a Visa Interview Date. They gave me a date that was scheduled after the event. In order to expedite I logged into the US visa website- https://ceac.state.gov/genniv and scheduled appointment for an earlier date. In between the process, the website blocked me once as I refreshed the site too many times.

However, I got all the right documentation and appeared on the interview day in Chennai.

VO: Can I see your passport, please?
Me: Handed over the passport.

VO: What is the purpose of the visit?
Me: I am going to attend a Business Conference?

VO: What is your designation?
Me: Procurement Specialist-Category & Supplier Management.

VO: How long will you stay in the US?
Me: 7 Days

VO: How long have you been working in XXX?
Me: 4 Years

VO: What is your Annual Salary?
Me: XXX Rupees

VO: Have you visited any other countries in the past?
Me: Yes, I went to Indonesia in May 2019 and that too to attend a business conference.

VO: Can I see some kind of invitation
Me: I handed over the HR Letter issued by my company. (The letter talks about my Medical Insurance Coverage during travel, my stay tenure, and that the company takes full responsibilities during my stay in the US)

VO: I’m sorry but currently you do not qualify for this Visa.

She handed over a 214(b) slip.

I had an invitation email from our Procurement VP, which I thought later, I could have produced.

Many of my colleagues told me later that since I rescheduled the date myself, I was not given the Visa. Really?

What went wrong?

INTERVIEW 2: I spoke to my boss and he suggested me to reapply after a couple of months. When asked for the purpose of the visit, he said he can issue an email asking me to come down to the US to attend a workshop on a key project with our key stakeholders based out of the US and get their sign off- which he sent after few days.

This time it was New Delhi

VO: Good Morning
Me: Good Morning

VO: Can I see your passport, please?
Me: Handed over the passport

She looked into her system and seemed to read something for around 10 seconds

VO: What is the purpose of the visit?
Me: I am going to attend a Business Meeting and workshop?

VO: What business meeting?
Me: I’m a part of the Global Procurement Team and we have a project of IT Spend Optimization which aims to reduce the total cost of operations. I’m going there to discuss the strategy, take inputs from my stakeholders...

VO (interrupting): What strategy?
Me (realizing something was not right): Um…strategy means to present the project plan, taking inputs..um.. to discuss on Spend Optimization Levers..get sign off…

VO (interrupting): Why you need to go to the US for this? It can happen over a VC?
Me (realizing its falling apart): (Nervously) Um…well..um.. face to face meeting makes more sense …um.. and my boss wants me to lead this project once I am back in India.

VO: What is your designation?
Me: Procurement Specialist-Category & Supplier Management.

VO: How long have you been working in XXX?
Me: 4 Years 4 months

VO: Thank you Mr.XX but currently you do not qualify for this Visa.

I walked out slowly and not knowing what went wrong.

She returned my passport with a 214(b) slip again. This time a yellow slip.

I was extremely upset and felt humiliated. The B1/B2 rejection rate in my organization is extremely low. In my department, I have not heard anyone’s B1/B2 getting rejected ever. People travel to the US every now and then.

I am so frustrated with my condition.

What am I doing wrong?

How long should I wait before applying again

How do I ensure I clear the interview next time?
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B1/B2 Visa Rejection Under 214b
So, Im 21 old student Im Pursuing B.tech here in India and In 2year of it.
I wanted To visit US during My summer vacation to meet my relatives who lives there, I had applied for B1/B2
Visa.
I went for Interview And I was rejected under 214b, counselor Asked me few questions like ->

VO: Why Is Purpose Of traveling ?
Me: For Tourism and A Vacation.
VO:Where You be staying at ?
Me:At my relatives House.
VO:Who Is You relatives?
Me: Answered
VO:Where Relative Works?
Me: In XYZ company
VO: Have you ever travelled Out your country ?
Me:No

She typed for few seconds and handed me over 214b slip
And said sorry !

Although i had all kinds of documents like my latest results,my College ID, Bonafide Certificate from college Too !
To prove them that i will come back to my country, though i have not graduated im still pursuing.

Please Anyone can tell me what mistake i did?
Should i apply for it again ?

Any tips/suggestions?
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B1 interview at Mumbai Consulate
Hi All,

My visa interview was on 19th Dec 2019 at Mumbai.

following are the question asked by VO-
1. why am i travelling to USA ?
(I am going to attend business meetings.)
2. Tell me more about the business meetings.
(I will be meeting current company's partners to discuss and setup road map to integrate them with us in next quarter.)
3. How long have you been with current company ?
(2 years)
4. Have you ever traveled outside the India before ?
(no)

I have total experience of 5.5 years.

My visa got rejected.

Our employer was sending 5 people to US , One thing I observed is that All 5 of us have filled the same travel date in DS-160 form and answered "no" in "Is anybody traveling with you? " field. I think this can be easily detected and thats why they rejected our visa.

I want to know what you guys think of this.
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Regading B1/B2 Visa Interview
Hi
Everyone,

I have my visa interview 19/11/2019 at Mumbai

Purpose: Attend Reseach conference in San Francisco.

ME: Good Morning.
VO: No response

VO: Passport, please.
ME: Yes, Here is it.

VO: Why want to go to the USA.
ME: No answer because VO voice not properly I listen.

VO: Why want to go to the USA.
ME: I want to present my research paper at Conference.

VO: What is your research.
ME: I explain my research work in technical language.

VO: What is your highest qualification.
ME: Answer

VO: What is the monthly salary.
ME: Answer

VO: How long you would be staying in the USA.
ME: 7 days.

ME: I have passed my invitation letter.
VO: Show my invitation letter and drop after show my invitation letter.

VO: How is sponsoring your trip.
ME: My employer.

VO: Then she typing something and looked at me. She standup and gives me 221(g) Blue slip and told follow this instruction.

ME: Thank you.

I have sent an email the next day. Mention blue slip instruction covered all point.

after 15 days received an email from the consulate, Submit your passport and 221(g) copy from any 11 delivery location.

Next five days issued my visa.

 
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Interview for B1
Hi everyone,

I have my VISA interview at end of next week. I am bit nervous as my team mate was rejected. Here are my answers to the basic questions :

Purpose : Gather requirements and build a development plan with stake holders for a phased delivery approach of a new project.

Place - Company HQ , XXX City

Stay: 2 Weeks Jan 13 - Jan 23.

Travel History : XXX, Germany - 3 Months

Profile - Senior Consultant, 5.5 Years, 6 figure monthly salary, Unmarried, Stay with my mother.

What are the chances and which things I should specifically look into ?

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B1 visa not approved
Hi just sharing my exp..

L1B Blanket at chennai Nov 2018 - got 221g with not clearly approvable

L1B Individual premium processing, FIled in Feb 2019, got RFE from Texas center as VE was full, responded RFE with all technical docs of tool that learned & enhanced, training docs, awards, certificates, financial docs - got response in June 2019 - evidence is lacking, training docs not provided, knowledge doesnt seems to be specialized.

B1 at Mumbai Dec 2019 -

Q: Good morning
A: Good morning

Q: what is purpose of you visit
A: Im.. I have been invited to attend business meeting with our client XXXX to discuss & gather requirements for migrating the legacy system to the proprietary platform.

Q: do you have the the invitation letter?
A: yes, here it is.

Q: how long you would be staying?
A: 2 weeks

Q: this would be first travel out of India?
A: yes, sir

kept typing something after second Q, and after few mins replied
under strict policy we cant not grant it.... all reasons are mentioned in this slip 214b.

Q: Thanks, have a good day.
A: Have a good day, sir.

This is just my exp.. try to have as much as documentation in RFEs.. I had about 25 pages technical docs & other docs in L1 RFE.. more & more details in DS-160..
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