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B1 Visa Experience

First I want to express my gratitude towards all the members of this forum, because I was able to face my visa interview confidently as I read number of posts on this forum. Once again thank you everyone on this forum.

Following is my B1 Visa Experience.

Attempt 1st.
Location: Chennai Consulate.

VO: Good Morning, Can I have your passport please?
Me: Good Morning Ma'am, Here is my passport.

VO: What is your purpose of travel.
Me: I need to travel to US so that I can be part of project launch meetings and guide the team for assembly of components.

VO: Duration of your travel.
Me: 7 days. .

VO: Do you have any invitation letter?
Me: Yes here it is. (Handed over the letter)

VO: I will be back in a moment
Me: Okay
(Then Visa officer went inside to have talk with colleague about my letter)

VO: What is your salary?
Me: YYYY per annum.

VO: Are you married?
Me: Yes

VO: Do you have any children?
Me: Not yet

Then Visa officer starts typing for 2 to 3 minutes.

VO: Your Visa Cannot be approved now. Here is the passport.
Me. Thank You. (Handed me 214b Slip)


Attempt 2nd
Location: Mumbai Consulate.

VO: Good Morning, Your Passport please.
Me: Good Morning Ma'am, Here is my passport.

VO: What is your purpose of travel?
Me: I have been invited by US counterpart so that I can guide them for the assembly of components which I had conceptualized in a computer software, also I will be part of project review meetings and discussions.

VO: Who you will be meeting?
Me: I will be meeting YYYY who is manager in US and also her team.

VO: How many days you will be in US?
Me: I will be there for 12 days starting from 10th November to 21st November 2019.

VO: What exactly you will be doing there and why it cannot be done from here?
Me: I will be making observations and notes during the assembly of the components which I had conceptualized in computer software. Also I will make notes of any issues arise during the process and try to resolve them. Here in India we do not have the setup to do the assembly, so I will be needed to travel to US.

VO: Your Visa is approved.
Me: Thank You, Have a nice day.

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B1 Visa help
Hi All, i have visa interview on 1st November in Delhi. Please let me know if below answers to the questions are fine and let me know my chances too.

What is your purpose of Visit?
I need to travel to Decatur for 2 weeks for attending multiple workshops/ trainings which are aimed towards understanding the client's current procurement processes and discussing the solution approach. Once i come back to india after two weeks, will align the offshore team on the requirements and then will start working towards designing future state processes and solutioning that on Coupa (Business Spend Management SaaS solution)

Why are you only chosen to travel?
I am offshore functional lead and a certified Coupa practitioner having close to 5 years of experience. My presence will be critical as i would need to meet multiple stakeholders and then align the offshore team with the requirements to deliver

My Profile
- Management Consulting Analyst with Accenture Strategy for past 8 months and having 5 years of overall experience with ~2.5 years of experience into Coupa Design and Implementation. I am a certified Coupa practitioner.
- I am married and having 1 year old daughter.
- Salary - ~26 lakhs per annum
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b1 visa preparation help
Hi all,

I am working in xx company in tech lead role and have experience around 8+ years. in current yy company working around 1.4 years. don't have any travel experience. going for requirement gathering and knowledge transfer from client company, Please help me to elaborate the below ques ,

1.Purpose of visit - (requirement gathering and knowledge transfer)
2. why you cant do it from here
3. why you are chosen
4. why you staying 4 weeks
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B1 Visa Approved
Interview Date: 28/10/2019
Place: Chennai

VO: Which company are you working for?

vo: what is your designation and purpose of the visit

Me: I am currently working as XX, currently heading a team of yy members at offshore.

Purpose: I am heading the account at offshore and I am required to attend multiple kick start meetings, and to discuss new project roadmap.

VO: What's your salary?


VO : How long you are staying?

       2 weeks

VO: Which place are you visiting?

[Answered]: California

VO: Whom you are going to meet?
I need to meet my onsite counterpart and also with the stakeholder to discuss on the project scope and future roadmap.

VO: Who is your client?

VO: What is the project cost?

Finally, Okay gentleman your visa has been approved.

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Tips require for B1 interview
I am preparing for my upcoming US b1 visa interview. Here are my prepared answers

Q1. Purpose of your Visit?
Ans. My client is implementing the virtualization technology at their datacenter and I am going there to perform the configuration & setup of the Virtualization devices as per the client requirement.

Q2. Where are you travelling in the US ?
Ans. I am travelling to California.

Q3. Why you are chosen?
Ans. I have the technical expertise and more than 8 years of experience in Virtualization technology.

Q4. Why 1 Week only?
Ans. Because the initial setup of the virtualization boxes require physical presence at the datacenter and post that configuration devices will be managed via remotely from India.

Q5. Why Can't you do it from here?
Ans. Because the initial configuration of the devices can't be done from remote, it requires expertise person at the datacenter.

Q6. How long you are associated with the current company.
Ans. I am associated with this company from last 10 months and I have a total of 8 years of experience.

Q7. Since you have less experience in your current company why the company has chosen you?
Ans. Since I have worked for US client in past as well and I have 8 years of experience of virtualization so my client has chosen me to come there and perform the Virtualization setup work.

I don't have any travel history? My monthly salary is around 1 lac/annum.
 Any tips for interview and what are my chances
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B1 Visa approved in the 2nd attempt at hyderabad
Hi All,

I have applied for Visa in Aug 2018 but it was rejected and applied again in oct2019 and got approved.

Visa Experience in 1st attempt:
VO: Why are you going to CA?
Me: I have to attend training ......(there was some gap while telling due to nervous and the VO made her eyes big and looked me) on the new technology which is going to implement in our company

VO: Whats your salary?
Me: YYYY /month

VO: Experience?
Me: 6Yrs

VO: How long you are going to visit?
Me: 2 weeks

VO: Sorry we cant approve your visa this time


i Have changed my company in Apr2019 and client requested to keep B1 visa ready. So applied for the second time and attended the interview on 22/Oct/2019 and it got approved this time

VO: So, your are from YYYY company
Me: Yes Mam

VO: Whats ur designation
Me: Im a programmer analyst

VO: How long you are going to stay
Me: For 2 Weeks

VO: Why are you going?
Me: (in bit of nervous, i said) Im going to attend the B1 meetings (then VO said you are already going on B1 visa) sorry mam, Im going to attend the Business meetings

VO: What kind of meeting?
Me: Our customer is going to have new HR system on to the current HR application and we will be discussing the solution approach and propose the plan in the business meetings?

VO: Why you want to be there?
Me: Users will be coming from all over the regions and it goes in PST timezone and they need my presence

VO: why u want to integrate HR application
Me: (I didnt understand the question, so i have asked Can you please repeat it again)
we are going to New modules like self service of emp and manager into the existing one

VO: Who is ur customer
Me; YYYY company

VO; Whats ur salary?
Me: YYYY L /annum

VO: whats ur salary in 2018 (as i have attended visa interview in 2018)
Me: (monthly salary i said in annual) 50k/annum sorry mam its 50k/month

VO: how long you are working with this company
Me: almost 7 months

after few seconds i said im supporting same customer from 4 years. i just changed the company 7months back

here are the platinum words from VO

OK.. Your Visa is approved.

Note: as i made few mistakes while telling the salary and purpose of visit. VO would have thought it was due to nervous.
it depends on the understanding of the VO. May be if some other VO would be there she/he would have rejected- i think so.
i thought it would reject this time also as i said few mistakes, but luckily it got approved.

just be confident with your answers and tell what you have filled in your ds160
Dont feel it as interview. Think like some one is asking why ur going/how long and all those and answer casually.

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USA B1/B2 Interview

visa interview scheduled on 28th October, 2019

purpose: I am pursuing CPA so i have to give my exam. I have received my notice to schedule. Giving three exams together.

I am practicing charatered accountant in india from past 3 years.

i dont have any travel history

any tips for the interview and what are the chances?

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Request help to clear my 2nd US B1/B2 Visa Interview

I work for an European MNC with significant presence in US. I am Male, married, in current company for last 6 months with 4 years of experience in Finance and salary in 6 figures. . My B1/B2 Visa was reject on 22nd Oct for 214(b).
I have to travel in 2 nd week of November for 9 days. Need suggestions to clear my Interview this time which is scheduled on 5th Nov.

Here is how my last interview went:

VO: Please give me your passport.
Me : Yes, please
VO: what is your purpose of visit.
Me : I work with xxx. from chennai office and Business team is located at Houston. Our team conducts xxxx Finance training for employees within our company. I have been invited to Houston to conduct the same training for new joinees.
Nothing more. No other question and I was informed that sorry we cant approve your visa this time. Please share this (214-b rejection notice) with your employer.
Me : Thanks

Now I really need suggestion on how to clear it this times since the purpose would not be changing and our company really wants me to be there and conduct this training.

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Regarding interview
Hello Experts,

I've Bio/finger prints interview on Friday and VO on Monday. Please see below questions.

A) If VO ask me what Visa i applied do i need to say B1 OR B2. In DS160 I have added B1/B2 Visa
B) Since i've been perform well this year my company invited me onsite for award ceremony. Also, in my invitation letter my employer added business meetings and Annual Holiday Party. Can i say the same thing i'm going to annual holiday party because i;m performing well ?

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Rejected Twice.

My VISA has been rejected twice for now and I have given my experience in other post. This time my agenda is very clear for new project I am going to onsite to meet different business vendors and stakeholders for further discussions on upcoming project .

How can I prove myself like I am not a potential immigrant and my business trip is very important to my client as well as my employer as I am only having much experience with same client.

Can I reapply again as its very important travel for me and employer or again they reject.... how much time I need to wait to reapply again without any impact of previous rejection.

If I reapply now how can I convince like I am not a potential immigrant and my intention is very clear and I have invitation letter and clear agenda and all ties in here again to come back

Thanks in advance and appreciate your response.

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