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
- 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
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
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
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: 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.
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.
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 ?
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
This forum was helpful. I am thankful to all the people who posted their experiences and all those experts who have guided the applicants.
This is my case. I am
1. First time applicant for B1 visa
2. Doctor by profession with 6yrs of work experience
3. Experience with current company: 4 months only (I am hired by my current employer for
this project because I have specific skill-set)
4. Purpose of travel: Knowledge acquisition and knowledge transfer from the client related to the project - "Business meeting and discussions as per Invite letter from my Employer"
5. Duration of travel- 4 weeks
6. Never been to any-other country before
7. Current CTC - 8.5 LPA
8. Designation: Team Lead
9. Married but living separately (not divorced or filed for divorce) and have a 4 yr old daughter living with me and studying UKG
10. I am living with my parents who are dependent on me.
My VISA experience:
Greetings from me and VO responded politely.
1. What is the purpose of your travel?
A. Business meetings and discussions and explained about my project in 2-3 sentences
2. What is the duration of your travel?
A. It is for 4 weeks. I told about my each weeks schedule in detail
3. What is your Graduation?
A. I mentioned about my graduation and profession
4. For which company are you working for?
A. ZZZ Company
5. Is your travel sponsored by your company?
6. From which location are you working from?
A. From YYYY location - India
7. For how long are you been associated with YYYY company?
A. I mentioned that I am recently hired by my company for this project for which I am travelling, and it’s been 4 months since I joined.
8. Do you have any relatives in US?
9. Do you have a family here in India? And your family consists of?
A. Yes, I have a 4 yrs. old daughter and I am living with my parents, who are dependent on me.
Outcome: Maam, your Visa is approved.
I wore my company ID card. No documents were asked for or verified.
I am a first time applicant, new to my company, and never traveled before. There were so many opinions about my VISA application from friends, colleagues and family. Just be confident (not over confident), dress up decently, speak politely, answer to the point, and dont be nervous (VISA denial is not the end of the world - keep that attitude). If your qualification, experience and purpose are in sync, I think it should work out. All the best !
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