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nvmnd     02/03/2020 10:51 AM

My turn to repay back to the forum for all the support

My L1A was approved today in Chennai. The lawyers had done a great job putting together a strong package. Turned out that it was not really necessary.

Standard questions on what's your salary in the new role, how many people reporting and example of some of their titles. We were asked as to how long the role was for and I mentioned it is 3 years for now. It was the honest response. Immigration officer was polite and respectful. Both mine and my wife's (L2) were approved.

I have lived for a long time in the past and allowed my green card to expire. No conversation on that at all.

Good luck to others in this phase.

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iamironman     02/03/2020 05:24 AM

At the onset I would like to thank immihelp and the members of this forum.
The detailed experiences recorded here really helped me to prepare my answers well.

Interview Date: 03rd Feb 2020 at Chennai.

- To start with, there was a huge line infront of me. I spend more than 45 minutes just standing in queue. I couldnt resist the urge to hear what is happening at the different windows. I could constantly hear 'you visa is approved', 'your visa is rejected'. My advise would be to not get influenced and stick to what you have prepared

- my interview lasted for about 5 minutes

VO: Good Morning. How are you doing?
Me: Great! How bout you?

VO: I am doing just fine. Where are you traveling?
ME: told the US city where my I am supposed to travel?

VO: Which visa are you applying for?
ME: L1A Blanket

VO: Whats your highest level of education?
ME: Answered

VO: What will you be doing in the US? How what a typical day look like?
ME: Answered in about 5-6 lines which I had carefully prepared.
** Remember to prepare this really well. Focus on every word that you say. Discuss this with the leaders in your organization and people who have made it through. User keywords that are relevant to your profile. These 5-6 lines should be polished as much as possible**

VO: Will you be traveling alone?
ME: Yes

VO: How many people report to you?
ME: Answered

VO: Do you have hiring and firing rights?
ME: Answered

VO: Okay. Your visa is approved.
She stamped all the three copies, gave me 2 along with a green slip.


1) prepare your story really well.
2) its a normal conversation. We tend to make it larger than life but its not.
3) dont try to over please the VO by constantly smiling. It shouldnt look like you are dying to get to the US. Remember, your company has chosen you to go there to do a job. If not US, it could be any other country.
4) Dress nicely, groom yourself and be confident in your body language and your answers

All the very best to everyone who is appearing for any visa interview

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Shanred001     02/01/2020 23:56 PM

Did anyone attend L1b interview as Sales/BD role. If yes, please share your experience on questions like Specilization etc.

Thank you

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Tonystark123     02/01/2020 08:27 AM

L1B rejected and hope my experience can help others. And I could see most of the experiences provided here are for approved visa. Requesting to post even if it is rejected, so that others can learn what mistakes they shouldn't do when they attend interview.

My whole interview has gone not more than 4 to 5mins and below is the conversation

VO: How is it going?
Me: Going good, thanks. How about you?
VO: Good. Passport please?
Me: Gave passport and 3 sets of I129s and other docs
VO: (He verified passport) Is it L1B?
Me: Yes, L1 blanket
VO: L1 Blanket?
Me: Yes
VO: You are from ###? (My company name)
Me: Yes
VO: who will be your client?
Me: Its *** insurance
VO: So, what are you working?
Me: I'm working as *** specialist. Developed various tools in *** area and recently developed a tool called "xyz"
(I have well prepared for this question - what is your speciliazation? Or what is ur profile? Etc)
VO: How it was built?
Me: it was developed using yyy framework blah blah (just 2 lines answer and again this was well prepared answer - with what framework ur tool was developed?)
(VO: He was typing something and gave some 20 seconds break)
VO:Is it *** (my client name?)
Me: Yes
VO: Insurance?
Me: Yes
(VO: Again he was keep on typing something and gave a smile to me)
VO: How long with ###? (my company)
Me: Replied
VO: How long with ***? (my client)
Me: Replied
VO: After 5 seconds, someone reports to you?
Me: No
VO: After typing something again for 10 seconds he said, sorry sir your visa is not completely approvable
Me: I was shocked, and tried to explain him that my tool has expansion for other clients as well but he interrupted saying you are with same client for long time and you should be doing monotonous work. As per our rules you should not be going for L1B, please ask your petitioner to do H1B instead.

I said, thanks returned back

Mistakes I did as per my knowledge
When he asked "VO:Is it *** (my client name?)" I replied as "yes" thinking he was asking my client name. But after rejection I realized he might be asking for whom this tool was built (again this is my thought, but not exactly sure in what context he asked that tricky question) and my answer should be "No" with an extension saying "built for *** client, and has potential expansion for other clients as well" (this answer is in my perspective)

I said same after he said it was not approvable, but the reason he gave was "I was with same client for long time". If my answer for "VO: How long with ***? (my client)" is less duration than what I gave, then also he might have rejected saying "I was with this client for less duration, so can't approve"

So finally here are my suggestions.
1. Prepare well with your story line on the tool or specialization
2. Have multiple rounds of review and mock interviews with your colleagues
3. Be in the context of what VO is asking, don't try to answer for what you have prepared
4. I have prepared for some other questions like, why I should travel, purpose etc but he didn't ask them. I would suggest to have your answers crisp & clean and try to inject the answers for others questions which you prepared even though he don't ask them. Because for my case I have prepared strong justification for this question but didn't provide those details to him as that question itself was not asked.
5. Finally, prepare your answers to make sure to end your answer in such a way that VO should ask question from where you stopped and that would be easy for you.

All the best!

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aaryageetankit     01/31/2020 04:09 AM

Could anybody share their recent experience on how much time passport delivery is taking from Chennai consulate to Bengaluru VAC.
Thanks in advance.

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john456     01/31/2020 02:21 AM

Attending a Visa interview along with wife and Kids. Would it increase the chances of a VO to be convinced and approve it. My thought would be marginally YES.

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akn_28     01/28/2020 10:21 AM

Hi All,

Could you please help me to take a decision whether to file my L1A Individual extension in Premium or in Normal processing timeline? I-129,I-539 & I765 will be filled all together.My I-140 is approved.

My current L1A individual visa is expiring in Apr. This will be my 1st Extension with approved I-140. My spouse is planning to continue in her current job if possible & this is my only reason to think whether to file it in Premium. I under USCIS not processing L2 & L2 EAD processing in premium as a courtesy but heard it will be faster.

Please let me know if anyone of you have any suggestion what best to do on this case..

Thank you in advance!


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kmanivannan25     01/28/2020 03:26 AM

First of all thanks a lot to this forum was very helpful.

28th January 2020 - Biometric
I had my Biometric at 8.00AM had some network issue, due to that waited for 15 min to get the process completed.

28th January 2020 - Personal Interview at 1045 AM.

Interview started at counter no # 29.

VO : Can you share I129S, Blanket Petition and all the passport including your dependents.
VO: Which Visa are you applying for?
Me : L1A Blanket
VO: Where are you working?
Me : ABC company
VO : Years of experience in current organization ?
Me : XX years
VO: What is your designation?
ME : Senior Manager
VO: Do you have reportees?
ME : Yes and mentioned number of reportees.
VO: Which City are you travelling
ME : XX place
VO: Total salary in US

Question to Dependent:
VO: What is your highest education?
Depen : Mentioned her Masters then she asked what is your Bachelor Specilaization
VO: Are your kids born in US?
Depen : NO
VO : Have you traveled to US before if so what Visa was issued?
Depen ; H4

Finally she said Your Visa is Approved.

Thanks again to all the people who shared the experience and All the best to everyone.

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suman.chakraborty007     01/24/2020 03:18 AM

22nd January 2020 --- Biometric

My Biometric was scheduled at 1:OO PM. Me and my spouse arrived at 12:45 PM and we asked to go inside the building directly. The officers there took our DS-160 and passports and arranged them in order. We were then routed to the biometric windows where our finger prints and photographs were taken and that was it for the day.

23rd January 2020 --- Visa Interview

Our Visa Interview was scheduled at 8:30 AM and we reached the consulate at 8:00 AM. We were asked to stand in the respective queue. After few minutes we were allowed to enter the premise and then after arrangement and validation of the documents and verifying the fingers prints, we were asked to wait for our turn for the interview. And finally, after waiting for few mins, we were asked to proceed to a window for the interview. The entire discussion was only for about 5 mins or so. Below is the detailed discussion that took place:

VO: Good Morning..
Me: Good morning maam…How are you doing today?

VO: I am good..thnx…How about you?
Me: I am doing well as well…thnx.

VO: Which Visa category are you applying for?
Me: L1A Blanket Visa.

VO: Is it you first L1 Visa?
Me: No maam…I had a L1A Individual Visa earlier as well.

VO: Was it L1 A or L1B?
Me: It was L1A Individual Visa. I was not able travel with that Visa though.

VO: Why were you not able to travel earlier?
Me: Answered.

VO: Who is your petitioner?
Me: Capgemini America.

VO: How long you have been working with Capgemini?
Me: Since 2015…Its my 5th year with the organization.

VO: What will be your designation in US?
Me: Senior Manager

VO: Will it be Senior Manager of something?
Me: No maam…My designation will be Senior Manager but my Role will be Project Delivery Manager.

VO: What are some of your Roles and Responsibilities that you will be performing US?
Me: Answered in 6-8 sentences.

VO: What will be your salary in US?
Me: Answered.

VO: What is the designation of the person whom you will be reporting to US?
Me: Senior Director.

VO: And whom will he report to?
Me: Vice President.

VO: And whom will he report to?
Me: Executive Vice President.

VO: And whom will he report to?
Me: Capgemini Chairman.

VO: Will you have hiring authority in US?
Me: Yes maam.

VO: What is the process of hiring?
Me: Answered

VO: How may direct and indirect reports will you have in US?
Me: 10 direct reports and no indirect reports.

VO: What will be the designations of your direct reports?
Me: Manager.

VO: Managers of something?
Me: Yes…their designations will be Manager but their roles will be Test Managers, Development Managers.

VO: How long you have been married?
Me: Answered.

No questions were asked to my spouse.

The VO typed something in her computer for a minute or so and then she picked a Green Slip from, stamped the 3 copies of I-129S, handed over 2 copies to me and said that your Visa is approved. It was a very good experience through out the entire Visa process.

Tips (for those who might feel they need some…) --- Be confident with your appearance and in your conversations. For the L1A Blanket, they will not validate whatever you say..so you need to be convincing and confident enough to get your Visa approved.
All the best for your Visa interviews!!!

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asgherrocks     01/22/2020 14:31 PM


I had my l1B visa interview on 13th Jan, in Santiago Chile.Actually I travelled from Bay area to santiago chile for L1B extension.We have our company branch located here.

The VO issued me a 221G,about client location.
She Told that you are not supposed to work at client location on L1B,and you have to take H1B visa for that.

I explained clearly that the specialized tools we use,have to be integrated with cleint systems and that is the reason I have to go at clients place.But my supervision is done by my company only.
Same is mentioned on my I-129S petition and my attorney also confirmed the same.

Now,she said she has to verify the law,because she she she has seen so many cases back in india and this was not possible.

She said,she will need to verify this and issued me a 221G slip.
Its been over a week and still no status update.

Any advice?

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