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Senthil_7     09/27/2019 02:55 AM

My B1 was approved today.
I had a L1A rejection 3 years back. I work for the same company for the last 7 yrs.

I didnt want to post the Q&A with my visa officer like others. However here are the things I learnt from my previous rejection

- Keep it Simple: Do not add any other things when you meet the officer that you are not aware of. You have to first believe yourself and things you do in your company. Keep it simple and straight
- Keep calm. Visa interviews are always nerve recking. I warmed up my conversations with Auto driver while going to US consulate. That helped me to calm down my nerves.
- Do not over prepare. If you give the correct information, you know what to say to officer.
- Be confident at the same time polite
- Smile
- Be loud when you talk to the officer
- Do not worry about previous rejections, each case will be a new case
- Do not worry if someone gets rejected in front. Their case is entirely different than yours.
- Be clear on your roles and what you are going to do in US.

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Harshit2019     09/25/2019 18:40 PM

I have my B1 visa interview schedule in next month .
I decided to get help from you guys .
Below are the question for which k am not sure. If I am giving the right answer.

VO- what is the purpose to visit USA
My reply/ Purpose of travel is to attend business meetings and discussions on abc project with our business partners which will help to streamline there financial process . This is the reason I am going to meet with client and business leader to get an understanding of project, do requirements gathering and discussion about project scope. And then come back and discuss with my team to how to proceeds further.

VO- Why company chosen you not another?

My reply- I have been working in this company for 2 year and the project is related to my domain so I know the interlocks of module quite well. I have recently got an award for work I am doing. Currently I lead a team of two people. Business think it is better if I attend this meeting and share my inputs so it will help to complete this project as soon.

VO- why not managers go in your place? Why you

My reply- as I said earlier because of my long time associate with the company , I know the model quite well. My manager is new to the company and he is going through transition phase. My directors, by looking my performance so far think I can accomplish this job of understanding to priorities of business well and then I can get my team implement them upon my returning .

ViO- why it can not done online or why it can not possible from here.

My reply- the team in america participated in online programme, they physically came to my company and the last stage of implementation include travel from my side to go learn it before it goes live.

Please assist me and if you think I should make any changes so please let me know

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mazeed     09/25/2019 11:41 AM

My B1 Visa has been rejected in February 2019. Now again I am going to apply .

What is the Best answer for below while filling DS160

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

Could you please help me ASAP.

VO : What are the different type of trainings you are going to have during your trip

Ans : Consular officer didn't satisfy the answer provided by me.

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sharad2823     09/24/2019 07:39 AM

B1 visa applied in Delhi

17-Sep-2019 Biometric at VAC:
Allocated time was 9:45 AM. I reached one hour early and was allowed in. They took fingerprints and photo. It was done in 15 mins.

18-Sep-2019 Interview at Embassy:
Allocated time was 9:45 AM. I reached at 9:10 and was allowed to enter at 9:30. There was considerable wait time. VO discussion is mentioned below.

Me: Hi, good morning.
VO: Good morning.

VO: Passport please.
Me: Sure. Here it is.

VO: What’s your purpose of visit?
Me: Me company, <company name>, got a new project to migrate an existing application from legacy mainframe system to linux based system. I am going to meet with client & business leader to get an understanding of project, do requirement gathering and discuss about project scope. And then come back and discuss with my team how to proceed further.

VO: Why you are going?
Me: I have right set of skillset. I have exposure to both technical and business side. I have more than 10 years of experience in mainframe which makes me a suitable candidate. (VO cut me short.)

VO: What is your role?
Me: I am a product development lead. I am leading a team of 12 people – 8 offshore + 4 onsite

VO: So your are a software expert means your expertise is in software development.
Me: No, I am leading a team of software developers.

VO: Then what’s your job?
Me: I am working as a lead. My responsibilities include project management, requirement gathering etc. VO interrupted me and said ok.

VO: So you live in Bangalore? (my passport was issued from there)
Me: no sir. I live in Noida. I was in Bangalore a couple of years ago. VO said, oh ok.

VO: What’s your monthly salary?
Me: my monthly salary is x lakh. It is y lakhs per annum.

VO: Who you will be meeting with?
Me: My client is <client name>. it is one of world’s largest insurance company with more than 90 million clients worldwide. I will be meeting with client and other stakeholders to discuss about the project.

VO: Where are you going?
Me: I am going to <city>, <State>. I will be entering through Boston.

VO: Do you know anyone in United States?
Me: No sir.

VO: Sure?
Me: Yes sir.

VO: How long you will be staying there?
Me: I will be there for 2 weeks. I intend to reach there on 7-Oct-2019 and I am supposed to join India office back on 21.

VO: You can stay longer for tourism.
Me: Sir, I am going for work – work means meeting with client. I do not intend to travel.

VO: I am just saying if you want you can.
Me: My employer is paying me for trip. Besides I do not know anyone here. I will just go for business purpose and then come back.

VO: Are you married?
Me: Yes. I am married for 4 years. I have a two years old daughter as well.

VO: Who is travelling along with you?
Me: No one. I am going alone.

VO: Have you ever travelled outside India before?
Me: Yes. I went to United States only. Then I went with an L1B visa. It has been more than 10 years. I landed there on 23-Nov-2008.

VO: Show me your old passport.
Me: Yeah. Sure sur. (Handed over old passport to him.)

VO: Ok. We are approving your visa. You will get notification when to collect. Took my current passport and returned old one.
Me: Thanks sir. Thank you very much. Bye.

No document was asked. None.

Present yourself smarty. Don’t overdo it. No point of warning coat in Delhi’s weather. Formal dress is enough.
Don’t focus on other applicants rejections or approvals. Each case is different.
Confidence and truth is key. There should not be confusion with your answers.

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dexter101     09/24/2019 05:29 AM


I was working in US from 2007 to 2012 on H1-B visa. During that period, my employer at that time filed immigrant petition and got approved I-140 with priority date of June 2011. In 2012, I moved back to India and started working for a new employer. My I-140 was not withdrawn by old employer. 

In my current job, I was required to travel to US for a small duration for business purposes, for which i recently applied for B1-visa and it was denied with 214(g).  During my interview the consular only asked about the purpose of my travel and my role in current organization which I responded accurately and confidently.  However consular spent quite sometime looking at his computer screen and then handed me 214(g). In my form DS-160, i did mention that my ex-employer has filed an immigrant petition and it was not withdrawn.  Could that be the reason, for my B1 visa denial? Can I not travel to US on non-immigrant visa until my immigrant petition is approved?

What are the other options I have to  travel to US for short term?

Thank you for your help in advance.

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mauriz     09/21/2019 10:39 AM

I had a visa interview rejection last year around Nov and i,m planning for another interview next month. Can someone help me understand why my Visa was rejected?
I. Own à logistics based company with an annual turnover of 100,000$ and I wanted to go and visit my sister shortly before the Christmas.

This's how the interview went;

VO; why do you want to go to US
Me: to visit my sister
VO; how long will you stay
Me; 3 weeks
VO; who's paying for this trip
Me: myself
VO: Are you married
Me: Yes
VO: Does your wife travel with you
Me: No she's looking after the kids and her business

VO typing and later "sorry we're unable to ......."

What do you think may have trigger the decision?
and now that I Have been invited to conference, do I stand a chance to get approved or the previous rejection will haunt my chances of approval??

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praveepe     09/21/2019 02:32 AM

What would be the best way from below for "purpose of visit" expected by VO?

Update clearly with the complete plan with 5-6 lines (or)
Update with short straight forward answers with just 1-2 lines?

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avy003     09/21/2019 00:19 AM

This forum has been very helpful considering my apprehensions on B1 Visa rejections.

I attended my interview on 20th Sep at Mumbai Visa Consulate. From what I could understand during my waiting time in the queue is that the visa officers are looking for confident people who are demonstrating the purpose honestly. I saw a lot of visas being approved at all counters, however the rejections were totally for people who were fumbling while demonstrating the purpose of visit. Below is my experience:

VO: Why are you going to US?
Me: To meet the associates and business stakeholders, attend internal team meetings to learn from them and apply those learnings in the work when I come back to India. A training program is also scheduled in the same duration. (I guess the catch here was mentioning that I plan to return)

VO: Do you have the company letter?
Me: Handed him the invitation letter and training plan

VO: When did you join the organization?
Me: 2018

VO: Still not clear with what you do, can you please elaborate?
Me: I work as Analyst in the investment banking division. I want to gain a better perspective of work in my team which would not be possible to learn over calls. This will help me in properly managing the work from India.

He kept on typing over his system and then the golden words "Your Visa is approved"

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damslage     09/20/2019 18:54 PM

Hi. my husband interview is on Monday 23rd.. In the ds160 form,we just discovered that only his second previous employement which lasted for 4months was there. His first employement that lasted for 4years wasn't included .Editing of the form is not really possible now owing to the fact that his interview will be coming up on 23rd by.Do you see this as an issue?If yes, how can he slot it in and make the consular aware that he once worked for 4 years during his interview section? His visa is B1.He has been sent an invitation letter from Worl bank to attend a conference. the 4years employment history that wasn't included was when he worked for a world bank project. please help.. how do we do it.?

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sanjeevsharmaiitr     09/20/2019 13:25 PM

Hi I have my B1 Visa interview next week.

I am travelling for 1 week business meeting with a very big OEM in US. That OEM is sponsoring the entire trip. I myself am a startup founder in India.

Although my startup doesn't generate revenue and thus I don't take any income. Does anyone have experience with having no income slips to present to the Consular?

What other documents are typically asked. I have travelled to US twice in the Past. I had F1 visa for my PhD admit at a top 15 us university in 2014 but I didn't go for phd so didn't utilize the F1 visa. I have lived in Canada as well for two years and in Israel for 8 months.

Last time I applied for US visa in India was in 2010 and that was J1 visa.

Just wondering what are all the documents typically needed for the B1 interview in India? The US Embassy website doesn't really list the supporting documents.

Thanks, any suggestion is highly appreciated.

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