B1- approved- second attempt- within 3 months - different location
Location: Chennai (I work here)
Date: Mid September 2018
Preparation: I was ready with the answers of few common questions and have practiced few times.
Me: Hi, Good Morning.
VO: Good Morning (with a smile). Give me your passport.
Handed over the passport.
VO: Purpose of your visit
Me: I am going to attend business meetings and meet the customer to understand their pain-points and challenges. (MISTAKE 1 - should have explained it further)
VO: How many days?
Me: 3 weeks.
VO: Which location ?
Me: Broomfield, Colorado,
VO: Who is your Client?
VO: Can you spell it.
Me: Sure. (told him the spelling and he started typing on keyboard)
VO: Define the client
Me: Told him.
VO: How much do you earn?
Me: I earn xxxx per month. Per annum it is xx LPA. (MISTAKE 2)
VO: When did u join your current organization?
Me: I am working with ABC company for 4 months.
VO: Why are they sending you in such a short time?
Me: Before working with ABC company, I was working with XYZ company for 2.8 years. And I am working with this client since I have joined my organization. Due to client requirement I have to go to the USA. (MISTAKE 3)
VO: I am not sure about this but I cannot approve your visa.
He handed me 214(B).
MISTAKE 4: I did not practice much, so I was fumbling during speaking.
MISTAKE 5: I did not elaborate any answer even when I understood the dilemma on his face regarding my answers.
Location: New Delhi (My hometown)
Date: 20th December 2018
Preparation: I made a note of all the answers possible easiest to most difficult ones and wrote answers for all of them. I practiced it daily for almost 10 days in front of mirror, friends, family.
I was applying with almost all the negative things on my side - attempt 2 in just 3 months, applying from different location, almost no change in purpose of visit, unmarried, very less exp in current organization
I was sure I will not get it.
Me: Hi, Good morning. How are you?
VO: (no response)
I handed her the passport
VO: Purpose of your visit?
Me: Told but in a way such that if I do not go things will not fall in place.
I spoke for almost 30-40 secs but VO was busy typing so I stopped.
After 10 secs of silence-
Me- I have invitation letter if you would like to see.
VO: (nodded her head in NO), still typing.
After 10 secs of more typing, she stood and went somewhere.
A loud noise inside me: I AM DOOMED. I AM NOT GETTING IT.
After waiting for 1 min or so she returned.
I smiled, no response from her side.
VO: Who is your client and what do they do?
Me: I again spoke for 30-40 secs and she was busy typing. I again stopped.
After 20 secs of silence I again started speaking because of the fear of getting rejected.
Me: Mam just for information, I am applying for the second time.
VO: (looking at her comp) Hmm
After 5 sec of silence
VO: Can I see you invitation letter.
Me: Sure (Gave the letter)
VO: For how long are you in this industry.
Me: I am working with ABC company for 7 months, before this I was working with XYZ company for 2.8 years. So I have total experience of 3.3 years.
VO: (finally looking at me) U said XYZ company?
Me: Yes, it is XYZ Company.
VO:(again looking at her screen) Oh nyc. (typing)
After 10 sec of silence
Me: (without her asking anything) So I work as a Business Analyst in ABC company so ..............(blah blah for almost 20 secs)
VO: (no reponse)
After 5 sec of silence
VO: What does your company do?
VO: Have you traveled outside India?
VO: Will you be travelling alone from your company?
Me: yes Mam
VO: Where will you be going?
Me: Broomfield, Colorado.
VO: Ok. Approved.
Me: Ok Mam. Thank you.
A loud noise inside me: OHHH YEAAHHHH!!!
- I was dressed in a very formal attire. Coat, shirt, formal pant and Company ID CARD.
- No questions asked related to my second attempt or different location
- I fumbled few times but far lesser than last time.
- I elaborated each and everything.
I was very clear of what I was speaking and every time the reason was same as written in invitation letter and DS-160 form.
- Be very clear with purpose of visit. That 1 answer defines everything.
- Try to portray yourself as very important resource of your organization and your absence in USA will adversely affect things around you.
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