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B1 Visa Experience
This site was very useful in my Visa interview preparation as i made a mental answer to all the questions people faced. My scenario: My company was sending me to attend a Microsoft Conference in DC.

I live in Chennai so I parked my Car near Hotel Saravana Bhavan (Thousand Lights). The embassy is a 20 minute walk from here. I had a 8AM appointment, i joined the Queue around 7:30, but there are people ahead of you who have 8:30 appointment. When my turn came for frisking by the security, i was told that i can not take my car keys, as they had remote controls. No issues, there is a guy 10mts away who does the safe keeping for a nominal charge of Rs.10 for which he issues a token/receipt with your passport and appointment number.
I was asked to join a queue as the 5th person. I could hear all the questions asked by the visa officer and the responses given by all the four in front of me.

Why are you going to DC?
What do you do?
How long have you been in your company?
Who else is going with you from your company?
Why are you going?
You say that you were refused a student visa earlier? Why?
Why did you travel to Israel?
What did you see in Egypt?
Are you married?
You say that you were refused a student visa earlier? Why? (I was refused a student visa about 14 years ago)
I heard "I am approving your visa, your passport will be couriered within a week" by 9AM.
Some other things I observed:-
So do not panic, if they say you can not take something inside!
Do not lean on the glass which is between you and the VO, I heard the VO say this to almost all the applicant in a polite manner. Hey! but that was the first five in the morning.
Answer confidently and do not contradict yourself. I heard the guy in front of me say that he is a Tester designated as Associate Consultant, but when the VO asked me what he will do in the US, this guy responded saying he will do requirements gathering, etc., - Rejected
Do not give the same answer for questions like What do you do? and Why is that you have to go?
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