L1 A Blanket Approved - Chennai- but B1 business cancelled
Thanks a lot for this forum, it is of great help.
Sharing my experience of L1A blanket interview, skipping all generic stuff , checklist & restricted items.
I had my Biometric appointment on 9th Feb & consulate interview on 10th Feb.
Biometric was pretty straight forward, best is to reach just 15 mins before otherwise need to wait on road, Once inside it will take 15-20 mins max to finish the biometric appointment.
For Visa interview also try to reach just 15 mins before the appointment so that you can join the queue in the front, otherwise you will be asked wait on main road footpath where there is no shelter.
You will be allowed inside consulate building post security check, also try to arrange the documents in advance in the order for L1 as mentioned on appointment confirmation sheet, it will save time, there is team from VAC to help but they’ll ask you to arrange documents first & they will review.
Post the document arrangement you will be asked to go main consulate building, for L visa fraud detection fees need to paid first before appearing for consulate interview.
Regarding fraud detection fees, better to pay by DD, I saw some credit cards payments were declined & applicants were asked to pay cash, do carry alternate cards in case of credit card payment. Also do check DD for correctness one applicant had typo or something on DD which guy at payment desk didn't accept.
Post fraud detection fees payment next you will be asked to go interview queue , here one person from VAC will ask people to go to particular window number, seems like some of the VOs are specialized or assigned category of visa ,e.g all B1 business applications were sent to a window..
I attended interview with family ( Wife & Kid)
QA went like this..
VO : Did you had L1 visa before ?
ME : No
VO : Who is petitioner ?
ME : stated my company name
VO : How long are you working with this company ?
ME : Answered ( 10+ years)
VO : Why you want to go on L1 ?
ME : responded with my role details
VO : What are metrics for project ?
ME : responded with parameters considered for delivery of project
VO : How long was your stay in US before ?
ME : responded with earlier H1 stay details & last 3 years visit on B1 - Business
VO : To my wife, When did you get married ?
responded with date
VO : To my wife, Did you visit US before ?
responded with data on H4 stay
Post this I saw VO put approved stamp on petetion copies, I thought it is all done, then comes the twist VO asked how long was your stay in USA last year ? I responded with data that I stayed in Aug for 3 weeks & in Jan for 4 weeks , then all of sudden VO said he is approving L1 A visa but will cancel my B1 business to prevent misuse. I was quite surprised didn't know how to respond , before I say anything VO handed over two copies of petitions asked submit one copy to my company HR & another to have with me to show at port of entry.
Please let me know possible reasons for B1 cancellation also will it have any impact on my future visas..all my B1 visits for exclusively for business meetings.
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