Received 10 year multiple entry business VISA @ Mumbai Consulate
My VISA interview was scheduled at 8.30 AM and I entered into consulate at 9.15 AM. After fingerprining and other formalities , officer called my token number at 10.30. Before I continue sharing my experience on what happened after that , I would like to give you some background , I work in xxx company in Pune ( Branch Office) , my company is head quatered in Bangalore and our travel manager operates from Chennai Branch office ( as most of the cases in Bangalore are handled by Chennai consulate). As such as I received my HDFC receipts from Chennai thru courier which I had submitted to VFS application center in Pune and then they were handed over to VISA officer along with DS-156 and DS-157 at interview counter along with my passport before my token number was announced. So here it goes
VO: Good Morning
Me: Good Morning Office
VO: Where do u stay ?
VO: Where do you work
VO: What is your designation ?
Me: Project Manager
VO: What are your responsbilites ?
Me: Business Development , Techno commercial execution of projects
VO: Where is your office ?
Me: XXXX, Pune
VO: Then how come your receipt is from Chennai ?
Me: ( Completely taken aback by this question , thouht for a moment and answered) becuase my copnay head quarters is in Bangalore and Travel Manager is in Chennai
VO: But you should have bought HDFC receipt in Pune itself
Me: ( under pressure now as I tought he is having doubt on my case, decided to fight by telling the truth) , Accroding to our company process any body who travles outside India has to process his VISA thru our Travel Manager in Chennai , I did the same thing , he bought the HDFC receipt and couriered it to me. I am not authorized to change compny processes and I believe in following the processes ratther than changing them. I hope that you also resepct the processes ?
VO: Smiles and says YES I do ( in fact he had no option left)
VO: What is your educational qualification
VO: What is your salary
Me: XXX Rs/Annum
VO: What is your experience
Me: xxx Years
VO: Have you been to any other country
Me: Yes to Italy in 2000,2002,2003,2004
VO: Typed something
VO: Smiles and says "CONGRATULATIONS" your VISA is granted
Me: Thanks and have a nice day ahead
VO: Thanks buddy
The interview lasted for 10 minutes and I had lost it in first few minutes ( due to HDFC receipt from Chennai)but eventually got it.
Verdict: Never ever buy HDFC receipt from any region which is outside the territory of Consulate you are trying to apply for VISA.
This web site helped me a lot to prepare for the interview questions. And all the best for you all who wish to apply for Business VISA.
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