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Query - L1/L2 visa appointment at US Consulate-Chennai

I am not sharing any experience instead I am seeking help to resolve following queries.

1. Once I complete DS-160 form, for how long time is it valid?
2. Is US consulate chennai open?
3. I have observed multiple experiences shared on this website who had attended the L1/L2 visa interview in Dec'21 & Jan'22, but no one had share any evidence of such event. Parden me to ask for an evidence, but my immigration team is saying that US consulate Chennai is not open yet. Can anyone please share ([email protected]) an evidence that he/she had really attended(will attend) the interview in Dec'21 & Jan-Feb'22.

Kindly help me on this queries.

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L1B blanket at Chennai
Thanks to all who have shared the experiences which was helped me a lot to prepare
We have L1 B blanket + 2 Dependent L2 visa interview at Chennai consulate
Biometric scheduled at 8:30 AM and we reached there at 8:15AM, process was very smooth we carried the passport & photos of my daughter as below 14 years kids not mandatory to be present there.
On next day Visa interview at 10:30 AM,
- We reached at 10:15AM security person checked the appointment confirmation and allowed to enter
- After security check we reached inside where we (L1 blanket applicants) were asked to skip the line and directly proceed to interview hall and sit.
- After 2 min there lady attendant asked me to go and pay $500 visa fraud protection fees and come back (my wife still sitting there). I paid the fees by DD
- After paying fees I had to wait for 5 min and then asked to go and stand near to window where interview was on going and proceed once finishes earlier one

Me and wife to VO - Good morning sir
VO - Very good morning and place your right hand 4 fingers on machine (I have confirmed with my right hand 4 fingers)
VO to my wife - Place your left hand 4 fingers on machine and press hard ... press harder to break the machine and he asked to my wife -Did you break the machine?
VO to my wife - Do you have US visa
Wife - No
VO - oh this is your first time
Wife - Yes officer
These simple conversation between my wife and VO gave me a time to relax and adjusting the environment to get more confidence
VO to Me - Are you working in ABC
Me - Yes
VO - Do you have US visa?
Me - Yes B1/B2
VO - Highest education
Me - answered
VO - applying for which VISA?
Me- L1B blanket
VO - How long you have been working with ABC?
me - X years (VO said very good)
VO - Total experience
Me - XV years
VO - What is your Designation
Me - Answered current and in US both
VO - Work location in US
Me - Answered (Petitioner's office)
VO - Salary
Me - Answered (>100K)
VO- Which US visa do you have
me - B1/B2
VO - What is your specialization?
Me- answered in 2-3 sentences

VO then looking at screen and typing on screen and finally said your visa is approved and will get passport at your delivery location.
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L2 spouse - updated i94
Has anyone recently entered the US as L2 Spouse with the updated i94 that allows work authorization ? USCIS website was last updated in November, so wondering if anything has changed since then.
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Is L2 EAD 180 days auto extension as per new USCIS policy since Nov 2021 implemented?
We hold the following visa and its current status:
L1/L2 - Applied for extension/renewal in June 2021. Currently with USCIS.
L2 EAD : Expiry date Feb 2022
i94: Expiry date Feb 2022.
EAD Category Code : A18 ( Based on being an L2 spouse of an L1 nonimmigrant )

Once we receive our L1/L2 renewal/extension ( hopefully before our i94 expires) , I am planning to apply for L2 EAD renewal immediately.
As per the new rule about L2 EAD 180 days auto extension, can I continue to work with the L2 EAD receipt notice and get 180 days extension?

What if it gets delayed and get our L1/L2 extension after our i94 expiry date , Can I still be able to get the 180 days auto extension with the L2 EAD receipt when filed?
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L1B Blanket Visa Interview
Attended L1B Blanket Visa Interview in Chennai on 6th Jan.

I was allowed to enter around 45 mins before my appointment time. At the front, they have a board that says which time slot they are allowing now.

When I entered they asked to arrange 2 sets of my I129+I797, DS160, and My Passport.
He took everything and put a rubber band around it and gave it back to me. I did not bring DD. I paid by card (BTW I also had cash with me just in case the card did not work. Also make sure you have enabled international transactions on your card else it won't go through). I also saw one ATM inside which I think you can use to withdraw cash.

After that, I was directly asked to go inside.
After a while, my turn came and the visa officer asked me for my documents. He returned my copy of the MRV receipt (which they attach to your DS-160 after paying the Fraud detection fee) and then scanned my passport.

He directly asked me if I am going to work for Nutanix. To which, I answered yes.
He asked about the Job location.
He asked about my salary.
Asked my highest education -> I said Bachelor of Technology and he asked In? to which I replied Computer Science and Engineering.
He asked how long I have been working with Nutanix and then asked me my total experience.

At last, he asked me what is my specialization to which I started replying but in middle, he started replying to someone else inside so I got confused and stopped talking. (Maybe I should have kept talking here.)
He looked at me since I stopped and then asked me to repeat myself.
I replied in 2-3 sentences about my specialization.

He typed something for 20-30 seconds on his computer and said my Visa is approved and returned me one set of stamped I129s.

Hope this helps.
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L1A Blanket Interview

Apologies if this is the wrong forum to ask a question. I kept seeing VAC appointment availability but have been struggling to find a consular interviews in January/February. Yesterday I saw an opening in October 2022 and booked it. Are my only options now to go for an emergency request, cancel the appointment or wait till October'22?
Even with the new announcement L1 Blanket does not seem to be exempted from an in person interview, any ideas if more interviews might be available in January or February and if the system will allow me to reschedule?

Any help is greatly appreciated

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L1 B Individual Extension
Hi All,

I am holding a L1B Individual visa, my petition was approved on Sept 2020 and was valid till only Nov 2022 because it took almost 9-10 months to get it approved through normal processing with RFE. I got my Visa approved in Jan 2021 with validity till Nov 2022. Since then I am trying to travel but because of these Covid situations my travel plan is not finalized yet and every time it is being postponed, because my client want me to travel only once their offices are opened.
I am being little spectacle because of this current Covid situation, if I did not get a chance to travel to US till Nov 2022, will it be possible to file for extension for my L1B if yes when?
Somewhere I heard I need to be in US to file L1B extension. If someone please answer this that would be a great help.

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Slot availability for L1 visa
Hello, Everyone!

Mine is a question rather than an experience. Please pardon me if this is not the right forum to ask.

My company is planning to send me to the US on L1B Visa (mostly probably blanket). While I am excited to go to the US, I am a little skeptical about the current Covid situation and the availability of Visa slots. I am hearing that the latest available slot is somewhere in Sept/Oct 2022. Is that true? Can some one here please help me check this and is there any way that I can check this myself? (my processing is not yet started and I currently do not have an account in cgifederal)

I'm sorry if my question is too naive, I am new to all of these and hence struggling a bit. Also, this information is helpful to me because I have another offer in India which is pretty decent. I'm just afraid to lose it waiting for US Visa considering the current situation.

Thanks in advance!!
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L1A Blanket - Chennai - Approved
Hi, my wife was the primary applicant for L1A blanket. Me and our 6 year old daughter accompanied her for the interview on 16th December.

- Our appointment was at 10 am, we reached at 9:45 and were allowed to enter straight in.
- After security check, we went to a desk where we arranged our documents.(They asked for only 2 sets of I129, I797)
- We then went straight into the interview building, we were asked to skip all queues (Not sure it was because of L1A blanket visa or our daughter)
- After waiting for 5 mins, my wife went and paid the 500$ fee
- After another 2 mins we were asked to stand in front of a counter for the interview
- Below is how the conversation went, it was a lady officer and she was very cheerful and smiling. We were confident but a little nervous.

VO - Hi, good morning
Wife: Good morning
VO: (Looking at my daughters mask) Oh nice, there are cars on your mask. So cute!

We all had a nice laugh

VO: Please hand over your documents
VO: (After a min) Please handover passports of your family as well
VO: Which visa are you applying for?
Wife: L1A
VO: Have you travelled on an L or H visa before?
Wife: Yes, on an H1 before
VO: have you been in India for a period of 12 months after that?
Wife: Yes, I came back in 2014
VO: Which city are you travelling to
Wife: NYC
VO: What will be your designation
Wife: Manager - Product Development
VO: How many people do you manage?
Wife: I am a functional manager so I will manage multiple teams but they don't report directly into me.
VO: Got it, and what is the budget for the project?
Wife: 5M USD

(After this answer the VO was convinced, and I knew she will approve it)

VO: How old are you? (to my daughter)
Daughter: 6
VO: So thats like grade 1?
Wife: Yes, she is in Sr Kg now
VO: And sir you work in XYZ? (to me)
Me: Yes
VO: Great your visas are approved, safe travels!
Wife: Thanks Officer, have a good day

We entered the consulate at 9:45 and exited at 10:15!

We were confident of getting the visa, but we never thought it would be this smooth!

Thanks a lot to people in the forum for helping us.
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L1A Blanket Experience - Chennai
First of all, thank you very much for all the inputs and experiences shared on this forum. Many of them were very useful.

I went for L1A blanket visa interview in Chennai along with L2 petitions for my wife and 2 kids.

I had VAC appointment on Dec 9th at 11:30 AM and consular interview appointment on Dec 10th at 9 AM.

The VAC experience was rather straightforward. You can carry mobile for VAC interview, but need to keep it switched off. VAC is on 1st/2nd floor of the building. You have to take stairs.

The handling was very cordial. Initially documents were checked and all DS-160s were placed in respective passports. Then we were led to the biometrics windows based on the ticket number given at the first window. Here DS-160s and passports were verified. Some basic questions were asked like full name and DOB. Then photos and biometric data was collected. We had to bring passport size photo for our 1 yr old son but the one we brought was not accepted. They need a 2X2 photo but we took the same photo we used for his passport application, which was not appropriate. The good news was that the reviewer told us that we could take the right photo directly to the visa interview. Fortunately, on the ground floor of the same building there is a center for photocopies, photographs, etc. We took his 2X2 photo right there and left. The whole experience was probably around 30-40 min.

For the visa interview we went around 30 min early at 8:30 AM. There was a line outside the consulate and we were sent to two levels of lines outside the building before we entered it. Then there was an airport style security checks. Everything was ok except that we had a small bottle of hand sanitizer with us which they did not allow. But more importantly, they will not dispose it themselves. They asked me to go out and throw it well outside the building which I did. Then I went back into the building skipping lines.

After the security check, we were led into a room where a lady wanted documents placed in a certain order - 3 sets of I129s, first page of I797, primary applicant passport and primary applicant DS-160. Then we were led towards a second building. There was a long line with social distancing. But curiously (and fortunately!), L1A visa applicants were asked to skip the lines and directly proceed towards the visa interview windows and sit. After sitting for maybe 5 min, the attendant asked me to go and pay the visa anti-fraud fee which I did at a corner window (specifically for this). I paid with credit card and returned to the sitting area to my family. After another 5 min or so, we were asked to stand in line right in front of the window we were all the while seated. The earlier interview going on was also on L1 and it was approved and then it was our turn. The interview went as below:

Me: Good Morning
VO: Good Morning
VO: Can I have your passport please
Me: (I gave my earlier set I had prepared)
VO: Can I have rest of the passports as well
Me: (I gave the passports of my family)
VO arranged the passports, I-129s in certain order and started looking something on the computer and typing.
It must have been 2 min where he worked on the system without talking anything (but it looked like it went on forever!)

VO: So how long you have been working with XXXXX
Me: 3 yrs 3 months sir
VO: Of these how long have you been a manager
Me: 2 yrs
VO: What is your salary in US
Me: 1XX,XXX + Variable Pay
VO: How many direct reports in your new role
Me: I am asked to hire 5 reports sir
VO: How many indirect reports
Me: 9
VO: Total how many reports in your next role
Me: 14 sir
VO: Do you have hire and fire authority
Me: For direct reports, yes.

Then he typed something on the system and asked me to verify my biometrics

Then he spoke to my wife and asked her about her highest qualification which she told him. He seemed to glance at the monitor to verify. Then he verified her biometrics as well.

VO: Your visa is approved. But (XXXX) your son's photograph is missing
Me: (getting ready to submit it)
VO: Oh I cannot accept it here but go to window XX and submit. Please do comeback after doing that.
VO handed all passports back to us.

Then we went to the other window, submitted the photo and my son's passport. the photo was scanned and returned. I think the info was uploaded on the system. Then we returned to the original VO window where another family was being interviewed for L1B and eventually theirs was approved.

Then we again went to the window

Me: Hello sir
VO: Hello, There you are again
Me: We submitted our son's photo (and handed passport)
VO: (checked the system) Can I have all the passports please for stamping the visa
Me: (handed over)
VO: your visas are approved. you are set to go. safe travels.
Me: Thank you sir. Have a nice day.
VO: Thank you and you too.

Some comments:

1. Be well prepared. Being confident is important and confidence will come from preparation. I had prepared 2 1/2 pages of potential questions and my replies and practiced multiple times.
2. Be confident when you speak. take a deep breath(s) before going to the window.
3. Understand beforehand what the visa requirements are and how your application addresses them.
4. Dress professionally and comfortably. I wore a neat shirt and trousers, shoes etc. I did not wear blazer as sometimes at visa interviews it causes some discomfort (from my past experience with another class of visa)
5. Be friendly without being unprofessional.

Hope this is helpful!

Good Luck!
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