L1 B Blanket & L2 Dependent Approved-Ottawa Canada.
Please find my L-1B Visa (Blanket) & L2 Dependent visa interview questionnaires for your reference.
Time & Location:- Morning 9:30 AM EST, U.S Embassy,Ottawa CANADA. (My Visa Officer is young lady probably less than 30 years old.)
Once I reached embassy before 30 minutes, I saw only couple of people in Que near local admin desk once entered inside embassy main gate after showing appointment confirmation to security
There, I have been called out to verify my passport & visa documents. Visa Officer (Lady) at window 1 verified all my documents given by my employer and asked me to filter out only I-129S & I-797 form alone (2 copies of I-129S & 1 copy of I-797) rest all other documents are not required.
Later, she asked me to pay 500 USD for L-Fraud Prevention & Detection fee and 4500 USD border security fee, verified photos and took finger prints all this happened in same window 1.
After finger prints Visa officer at window 1 asked us to go to Window 7 for Visa Interview.
Myself:- Good Morning Officer, How are you doing today. (With Smile face)
Interviewer:- Very good morning. Give me your passport & visa documents pls.
Myself:- Sure. (gave her documents with smiley face and good eye contact)
Interviewer:- How many years you are working with YYYY Company (Looking at previous Visa stamp in Passport).
Myself:- 9 years 1 Month.
Interviewer:- Are you going to work for Client.
Myself:- No, i will work for YYYY Company(My Employer) -> Asked this question twice to see same answer.
Interviewer:- What is your height Degree.
Myself:- Bachelor of Engineering.
Questions to My Wife -
Interviewer:- What is your height Degree.
Wife :- Master in Technology.
Interviewer:- Do you work.
Wife :- No.
Questions to My Daughter -
Interviewer:- Which grade are you studying ?
Daughter :- 1st grade.
Interviewer:- Favorite Subject ?
Daughter :- Science (Visa Officer asked some questions on science)
After 2-3 minutes verifying on computer, Visa officer Stamped approved on I129S document and gave one set off I129S document to us and said you will receive mail for passports pickup and Have a good Day.
MySelf :- Thank you Officer Have a good Day and left the embasy.
4th Feb :-
Recived mail form embasy with Passport Tracking number.
5th Feb :-
Received mail from Canada Post to collect the package.
My interview went only 15-20 mins(Documents filter,Visa fee,Finger prints & interview) and I believe, our attitude is much important rather than appearance.
I read a lot on this forum, and my time to give back to the community.
At the outset, my general advise is:
- Read atleast the last 20 pages on this forum
- Rehearse the top 10 asked questions (you can easily find them anywhere)
My questions were:
- Who is your petitioner?
- How long have you worked for them? (9th year running)
- Will you have hiring/firing responsibility? (yes)
- How many direct and indirect reports? (4 direct, 11 indirect not incl offshore)
- Q to wife: How long have you been married?
- Q to wife: Can i see the original marriage certificate?
L1 and L2 approved.
Interview was on a wednesday. We got our passport back the next wednesday (5 business days not incl the visa interview day for delivery)
My turn to repay back to the forum for all the support
My L1A was approved today in Chennai. The lawyers had done a great job putting together a strong package. Turned out that it was not really necessary.
Standard questions on what's your salary in the new role, how many people reporting and example of some of their titles. We were asked as to how long the role was for and I mentioned it is 3 years for now. It was the honest response. Immigration officer was polite and respectful. Both mine and my wife's (L2) were approved.
I have lived for a long time in the past and allowed my green card to expire. No conversation on that at all.
At the onset I would like to thank immihelp and the members of this forum.
The detailed experiences recorded here really helped me to prepare my answers well.
Interview Date: 03rd Feb 2020 at Chennai.
- To start with, there was a huge line infront of me. I spend more than 45 minutes just standing in queue. I couldnt resist the urge to hear what is happening at the different windows. I could constantly hear 'you visa is approved', 'your visa is rejected'. My advise would be to not get influenced and stick to what you have prepared
- my interview lasted for about 5 minutes
VO: Good Morning. How are you doing?
Me: Great! How bout you?
VO: I am doing just fine. Where are you traveling?
ME: told the US city where my I am supposed to travel?
VO: Which visa are you applying for?
ME: L1A Blanket
VO: Whats your highest level of education?
VO: What will you be doing in the US? How what a typical day look like?
ME: Answered in about 5-6 lines which I had carefully prepared.
** Remember to prepare this really well. Focus on every word that you say. Discuss this with the leaders in your organization and people who have made it through. User keywords that are relevant to your profile. These 5-6 lines should be polished as much as possible**
VO: Will you be traveling alone?
VO: How many people report to you?
VO: Do you have hiring and firing rights?
VO: Okay. Your visa is approved.
She stamped all the three copies, gave me 2 along with a green slip.
1) prepare your story really well.
2) its a normal conversation. We tend to make it larger than life but its not.
3) dont try to over please the VO by constantly smiling. It shouldnt look like you are dying to get to the US. Remember, your company has chosen you to go there to do a job. If not US, it could be any other country.
4) Dress nicely, groom yourself and be confident in your body language and your answers
All the very best to everyone who is appearing for any visa interview
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