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L1A Blanket Approved - Chennai
I found this forum helpful and thought I'd share my experience.

Biometric Appointment: 7th June 2023
VISA Interview: 8th June 2023
Passport received (premium delivery): 10th June 2023

Documents required for VAC biometric:
• DS160 confirmation page
• Appointment confirmation
• Latest passport
Note: 2x2 picture is not required as they click it at the center.

Documents required for interview
• DS 160 confirmation page with a stamp from VAC
• Appointment confirmation
• I129S – 2 sets of the 8 pages only
• I797 – 2 sets of the 1st page only
• $500 fraud detection fee demand draft, cash, or credit card (US credit card works)
• Current passport

Interview questions:
1. Which company do you work for?
2. What does the company do?
3. How many years have you been with the company?
4. Is the filing for an L1A or L1B VISA?
5. Will you be a people manager or a functional manager?
6. What does your role mean?
7. Is this going to be your first time in the US?
8. Where did you study in the US?
9. When did you graduate?

VISA Officer: “Your VISA has been approved; you should get your passport within a week. Here is your stamped copy of the I129S”
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L1B Blanket Visa Approved - Chennai
I have benefited immensely from the experiences posted in this forum. I am glad to share my L1B Visa experience with all. This is my 2nd L1B Visa interview. The first one was approved and glad that the second interview also went smooth and very happy that the visa is approved.

8th June 2023 : Biometrics

Documents to carry : Appointment Confirmation, DS-160 Confirmation, Passport(please carry the current passport as well as your previously expired passport). It is not required to carry the Petition documents or any other documents for the Biometrics.

Process : My appointment was at 8:30AM. I reached the VAC venue by 7:45AM and was allowed inside directly. There was a small queue of 20 people and in 10 minutes time we were inside the actual building where the process takes place. First, they check your passport and attach a sticker at the back of the passport. Then you're redirected to counters where they ask your full name and Date of birth. Then your finger prints are taken(Left 4 fingers, right 4 fingers, both thumbs). A photo will be captured. This is the photo that appears if your visa is approved. The DS-160 is stamped. It took me around 40-45 mins for the entire process.

Things to check before leaving the VAC : Sticker at the back of the passport and DS-160 sheet is stamped.
 
9th June 2023 : VISA Interview

Documents to be carried : Appointment Confirmation, DS-160 Confirmation which got stamped during VAC, Current and old passports, DD for antifraud fee, Petition Documents - I129S(8 pages) and I797. You can carry supporting documents like Payslips, Education Certificates.

Remember to take a mask with you as mask is mandatory to enter into the consulate. The embassy staff is providing disposable masks at the interview venue. However, better to carry our own mask.

My appointment was at 8:30AM. I reached the venue by 8:00AM. There was a queue of 30 people. I went to the security and showed the appointment time. He told me to wait in the queue. Soon the queue moved and we were inside a building where security check is performed. After security check, we were redirected to a hall where a staff person asks us to rearrange the documents. He helped me in arranging the documents in the following order and put a rubber band on the bundle.
I129S(First 8 pages) + I797(First page) - 2 sets
DD(Anti fraud fee)
DS-160 Confirmation Page(the one which is stamped at VAC)
Passport(Carry your expired passport also if you've one)

Then I was asked to move to a different building. There were around 20 people who were sitting. They were all L1B Visa applicants and were all waiting for paying the DD(Anti fraud fee).

After an hour of waiting, I got my turn to pay the DD. After paying the DD, I was redirected to a counter where the Visa officer was conducting the interview for an applicant. I got my turn. Here were the questions asked:

Me : Good morning Sir.
        I passed the bundle(Passport, Petition docs, DS-160)

VO : How long have you been working with your company?
Me : I have been working with my company for xx years.

VO : Can you tell me about your project?
Me : Explained about my project in 3-4 lines.

VO : How long will you be staying in US?
Me : I plan to stay in US for xx months.

VO : Are your married?
Me : Yes sir

VO : Will you be taking your family with you?
Me : Answered

VO : What will be your salary in US?
Me : Answered

VO : Your Visa is approved.
Me : Thank you Sir.

Tips :
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Reach the venue before 30 mins.
Be patient as there may be significant wait time. Be mentally prepared to not get impatient. Use that time to relax and rehearse the Questions and Answers.
Remember to carry a Credit card though you may have a DD just in case.
Take easy breaths to calm the tension or nervousness down which may come up(for me it did) when you're standing next in the queue for the interview.
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i am planning to schedule L1 visa interview in Singapore, Could you please add if you have any experiences
i am planning to schedule L1 visa interview in Singapore, Could you please add if you have any experiences
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L1 A (Blanket) Approved - May 2023 Chennai, India
Here is my experience under an L-1A Blanket (Functional Manager) case in Chennai, India in May 2023. Hope it helps.

Documents: I brought a lot of documents other than the I-129S and I-797, but didn't need any of them.

Process :
Entered the consulate around 10:30am. After the security check, was directed by a staff member to arrange my docs in this order - passport/I-129S (all 8 pages)/ I-797 (only the first page).
She checked my documents, asked for the payment mode and directed me to go to the building where the interviews happen. There, I paid the fraud prevention fee of USD 500, collected my receipt and waited for my turn.

Interview:
The visa officer asked me the following questions while looking at their computer and taking notes.

1. How long have you worked for <my employer>
2. Do you have direct reports?
3. What's your pay going to be in the US?
4. Do you have hiring and firing authority?
5. Who will you report to in the US?

And then they told me my visa was approved.
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L1-B visa approved - Chennai, India
My L1-B VAC and the interview was conducted in Chennai, India on 04 and 05 MAY 2023.

VAC -

I reached 30 minutes ahead of the time. They let me after checking the appointment confirmation page and the passport.
I was carrying my old (still not expired) and the new passport. My DS-160 form had old passport details. The old passport is not expired. (Expiry date in 2024)
I was asked to submit a new DS-160 with the new passport details. There are a few photo-copy stores in and around the VAC venue. They charge for the new DS-160 filling up and its photocopies.

I was then allowed to go inside the VAC again. They captured my biometrics and clicked a photograph. You may wear a formal shirt and denim without any issues. The cell phone is allowed but has to be switched off. A chargeable locker facility is available in the building with the photocopy vendor. All in all, I was out in 20 minutes with the right documentation. They paste a sticker on the back of your passport that enlists your DS-160 form number, passport number, VAC date, time, and interview date time. Verify if everything is correct - VAC and interview details, passport number, and the DS-160 form number. The vendor accepts UPI and cash payments. Better to carry cash.

Docs needed - passport, DS-160 (with current passport details, even if your old passport is not expired), and appointment confirmation letter.

Interview -

The mask is mandatory.
I reached the consulate 45 minutes ahead of the time. There were two long queues. In the first queue, they check the passport sticker pasted at the VAC. They then ask you to stand in the second queue. They then let a group of 10-15 individuals inside the consulate where there's a security check. No bags, smart and electronic devices including cell phones are allowed. No smartwatches are allowed. Everything is checked thoroughly. Once that is done, a person asks about your visa type and then helps you to stack the necessary documents. All other documents are advised to keep inside the folder you carry. After this, you enter the interview building where they separate applicants on the visa type. I was asked to sit with other L1 applicants for around 20 minutes. There is a water and washroom facility available. Again, in a batch of 5-7 individuals, you are asked to approach a counter where they check the stacked documents (Passport, DS-160 confirmation, I-129S, I797)

You then are asked to approach the anti-fraud fee counters. A dollar is straight-away converted into 84 INR since 06 October 2022. The person on the other side of the glass asks for the stack of documents already sorted before. He asked me the mode of payment - I replied cash. He asked if I had a credit card and I said yes. Only the credit card which is in your name is allowed. Carry an extra credit card if you have one. Otherwise, cash (INR 42000) works with a bit of reluctance. The third option is a Demand Draft. After payment is done, the person gives the stacked documents and the receipt.

A staff member then asks you to stand in the queue of one of the many interview windows. I was third in front of my window. The ongoing interviewee was asked about the client's location, proposed salary, and some other questions. (which I did not hear) His visa was approved. The next interviewee was a lady and her interview was wrapped in 3 minutes with visa approval. I took off the mask during my turn (everybody does) and submitted the stack of docs on the other side of the glass window. You can keep the folder aside on the counter and relax till your docs are checked.

Questions asked with the V.O typing a lot on her computer -
Who is your petitioner?
What does your company do? (Answer in brief, keep it simple, and use keywords like AI/ML/Cloud if applicable)
Is it a software company?
Have you ever traveled to the U.S.?
Why only you are traveling from the company?

Then I was asked to put 4-fingers of my left hand on the biometric machine and the V.O. told me that my visa was approved.
Don't forget to carry at least one stamped and signed I-129S.

Overall good approval rate around the time I was there. No one wore a blazer. Simple formal-wear works.
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L1B and L2 visa in Chennai
This forum helped be prepared, so giving back my experience. Had gone in for L1B for myself and L2 for my husband in Chennai. It was a smooth process. I travelled from bangalore, took a stay around 500m from the visa consulate so that I can walk and attend the interview. Note that mobiles, smart watch, cosmetics, bluetooth earphones, other electronics are not allowed. You have to run around for the locker unnecessarily . So plan to stay at a near by hotel.

April 30th - Biometric : Need to carry latest original passports, appointment conformation, DS-160 of every individual if your going as a family. This would be complete in 15-30 mins. Mobiles are allowed here

May 1st - Visa Interview
Document that were used : 2 sets of I-129s + I-797, DS 160, appointment conformation, all passports including old , anti fraud fee payment $500. Apart from these I carried a couple of other docs like payslips, certifications on tech courses, marriage certificate, birth certificate, graduation certificate but nothing was used.

Questions asked
1. What does your company do?
2. How long did you work in this company?
3. What is my specialisation? -> felt this the most important question. I told my tech skills quickly and also explained my roles and importance of my responsibilities
4. What will my salary in US be?
5. How long I’m planning to stay in US?

They didnt ask any questions to my husband. When I answered the 3rd question, they stamped approved on my I-129.

Be prepared with short answers, dont use too many tech terms, try to explain in simple terms that even kids can understand. When I was waiting for my turn, I could hear how other interviews were going, lot of them struggled with the 3rd question.

Go atleast 30 mins before the appointment time as there will be a long queue. Dont forget to take a mask.
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L1B Blanket with previous L2 extension denial
Hello everyone,

I was on L2 visa three years ago in the US. Currently appearing for L1B Blanket. I am wondering should I mention about the L2 extension denial? I read in some forums that I need to mention in DS 160 only if the embassy makes the denial. Should we also mention the past denial from USCIS?

Please advise on that.

Thanks
KB
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L1B (Specialized Knowledge) Approved
Biometric - 9th April. Required docs - Appointment confirmation, DS-160 confirmation page, Passport.

Visa Interview - 10th April. Required docs - (2 sets of I129 and I797), anti fraud fee $500(DD, cash, credit card) and Passport.

VO: you are here for L1A or L1B ?
VO: what's your specialized knowledge ?
VO: How long you are with this petitioner ?
VO: what's your overall work experience ?
VO: what's your designation ?
VO: so you previously had H1B ?
VO to dependent: What's your highest qualification ?

All the time he was typing on his screen and at last he said your visa is approved.
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L1A Individual Visa Experience
Giving back to this forum as this have helped me a lot.

My L1A Blanket rejected 1.5 years back and I was nervous about my Individual this time. But once your L1A Individual petition is approved without any RFE then you are good to go there won't be any further issues.

Below are the questions asked.

1. When was your last L1A visa got rejected?
2. Where you are heading?
3. What is your Salary.
4. What is your highest education qualification.

VO is looking at system constantly and typing through out my duaration and mine was just 2min and I have seen multiple approvals before me and finally golden words saying "I am approving your Visa.

Be prepared for your interview with mock inteviews and quality crisp answers for notable questions asked( Be specific to point give relevant details and dont elaborate), which will give lot of confidence.
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Transfer from L1B visa to L2 Visa
I currently have an L1B visa (India) and will be applying for an L2 visa (India) so that I can travel to the United States as a dependent, where my wife is already working for one of our clients on L1B visa.

I have few questions: -
- Will my L1B become void if I apply for an L2 visa?
- Will there be any issues with my L2 immigration processing?
- Do I need any extra documents in addition to the L2 visa checklist?
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