Wednesday, November 16, 2011
H1B and H4 Visa Interview Experiences
Its a nice warm evening here in Austin and I am writing a new post for my blog after a long time. The absence from the blog was inevitable. We got relocated to U.S. This post is all about the hassle of visa processing. Here it goes.
My husband's company applied for his H1B in the month of July,2011 through some premium process. It got approved in August and then started the Visa stamping procedure. We bought the HDFC green and white receipt for both of us (I was applying for H4 visa) and the rest of the procedure was same as in the B1 and B2 case. We took a joint interview schedule.
We reached at Chennai U.S consulate just 15 minutes before our interview time. There was no queue ( generally you will find the queue in the morning hours only). One thing you should be careful about is the photograph. Our photograph was not a recent one so we were asked to take new photographs from the consulate photographer. The charge was INR 100 per person. So do carry some money with you as you never know when you will need it. After the first documentation, we went to the next building and then the painful wait started. There were so many parents who went for their visa and most of them were rejected. All were sitting there with a gloomy face. The atmosphere was really frustrating. After almost 2 hours, we were called for our interview. Phew......all my confidence was gone by that time :P......We were the last people to be interviewed before the lunch time. The interviewer asked my husband about the work he has to do and whether he has been to U.S before , his would be salary. To me he asked when did I get married and where. My voice was shaky. And our visas were approved!! It was hardly a two minutes interview. We got the passports delivered within 3 working days.
The only document that was asked from us was his petition.So prepare well and be very precise and practice well before your interview.
Posted by khushi at 10:44 AM