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How to Handle the H1B Visa Interview Successfully?
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Rex was having sleepless nights as he was scheduled to attend his H1B visa interview next week. Recently, two of his friends Adam and Sam went to the Consulate for their H1B visa interviews, Sam for the second time, and both returned with a letter marked 221(g). Sam’s words “getting an H-1 visa stamp is next to impossible these days” were keeping Rex awake.

A nonimmigrant visa interview at a Consulate is often a nerve-wracking experience especially for first-timers like Rex. As most cases are decided after a brief interview and a quick review of documents by the Consular Officer, being prepared for the interview is absolutely essential.

We at VisaPro understand the anxiety professionals go through before an H-1B visa interview. To save our readers the hassle of visiting various forums to gather information on what to expect during the interview, we put together some common questions Consular Officers ask during an interview.

Questions You May be Asked During H1B Visa Interview

Following are some questions you should be prepared to answer irrespective of whether you are going to the Consulate for a fresh H1B visa or an H1B renewal.

  • What does your U.S. company do?

  • What will be your job duties in the U.S. company?

  • How many employees does the U.S. company have?

  • What is the annual turnover of the U.S. company?

  • Where will you be working in the U.S.?

  • What computer languages do you know? (Information Technology professionals are often asked this question)

  • What computer languages are you currently using in your company?

  • How long have you worked with your current employer?

  • What is your current salary?

  • Have you ever been in a ‘no-job no-salary’ kind of situation?

  • What is your role in the current company?

  • Which university in the U.S. did you study in? (This is in case you have a degree from the U.S.)

  • What is your highest degree?

  • Where will you be staying in the U.S.?

  • How long do you plan to stay in the U.S.?

  • Which state do you live in the U.S.? What’s your opinion about the state?

What You Need to do Before the H1B Visa Interview

  • Check the Consulate website to ensure you have the correct nonimmigrant visa application fee checks and have written your passport number and name behind them, and determine where the fees are to be paid.

  • Ensure you have all the Forms and personal documents as part of the package you will be carrying to the interview. Be sure you have a complete copy of the H1B petition that was filed on your behalf as part of the documentation you carry with you to the interview.

  • Arrange the documents in a way that it’s easy for the Officer to flip through the package and locate a document immediately.
Conclusion
  • While the presumption of immigrant intent is inapplicable to H-1 and L-1 visa applicants, it is sometimes not possible for a variety of reasons to obtain an H1B visa approval.
  • Consular Officers tend to request a revocation of the USCIS approved H1B petition in cases where there is fraud or perceived fraud as their goal is to issue visas to qualified applicants.
  • Often, Officers find that H1B visa applicants who have obtained an H1B petition approval and have the appropriate credentials are unable to articulate the job duties or the position in which they intend to work in the U.S. This creates a problem because it is important to be able to explain one’s job duties clearly to the Officer to avoid any potential fraud or misrepresentation issue regarding eligibility. With the mandatory personal interview, confident and prompt replies to questions posed by Consular Officers are more important than ever before.
Rex is packing his bags to leave for the U.S. next week. His H1B visa interview went off smoothly as he was confident and articulate while answering the Consular Officer. Proper preparation paid off for Rex.

Contact VisaPro if you have any questions regarding the H1B visa interview. Our experienced attorneys will be happy to assist you.



The above article is brought to you by VisaPro. VisaPro’s US Immigration Lawyer Services include H-1B visa, H-2B, L-1 visa, E-3 and over 100 Immigration Services.

The information in this article is not intended to be legal advice. If you have questions specific to your case, we suggest that you consult with the experienced immigration attorneys at consultattorney.visapro.com

Visit VisaPro regularly for updates and the latest immigration news at www.visapro.com

We also recommend you to view the following videos containing two mock interview sessions on how to handle an interview at the consulate. If you are a foreign national with an approved H-1B petition and are preparing for a visa interview, contact us for a mock interview session where we will take a closer look at the documents to be carried to the Consulate and also guide you on how to face the Consular Officer.

Mock Interview 1 (Windows Media File)

Mock Interview 2 (Windows Media File)

Mock Interview 3 (Windows Media File)

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