H1b Visa Interview Process

You must go to the US consulate or embassy where the interview for your H1B Visa is scheduled. If you carry an application that is incomplete, you will not be admitted. People who need assistance must inform the consulate about their needs at least 48 hours before the interview.

Arrive at consulate:

When you reach the consulate, you will have to stand in a line outside the consulate. If you want you enter the consulate, you will have to be a visa applicant. Before you can enter, the authorities might ask for your appointment letter, original passport and receipt for the visa application fee. Things that you cannot take inside the consulate are cell phones, electronic equipment, perfumes, sprays, bags, backpacks, liquids, food, bottles, sealed packages, sealed envelopes, etc. Before you can enter, you must dispose of any item that is not allowed inside the consulate. Washroom facilities and drinking water can be availed inside the consulate.

Security Check:

The moment you enter the consulate, you will be going through a thorough security check. This will also include a metal detector scan of your full body.

H1B Visa Fingerprint Verification:

After the security check is done, you will get a token for the visa interview. You will have to move towards the process for fingerprint verification. An officer will be taking your fingerprints for verification. These fingerprints will be matched with the prints taken at the VAC (Visa Application Centre). The requirements for fingerprints can change across consulates and over time. You will have to follow the instructions that are provided by the official at the desk.

Waiting Area:

After the fingerprinting is over, you will have to move to the lounge area and wait. You must be quiet in that area and wait for your interview call. Meanwhile, all your documents must be ready with you. As soon as your name has been announced, you will have to move towards a particular window with a number. Greet the person interviewing you with a smile when you reach the window and follow all the instructions that are provided by your interviewer.

The Interview:

Your interviewer will be seated behind a glass window. On that window, you will find a microphone which you can use to speak with the interviewer. Through a speaker that’s also present on the glass window, you will be able to hear what the interviewer says. There is a slot under the window. This slot can be used for exchanging documents with your interviewer.

Your documents will be verified by the interviewer and questions will be asked. Be truthful and confident while answering the questions asked by the interviewer. Make sure that you only answer the questions that are asked. Presenting more documents than required or answering more than what is asked is not the right thing to do during your interview. The primary objective of the interview is to ensure that all the data you’ve provided in your application is true and you qualify for the visa that you require. If the visa application is approved by your interviewer, you will get to know about it immediately. The passport will be delivered to you at the mailing address within a period of 3 to 4 days by courier. In certain cases, you might be allowed to collect the passport.

If The Visa Is Denied:

In case the visa is denied or it is on hold, you shall be informed about it. As soon as the interview process is over, you will be able to collect your passport.

Unable To Attend Interview For H1B Visa:

All the people who do not make it to the US visa interview process are considered as ‘No-Show’ applicants. The receipt for the US visa fee is deactivated for a No-Show applicant. An individual who missed the interview for the H1B Visa must wait for two working days for reactivating the receipt for the US Visa. After this, the interview can also be rescheduled. The receipt for the US Visa application fee is valid for 365 days from the payment date. With this receipt, you can visit the Consulate or Embassy only once. The same visa fee can be utilised if you reschedule the interview with a year.

A new DS-160 will be needed if there is a substantial change in travel plans, employment, etc. The version that is saved can be used for updating the new form and submitting it. A new CEAC barcode will be created after it. You may use the original CEAC barcode for your appointment if nothing has changed.

News About H1b Visa Interview Process

  • Indian IT Companies Have Reduced H-1B Visa Petitions Dramatically

    The recent reports from San Francisco Chronicle state that the Indian IT firms have radically reduced their H-1B visa petitions after Trump’s stringent anti-immigration stance. With this, even many foreign citizens are exhibiting their unwillingness in jumping to US-based companies.

    Indian consulting companies that were accused of flooding the U.S. system with H-1B visa applications have now reduced the filings dramatically. On the other hand, the Wall Street Journal has reported that corporations still struggle with an enigmatic labor market. According to the stats, about 5,48,000 technology jobs stay open. There are plenty of job openings but inadequate workers.

    5 April 2018

  • US Diplomat assures of no fundamental changes in H-1B visa programme

    USA’s Mumbai based Consul General Edgard D Kagan recently stated that the H-1B visa programme has not undergone any fundamental changes. The assurance provided by the diplomat seeks to put to rest apprehension among Indians that amendments in the programme would harm their chances of visiting US. It needs to be mentioned that H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa which allow companies to employ foreign nationals having theoretical or technical expertise in specialty occupations. The apprehension among the citizens of the country rose after the Trump administration announced a new policy regarding H-1B. It was believed that the new policy would make the procedure of getting H-1B visas much tougher than it is currently. The Consul General made it clear that amendments to the policy are being proposed only to ensure that there is no fraud and abuse in the United States. However, when he was asked about the details of the amendments proposed, he stated that he didn’t have the exact details as it was not handled at the consulate.

    5 March 2018

  • Changes to H-1B Visa policy can impact the US economy

    The proposal to amend H-1B Visa policy will make it difficult for foreign workers to extend their H-1B Visa. Additionally, meeting the requirement of salary threshold of $100,000 instead of $60,000 will also be of concern to many employers who file petitions for H-1B Visa. The skilled workers under H-1B Visa category are significantly contributing to the US economy which is more to get impacted if the new visa policies are implemented. The US Chamber of Commerce has already expressed its concern over the proposed changes to the H-1B Visa policy under the H.R. 170 bill. If the bill is approved and implemented, thousands of foreign employees along with their dependents will be forced to depart from the US. Trump’s administration is already working towards changing various policies pertaining to entry to the US.

    12 January 2018

  • Bill to amend H-1B Visa could deport thousands of Indians

    Proposed bill H.R. 170 (Protect and Grow American Jobs Act) which was recently introduced by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can have a significant impact on Indian IT firms and professionals if it is approved. The proposal to amend policies pertaining to H-1B Visa can force thousands of Indians to leave the US as they won’t be able to fulfil the new eligibility criteria for the possession of H-1B Visa. The bill also restricts extension of H-1B Visa period for those applicants who are waiting for their permanent residency (Green Card). As of now, H-1B Visa is issued for a period of three years which can be extended for additional three years, however, at the end of the six years on the H-1B Visa status, applicants are either required to change their visa status to another category such as the permanent residency or leave the US. Considering the huge backlog of Green Card applications and the waiting time for the result, H-1B Visa holders have been extending their stay period which is expected to change once the new bill becomes a law. Trump's "Buy American, Hire American" initiative is already directing the immigration authorities to carry out stringent visa security for new as well as the extension of H-1B Visa applications. DHS is already planning to stop the concession of extending the stay period for H-1B Visa holders. The increasing number of petitions for H-1B Visa and Green Card has resulted in a massive number of Indians overstaying in the US, however, it is expected to come to an end once the H.R. 170 is implemented. If the bill is approved, thousands of H-1B and H4 Visa holders will be forced to depart from the US.

    4 January 2018

  • US attorney says that EB-5 visas are the best for Indians

    With the issues regarding the approval of H-1B employment visas and the extremely long delay faced by applicants for almost 10 years, a US immigration lawyer has stated that EB-5 visas are the ideal choice for Indians who wish to get green cards in the United States.

    Vaughan de Kirby, US Investment Immigration Attorney, said that EB-5 visa is great for Indians. One will need to make a single, large investment to get a green card for the applicant, his or her spouse, and children who are below 21 years old.

    The EB-5 Investment Visa programme of the United States is scheduled to lapse on September 30, 2017. Therefore, several individuals are rushing to complete the application process.

    29 June 2017

  • Modi should get firm assurance from US on H1B visa issue: Congress

    Congress spokesperson, Anand Sharma, stated that during the PM’s visit to the US, he should get firm assurance from President Donald Trump to reverse the decision on H1B visa to Indian professionals.

    Further, the party demanded that Modi should register protest against the comments made by Trump about India during the Paris Agreement on the impact of climate change. Trump had recently withdrawn from the Paris Agreement, posing a risk of withdrawal by other nations as well. He had also stated that India had signed the pact expecting “billions and billions” to be received in aid.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be meeting the US President for the first time at the White House on June 26th.

    21 June 2017

  • H1B visa restrictions to push India and Russia together

    As US President Donald Trump has imposed some restrictions for skilled Indian professionals from entering the country through H1B visa, more options are popping out.

    According to a news source, India is currently looking at Russia and is working to explore some options in both hardware and software domains.

    This news has received more weightage after Russian Minister of Telecom and Mass Communication Rashid Ismailov, along with a team of IT experts, explored a possible cooperation between the two nations.

    The team also held a meeting with NASSCOM, India’s premier software board and discussed possible collaborations in the future. During the meeting, aspects like cyber security were discussed in order to counteract radical and fundamentalist groups like IS and the like while other concerns were also touched upon.

    8 May 2017


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