Visa - H1 and H4 Experiences



Work Location Mismatch Issue

Posted by: Sasidhar On 25 Aug 2014

My employer has filed the H1 B Petition and it got approved.
In LCA, it is mentioned that I will be working from my employer office in " Somerset, New Jersey".

But he has provided a project document, that I will be working on a Client Project, who is based out in a different state. He has not provided any client letter.

My question is it possible to work on a client project from employer office?

My biggest worry is VO might get a doubt in his mind regarding my employment.

Please advice.

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Pls Rectify My Query

Posted by: noel On 22 Aug 2014

this is noel. my query is my spouse is in usa on h1 status and i am in india trying to go on h4 visa. my query is '' i was in ireland for 7 years on study visa, did only one PG programme, came back 2 india one year back. if i go to the us consulate what questions they will ask. would it be a problem for me staying 7 years in other country legally.also i am not working in india right now. what king of documnets i need to submit.pls help me in this regard.

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Visitor Experieence At Chennai Consulate

Posted by: venkatesh On 15 Aug 2014

Hi All,

I have a tough experience at Chennai consulate,

Formalities all are same so dont want to explain again in detail direct into topic.

I attended visa on 11th August.

VO: Good Morning Gentleman.
Me: Good Morning sir.

VO:Why are you going to US?
Me: ( Are yar I spent 5 lakhs for this, )...for Job sir

VO: Oh you dont have job?
Me: (spent 10 days in filling ds-160 form can't you read that)No Sir I have Job for better job I am going there.


VO: (Has a smile on face ......)
ME: Uff some relief for me...
then my bad time started....

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H1B1 Experience At Chennai Consulate

Posted by: Ninja On 11 Aug 2014

Conversation between Visa Officer(VO) and Me at chennai consulate on August 7th 2014 at 8 15 AM
[Was asked to report at 7 30 AM at consulate and i reached at 7 AM but there was a long queue waiting for the interview]


Me – Good Morning Officer.
VO – Nodding the head(he did not reply but smiled) and Your passport please

VO – What is your purpose of visit?
Me – Employment

VO – Organization you work for
Me – XXX[ Please tell the full name of your company]

VO – What is your client name
Me – XXX

VO – What you’re going to do there
Me – I will closely work with the client and will get the requirement. I will understand the requirement, split the tasks and will delegate them to my offshore team. I will verify the completed tasks and will deliver it on time without any defects.

VO – Was seeing the monitor for some time and types something for 2 min and he uttered the Golden word

Your Visa is approved Sir. Please read the pamphlet on your labor rights before travelling(he gave a pamphlet and I received it)
Thank you and bye.

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Visa Interview At Hyderabad Consulate On August 7th 20

Posted by: Kumar On 10 Aug 2014

Me and my husband went for bio metrics on August 6th, 2014 @ 10:30 AM the person at OFC verified our DS-160 confirmation page and told that my husband's name in the confirmation page and the passport are not identical (extra space not there his name in the passport), asked us to correct the form and bring the fresh one. DO not panic, there is a jobber within the premises itself who charges INR 250.00 and will fill DS-160 for you. It took us 15 minutes to get the necessary corrections done and get back to the OFC officer. This time he verified the details and let us in.
Went inside and queue for the sticker to stick on the back side of the passport which makes the entry for the interview. Then me and my husband went to take picture, earlier it was online to post the picture but they made it is easy
Bio Metrics were completed in 15 minutes.(Note: They as you not to smile while taking your picture, they do not want you to show your teeth)
The next day on Ausgus 7th, 2014 our Visa interview was scheduled for 10:00 AM. We reached the place by 9:10 AM and were immediately asked to stand in line along with rest of the 9.300 AM pp, our passport has been checked with sticker place at OFC and then we were allowed inside. Completed all the formalities in another 30 minutes and we were in the waiting area in the next 30 minutes (@ 9:40 AM sharp) with our token number when inside and waiting at the lounge. Later one lady came to us and gave Pamphlet. We were called for to go at counter at 10.30 AM.
He asked me show me your I797 and said you cannot travel to usa right now as your visa is starting on 1st October, don't big panic, he will say again you can travel after 20th september but mostly people will travel after october. He check our passport (Me and My husband's) then guiding people said to wait at waiting lounge area.
We can check the details on the TV Screen who's Ticket number is displaying, we get that ticket number on the back side of our passport.
we were waiting for 1hour but number is not displaying as some of our next conitnues numbers displaying, my husband went to ask why it's not displaying our's he said will come wait at the place sir. again it's repeated same and we still waiting for 2hours 30 mins, at last we got doubt something is went wrong and again my husband went to ask the guiding people why its not displaying our's as our ticket before and next numbers already came. He said to come along with them to the counter which is mandatory counter for everybody. At last our number been displayed after waiting 2hours 30mins time.
Below is the conversation...
Me: Good Morning Officer, How are you doing today.
VO: Good Morning

VO: Give me your I797?
Me: Gave

VO: Give me your passport please?
Me: Gave

VO: Who is your petitioning company? (looking into the computer)
Me: Answered appropriately. (Gave them my employer name)

VO: How long have you been with this company?
Me: Answered accordingly.

VO: What is your salary? monthly and yearly? (USA)
Me: Answered very precisely.

VO: Who's is your current employer?
Me: Answered accordingly.

VO: Which place your going in USA
Me: Answered accordingly.

VO: Who is your client?
Me: Answered accordingly.

VO: Which project your working at client place?
Me: Answered accordingly, but his not satisfied with one word answer. Again asked, Can you brief on your project, answered carefully about project, still is not satisfied again asked, Can you tell me more about your project indetail.

VO: Why you got selected on this project and what your do in the project
Me: Answered very carefully.

VO: How did you come to know about your employer?
Me: Answered accordingly.

VO: Are you travelling alone?
Me: Answered accordingly

VO: Which place your going in USA?
Me: Answered accordingly.

VO: Asked me place my left hand fingers on the scanner?
Me: While i was doing that, asked my husband to place left hand fingers to place on the scanner.

VO: Asked me hand over my husband and my kid passport and said did you taken the pamphlet.
Me: Did Answered.

I was being taken little bit depth interview and finally the golden words came.

VO: I'm issuing your visa
Me: Thank you very much.


I know this is not easy to get visa. but did. So please be cool and very confident. Not to be stuck while your answering. It is only your confidence that will get you your visa. Hyderabad consulate is very streamlined and the experience is pleasant. So give it your best shot. Cheers!

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Cloudeeva Bankruptcy Effect On H1B Visa Fee Refund

Posted by: SaiShikha On 09 Aug 2014

Hello All,

I applied for H1B through Cloudeeva on 1st April 2014 for which I paid $3500 .Although I did not get selected in lottery so they told beforehand if my case did not get selected in lottery then they will refund me $3000 while keep $500 as visa processing fee.I was waiting from last 3-4 months for my $3000 and today got schoked when got a legal notice for Cloudeeva bankruptcy .I could not understand what I have to do as after reading this document it seems I need to consult some attorney to get my money back.

So please help me or advise me if there is anyone out here with similar situation or help me what I can do.

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Chennai Embassy

Posted by: sonam nag On 01 Aug 2014

hii i have attend h4 visa interview on 23 july..the vo asked few question then told..your visa has been aproved now you can go..still i didnt get my passport alredy its been 8 dayz..i cheked status it is still in embassy office..can please anyone tell me why its taking too mch time .as i heard its take only 2 days for stamping..

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221g For Drop Box Submission For H4

Posted by: Manasi On 27 Jul 2014

My husbands H1B expired last Sept when he was in USA. His co. applied for his extension and forgot to apply mine. His visa got extended in march 2014. When we realized his co. forgot to do my (H4) visa, i came to india in Jan 2014 and as i was qualified for drop box i applied for the same. But i got my passport back with 221(g) form calling me for interview. I have not yet appeared for the interview. Does anyone have an idea why was i given 221(g) and now what kind of imp questions to expect from VO?i will b appearing for visa interview at Bombay consulate .

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L1 TO H4 OR H1B WITHIN IN USA

Posted by: SAYMO On 23 Jul 2014

My son was selected in the lottery for H1B and the visa has been approved and intending to go USA beginningof october

His fiancee is already working in USA on L1-b visa

My question is whether she can resign and join my son on H4 without coming to India of
can she convert L1-b to H1b in USA itself (wihout coming to India) with the help of my sons employer

Please comment

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Visa Interview At Hyderabad Consulate On July 21st 2014

Posted by: Hemant On 21 Jul 2014

Me and my wife went for bio metrics on Jul;y 20th, 2014 @ 1:30 PM (Yes, they are open for bio metrics on Sunday as well and the crowd is much lesser), the person at OFC verified our DS-160 confirmation page and told that my wife's name in the confirmation page and the passport are not identical (extra space in her name in passport), asked us to correct the form and bring the fresh one. DO not panic, there is a jobber within the premises itself who charges INR 250.00 and will fill DS-160 for you. It took us 30 minutes to get the necessary corrections done and get back to the OFC officer. This time he verified the details and let us in.

Bio Metrics were completed in 15 minutes.(Note: They as you not to smile while taking your picture, they do not want you to show your teeth)

The next day on July 21st, 2014 our Visa interview was scheduled for 8:00 AM. We reached the place by 7:30 AM and were immediately asked to stand in line along with rest of the 8:00 AM ppl then we were allowed inside. Completed all the formalities in another 30 minutes and we were in the waiting area in the next 30 minutes (@ 8:00 AM sharp) with our token number. We were called for the interview at 8:45 AM, Below is the conversation...

Me: Good Morning Officer, How are you doing today.
VO: Good Morning, am doing well, how about yourself?

Me: Very good, thank you. .


VO: Who is your petitioning company? (looking into the computer)
Me: Answered appropriately. (Gave them my employer name)

VO: How long have you been with this company?
Me: Answered accordingly.

VO: What is your salary?
Me: Answered very precisely.
VO: I like being precise. (With a smile on his face, at this point I knew that my visa got approved)

VO: (Asked my wife for fingerprints) Ma'am please place your left hand on the scanner. While she was doing that, VO: Who is your client?
Me: There is no client. This is an internal project.

VO: Please tell me about this project?
Me: Answered accordingly in 2-3 sentences.

VO: Please place your left hand on the scanner. (Asked me for my fingerprints)
Me: Did accordingly.

then finally the golden words. VO: You are all set, your visa's have been approved. We will intimate you when your passport is ready for pick-up. He returned my I797B form.

I know this is better said than done but please be cool and very confident. It is only your confidence that will get you your visa. Hyderabad consulate is very streamlined and the experience is pleasant. So give it your best shot. Cheers!

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