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H1-B Visa Approved – Consular Process – OFC (Chennai) – Interview (Delhi) – Jan 2021

Following H1B Visa interview was shared by Premchand.

  • VAC Location: Chennai Consulate, Nungambakam.
  • Date & Time: 24/01/2021 at 1PM
  • Consular Location: Delhi consulate, Chanakya Puri.
  • Date & Time: 27/01/2021 at 11AM

My Quick Background:

  • MS in US, May 2017 Passed out.
  • I started working in August 2017 under OPT.
  • Filed H1-B Lottery in March 2018 – Not Picked.
  • Started working on STEM OPT on June 12th, 2018.
  • Filed H1-B Lottery in March 2019 – Not Picked.
  • Filed H1-B Lottery in March 2020 – Not Picked.
  • STEM OPT ended on June 11th, 2020. I stopped working.
  • Returned to India on June 29th, 2020 as per the company’s suggestion.
  • Surprisingly, picked in H1-B second lottery for 2020.
  • Confirmed by HR on August 20th, 2020.
  • H1-B Petition filed with USCIS on September 9th, 2020.
  • Approval Notice received on September 22nd, 2020.
  • Scheduled March 2021 appointment for Visa Stamping on October 15th, 2020.
  • Rescheduled to 27th Jan 2021 as regular appointments showed up on Jan 13th, 2021.
  • Visa Approved on 27th Jan 2021.

H1B Visa Interview Appointment Day Details:

I’m skipping VAC details since it’s shared by many others.

  • Asked for Passport and I-797b form.
  • Question1: Did you do your Masters in the US?
  • Asked for placing the right hand 4 fingers on the fingerprint scanner.
  • Question2: Which company do you work for?
  • Question3: How long have you been working here?
  • Question4: What are your job duties?
  • Starting a long essay, he showed his hand to stop.
  • After some typing on his keyword, He said, “ Your Visa is approved. You can collect your passport within a week”.

Key H1B Visa Stamping Takeaways:

  • Since I have been in the US on June 22nd 2020, I was exempted from the proclamation.
  • No employment verification letter or offer letter asked during the interview. I’m not sure why they did not ask for the letter. (Maybe because I am in consular process or somehow got lucky)
  • Interview is pretty easy and doesn’t need to panic if you have all the supporting documents.
  • There is a small locker to keep your phone at the Delhi embassy. Carrying Bags without someone accompanying you is not recommended.
  • You can keep your mask ON throughout the interview process.

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  1. Great thanks for sharing. I have my interview on 9th March. I will get married on 28th February. I was and still in usa and traveling back on 23rd February. I have a question does my future wife will qualify for exemption as I was in the usa during proclamation.