H-1B Interview Preparation
The Visa Officer is a very intelligent and highly professional individual who has been trained to look at all visa applicants as possible abdicators of their own country. The visa officer has been trained to look for psychological signs of untruthfulness, and to examine documents provided with utmost caution. As the applicant it is your job to put them at ease and to impress upon them that you are a honest individual who is traveling to the United States for the reasons indicated by your application.
The Visa Officer may ask you a lot of questions about your job duties and backround and this is where a lot of H-1B applicants fall into the trap of providing too much information, or lying in order to appear more informed. Remember YOU are the expert, do not get flustered, and do not talk yourself into a denial. Answers need to be short and to the point, if you don't know a particular detail say 'I am unsure, I don't know, etc' but do not lie. Your lie will cost you. If there is a discrepancy with your paperwork explain it in detail but keep to the facts.
During your interview: Do not lose your train of thought, do not fidget, have good eye contact, provide succinct answers that do not give them room for doubt. You must prepare your answers well and ease the doubts that your visa officer will automatically have about you.
Applying for a visa is not a simple or quick process and neither is preparing for the application interview. It is important that all of the required documentation is complete accurately and brought to the interview.The visa application interview allows the consulate to verify the validity of the visa application by reviewing the documents and speaking with the applicant. The visa application can be accepted, suspended, or denied based on the results of the interview.
If the consulate is unsure about the documentation that is presented, the visa application will be suspended under section 221(g) of the INA for further review. There is no set time for a decision to be made. It can take weeks, months, or even more than a year for the suspended application to be moved to acceptance or refusal.
To best prepare for your interview it is highly recommended that you speak with a professional who has many years of experience preparing visas. Call Keshab Raj Seadie, Esq now to make an appointment for your first consultation. 212.571.6002.
This section primarily deals with the H-1B applicants who appear before consulate officers throughout the world. A lot of H-1B applicants are denied for several different reasons, either they submit their paperwork past time, or they lack the interview skills necessary to successfully pass this quick background check. Sometimes, they lack confidence or know-how in presenting their backgrounds and job duties. Whatever the reason, their interviews will result in a 221G or a direct denial of their visas. Even for repeat applicants and renewal applicants there arises a different set of problems during their interview process.
Here is a breakdown of the types of questions that you may be asked during your H-1B interview. Keep in mind that every interview is different based on the job position and questions may be phrased differently. But if you understand the general intent of the question and WHY it is being asked you will be able to hold a conversation with you interviewer with no problems. You may note that certain questions can have multiple reasons that this question is being asked thus you must prepare for all contingencies.
Questions about you:
WHY: S/he is looking for a truthful response about who you are as a person. These are all general preliminary questions to ensure that your paperwork is in order. You shouldn’t need to worry too much about studying these questions; they should come as second nature to you.
Questions about your education:
WHY: S/he wants to establish that you do hold the necessary education and background to perform the job that you are slated to do. Again an H-1B visa is for those individuals who are working in specialized fields.
Questions about your current occupation:
WHY: The Interviewer starts formulating a picture of why you are seeking the new position, what in your current line of work would cause you to want to go to another country to seek work. This is the core of H-1B visa questions because s/he would be able to better determine your qualifications
Questions about your technical skills may be asked based on profession:
WHY: S/he wants to know whether you are truly qualified. Here is where your experience will show and the veracity of your previous statements is brought into question. The interviewer will probably ask one or two questions relating to your field of expertise
Questions about your intent:
WHY: To establish whether or not you are a flight risk. The main objective of the consular is the evaluate whether you are truthful about wanting to move to the US for work alone or if you are going in order to illegally immigrate to the US. This question set might be small, but the answers will most likely be the most important.
Questions about your sponsoring company:
WHY: This is a general picture of the company, answer as truthfully as possible, when you don’t know the answer do NOT make it up. Just say you don’t know
Questions regarding your relationship to this company:
WHY: Establishing that there is a need in this company for your particular set of expertise.
Questions about your travel plans:
WHY: S/he wants to know that you understand fully the agreement that you are about to enter into.
These are some types of questions that may be put forth to you during the interview process. Knowing the question itself is not as important as understanding the intent behind the question therefore knowing what types of questions should be the interviewee’s focus. If the interview process is your primary concern, call us now at (212) 571-6002 to speak with a seasoned immigration attorney for a consultation with mock interview to better your chances of being approved for your visa.
Keshab Raj Seadie, Esq has over 10 years experience handling thousands upon thousands of visas with a 99% success rate. He has worked with immigrants from all over the world successfully helping them gain visas to the US.