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nikenp

Complete Package - H1B Stamping - Questions, Checklist, PIMS, Client Questions - ALL IN ONE

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First of all thank you very much everyone here. Murthy forum helped me a lot preparing for my VISA interview. I had it last week in Vancouver. Now its time for me to pay back :)

My background: EVC Model, MS in USA, Bachelors in India

Below are list of things I am going to share here.

1. Documents Checklist

2. Interview Questions

3. PIMS

4. Client Questions

5. My interview experience

6. Little Tip

7. Loomis Details

Everyone's background might not be the same so there might be some changes in the questions/documents required.

Checklist:

1. Passport and Passport copies of all pages

2. I-797 – Original

3. DS-160 confirmation page (Barcode printout)

4. Original interview appointment letter

5. I-129 &H1B cover letter

6. Copy of LCA

7. Pay stubs for the last 2 years

8. Employer letter/ Employment Verification Letter

9. Client Letter – Make sure Client mention Petitioner’s name in the Letter

10. Vendor letter

11. Employer agreement / Employment contract letter signed by you and Employer Company (Original) / Contract between candidate and petitioner

12. Experience letter

13. Project documents

14. Organization Structure

15. Employer Tax returns 3 years and financial statements

16. Quarterly unemployment wage reports for last 6 quarters and Employers list (Org chart)

17. Notarized list of all employees from my company at the listed job site with specified information about each employee

18. H1B data collection and filing fee exemption supplement

19. H classification supplement to form I129

20. H1B visa petition and supporting docs filed with USCIS

21. SOW (Vendor - Client) / Contract between vendor and client – IF Possible

22. Work Orders / Purchase order (Employer - Vendor)

23. Contract between petitioner and vendor

24. Proof of payment

25. Letters verifying your employment history and specific work skills (promotion/ appreciation/project certification letters) (if available/applicable)

26. W2’s and Tax Returns (for the entire period of your stay in USA)

27. Bank statements for last 2 years highlighting Direct deposits

28. Previous I-797A and LCA (If any)

29. Updated Resume

30. I 20's (All Original)

31. OPT Cards

32. Work location pictures

33. Client ID/Badge, Employer ID/Badge

34. Timesheets

35. Client location photos (optional)

36. Two passport size photographs as per specification

37. Work Experience Certificates, reference letters, appreciation certificates from previous employer/s (from the start of your career)

38. All Original Academic Credentials along with mark sheets(MS, BTECH, INTER, 10th)

39. SSN card

40. Drivers license

41. A detail report on the project that you will work on at client including the technical details, timeline, current status, employees assigned etc. / Status Reports

VISA Interview Questions:

MASTERS Questions:

• Did you do your master's in United States? / Did you study in US?

• How long u been in states?

• What is your highest degree?

• What was your major?

• Where did you do your Masters? / Which university?

• When did you complete your MS? / When did you graduate?

• Can I see your MS certificate?

• Any Specific/ specialization courses u did in MS?

OPT Questions:

• What did you do after your Master's or Graduation?

• Where did you start working? / To which company did you start working?

• Which companies you worked for prior to the current employer company?

• Was your role in your previous job was xxxxx?

• Who have been your employers since you graduated?

• For which company did you work in the past?

• What were you doing before you were with your employer?

H1B Questions:

• How long you been working in United States?

• Is this your first H-1b?

• Since how long have you been on H1?

• From which place did you come to Canada? / Where did you come from?

• Where you on different project than the project when your petitioner filed you H-1B?

• Are you applying for the same company or other?

• What visa were you in USA before? On F1 - now on H1B status, came here for H1B stamping

PERSONAL:

• Where do you live? / Where do you stay?

• Are you married?

• Do you have any arrested history or did any law enforcement officials contacted you? Never sir.

• When you last visited India?

• Have you ever been out of the country?

• What is your location right now?

EMPLOYER Questions:

• Are you working with XXXX company ? / Who is your employer? / Whom do you work for? / Who is petitioning for you today? / Who is your petitioner?

• Where is your employer located?

• Who is your CEO?

• Address of employer

• What is your qualification for this job?

• What is your employer business? / What's your employer? / What does your employer do? / What is your company about?

• What do you do for your company? / What are your duties/roles and responsibilities? / What is your title and what do u do for your employer? / What is your designation? / What is your job? / What is your role in your company?

• Can you please elaborate the duties?

• How much duration u r working with your employer? / How long you been working with your employer? / When did you join your employer?

• What is your annual salary? / How much do you get paid? / How much is your income? / What is your pay?

• Do you discuss pay and wages with your employer? Yes, I do discuss, but as of now, am very happy with what he is paying.

• Why is your salary fluctuating? Why there is deduction on paystubs? / Why so much change in salary?

• Show me ur bank statements

• Why is your pay less in last year W2?

• Show me your W2 worked for your employer.

• Show me your pay stubs

• Where do you work at?

• How do you like xxxxx place?

• Do you have any issues/problems with your employer?

• How do you get your work assignments?

• Does your employer know about your projects?

• Whom do you report to? What you will report to your employer?

• How do you report to your employer? - Weekly status call, biweekly status report, stand-up calls when necessary

• Who will allocate the work? XXX person from my company and XXX manager from client will co-ordinate and XXX person from my company will allocate the work.

• Is there any gap (sitting idle) during change of the clients? / Are you on bench? / Does your company ever bench you?

• I can see that your employer does not pay on time? No I get pay on time. (Please be more confident this time. Say it’s always on time)

• Does your employer maintain employer-employee relationship? How?

• How many employees does your employer have, and any one work in same location with you?

• How your employer and Vendor are related?

• Are you satisfied with all the companies you work or worked for?

• Are you happy with your employer?

CLIENT Questions:

• From what time who have been working with your current client?

• How long with client and employer? / Same time with employer and Client?

• Do you have an end client? Do you have client letter?

• Who is your End client?

• What do they do?

• How long you been working with your end client? / How many months you worked for this client? / How much duration you are working with Client?

• Do you travel to client place? / Do you travel every week to client location?

• What is your position with the client?

• Where is your client located?

• How far Client is from your place?

• Do you work at a client site?

• Any other employees working from your company at client?

• What do you work at Client? / What is your work at client location?

Explain same as in client letter

• Do you have supervisor/manager at XXX client and what is his name?

• How long is the project with your client

VENDOR Questions:

• Do you have vendor? / Do you have any layers?

• What does your vendor do?

• Do you have any one between your client and employer

• How come your Vendor found your client?

PER DIEM Questions:

Why per diem is on your pay stub? (It does not count as salary. Your salary has to match or exceed the salary listed on the LCA)

Why you didn’t have per diem earlier?

Why it’s only starting from this year?

Why you dint have per diem when project started?

BACHELORS/F1 VISA Questions:

• Where you did your bachelors? Is it technical?

• Did you do your undergraduate in US?

PIMS

Note: Make sure that you Verify PIMS by sending an email to vancouverNIV@state.gov.

PIMS (verifying the details of approved petitions through the Petition Information Management Service (PIMS) via the Consular Consolidated Database (CCD)

Send this 1 week prior to your appointment to avoid 2-3 days of delay after your visa interview.

You will not get any response from the consulate but it works.

TO: PIMS@state.gov,

vancouverNIV@state.gov

Hi Sir/Madam,

I am XXX bearing Indian passport: XXX, I have an appointment for visa stamping on XXX, I would like to verify my information in PIMS database.

Please find the attached petition (I-797) and appointment confirmation for more details.

Details:

Appointment confirmation:

Receipt Number:

Petitioner:

Beneficiary:

Passport Number:

DOB:

Classification:

Starting Validity Date:

Ending Validity Date:

Thank you!

XXX

CLIENT QUESTIONS:

In case consulate send an email to Client for further processing. You may prepare your answers and send them to your Client manager if he/she is okay with it to reply as you mention. Here are the list of questions:

· Who (you/preferred vendor/petitioner) supervises the applicant, and is such supervision off-site or on-site?

Who does the applicant report to for work assignments?

Who completes the applicant’s progress reviews?

Who reports to the Client Manager? How often Client manager being reported?

· If the supervision is off-site and performed by the petitioner, how does the petitioner maintain such supervision i.e. weekly calls, reporting to the main office routinely, or site visits by the petitioner?

Ans: Bi-weekly status reports and status calls as needed.

· Who has the right to control the work of the applicant on a day-to-day basis if such control is required?

Ans: Both. Applicant employerand Client

· Who determines the direction of the project?

Ans: Client

· Who determines the applicant’s daily activities?

Ans: Employer

· Who provides the tools or instrumentalities for the applicant to perform the duties of employment?

Ans: Both. Employer and Client

· Who hires, pays, and has the ability to fire the applicant?

Ans: Employer

· Who claims the beneficiary for tax purposes?

Ans: Employer

· Who provides the beneficiary with employee benefits?

Ans: Employer

My Interview Experience

Step 1: Appointment was at 9:30 AM. I went to consulate at 8:00 AM. They checked my DS-160 confirmation, passport and I-797 and asked me to come back at 8:30.

Step 2: Went there at 8:30 and they checked my file and told me to remove the document from sealed envelope.

Step 3: Security check on 2nd floor and again checked the file.

Step 4: Submitted my DS-160, Passport and I-797 at counter 1. Waited there for around 15 mins until my number showed on screen. After that my number was showed on screen, took PP, DS-160 and I-797 from counter 1 and went to 20th floor where the actual interview was.

Step 5: Waited there for around 15-20 mins. I was sitting right across the Visa Officer who interviewed me. Then my number came and my interview was like this.

Me: Good morning sir, how are you? and gave him my passport, I-797 and DS-160 confirmation.

VO: Didn't say anything.

I put a big file with all the documents in front of him and opened it although he didn't ask for any document.

VO: For how long you are working for this company?

Me: 2 Years

VO: So you work in XX? (My employer address)

Me: No Sir, I work in YY(Client Address).

VO: So you work for a Client?

Me: Yes sir.

VO: Who is your Client?

Me: XXX

VO: For how long you are working for your client?

Me: 2 Years

VO: You worked for ZZZ before?

Me: Yes sir, I worked there for around 4 months when I was on OPT.

VO: What do you do for your Client?

Me: I am working as a XXX (Title) and told my responsibilities for about a min.

All this time he was typing something in the computer. I was keep telling him my duties and he stopped me in between and told me okay, I understand. I am approving your Visa. Gave me one white form for Loomis information and told me you can track your application here and you will receive your passport in 3-5 business days.

Me: Thank you very much Sir. Have a good one!!

Thats it. None of the documents were asked. The interview was less than 2 mins.

LITTLE TIP:

Main thing I noticed is to have a smile on the face and answer clearly in whatever VO asks and BE CONFIDENT and Try to be as cool as possible.

Trust in God. Carry as many documents as you can. Be confident while answering and answer them in a short sentence.

Loomis Email Details:

Loomis email address for VISA pickup: laser.report@loomis-express.com

If you see waybill # in the Applicant summary section when you login using this link:

https://usvisa-info.com/en-CA/selfservice/ss_country_welcome

If yes, go to loomis directly with the waybill #. It might not be available on the same day when you receive the email but you will get it next day for sure.

Wish you all the best for your VISA Interview.

Cheers!!!

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Thanks a lot brother. I wish you a very good success in your life as well. Now I'm gonna copy this and make a word document and prepare for my Interview :-)

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