L1B Visa Interview Experience

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I have been a regular follower of your blog since last 4 years. After I finished by B.Tech I desperately wanted to pursue my MS in Us. But I couldn’t do so due to financial constraints.

I joined a top notch product company in Hyderabad whose CEO is the second richest man on the Globe. I worked really hard for last 5 years and I got a transfer to US. Getting a permanent transfer to US in my company is not a common things that happens. At last, I was really happy that I am finally making it to US.

Added to that I get to work with some of the brightest minds in my team in US who are the alumnus of prestigious Universities like MIT, Harvard,etc. Though I couldn’t do my MS, I was at-least happy for this opportunity.

L1B Visa Interview

My company was sponsoring L1B visa for my internal transfer I had my visa interview last Monday and unfortunately my visa was denied. Everybody in my company are completely baffled by this and they say that this is the first time ever they came across rejection for my company’s employees. Here is how the interview went on after the initial greetings.

L1B Visa Interview Questions

  1. How long were you working with X? (3yr 10 months)
  2. What is your total experience? (4 yr 10 months)
  3. Which client are going to work for? (not for client. I will be working for X.)
  4. Is this an internal transfer? (yes)
  5. How many people does your comply employ? (around 80000)
  6. How many people are working your project? (20)
  7. What technologies differentiate you from others in your team? (X,Y,Z. I am certified expert in X and I am the only developer working on this technology in my team.)
  8. I am sorry, but I cannot issue your visa. Please get in touch with your HR for further action. (Thank you and I left)

He handed over me a blue form that says visa cannot be issued under section 221g and which has the below option checked.

“Your blanket L-1 petition is not clearly approvable under section 8 CFR 214.2 (I)(ii)(D) and INA 101(a)(15)(L).”

Now my company is filing a Premium L1 Individual petition. Let me see how it goes this time.

Just sharing my experience for other folks to read. I now feel that granting is VISA is purely on the mood of the Visa Officer. All the time during my interview, he never looked at my face after initial “Good Morning” and he was busily checking some forms or something on his monitor. And I also have a B1 visa stamped earlier and traveled to US couple of times earlier on business visits.

Thanks to the reader for sharing L1B Visa interview experience.

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