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US Visa Interview: How to present yourself at US Consulate (with transcription)

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A: You're here today to apply for an L1B Visa, is that correct? B: Yes sir. A: OK. Where are you working now? B: I work with company A. A: In India? B: That's right we're an Indian company. We're a subsidiary of an American company, company B. A: What's the name and job title of the person that you report to in India? B: I report to the development manager a Mr. XYZ. A: What projects are in India? B: I have dealt- I work on a project to develop software, the ABC software it's a solution to data management. A: I see you went to the US earlier. Why did you go to the US earlier? B: I went to research microclimates. A: Whom did you work for while you were in the US? B: I went to the US to a microclimate study. I continued to work for a company in India. A: OK A: Why are you going to the US now? B: I'm going to provide technical support to my software company. A: Is that in connection to the software you developed in India? B: That's right, yeah. A: How long will you be in the US? B: For bigger than 3 years. A: Which company will you work for in the US. B: I'll work for the parent company, company B, a Connecticut company. A: How much salary will you earn in the US? B: I'm supposed to get $60,000 on an annual basis. That's with company also. Where is the client located in the US? I'll be supporting multiple clients. I'll be based out of the support center. Clients will be either on-site - I'll be going to client sites on-site or I'll be supporting from my support organization. A: From your company's headquarters and dealings. B: That's right. A: OK. A: Where will you be staying in the US? B: I'll get a couple of weeks of guest accommodations. After that I have to find my place and move it there. A: What are you educational qualifications? B: I have a bachelor's in electronics from Mumbai University accorded with a master's in Computer Applications from Akola Univeristy I also have an advanced diploma in [unknown]. A: Where were you working before you joined your present company? B: I worked in [unknown]. A: How many employees are in your US office at the present time? There are 35 people there. A: And to whom will you be reporting in the US? B: I'll be reporting to the manager of technical support. A: OK. A: Well, congratulations, at this time I'm going to issue you your L1B Visa, and we will mail your passport back to you. A: Let's take a look at the process and the answers that the applicant gave to those questions. A: Remember an L1B is specialized knowledge. I wanted to know about his background, where he got his specialized knowledge, and why the knowledge was specialized. It appeared proprietary software developed for the company. He developed it. And so I was satisfied with his level of expertise, both in terms of his educational background and his experience background. It was proprietary knowledge. Now, let me say one thing about proprietary knowledge on L1B cases. Many years ago the word "proprietary" was in the regulations. And it caused all sorts of problems. Then they took it out. And they now look for advanced levels of expertise and other key things like that. I always, when I do an L1B case, try to look for something proprietary. It just, in my opinion, even though it's not required, makes the case stronger. He was going back to our other mock interview, the B1 interview eaerlier today. He was very confident in his answers, very detailed. His credibility was not a problem, at all, with me. And well prepared. He knew his information, he knew his company, he knew his job. I was impressed with that. Let's talk about something that did not come up. And this is a recent change in L1B regulations. With the increased use of L1B's by consulting companies, IT consulting companies, in the US the immigration, the USCIS, has taken the position that that's not what L1B's really were designed for. So they've made it tougher on L1B's to be contracted out to client sites. Any time you're going to be stationed at a client site you have to make sure that you are supervising the control by your US petitioning company and not by your client. Remember you are an employee of your petitioning company, the company's operation in the US. You're not an employee of the client. So, if you're going to be stationed at a client site, that only works if you're supervising control by your petitioning company, not by the client. Secondly, you must not be providing labor for your client. You must be providing specialized knowledge to services for your petitioning employer if you're going to be stationed at a client site.

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Duration: 6 minutes and 34 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Views: 339
Posted by: pvtsew on Mar 21, 2011

US Immigration Attorney conducting a US Consulate mock interview session on how to handle an interview at the Consulate.

*With apologies to VisaPRO people. We needed subtitles. Those are the makers of the video.*

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