H1b Visa Interview Documents

By Tiara

An employment-based visa is the H-1B visa. This visa allows professionals from around the world to come work in America for up to five years. It was originally designed to allow companies to hire highly skilled workers, but it has become very popular as employers use it to retain experienced staff.

There are two main types of H-1Bs that people apply for: those for specialty occupations and those for non-specialty positions. The difference comes down to whether or not your job can be done by someone with no special training or if there are few such individuals. For example, an accountant cannot be replaced by anyone without at least some accounting certification, so they get their own category.

However, other professions may be able to be learned easily outside of formal education systems. For instance, lawyers and doctors typically have extensive educational requirements to practice their trades, so these careers fall into the second group. People who want to work in one of these fields must prove that they have what it takes to succeed in the profession, so this is why the others get certified!

Now that we’ve gone over how the system works, let us discuss something important: documentation. Just like when you move countries, you need proof of where you live and your residency status.

Your visa

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Now that you are officially invited to an interview, your next step will be to prepare for the meeting. You can start by looking into how to best prepare for your personal interview as well as their potential questions they may ask.

Once again, having these documents in order is very important. Make sure to check out our article here on all of the must have immigration documents for yourself and your family!

We also recommend going through our list above about what to bring to the appointment depending on if it’s during work hours or outside of business hours. If it’s during work hours, then don’t forget to dress professionally (yes, even though this isn’t a job interview, you should at least look like you take your career seriously).

Three to four passport-sized photos

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Along with your visa application, you will need to bring these three to four documents to your H1B visa interview. These can include proof of health insurance, proof of employment, proof of residence or apartment rental in the US, and proof of payment of taxes.

It is very important to have all of your documentation ready before arriving for your appointment as it could take some time to review each one. You do not want to be stuck waiting at the airport while you are trying to gather everything you need!

Also remember that many employers require more than just this list of documents, so make sure to research your employer ahead of time.

Two bank statements

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A proof of residence or business link is typically shown through two things:

A recent bank statement showing direct deposit into your account, or an indication that you make frequent deposits to your account

Evidence of monthly payments for a house or apartment (rental agreements or contracts), bills paid using your account, or confirmation that you are still living at your current address

It’s important to be aware of what additional documents may satisfy this criterion. For example, if you use an ATM card for your checking account, then there should be no sign of withdrawal fees in your records.

By having these documents, you will certainly have nothing to worry about when it comes time to prove your ties to the country.

Confirm your application is registered with the embassy

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It’s very important to make sure that you have all of your documents in order before attending an interview, this includes proof of employment, bank statements showing adequate funds to support yourself while living in the country, and confirmation that you are still enrolled at the appropriate university or company for which you will be interviewing.

If any of these items are missing, it could affect how well you are viewed by immigration officials! They may ask why there was no job offer when you said you had one, or why you stopped taking calls from employers even though you told them about it earlier. This would also hurt your chances of getting the visa if they believe that you do not want to stay in the country.

Read and follow instructions

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If you have received a notification letter or call for your visa interview, then it is time to start preparing!

It is very important that you come prepared for your visa interview, not only because there will be more questions than at the initial application stage, but also due to potential changes in the process.

The USCIS can deny entry into the United States if they believe you did not comply with the immigration laws. This could affect your visa status and/or deportation.

Dress the part

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If you have received your acceptance letter to an employer/sponsor in India or any country outside of USA, then it is time to start planning for your visa!

Your appointment will be at a US Embassy or Consulate where you’ll need to meet with an officer who will evaluate your documents and make sure that everything is authentic and legal.

The most common way to prepare for this interview is by having all of your documentation organized and clearly identified. Make sure to check out our article here about how to organize documents.

Dress comfortably for the interview as you would for any workplace setting. You don’t want to look rushed because you didn’t put enough effort into preparing!

Keep reading for some helpful tips on what documents you should take and how to pack them.

Know your place

Even though employers may feel that they are giving you a chance to prove yourself, what this really means is that they want you to keep proving yourself over and over again, which can be very frustrating for you as well as them.

This can also make you feel uncomfortable in an interview situation because you feel like you have to do more than what has already been asked of you.

The more times someone needs to see something done, the less likely it is that person will give you their full attention the second time around. They will instead focus on doing whatever task was just given to you.

If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or stressed out by an employer, try talking to other members of the company about what is going on. Perhaps there’s something you could do outside of work to help motivate them?
Legal advice should always be sought but speaking to people in different departments can sometimes provide valuable insights.

Pay attention to what the officer is saying

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It’s very important that you pay close attention to everything that your are being asked during your visa interview, as well as how these questions relate to each other.

If you have a question about something, don’t hesitate to ask! Don’t let the silence be deafening.

In fact, some employers even recommend asking an additional question after they have finished their main inquiry – this can help clear up any confusion or get more detail about the answer given.

It is also worth noting that it is not appropriate to bring anything into the interview with you (not even a pen!). This includes phones, tablets, etc.

What you do need to take though, is all of your documents, including proof of employment. Make sure to check if there is an expiration date for these documents, and update them if necessary.