Popular H1B Visa Interview Questions
The H-1 Visa program was created by the Immigration Act of 1990 to allow employers in the US to hire workers from other countries on a temporary basis, for their specialized knowledge and/or higher education degree. According to a Pew Research Center report, during fiscal 2001 through 2015, almost 1.8 million H-1B visas were granted, of which more than half were awarded to Indian nationals.
The report added that H-1B visas have been capped at 65,000 a year since 2005. However, an additional 20,000 visas are given to foreigners who have graduated from a US-based academic institution.
To obtain an H1-B Visa, the applicant needs to first find an employer who is ready to sponsor them to fill in a speciality position.
The employer must file an I-129 petition with the USCIS, if you or your employer is subject to the annual cap. If accepted, the applicant needs to qualify an interview to obtain the H1-B visa.
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Here are a few questions that are commonly asked during the interview but need to be answered appropriately.
Asking for Documents
- Good Morning. How are you doing today?
- Can I see your passport?
- Do you have any old passports?
- Can I see your Labor Condition Application (LCA)/H1B approval document (I-797)/no-immigrating petition application (I-129)?
Questions about your intentions of Visit
- Why are you visiting the US?
- Why do you want to work in the US?
- Have you ever lived outside your home country? If yes, for how long?
- Is this your fist H1B visa?
- Have you applied for visa for a country other than the US?
- Do you have any family members living in the US?
- Are you aware of the cost of living in the specific area you are planning to work in and stay?
- How are you planning to support yourself in the first month, before you receive the pay check?
- When will you be travelling to the US?
- What is your plan when your H1B validation period ends?
- Will you return to your home country? If yes, when and why?
Questions Regarding Your Educational Background and Experience
- Are you studying?
- From which university did you obtain your degree?
- Other than the bachelor’s degree, have you pursued higher education? If yes, what was your thesis about?
- Can I see your certificates?
- Do you have any experience in this field/industry?
- Have you worked in any fields related to this field/industry?
- Where are you working currently? How much is your salary? What is your role?
- In your current job, how long have you been working?
- What all software are you familiar with?
Questions about Your Sponsoring Employer
- What kind of business are you going to work for in the US?
- Where is the sponsoring employer located?
- How did you come to be in touch with your sponsoring employer?
- Why are you joining the company?
- How many people work for your sponsoring employer?
- What would be your expected tasks and duties?
- Who is the CEO of your company?
- Have you received an offer letter?
The questions can go on and on. The key to success, however, is to remain patient and answer with complete honesty and confidence. Here are some more info on how to answer some of these questions.