One of the steps to obtaining an H1B work visa form abroad is the interview at the US Consulate Office in your country. You can review the five steps to prepare for the interview in this previous article. To give yourself the best advantage possible, you should be ready for some of the most common questions that you might be asked.
It is useful to know that the interview has the purpose of verifying the company information and job duties, and eliminate any possibility of fraud. So, your responses are checked against the information on the petition, and any other background or identity documents supplied.
- What does the US company do, and what will be your job duties?
- What university did you attend in the US, and what was your area of study?
- How long do you plan to work and stay in the US?
- Why do you want to work in the US?
- What is the annual turnover of the US company that you will work for?
- What software and computer languages do you know, and which are used in the company? (for IT positions)
- What city and state will you be working and living in?
- How long have you worked in your current job?
- What is your salary?
- Is this your first H1B visa petition?
- What will you do when your H1B visa expires?
How to Prepare Responses
Many of the questions will be easy for you to answer, such as your degree and university attended. But others may take some thought or research so that you are not caught off guard. The best approach is to write down your responses to common questions, and then rehearse them so you feel relaxed.
Company related questions
Questions that deal with a company’s turnover rate or other specifics should be researched. Of course, you should know the company’s business area as well as other locations in the US they have offices, in addition to where you will work.
US related questions
You might be asked about where you will be working and if you have been there before. If your job is for a specific time frame, the officer might ask if you intend to stay in the US, look for another position or try to remain at the company. Although the H1B is work-related, it is still a non-immigrant visa that permits you to live in the US, so these questions could come up.
Questions about your skills or job duties
Consulate officers are often surprised that H1B visa applicants are vague or uninformed about their job duties, and this can make approval difficult since the position has to match your degree and education. If your sponsor has not given you a specific job description, you may want to get one prior to the interview. For some technical positions, they may ask about your skills to see if they match the position on the application.
While these may seem the easiest, many applicants don’t expect personal questions. You could be asked your opinion of the US, why you want to work there or previous work experience. If you are bringing a family with you, they might ask questions about them and how they will adjust.
- April 14th, 2016