We recently wrote of a situation at the Hyderabad consulate, wherein IT consultants applying for H-1B visas are being threatened with a lifetime ban of the United States. In making these applicants sign an affidavit regarding their future employment conditions, officers are trying to ‘catch’ potential non-immigrant workers committing fraud through ignorance.
We wanted to follow up with a list of questions that have been asked of some of these applicants. Knowing this well in advance of the visa appointment – and making sure to have correct information from the employer – will reduce the risk of inadvertently giving incorrect information.
These are some of the questions being asked by U.S. Consular Officers:
- What does your employer do?
- Who is the client?
- Who assigns your day-to-day activity?
- Which division do you work for?
- What is the name of your supervisor? Spell it for me?
- Do you have any documents mentioning your employment?
- Is your manager on site?
- How often does he/she visit?
- How long does he/she stay at client site?
- Who is the manager for the client?
- When do you interact with him/her?
- Did your employer provide any tools or devices to perform your duties?
- Do you use that laptop at client site?
- If any situation arises at the client site then who do you inform?
- Who has the right to hire, fire, and pay you?
- To whom will the client report your evaluation?
- Do you have any benefits?
- Who is the health insurance carrier?
- How many employees work on this project from your company?
- Do you have a copy of the agreement between client and employer?
Add a “riddle me this, riddle me that” in front of most of these and what you have are the questions of a villain in a Batman movie!
If you’re going to be applying for an H-1B visa at a U.S. Consulate, you should definitely consult an Immigration attorney first.
Forewarned is forearmed!