22 December 2016
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22 December 2016,

The below link will take you to a video that provides you with two examples of mock consular interviews for an applicant seeking an L-1B visa under an existing Blanket approval.  The intention is to highlight proper interviewing technique when dealing with a difficult visa officer.  In the majority of consular posts, the L-1 Blanket interview is a formality and the officers defer to the written materials after asking a few questions and then routinely award the requested benefit.  In some posts, Chennai (India), in particular, the interview can be the determining factor and your answers to questions will be quickly scrutinized by the officer.  Because Chennai has such a difficult process and high rejection rate, it is important to know how to approach the interview in advance, and viewing these two demos will hopefully give you a better understanding of how to approach this situation.

When you watch the first mock interview you will notice that the answers provided are generally non-specific and do not demonstrate a command of the technology or expertise in things that are specific to the company.  Additionally the visa applicant will be working on “projects” and he is unsure as to how long, and doesn’t give the officer any comfort in knowing that specialized knowledge will be used on the project.  Consular officers want to issue the visa when they clearly can, but it is up to the applicant to prove they qualify and in this first interview, the applicant clearly does not demonstrate the existence of specialized knowledge.

In the second interview the applicant is much more aggressive, direct, and provides clear examples and argues the case.  He explains what he does and why it includes specialized knowledge and helps the officer know that he is an expert and qualified for the benefit.  A major difference in the two demos is in the second one, the applicant is willing to expand his answers and take simple questions as an opportunity to educate the officer.  While it can be easy to just simply answer a question asked, which is what happens in the first demo, it is extremely important to drive your point home by giving examples and ensuring the officer understands the unique or advanced information you have about your company and its processes, products or services.  When you finish the interview they should understand that the knowledge you possess cannot be easily learned and takes significant time to learn and develop.

We invite you to take note of the different approaches and why the second is typically the winning approach to difficult consular interviews.



As a final note – we are making this video available to current firm clients whom we partner with – we kindly ask that you do not share this link with others outside of your current employer.


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