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How to attend an L1 Visa Interview!

When you are attending an L1 visa interview, you  could use a few tips, which would help in preparing and acing it! A Consular Officer would take your interview, and will  ensure that you have met all the requirements of an L-1 visa before  he/she issues the permit. The interview can be attended 90 days prior  to the actual employment date, stated on your I-797.

General Instructions:

  • Arrive a little early, around 15 - 30 minutes before the stipulated time.
  • There might be a chance of multiple queues, so check for the right one!
  • As long as your case is genuine, you have nothing to worry about.
  • Keep all the documents in proper order and go through them thoroughly.
  • Participate in the mock interviews conducted by your company.
  • The Consulate might interpret blanket L with the actual employer’s name as given on the I-129S. The subsidiary or affiliate employer’s name is not mentioned in I-129S.
  • Get to know your job profile beforehand, and also about the work pattern of the US office.
  • It really doesn’t matter whether it is a service based company or product based company.


  • Be confident
  • Relax!
  • Maintain a professional body language
  • Talk slowly and calmlybehaviour
  •  Hold eye contact with the consular officer
  • Speak into the microphone clearly
  • Sit/stand straight, don’t lean on the slab
  • Speak with an audible tone. Don’t scream
  • You can ask the consular officer to repeat the question if they are not audible.
  • Don’t over explain the answer. Be to-the-point
  • Greet the officer at the beginning of your interview.
  • Dress according to comfort but dress up neatly!

While answering the Questions:

  • Don’t try too many technical terms to impress the visa officer.
  • Prepare well on your subjectWhile answering
  • Your answers are more important than how you look
  • Speak the truth only.
  • Think before you answer (but try not to stammer or pause very long!).
  • Prove your mental ability in understanding a question and answering it.
  • There is no need to give unnecessary answers. Keep it precise.
  • If you do not understand a question, ask the officer to rephrase the question.
  • Listening skills will be quite handy in these interviews
  • Justify your answers, if there is a need to explain the answer; then explain it precisely!

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