The H1B Visa Approval process may have been a cakewalk,
but don't expect the same with the H1B Visa Stamping with the Consulate!
Here are few reasons why:
Did you realize that you got your
H1B Visa Approval without showing your original documents?! You simply
send you Photostat copies to your sponsor in the US, and USCIS approved
your petition based on photocopies. The real scrutiny of your credentials
is done by the consulate in India. The consulate would want to see your
original documentation with which you secured your H1B Approval and
also interview you in person. So be prepared not only with the originals
but also with a good oral presentation to defend your entry into the
USA on an USA H1B Visa
There is a strict criteria for
candidates to get an H1B visa but there is no strict criteria for someone
in the US to sponsor you. So if you got an H1B approval from a small
firm with so client base or projects on hand, the onus will be on you
to prove that the sponsor can employ you and pay you.
Even if you are from a Blue Chip
company in India or from the best Engineering School in India - you
must be able to show that you have a project lined up for you by the
time you land in the USA. The old benching is slowing fading into history.