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You will be asked a number of different questions before you have your L1 visa interview. To increase your chance of success in obtaining the L1 visa, it’s important to study these questions and prepare for them.

General Questions

• How are you doing?
• Which visa are you planning on applying for?
• Have you already traveled to the United States?
• At what time did you return home from the United States?
• If you were out of the United States for more than one year, who was able to support the application during your absence?
• May I look at your petition letter?
• May I look at your passport and papers?
• Can I please have your visa fee receipt? This is the receipt for the $500 fraud detection fee

Current Work Questions

• How much money do you make annually?
• Where is your current employment or workplace?
• What amount of time have you been working for this company?
• What is your role at your current employer and what responsibilities do you have?
• Who is an ideal customer for the work you do?
• What is your designated role?
• Who are some clients you’ve previously worked with?
• How much total experience do you have?
• What type of work did you do before you started working for your current employer?
• Why is there a different sponsor on your petition than the company you current work for?
• How many employees do you have reporting to you?
• How many of these individuals are in or outside of the United States?
• Are these individuals managers, individual contributors or mixed?
• Does your work take place at a client site or for an internal team?
• If you’ve been working for this company for 10 years, don’t you get bored?
• Do you ever feel like changing employers?
• What training did you undergo to perform your current occupation?

Questions for Proposed Work You Have Planned In the United States

• Who is the client you plan on working for in the United States?
• I’ve never heard of this company and want to know what they do?
• What is it exactly that your client does?
• What client requirements will you have to deal with?
• What area of the United States do you plan to work in?
• What is the exact type of work you’ll be performing in the United States?
• What other work-related activities will you do in the United States?
• What job obligations will you have in the United States?
• Where are you planning on staying once inside the United States?
• Who is going to be managing you once you’re inside the United States?
• What is your planned salary while in the country?
• How do you plan on getting compensated for your work? Foreign or U.S. payroll?
• Will you be able to get allowance while in the United States?
• What is the reasoning behind why you need to travel to the United States?
• Why can’t you perform this type of work from within your home country?
• Exactly how long do you plan to stay and work within the United States?
• What type of work will you perform for your client?
• Is your boss or manager stationed inside of the United States?
• Who is the primary contact you’ll communicate with and is this individual related to you?
• If your primary manager decides to fire you after you enter the U.S., what do you plan to do?
• Do you plan on working at the parent company’s office or client location?
• Will you be working for more than one client while you’re staying in the United States?
• How exactly will your work-related clients benefit from your travel to the U.S.?
• Is your travel to the United States for testing purposes?

L1B Interview Questions

• What occupation do you plan on specializing in?
• What is the special set of skills you plan on bringing to your occupation?
• Why do you believe your unique skill set is special?
• Is your special set of skills implemented for a specific domain?
• What special skills do you have to offer?
• What is so special about what you have to offer? There are many similar tools on the market.
• Is your tool a software program like Oracle or Java? Is it something similar?
• Did you create and develop this tool alone?
• Did you really develop a new tool or is it a modification of an existing tool?
• Did you create this tool yourself?
• If you used a team, how many people do you have on your development team?
• What specific contribution did you make towards developing this tool?
• Who was the leader of the project?
• If you didn’t develop the product yourself, then how can you specialize in it?
• By what means did you gain expertise for these tools?
• What is the length of time you’ve been working in your specialized area of expertise?
• What is the current phase of your project?
• Did you perform modification or development work?
• Why is it important that you travel to the United States for this work? Can someone else do it?
• Don’t you have a U.S. team member who can do this work instead of yourself?
• Is the tool you plan to work on your company’s tool or is it a client tool?
• What is the length of time you’ve been working with XXX language?
• How many employees of your company will be working on XXX language?
• How many of your company’s employees will be working on the XXX product?
• Do you understand any XYZ technology?
• If you’ve been using proprietary tools, can’t your client hire someone who lives onshore and give this individual the training needed to perform work on the same tool?
• Is there a reason why your U.S. associates cannot handle the work?
• Are you using third party tools or customizing something special for the client?
• Do you plan on performing custom modifications?

L1A Specific Interview Questions

• What budgetary authority do you have to work with?
• Do you have the authority to fire or hire new or existing employees?
• When is the last time you hired someone?
• When is the last time you fired someone?
• What would happen if you’re given the chance to fire an employee?
• What process do you use to terminate or hire someone for your company?
• How many individuals will be reporting to you while in the United States?