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These questions have been prepared by collecting information from several friends and also by searching on various sites and forums on Internet. In general, I have heard from my friends that F2 VISA interview process is not difficult and not many questions are asked from F2 visa applicants.  So these questions are just for good preparation and building self-confidence.  If some question is not clear, or you want a suggestion for answers for any questions, please leave a comment, I will try my best to give you “just a suggestion”.

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Mandatory documents:
1. Applicant’s passport.
2. DS-160 application confirmation letter with CEAC bar code.
3. Applicant’s visa photos as specified on http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/info/info_1287.html.
4. Original HDFC bank visa fee receipt with two bar code stickers.
5. Interview appointment letter.
6. Applicant’s I-20 (original) (your spouse must have got this from his/her university, and sent to you).
7. Photocopy of your spouse’s I-20 document.

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I have been using “vpnc” software as a VPN client for connecting to my company’s VPN servers for quite some time. However, “vpnc” is very limited in features as it only supports IPsec aggressive mode, pre shared key (PSK) authentication, and only IKEv1 (IKE version 1). Although, “vpnc” also supports “hybrid” authentication, this hybrid authentication just involves verifying server’s certificate, but not client’s certificates. These features are just a subset of features included in various IPsec and IKE protocols. In addition to the features what “vpnc” offers, IPsec and IKE protocol suites involve IKEv1 main mode (phase 1 exchange in addition to phase 2 quick mode exchange), certificates and raw RSA keys based authentication, and IKEv2 (IKE version 2) among several others features. Due to this, I planned to move to another IPsec based VPN software that implements a large IPsec and IKE feature set. Openswan (http://www.openswan.org/) is one such popular open source (free) software available that can be used for connecting to Cisco VPN servers. Here I will explain the instruction I used for connecting to my company’s Cisco VPN server. I used the latest Openswan version (2.6.25) as of now that can be downloaded from http://www.openswan.org/download/openswan-2.6.25.tar.gz . I have experimented Openswan on Fedora and Ubuntu Linux distributions. Fedora offers pre compiled rpms, whereas it should be compiled from source on Ubuntu. For example, Openswan rpms for Fedora 12 can be downloaded from http://koji.fedoraproject.org . Various instructions for using Openswan are described next.

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Now days, several software companies provide their employees with the flexibility of working from home as and when there is a need. This way, employees can maintain a better balance between their work life and personal life. However, while working from home, employees are needed to use a VPN (virtual private network) client for connecting with their company’s VPN servers. VPNs are useful for preventing company’s confidential communication from outsiders. “vpnc” is a software, that can be used to accomplish this, and can be downloaded from http://www.unix-ag.uni-kl.de/~massar/vpnc/. I am assuming that your company uses Cisco VPN servers, because “vpnc” is primary developed as a client for them. “vpnc” software implements IPsec (IP Security) based technology for providing VPN connections. The instructions, I am going to describe below, have been tested on Linux (Ubuntu and Fedora) machines. On Fedora, you can do “yum install vpnc”, and on Ubuntu, you can do “apt-get install vpnc” for installing “vpnc” on your machine, if you do not want to compile from “vpnc” source code. You must be logged in as a “root” user for installing software on your Linux machine. If you are not logged in as a root user, then you must have “sudo” permission to install “vpnc” software, and then commands will be “sudo yum install vpnc” on Fedora, and “sudo apt-get install vpnc” on Ubuntu.

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I have prepared these questions by talking with some of my friends who have gone through this process before. Not all questions may be relevant to your situations, and some questions may seem unnecessary. I just wanted to prepare a comprehensive list to cover different scenarios. I have also tried to group the questions in different categories for better clarity. If you think if some important question is missing, or some question listed here is not clear, please leave a comment.

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I have prepared these questions by talking with some of my friends who have gone through this process before. Not all questions may be relevant to your situations, and some questions may seem unnecessary. I just wanted to prepare a comprehensive list to cover different scenarios. I have also tried to group the questions in different categories for better clarity. If you think if some important question is missing, or some question listed here is not clear, please leave a comment. 

General questions:
1. How long are you and your spouse planning to stay in USA? (Answer: For the duration of your H1B)
2. What is your education?
3. What type/kind of visa are you applying for? (Answer: ofcourse H4)
4. How did you receive the documents?
5. Who took the visa interview appointment online?
6. Where will you stay in USA?
7. Who will bear the expenses while you are in USA or who will financially support you in the US?
8. Who filed the visa application and where did you file it?
9. Are you traveling alone, in case you are, they may ask why?

Your spouse’s (who is on H1B) job related questions:
1. Where does your spouse work, or what is the name of your spouse’s company?
2. How long has your spouse been working?
3. What is your spouse’s position (role) in the company? What are his/her job responsibilities or job description?
4. Is your spouse employed through some consultant company or is he employed directly?
5. What is your spouse’s salary?
6. Where is your spouse’s employer located?
7. If working for a consultant company, where are his clients located?
8. What are your spouse’s timings at his/her current job? does he/she ever work beyond that?

Marriage related questions:
1. When did you get married? or How long have you been married?
2. Was it arranged or love marriage?
3. When did you meet your spouse for the first time?
4. How did you meet your spouse?
5. Where did you get married?
6. Is your marriage registered, or please show your marriage certificate?
7. What is your spouse’s date of birth?
8. What is your husband’s age? your age?
9. Have you ever called your spouse? what is his/her number?
10. What is your mother-in-law’s name?  What is your father-in-law’s name?
11. What is your full maiden name?  your spouse full name? why did you not change your surname after marriage (in case you did not)?
12. How many people were present during your marriage?
13. Are your father in law and mother in law in USA (in case they are)? When will they come back? Why do they want to come back?
14. What does your father-in-law do? Same question for your mother-in-law, your mother and father, and your siblings?
15. Are you wearing the same wedding necklace?
16. How long has your spouse been in USA?

H1B related questions:
1. When did your spouse’s H1B start (i.e. start date)?
2. When did your spouse get H1B visa stamped?
3. Does your spouse have H1B stamped, why did he not come? when is he planning to come?
4. Have your spouse applied for green card? is your spouse planning to apply for green card? why not?
5. What is the plan you and your husband have, after H1B (or H4) duration is over?
6. (If you didn’t go for the H4 interview with your spouse’s H1B visa appointment then) Why did you not come with your husband for the interview?
7. Who sponsored your spouse’s H1B?

(In case, you have been in USA before (for example on F2), and then going for H4) Your USA stay related questions:
1. What was your visa status before? what was your spouse’s visa status before?
2. Did you work anywhere?
3. What do you do there? Are you planning to work in the future?
4. How do you spend your time there, if not working?
5. When did you go to USA or how long have you been in USA?
6. Where do you (or your spouse) stay in USA? do you stay together?

(In case, your spouse worked on OPT before shifting to H1B) OPT related questions:
1. How did your spouse work before H1B? or what was your spouse’s status before H1B if he/she was working? (Answer: Post-OPT)
2. How did your spouse work before when he was in school? (Answer: either CPT or PreOPT)

Your spouse’s school (US university where your spouse studied) related questions:
1. Which school did your spouse attend? his/her major? his/her degree?

Your siblings related questions:
1. Do you have any brother or sister or any other relative in USA? similar question for your spouse?
2. Is your brother/sister planning to go to USA, in case they are not in USA? If not, why not?
3. If your spouse family is in USA, then what does your brother-in-law/sister-in-law doing in USA? Where do they stay?

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Recently, my sister got married and she applied for H4 visa as her husband has been working on H1B visa in USA. It was one of the hectic processes, I had to go through collecting all the needed paper work. My brother-in-law had to leave for USA due to his work, so my sister went alone for her H4 VISA stamping. My brother-in-law already had his H1B visa stamped. I thought to share the required documents on my blog as it might be helpful for others. Although, this list is from an Indian perspective, but might be helpful for people from other countries.

Before listing the documents, I would like to mention that marriage is a must requirement for H4 visa.

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In one of my previous posts, I discussed about a very simple way to create a blog website using WordPress. Recently, I have observed that one of most important reasons for creating a blog has been “how to turn a blog into money-making medium”. However, I believe that it is not as easy as it may seem. The reason is very simple that you must know several methods that are very essentials for earning money through blogs. In this post, I would like to discuss one of those methods I have learned recently that may be helpful in generating more money from your blogs. The method simply involves submitting your blog posts to the appropriate topics in “Blog Carnivals”. Blog Carnivals help increasing the reach of your posts to a large number of people in this world. That means “free advertising”, and are very helpful for early bloggers. I would suggest that you must submit your those posts that are helpful to others. Because, if your post is helpful, more people will visit your blog, and it will lead to increased web traffic. As I have learned from other expert bloggers that increased traffic mostly means more money. However, I must warn that there are several other skills too that one must posses to achieve the cumulative benefits. However, I am not going into other required skills in this post, and I am just focusing on “how to utilize Blog Carnivals” that will help you generate more traffic to your blog website. In addition, I am also not going to discuss what are Blog Carnivals, and for that, I would suggest, please visit http://blogcarnival.com . Please follow the next steps to submit your posts to Blog Carnivals:

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This is my first post, and frankly speaking I do not yet know how to create an impressive and educational blog. When I say “impressive”, I mean that visiting people like it. When I say “educational”, I mean that visiting people can learn something from it. Again, I do not know how to do that. However, what I have learnt during this process, I would like to share with you all. Even if only one person finds it useful, I can say that my first post is successful. As the title of the post says “The easiest way to create a blog for dummies”, that is exactly what I want to share with you. The reason is that by the time I will finish this post, being a dummy myself that is the only thing I will have learnt. And I must say that the key is none other than “WordPress”. So without wandering too much, here are those steps:

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