In last one and a half year, our business changed a lot. We suddenly needed to recruit people with skills that we didn’t have. Once employed, we had to send them to the USA to our parent company for training.
In the past, we had sent many people to the USA to our parent company and getting a B1 (Business) visa was never a problem. In fact in the past, none of the applicants from our company were ever denied a B1 Visa. So we never thought of getting a visa as an obstacle.
However, since a year ago, the things started changing. Many of the new people that we wanted to send to the parent company were not granted a visa. There were no explanations. Everyone who was rejected were given a standard form letter that said something like “You couldn’t convince our officer that you are not a potential immigrant and hence we cannot grant you a visa”. There were cases when some people got the visa, however we couldn’t figure out the logic behind granting or rejecting visas. My son, who recently started a business can really be considered a potential immigrant. He is a IT graduate with no regular income and is not even married. He was granted the visa after just 2 questions. Whereas our employees with family bonds were not granted.
So we decided to apply for the H3 (Training) visas. These visas are a lot more expensive. They have to be applied for in the USA. Once the petition is approved, the applicants have to attend the interview at US consulate in India and then the visa is granted.
Because of the work currently going on in the Mumbai consulate, we had to send our people to Hyderabad. They went there for the visa interviews. Things worked, and they got their visas. They came back to Mumbai with the story of “Visa Balaji”.
I had never heard about it before. On the outskirts of Hyderabad, in Chilkur, there is a Balaji temple. This Balaji is known for “Granting Visas”. A visa seeker, after submitting his visa application, has to come to this temple and perform 11 pradakshinas (circumambulations). Having done this, It’s believed that the applicant is granted visa for certain. This fame is spread so wide that large number of visa seekers make a beeline for this temple.
When all logic fails, most people turn to the god to seek divine intervention. The whole process of granting American visas defies any logic. So there is no wonder people seek intervention from Lord Balaji.