This is my second time applying for student visa. The first time I went to the US for a Masters for two years and came back promptly after finishing my course. Ever since I have been working. However I know want to purse a PhD in for which I have a fellowship in a top ranked school in the USA.
In addition I do have ample travel history to other countries mostly for tourism. This time I applied with my wife (we got married four years ago) who also have good tourist history to many countries including the US before getting married.
Hence we reached the embassy around 6:15am, got into the shuttle for the diplomatic enclave and reached the embassy around 7:30am. Here amid a lot of security we gave our bio metrics and were allotted a ticket number. We took our waiting room seats and waited for our turn. While there are windows all around the waiting area still you cannot specifically listen in on any conversations.
However I noticed that most student visas seemed to be approved. Eventually after waiting for about two hours our turn came and we approached the window. The VO throughout our interview just spoke to us while looking straight at me and didn’t type anything the whole time.
F1 and F2 Visa Interview Questions
VO: Good morning (young nice mannered fellow)
then he asked my wife who told hers aswell
VO: how long you have been married
VO: where are you going and for what
ME: Told that I am going for a Phd at XXX university
VO: what about your finances
ME: I am fully covered and our savings will be used for support of my wife
VO: what about your living
ME: I am in touch with on campus housing
VO: tell me about your research in masters
ME: todl (although he seemed knowledgeable since he started questioning what I did in it and what was the result. And how i proved the hypothesis i was working on, all technical stuff. In addition all throughout we talked with eyes locked with each other. And ofcourse i knew my research inside and out so i aced it).
VO: what will you work on in ur PHD
ME: told that it would be the same (he seemed happy)
VO: give me a minute (this is the first time he turned back to his computer and typed for wat seemed like an eternity but in reality was about 30 secs long).
VO: Ok both of your visas are approved you can expect a call in a weeks time.
we both thanked him and stepped away and out. Then we went and had a very lavish English breakfast at a local restaurant.
All in all the interview took about 3 mins. My visa was stamped the same day and delivered the next.
While my wife’s was put on administrative processing but was also issued 3 days later (less than a weeks time after the interview). We thanked out lord for his kindness.
I will say the following as advise:
- Be very well prepared. I took print outs of everything and made a file for it. Although we weren’t asked for even one document it helps to keep them there.
- Know what ever you have filled in your DS160 form, even if someone else fills it for you. You should know what’s in it.
- Dress like a student, don’t over do it or under do it. I wore a clean shirt and trousers with proper shoes and my wife wore a decent shalwar suit with ok amount of makeup. You shouldn’t look like a beggar nor like a king. Be yourself but be formal.
- Be patient and try not to be overly giggly or overly extrovert. Please await your turn and know that it will come. Be respective of them in order to receive respect. Don’t get annoyed or worked up about anything. Lastly be confident. I believe that if you have done your research, made your papers, are not lying about anything, have clear goals, then the confidence shall come through on its own.
I think that waiting for about 2 hours really calmed my nerves and I think i was able to give a more composed interview in comparison to if I were interviewed right away. But that’s just me. I am a shy person by nature. Anyways good luck to you all people.
See Also : USA Visa Officer and Decision making