Getting F1 Visa is Directly Proportional to Your Passion and Hard Work

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Following F1 Visa interview experience was shared by Sharad. He will be receiving $5 Gift Card from Amazon.

SO HERE IS MY VISA INTERVIEW.

  • DATE: 11/5/2012
  • CONSULATE: NEW DELHI
  • TIME: 10:30 A.M
  • UNIVERSITY: San Diego State University, California.

MY BRIEF PROFILE:

  • GRE 1130/1600
  • TOEFL 100/120
  • B.Tech 63 percent(Kurukshetra university).

Loopholes in my Profile:

  • I should have completed my B.tech in 2010 but unfortunately had a health problem so was not able to appear in 7th semester exams and thus due to this i completed B.tech after attending 7th semester again and cleared degree in 2011. ” SINCE THEN I AM NOT WORKING
  •  My sister lives in US and is a legal permanent resident(green card holder). She did not studied in US and her Husband is also there(He also studied in India). “I DID MENTIONED ABOUT HER IN MY DS 160

SO THESE WERE TWO MAJOR PROBLEMS IN MY PROFILE ACCORDING TO ME AND WAS EXPECTING THAT THINGS MAY GO WRONG DUE TO THIS.

F1 Visa Interview Experience – Approved in Dhaka – (you spoiled child)

US Embassy in New Delhi

I Reached New Delhi Consulate At 9 A.m(Which was a mistake and i Do not Recommend reaching so early). Because at that time they were calling Applicants for 9:15 A.M Slot. So i had to wait in Scorching Heat till 10:15 A.M and was almost drenched in sweat.

ATTIRE:

I heard a lot about what to wear and one should go in formals and all those things. “I was wearing a black jeans, casual t-shirt and sports shoes”.

Suddenly i Realized that students and other applicants are staring me that he is in casuals as all of them were in formals and shining leather shoes.

“I did not feel awkward, in fact i was confident throughout and was humming my favorite track from houseful 2(wanna love me :p)”

Time :10:15 and i just was waiting for this time.

I was very excited and went for initial document checks and was the first person in the line for that slot(10:30).

Well then went inside, security check, documents and file passed through X-RAY Machine.

Went to a Counter, my Passport, I 20, DS 160 Confirmation page, and SEVIS fee Receipt were taken and stapled to my passport.

Then got a Token Number Attached to the same documents. it Read “P199″. Waited in a not so good waiting hall. No A.c, Only LCD Screens and chairs.

Then went to main Hall where interview was taking place.

Here Was a bit of Shock for me. My token number was flashed and i was asked to proceed to counter number 4. Rest What followed Can be considered as my UNAWARENESS or change in RULES!!

I was not aware of the fact that there is a short interview taken before actual interview where they confirm your identity and stuff. SO i took it as my VISA INTERVIEW.

An Indian Girl in her mid 20′s was sitting and taking interviews.She gave passport back to Uncle standing ahead of me. I assumed he has been rejected.

LVO : Lady Visa Interview.

MY FIRST VISA INTERVIEW :p (I call it first interview)

ME:Good morning mam :) How are you :) (HAD A GOOD SMILE, IT HELPS)

LVO: I am Fine, Please step forward (I did and passed my passport)

LVO: Why you going to US?
ME: To pursue my Higher Education, I.e MS in Electrical Engineering.

LVO:So what have you been doing in this time? (My Heart Sank! First major question and she asked nothing else, But My weakest point)
ME: Mam, I had been doing Courses in computer hardware and networking which helped me learn practical aspects of networking and implement what i learned in my College. I learned to configure different devices in a network…(She did not stopped me and continued to stare in my eyes, this meant i have to continue)…I also learned about various Routing Protocols and techniques to troubleshoot network problems. I Also Appeared for my CCNA exam in December 2011 Along with my GRE and TOEFL.
(She Started Typing)

LVO: Any Relative in US? (Second question and it is again my second weak point{I dnt consider it weak point now} )
ME: Yes, my sister lives in US.

LVO: What is she doing there?
ME: Senior development Engineer at AT&T.

LVO: Is she married?
ME: yes.

LVO: TAKE YOUR PASSPORT AND GO TO THE NEXT LOBBY OR HALL, I DO NOT REMEMBER WHAT SHE SAID. I WAS SAD THINKING I HAVE BEEN REJECTED AS MY PASSPORT IS RETURNED(BUT THERE WAS NO REASON OR DOCUMENT RELATED TO REJECTION).

NEXT LOBBY

Was asked to give finger prints and that Chinese  American lady told me to wait and i will be called for my VI.. I was like what was that then?

I was interviewed earlier and again? whats going on?

Confused and out of senses, i was sitting and waiting for my token. Tokens started to appear and they were very fast.”I said to myself sharad, just go and answer what he wants to know, Suddenly there was an urge and a flow of positive Energy, i felt my Visa has been approved and i have to just meet someone. ”

P199, proceed to counter 15.

3 people were standing before me ” AND I WAS SMILING”. There was no stress in my mind and i was looking at VO when he was interviewing others as well. I was relaxed at that time.

MY TURN! MY SECOND VI! (I CALL IT :p)

ME: Good afternoon Sir, How are you :) (With a big smile on my face)
VO: (Smiled and reciprocated) hello, I am fine :) pass me your Docs.

VO: You going for studies?
ME: Yes Sir, For MS in Electrical Engineering.

VO: Which School?
Me: San Diego State university.

VO: Why SDSU?
Me: Sir i want to specialize in Wireless communications and networking and SDSU has a very good curriculum which will help me gain Expertise in the field in Which i did my Bachelors. (He also wanted to hear more)
Sir, SDSU has very good research opportunities in the field of mobile computing and wireless sensor networks. i found it rather interesting and related to my Bachelors coursework where i had subjects like Wireless mobile communications.

VO: Typing for a while…how many schools u applied to?
me: seven.

VO: Name them.
Me: IIT Chicago, George Mason University, San Jose State Univ, Univ Of Texas Arlington, Univ Of North Carolina, Charlotte(His Eyebrow Lifted There), California State Univ, Long Beach And San Diego State Univ.

VO: admits?
ME: 4

VO: Name
Me: IIT Chicago, San Diego State Univ, George mason univ, UNCC

VO: Ok, Sharad..tell me why not IIT Chicago.?
Me: Sir, IIT Chicago is a good school but it was not a good choice compared to SDSU as i have more Research options and good coursework For my specialization at SDSU.

VO: Ok, And why not GMU?
Me: Sir, I got admit in MS in Telecommunication and its only course based and there is no research or thesis involved in That course. I am interested in Research so Did not choose GMU.

VO: (A little Weird Expression and loud..) U choose SDSU over UNCC? Uncc is a good school..
ME: By this i was sure he is checking my patience and Confidence, If i am sure about my aim. UNCC is a renowned school for Embedded Systems But SDSU has a “” DEDICATED Research group for wireless and communications research called: WIRELESS NETWORK RESEARCH GROUP where a lot of research is being conducted in the domain of mobile computing. So SDSU was a good choice.

I Knew I Had Hit Bulls Eye. And I Had Kept This Point For Such A Crucial Point, To Convince Him About My Plans.He started to smile and started working on his computer. Suddenly his eyes were Wide open.(I was thinking what you want now :P)

VO: Your sister is in US?
ME: Completely confident and not showing any sign of nervousness, YES SIR!

VO: I think you are a potential immigrant and you want to settle there after studies. (i just wanted to kill him, why are you screwing me so much man?)
ME: Again with confidence and with a face expression that m least bothered with his remark,
Sir, My sister lives in US but i am not going to US Due to this Reason, I am going for my higher education and i am very much focused about my specialization, i.e Wireless communications and networking.

VO: Realy? Do you have background with that specialization?
Me: Again holding my nerve, Yes sir I did My B.tech in Electronics and Communications and i had subjects like computer networks, digital communication and wireless mobile communications which are related to my masters study. Also i presented various seminars on upcoming technologies like ZIGBEE and my major project was ‘Bluetooth based Smart Home’ which is also related to my Specialization i have opted for.

Phew. I was tired by then.

I think he was also tired and convinced :P.

VO: Who is sponsoring you?
ME: My Father is sponsoring me.

VO: His Occupation?
ME: He is a Chief Manager in a Public Sector bank.

Again typing and after few seconds.

OK Sharad, I am happy to Approve Your Visa. Have a good stay in US. Study Well. Good Luck :)

I learned the meaning of the phrase: ‘I WAS SMILING INSIDE’ at that time! I was so emotional when he was saying all that. I thanked him and just went out. I sat for a while and realized that I have something to Cheer After two years.

My Conclusion About US education application and chances of getting Admits and Visa.

It’s directly proportional to your passion for higher education in us and hard work.

I can say with confidence now that whenever i thought about going to US, it was for my Higher Studies.

So I was confident and never Assumed myself as potential immigrant. That is why even after being asked so much about my sister and her living in US, I got My Visa.

I Hope it Helps other Students.

P.S: I a late in posting because i was improving My post and did not Wanted to Commit obvious Errors like improper English and Other things! :P I hope i have succeeded in minimizing errors. :)

F1 Visa Refused after 20 Minutes (Karachi,Pakistan)

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