Shortest visa interview – Shared by Payel.
I believe my visa interview is pretty unique and so I thought of posting it.
My interview was scheduled on 4th Nov 2011 at the US Kolkata Consulate. I had made a spelling mistake while applying for a date and the name came out wrong in my visa interview letter. If such cases happen to you dont worry.
Just inform the consulate via email prior to your interview.
- GRE: 1260
- TOEFL: 110
- PhD in Physics, Spring 2012, University of Texas at Dallas
I stood in line to enter the consulate and walked pass all the security check in. Don’t carry mobile phone, loose change, CD, DVD etc.
- F1 Visa Interview Experience (at various US Consulates)
I was handed a yellow token and was asked to be seated in the waiting area. When my token Number was called I was asked to submit my documents ( I20, SEVIS receipt, DS-160 barcode, GRE & TOEFL scores any other communication from the university like my Assisstantship letter and Acceptance letter etc.) to an Indian.
Then again i waited for my turn. Meanwhile I could hear the conversation of the VO with people. Some where granted visa, so got declined and few other were asked to submit resumes(I guess they received the 221g). I was really nervous. When my name was called out I slowly walked towards the counter.
F1 Visa Interview – Kolkata
VO: Good Morning
Me: Good Morning Sir
VO: Please keep your bag on the counter
I kept it. then my finger prints were taken.
VO: Congratulations on you full scholarship and assisstantship.
Me: Thank You Sir.
VO: So which branch of Physics are you going to study? (this was the only actual question!)
VO: Oh! So i see you are going to be a rocket scientist.
Me: No Sir, I will be involved with the analysis of data
VO: But you have a great profile. I think you are absolutely apt to become a rocket scientist.
I just smiled at him
VO: I think you will have a great time in US cause you Visa is granted
I had the biggest smile on my face. Thanked him and left.
Just have the right attitude and a friendly body language.
I also think dressing well counts a lot and it does not have to be necessarily formal for girls.
I think Indian clothing like salwar kameez gives them a feel that u are attached to your country and culture and want to come back. All the best everyone