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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.
My profile

  • 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.

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!)
Me: Astrophysics

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 :)