Don’t Attend F1 Visa Interview Without Reading These 3 Rules

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unaccreditedThis visa interview  is one perfect examples of what not to do when visa was rejected in previous attempts.

This person was rejected twice in Hyderabad Consulate. But, third attempts shows, the person has no clue about the visa interview process.

Profile : 

  • B-Tech 65%
  • Backlogs : 18
  • GRE 920
  • IELTS 6.0
  • First  attempt  : US Consulate, Hyderabad

Me : Good morning Sir

VO : No reply

VO :  Concordia university right ?
Me :  Yes Sir.

VO :  How did you hear about this university?
Me : Internet, friends and some research.

VO : (Right on my face) How many backlogs
Me : 18 Sire

VO : Eighteen! ( Unbelievable look)
Me: Yes sir. 18 backlogs.

VO : What makes you think that you will get visa
Me : Tried to explain, but he said can’t give visa.

Second Attempt

  • Hyderabad Consulate at 11 AM
  • University : Monmouth University.

VO : You have been to visa interview before ?
Me : Yes sir. Last May 2012

VO : How many backlogs?
ME: Sir 18.

VO : How many for the last 3 semester
Me :  4
Me :  920

VO : Why did you change the university.
ME  : told

VO : I don’t think you can complete your masters in time.
Me:  Tried to convince

VO: Check yourself whether your capable or not for studying in USA. Can’t give you visa.

Third Attempt

Hyderabad consulate within in 2 weeks. This VO  is very cool and I’m the first person of the day.

VO : How are you doing?
Me: Wished Well.

VO : Why this university?
Me :  Told

VO : Why only this university?
Me : Best of my admits, deferred admission to this university and told him the research going on over their under the professor name.

VO : What are the changes you made in your profile .

Me: Nothing much. But I gathered some courage to come for the visa interview.
VO : Laughed

Me: Silent and gained some confidence.
VO : When did you graduate?

Me: May 2011
VO : What are you doing for last 2 years?

Me : I have been working as a SAP consultant for the last 2 years.
VO : Why this university?

Me: Best university of my admits and there is a research going on database which is quite related to my work profile.
VO : How many backlogs?

Me: 18
VO : But it was written as 20 in my records.
Me : No Sir. It’s 18.

Vo : Fine can’t give you visa this time, but I would like to tell you one thing.

Just take some time and make changes in your profile like GRE and come back for the next semester. With these many backlogs you have to push yourself hard to improve your profile.

Me: Thank you sir.
VO : All the best.

Please suggest me what to do next? Should I appear for the visa interview again or should work on my profile.


What do you think about this interview?

The very last line of the interview kind of  shows the personality of the student. Someone reading this interview can figure out that with 18 backlogs and GRE of 920, chances of getting visa is very limited.i

During the second interview, this person changed to different university. This shows lack of understanding about interview process.  Visa was rejected in first attempt due to the academic profile.

Even after 2 visa interviews, the person haven’t realized why his visa was rejected. If you can’t learn from your mistakes, how can you convince the visa officer to give visa to study in USA?

Third visa interview kinds proves the same points why visa was rejected in first two attempts.

You don’t typically see Visa officer giving advice after rejection.  But, the VO was kind enough to give advice and explain the reason for rejection.

Even after that, the person is asking what should I do? Should I appear for 4th attempt?

That’s pure display of lack of maturity.

  1. Rule #1 :  If you visa is rejected : Know why you visa was rejected. If you can’t figure out, then seek expert’s help.
  2. Rule #2 : Address the mistakes from the first interview.
  3. Rule #3 : If you don’t know why your visa was rejected, then don’t make yourself look bad. That’s exactly what happened in third interview.

It’s like aiming at the target with eyes closed and in the dark.

Learn from mistakes. Make improvements, then give it a try.

Read this  F1 Visa Interview Tips, learn from F1 Visa interview experiences and see what visa officer from Delhi has to say about the student interview.

This is what you should have done and be doing, if you haven’t started.

Re-take GRE, improve to score above 310. You can re-Take TOEFL (90+) or IELTS (7.0+) and get good score.

Enroll in a course like certificate degree program, and show you can improve on your academics.  If you don’t want to school again, think about other ways to improve your profile.

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