Hello HSB, Firstly I would like to thank Happy schools blog admin and the members. I have attended my F1 visa interview on 28/10/2011 in Hyderabad Consulate. I was given 221(g) yesterday i.e on 23/11/11 i received my passport stamped.

Back Ground and profile:

  • Stream : B.Tech Mechanical Engineering
  • Academic percentage – 73.
  • GRE : 990
  • IELTS : 6.5
  • Applied For : Masters program in Aeronautical Engineering, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach Campus, FL.

Here’s my VISA Interview experience

VO : Gud Morning,
ME : Hello,Very good morning.

VO : which University?
ME : Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

VO : Why Embry Riddle ?
ME : As it’s the one of the best university in the world of aeronautics. I chose ERAU.

VO : Why Aeronautical?
ME : I’m very much interested in this field.

VO : Why you are interested?
ME : Umm, aah.. Because I would like to know about the design of the modern aircraft’s and I love to fly.

VO : okay, Whats your GRE?
ME : 990

VO : Percentage?
ME : 73

VO : Any backlogs?
ME : 1,

VO : Show me your documents, I need to check.

ME : Okay, here they are.

VO : Okay, Whats your father?
ME : He is running his own business.

VO : what Kind of business.
ME : Business related to food industry, Catering.

VO : Catering? What is the specialty?
ME : said

VO : Whats Your annual income?
ME : It’s around 5 Lac’s.

VO : Okay, What all the other universities you have applied?
ME : ERAU, University of Alaska Fair banks and Florida Institute of Technology.

VO : Okay, I will send you an email please reply to that and with in few days you’ll come to know your status in the website.
ME : Okay, Thanks.

VO : Good Luck, Bye.
ME : Good Bye.

I was Quite confident through out my interview and I gave all short and straight answers. After 21 days of suspense I received my VISA.. :-) All the very best to all who are going to attend the interview’s and thanks to HSB again….

Its shopping time.. ;-) :P

  • Saketh

    Even i got the 221g form and VO took my passport and other documents. Should i need to submit any other extra documents other that resume? Because he didnt ask anything about the financial matters

  • karthik

    i got score in gre 860 and in ielts 5.5 is it possible to get visa for usa

    • Vamsi

      Its pretty hard to a get a visa with this profile, before you go ahead and make a trail, its better to improve your profile and then apply for the visa.. All the Best.

      • karthik

        in my i-20 , i attached english program course so is their any chances to get visa

  • suni77

    After my interview for F1 visa – I got a white 221(g) on June 4, 2012 without any further docs asked or any questionnaire requested. Vo said that he will send an email withih 5 business days and gave me a case number to check my status in the website. He has my I20 and other documents with him and he didn’t take my passport. It is with me. Do I get a visa in this situation?

    • ali

      Hey Suni,

      Mine is the same situation as yours..had my interview today and he took my bank statements, i20, Passbook, DS 160, Confirmation receipt, Hdfc receipt, but he dint take my passport and said that he needs further verification and will mail me.

      Will i get my visa..am worried as they handed me a white sheet with 221(g) stating further verification required.

      Did you get ur passport or what are the next steps..Plz adivse

  • mohammed

    Hi Vamsi,I’ve got a pretty much similar profile to you…Gre-291,Ielts-7.0bands,B.e-71% and had 2 backlogs..my visa interview is on 17th of this month…Please give me some suggestions on what to expect in the interview…I’m goin for the University of Michigan,Dearborn for ms in ee…

    • Vamsi

      Hi mohammed, I have couple of suggestions for you

      * Don’t attach any kind of fake documents for the interview, They usually do a lot of background check for Muslims, If they find anything wrong then it may effect your visa chances, So be perfect and Don’t lie at any point.

      * Your percentage and gre says that you are an above avg student, It helps in impressing VO, search for the Visa Interview experiences as many as you can, Just frame the questions and design the answers if you are not spontaneous.

      All the best.(I watched hell lot of Hollywood movies to understand the VO’s english,lol )

  • jeevan

    hi everyone am b.com(comp) graduate 2011 pass out no backlogs i took my PTE test and i scored 54 do i need to take any other test am applying for m.b.a will they accept degree students am not aware of this so plz guide me……..:-)

    • Vamsi

      I have no idea about any of these test’s..

  • Naresh

    Did he ask you anything about your annual income ? Is 5 lacs sufficient ??

    • Vamsi

      Yes he asked about my family’s annual income, It’s 5 lac’s. May be its sufficient. And it depends on aspects also.

  • Nag

    Is there anybody who got 221g and got approved in the 3rd and 4th week of november 2011. I have attended on 23rd Nov and still waiting for the visa. I need to attend orientation next week.

    • Vamsi

      Hey Nag did u attend your orientation?

  • sri

    MY VISA EXPERIANCE:

    time :9.00(reached there by 8;15) DEC 27TH 2011(FOR SPRING 2012)(THIS IS FIRST TIME VISA INTERVIEW FOR ME)
    consolate : hyderabad
    status: 221 g

    VO: GOOD MORNING
    ME: GD MRNING SIR

    VO:WHY US
    ME:TO PERCEIVE MY MASTERS IN PHARMACOLOGY FROM ST.JOHNS UNI,LOCATED AT NEWYORK.

    VO:WHAT ARE THE UNIVERSITIES YOU APPLIED
    ME: CLEVLAND STATE UNIVERSITY,LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY, NEW JERSEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

    VO: THESE UNIVERSITIES DONT HAVE ANY MATCH(RELATION)
    ME: NO SIR ALL ARE RELATED AND I APPLIED FOR PHARMA SUBJECTS IN ALL THESE UNIVERSITIES

    VO:WHATZ UR PERCENTAGE?
    ME:70%

    VO:WHEN YOU PASSED OUT?
    ME:SEP 2010

    VO:WHAT ARE YOU DOING FROM THEN
    ME:JOINED IN A PHARMA COMPANY AND NOW I GAINED 1 YEAR EXPERIENCE

    VO:WHY ST.JOHNS?
    ME:THE CORECORRICULUM SUITS MY PROFILE PARTICULARLY THE SUBJECTS LIKE CARDIOVASCULAR PHARMACOLOGY****VO INTERRUPTED ME

    VO:WHATZ YOUR GRE?
    ME:1180,WITH 730 IN QUANT

    VO:WHAT ARE YOUR*****(I DIDNT UNDERSTAND HERE)*******UNDERGRADUATE
    ME:SIR EXCUSE ME(HE KEPT WEIRD SMILE,HIDING HIS IRRITATION)…MY SUBJECTS..?

    VO:HE NODED HIS HEAD
    ME:PHARMACOLOGY,P.CEUTICS,MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY(HERE I FORGET OTHER SUBJECTS NAMES AND CONTINUED WITH CHEMISTRY SUBJECTS) ORGANIC CHEMISTRY,INORGANIC CHEMISTRY,BIO CHEMISTRY….VO INTERRUPTED

    VO:WHICH SUBJECT YOU APPLIED….P.COLOGY ..?
    ME:YES SIR

    VO:HE KEPT SILENT FOR 20 SECONDS(FOR ME 20 YEARS) LOOKING IN TO COMPUTER SCREEN…..AND THEN HE SAID…”I AM KEEPING YOUR PASSPORT WITH ME…*********SOMETHING I DONT UNDERSTAND****** WE WILL BE IN CONTACT WITH YOU BY THE EMAIL YOU HAVE GIVEN..” AND HE GAVE 221G PAPER

    ME:THANK YOU SIR

    • sri

      I FORGET TO MENTION HERE …..HSB IS VERY VERY VERY HELPFUL TO ME……AND KNOW I HAVE TO PAY BACK …SO I POSTED THIS HEARTILY……THANKS A LOT HSB.

      • Nag

        Sri,

        did you get your visa? I was given 221(g) on 23rd and it is still under process. I need to report at the University next week.

        • sri

          no but one of my friend got it after 15 days…i am hoping i will get it by 11 jan(15 days) or 18 jan( 21days)

          • Nag

            When your friend attended the visa? Its been more than a month for me, still did not receive anything?

  • http://www.happyschoolsblog.com/fi-visa murali

    hi,this is murali,
    i was rejected by two times and in first time i was nervous and unable to present my self in a good way and in second time i am confident than the previous time but the vo said that ur previous offiser feedback is not good abt u and also u have low gre ,thats why iam rejecting u ,so what should i do ,plz sugest me (gre -930 ,aggre-65.31&passout 2011) and one more dout by the time of fall 2012 ,if i try it once again visa with the new score ,if in case the visa officer ask me what u did u in this period?from ;last 1 yr ,it is a full headache for me ,plz do reply.

    • Vamsi

      The major problem is with your GRE, and you must make the changes. If u get good GRE next time that may not be a problem.

      • sri

        fnd i also had one year gap…but i did job and vo asked me what u have done htis one year ….i said i did job and i gained one year experience….so try to do job ….check my visa experience above

  • Amar

    Plz note thar rhis interview was for Spring 2012 intake..

  • rajani

    I got my visa approved…on 14nov2011

    its nt terrifying or scary for me….it totally depends on mindset….

    here the questions are

    vo hi hru?
    Me Ian fine hru?(with smile)

    Vo why uhcl?
    Me I said abt my wrl exp n said courses in this univ r acting like extension to my exp….n said abt courses n professors n named them…

    Vo ur percentage?
    Me said

    Vo ways ur father
    Me said he is sr citizen n have rental income n huge savings …..

    Vo I have approved visa
    Me thanks have nice day

    My strong advices
    confidence talk with out stammering….lott of practice of and for FAQs….lot of confidence

    Keep pleasant smiling face if possible atleast in starting…all the best…dnt forget conf n practice

    • Vamsi

      congrats.

    • Naresh

      hey rajani,
      could you please share your experience at uhcl ? n can you let me know the fee per sem , living expenses, and part time jobs ?? etc.. and all
      Thanks,

  • swathi

    hey congrats,
    You said……………..
    VO : Okay, I will send you an email please reply to that and with in few days you’ll come to know your status in the website.
    ME : Okay, Thanks.

    What was that? Don’t we know that we are issued visa at their itself!
    what was website actually that VO said

    • Vamsi

      VO directly tell us if we get visa, but if its 221(g), then our application must undergo further processing for some time.Mine was 221(g).

      • swathi

        Hi, if 21 days, it takes for ur visa processing! then is not a problem for ur classes held at university. u miss ur classes right!

        And what is 221(g), can u tell me pls I donn know!

        • Vamsi

          Actually my orientation day is on jan 9,2012. So, Its not at all a problem for me, for some student whose classes starts with in a weeks time from the interview date, Then its gonna be a problem for them.

          Go through this for more information about 221g
          http://www.immihelp.com/visas/221grefusal/

          • swathi

            ya, thanq..

  • Sri

    Congrats dude…!!
    I heard that Hyderabad Visa frequently rejects visas when compared to other consulates in India is that true ?

    • Vamsi

      Its true but completely on our luck and the way we present aswell.

  • divya

    y 21 days 4 getting visa?

    • Vamsi

      For processing it took 21days in my case.

      • sathish

        So can you tell me the best way of practicing

        • Vamsi

          Attend mock interviews, go through the previous visa experiences of those who got visa approved and denied.. so that U’ll come to know wat to say and wat not to say.. Luck is also plays a vital role, anyway all the very best.