HSB reader sent the following US F1 Visa interview experience for Masters in Biotechnology (Biotech Management).

me : Good morning
vo: Good Morning

Vo: Can I have a look at your doc?
me: sure pls!

VO: what kind of univ is <univ name>?
Me: its a nationalised public univ?

VO: What  is your field of specialization?
Me: biotech business management

VO: What’s that?
me:  explained.

VO:  What is your dad s annual income?
ME: said

VO: mom?

VO: your undergrad marks
ME: said

VO: your visa is granted . collect it next week
ME:thank you!

I said biotech business management as my field of my specialization.. 5 of my friends got pink slip saying cell biology, cancer biology, immunology as their field of specialization.

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  • MAHI

    WELL, WHY THE OTHERS GOT A PINK SLIP BY SAYING “CELL BIOLOGY and etc”.. Is it a disadvantage to get the VISA if one wants to carry one their education in these streams?

  • Sandhya Subramanian

    Hi All,

    I have applied for my MA in Communication Studies to unis in the US. I have been admitted into Arizona State Uni. The course did not require me to give GRE . My TOEFL score is 112 IBT. Can anyone tell me what my chances are of getting a F1 visa please….


  • Aarushi

    what ans did u give for “what is biotech bussiness managemnt” ?? n wt did u prepare for fututre plns after completion of the course ?

  • Devendar kumar verma

    Dear sir,

    i have complete my Graduation in B.Sc Biotechnology 2010. i can do the post graduation in Biotechnology in USA. Pls tell me………………………

  • Kavitha

    Hi anybody help with me plz. B'coz I have only few days for my visa interview so need to receive all the documents from my uncle..

  • Kavitha

    I am going to attend visa interview by December month. My uncle is sponsoring for my studies, who is residing in US. And also my dad has arranged sufficient resource for my studies to show VO. What if VO asks why your parents are not sponsoring you?

  • Lakshmi

    tomorrow i have my f1 visa interview .i got full funding. my father expired 6 years back.now my uncle(mother's brother) sponcering for my graduation(phd chemistry).i dont have any financial docs on my mother's name. can you just please tell me how to answer if vo asks y ur parents r not sponcering u

  • mimi

    i got visa f1 approved but i kept my passportcause i going somewhere the vo asking it to bring it for stamping after i will finish ,but he didn't gave any slip,now i realised that ,any problem?

    • rohit

      dude how the hell did u get ur visa ????? ur english sucks

  • Subodh

    I have choosed general physics as the major subject so what should i say ????

  • madhu22

    hi guys got visa under 221(g) on 6th of Aug so want to share my experience

    VO- hi good-morning h r u?

    me- Good Morning i'm fine sir

    VO-what's ur degree in bachelors

    me-electronics and instrumentation

    VO- why only UB?

    me-this college gives me the unique combination of courses which i like

    VO-many are offering the course

    me-yes but blah blah (plz xplain your opinion in according to your sub )

    VO-ok,what is your UG %


    VO-any backlogs

    me-no backlogs sir

    VO-pass me ur memos

    me- passedand he checked all memos keenly( becoz the guy infront of me told 9 backlogs instead of 11 so he checked all the memos)

    VO- go.to counter no. X i went there so lady gave some form to fill it i filled all the

    details of my bachelors and my project in bachelors etc..,

    me- filled and asked is all ok mam

    VO-yes ,pls check ur status with this case no.and gave me some white slip

    me-i dont know how to react but a bit happy because the day i went many people were rejected

    NOTE:Be confident ,have a smile

    • usha


      My visa appointement was on jan 5th 2011 and even i faced same problem but the thing is like VO asked me three questions :- 1. how many backlogs do u have ? my answer no sir i dont have any backlogs

      2:- how much % do u have in ur graduation? Ans:- sir 71% with distinction

      3:- y u going to usa? Ans :- to pursue masters in MIS ( management information system) thts it ,,then VO said me to go.to counter no. X i went there ,,,ther in some X window lady gave some form to fill it i filled all the

      details of my bachelors,inter,ssc….,then @ the end she gave me one white slip and said pls check ur status with this case no.,,,,,,,,,,the one thing i want to ask in how many days u got ur visa ?????

      • ind

        usha, did u get ur visa yet?

  • vibha

    hi guys,

    my interview was on 14th july..i am going for MS in biotechnology northwestern university

    the VO was a lady and asked me basic questions..

    everything was good until she asked me about my research experience..

    i had no idea about TAL subjects so told her abt my project which fell under the TAL category unfortunately…

    she handed me a yellow slip and asked me to submit the questionnaire..

    A word of advice to all going for their visa interview..

    when mentioning your research dont mention subjects that are in the TAL category..

    i told her that my final year proj was on biosensors..even though biosensors are not in the TAL category sensors are so she typed some stuff on the computer and handed me the yellow slip..

    be smart and avoid such a mistake…all the best to everyone for their visa…

    • MAHI

      I am studying Biotechnology (B.Sc). Can you guide me a bit or be in contact via email.. What is the matter about TAL subjects.? Can you give us some ideas please? As we have studied in the same stream, I’m really looking forward to you.

  • amit


    i have my visa interview on 30th of july(mumbai) . my classes start from 19th aug.

    i am going to university of texas at dallas.

    I had booked my visa dates on 9th aug.

    i had taken a late date coz i had to travel to north india for my cousin sisters marriage which was last week.(m really close to my sister so couldnt have missed her wedding anyhow).

    i have heard that the visa officer grills nowadays about being late!!

    what do i reply if m asked this question?

    if i reply the truth the reply could be"wats more imp. visa or ur attending the wedding?"

    i dont want to end up at such a uncomfortable situation.

    plz help me and guide me abt the possible solutions or way out.

    1 suggestion i m considering is "viral fever—2 weeks bedrest—so booked accordingly" ….would this be fine?

    and if not even this then what?

    please relpy urgent!!!!

    • HSB

      When do you have visa interview Aug 9 or 30 july?

      • amit

        i have my visa interview on 30th july.i had filled in the forms and reserved this date on 9th july.hpe it is clar now…sorry for the confusion….plz guide me ahead.

  • Santosh

    Hi all,

    I had visa interview last month for PhD in Agriculture(Plant breeding and genetics) and they granted me that visa after 21days. I really appreciate the help by HAPPY SCHOOL BLOG, which helps to thousands of student for preparing many different things.



    • HSB

      Santosh – Can you send your visa interview experience?

      • Santosh


        me : Good morning

        vo: Good Morning

        Vo: why you have chosen this university?

        me: I told, strong points about the department, their mentorship programme and their research activities in particular subject. For me it is Plant breeding and genetics

        VO: how do you think you fit for this position?

        Me: I explained my total experience in plant breeding for last six years. I have shown how I am related to that, how this project will work and how it will help me in me in carrier

        VO: what will your thesis topic?

        Me: t told, is tentatively will be on crop improvement and other yield related drought traits so that it will help to develope alternative crops with good traits and so on.

        Finally she told I don’t have any problem to give to visa, but you have to fill the questionnaire. I just filled and then after 21 days I got my visa.

  • Shilpa

    I have attended Visa interview on 13th July and got my visa approved for 4 yrs , i would like to send my write up. to which id should i send it?

    • Vijay

      I guess you want to post on HSB your Visa Interview experience. You can do that by replying to any of our posts or you can also post your answer by clicking on contact tab above and entering required details.

    • mayank

      Hi Shilpa,

      Congrats on your Visa approval. My interview is on 27th July, please share your interview experience.

      • shri

        hi everyone,

        plz help me with a problm

        i had interviewd 4 my visa b4 37 days n im getting it 2day

        but meanwhile i got an i20 4m a beter univ than d one where im goin

        so plz tel me whether i shud transfer my visa or apply 4 d interview agn 4 the oder univ????

        n even if i interview agn wud it go 4 pending agn 4 MS biotech????????

        plz guide…

        plz reply…………….

  • Vijay

    Hey Rajath, I agree with you. Guys don't think that you can easily fool VO. Please play safe and tell truth as a lie may do more harm than good. Always give specific answers to what is asked and do not use big jargons or complicated language to showoff that you know more. 4 of my friends were denied VISA and 2 others got pink slip. So just a word of advice for others that go through all the posts at HSB, interview experience and probable interview questions that are shared and give your best shot on the final day.

  • sudheer kumar

    guys im from electrical background …… attended VI on 14th july………. was given white slip….. ques :

    1: whats ur purpose of visit ?

    2: wats ur major ?

    3: how many backlogs?

    4: whats ur specialization ? answered : power systems .

    I guess thats the reason why i was given white slip.


    hi to every one!! I've my visa interview today..

    Its so simple if you are confident.

    but everyone feel nervous.

    My interview is like this

    Me: Good morning sir, how z your day??

    VO: Good morning fine

    VO: why US?

    Me: To do my MS?

    VO: but Y????

    Me: Sir, I've completed my UG here. It'll increase my chances of getting a job in India if I've MS IN US.

    VO: whats your UG %??

    Me: said it

    That's it.

    VO: your visa is issued and courier to your home in aweek. Congratulations by the way.

    Me: thank you sir.

    thanks for all….

  • Vasudev

    Hey guys on 15th i attended visa interview

    1. Why US

    I want to pursue my ms computer engg

    2. Howmany backlogs u have

    Only 1

    3. Howmany years of work exp u have

    3 years

    thats it nd i got my visa

  • Mansi

    I had interview in last week of June. I applied for PhD in Biology (specialisation Molecular Biology). I was also handed pink slip. One of my friend also got pink slip. His interview was on 21st June. He applied for PhD in Biochemistry. Today only his status changed to "Case Processed". Other friend of mine whose specialisation is Entomology (Pertaining to Insects) applied for PhD, but she was issued visa in 2 days. So I guess, its the field that determines kind of processing required.

    • Ragu

      I appeared for J1 on 2 Feb and the VO did not ask many questions. He gave me the pink slip. I had all the documents at that time, so submitted all in the visa counter. My case was not updated for more than 50 days. I just had the case no. and used to check twice a week (Newdelhi consulate). Finally I got my visa on April 8th. This happened with many people, even scientists who go first to US. I think its a kind of background check in India and US. Just let them to do their job. So don’t be afraid just relax at home your visa will come to you soon.


    it 2 yrs now i finish my high school,now i have admission and scholarship into cameron university.pls i want to know if this wil be a problem in the embassy,because my interview is 11th august.also i want to know if there is any other kind of payment tha one has to pay after the vo gives one the pinkslip.thank you

  • rajath

    might its ur luck tat as played d role of u nt gettng pink slip….

    just by sayng biotech business managemant,u presume tat he didnt give pink slip……

    tats nt so….

    VO are really trained wel,wen u say business management in biotech he wud ve gt,wt u wanna study…

    also nt all VO's give pink slip,some do give bt some wont no matter wt sub u wanna take it…

    some students even thou der sub s nt mentioned in TAL list,stil land up gettng pink slip…

    just assume u wer given pink slip even after telng it as business management biotech,,den during administrative processing dey vl just contact ur universitry for ur program nd if dey gt to knw its nt management biotech,dey can even cancel ur visa…..

    thou in ur case its ur luck or d VO was gd u escaped it…


    my suggestion to others attendng visa interview, be frank nd wtever u tel,utter only truth…

    even if u gt pink slip,ur visa vl b delayed by max of 4 weeks.. so just tel truth…

  • Jayasudhan

    Brilliant idea. Gr8. As HSB said it would help many.