I have applied to 6 universities. Got I-20 from two universities.
Prepared a hell lot for the Visa interview. And still, I cracked under the questioning from the visa officer.
This time for the Spring Semester, I session we heard that there were a lot of F1 Visa Rejections.
With a ton of worry, I set foot inside the Mumbai consulate.
F1 Interview Experience – Masters in Pharmacy
Me: Good Morning
VO: She was busy looking my passport and I20
ME: Good Morning Mam (again)
VO : No response!
Then VO asked something which I missed . So, I started telling about something abt the university
VO: Please Speak loudly. Whats your GRE score?
VO: Show me your GRE score card
ME: Sure madam.
VO: Your score is low on the Quantitative section!
Me: Well mam, Quants was not the part of my syllabus during my undergraduates
VO: Ok. you did your B.pharm?
ME: Yes, Mam with 1st class grades.
VO: Why this university?
ME: I started muttering those memorized answers.
VO : I know you have cramped up your answers. Tell me in the utmost genuine way.
I was nervous as I didn’t expect this. Gaining some confidence, I started it again but this time I was a little slower with my tone.
VO: Listen gentlemen, just take 1 minute, relax yourself, take your time and tell me wat you will do after your MS. By this time I forgot all the memorized answers.
ME : I will do drug development.
VO : Where?
ME: In some pharmaceutical company.
VO: What arrangements you have made for your finances?
ME: I have cash in my bank and liquid assests.
VO : So you earned it?
ME : (smiling) No Mam. My father is going to sponsor me.
VO: What is your father?
VO: (laughing) So he is not in india (My father was working in Abu Dhabi)
ME: No mam, but he often comes to India.
VO: Did u go to Abu Dhabi?
ME: No mam.
VO: Promise me that you will return back to india.
Me: Definately mam
VO: Congrats. You have been granted F1 visa. Best of luck.
ME : Thank you madame. Merry Christmas to you.
That’s it I got my visa. I got nervous for a while but never lost my confidence.
I was always maintaining my eye contact.
I gave my answers with a confident tone!
But, in the middle, after she pressured about not reciting memorized answer, it’s hard to come up with an answer!
So, I guess everyone can be prepared for the interview, but can someone perform under such pressure?
Series: F1 Visa for Pharmacy
- F1 Visa for Masters in Regulatory Affairs
- F1 Student Visa – Masters Pharmaceutics and Drug Design
- F1 Interview Experience – Masters in Pharmacy (this article)