It’s always helpful when some of our readers post their U.S. visa interview experiences here at HSB.
Here is the full version of one such comment posted by TSE at F-1 US Student Visa Interview . Thanks for sharing with us your interview experience in full detail.
I was asked the same question on the 15th of July and I had gone all prepared for my interview.
My true reason for having chosen the University of Houston was that my sister was there. But since I was asked by one and all not to mention that as my reason, at that point, I did hesitate a little.
I told her that it was because of their research facilities and some of the professors have the same research interests as mine.
Now, this lead to the 2nd question which was, “What are your research interests?” and that was another thing that I was quite uncertain to answer.
This is because I had shifted from metallurgical engineering to software engineering during my professional life and then I wished to get back to materials engineering.
I somewhat faltered with my answers. However, I save myself by mentioning a few areas in engineering as my research interests.
At this point I noticed her writing my name on some green colored form. Along with that she started asking me other straightforward questions, such as “Who will be funding?”, “What does your father/sister do?”, “Where does your father/sister work?”, “How long has your father been with his company?”.
I was confident about the answers that I gave but the green-form was already on its way.
At the end of the interview, she asked me to wait explaining that some more information would be required for the processing of my visa.
I thanked her and waited ’till my name was called from the first counter that had verified my visa forms earlier.
Here, I was told that my ‘visa was APPROVED but is DELAYED’ and it can take a MAXIMUM period of 2 months for its processing.
The U.S. consulate needed more details regarding my research and work experience, my areas of interests, my past projects and publication details, and plans of research I wish to pursue in the U.S.
I submitted the documents via email on that very evening.
I was told that my classes will begin on the 24th of August and if I do not get my visa by the 21st of August, I would have to get my admission deferred.
At that point, I really have not a single clue as to how to expedite the process (as there is no option for that). The only thing that I can do is to check my visa’s status online as frequently as possible, hoping to see new updates.
I had inquired at the visa collection center the following day and one of the staff there had informed me that it can take a week or 15 days to complete, but the exact time cannot be said.
When I mentioned that I was told about the maximum period of 2 months, he negated that info. For student’s visa, he said that the processing tends to happen faster.
Things were really so uncertain right now for me and I feel more and more anxious as the days went by.
I just wished to share this experience with Happy Schools Blog so that other students can learn from it and avoid making the same mistakes I made.
If any of you had experienced some similar situations, kindly share with us how long had the visa processing taken in your case.
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