How long can you afford to wait in 221(g)?
As per this experience, F1 Visa Administrative Processing times is just 30 days. And there are several articles linked at end of the article about 221(g) and most of them got the Visa in less than 60 days and there are exceptions as well.
- F1 Visa Administrative Processing (Start Reading About 221g on F1 Visa here)
F1 Visa Interview Experience
Me: Good Morning, how are you doing?
VO (lady): Good morning.I am good. Give your passport and application form.
VO: Which University (typing in his computer)
Me: Told xxx University.
VO: Why did you apply for systems engineering. When your background is pharmacy?
Me: It’s pharmaceutical systems engineering. Its a inter disciplinary subject. My I-20 states just systems engineering)
VO: Where did you complete your UG (typing in her computer)
VO: When did you complete your UG
Me: Completed UG last year.
VO: What were you doing from then? (I think she was expecting that I will hide my masters)
Me: I worked for some time and joined a Masters degree.
VO: Ohh you have already completed your masters? so can you tell me, why exactly you wanna do another masters
Me: I have done la ot of research and I have published 5 research papers in international journals. (I forwarded the print outs of my publications. She had a glance at the publications). I have also been invited to give a presentation on the same research at a conference held in the USA ( I already have B1/B2 visa). So I met a lot of people and professors. They have educated me on this topic.
VO: Can you tell me more?
Me: I want to make my research into an workable model where it can be produced in a small and medium scales. At this point, we are facing problems pertaining to scale up and in this university, I will work on helping small and medium scale production and I told more about the professor and his funding sources and I want to learn the concepts which can make me a core professional.
VO: I got what you are trying to tell. (I think she didn’t understand a word, what I spoke about my research) but can you tell me in a single sentence.
Me: It’s mainly for knowledge transfer and to make my research into a workable model.
VO : I’m approving your visa, but your case needs more administrative processing. Please go to counter no 31 and mail all the requested info to this mail id.
Me: She handed me a pink slip with email id written on it
At counter no 31:
VO: Give me your passport and i20
Me: Hear it is (along with it..I gave her all my publications…)
VO: Do you have a updated resume?
Me: No mam
VO: Ok. Hear is the list of the questions you need to answer through email and gave me the pink 221g sheet.
VO: You have a B1/B2. So you have an option of keeping any one category. Either B1 with one year validity or B2 with what ever the validity printed on the visa.
Me: I will keep my B2 visa.
VO: Mail the required information and the documentation to the mail id given in the 221g form
Me: Ok, mam thank you.
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