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Read Luther’s First time F1 visa rejection for UTA under 214b.

Thank GOD!!

My F1 visa got approved after the first attempt rejection under section 214b .

Thanks to HSB and all others for the help and useful tips for the visa interview.

F1 Interview details :

  • Place : Chennai consulate
  • Time : 8.30 AM

This time another young VO took my interview and he asked MANY questions , here is how it went :

Me : Good morning sir
VO : Good morning , how are you doing ?

Me : I am doing fine sir ,thank you . How about you.
VO : I am doing Great!!

He started staring at the monitor for atleast a minute and was reading the previous VO’s comments .

VO : what was your Undergrad specialization?
Me : Information/computer science

VO : whats the percentage?
Me: 70%

VO : any backlogs?
Me : NO sir

VO : May I see the individual marksheets?
Me : sure ( passed it to him and he checked all the marksheets carefully)

VO : When did you graduate?
Me : 2009

VO : What have you been doing since then?
Me : I have been working Sir

VO : which company ?
Me : Wipro Technologies

VO : whats your designation?
Me : software Engineer

VO : What is that you work on?
ME : Sir , we develop multi vendor pluggins for network analyzer.

VO : ok , who is your client?
Me : Alcatel Lucent

VO : why do you want to quit your job?
Me: Sir , I am not quiting my job

He gave a surprised look !!

VO : are you going on leave?
Me : yes sir , sabbatical leave

VO : Do you have any documents?
Me : yes sir , ( gave him the leave request letter provided by my HR, he started reading it and checked the leave and course duration etc.. )
He was half convinced by now.

VO :will they pay you higher salary when you get back?
Me : yes sir,I was told that I will hired back for higher deisgnation and compensation based on my educational qualification.

VO :any idea how much you might get? ( with a smile)
Me : Sir I don know the exact hike , right now I earn XXX /month , when I get back I might get around YYY/month.

He raised his eyebrows and gave a convinced nod and smile

VO : OK , so why UT Arlington?
Me : Sir , the courses offered in the field of networks and databases are excellent in UTA .
There are dedicated labs in the fields of security and performance management which are my area of interest.Studying these courses under well renowned professors like XYZ will definitely add a lot of value to my education.

VO : Ok , which other university accepted you?
Me : Illinois inst of tech

VO : why did u choose UTA over IIT?
Me : sir , like I said they offer specialization in my area of interest.

VO : if you knew these courses are not offered in IIT , then why did u apply to IIT in the first place ( with a Sarcastic smile and looks ).
Me : sir , even though they do not offer courses particularly in security management ,but still there were other areas of specialization in networks which is offered in IIT , so I applied.

Vo : Ok sir , I am approving your visa , you will get it with in seven days.
Me : Thank you sir ( with a smile )

I noticed many ppl were being rejected that day ,mainly under section 214b.

Felt like telling everyone to prepare well and apply again 🙂

After that I left the consulate and went to the near by Saravana bavan ordered two pomegranate juice , and he charged a whooping 183 bucks for just two juice .

Didn’t get such a shock even when my visa was rejected in the first attempt !!:D


Congrats Luther.

Do you know you have to pay for Fresh Juice in USA?

You will be glad they charged only $3.75.

Good luck. You will definitely have fun in UTA.


  1. Pooja on January 3, 2019 at 11:25 PM

    Hy Luther. I also got rejected first time at delhi consulate. Now i have reapplied and my interview is on 10 jan 2019 . I was given a white sli of 214 b and was not given a particular reason to get rejected but maybe i think it was because i mentioned wrong information about my dad’s income. But he didn’t mention anything. Now as i have reapplied i want to ask how to nail this question that what is the change in your application bcoz there is no change in particular. I have my ielts 7.5 and SAT 1200 andy university is also pretty decent SFSU which i don’t intend to change. So what do u think i should do. And about that delhi consulate part, i am from ahmedabad but i didn’t get particular dates in mumbai so i went there

  2. Doug on August 9, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    I was also rejected and i’m reapplying.
    The last question was “how much do get pay on your job?”
    Can my University follow up with the embassy? do you know if that’s going to help or make things worst?

  3. Luther on August 2, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    I forgot to add another important question which the VO asked me casually during my interview towards the end .
    What does USA mean to you?
    I told it is the top destination for students to pursue their higher studies , and USA is the best when it comes to research in the field of IT. US degree is recognized worldwide and has lot of value , specially in India.

    I was careful NOT to mention that USA is “THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITIES ” 🙂

  4. IamSatan on July 26, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Congratulations hope you have a great time in Texas .

  5. Adolf on July 26, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Rahul, honestly I dont know anyone who tried visa for the 3rd time and got it but there are people on this site who have got it on the 3rd attempt. Plus, think about it, how are you going to get the visa if you dont apply? If you have the money to do it, why not? Surely after your 2 interviews you SHOULD know what they are expecting from you. You should post a mock interview here and have us look at it. I also have my interview in 3 weeks time and my school reopens in august. This means I barely have time but someone mentioned that I should be hopeful as theres no point getting worried… and thats what you should do, being hopeful. Before you post a comment I think it will be best if you think of why you got rejected, you can start making some serious progress from there. Cheers

  6. Rahul on July 26, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    hi adolf, hope u replied to my questions,
    I have applied again for different consulate ,
    ug means my undergraduate degree and its bachelor of physical therapy its 4 and half years graduation course.
    Do u know someone who got visa on 3rd interview .

  7. Adolf on July 26, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Then mention how that univeristy is the only university that offers the course you are interested in. Sound convincing…put some passion in your speech. Should you apply again? I see no reason why you shouldnt. I just hope you have the money to do all that.
    I also have no idea about your educational system and dont even know what ug is, but I hope its good

  8. Rahul on July 26, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    please help me out guys …….

  9. Avinash Singh on July 26, 2012 at 4:49 AM

    Congrats Luther…What a coincidence…I was the guy standing right next to you.. I listened to the entire interview…I remember the question about why did you apply to this university in the first place…This was Counter 16 on 24th July 2012…Congrats once again.

    • Luther on July 27, 2012 at 12:40 AM

      Hey , is it?? Great!! Hope even your visa was approved 🙂

  10. Luther on July 26, 2012 at 3:38 AM

    Thank you HSB .
    I will try to prepare fresh juice on my own in USA 🙂
    Hoping to have a great time in UTA !!!!

  11. Rahul on July 26, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    hi @luther,
    glad to know that u got your visa .
    I need help from all HSB friends .
    I have been rejected my visa twice in chennai consulate .
    my profile is – TOEFL – 87, ug – 72.14 , no back logs , working as a consultant physical therapist since 2011 .
    and as like u I have been granted a leave of two years for my study.

    my first interview went smoothly and I made a mistake about salary part as I dun have fixed income so I couldn’t tell him a perfect figure and in that interview officer didn’t even listened to me for other answers, as I was not satisfied I decided to give a try again and on 20th July I appeared again . This time the officer was an lady and she asked me only two question which schools u have applied and why only this school, my interview last for hardly 1 minute and she gave reason that ‘ U AM NOT CONVINCED ‘ .
    again I have applied for 10 august and really I need help from u guys that what better I can do .

    regarding university – LOMA linda is the only university which offers a programme which is combination of masters and highest clinical degree available . the cost and time frame suots best for me .

    please help me .

    • Luther on July 27, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      why didn’t you show her your leave letter? next time , the moment you feel that you are going to be rejected , just request them to listen to you for a minute and tell them that you are going on leave and you will com back after your studies , you can tell that your company offers higher package and designation when you come back. Also tell them about your family , relatives, property , job , everything is here in India and you cannot settle down in the USA at any cost. 90 % people might not return back , but you need to convince that you are among the 10 % who will return , be polite don’t argue 🙂

      • hansika dey on August 2, 2012 at 12:51 PM

        hello luther,
        i have been also rejected twice in a month of july 2012, i am also a phsical therapist with two year of experience.During my second attemp when i felt that i may get rejected.I asked to VO that I want to say some thing may I ,VO told me that please let me complete the file. I told VO to see my documents of leave from my job who has offered me increament in my salary after my coming back to india and told about my family background that i am the eldest of two daughters in my family .The VO is not even taken an interst in seeing my documents even VO do not listen my words what i said about returning back to india and just rejeceted me under 214b and told me thatthere is no major change in my application. this is really hearting.I got admission in MS biological sci with graduate teaching assistantship.
        VO also told me without asking anything that i dont find any reason for doing MSin biological sci. I want reapply but help what to do in next step. my classes has been starting fro 14 aug 2012. Is tit worthy to re apply.

        • Luther on August 2, 2012 at 2:27 PM

          Hi Hansika ,

          I understand how it feels when the visa gets rejected , the fruit of all your hard work of over an year depends on 2 minutes of your visa interview.
          If you could post your compete visa interview conversation , then it will be helpful to gauge on what went wrong the second time.
          Since you have been rejected twice and the VO clearly mentioned that no significant change , I suggest you to defer your admission to spring 2013 and prepare well and give the interview again.

  12. meet on July 25, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Congrax luther!!Highly inspired by your answers.I am having Visa interview on 3 aug.I also got rejection in first attempt as you know.Can I change my answers what I previously said to VO or should stick to them doing required alteration in it………Please help

    • Luther on July 26, 2012 at 2:39 AM

      You can change your answers ,but if the previous VO has entered some comments on your answers then the next VO will be able to see it.
      If the two answers are contradicting then you might be in trouble!!!
      Anyways what was the question which you think might have caused your rejection?
      based on that we can tell if you can change your answer.

      • meet on July 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM

        VO asked me my university name
        I told him
        he asked why this particular univrsity.
        I replied- I selected this university because subjects or modules I wanted to do in my course was present in this university.
        then he said-name the subjects which are exclusively present in that uiversity.
        I named three particular subjects
        then he asked me name of other university I selected to
        I named all the university in which I was selected….thn he rejected visa

        • Luther on July 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM

          Yes, you can change the answer this time , but make sure its not contradicting to the previous answer.
          Even I was rejected in the first attempt for the same question – Why this university?
          Read the posts

          • meet on July 30, 2012 at 5:30 AM

            Thanks Luther,yes I have checked your posts.They are very helpful.I am also confused at some questions which are most probably asked in a second attempt that why according to you your visa was rejected last time and what changes you have made this time.Can you help me these.My interview is on 3rd of August.

          • Luther on August 2, 2012 at 2:31 PM

            I suppose you were given a while form ( 214B).
            Just mention that the previous VO did not give a specific reason on why I was rejected , he just handed a white form and told me to read.
            Don’t give out details unless they ask for it.
            IF the reason for rejection is obvious then in that case you should have some significant changes in your documents and more importantly in your ANSWERS to the VO.

  13. Chinmoy on July 25, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Congrats Luther.You nailed the interview.the juice at S.B is a preliminary preparation for the days to come ahead 😉 Keeping this factor aside looking forward to meet you at uta.Have a great time.

  14. Adolf on July 25, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    I like the part where he asked why you are quiting your job. You really aced it when you mentioned you will be on sabbatical leave which makes your case different. The sweetners happen to be the part where you mentioned possible salary on return. Whatever the expression was, I am sure he liked what you told him.

    Many of us, however, are quiting our job entirely to pursue higher education and therefore even though we may have geniune reasons for wanting to study in the US, that question could be our downfall. Maybe HSB can put up a write up on that if it hasnt been done already.

    Regarding the “why are you quiting your job’ question would any one be kind to offer tips? I am thinking about telling the VO the truth, that is… there is nothing wrong with my job as I have learnt a great deal of professionalism but I happen to have dreams and aspirations. Unfortunately my current job hasnt drawn me closer to these aspirations and hence the need to quit, as I am not going to achieve those aspirations if I dont seek higher education. Good enough??

    And oh Luther, congratulations. Wishing you the best of time at school.

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