F1 Visa Interview Experiences

F1 Visa at Hyderabad Consulate – Approved

Today my Visa interview was a perfect screen play like a movie. I have attended the Hyderabad consulate. Why I am saying screen play..because my scheduled appointment time was 10.45 and I reported around 9.35.

Undergone the initial security checks, then approached a counter where in they pinned the I-20, sevis fee, appointment letter to passport.(around 10.30 am this process finished) Then we need to give the finger prints at another counter and collect the token and wait in visa waiting hall until your token number comes.( this was accomplished around 11.00 am).

Then waiting patiently for my turn as I was given a token number C189. So my time arrived finally at 12.45 pm gone to the counter no 8, but they have again shifted to me other counter no 14 within 3 mins, then waiting anxiously in line to get my chance..but again they told me to go to counter no 7..there one person was getting interviewed for his L1 visa and he was rejected for some reason…then finally my turn arrived..greet the officer..and rest of the interview..is here..

F1 Visa Interview at Hyderabad

Me: Good after noon officer!
VO: Good afternoon

Vo: How r u doing?
Me: I am doing fine.

Vo: Where are you going?
Me: Going to Clemson University for masters in IE which is located in South Carolina.

Vo: So, Do you want to become tiger?
Me: Yes, officer I want to become tiger.

Vo: Why?
Me: I want to do masters in IE from Clemson, as it has well distinguished faculty, research laboratories and importantly course curriculum suits to my aspirations.

Vo: What is undergrad %, when did u complete it? Any backlogs?
Me: 75% in Mechanical engineering,graduated in 2007. I said zero backlogs as i have cleared all of them in first attempt.

Vo: Since then what are you doing?
Me: I have been working for Infotech Enterprises Ltd for past 4 years.

Vo: Then who is sponsoring you?
Me: My parents

VO: What they do?
Me: My parents run a garment store in hyderabad.

Vo: Since, how many years are into this business?
Me: From past 15 years.

Vo: Are u taking loan ?
Me: No

Vo: I am asking again are you taking loan to fund your studies!
Me: No Officer

VO: Then how you will pay?
Me: My parents have accumulate funds for my masters, I have XX liquid cash in Indian bank, XX fixed deposits in three public sector banks and my father annual income is 7 lakh which are sufficient for my tution, living expenses and in short these funds are enough for my 24 months of stay at Clemson.

Vo: Yes Sir…your passport will be couriered to your home in weeks time.
Me: thanks sir.

Finally my climax finished well after shifting 3 counters..and heard the words what I expected…your passport would be couriered to home in weeks time..

Best practices for F1 Visa interviews (My opinion):

  1. Greet well..and maintain eye contact with the officer.
  2. While staying in line, please be very confident and relaxed as officers observe each candidate well…in my case he was observing me
  3. Answer to the question and be concise. (Yours answers shouldn’t drive questions for VO)
  4. Be cool and confident…easy to say but tough to obey..and more tough to do in real time situation..

Adding this Student Visa USA Interview Experience to the list.

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  1. hi guys my name is srinivas yesterday i have done my visa interview at hyderabad.i got rejected due to low gre score i.e830.and my ielts score was 5.5.vo told me that u retake your gre test once again and come back.but there is there is no slots since 2 months,as we know that gre pattern was changed from august.so can i attend 2nd attempt.if vo asked once again gre score what should i say,because they will have a feed back of me.could any one suggest me

  2. Hi every one

    My I20 says 31000$ per year, i am taking loan for 2nd year expenses but confused how to show bank balance for 1st year, as i have saving of 6 lac and my father had FD 5 lac rest money i have to arrange from my uncle, so my question is can i show my uncle along with my father as sponser ? will it make my case weaker as ideally your parent should be sponser or i should just take money and put into my father’s account to avoid my uncle sponsership

    1. @gaurav :how did u manage that.i am also facing the same proble.can we show uncle’s sponsorship along with fathers.what about the bank balance.can i get your mail id

      1. @Gaurav/@Srikanth:

        You can show that your uncle will be a co-sponsor. You just need to get his bank statement and Form-16/Income tax returns and relationship proof. Uncle should be in your blood relation, you can not show your father’s friend as your sponsor. Hope information is helpful.

  3. hi guys

    i am very confused, actually i got admit form CSU northridge for MS in Mech Engg Fall 2011 but in my i20 they have mentioned the normal length of study 36 month i was thinking of 24 month,Now comes the problem my total cost as per i20 is 31000$( tution+living) per year , does it mean that i have to show( 3*31000) 93000 $ bank balance during visa interview, i cant show this much money , what should i do,please help me to come out of this dilema


  4. what was the conversation happened in the first two counters, why did they ask you move to other counters.??

  5. Congrat 4 ur suces in interview, u realy make it d most suprising thing u excise patient despart dey were takin u frm 1 place 2 anoda.

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