F1 Visa B.S in Mechanical Engineering – Mumbai Consulate

Raghuram Sukumar F1 Visa Interview Experiences 5 Comments

f1 interview bachelorsFollowing F1 Visa interview experience is shared by Kashif.

I reach the consulate 8.45 for my 9am interview. After the security checks I was let in and made to sit in a queue.

I advise other students to reach the consulate early for this. After some time we where led into the building and given a token number.

We followed the queue to get our fingerprints verified and I sat in the first row in the waiting area for my interview.

I saw many interviews in my 90 mins wait time. A male officer on a particular counter was issuing visas to almost everybody and a lady was rejecting almost every applicant.

I got nervous seeing this. I was constantly praying that I got that generous officer.

I saw the ones who failed where those who hadn’t prepared properly and where didn’t have a proper plan.
Luckily I got the generous officer.

Me: Good Morning.
VO: No reply..Types into the computer.

VO: Good Morning Sir.
VO: Yes, I heard. Which degree?
Me:Mechanical Engineering

VO: Any other admits apart from UTA (University of Texas at Arlington)


VO: hmmm. types into the computer.
VO: So you had gone to Saudi? Y?
Me: Hajj. It is…
VO (Interrupts): I know what that is..what is a generous smile. About to give the VISA, I could sense it.. But…
VO; So ready to go to Texas? Done with your high school this year?
Me: No. I completed two years back.. Here the grilling started (I wanted to be honest no matter what)

VO: What have you been doing since then?
Me: Told. Explained honestly looking into his eyes,

VO: Ok. So what is your father s income?
Me: 2.5 Lakhs p.a

VO: Mother s income.
Me: 6.25 Lakhs
As soon as he heard 6 lakhs he interrupted me:

VO: Your Visa has been approved and you will get it in 3-5 business days.

I reached home in 15 mins after the interview since I live near.

Within 4 hours I got an Email that my passport is ready for pickup.  I’ll be collecting it tomorrow morning since it was already Friday evening.

Thanks a lot HSB since I prepared for my VISA extensively after reading F1 Visa interviews from your site!


  1. I got the Bank statements showing the amount in local currency i.e. INR. But I prepared a Statement of my own that listed all the liquid, non-liquid assets in their INR as well as USD values. Prepare your own statement as you’ll be more comfortable explaining if you have made it yourself!

  2. Congrats dude. Have a pleasant stay in the US.

    If I may ask any expert in the house, which is advisable, to show a bank statement of the sponsor in local currency or foreign (US) currency?

    1. Bank statement should list US equivalent of local currency.

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  3. Thumbs up fo HSB!you guys are doin a great service,helping d career growth & aspirations of multitude.love from Africa

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