F1 Student Visa Interview Experience – BS in Mechanical Engineering – Mumbai

visa interview bachelors degree

Two F1 Visa Interview for Bachelors Degree is shared here.

  1. Visa is Rejected for UT Arlington
  2. F1 Visa is Approved for University of Toledo

F1 Interview for Bachelors Degree in Mumbai

I had an F1 Visa interview on 11th of May and it was rejected for Bachelors Degree in the US.

  • University: The University of Texas at Arlington.
  • Course: Bachelors in Computer Science.
  • Status: Rejected

I was the first on the counter and so I couldn’t have experiences of others. Here goes my interview.

VO: Hi, Good Morning, Can I have your passport and I-20 please.

ME: Sure. My scholarship is not mentioned in the I-20 but I have a letter. Here you go.

VO: Okay, which university?
Me: University of Texas at Arlington.

VO: Why UTA?
Me: Because it offers a great curriculum and has one of the best Computer Sci Department.

VO: Okay. What was your SAT score?
Me: 1850

VO: What is the maximum score you can get?
Me: 2400

VO: Your percentile here?
Me: Told from my 8th grade to 11th grade.

VO: How many universities you applied to?
Me: 6

VO: How many admits?
Me: 4

VO: Which ones?
Me: UTA and others.

VO: Why do you want to go to USA.(I guess I messed it up here)
Me: Because USA has the best technology and any new technology comes in US markets first. Secondly, it has a flexible education system. Unlike India, you are free to choose whatever course you like.

VO: I am sorry I can’t accept your VISA at this time. Please see this paper for more details on why you were rejected.

That’s it.

What was the reason given in the paper? My guess would be Potential Immigrant 214(b).

Try again based on the reason listed in the paper.

F1 Student Visa Interview Experience – B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

  • Location: U.S. Consulate in Mumbai
  • Attempt: 1st
  • Status: Approved
  • Course: Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering

F1 Visa Interview BS in Mechanical Engineering

Me: Good Morning. (Passed my I-20 and Passport)
VO: Why University of Toledo?

Me: It offers courses in my area of interest.
VO: What schools did you apply? Me: University of Idaho, Mississippi State, and University of Toledo.

VO: Why University of Toledo then?
Me: This university best suits my academic profile. Also, there are undergraduate research opportunities in Mechatronics, in which I am interested.

VO: (Looking @ I-20, murmurs ‘International student scholar’) What is your SAT score? (asked the section scores as well)
Me: Gave an Answer.

VO: What do your parents do? Me: My Father is a Quality Control Manager at X & my Mother is a Quality Assurance Manager at Y.
VO: Do you have any brothers or sisters in the US? (He asked it with a big pause. So I couldn’t help answering sans the ‘in US’)
Me: No, not in the US.

VO: So any brothers or sisters here?
Me: I have an elder sister.

VO: What does she do?
Me: She is a Chartered Accountant. She was conferred in July and is now seeking job opportunities.

VO: In the US or somewhere else?
Me: In India itself.

VO: Why did the university award you with International Student Scholarship?
Me: I believe they were impressed by my decent scores and strong objective.

VO: Your visa is approved. Enjoy your stay.

Me: Thank you.

Comments on this Interview:

  • Pattern – Academics, Student’s intent and Finance
  • Performance – Average but good enough to satisfy the visa officer.


Comparing these two interviews, why do you think the student attending the interview for the University of Toledo got the F1 Visa?

  • Is it the quality of answers?
  • Could it be due to better communication skill?
  • Maybe do you the scholarship?

Read it again.

Visa interview experience leaves clues.


Next – 2 Undergraduate F1 Visa Interview Experience and Lessons learned.



  1. Giddi on September 20, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    I left High school in 2008 and continued in the university but in a program which was not my choice so i did not like it. i left the program in 2012 and i reapplied in the U.S. for a different program of my choice, what do i tell the consular officer to assure him at my interview

  2. dragonfly on July 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    I have my visa interview on the 24th of july at Mumbai. I have received a scholarship from uni of $16000, I have My sister living in the US in the same state where i have got my admit and i had put my sister as my main sponsor. Do u think My chances are low cause of My sister being in the same state as the Uni i got in.I have got in other uni also but no scholarship there..Any tips for the interview

    • Raghuram Sukumar on July 16, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      Nope. You shouldn’t have any issues. Prepare well.

      • dragonfly on July 26, 2013 at 8:35 AM

        The questions asked to me were which uni and where and who do u know in th US.so i had to say my sis and gave details..the next question was who is my sponsor and hearing it was her. i got rejected wit a 214(b).. i cant change the fact the university is in the same location as my sister is. Sud i change the sponsor. I even have a scholarship from the university.

  3. uwem on March 20, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    I have gotten admision in US without any sat or toel or whatever becos my country is an english speaking country. Pls I want to know if that will cause me visa denial

  4. Josh Ochieng on February 14, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    What are your chances of getting a visa if you completed school in 2009 but you want to resume your studies in 2013 and have been in employment ever since ?

    • pranavkamat on February 27, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      If your reason is convincible enough, then yes.

  5. sandy1247 on January 28, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    How to post my visa interview experience??

  6. ginioz on January 14, 2013 at 4:13 AM

    Hi, I am kind of anxious these days.
    I applied for MS in Electrical Engineering and got Interviewed at U.S Consulate in Melbourne as I am currently pursuing my Masters degree here and just got through the first semester with very good Grades!!

    I wanted to join the school in U.S due to the course content and career objectives..

    Any ways I appeared in an interview for the 1st time last week which was pretty straight forward and smooth.

    After regular greetings and all…
    VO: Asked me for how long you have been here in melbourne, where are you studying and what are you studying, now you want go to x university in U.S, then she asked how is it different then what you are studying here, I replied with proper justification!. Who is paying for your education, Do you have any relative in U.S, i said No… Did you applied at other university, I replied Yes the Uni Y. Then VO asked for my Marks Sheet both Bachelors and the current, I presented it to her.

    After that she said that we need to do further administrative processing and gave me a green 221g slip which is NOT asking any additional documents. VO officer Kept my Passport and I-20 letter.

    All I wana ask is how long does it take for further administrative processing and what are the chances for me to get the visa??? please comment Thanks

  7. swapna on January 7, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    hey i had my interview on jan 4th…. and my visa is approved…. dey didnt askd me anythng…. just wich university and my academics %……. just b confidnt and dnt b nervous…..then ur visa in ur hands……….

  8. kritika sharma on December 15, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Hey I had an interview for F-1 on 13th December and got a pink slip(221g). I submitted the the documents that day only. Today after 2 days I received a mail that says
    Your document(s) have been collected from the US Embassy/Consulate.

    The passport number being returned is XXXXXXX and the AWB for tracking is XXXXXXXX.

    Can anyone tell me if this a denial or approval of Visa??
    Plz reply

    • Anon on February 5, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      @kritika sharma: Could you please post here what happened to your visa?

  9. Franklin on December 3, 2012 at 3:18 AM

    Hello Dotun, how did the visa interview go? I hope fine

  10. Dotun on November 26, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    please, I need ur help in this web,. Am going for U. S
    Embassy F1 interview this coming Dec. I
    have all the necessary documents as told
    by my friend,
    I was giving Master in Transformative
    Leadership, though am a Nurse( BNSc) but the course doesnt dt tally with each
    other, please I need ur advice, on what to say during interviewI dont
    want to be rejected…
    Moreso, am yet to reciev my GRE scorecard
    frm ETS since, June… My score: 295… Can I
    use the printed copy from ETS website. Please, any advice from experienced guru
    here will be highly appreciated. Thks.
    From Nigeria

  11. damlex on November 8, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    congrats wishin u best of luck.my visa interview will be coming up pretty soon nd i know i will also come nd post my own visa experience soon.

  12. Suprabh on November 8, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    what are your views about Mississippi state Univ.?, I am also thinking to apply in this university. Does it help international student? Did you got any scholarship from them?

    Thanks in advance

    • pranavkamat on November 8, 2012 at 11:52 PM

      It’s a good univ. Lots of international students over there specially Indians.
      I did receive scholarship from them as well.

  13. Mendez on November 4, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    congrats man..I just got approved as well for my phd… questions were pretty straight forward. All the best with your studies.

    • pranavkamat on November 4, 2012 at 8:59 PM

      Congrats 🙂 Which university?

  14. admin on November 3, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Congrats. Now your real dream journey starts. Best of Luck, buddy.

  15. Dharmesh Faldu on November 3, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Congratulations, Pranav! wish you happy life and prospective opportunities ahead!

    • pranavkamat on November 3, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      Thanks man, wish you the same 🙂

  16. avinash on November 3, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    cngtus yarrrrrrrrrrrrr………me 2 frm mech i rejcted twice …but u soo lucky

    • pranavkamat on November 3, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      Were you rejected for Bachelors? Which university?

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