I’m sharing my F1 visa rejected experience from US Consulate in Hyderabad.
- Visa Date: July (for Fall semester)
- University: University of Bridgeport
- Program: Masters in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
- Result: Rejected
- U.S. Consulate: Hyderabad
All my dreams of studying in America came down crashing in a few minutes after my F1 Visa was rejected in Hyderabad. I attend the visa interview in Hyderabad and this is my experience.
Please give my suggestions and reasons why my visa officer (VO) rejected my student visa.
VO is a young lady at counter number 10. She is rejecting all the student applications before me who had applied for F1 Visa.
A girl in front of got rejected with in 20 seconds.
Visa officer asked her GRE score, she said “I did not take GRE and got admit based on TOEFL scores”. Then VO said “I can’t give a visa and gave her passport.”
Next , another guy went to the same counter. He came to attend student visa in U.S. Consulate in Hyderabad for the second time. His F1 Visa was also rejected in less than one minute interview.
I felt a bit tensed, but kept a smile on my face and maintained my confidence at high level.
Experience: F1 Visa Rejected in Hyderabad
Me: Good morning mam. (she did not reply and she was looking in to her system.)
VO: Give me your I-2o.
Me: Yes Mam, I passed on my I-20 and passport.
VO: Why do you want to study in this university?
ME: The department profile is decent, professors are experienced in my field of interest, student to faculty ratio is good and finally there is an extensive research going in the field of DSP, VLSI.
VO: What’s your bachelors degree academic percentage?
Me: 72% first class (VO interrupted)
VO: When did you graduate?
Me: In 2011.
VO: Pass on your mark sheets.
Me: I gave my documents. She had a quick glance at them for about 2 to 3 seconds and gave them back.
VO: How any admits?
Me: I applied for 4 universities and I got admits from 4 of them. They are St.Mary’s University, Indiana State University, Pittsburg State University and Bridgeport University.
VO:(again) Why only Bridgeport?
Me: I’m interested in the research work carried out by the professor Digital Signal processing lab.
VO: What is your GRE and TOEFL.
Me: 990 and 94
VO: What is your father ?
ME: He is a Agriculturist. He gets an annual income of (interrupted)
VO: How many acres of land does he have?
Me: 12.75 acres. (interrupted) She again shifted to academics
VO: What project did you do in your Bachelors?
Me: GSM based wireless billing system for ECIL Company.
VO: Explain me about your project.
(My confidence level have increased because people in front of me had interview of only one minute)
Me: I explained project to her.
VO: What is your dream job?
Me: I would like to Settle in a challenging job in my field of interest.
VO: Sorry sir I can’t give visa (and she passed on 214 (b). I’m shocked with her words)
Me: Thank you.
Please give suggestions. I’m not sure why my visa officer rejected my F1 Visa.
What’s my mistake?
I later came to know this : Rejection to Approval ration is 10:1.
Does this effect my visa interview?
Why F1 Visa is Rejected
- “I like to settle in a challenging job”
- Not strong answer to this question “Why do you want to study in this university”
- Rejection to Approval ratio has has nothing to do with you rejection.
- You failed to do a strong interview and your visa was denied.
Students tend to blame the visa officers or often cite reasons that everyone attending student visa on specific day was rejected. That’s not the case in general. If your performance in the interview is like a standard template based answers, then chances of approvals is based on luck. If you want to 100% control of your interview, then stop copying answers and make it unique to your needs and interests.