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F1 Visa Experience – 2nd Attempt – UT Tyler

Following F1 Visa Interview experience for University of Texas at Tyler is shared by Sudheer.


  • GRE – 303
  • IELTS – 7.0
  • University : University of Texas Tyler
  • Attempt : 2nd one (previously rejected with 214b)

It was 2:30 I woke up and was thinking about VI again slept and woke up at 6:00. Just went through the previous papers of prep just a glance (they were like a book). Then started to walk at around 7:30 to consulate.

Kept my Mind cool, saying to myself that  it’s ok even if he doesn’t give I have Australia (higher dollar value than USA. Last time I was tensed from 3 days before VI, I was like a freak thinking what will happen if he rejects me!. Don’t think about rejection or approval, just try to be centered learned from the previous attempt.

Then I went in waited for my number,went to bath room for 2 times ;),Then came my number, before me was a H1 interview going on, she was answering all the questions but VI was
not satisfied he kept on asking her, I was enjoying that interview.
Before me was a F1 B.pharm student for Missouri whom I met outside and cracked some jokes like they won’t give visa. But will puncture the I20 & passport many times :)) While standing in the like of counter 16 and enjoying the other interview, I was called to next counter, I am the first one to be interviewed.

No one in the line after me!…..kind of relieved that he doesn’t have to rush to complete it fast!

VI : Good morning

Me: Good Morning.
VI : How are you?
Me: I am fine.

VI : So you came 1 week back?
Me: Yes sir.

VI : So any changes you have made?
Me : No Sir, I was nervous and stuttering in the previous interview. Now I am more Open and clear.

VI : So what do you want to tell me which you didn’t tell the previous
VI ? (Smiling)

Me : (I thought this is my chance to speak out)…The decision to pursue MS was not an immediate one. I took GRE soon after completing my PG. But I thought having some Job experience would really be helpful for me to understand things in MS!! Hence with the experience this is the right time to pursue masters.

VI : So how much was your previous GRE? Me : 286

VI : Pass the GRE sheet.
Me: Passed it along with IELTS on the Top (got 7 band)

VI : How many backlogs?
Me: 4…..(There were 8 actually)

VI : Pass the Marks Memos
Me : Passed them. (Thought I got Doomed…I actually removed 2 mark sheets of second year 1st semester which had 3 backlogs – I was looking confident though)(He verified them for like 2-3 mins….VI next to him was asking him doubts. He was answering him looking at the memos….)

VI : So which company are you working for?
Me : “Factset Research Systems” which is a fortune 100, US based company.

VI : How much do you earn?
Me : Last time same question I told my pay per month. Got alert and told higher pay per annum.

VI : Name the Universities you have applied?
Me: Texas A&M kingsville, UT Tyler, CSU Sacramento, IIT. (Make sure tell all in full form)

VI : Why UT tyler?
Me: Before applying to the university, I researched about this and found out few imp points and told him UT Tyler is a 19th ranked in west. Its under the most prestigious “Texas System”. One of the Key points that attracted me is the research that is being done by Dr. Kulkarni ( Q&A with Dr.Kulkarani ). He has been doing research on databases since 25 years. I have worked for 6 months on database testing and It really caught my Eye.

VI : What are your Long term plans?
Me : (This would decide me because previously rejected me as Potential immigrant (214b)) Sir, I told him, HR people over here prefer taking in People with MS rather than people who are having experience.With 2 years experience and with MS degree there would a ample of opportunities for me in Hyderabad only which is a IT hub now.(since this is 2nd attempt, I continued) Moreover since my Father and mother both Govt Employees would retire by the time I complete MS. Hence to support them morally I have to come back. VI : VI started talking to his colleague switched off his mic. But I was able to hear them……asking advice on me. I could hear the other VI saying “his GRE is good” (I was staring at him as there were big pauses in between.)

VI : I am approving your VISA. ENJOY THE STAY!! Me: Thank you so much Sir!!!

I felt so happy that I was about to cry….so much of effort a dream of 3.5 years!!…….

VI : Study well there!!! ME :Sure sir!! and Thank you…

I was smiling like crazy person walking out of the hall. Everyone on road were staring at me!

Walking down the road (my house is like a 5 mins walk from consulate). I was not me at that time. I just thought at that moment that a super fast thing should come and drop me at my
Home. I opened the door and my father anxiously asked what happened?

I told smiling its done.

I went straight to my MOM and hugged her, She started to Cry. Then I rushed to my office and clicked on the “Resign Button” for which I was waiting since I joined the company! 2.5 years.


Just don’t try to remember the answers before the VI preparation, Just write down what you feel and think only about coming back and always remember that you are awesome and US requires you!!…don’t read anything that was written by others…..just write everything from your heart and edit them and just remember the key words.

Related : F1 Visa Approved after 221(g) – Virginia Tech


  1. kushal on September 24, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    Hello sir i rejected second time VO said me that the situation is same.
    i really dont know what is the situation
    in second time….
    VO: good morning.
    Me: good morning sir.
    Vo: what you have change in your situation?
    Me: (i was confused and i told) sir my confident because last time i was quite nerves but now i am pretty confident.
    Vo: it’s not about that it’s about your situation (and he said your situation is same under us law i can not give you visa?)
    thats it and i rejected.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on September 24, 2016 at 5:56 AM

      Check for F1 Visa Rejection Review under services.

  2. Sohail Ilyas on February 11, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    I have 7 backlogs that’s cleared my gre score V-140, .Q-150 =290, Ilets 7.0
    what about my chances in getting admission into UT -Tyler MS -Mechanical Engineering for spring 2016.

  3. gowtham on June 12, 2013 at 9:05 AM


  4. SHREYAMSH on April 26, 2013 at 4:32 AM

    Hi Sudheer,

    I am Shreyamsh and I have applied for MS in Embedded systems for FALL 2013 and have got 3 rejects and 2 admits. I am planning to attend Texas A & M university , I also have a scholarship of $1000. My GRE is 301, IELTS 7.0. Work Experience:1.3 years.
    I am also considering UK as my option because I have been rejected visa thrice for FALL 2011.
    It would be helpful if you could provide your insights on my case.

  5. A on December 20, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Liked it. Except that lying part. How can you be so casual about lying????

  6. M Sen on December 18, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    Extrememly, extremely disappointed to see that you lied to the VI… on top of that you are proud of the fact that you were dishonest about your salary, your grades…

    Very sad…
    The US system runs a lot on trust and faith in honestly. It makes me cringe every time I see fellow Indians being so dishonest.
    Wish you all the best though.

    • I Agree on December 18, 2012 at 11:43 AM

      Very true, and this is one of the reasons people don’t trust Indians.

      • sai on December 18, 2012 at 7:29 PM

        In war and Love everything is correct!

  7. Vignesh on December 17, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Your Writing skills are so poor. I wonder whether you really scored 7 band. You have made at least one grammar mistake in every sentence. You do not have to write your heart out about how you felt after the interview. You are very sensitive and emotional. Best of luck.
    – Vignesh

    • raja on December 18, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      Hi Vignesh,

      I follow HSB once in a while and to see comment’s like yours, I feel so bad. Please try not to be rude and no one is asking your conceited comment. Don’t try to demoralize others,atleast, If you could not be of any help. I’m sure the person who posted this blog is open minded for sharing exactly what went in his interview. Nothing wrong to be emotional. Come on grow up.

      • A on December 20, 2012 at 10:02 PM

        @raja : +1. He’s just an irritating retard.

    • A on December 20, 2012 at 10:00 PM

      Vignesh man, seriously, do you ever find anything good about people?? I have seen your previous comments, all dripping with criticism and distaste as if you are some perfect demigod….how the hell do people about you tolerate you???

  8. Ratan on December 17, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Hi HSB,

    I liked the conclusion part only. I would like to ask why again why some students don’t try to be what they are in their actual life. They cram answers for interview prepared by other persons, tell less number of backlogs and exaggerate their salary scale etc. What the heck! Are they not over-selling themselves? They don’t stop doing it after one event, continue one after another. Simply, they don’t have self evaluation skills. Those over-sellers live life of someone else. Some genuine students face problems because of them everywhere.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on December 17, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      That’s life and there is no way around this. Students are and they go to great extent to get to USA. While in USA, you will see several students of this nature.

  9. shiva kumar on December 17, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    congrats brother……. enjoy your stay iam the one whom you mentioned at the top…. unfortunately i was rejected

  10. Rakib on December 17, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Best of luck

  11. BS on December 17, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    You say here, If rejected, you had Australia. Can you please speak more about those back up stuff. What is the exact process to get admitted into AUS? Its good to have backup. 🙂

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