F1 Visa Interview Experiences

F1 Visa Approved to USA – Second Time Interview

Bharath F1 Visa Approved 2nd Time Interview. F1 Visa Stamping experience for M.S. in Industrial Engineering.

Suggestion – When you share the experience, try to include your university name, GRE, TOEFL,  Academic profile and US Embassy.

F1 Visa Approved 2nd Time

My VISA Interview was on 3rd December and was a successful one, I had got an admit for Masters in Industrial Engineering at Univ of Texas at Arlington. I am sharing my Visa interview experience below:

Me: Hello Sir!! A very good morning!!
VO: Good Morning.

VO: Why are you going for your masters?
Me: Sir my undergraduate course in IE is just a basic understanding of different modules in IE and to take up much competitive roles in an organization I require a masters degree in Industrial Engineering.

VO: Who is supporting your Education?
Me: Sir, my father is supporting my education.

VO: What is your father?
Me: Sir my father is xxxxxx at xxxxxx.

VO: What is your source of financial funding?
Me: Sir, I have taken an education loan from xxxxxx bank.

VO: For how much have you availed the education loan?
Me: Sir, I have availed the loan for xxxxxxxx.

VO: What is backing your education loan?
Me: Sir our property is backing the education loan.

VO: How much is the property worth?
Me: Sir, the property is worth xxxxxx.

VO: your Visa is granted and will reach your address in a week’s time.
Me: Thanks a lot Sir!!
VO: Thank you.

F1 Visa Interview  Tips

Be very confident and answer to the point with a smile. Be very conscious about your answers and at the same time be at ease and casual during your answers. I completely agree with the HSB that the VISA interview requires preparation. Try to introspect the possible questions that you might be asked from the VO’s point of view and try to answer those. I would also recommend to share those answers with others and try to get more diplomatic answers which might help. I had prepared for around 25 questions before the interview and it helped a lot.

Comments – F1 Stamping

Just by reading your interview experience, shows you were well prepared. Also, if you look at experiences shared by those who got rejection, you can find the difference in the language.

  • Example – In above experience, Bharath has taken time to write without spelling mistakes and typos.

This implies, he took serious approach toward planning for F1 visa interview process. Students getting F1 visa rejected, usually have lots of typos and slangs (u for you, ur for your,..). These are minor things, but things like this separates you from other students and this would be visible when attending interview.

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  1. I applied for my f1 visa on 22nd jan 2013 for spring intakes. My course begins on feb 04, 2013. After few basic questions the visa officer asked me that why I have not applied in July or September intakes. I told him that there was my brother getting married in nov 2012 and then I started my documentation. After few more questions he said I don’t find you eligible for a non immigrant visa in the US. Here is your passport, you can go now. Thank you . Now I am waiting for the June July to come so that I can apply for September intakes. Kindly give me some tips for the interview. My all documents were fine.

  2. Hi HSB,
    I got rejected at HYDERABAD consulate on may 19th I am applying for 2nd at Chennai on 12th July. I got three years of work exp. What should I say if VO he/she asks why I have come to Chennai being a residence of HYDERABAD. Please help me out.

  3. i gave my visa interview on 17th may
    the visa officer she asked me if my company was sponsoring for my education in ms in aerospcae engg.i said no n then she left for 3-4 min gaqve me a reject with 240g someting saying i am potential immigrant.
    Now i am planning to change my course to mechanical from syracuse univ.wht r my chances
    for visa approval

  4. Hi HSB, I got admitted into Virginia International University and applied for my F1 Visa. I went for my appointment and during the interview.i felt very scared that i messed it up. The VO asked me which school and i told her Virginia International University and When she asked which other school. I couldn’t help it but said Harvard. It was then i realised that something is wrong. The VO just gave me a 214 sheet and i tried to figure out why i was denied and i later found out it was due to my carelessness. But now i already reapply and i like to know my chances before meeting with the VO again. Thanks

  5. i told the consular i applied to viu during my F1 interview and she asked which other school and i was shocked and what came out of my mind is harvard cos it has been my dream to go to harvard since i was 12. So pls what can i do now cos i already applied again.

  6. no, she asked me which school and i said VIU. It was when she asked of other schools i said harvard and it was out of negligence.

      1. @HSB:

        My visa was approved in the first attempt. The headline will mislead students who are going to look for Visa experiences for the second time.

  7. I applied for F1 visa and due to my nervousness i got denied. I told the VO i applied to harvard business school when she asked how many schools. I was scared and it was what i was thinking of that i would have love to go to harvard. Immediately after the question she handed me 214 and i knew it was my fault. Harvard don’t offer BBA and now i’ve apply and planning to go again. But i like to know what my chances are cos i’ve really prepare myself this time and all am asking for is God favour on my side. Pls can some1 tell me what i ave to do.

  8. hi HSB, I went for my interview in february dis year and when i was with d VO all i noticed was that she gave me a sheet containing section 214, i taught over it and i knew i messed it up cos i was scared to hell. I told the Vo i applied to Havard while i didn’t. When i later checked i noticed havard offer nothing like my course of study. Pls i’ll be going again on 18 of april and i need help cos i’m afraid.


  10. Hello everyone i would like to share my f1 visa interview experience at US consulate general in Cape town which took place today 11/07/2011
    I’m very busy right now, but i will post it later.
    Thanks to HSB for previous experience posted. It does help alot, and because of that i had an successfull interview.

  11. Please am applying for F-1 Visa as an Undergraduate Student
    here in my Country NIGERIA..My Appointment date is February
    2nd,2011….I have been given an Undergraduate admission for the
    Summer Term at University Of South Carolina ( B.SC Computer Science
    )with FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP..I have a 1423 in my SAT Critical
    Reading & Mathematics… Please sir am in need of all the
    likely Interview question and how to answer them correctly… Best
    Regards Teju Oye NIGERIA

    1. Dear Sherpa,

      Why BBA?

      Sir, though India has many courses available but world class education is from the US. Thats why i want to learn as much as i could so that i can use the same in my home country when i return.

  12. hi frens plz

    can u give me the very good answer for why studying for us???

    and why smsu(southwest minnesota university)??

    plz help me frens i ws denied once in same question.plz suggest me best ans

    1. Dear Sherpa,

      Why US?

      Sir, Though i have attained my Bachelors Degree in India, i feel better to have my Masters degree from a world class leader in education and also cutting edge programs where can be attained only from the US.

      Why only SWMU?

      Sir, i have surfed through the web and found out that SWMU is one of the prestigious Uni of the US. It has a different variety of courses and programs offered esp in my field of interest at an economical way.

  13. Congratzz to Bharath for successfull visa stamping.

    You can see that VO did not ask him too many questions like why USA or why only this UNI and all that.. as far as I am concerned I have applied twice for US visa stamping and it is luck a part nothing else.. No one can judge you in 2 min..

    1. Dear Syed,

      It depends entirely on the way how you present yourself with the VO. The best that i can give to you is that do mock up practice before the mirror very very frequently to loose nervousness. Thats what i did.

  14. My f1 visa got rejected yesterday. Am applying for the second time. How can I go for an emergency slot? Help me plz.

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