Hello guys. I got my VISA issued yesterday (22 June) at Delhi consulate. I really want to thank HSB for full support during my whole visa process, as I got all my queries cleared by reading various posts here.
Also the visa interview experiences given here are really helpful for anyone who is preparing for F1 VISA interview. Anyway, now I continue with my Student F1 Visa Interview experience (Over 75 experiences posted)
At US Consulate
My turn was at 9:30 am but they let me in at 9 am itself. After following all the normal procedures, finally my turn came at counter no 12, where the VO was a tall, bald american.
When I went to him for my VI, he checked my docs (passport, I20, SEVIS receipt and HDFC receipt) and told me to go to counter no 19 instead ( a bit wierd!).
Anyway, VO at counter no 19 was an Indian guy (another surprise for me), who was taking interviews in hindi. I got a bit confused, considering that I had chosen my language on interview as english. But when my turn came, he took my interview in english!!
USA Student Visa Interview
Me: Good morning sir. How are you doing?
VO: Good morning. I am fine. How are you?
Me: I am fine too sir. Thanks. (I pass the docs)
VO: So, you are going for University of Minnesota?
Me: Yes, sir.
VO: How many universities did you apply to?
Me: (A bit startled, as I expected the classic next question ‘why UMN’) I applied to 8 universities, Purdue, TAMU, OSU…(VO interrupts me here)
VO: How many admits did you get?
Me:(This was what I was afraid of) At present I have got only one admit. Result of 2 of my universities is still pending.
VO: (Gives me a wierd look) Only one? What was your GRE score?
VO: (This time he looked a bit startled 😛 ) Ok. What are you doing right now?
Me: Presently, I am in the final semester of my undergraduation.
VO: Which university?
Me: XXXX University
VO: Ok. Who is going to sponsor you?
Me: My parents and my grandparents are going to sponsor me, and I also have an educational loan sanctioned.
VO: Ok. Your VISA is granted. It will reach you via courier within 5 days.
Me: Thanks a lot sir!!
And that’s it. No documents asked (I had prepared elaborate financial docs), no theory questions asked (‘why this univ?’, ‘what will you do after graduation?’ etc). I guess I was a bit lucky too, as the VO on counter no 12 was rejecting many applications. Thank you again, HSB. keep on doing the good work!