F1 Visa Interview Experience – MS Biology

I have attended visa interview and was granted visa. I am happy to say that this HSB helped me a lot right from preparing for GRE to succeeding in interview!! Now I would like to share excerpts of my interview.
VO: Hello how are you?
ME: I am fine.
VO: What are going to do in US?
ME: Am gonna do Masters in biology.
VO: In biology what?
ME: Cell & Molecular biology.
VO: Molecular biology…hmm…
ME: yes…
VO: Can I see your mark sheets?
ME: Yeah, sure… (seeing mark sheets)
VO: Whos going to sponsor you?
ME: said…
(He has gone nearer to the next counter and given me an orientation slip and simultaneously saying that my visa was granted and would reach next week)
ME: Thank You!!
Thanks to Gopi for sharing his US Student Visa interview experience.


  1. Anish Maharjan on July 17, 2016 at 12:27 AM

    I have passed the +2 in the major biology.
    Could any one suggest me what to say in the visa interview about the why do you choose biology as the major subject ?

  2. emmanuel asonganyi on May 14, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    i wish to know for that of undergraduate studend studying biology

  3. Precious Onyejegbu on April 1, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Dear Advisor, i want to know if there is a higher posibility of getting my f1 visa granted if my sponsor is my parent or sibiling than there is if it is my uncle? What if my sponsor is my uncle, can that be a credible source of income by which my f1 visa can be granted?

  4. Precious Onyejegbu on April 1, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Dear Advisor, i want to know if there is a higher posibility of getting my f1 visa granted if my sponsor is my parent or sibiling than if it is my uncle? What if my sponsor is my uncle, can that be a credible source of income by which my f1 visa can be granted?

  5. Ambiot on August 5, 2010 at 5:06 AM

    Dear Advisor,

    Am Ambiot, currently working in a telecom services company. Completed my undergrad choosing physics ,chemistry, Math, Biology securing 75.2% & instrumentation engineering with 68.6%.With a relatively good communication skills ,logical thinking got a job where am working since 3.2 years. My ‘want to explore’ attitude has pushed into a lot of things to name a few, enrollment into a work integrated Master degree program, guitar. One more important idea that I got from this mind set is to get into a career in which is of my interest, not that this as something unique ,but am just happy Quest. The one stream that has enthralled me all the time is Biology .Ok I did not myself initially but, more books that I read , more curious I got ; more curious I got, much more career options that I browsed and finally convinced myself on genuine like. So now, have decided to do MS in biological sciences. Have registered for GRE and Bio exams during Nov 3 & 2 week. I know it’s a lil late but I need ample time for the preparation.Planning to apply for Fall 2011 and my college options with the correseponding courses that I want to apply are as follows. These were some I chose based on cost and their curriculum.
    University of Kansas :- MS Bioengineering
    University of Arkansas—Fayetteville:-MS Biological sciences
    Pennsylvania State University–University Park:-MS Biological sciences
    University of Georgia-:-MS in genetics
    Ohio state university MS in molecular genetics
    university of Connecticut-MS in biomedical engg.
    It’s a little bad that u was unable to think clearly, understand my strengths during my graduation, but I think its never late. Sorry to take so much of your time just on the intro part. Am having trouble in writing SOP , because am skeptic about the leap that am planning for might not be justified with mere interest as a reason. With no research work or paper ppt ,feel a less confident considering the completion and selection criterion. Can you guide me on how can I be more affirmative on SOP and other things that can increase the chances of getting a admit ? Job opportunities are a bit less , but I don’t want it to become a sole reason to conspire me away. Appreciate your valuable thoughts.

  6. aayushi on August 3, 2010 at 7:35 AM


    I got my passport from shimla, while i belong to J&K, from where I have done my B.Tech and it has college adrees printed on it. So do i need to get the address changed to my permanent address and i am done with my gre and yet to take toefl.

    Plzzzzz reply

    Thank you…

  7. varun on July 27, 2010 at 8:09 AM

    Hey Gopi can you pl tell which coll you got into for Bio major? Guess you had a bio back ground.

  8. ambrish on July 19, 2010 at 8:06 AM

    here is one visa interview experience that one of my friend (xxx) encountered in mumbai consulate…….(dated 14th july 2010)

    xxx : can i come in
    VO : 🙁 – replied nothing
    xxx: good morning madame (with a generous smile 🙂 )
    VO : with her head down greeting him possibly in the most insane way (probably looking at some documents and typing something in her pc ) in the most inaudible accent saying morning
    VO : soo which university
    xxx: replied…….
    VO : wen did u finish ur graduation
    xxx: in october 2009
    VO : (probably after 10 min) u are not qualified to get a visa

    well this is the most sleize visa interview…guys have a look…this isnt professional…..i mean my friend had good grades..good work experince…a good gre and toefl scores and here he faces a rejection with all dos pathetic vocabs saying u r not qualified…..INSANE

  9. sonica on July 19, 2010 at 6:33 AM


    I have done MSc in Biotechnology in 2009 from India,and got admits from two universities with scholarship,now waiting for visa interview.I tried to get enrollment for PhD but could not get so opted for MS in Biotechnology again so as to flow into PhD after a year as 12 credits will be waived off from 33credits of MS.My question is if the VO ask why am I going to do MS again that too in the same subject,what should be the most satisfactory answer???

    Please plss reply

    • Banwari on July 27, 2010 at 7:18 PM

      Hello sonica,

      I', also in same boat as u r. But still I would like to apply for PhD only, of course u can enrolled ur PhD after the credits but will take a long time and wasting time also even more Vo can ask u this Q.

      best of luck

  10. Banwari on July 17, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    Heartily congratulation for getting VISA. Is it true that VO ask just few of question like u? I'm so terrible about visa interview. pls reply

    • Ashok on July 19, 2010 at 3:42 AM

      Mr. Banwari, be cool and confident about you. At times VO does not ask nay documents to see, as in my case. I din't even open my file to show him any documents but I was granted with a Visa. He just asked me four questions.

      1. Why this university? – Said

      2. Any past researches in this field? – Said (types something)

      3. Whats your father? – Said (a long typing interval)

      4. Can you explain me in detail about your father's profession? – Answered

      Then replied, "OK your Visa is granted, you may leave"

      Its all about the spontaneity, confidence and vocabulary that matters a lot.

      All the best….

      • Banwari on July 19, 2010 at 6:39 AM

        Tnx a lot dear to clear my doubts coz I'm also going to apply for PhD (Biotechnology) for the fall 2010.

    • Muthukumaran on July 19, 2010 at 4:18 AM

      hi Banwari,

      It's true that VO asks just few questions…jus 4 or 5 basic questions…like why this university?, Who's sponsoring u?…. however they can deduce thousand inferences from the answers u give them. so its important u r consistent with your answer… and a secret to keep ur answer consistent is to tell the truth … No matter what so ever ….

      • Banwari on July 19, 2010 at 6:42 AM

        Tnx a lot my friend,

        I was just confused about the hard of visa interview but u people have cleared it.

        It mean we dont need to go for any kind of visa assistants. I'm also going to apply for PhD (Biotech) for fall 2010 session.


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