F1 Visa Interview Experience – MS Biology and Molecular Biology

There are two F1 Visa Interviews here.

  • Masters in Biology
  • Masters in Molecular Biology

Very different interview experience. But, there is one thing in common.


F1 Visa Interview – MS in Biology

I have attended the Student F1 visa interview and was granted the F1 visa for MS in Biology. I am happy to say that Happy Schools helped me a lot right from preparing for GRE to succeeding in the F1 Visda 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 the US?
ME: I Am gonna do Masters in Biology.

VO: What field in Biology?
ME: Cell and Molecular biology.

VO: Molecular biology? hmm…
ME: Yes.

VO: Can I see your mark sheets?
ME: Yeah, sure.

VO: Whos going to sponsor you?
ME: My parents would be my sponsor.

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.


F1 Visa Interview MS in Molecular Biology

My interview for Spring Semester at 8.45 AM slot.

I have heard a lot of rejections for the visa but somehow I  got through in the first attempt and the visa officer did not see any of my documents.

The F1 Visa interview goes as follows:

Me: A very good morning sir.
VO: Good morning, F1 visa?  Which university?
Me: Louisiana Tech University

VO: Which course?
Me: Masters in Molecular Biology

VO: Why not study in India?
Me: In India, advance course structure is hardly available and whatever offered is obsolete.

VO: Why do you want to study molecular biology?
Me: I had done a project on Molecular Biology during my undergraduate hence I developed an interest.

VO: How many universities have you applied?
Me: Four universities

VO: Which?
Me: Temple University, Lousiana Tech University, University of Rhode Island and Florida Institue of Technology

VO: What is common in all these universities and why did you apply to fewer universities?
Me: I am very specific about the course content which I could find only in these universities.

VO: Why don’t you want to go to Temple University?
Me: I wasn’t admitted to Temple University.

VO: What’s your GRE score?
Me: 980

VO: [he thought for a minute and then made faces and asked me] Why is your GRE Score low?
Me: I tried my level best to score..[i made a sad face and told ] I am an average student. [vo made an eye contact]

VO: How much in Quantitative Section?
Me: 680

VO: and Verbal?
Me:300

VO: Analytical?
Me: 3.0

VO: Ok good.
Me: Smiled

VO: What is yoru father doing?
Me: He is a Cardiologist

VO: What does he do?
Me: We have our hospital

VO: Where?
Me: Mumbai

VO: What about mother?
Me: She has income from…..[he stoped me and said ok]

VO: Siblings?
Me: yes, one

VO: brother or sister?
Me: Brother

VO: What is he doing?
Me: He will be finishing his Engineering.

VO: So he already graduated?
Me: Sir, he will be graduating after 6 months from Mumbai University.

VO: India?
Me: Yes

VO: Where do you stay?
Me: Mumbai

VO: Where in Mumbai?
Me: told

VO: Tel me your postal address?
Me: Told

VO: [now the golden words]. You will get your visa within two days.
Me: Thank you sir.

VO: smiled

Guys keep in mind that you should be in formals and most of all is to be really confident.

Be very loud, speak slowly so that they understand and keep your answers to the point.


The first interview, it looks straightforward.

The second interview is really challenging. Right?

If someone is walking out with that interview with approvals, shows the preparation (or the confidence).

Look at this specific exchange.

VO: Whats your GRE score?
Me: 980 (about 290 in Revised GRE Format)

VO: [he thought for a minute and then made faces and asked me] Why is your GRE Score low?
Me: I tried my level best to score..[i made a sad face and told ] I am an average student. [vo made an eye contact]

It takes a lot of guts to stand in front of the visa officer and tell, that you are an average student!

That tells a lot about this student and cool composure.

Typically for Cell and Molecular Biology, F1 Visa applicants could expect to get Administrative Processing 221(g).

In this visa interview, the applicant got approval without the administrative processing, since sometimes Visa Officer could this that Cell and Molecular Biology could be under the Technology Alert List and issue 221(g).