You must be wondering why do I have a picture of a car for a blog post about F1 Visa Interview Experience in Hyderabad 2017. Trust me, there’s a very good reason.
I think Sri’s F1 Visa interview would fit into following categories – Shortest and Weirdest.
Hey Raghu, long time follower of your blog here. I cannot thank you enough, as your F1 VISA questions list helped me a lot in preparing for my interview (though it ended in a different way).
It’s my third month in New jersey, and its an absolute joy here. I’m literally having the best times of my life. I’m also interested in the Skype interview stuff that you do with some students, so let me know if you’re down for it!
I wanted to share my F1 Visa interview experiences like everyone, and throw in my 2 cents about USA VISA interview in general, so I’m writing all of this to you. Here goes nothing!
F1 Visa Experience – Hyderabad – 2017
- Slot: morning 9.30
- University and major: Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Industrial and Systems Engineering
- Consulate: Hyderabad
- Status: Approved
Reached the consulate by 8.45, somehow they let us inside. I waited for a bit, then came the fingerprint part, again waited a bit after getting done with that part. I was assigned counter 13, VO was an American guy who looked like an Italian to be honest.
He rejected a whole family’s visitor visa, I don’t mean to sound judgmental here but the father’s answers were a bit ridiculous, even the VO was hardly controlling his laughter and I hid my face behind my file and had a chuckle.
Then he gave 221g to a Biochemical PhD candidate before me, asked me to come and here goes the interview:
VO: So, Rutgers university, does your family own a car?
Me: Yes we do, want me to go into the specs?
VO: No it’s fine, alright I’m approving your visa, have a nice stay in the US.
Me: *inside: what the* thank you very much, have a good day!
And I walked out of the consulate. Done. No financials, no immigration question, nothing. One question, it was over.
It took me a while to come to terms with it, days of prep only to end with one question. I was happy nonetheless, but I was caught off guard just because it came in a different package.
For people wondering if this is fake, I’d not have disclosed this to Raghu and stir up a hornet’s nest given the current situation, I mean the fame ain’t worth it, and I won’t get any award for fabricating all of this.
Tips to Prepare for F1 Visa Interview
Moving on, my advice to future aspirants, and whoever needs it in general. Please note that this is what I believed in and it reflected in my face and my body language, so you can take it any way that suits you:
A VISA interview is like solving a jigsaw puzzle, you just need the right kind of piece for putting in the right place to complete it. So take as many pieces as possible with you, and PUT THE RIGHT PIECE IN THE RIGHT PLACE. That means have as many answers as possible, understand the question and answer appropriately.
No apple polishing, no persuasive attempts. The VO isn’t your gf/bf’s parents so you shouldn’t be trying to impress him/her (some people might disagree with this, but when your answers do not back up your charisma, its gonna end up bad).
Open your mouth once per question, and open it right. #F1VisaInterview
One single answer, boom. And its okay if you talk a bit slower than the normal pace since that’s how Americans speak and are used to hearing, but don’t just speak at a recital phase and raise unwanted suspicions.
Did I mention no fake stuff? Yeah, that too.
Finally, just because my interview went that way, doesn’t mean yours will. Aim for the best, expect and be prepared for the worst. All the best everyone!
Comment from Raghu about Sri’s F1 Visa Interview Experience
The moment you have this sort of understanding in life similar to what you have described, things will fall in place. I don’t think you can write it any better than the jigsaw puzzle comparison.
I worked with complex F1 Visa Interview situations and have worked with students who I knew deep down that they are not going to get F1 Visa approval.
Some students fall into a category, where they have the potential and with proper guidance, they were able to get F1 Visa after rejections.
Some students appearing for F1 visa have unrealistic expectations, when they don’t have the skills and ability to understand what’s required of them, how to answer and maturity to process the information, they fail in the students visa interview.
I can’t stress the importance of preparation in the F1 Visa Interview. Reading other F1 Visa interview experience without processing them or knowing how to process them is nothing but slippery slope.
I: How are you preparing for F1 Visa Interview?
They: Oh, I’m reading 100’s for F1 Visa Interview experience
I: Super Cool. Tell me why you want to study in this university?
They: “It matches my interest, It’s Ranked X in XYZ News, Professors are Super Cool”
And there are people who would argue that it’s the Worlds Best Answer. Why does the answers look the same? That’s what they are reading. So, now that’s one piece of jig jaw puzzle. When other pieces don’t align, then you would see F1 Visa Rejection.