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- Date: 23/5/2012
- Time: 7:45 AM
- Course: BS in journalism and mass communication
- University: Iowa State University
- Result: Approved.
- Scholarship: $7000
- SAT score: 1880
- TOEFL: 102
- Awaiting results for Std.12.
I had my visa interview on 23rd May at US Consulate, Mumbai.
I reached the consulate at 6:45 AM. There was already a long queue outside the gate. I waited for my turn and went through the security check.
In another room, a bar-coded sticker was placed on my passport. In the waiting room, I gave my fingerprints and waited for the interview to start. After a while, I could see numbers being flashed on the TV screen.
Of course, I was tensed but the air-conditioning and fellow US applicants definitely helped me to ease a bit. I knew my course was quite different from others. So, I was trying to think of possible questions.
I chatted a while with the guy sitting next to me. I could see my token number flashing. I left for the window.…
The visa officer was an Asian male in his late 20’s. (I guess). I could witness two interviews.
One person was granted a visa (crew visa) while the other one was rejected (some sort of a job visa). On my turn, I confidently went up to the interview window.
The interview went as follows:
VO: Good morning, could I have your passport and I-20?
Me: Good morning. (Passed on the documents)
VO: (looking at my I-20) so you are going to Iowa State University?
VO: What will you be studying?
Me: I am going to study journalism. Bachelors in journalism.
VO: OK, why Iowa State?
Me: Well, Iowa State is mostly known for its engineering majors, but I found that it also has a really good journalism program. The faculty is outstanding. In fact, one of them is a Pulitzer Prize winner.
VO: (Interrupted) how did you come to know about this university?
Me: I have been in touch with some college seniors. I searched on the Net. Also, I met the international coordinator of this university.
VO: Where did you meet the international coordinator? Was it a college fair or something?
Me: Yes, it was a USIEF fair.
VO: Which other universities did you apply to?
Me: I applied to West Virginia University, Kansas University, University of Nebraska..
VO: (Interrupted again) OK, What do your parents do?
Me: My parents are sponsoring me. My father is an industrialist…
VO: What exactly does he do?
Me: He has a company called XX in my city.
VO: What is his annual income?
Me: It’s close to 4 lakhs PA.
VO: How are they going to fund your education? (While typing something on the computer)
Me: Well, we have savings in our bank account, gold as well as immovable assets.
VO: How much of it can they spare for your education?
Me: The savings are specifically for my education. So, they can spend it all for me.
VO: How much are your savings?
Me: Savings in gold and bank account are close to Rs.25 lakhs. If needed, my brother can also help me because he has a steady job.
VO: (looked grimly at the computer; He kept the passport aside) (Handing over the passport to me) your visa has been approved and you will get it within a week.
Me: Could I collect it from the VFS centre?
VO: You will have to contact VFS for the pick-up timings.
Me: OK. Thank you. Thanks a lot.
I could not stop smiling and later literally came out jumping with the I-20 in my hand!
I think confidence is the key. The sample F1 Visa interviews on HSB helped me a lot. Thank you HSB!