F1 Visa Interview Experience – Fall 2018 – Review, Analysis and Lessons Learned

Here’s an F-1 Visa Interview Rejection experience, where you can learn several lessons to help you with your F1 Visa interview and avoid rejection.

What’s Included in this article:

  • Student Profile
  • F1 Visa Interview Experience (Rejected)
  • [Video] F1 Visa Interview Analysis
    • Quiz – Guess How Many Mistakes
    • Interview Analysis
    • Lessons Learned
    • Approval Chances (in future)

F1 Visa Interview: Student Profile

  • Semester: Fall 2018
  • U.S. Consulate: Chennai
  • Attempt: Second Interview
  • Degree: MS in Computer Science
  • University: University of Central Michigan

There are so many mistakes in this interview, I don’t know where to start. And in the end, the students is literally begging the visa officer and asking for reasons for rejections.

Getting an answer from a Visa Officer about reasons for rejection is almost impossible. Even if you can get a single word from them would mean a world of difference in the next interview. But, this time, the Visa Officer actually gave the actual reason for rejection.

When I was reading this experience, I could see the way interview went and it’s not hard to see why the visa was rejected. This interview shows that student is not credible and qualified. But, the questions:

  •  What could have been done differently?
  • What lessons can you learn from this experience?
  • Should this student appear for interview again in future?

F1 Visa Interview Experience – MS Computer Science – Rejected – Fall 2018

I got the same counter and same Visa Officer (VO) who rejected me in my first visa interview. However, I thought I shouldn’t go to the same visa officer again. So I just told the security that I need to some water before attending the interview. By the time I returned, I was able to go to the different counter for the visa interview.

This time the VO was a young man with tattoos all over on his shoulder.

This officer rejected a B1/B2 tourist visa in front of me. I got nervous after seeing that. I could literally see my feel my heart is pumping at the speed of race car.

He (Consular Officer) asked me to come forward!

Me: Good morning sir.
VO: Good morning. Pass me your I20 and passport.
Me: Sure.

VO: Which University?
Me: Central Michigan University

VO: Which major?
Me: Computer Science

VO: What Specialization?
Me: I was little tensed because I did not prepare to answer a particular specialization. So I told all the subjects like Big data, Cyber Security, Mobile computing, etc.

VO: He was little shocked and asked me in all these majors?
VO: Why are you going for MS in the USA?
Me: To get better opportunities when I come back home.

VO: Ok! Who is going to pay for studies in America?
Me: My parents.

VO: What do they do?
Me: We have Business.

VO: What kind of business?
Me: We have a Restaurant and Poultry farms.

VO: Ok. He was typing something and took a Blue slip. I was begging him. Sir last time also my visa got rejected but I met all the requirements to get a F1 student visa. Please tell me the reason, sir.

VO: My decision is final. I can’t change it now. Please leave.
Me: Sir, please. Please, tell me the reason so that I can correct it next time and reapply.

VO: I felt I you are not a credible student.
Me: Feeling sad. Said Thank You.


F1 Visa Interview – Rejection – Analysis

In this video (10 Minutes), you will learn several interview tips. Note: Please share this video page on Facebook before you can watch the video.

  • F1 Visa Interview Analysis
  • Quiz for Your
  • One Example of Invisible Factor
  • What students can have done differently
  • Lessons you can learn from this interview


Next Steps – Prepare for F1 Visa Interview

Don’t take F1 Visa interview for granted. The moment your F1 Visa is rejected, you will realize the seriousness of the interview process.

Plus, don’t get fooled away because you know someone with a similar profile or even low-quality profile was able to get the visa, you don;t have to work as hard.

It’s your interview, your answers and you have to face the F1 Visa Interview challenge head-on. There’s no way around it.

Once you F1 Visa is rejected, it’s really hard to overcome. Negative factors in your profile coupled with previous rejection mean another rejection is highly likely. So, understand the “THE FACTOR” as I described in the video and prepare for US. Student visa interview based on that. Your fist visa interview is Golden Opportunity. Don’t mess it up. Every other

Your fist F1 visa interview is a Golden Opportunity.

Don’t mess it up. Every other attempt and visa interview opportunity after previous rejection is not Golden (it’s more like Silver, Bronze, etc) because they know your weakness.

Next: F1 Visa Rejected Twice on 214(b) – Review and Interview Analysis

17 Comments

  1. Shannu on July 5, 2018 at 3:35 PM

    It’s very simple. Because your both siblings are there in the USA and your sister-in-law and your Brother is a professor working in USA. He thought that you will not come back and will settle there. You have to convince him in such a way that you will be returning to India for sure.

    Note: VO are highly trained and can judge you very well. You have to be very confident and even if they doubt 1%, they will reject the VISA.

    Hope it helps

  2. aakanshya on July 2, 2018 at 8:58 AM

    My f1 visa interview got rejected.

    My background: have b2 visa traveled to US two times for the first time stayed for 1 month then 2nd time stayed for 6 months( did not overstay). Came back to home country and started preparing to pursue MBA in USA. I plan to stay with my elder brother in US. My brother and my sister in law are going to sponsor me. Also, my elder sister is pursuing nursing in USA. My sister went to US in 2008 and has not come back. My brother went in 2010 and visited here once. Both my siblings are in the same state and non of family member have greencard.

    I dont want to mention the University name that I have got into its an average university. Also the state that my siblings are living

    I do not remember the exact conversation but I remember the questions that were asked.

    VO:Why do you want to go to US?
    Me: to pursue MBA in ###

    VO:How many times have you been to US?
    Me: twice before once in 2015 and the other in 2016

    VO: It looks like you said for a long time?why?
    Me: for the first timeI stayed for 1 month then I stayed for 6 mnths to I had recently graduated so I went therevisit my siblings, attend my brother’s wedding, to see different places, I also got to visit some of the Universities.

    VO: Who do you have in USA?
    Me: My sister pursuing nursing in @@@@. My brother professor in **** and also my sister-in-law

    Vo: Both your siblings are in yyyy state?
    Me: Yes

    Vo: Do you have anymore siblings?
    Me: No

    Vo: What will you do with an MBA?
    Me: Come back to my home country and work in my family business (then I explained a little about what I want to learn and how I will implement it in my family business)

    Vo: What did you do after graduation?
    Me: Preparing for MBA and learning working in family business

    Vo: I am sorry ma’am but you do not qualify………….
    Me: Thank you

    So, can anyone please tell me what went wrong? I forgot to ask the VO why he came to the conclusion that I will not be a fulltime student if I get a visa and why does he think that I wont return back? Also the VO only took my latest transcript and I-20 while interviewing me. I guess only I-20 and transcript is required for interview these days.

    How can assure the VO that I will return back? And how do I pass my next visa interview? Do I have any chance of getting the visa?

    • rishva on July 24, 2018 at 3:27 PM

      You have visitor visa so you can try to apply in USA for change of status here so many attorney can help you and you just need to get I20 from college . i did same thing

  3. Atharva Wadhokar on April 21, 2018 at 11:17 AM

    my visa interview is next month and i am planning to do my BS degree from michigan state university i just wanted to know what r the chances of rejection for a student who is going for bachelor degree

  4. Krishna on February 2, 2018 at 2:46 AM

    HI Mayur,

    I have gone through your VISA interview. No clear information about your studies that whether your a bachelor student or Master student. VO asked about your educational qualification that is about degree but u have mentioned about your certification courses. Please give a clarity about your education then your certifications.

  5. betelihem legesse on December 18, 2017 at 3:36 AM

    hello. i am from ethiopia.today my sister have an interview and she is rejected, but we don’t know the reasons the officer asks the question and she answer. finally he asks about her sponsor how related with her and she said we are related by adopting my sister. and he say sorry. i have an appointment to December 26, our sponsor is the same. please help me is there any problem with our sponsor?

  6. Ganiu kabiru on December 3, 2017 at 5:21 AM

    Hi, can anyone guide me to avoid been rejected a F1 visa interview….please my interview date is 13 Dec…i’ll be glad to here back from you guys

  7. Ganiu kabiru on December 3, 2017 at 5:20 AM

    Hi, can anyone guide me to avoid been reject a F1 VISA interview….please my interview date is 13 Dec…i’ll be glad to here back from you guys

  8. vandan patel on November 22, 2017 at 6:06 AM

    Hi, Can any one help me with this visa rejection reason.?

    Place: Mumbai
    Date: 20th november
    Time: 9 am

    VO seemed to be strict and rude,also he rejected a girl before me

    Me: Good Morning
    VO: No response(which made me nervous)

    VO: Passport please
    Me: Sure sir.

    VO: Which University.?
    Me: california university riverside (it was actually university of California riverside which i
    corrected)

    VO: When did you pass out.?
    Me: 2016

    VO: What were you doing since then, Sir.?
    Me: Sir, Currently I have been working as a marketing executive in company .

    VO: who is going to sponsor you?
    Me: my mother is going to sponsor me.

    VO: What does she do?
    Me:She is a business woman in same company.

    VO:Family business?
    Me:Yes

    VO: Why this university.?
    Me:This is one of the 10 California university,and only this university offers me 9 month course as PGDM

    VO: Why do you want to go for 9 months of studies in usa?
    Me: This program covers all the subjects in am interested in and I think it is not required to study 2 year MBA which as other subjects.

    VO: Unfortunately you are not eligible for visa ,sorry .
    Me: okay.

    • jagjeet singh on December 14, 2017 at 9:19 AM

      have you applied again for same university

  9. mayur on August 14, 2017 at 8:09 AM

    my self mayur butani from Gujarat. I had completed Data Entry Program in 2010 and HSC 12th science in 2009. I work as a technician microbiologist.
    I enrolled in English second language at University of Florida.
    I rejected in my 1st f1 visa in mumbai consulant . It was small duration in interview and i did many mistake. five question asked
    why chose English second language : to further study in Medical assistant
    what do you have qualification : I had completed Data Entry Program in 2010 and HSC 12th science in 2009.
    it’s graduate or undergraduate program : no, it’s certified course
    what is your percentage : 49.9
    sorry i can’t give you visa
    my second appointment in 28 August at Hyderabad
    please guide me

  10. Selva on May 27, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Hi, Can any one help me with this visa rejection reason.?

    Place: Chennai
    Date: May 15th
    Time: 10.30

    VO was a guy in his 30s and appeared like a Rock Star.

    VO: Good Morning.
    Me: Good Morning

    VO: Passport & I20 please
    Me: Sure sir. (Given)

    VO: Which University.?
    Me: Binghamton University

    VO: When did you pass out.?
    Me: 2006

    VO: What were you doing since then, Sir.?
    Me: Sir, Currently I have been working with XXX
    and I have overall 10 years of work Exp.

    VO: Can I see your certificate.?
    Me: Yes. (Before pulling out my certificate, he asked other question.)

    VO: Why this university.?
    Me: Sir, I have industry exp in IBM iSeries and have good exposure in DB side.
    I want to focus on distributed system under computer science and not many universitiies
    offers this course as part of their course work. (He glanced my face twice this time.)

    VO: Howmany admits.?
    Me: Currenty I have one admits and waiting for admit from FSU.

    VO: Under section 214-b I cant grant your visa.
    Me: Thank you Sir.

    • Raghu on June 1, 2017 at 2:38 PM

      Join f1 rejection review and we can talk about rejection reasons.

      • Krutika Shetkar on June 15, 2018 at 6:07 AM

        Hi Raghu,

        June 5th was my visa interview in Chennai and was given 221g blue form because I had not paid my sevis fee. Passport was not given back . I immediately paid the fee and rushed to VAC Chennai to submit the fee receipt and blue form. When I’m tracking my status in CEAC it’s showing as “Refused” and when I’m tracking in portal it’s showing as “Passport is still with Embassy”.

        Later I got my passport back with a 214(b) inside it.

        Visa Experience:-

        1. Why this university
        Because it’s got great curriculum n I want to pursue masters in electrical engineering more specifically automotive controls n engineering which is mentioned as a separate field by only this university. Moreover was fascinated by research works of prof Jeffrey n bo Chen n wish to get mentored by them .
        2. How many admits n which universities?
        3 admits, MTU,UCD,NJIT
        3. Who is sponsoring?
        Primary source of funding would be my parents and aside as a back have got 20Lac rupee loan sanctioned
        4. Plans after masters ?
        Would come to India n rejoin the company in which I’m working now in a senior most position n I’m very much attached to parents would be staying with them

        I am really not getting why my visa was rejected even after submitting sevis fee receipt. Please guide me I have my next interview next month in Mumbai.

        • Raghuram Sukumar on June 21, 2018 at 12:49 AM

          You should have paid the SEVIS Fee in the first place and not given them an opportunity to ask you to pay. Go for the interview again.

  11. Billy Bob on May 17, 2017 at 7:29 PM

    Don’t worry about visa rejection. Some of those who have got visa approvals are going to sham schools like Campbellsville University and the University of Cumberlands attending classes once a semester.

    Is this even legal? What are these students going to learn by attending 16 hrs of school in one semester? They are just wasting money, time and waiting for disaster to happen.

    Some of these students will never learn even after Tri-Valley, SVU and NPU situations.

    • AmigoKasa on October 17, 2018 at 6:13 AM

      My dear Billy Bob, I am not sure what elements made you to have an opinion about these schools. Did you ever got time to look at basketball players practices at normal community base playgrounds. These players and such community base places are opportunity for people who does not have good support or motivation to pursue their masked goals to be a good basketball player or coach.

      According to me the system need to be blamed if the schools are wrong and I have seen so many people who joined schools even by carrying 287 in GRE. I would like to suggest you to respect their needs of knowledge and careers and not consider the conspiracies behind the schools management.

      If someone really would like to calculate the depth of the well they should actually perceive the depth by touching the land origin of the well not the wellness wall.

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