I applied fto four universities and got an admit from just one university – IIT Chicago for Food Safety and Technology. I attended F1 Visa interview twice and F1 Visa was rejected twice on 214(b).
At the time of token assignment, I told a lie for him stating that I haven’t changed my application details which I later realized that I did change it. I wanted to know if this could be the reason for rejection of my F1 Visa?
Interview One: F1 Visa Rejected on 214(b)
Me: Good morning sir
VO: Pass your I 20 and the other documents ( I20, Degree completion certificate, SEVIS Fee, Score Reports)
Me: I passed it to him and was waiting for him to ask the questions
VO: So Which school are you going for ?
Me: Pardon Sir.
VO: Which University did you apply for?
Me: IIT, Chicago
VO: So, why this university?
Me: I started out very bad saying that the university is good and it has an MOU with FDA and IFSH which helps students get to work with the government funded projects.
VO: Which major are you applying for
Me: Food safety and Technology
VO: What’s your academic percentage?
VO: Any backlogs
me : None sir
VO: When did you graduate?
VO: Checked out my Gre and Toefl scores (290 and 86)
Me: I was positive enough that it was a 100% approval
VO: I think the requirements that you have presented us are not enough and I don’t think that you will complete the course work.
Me: But the university was OK with me and my profile
VO: Angrily replied “That is not enough for the VISA interview sir”
Me: I was issued a 214 (b)
I thought he didn’t check my profile like checking out my transcripts, financial certificates CA statements, etc.
I applied for the visa once again to try out my luck this time. This time prepared very well and was 100% sure that I would get the F1 Visa.
Interview Two: Rejected in 214(b) Again
I applied again for the Chennai consulate. This time, it was another guy ( thought that I would get the same guy because he was just two counters away from where I got).
VO: I think we have examined your profile once and rejected you so what changes have you done from the first interview
Me: None. ( And I could see his face changed with a NO visa approval for this guy)
VO: So why did you apply for the VISA interview again.
Me: The first time I was not given a chance for showing my documents and other information so I applied it once again. Then he typed something.
VO: So what’s your academic score?
VO: I think that without any changes made attending the visa interview is kind of complicated issue
Me: But the first time I couldn’t prove myself by showing my documents.
VO: I don’t need to see the documents and then took the 214 (b) paper again
Me: What sought of changes do you require for my profile when I have everything requirement cleared
VO: This time I don’t think we can approve your visa sir.
So please suggest me what are those loopholes where I couldn’t get through F1 Visa twice?
Here’s another example of a student who got caught lying about total number of backlogs
F1 Visa Interview Analysis:
- Understanding: 0/10
- Preparation: 2/10
- Answers: 3/10
- Execution: 2/10
You just cannot schedule second interview after 214(b) rejection with reason that you did not have an opportunity to show the documents.
Plus, you are answering that there’s ZERO change since the last interview. How do you expect to get the visa again?
Why is it so hard to get F1 Visa?
Indian Visa applicants don’t not self-select. Anyone who a degree and admission assume that they qualify and deserve an F1 Visa. That’s not the case.
What Could Have Been Done?
- Made considerable changes to profile
- Waited for a semester or a year
- Showing Documents doesn’t guarantee Visa.