F1 Visa Interview Experiences

F1 Visa Interview – Approved – Cal State Northridge

Thanks to Suraj on successful F1 Visa interview Stamping.

I had applied to Cal State Northridge, for B.S Microbiology.

The course expense as on I-20 was $30,100 (INR 13,87,000).

The expected family contribution as on I-20 was $38,700 (INR 17,83,000).

My Bank account statement along with certificate from Manager had liquid cash of $65,413 (INR 30,12,875) of which 15 lakhs was personal savings and 15 lakhs was loan.

I had a CA (Charted Accountant) certificate showing land, car, jewelry, LICs etc showing up to $500,000 (INR 2.5 Crore) All these documents were 100% genuine and I was present when they were drafted.

  • My appointment was at 8AM, reached at 7.15, security will let you in at 7.50.

Security will scan folders and files, and will throw your papers haphazardly so take a transparent plastic bag to save time and energy.

NEVER carry envelopes ( whether opened or sealed, because you will be sent out to open them and throw the envelopes, making you lose 10-15 mins)

I was called at one of the many counters and asked for my fingerprints. Sticker on the blue HDFC receipt was stuck on the passport. My I-20, my marks cards and TOEFL score were put in a plastic bag. They instructed me not to add or remove any docs from the bag.

I was sent to the next building (Visa Bay). Wait time was not even 5 mins when i was called to the adjacent hall, and made to sit with interviews going on before me.

After 5 mins, We were called to join the queue, and my turn came. Of course, the VO will look at the queue even when he’s taking a interview just to evaluate your body language. So be confident, and have a smile on your face.

My interview was like this:

VO: *smiles* “Good Morning, How are you today?”
Me: *smiles* “Good Morning, I’m fine, How are you?”

VO: “I’m good, Slide the folder please” Takes the folder, looked at the PP, I-20 etc.
VO: “Place your right hand index finger on the red screen please”
Did so, fingerprint matched. He turned away from the comp and faced me. Now the game starts, look into his eyes, no matter how much you want to see below or behind him.

VO: “So, why do you wanna go to the US to do your bachelors?”
Me: “I want to get into a teaching profession later. If I want to teach somebody, then I must have State-of-art knowledge, which only US can provide”

VO: ” Tell me why do you wanna get into Cal State Northridge?”
Me: ” Because it is the No.2 university in all of US where most graduates go on to become teachers and get Ph.Ds”

VO: “But why do Microbiology at CSUN only?”
Me: “Because in all of the west coast, its the prime university having its own in-house bacteriology lab. It has its own DNA sequencing facility.

VO: ” How much did you score in your high school?”
Me: “93% in class 10 and 91% in class 12.”
He then looked at the Marks Cards and my Science Talent Certificate in which I had been placed 2nd All over India (spent 10-15 secs reading them).

VO: ” You’re so young, how did you decide to pursue a career in Bacteriology?”
Me: “A lot of people in my country die from these diseases. I lost my grandfather to Malaria two years ago. That inspired me to pursue this”

VO: ” Did you apply to any other Universities in the US?”
Me: “Yes, SFSU, Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Sacramento”

VO: ” Do you have any relatives in California?”
Me: “No.”

VO: “Then why did you choose California?”
Me: “Because California State University is the foremost Univ in the US laying stress on teaching. It has won several Presidential Awards for best teachers.”

VO: “Who is funding your studies?”
Me: ” My parents and my grandfather”

VO: ” You said your grandfather passed away. Is this the other one?”
Me: ” Yes, this is my maternal grandfather”

He goes back to type something. Then he threw the I-20 and my Marks cards into the tray at which point I felt like fainting. The next second he said “Ok, Your visa’s approved. It should reach you in about a week by courier.”

Be sure to smile and thank him later. He will return the smile and say you’re welcome.

I was shocked because he didn’t ask to see my financial docs like CA certs, Bank statements etc. Anyway, I’m flying Aug 13th to USA.

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  1. Hey did you go there for pursuing your under graduation??? Reply me quick coz I too am going there for under graduation.

  2. His grandfather died 2 years before So how can his dead grandfather supporting him??? 😕

    VO: ” You’re so young, how did you decide to pursue a career in Bacteriology?”

    Me: “A lot of people in my country die from these diseases. I lost my grandfather to Malaria two years ago. That inspired me to pursue this”

    VO: “Who is funding your studies?”

    Me: ” My parents and my grandfather”

    US VISA >> ANDhER NAgaRI ChOPat RAja

  3. Hello everyone,
    I finished my B.Tech I.T in 2009.Am going to do my M.S in Information Systems in 2011 winter. In the visa interview if the VO asks "what you did for one year?" Am i supposed to tell that "I did business".Is it right? Please give me suggestions.

    1. You should tell what you did in that one year. Do not lie. If the visa officer goes into details about it, you will make up false details hoping that it will make your case stronger. Visa officers are professionals and if they realize that you are lying, your visa will be denied. No use in lying, producing false academic or financial documents. If you have fake documents or are lying, you will be nervous and won't come across as confident. Hence, you may not get your visa.

  4. So dude, do return to India to take care of fellow countrymen how have been suffering from bacteria and virus.


  5. Hey everyone!

    Thanks for your comments. One thing I would like to advise everyone is not too have too high hopes. Atleast on the day of your interview, try to imagine that this interview is not gonna decide your life. Its okay to be nervous, but you will honestly not do well with overconfidence. Thinking, "I have done my best; its no problem if I don't get the visa" will help you get into a positive mindset.

    @SS Thanks for your advice. I will get into Med School after my Undergrad.

  6. That's really cool and his replies were brief and confident. Thanks for sharing and wish him luck on his trip to the States!!!

  7. Congratulations on your visa, but honestly I will say you are selling yourself too short. Cal State Northridge? You appear to be a much better student than that. Now that you are going anyway, you should get busy trying to transfer to a much more famous univ as soon as you reach. Focus on your work, you will easily be on top of your class at CSUN in the first year and you can use that to transfer to a top university… you even have a solid shot at the Ivy League.

  8. Congratulation suraj.

    Really ur successful visa interview sounding ur humility, honesty and confidence.

    Good luck

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