Hello HSB, I’ve been following HSB for a very long time but never posted anything, well my F1 VISA application has been denied twice at Mumbai.
My Orientation is on 22nd Aug. Could you please help me with this ?
F1 Visa Experience -1st Attempt : 7/7/2011
I really don’t have any idea what happened in those 3 mins of my interview. He didn’t even look at documents I was carrying.
VO : Good afternoon
Me : Good Afternoon
VO : So, San Diego.. How did you get to know about San Diego State University?
Me : While I was looking for the my program MS in CS with Majors on Networking and Embedded Systems, I found Dr. Marie Roch is working on the same project.Which seemed to be of interest to me.Hence I decided to go the SDSU.
VO : Did you write your GRE and TOEFL?
Me : Yes I wrote my GRE twice. (Told him both the scores)
VO : Why US why not India?
Me : Its the US education system which upgrades itself according to the latest technology. The course is based on the practical knowledge but here in India the course is all theory. I’ll get to learn more.
VO : Sorry.. I can’t give you the VISA.You can reapply and you’ll find another VO.
Me : Sir I am a genuine student.
VO : Sorry the decision has been made.
Me : Could you please tell me the reason for my rejection?
VO : Sorry.. According to the US laws I don’t have that right.
Me : Thank you Sir.
There were 5 people in queue and I was the 6th one.
4 were boys and a girl. All the boys were given the passports back but the girl (was going to DENVER University) was give the VISA.
2nd Attempt : 2/8/2011
VO :So you are going to US for your studies ? Which University ?
Me: Yes sir, San Diego State University(SDSU) CA
VO: Why SDSU ?
Me: Its because of the course structure and the flexibility of choosing the subjects, moreover the University also offered me Mobile and Web based Application Course in addition to my Computer Networks Program.This was the best options available from the admits I’ve got
VO: How many Universities did you apply to?
Me: 5 Sir
VO: How many admits ?
Me: 4/5 Sir
VO : What all admits ?
Me: California State University(CSU) at LA, CSU Long Beach, San Jose State University, San Diego State University
VO: All in California ? Why ?
Me: Sir I applied to State University of New York at Bufflalo.
VO: Why not India?
Me: Sir the Indian education system is more theoritical. While US education system deal in imparting the pratical knowledge
VO: Why not Europe ?
Me: I didn’t give a thought for it.
VO: Sorry I can’t issue you the VISA.
Can I go for the Universities in Canada and UK for the next spring session as I am already late for the this Fall session.
I am not sure what should I do now. Please help me.
Here is the problem
I know its hard when visa is rejected. But, when you are looking for help, you need to have established relationship.
There is no way for me to know you have been following the blog for long time, unless you are frequent commenter.
People realize that they have to comment only when they are in trouble or need help.
I have posted time and time again to build your network (but not when you need). You need to have contacts expecting the need.
For instance take job search. Students know after MS they have to look for a job, but they will start building their network after graduation. It ain’t going to help. S
Let other readers comment on your visa interview experience.