I am from NEPAL. I gave my f1 visa interview at Kathmandu on 14 May 2012. – Sudeep
- Undergrade in mechanical engineering
- undergrade % 71.34
- 10th grade = 78%
- 12th grade =74.9 %
- GRE =306 TOEFL = 89 ( 2 months work experience. )
I had contacted a professor there at the UC merced.
My research field is THERMAL SCIENCE AND ENERGY CONVERSION.
- My I20 reflects expense —> $44k and fund from school —-> $53k annually
- LEVEL – direct PHD
my visa interview went like this:
VO – hey. Good morning.
ME – hi. Good morning .. how are you?
VO – I’m fine. So which UNIVERSITY ?
ME – University of California, Merced
VO – So, mechanical engineering?
ME- yeah sir.
VO – Why this UNIVERSITY ?
ME – It’s the 1st research based university of USA in 21st century and I have contacted the professor and he liked my academic background. We had a skype session (and then he interrupts me )
VO – (looking my I-20 ) So you got pretty good funding eh? ( he was kind of smiling ..i think he praised my funding .. it was looking like that )
ME – (smiling back ) yeah sir.
VO – so whats your your plan. Are you coming back to NEPAL after your research?
ME – Yeah sir. I have a plan to come back here in NEPAL and work as a post doc researcher in the energy institute(center) who promotes ALTERNATIVE ENERGY like AEPC (alternative energy promotion center) and GRID NEPAL, where i think my research would be very helpful for the success of the institute and ultimately NEPAL. When I told him the first sentence he was not looking me and for the 2nd sentence we had a great eye contact with each other and I saw in his eye that he was convince with my answer or like was appreciating my plan. He kinda moved back from the eye contact we had for few seconds )
VO – So you married?
ME – No sir. not yet.
VO – So you have plan to marry in near future?
ME- no sir.
VO -(sarcastically ) I mean now you have a good funding from the school n you are going to USA. Any NEPALI girl will be willing to marry you. Won’t they?
ME – haha. No sir. Not before my PhD. That may be the case but i have no intention of marrying before my research.
VO – (types something on the computer for like 20 secs and then ) OK sir … you can pay your 200$ bill for the visa issuance at counter no 10. Have you brought the money now?
ME- yes sir. I have it now.
VO – OK UR VISA HAS BEEN APPROVED.CONGRATULATIONS AND GOOD LUCK.
ME – have a nice day sir. Thanks a lot.
That’s it. It was like 2 minutes interview.