F1 Visa Interview for Fall 2012 – Direct PhD – US Embassy, Nepal

I am from NEPAL. I gave my f1 visa interview at Kathmandu on 14 May 2012. – Sudeep

F1 Visa Interview Experiences Fall 2012

  • 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 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.


ME – have a nice day sir. Thanks a lot.

That’s it. It was like 2 minutes interview.


  1. anuj paudel on July 5, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    can anyone tell me how to prepare property valuation certificate?

  2. ASHOKE K RUJ on June 6, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    I want to know about Direct PH.D in Business Education.
    I have 7 years of work nex in rhe field of electrical engineering.
    Plz help.

  3. Sidhant on May 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    I want to apply for a direct Phd . Please tell me the steps I need to follow…

  4. sssooddeeeppp on May 26, 2012 at 3:49 AM

    your hardwork made your visa interview so easy…congrats..i am proud of you.i wish you all the best for your future in merced and wish to see you as Dr. sudeep shrestha …

  5. Meenu on May 26, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    This is really gud dear….feel gud to read your positive responsive answers for the questions of VO……Juzt go nd njy ur research…gud luck

    • sudeep on May 26, 2012 at 2:15 AM

      thanks! hope it helps other ….

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