F1 Visa interview Rejected for an Indian Doctor in Saudi Arabia.
I am an Indian doctor working in Saudi for about 2 years now.
I got selected for my Doctorate degree in one of the best University in the US. TOEFL 115.
I have visited the US about 8 times on B1/B2 for Conference. I wasn’t sure if I should apply for F1 Visa from New Delhi or Riyadh.
I called up the US embassy and asked about my doubt and they replied that if I am staying at a place for more than 6 months I should apply form that place, so in my c,ase I should apply from F1 Visa from Saudi Arabia.
So this month I went to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for F1 Visa interview. Here is whatever I remember of the interview.
F1 Visa Interview – Indian Doctor
VO : Good Morning
ME: Morning Ma’am
VO: So you are going to US for studies?
ME : Yes Ma’am
VO: Why are you applying from here, you should apply from India?
ME: Ma’am I was uncertain of that and had called up the Embassy in Riyadh and they informed me that since I have been here for more than 6 months I shosuld apply from Saudi Arabia.
VO: But when you leave to study in the US you will be no longer a resident of this place, so how can I give you a Visa from here?
ME: I did not think about this as I was instructed to apply from this place by the embassy, otherwise I would have done it from New Delhi.
VO : Why this University?
ME: Its one of the best university for medical education in the US and throughout the word it is ranked among the best 50 schools.
VO : So what will you do after you finish from there.
ME: I will come back to this place and start working again, and if I have an American degree my salary will be 3-4 times higher that what I get currently.
VO: How much is your salary?
ME: this much
VO : Hmm.. so its a good investment
VO: I would love to give you a visa but unfortunately I cannot grant you a visa now.
ME: Zapped !!
VO: Handed me a white slip 214(b)
ME: But why so?
VO: The US immigration law states that you should show ties to your home country or your place of residence, which unfortunately you could not show.
ME: I can show you all my property parents and everything what I have in India.
VO: Thats ok , but you left India to work in Saudi, that means you don’t have ties strong enough which will keep you back in India, and here you do not have any ties, so according to the Law I cannot give you a visa.
Me: So, you think if I apply from Delhi I would get a visa from there?
VO: Maybe , but I cannot guarantee , If you show ties you may.
ME: Ok , any other documents which I can show?
VO: Please leave, cause I have many more people to interview or I would have to call the security.
ME: Well no need for that , have a nice day ahead.
Well, this was my experience.
Please guide me where I went wrong. Now I’m planning to apply from India in June, after completing my job contract here in Saudi Arabia, but I don’t know how would I show ties.
I have all my family there, property and everything.
But I will not be having any Job cause I have already resigned from my job in Saudi cause I was supposed to start School in July in the US.
What are my chances of getting a visa from India , if rejected once.
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