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F1 Visa Rejected for Second Masters Degree – Need Answers

Do you have a Masters Degree?

Are you planning to study a second Masters Degree in the US?

Then get ready to answer “Why do you want to study a second Masters Degree in the USA?”

If your answer is not convincing enough to the visa officer, then your F1 Visa would likely be Rejected!

That’s what happened with this student’s F1 Visa Interview.

F1 Visa Rejected Second Masters Degree

I received this email from a reader who sent her F1 Visa Interview Experience for a second Masters degree.

I got F1 visa rejection for second masters degree. I have already completed my M.Sc. in Biotechnology and have applied for MS Biochemistry.

The VO asked me why do you want to do MS again?

I explained that Biochemistry is a concentrated field and specialized subject. While Biotechnology was applied and wide subject. So I want to add core set of Biochemistry skills to my knowledge.

VO: Can you be more specific? How will second masters degree help you?

I said I want to work as Sr. Research Scientist.

But he wasn’t convinced.

Please help me what can I do or what should I have to improve in this case?

Possible Reasons for F1 Visa Rejection

Looks like your answers weren’t convincing enough to the Visa Officer to approve your F1 Visa.

And I think anyone reading your answer would agree. Right?

From what you have written in the email, you should have given a clear cut answer.

Look at the choice of words:

  • Concentrated field
  • Wide subject
  • Applied subject
  • Add Core Skills

Those words don’t necessarily convey your true intentions. And not strong enough to convince the Visa Office to approve the F1 Visa for second masters.

I have said several time before about the  same question.

If you are applying for a second Masters degree, you should expect this question:

Why do you want to second another Masters Degree?

Unless, you have well prepared and rehearsed answers, you are making it easy for the VO to reject your student F1 Visa.

Here’s an email from F1 Visa applicant with another layer of complexity in addition to Second Masters Degree.

f1 visa second masters degree applied one university

For an unprepared applicant, tackling the answers to “Why do you want to study Masters again?” is a challenge.

Now, add another scenario: Applied to just one university!

  • second masters-already having a masters degree from India and applied for masters again for the USA.
  • applied to one university but
  • have work experience of 3 years and 11 months

Why Second Masters in the USA?

We all know that 2+2 = 4.

But, there’s no magic formula or format to answer this question.

In fact, you don’t a formula at all.

The answer to this question is actually within yourself. You have to take a piece of paper and a pen.

Find a place to sit and write down the answers.

You decided to Study in the USA.

You decided to study a second masters degree.

You are spending so much money to study.

You can’t expect another person to write an answer for you.

You are the lead character in your movie. So, think to find the real reason and motivation to study in the USA.

And speak up that answer.


  1. Roshan on July 29, 2019 at 4:13 PM

    Hi what was your answer had the VO asked you about the second masters?

  2. Sam on June 11, 2019 at 1:31 PM

    Hi all,
    I’m currently enrolled in a US university for a Ph.D. course (Ending Aug 2021) and my visa with Master’s degree (Got in First attempt for 5 years) is expiring in this November, 2019. I’m planning to go to India July for a 3 week emergency situation. Here are my questions:
    1. Do I need to go for stamping compulsory as my visa is valid for less than 6 months?
    2. Do I need to go for stamping only after current visa gets expired? How soon can I go for stamping before the expiring of the current one?
    3. Will I face any issues at port of entry as my visa will be valid for only 4 months when I come back?
    4. I’m considering travelling to Canada (I have visit visa) to get F1 visa stamped before going to India. Is it better to go in India or Canada?
    What kind of questions should I expect at the Interview? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  3. Anoop on January 16, 2019 at 6:55 PM

    Hi All,
    I got approval for my second masters’ in USA.
    Luckily he did not ask anything about “why I am going for second masters”.
    I scored 326 in GRE, which impressed him I guess.But prepared heavily for the interview.
    Just sharing my experience. Infact I read all the blogs about getting visa for second masters in the web.If you are plain lucky, there wont be any questions.Even if he asks, if you have a convincing answer and can say it with confidence, you will get it.All the best

    • Roshan on July 29, 2019 at 4:13 PM

      Hi what was your answer had the VO asked you about the second masters?

    • Sam on October 3, 2019 at 9:29 AM

      Hi Anoop,

      I am also going to attend F1 interview for my second masters. Does your university offer day 1 cpt? What questions were asked in your interview and which consulate ?

  4. NK on November 18, 2018 at 8:07 PM

    I am doing my second master (CPT), it was terminated and I had to receive a new I20 and do re-entry. Usually for student visa the I94 says D/S, but I received a date and the officers mentioned I should do a re-entry on/before the date mentioned. My visa is expiring in 6 months. I am not sure what to do? Has anyone faced this issue. What do you advice? Re-entering/ Leaving is my only option or file for extension which I think is too late for me to do. Appreciate any advice

    • Jay on July 15, 2019 at 2:23 PM

      Did you problem Solved ??

  5. Gouri K Matere on December 18, 2017 at 12:17 AM


    I have done my first masters in Electrical engineering from the University of Bridgeport. My OPT is over and currently doing second masters in Computer Science from Harrisburg University. I have traveled to India several times (once during the first masters, once on OPT and once on Second masters CPT), fortunately, had no issues while re-entering into the US.
    now my F-1 visa is expired which was on first masters. I am planning to visit India in February and I understand that I will have to give a Visa interview. I am really tensed as in what would be the consequences of appearing for an F-1 visa interview on a second master.
    Please advise.

    • Raghu on December 18, 2017 at 3:57 AM

      If you are doing second Masters just to stay in status, continuing the same job from OPT for CPT means, it’s gray area. Good luck with your second F1 Visa interview. Expect lot of questions. Please do come back here to share how it went. Consult with your Attorney as well.

    • ceren on June 13, 2018 at 1:18 PM

      Hi Gouri,

      Can you let us know how things turned out for you? Did you get your F-1 visa?

    • Haylee on October 22, 2018 at 4:01 PM

      Hi, I am planning to travel back home this winter and I’m worried I will not be able to re enter the US or be questioned heavily. I got my masters in the US (F1) then OPT then I am again enrolled in a university to pursue my MBA (same F1 visa from previous school), while on CPT. I read so many posts on people saying don’t leave the country while on 2nd masters CPT, but I see that you made it back! Could you provide more details on what documents you had in hand with you and what questions were asked at immigration? Much appreciated. Thank you.

    • Raghav on November 14, 2018 at 9:01 AM

      Hello Gouri.
      I am currently in a similar situation and on CPT at HU. Can you share your experience on getting a second F1 stamp?
      Thank you.

    • Kumar on January 23, 2019 at 1:02 AM

      Hi ,

      Could you share your experience. I am in same situation.

    • sana on February 11, 2019 at 4:34 AM

      can you share your experience, what are you up too?

  6. Neeya on January 16, 2017 at 5:58 AM

    Hi! I did a Masters in non STEM subject. I graduated with MS in 2015 and worked for a year on OPT. I did not get an H1B. My F-1 visa stamp says it is valid till 2018. If I decide to do PhD would I have to apply for F-1 visa again.

  7. Pinal on December 14, 2016 at 6:54 AM

    Hi. I appeared for f1 visa on 8th dec but they reject me
    . And i am going to second time on 21 dec.. the que she asked me why r u going to do again masters ? And my ans is-
    I did my one master in urban planning amd now i am going to do masters in transportation..
    Please help me that how i convince them for getting visa ?

  8. Student on January 6, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Hi All,

    I have completed my masters in an accredited non profit university (which meets all the criteria for the student to be eligible for masters quota at the time of H1b application). However H1 did not go through and I had to join Harrisburg university for second masters. I wanted to understand if I will continue to be eligible under masters quota when I file for H1 on April 2016 as I have a degree from an accredited non profit university.


    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 6, 2016 at 7:54 PM

      Yes, you would be eligible for Advanced Degree Cap.

  9. Manish on July 1, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    Same problem

  10. megha on July 27, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Hello Everyone,

    I have already done my MBA in retail management from India and have applied again for MBA in IT in USA, what can be a best possible answer to convince VO to approve my student visa.

    Also, does age factor matters in this? Please guide soon.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on July 28, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      It will be a challenge and you need to have an convincing answer. If VO gets the feeling that your MBA in USA is means for you to just enter USA, then you could get rejection under 214(b).

  11. SNS on January 1, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Mine situation is same like you people.I have completed MCA and now m going for MS in Information quality program.Now m worried about the main question “WHY YOU WANT TO GO FOR ANOTHER MASTER DEGREE?” Please help me.

  12. SSVS on April 28, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Hi All,
    I am going through this blog since a month ,and it is very useful .
    My profile:
    masters in MIS in USA,came back to India before my opt got completed.
    working in Information systems.
    now iam planning to do MBA .got admitted to the same univ as previous masters and other.
    have my interview on may 3rd.
    Though am prep with the Q on why double masters…..dont know the exact way to convince them…any suggestions would be appreciated…..
    Guys wish me good luck too!!!!!!!!

  13. rii on April 27, 2012 at 3:27 AM


    Please let us know if any one got the visa who has done masters already. Mine is rejected twice have done MCA going for MS in CS.

    • aqua on July 11, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      same is mine case 🙁 i got rejected thrice !!!!

  14. vinod on April 12, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Hi , Am in same boat . Am a Ap guy , I heard that chennai visa consulate will give f1 visa for dual masters . Am a mca student , I want to do masters in computer science. but my visa is rejected for first time in chennai because of dual masters . Can u tell me the proper answer to get visa and which visa consulate(hyd / chennai) is best for interview .

  15. Naresh on December 12, 2010 at 4:45 AM

    hey guys…
    i hav done mba…. i got admtd to MS Info Tech & Magmt…. if he asks why again masters after ur mba ? i hav my visa interview on 20th of dec so pls do rply as early as possible

    please help me how can i convince him…?

    • N on June 5, 2011 at 6:20 AM

      just wanted to know how did ur visa interview go? i m also going for a second master’s.

    • om on November 17, 2015 at 7:39 AM

      hi bro…. i am in the same case….. did u get ur visa… wat r u doing now.. please share some experience.

  16. prashanth on October 27, 2010 at 7:59 AM

    Dear friends,

    I am also having same problem.I have done I want to do MS in computer science.I am going to attend ambassy in november 2011,please any one can give me proper answer.

    • vinod on April 12, 2011 at 8:59 PM

      hai boss, r u got the visa. Am also in same problem boss at present . can u give some suggestions to me , my mail id is [email protected]

  17. Pami on October 8, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    Is it the same if you apply for a second Bachelor Degree?
    Here is my situation. I did a BA in Marketing in UK( 08) n now want to move in Insurance. My uncle n father have a Insurance company back home, n i intend to go work with them after.I have only applied and got accepted to one university. But the thing is that i originally applied for an MBA n was denied and advised by the Uni to do a 2nd BA instead. I am married n livin in the UK n my father is sponsoring me.
    What do you think of my profile? What problems could i encounter?

  18. Jagadeesh on September 25, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    Hi this is jagadeesh I also completed my Msc chemistry and looking for MS chemistry again in Ms. So, to get the visa i need to convince the VO.
    How it would be if I say like this ? plz replay me whether VO got convinced with this explanation or not.
    I will explain like this, " sir, The Msc which i did now is completely theoritical and I don't have even a single project in my Msc. Now a days this type of theoritical degrees without practical experience are given last preference. Thats why I decided to do MS again in US where Graduates main objective is to do research".

    Another possible explanation would be like this, " sir, I am a Bsc student with three years degree . With this three years degree I am not eligible for the MS in US. More over, the eligibility requirement for a three year Bsc student to do MS is Bsc+ Msc. So in order to fulfill the eligibility i did my Msc here. Now i am eligible to do MS in US.

    PLz replay me does this explanations would convince the VO or not plz…………..

    • prashanth on October 27, 2010 at 8:04 AM

      Somewhat ok…

    • deepika on July 14, 2011 at 10:47 PM

      can you please tell me if you got ur visa… if yes… how did you convince him

    • Viraj on August 9, 2019 at 10:38 AM

      Did u get the visa?

  19. pooja on August 26, 2010 at 3:14 AM

    Please can anyone give me further guidance?

  20. prashanti on August 25, 2010 at 2:04 AM

    @machbio : Thanq.. This sounds great!! 🙂

  21. machbio on August 24, 2010 at 9:04 PM


    you can mention that you have been working in some company.. and the company wants me to upgrade my skills and they are not willing to pay for my study cost.. so i am going on my own to study…

  22. pooja on August 24, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Can you send me some suggestions or links for proper answers?

  23. prashanti on August 24, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    Hi all,

    Even i have completed my Msc here and am planning for MS 2011 intake. SO will i also face the same prob?!! How should i convince the VO? I want to apply for MS in Microbiology and shift to clinical research after going there. Will it be a prob?!!

    • SS on August 25, 2010 at 6:39 AM

      In the US, it is very common for people to change fields. Why dont you tell the VO that in this tough economy, you need to retrain in order to be more competitive. That is very easy to believe.

      • prashanti on August 26, 2010 at 7:48 AM


        Yeah it is!! Thnq 🙂

        • Praveen on April 23, 2013 at 7:04 AM

          @prashanthi : could you please share the experience you had with VO for the second masters degree…..

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