F1 Visa Rejected for Second Masters Degree

Raghuram Sukumar F1 Visa Interview Experiences 32 Comments

I received this email from a reader who sent her F1 Visa Interview Experience for second Masters degree. I wanted to post the question here, so all HSB readers can share their thoughts and comments.

I got rejection in F1 visa. 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 Bio chemistry is a concentrated field and specialized subject. While Biotech was very applied and wide subject. So I want to add core to my knowledge. He asked me how will it help me?

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?

Looks like answer you gave was not convincing. From what you have written in the email, you should have given clear cut answer. Concentrated field, wide area doesn’t seem right way to justify the reason for second masters degree.

I have said several time before about the  same question. If you are applying for second Masters degree, you will be asked the same question as above. Unless, you have very good reason and answer, it could be tough to get F1 Visa Stamping.



  1. hi,

    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.

    1. Author

      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.

    2. Hi Gouri,

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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 ?

  4. 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.


  5. 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.

    1. 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).

  6. 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.

  7. 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!!!!!!!!

  8. Hi,

    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.

  9. 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 .

  10. 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…?

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

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

  11. Dear friends,

    I am also having same problem.I have done MCA.now 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.

  12. 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?

  13. 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…………..

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

  14. @prashanthi..

    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…

  15. 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?!!

    1. 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.

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

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