F1 Visa Interview Experiences

F1 Visa Rejected Twice – 17 Backlogs

This is HSB FAN S from Hyderabad. Today i had my second visa interview and was rejected because i had 17 backlogs.

My visa interview went like this

First F1 Visa Interview

VO- how many backlogs?
me- 17 sir,

VO- y?
me- sir, i had 10 backlogs in my second year and i realized the burden of having many backlogs then cleared all. And in my final year i got a distinction with a percentage of 77.3

VO- what is ur undergradution %?
me- 57.22%

VO- are you working any where?
me- no sir

Thats it me said ur not qualified for F1 visa

Second F1 Visa Interview

My second F1 visa interview went like this
I actually went to the same VO who rejected my visa for first time. Then he asked me is this the second time ur coming. i replied yes sir it was you rejected my visa then he said goto counter no 12. And the interview went for only 30 seconds i guess.

VO- For what you have applied?
me- masters in CS

VO- y this Uuiversity?
me- ma’am after completion of my B.tech i searched universities which have masters in CS. Then i came across NYIT which have course like JAVA, DBMS, CO which are of my interest in my B.tech. So, i applied and got admission.

VO- she checks the system and asks me you have 17 backlogs?
me- yes ma’am the reason is my college was very far from my home and by the time i reach home in the evening i would be tired and could not concentrate. And also i was the captain of my college cricket team in 2nd year.That is the reason i had 10 backlogs out of 17 in my 2nd year and i made a mistake and realized have cleared all my backlogs. In my final year project i got a distinction with a % of 77.3

Thats it she said u r not qualified for visa today and have a good day. i came back saying ty. First time i went oklahoma city university n second time with NYIT. The reason i went with OCU for 1st time is before booking the date for the first time i call to nyit and asked my appliction status they said my documents were missing and it would take 2-3 weeks to recover all missing documents and to make a decision. but i was rather interested in going to NYIT.Can u help me what should i say if VO asks me y 17 backlogs next time.

Please help me and Thank you

Reply from HSB –

  • Giving reasons like college is too far, cricket captain will not get you visa. You had 2 good chances to get F1 Visa stamping, but you missed. I would say wait for 1 or 2 years, improve your profile by going for masters degree here then go for visa.
  • Your experience is a typical example of how unprepared you were for the US visa interview. Its good that you gave spoke the truth, but how do you expect to get Visa to study in US when you are proved than extra-curricular activities is more important than education?
  • Don’t you think its ridiculous to give answer that college is far from your home? If your college is far from your place and find it hard to concentrate on education, then you should have stayed close to the college.
  • How did you find time to play cricket when college is far from your home?

Over to you

What do you think of this visa interview. Do you agree to my response?

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58 Comments

  1. I have done My BS Computer Engineering with 60%(First Division)with 2+ Years of Professional Experience as an Technology Consultant Recently Give IELTS with over all band 6.0,Speaking=6.0,Writing=6.5,Reading=5.5,Listening=5.0,Giving GRE Next Month any backlog how i over come.

  2. hi, i am a computer science engineer having a percentage of 59.64 % and looking for masters in computer science, so would like ask u about the universities in USA and i have 40+ backlogs just want to know how i need to answer to the embassy consulate ??
    Eagerly waiting for your reply
    Thanks

  3. This Is Abhilash I have 17 backlogs my Gre is 1080 ielts is 6 I dint go to vissa please help me what should I tell regarding backlogs and. Having 8 months of experience

  4. hi
    i am planing for my MS in US.
    i hav an aggregate of 62% in b.pharmay and 9backlogs
    can i get visa easily or its a 50-50 chance

  5. hie i am aditya sagar pursuing 3rd year of my b.tech in cse
    i am planning of taking my higher studies in us i.e MS. but i have 3 backlogs till now and i have cleared all of them
    my aggregate percent is 67%
    will my backlog be a problem during my visa interview??
    and could i get through my dream??

  6. I had one more question that if suppose a student has joined the university and his course starts but then in the middle of the course may be say in september the final semester results come for the bachelor’s course and if has got a backlog in that result then can he go back to his country appear for his exams whenever scheduled and then continue or will his admission get cancelled or will get differed to spring 13 so that he can start the course.

  7. HI FRNS I HAVE 18 BACLOGS IS THERE ANY CHANCE TO HIDE BACK LOGS NEAR VO CAN ANY ONE SUGGEST ME OR I HAVE TO APPLY TO VISA WITH 18 BACK LOGS MY ACADAMECIS IS 56% REPLY ME IS THERE ANY CHANCE TO GET VISA FOIR ME

    1. hi Jessica!
      could you please let me know about what happened there?
      i hope you are where you wanted to be 🙂
      thank you!

  8. hi…everyone am applying for US……I am UK return student……the problem is due some reasons i didnt got my certificates in UK…so i got fake certificates from uk university…..so cani apply for US by keeping that certificates….

    1. Hi Srikanth, If you did not get certificates from UK,how could you get fake certificates? In understand that you got fake certificates from someone . It is not advisable to use fake certificates in USA at any cost.If USCIS gets to know about the fake certificates ( they now has machines which can scan and find if the certificates are original or not !), you would be completely debarred from applying for Greencard immigration further. Do not ruin your chances doing such things. If you have work experience , it would be counted a lot for getting in to USA rather than on F1 visa.

  9. what if I transferred from other school and changed your course? does this still count as backlog? although my latest course is very different from the old one (from BS Accountancy to AS in Computer Studies. I also have the same problem. I got a lot of backlogs in my previous course since I was managing my late grand mother’s farm and commercial spaces in the province when she needs to go to the hospital because of his ailment. Please enlighten me. I need some ideas on how will I approach my interview. Your help would deeply appreciated.

  10. hi every one…………

    i am a very energetic student with 56% in my U.G(electrical) …i’m damn confident about my communication.

    i applied for masters degree in computer science .

    can any one help me with the fallowing questions???????

    1) i had 17 backlogs and low gre !!!!so i ‘m applying on the basis of only TOEFL and academics
    .how should i must be confident to face the questions of v.o regarding backlogs and why only with TOEFL??????
    2)As mentioned i had done my U.G in electrical and now for masters i applied for computers?
    .
    how to overcome when the V.O asks why you are shifting your group to C.S??

    PLEASE BE HELP FULL TO THE NEEDY

    AWAITING REPLY

    THANKS IN ADVANCE
    GOPII

  11. Friend there is hope,
    The only way to escape this is to apply for undergraduate,you doing this will help you to cover up your backlock,then you move for masters,by changing school on arrival.

  12. hi
    i also hve the same problem with my backlogs.. i have my visa interview in two days time.. so plz help how to answer fr ” low acadamics ” ug%-55

    thanks you

    1. hi Rakesh!
      so where are you now and what happened at the interview?
      please let me know your experience.
      thank you.

  13. Hi,

    i am Anil. and i applied to Academy of Art University for Masters in Animation and Visual effects. And I got i-20 also.

    Can any pls tell me that the VO will encourage this type of course or not, is there any different kinds of questions for Animation or Arts? I have completed my BFA undergraduate with 59.8% I just miss 60%

    How much i should tell in interview 59.8% or 60%?

  14. hai sir i am 4m hyderabad, i was caught with fake toefl in us embassy in chennai and gave a writtern letter dat that toefl was fake? can i apply again for the visa ? will it effect my future applications? pls help mee..

    1. Dude you might as well make a Fake MS Certificate from India and be satisfied!! Y take the trouble of coming to the US??

  15. Hey, why did you tell them you had so many backlogs ? Was it mentioned in some documents which you could not hide ?

  16. dumb answers….they were askin u why u had 17 backlogs..nt how gud u r…be genuine tell em coz of ur teenage distractions and add some thing which suggests u to be a gud student…(i had 50+ backlogs n in us)

    1. how could u manage even having 50+ backlogs..u gotta be kidding man..is it true..plz do reply.is there way even we had a low gre score

    2. Hey Rakesh,
      Did you ever realize that there are only 48 papers in the whole of engineering course (Anna University). 50+ arrears is the epitome of impossibility and it is very unlikely that you got out of it. Would you mind posting your email ID so that I can get to know more about the “50 arrears hypothesis”?

      Thanks
      Raj

  17. the f1 visa interview experience examples are very useful for the all students like me also.but some explanations are not clear.they people said answers very sort way.so try to put the answers detailed manner.that is help full for another students to get the visa easily.

  18. I GOT MY VISA REJECTED ON NOV 24 2010

    THIS WHAT THERE IT HAPPENED

    VO:GUDMRNG GIVE ME UR PASSPORT

    ME :I GAVE IT

    VO:WHICH UNIVERSITY

    if VO asked me Y U CHANGE THE UNIVERSITY WHAT CAN I SAY TO IMPRESS VO

    AND

    IF I FACED A QUESTION Y THE LOW PERCENTAGE WAT WOULD BE BETTER

    PLS SUGGEST ME……………

  19. hi!
    am pursuing my btech 3rd year,2nd sem.i would like to know the proper time for writting the exam before the pattern changes in august.also is backlogs considered to be problem for MS in the states.

    1. Better start studying asap. GRE preperations should take you around 8-10 months along with your regular studies ( this time varies from person to person)

      Not necessary that KTs or backlogs could be a problem. However you need to prepare an answer to justify yourself incase if the Visa Officer asks you about it!!

  20. Hi..

    My GRE Score is 1240 and Toefl(ibt) is 113….Im planning for a masters in molecular biology for Fall 2011…The problem is im unable to decide wat universities are good for education and also offer aid….Can somebody plz help me how to know the "cheap and best"( as they call it) universities…and also how do we approach an university for an aid…and are there any other means of getting an aid if we dont get it through an university???

    1. Generally Financial Aids are of 3 types

      1. RA or RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP

      2. GA or GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP

      3. TA or TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIP

      Do some research about these on the internet. There could be scholarships and other sources of aid , but they vary from university to university.

      Also it would be a good idea to write to your prespective profs asking them about vacancies for RA or TA

  21. hi sir,

    i got i20 from CSU,EB and missouri state university,springfield. i want to prefer CSU,EB but in i20 it is mentioned that course duration is 3yrs for spring 2011 and classes starting date is 28/03/2011. In missouri it is only 2yrs but there part time jobs and socail living is not as students said. still want to go to CSU,EB as there is support for me from that university as my brother is living there. so can you suggest me what to do.. i have to apply for visa

  22. hi to one and all

    i got my vissa rejected on nov 24 2010.

    and the reason for rejectiopn of vissa i could get.VO ASKED ONLY ONE QUESTION THATS IT

    ME:GOOD MORNING MAAM

    VO:WHICH UNIVERSITY

    ME: INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (ITU)

    VO:SORRY SIR WE CANT GIVE VISSA.

    THATS IT

    NOW I HAVE APPLIED FOR TEXAS A&M COMMERCE

    CAN ANY ONE PLS HELP ME HOW TO FACE INTERVBIEW.

    AND HERE ARWE MY DETAILS

    BACLOGS:9 OUT OF WHICH 5 IN 1ST YEAR

    ANDBTECH AGGREATE:58

    FINAL YEAR 76

    PLS HEPL ME

    1. Well all i can say that it was sheer bad luck!! However forget the past !!

      You look in pretty good shape !! However, here is the catch!!

      Your Visa officer knows very well that you were rejected in the past!! for ITU

      He may try to trap you in this way:

      1. Which University are you going too??

      1. Texas A&M University

      2. During your first attempt you said you wanted to go to ITU then why this change??

      2. You shall be bowled over!! 🙂

      So please dont change your university at this stage. You rather stick to ITU to avoid any complications!!!!

      I hope this helps!!!

  23. Hi,
    I am applying for doctoral studies (Fall 2011) in some selected universities. They are asking for affidavit of support, financial statement with the application. Some universities have separate form in pdf, some are asking for the details in the online application, but I am totally dependent for full funding from the universities to complete my studies. This whole thing is a too much obscured to me. One of the universities asked to show $66,000 for 2 years tuition and living expenses and it is impossible for me to show, is there any alternative path which I can avail?Will my Graduate scholarship be considered as my source of support during VISA? Does my admission dependent on my financial documents or my educational background?

    1. To get I-20 you need to show bank balance required by the university. Yes, your admission depends on your education profile, but what if you don't have money?

    2. For doctoral studies if you show 20 Lakh INR its more than enough. Rest the university will provide.From the 20 lakh INR you will spend few for paying for first term after that you can avail support. Thanks.

  24. If Vo asked u : Y 17 backlogs ??

    u could say : sir , i was technically involved with my professional subjects that is java , Dbms , networks , compiler , unix , mpi ,web technology , and also all d fundamental languages thats y i could not concentrate on the basic subject and mathematics , May b of that i got 17backlogs .

    I hope my answer could help u in future.

  25. Hello,

    I scored 1090 in my GRE.

    But I am probably thinking of a job for 2 years for some experience and improve my technical skill..

    If I go for MS after 2 yrs then will there be any problem in my visa ??

    Will my current GRE score be valid because GRE pattern is changing ??

    1. 17 backlogs is not a matter .In spite of his backlogs he managed to get admission offer.His reply was unprofessional …

      1. Admission offers depend on several aspects. However, visa granting officer certainly seems to be biased by this fact. So, the main point of the reply was why wait till the last moment to be on heels during sem. Unfortunately, akshaay don't seem to understand that as well.

  26. hi sir,

    I am rajesh, i am going to do my masters in CS in CSU,EASTBAY. I recieved my i20 on 11/12/2010, and i completed my undergraduation with 65% and 3backlogs GRE 980 and TOEFL 92. can anyone assisst me about university and any tips for visa for my profile. And can i book emergency slot even it is my 1st attempt, if not which consulate is preferable for attending interview as there are no dates in hyderabad.. And finally, is there any student going to his/her masters in CSU,EASTBAY.

    1. Every consulate is the same…Better go for the consulate near to you.Yeah you can book an emergency slot if your start date on I20 is within 3 months. check vfs website and mail to consulate for additional queries.Regarding universities you do your own research from university website and find out positives then you will be more confident while answering during the interview as you the context of question asked.Be confident and prepare well before going to interview.I suggest you to attend mock interviews to assess yourself.

      All the best..:)

      1. k thank you sir,,, can i get any one details who are going to CSU,EB so that it will be helpful to us to survive as i m alonely going there…

    2. Am not very sure if one can go to any consulate which one wants. In fact very particularly I was a member of USIEF and i remember hearing in one of the info session that the consulate you need to go will be decided by the place where your passport was issued. Am not very sure how it works though. Can anyone shed some light on this?

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