F1 Visa Rejected in Mumbai Consulate in first attempt.
Student appears for the interview again.
F1 Visa is Denied again in the Mumbai Consulate for the University of Houston.
So, why did Visa Officer deny the student visa twice for this student?
Let dig deeper and figure out.
Here’s my first F1 Visa Interview for the University of Houston at Mumbai Consulate
I am applying again and for that, I need some advice about what went wrong? Here is my experience…it didn’t last more than 2 mins.
VO: Why do u want to go to the USA?
Me: To pursue masters degree in computer science.
VO: Which university you are going for?
Me: University of Houston.
VO: How many universities have you applied?
Me: I have applied to 4 universities
VO: Have you applied in India?
VO: What are your plans after two years?
me: After 2 years I have planned to come back to India. As my brother is in defense services and he is posted to varied places and he he can’t stay with my parents. So I want to come back to India and stay close to my parents after masters.
VO: What do you mean by defense services?
Me: Well my brother is a commissioned officer and working as an Air Force pilot.
VO: So your parents will be staying alone for 2 years?
Me: Yes, for just 2 years.
VO: (took a pause and said)I am sorry, I’m denying your F1 visa. You can try again.
She didn’t ask any of the details of my scores or finances.
I got distinction in Bachelors.
I don’t understand what went wrong.
Second F1 Visa Interview in Mumbai Consulate
Me: Good morning! hows your day?
VO: Great! So when were you here last time?
Me: 13th December.
VO: Has anything changed since your last attempt?
Me: Actually, I did not provide clear answers last time. I missed my call for the window and I got nervous. I don’t know exactly the reason of rejection and that’s why I applied again.
VO: Ok. Why do you want to go to the US?
Me: To pursue a masters degree in computer sci from the University of Houston
VO: Why did you choose the University of Houston?
Me: Specifically I chose them on the basis of the master’s program, their ranking, their tuition fees.
VO: What is your GRE score and TOEFL score?
Me: GRE score is 1330 and my TOEFL score is 95.
VO: Did you get admit from other universities?
VO: So who is sponsoring u?
Me: My parents.
VO: What do they do?
Me: My father retired last year as an adult education officer and worked for 35 years for state government. And my mother is a school principal.
VO: Well, I have gone through your case and I’m sorry to tell that your visa can’t be granted under 214b section.
I have deferred my admission for next semester, but I really no hopes to get the F1 Visa in 3rd attempt.
Sometimes, that’s how F1 Visa interview goes.
It’s hard to figure out why your visa is rejected.
Reading through the experiences tells that for the same interview another student could have got the visa.
It comes down your communication skills and how you are presenting yourself.
And your answers could have been better when it came to the these questions
Why do you want to study in the University of Houston?
What is your plan after the 2 years?
You mentioned being nervous and unable to express yourself clearly. That could have been a contributing factor.
Written instructions don’t convey emotions and expressions.