Following post was shared by Vishal Kumar
- place : Hyderabad
- date : November 5
- time :11am
- status : Approved.
- University – MS Bioinformatics, IUPUI
Funding : 2000$ scholarship and 350$ Graduate assistanship.
To start with my profile, I have 70% in my under graduation n Scored 305 in GRE. I was refused Visa once for fall 2012 for UMKC Bioinformatics. I felt very much dejected after my visa refusal and I had to share my sad experience with everyone which made me feel more worse.
Bioinformatics Visa experience
I reached US consulate by 9.30am in Begumpet.
Waited outside and I had chat with few F1 student visa applicants and surprisingly most of them turned out to be rejected.
I was in by 10.45 and underwent bunch of formalities. I was given token no: E100. I had to wait nearly 1-1.30 hrs. I saw most of them are getting rejected especially students and I was nervous. I was allocated counter no: 11. Once H1B visa was approved infront of me.
VO was sum middle-aged American guy. He was talking to pretty girl(american) before interviewing me. He was smiling at me and wished.
Me: good morning
VO: Good morning. How are you doing man?
Me: Fine sir, What about you?
VO: Good. Pass me your documents. He scanned my docs n he read my first visa experience on screen and I was very much apprehensive vo: Which university are you heading for?
Me: Indiana Purdue university Indianapolis
VO: when did you graduate.
me: 2012 sir.
vo: which course you are heading for?
me: Masters in Bioinformatics.
vo: What will you do with Masters degree in bioinformatics?
me : Sir, can I request you a couple of minutes to elaborate my answer( with smile)
vo: 0hh sure (with smile)
me: Bioinformatics is at very novice stage in India. Many research opportunities are currently arising. To compete neck to neck with my competitors, I need a good doctoral degree from international reputed university. So, what I want from my MS is 1. University should have good reputation for bioinformatics. 2. it should have course work stressing on programming and bioinformatics tool development. I had taken good number of genomic courses in my undergraduate. 3. university should indulge master students in research and moreover it should offer degree with thesis.
So, I choose IUPU for my goal is 1. its pretty much reputed for bioinformatic. Indianapolis has gre bio-medical research facilities. 2. it has course wok in machine learning and NGS, pretty good domains of bioinformatics. 3. university has offered me scholarship and graduate assistanship.
I have interacted with my professors I SHOWED MY GASHIP N SCHOLARSHIP LETTER N SUM PROFESSOR MAILS.
vo: He looked. What research will you do as an GA?
me: I will be assisting professors research
vo: what is your academics?
vo: backlogs me: yes. cleared at first attempt
vo: whats your GRE?
me:305 out of 340 sir vo: split up
me: Verbal-150, quans- 155, awa-3
me: 94 out of 120 sir
VO: Which universities did you apply?
me: Univ of deleware, UMKS, UNCC, NDSU
vO: who is sponsporing you ( alas, iam done with acads, now i felt that i may get visa)
me: My family
vo; what does your family do
me: my father works in education dept of Andhra Pradesh
vo: what is his annual income?
me: 11.5 lakhs per annum
vo: do you have any loan?
me: I had sanctioned loan of 10 lakhs from sbh
Vo: congratulations. I’m accepting your case. took my passport n i20
Came out of consulate, I saw many of F1 guys got rejected that today. Most of them are from lower ranked consultancy colleges.
Three factors that helped me to get visa
- My God helped me
- VO was kind and patient to listen my stuff
- I stressed on GAship.
I would suggest everyone to answer with smile.