F1 Visa Stamping Experience 2010- Mumbai Consulate

Harry posted the following F1 Visa Stamping Experience at Mumbai Consulate. Including this post, there are total of 15 F1 Visa Interview Experiences published in the blog for Fall 2010.

I have been reading the comment posted on HSB for last 1 yr. Today was my Visa interview at 9.15 am at Mumbai Consulate. I was tensed but kept a fake smile and confidence on my face.
My turn came and I had to go to counter no 10.

VO-Hi,how you doing?
Me-Am doing good:-)

VO-Which University?

VO-Any other admits?

VO-Which course?

VO-Why this course?
Me-Said about the universities unique application of the subject in different field and stated the profile of one of the professors whose going to be my academic advisor also the research done by him.

VO-whose going to sponsor ?

VO-Father’s annual income?

VO-Any Sibling?

VO-(Paused,looked at me )ok your visa is been granted.

  • Basically be prepared with answers.Smile and greet.
  • VO doesn’t have time to look into your documents.
  • Go through the questions mentioned in HSB,these are more than enough.
  • Frame small answers e.g., why USA?


  • education pattern
  • the course is well established in US compared to any other country
  • US has the required infrastructure and technology
  • State of the art(best faculties)are there in US universities.

Why XYZ course?
Why this college?

Getting visa is 50% preparation,and 50% luck. All the best.


  1. Surajit Ghosh on May 1, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Can any one tell if whether I can have two persons to sponsor me?For example My dad and uncle together has enough money to show during VISA,but none of them has that much cash of their own.So can I tell the VISA people both my uncle and dad are sponsoring me?Please reply as soon as possible.

  2. Himanshu Bhatt on April 30, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    If i have only one i-20,then can i face the problem for getting visa??What is that problem?

  3. Prabhakar reddy on February 8, 2011 at 5:54 AM

    Aren't there any people for Hyderabad consulate?? I want to know visa experiences at hyderabad consulate……so please send me.

  4. christina on February 2, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    Hi All,

    I am in real confusion after my recent F1 visa experience at the Mumbai Consulate. ill first throw some light on my history of travel to USA.

    I have been approved B1/b2 visa twice in the last 20 years. my father works for an airline here in India and we have been to many countries and hold visas for UK,Australia,USA,South Africa,Singapore,Thailand and i have visited US 5 times now on B1/B2 visa and do not have an extension or change of status whatsoever.

    I had appeared for my F1 visa interview at Mumbai Consulate on 23rd Dec 2010 and was denied under section 214 (b).

    I did appear for my second interview on 02nd February 2011,it was as follows,

    Me:Goodmorning Sir.How are you?

    Vo: Lazy Morning darling.How are you doing?

    Me: Im doing fine as of now.Thankyou

    VO: So you wanna do Masters?


    VO: May i see you undergrad coursework?I wanna see what qualifies you for MBA

    ME: Yes you may Sir( gave my TYBcom Marksheet and ceritificate)

    VO: So you graduated in 2007.what have you been doing since then?

    Me: Sir i have been working.I worked with J P Morgan Chase for 8 months and then went to US for a short vacation and came back and then I was working with Tata Consultancy services for 1 year(Oct 2009 to Nov2010)

    VO:May i see your sal slips from TCS

    Me: Sir im sorry but im not carrying my salary slips.

    VO: Okay im gonna ask you a very personal question. its very personal.


    VO: You are 25 and your not married.like other people your age In India who get into arrange marriage .

    Me: Sir the community where i belong,which is Christian Protestant, we dont get married till we have a strong career supporting us to be independent.And likewise i would first want a stable career for myself before i get married and move on with a family of my own.

    VO: okay well Why do you want to study in US?

    ME: Sir I want to pursue a masters in HR.According to survey from 2008 till now,Institutes in India like Symbiosis and Manipal offer the masters in HR but it is part of MBA and not a full fledged course. I have a list of subjects that these institutes in India offer and also a list of subjects offered in MBA-Human resource by NYIT.

    After thorough scrutiny of the curriculums ,I decided to do my Masters from NYIT and it did give me an admit.

    Vo: Which other universities did You apply?

    Me: university of massacheusetts,florida institute o technology,NJIT,Harvard business school,Nyit and LIU.

    VO:Okay im gonna have to ask you to submit your sal slips with TCS.I want to know your Job history from 2009 to 2010.(gave me a yellow form for administrative processing,with the last option ticked and he mentioned salary history 2009,2010 in other)

    He returned my passport and I20.

    VO: you can send these documents with a representative and submit them at any VFS office.You dont have to come personally .

    Me:Thank you Sir.Have a nice day..

    I am really confused,if it is a sign of approval or denial.Also I am pursuing my MCOm part 1 from Univ of Mumbai. So i can have my bridge program waived with NYIT.I am going to submit my sal slips with TCS and JP morgan chase from 2009 t0 2010 as soon as my Ceac barcode number appears on the list of pending visas on mumbai.usconsulate.gov.

    Has anyone at HSB come accross f1 visa denials after administrative processing?

    Please let me know if you have been in a situation similar as mine?

  5. krishna on November 10, 2010 at 8:22 AM

    out of 5 uni i had applied for..i got one admit and two rejections so far…am not sure of the other two admits… i got the I-20 from uni of texas,Arlington..for master’s in biomedical engineering.. would i face any problem if i apply for the visa with only one I-20 in hand?? plz reply…


  6. Rajkumar on November 3, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    With out taking GRE and TOEFL tests if we get an I-20 from the university in USA,is that gonna be a problem at visa counsel…

  7. Badal on August 10, 2010 at 4:17 AM


    Thanks for your experience. Do you have any siblings? If yes what did you answer.

    I have a immigration as petition going on but don't how long it will take. Please reply.

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