I’m Srinivas. And I had known HSB for a long time even when I started preparing for my GRE, TOEFL. To tell you the truth, HSB is simply awesome! I’m sharing my F1 Visa Stamping experience today with you. It has been great for what HSB has been doing for students like us. So, thanks a lot HSB!
My career dream had come true now! Yes, guys! Now I’m in Missouri University of Science & Technology at Rolla, Missouri State, USA for MS in Mechanical Engg.
I just got my visa 10 days back, 23 July. And I started from Chennai on 1 August itself. So, I had no time to share my experience with you. So now I’ll do and at the last I’ll just brief abt my f1 visa stamping experience so that someone might benefit out of it 🙂 🙂
First of all, I had a CLEAN record till sixth semester; 79% with a couple of decent projects, inplant trainings, workshops, certified courses. But then unfortunately, I had a backlog in my seventh. So obviously, everything I mean everything turned out to be late for me. I finished my final semester exams on May 11. And I knew that I have cleared all of my exams including the one backlog only on July 28.
Phew! But now again the problem started. The provisional certificate! Meanwhile, I was working on other stuff. Bank loan, parents income tax papers, finding roomies, shopping for my travel to US. But even then, I used to think that without getting my visa, how could I buy anything? So I would go to a shop and come back with only one or two items. Then, I had my provisionals with me only on 16 August. So, within that time I booked for my visa interview, payed the SEVIS fee and all that stuff. And now for the most heart-pounding moments – visa interview. [ Read F1 Visa Interview questions and answers]
F1 Visa Stamping Interview
It was a lady VO.
VO : Good morning.
Me : (Oops….missed it. Should hv wished her first) Good morning. (Smiling and making a good eye contact)
VO : Folder pls!
Me : (I gave her my folder)
VO : Did you graduate recently? I mean now…. (Looking me into the eye)?
Me : Yes, maam. (Said as I was smiling and eye contact)
VO : Can I see your degree certificates?
Me : Yes, maam. (Then I gave that too)
VO : Whats your academic percentage (Looking down at the certificates)?
Me : 79%, maam.
VO : Any backlogs (Still looking down)?
Me : Ya, maam. Just one. And I cleared that too during my last semester.
VO : Why the backlog (She just asked it in a very soft tone while turning her eye balls towards me and then again it went down)?
Me : I was sick the day before the exam. And unfortunately, I wasn’t able to prepare sufficiently prepare for that exam alone. So once I get to my university I’d make sure that I dont fell sick before
exams. (I too said this with a liitttlllee bit of confidence and a nervous feeling)
VO : (Until I answered that qn, she was heavily checking my eight semester certificate whether I hv cleared all of my exams! And now when she heard my answer, she just turns up and smiles at me)
Me : (Still my heart was like pounding whether my answer has convenienced her or not! I became a little tensed what she might react for my answer but then I felt better when she smiled)
VO : How will you funding your education?
Me : My parents will be supporting me. And I have a bank loan as a backup.
VO : What does your parents do?
Me : My dad’s a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and my mom’s a home maker.
And thats it guys! I got my visa! (Although she didnt mention that I had been granted a visa and I had to stay at the edge of my seat till I saw my passport stamped with visa 2 days later 😉 ;)!)
So guys, pls PLAN IN ADVANCE! Read the blog contents as much as possible! Do get along with friends early who are also dreaming of pursuing their career here in the US, so that you’ll get to know stuff updated. All the best to you guys!
By the way, dont worry abt the visa interview! The blog has a list of F1 visa qns. Print it. You will have a idea of what all F1 Visa interview questions you may face during that time. If still you are unsatisfied, think of the HARSHEST question that a VO can ask you during an interview. And pls tell only the TRUTH! TRUTH! TRUTH! And nothing but the truth. If you are going to make up answers, pls be logical. Practicing before a mirror boosts your confidence. There’s no shame in it. And no fake documents also! Otherwise your dream of coming here to the US is finished.
So thank you HSB, once again. And good luck guys!
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