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F2 Visa Interview Questions and Experience in Mumbai – All Smiles and No Sweat for My Wife

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How often do we hear about a pleasant F1 visa interview questions and experience? In the midst of some nail-bitingly frustrating stories, comes this short and sweet experience that Rohan wishes to share. His wife, was seeking an F2 dependent Visa so she could join Rohan in the U.S. Read on to know what went down and how you can breathe a little easy if you’re an F2 aspirant.

Enter Rohan 

Often times international students hope to bring their spouses to the United States to live with them. That is one of the great benefits that F-1 student status has along with others (OPT, partial employment on campus etc.). I had shared my own experience of F-1 visa renewal previously. But in this post, I would like to share the F2 Visa interview experience of my wife, including the list of questions and document she took with her for the interview.

Profile of F1 Visa Holder:

  • Degree: BAMS (Maharashtra University of Health Sciences)
  • MPH (Missouri State University, Springfield, MO,United States)
  • Current program: PhD in Environmental Health, Occupational Health and Toxicology at University of Nebraska Medical Center

Documents for F2 Visa Interview

  • Passport
  • F2 dependent I-20
  • F1 Visa Holder’s My passport copies all 36 pages(color)
  • My I-20 copy
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Wedding album
  • Marriage invitation card
  • My Salary slips for last three months
  • My U.S. Tax documents for last three years
  • Bank statements (bank in the United States) for last three months
  • Wife’s educational documents

F2 Interview Interview Preparation

I searched many blogs on the internet including Happy Schools Blog. I found the questions in the F-2 visa interview and I had my wife prepare all questions. After she was thoroughly prepared, I took a mock interview a day before the final interview.

F2 Visa Interview Experience:

My wife’s F2 visa interview was scheduled at 9 AM. Her finger printing appointment was already done on the day before.

She reached approximately at 8.45 AM at the US Consulate in Mumbai and was inside the consulate promptly at 9 a.m.

After an initial screening by the consulate staff, she was called for the interview at about 9.45 a.m.

F2 Visa Interview Questions and Experience

Wife: Good morning, sir.
Consular Officer: Morning, so, is your husband a doctor?
Wife: Yes, he did his BAMS in India and currently doing his PhD at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Consular Officer: Hand me his I-20.

My wife handed over my I-20 (copy) to him.

Consular Officer: So, are you going to come back?
Wife: Yes, sir, I will be accompanying my husband and I will return along with him when it happens.
The consular officer: (with a big smile) Congratulations, your visa has been approved.
Wife: Thank you, sir.

That’s it. He kept her passport and returned my I-20 to her. My wife left the consulate at 10 a.m. And told me the good news immediately!

Folks, this looks overly simple and there is a notion that F2 or H44 dependents shouldn’t face much problem for visas, but I have heard sad stories of husband-wife separation for long periods of time due to multiple rejections. The key is adequate preparation of documents and the interview. I hope this story will help many of you who might apply for an F-2 visa some day.

Aspirants Seeking an F-1 Student Visa, Clcik here to read F1 Visa Tips and Tricks to Help You Succeed. 


  1. Fissy on March 25, 2019 at 10:01 PM

    My situation: I was already in a program in home country, when I applied for f1 visa to study in US… But my Visa got denied…. I abandoned the pursuit and focus on my masters program here in home country…now am an MS graduate.
    Got married to my husband who is presently a PhD student at the US, and then applied for F2 which was denied because I-20 was issued before wedding date..hoping we could travel together

    Later reapplied for F2 in February, 2019
    These where the conversations
    Vo: your i-20 and passport please
    me: I handed them over
    Vo: have you traveled before
    Me : I said no
    Vo: when did he start the program
    Me: I mentioned when he started his Ph.D program which was 6 month ago
    Vo: since when have you known each other
    Me: I mentioned since 2009, since we went to the same undergrad together
    Vo: what will you be doing during your stay at the US
    Me: I mentioned I would take up vocation classes and improve my language skills in Spanish. Since I have interest in languages
    Vo: she said sorry, she can’t approve Visa, she said the reasons are stated in the paper given.

    Please what are your suggestions before I reapply again

    • Raghuram Sukumar on March 26, 2019 at 10:16 AM

      You should reapply with new I-20. Which US consulate did you attend the interview?

  2. Priscilla on December 28, 2018 at 9:18 PM

    I just finushed my degree and have applied for OPT and looking for job. Im eligible for STEP OPT too. My husband and daughter’s F2 was denied twice. This denial was a year ago. I want to try once more for their F2. Should I apply after getting EAD and job offer? Plz advise

  3. Anitha Kola on November 28, 2018 at 12:35 PM

    My F1 got rejected 3 times for Fall 2018. Later i got married and applied for F2 in November and got rejected. VO asked about my previous F1 application and also asked whether i will try for F1 again . I replied that i don’t have any such plans as i got married and wanted to be a Housewife. But got rejection. What will be the chances of approval if i apply for F2 again? Please suggest.

  4. vimal on April 18, 2018 at 1:36 PM

    Hi, I am applying F2 Visa for my wife, I am in Stem Opt and working since November 2016. Can I show my pay stub as financial support document with Bank statement (Current balance) or do I need anything else?
    My STEMOPT end date 14 june 2019.

    Please suggest me what would be the best financial support document

  5. Moksha Reddy on April 5, 2018 at 12:43 PM

    Hi, am planning to apply f2 visa this month I got married on feb 11th after marriage my husband went to us, am planning to go end of this month but before marriage I got 3 times rejected for f1 student visa is that effect shown for f2 . Can any one give me suggestions how to prepare am scared please help me about ur experience, thank you.

  6. Rajeshwari on March 14, 2018 at 7:18 AM

    Your giving good sugestion to all.sir can u help me .i have been away to my husband for 2 year becouse of finance problem .now i am going to apply for f2 visa, i have now bank balance now how could i answer if they ask.why didnot go along with ur husband

  7. Supriya Aggarwal on February 5, 2018 at 12:47 PM


    I got recently married and my husband is on F1 currently. He will be graduating in May 2018 and joining OPT in June 2018. I have applied for F1 twice in Fall 2017 and it was rejected. So will my rejected F1 (for the same university) affect the chances of getting F2 even if i present proper documents. Which out of the two options would be advisable:

    1. I apply for F2 visa before him joining OPT considering I visit him for his graduation.
    2. I apply for F2 visa interview after he joins his job.

    He will be applying for EAD and will be senind the update i20 before April 2018.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on March 30, 2018 at 8:12 AM

      I’m seeing increase in F2 rejections. With previous F1 rejections, they would review your past rejections and determine if F2 can be approved.

  8. Pradeep reddy on November 6, 2017 at 8:41 PM

    can my wife attend b1/b2 visa for attending my graduation day in december 2017? as I am graduating soon is it ideal to apply f2 or B2. she is going for b2 visa along with my parents. she had rejected twice f2 visa.

  9. Parul Kumar on October 26, 2017 at 6:38 AM

    I have B2 visa approved in 2015 and visited US thrice, my fiance completed his MS in summer 2017.

    During my 3rd visit, the officer at the port of entry in US advised to apply for “proper visa”. He was my fiance and he couldn’t travel to India for the marriage, we had a legal marriage before I left US.

    I wanted to apply for F2 visa from India, I am confused after reading many posts of F2 denials.
    My questions are:

    1: I don’t have a proper wedding album (I have marriage certificate and many pictures from the past 10 years since I have known my husband) would it be enough?

    2: Husband is on OPT currently and applying for jobs, how long should I wait to take the interview?
    3: What to say when officer asks why would you be doing in the US (I would be studying on my own for my PG exams)?

  10. sameer ahmed on May 17, 2017 at 10:20 PM

    My OPT application is under process and i am going to apply my wife f2 visa, the reason behind applying is to attend graduation ceremoney.
    University issued me I-20 in which it is mentioned that OPT application is under process. My wife B1/B2 visa was rejected few months back and officer adviced my wife that you should have applied for F2 intead of visit visa.
    Is this scenario, will visa officer consider university inviation letter and I-20 for granting visa or is this impossible?

    • Raghu on May 20, 2017 at 6:52 AM


      I belive you got the link for F2 Visa Coaching. Check under Courses Menu for the link to register for the coaching.

  11. pallavi G on January 24, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    i have my visa interview on 6th Feb 2017, i have one doubt related to length of stay mentioned on my DS160 . my i20 is valid till 18 dec 2017 where as my husbands F1 visa is valid till 14th dec 2018 but hes on opt rgt now which also expires on 18th dec 2017.. although he’s eligible for renewal after one year , so what should i put as intended length of stay on my DS160 form as am yet to go for my F2 interview..

    • Shilpa on July 6, 2017 at 11:47 AM

      Please share your experience

  12. chitti on November 22, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    i want to apply f2 visa next month, my husband is went to usa on 2016 aug 9th he is in f1 now. my question is i was rejected my b1/b2 visa thrice is there any reflection on my f2 visa now, please help me out of this, thank you.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on November 24, 2016 at 2:09 PM

      Yes. they would like to see what your B1/B2 was rejected and process your interview as per your current scenario. Good luck.

    • Manasi on December 7, 2016 at 4:02 AM

      my b2 visa is also rejected rescently. I told VO that m going to visit my husband , he is doing masters there. So he rejected my visa. Make sure that u will be applying F2 after he gets at internship there. So VO will be sure that u both can survive there. I am also goiing to apply F2 once my husband gets internship there.

    • Shilpa on July 6, 2017 at 11:47 AM

      Share your expereince

  13. vikas patel on January 27, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    I am vikas patel and iam in usa on f1 visa. i transfer my college before my 1st quater and now i want to apply for f2 for my wife on new college. What should be the ans for the question “Why your husband change university and not study in the college on which he got f1 visa?”

    • Raghuram Sukumar on November 24, 2016 at 2:10 PM

      She would have to tell the reason why you changed the college. How could I know what you changed the college?

  14. Jinal on July 6, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    I am getting married this month. My fiancé is in USA working under opt after Ms. He has arespectable job. I am planning to apply for f2 after marriage. He has 8 months of opt left. His employer applied for h1 but it didn’t get picked up. So my question is what are the chances of f2 being approved? What are possible areas of concern?? If vo asks will your spouse apply for h1 what shall be the answer?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on July 6, 2015 at 4:19 PM

      Please schedule a F1/F2 visa coaching call to discuss about your visa interview.

      • Chandra on February 8, 2016 at 3:48 AM

        My passport and all documents related to Hyd. My marriage venue and my spouse native is chennai. Can I apply for visa interview at Chennai location?

        • Raghuram Sukumar on February 8, 2016 at 7:34 AM

          Post your question in Q&A Section. Thanks.

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