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H4 to F1 Visa Experience – Rejected Twice – Reasons for Rejection

Vinii’s H4 to F1 Visa was denied twice in the same month!

She’s posting her experience and asking our community’s help to help her with the following

  • Possible reasons for H4 to F1 Visa Rejection
  • Chances of Approval in 3rd attempt

H4 to F1 Visa Conversion – First Interview

  • Visa Interview Date: Aug 8
  • US Consulate: Hyderabad Consulate (first attempt after H4 visa)
  • Status: Rejected

H4 to F1 Visa Interview Questions:

VO looks to be around mid 30’s and she’s in a hurry (or that’s what I thought so).

Me: Good morning Officer
VO: Pass your Passport
Me: Sure, (gave her my Passport)

VO: How many universities did you apply?
Me: I applied to two universities, Governer State University, and Trine University. I was looking into Bradley University as well.

VO: Where are you studying now?
Me: Trine University main campus, located in Angola, Indiana. However, they are having another campus in the South Bend which is an hour and 30 minutes drive from my place. I attend classes in South Bend, Indiana.

VO: How many classes per week?
Me: 2 per week

VO: How many classes per semester?
Me: 30 per semester

VO: How many classes per week? (again)
Me: 2 per week. I completed two semesters with good grades.

VO: Can I see you recent transcripts?
Me: My apology officer, I am not carrying them. It’s in my university portal

VO: You don’t meet F1 Visa regulations and Visa is Denied (she gave me 214b form)
Me: Thank You Officer (Sad).

H4 to F1 Visa Interview – Second Attempt

Visa Interview Date: Aug 16
US Consulate: Kolkata Consulate (Second attempt)
Status: Rejected

H4 to F1 Visa Interview Questions:

VO is early 30’s. (woman)

Me: Good morning Officer
VO: Good morning. Pass you are documents
Me: Sure, (gave her)

VO: Any changes compare to the previous interview
Me: No, Last time I forgot my transcript. I am carrying the official transcript now.

VO: So, you are on H4?
Me: Yes officer.

VO: Do you have any relatives in the USA?
Me: Yes, My brother is live in Atlanta.

VO: What is the purpose of this visit to India?
Me: I am having a family function.

VO: Is your husband traveling with you?
Me: No, he couldn’t make it.

VO: Why you need to convert from H4 to F1 Visa?
Me: My university is offering a research program in my favorite subject, Big Data. To be a part of it I need to be on F1 visa. She was looking at me and listening to me.

VO: Is that an academic program.
Me: No, my professor suggested me. As it is my favorite subject.

She went inside and came back in 1-2 mins

VO: Do you need F1 Visa for CPT?
Me: No, This is for a research program which my professor suggested me. And the VO started typing.

VO: Sorry your visa got rejected. you can proceed on H4 and reply later (Gave me 214b form)
Me: Thank you Officer (sad).

Please suggest me why my visa is getting denied. I can’t seem to figure out the reasons. I am planning to go for F1 visa interview again on Jan 2019 in India.


The Keys for F1 Visa Approval

Pay close attention to the following F1 Visa Approval Venn diagram.

h4 to f1 visa rejected reasons

Now, let’s apply the answers you have given to the above sections.

VO: How many classes per week? (again)
Me: 2 per week. I completed two semesters with good grades.

You could have mentioned the actual grades ( like, I have completed two semesters with a GPA of 4.0). So, there was a lack of depth in the answers. (#1)

VO: Can I see you recent transcripts?
Me: My apology officer, I am not carrying them. It’s in my university portal

How could you appear for F1 Visa interview without your transcripts?

That’s lack of Preparation (#2).

VO: Why you need to convert from H4 to F1 Visa?
Me: My university is offering a research program in my favorite subject, Big Data. To be a part of it I need to be on F1 visa. She was looking at me and listening to me.

VO: Do you need F1 Visa for CPT?
Me: No, This is for a research program which my professor suggested me. And the VO started typing.

The second answer (my professor suggested me), for me kind of sounds weak.

You could have done much better here with the answers.

This fall under the depth of your answers and as well as the overall picture you are painting about you. (#2)

F1 Visa Interviews are not a Rocket Science.

Student’s tend to complicate the interview process. And it starts with how you are preparing and what you are using as a reference for preparation.

In your second interview, visa office asked, if you need F1 Visa for CPT!

Now, think about that for a minute.

Why would they have to ask you that?

Does it sound a positive or a negative question?

Let me give an anecdote.

Every day, this 5th grader comes home without finishing his lunch.

One fine day, the kid’s lunch box was empty. But, there’s something wrong with the kid’s look and body language. So, his mom wants to know what happened. Did he really finish the lunch?

She has two way to ask her son about the empty lunch box.

Nice Way: “Is there something you like to tell me about your empty lunch box?”

Direct Way: “Did you throw away the food in the trash?”

Now, compare the two questions from the Visa Officer in the second interview.

VO: “Why you need to convert from H4 to F1 Visa?”

VO: “Do you need F1 Visa for CPT?”

Now, you can do the comparison and decide why the visa officer asked a direct question.

I think you know the reason why your H4 to F1 visa was denied twice in the same month.

Please don’t take the H4 to F1 Visa interview for granted.

Just like the kid’s mom was able to figure out something’s not right, Visa officer could figure things out. That’s what they are trained to do.

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