interview with indian students denied entry into usa

Listen to this exclusive interview with an Indian female student. CBP officer denied entry into USA at Abu Dhabi Airpot. Here’s her background:

  • University: Silicon Valley University (SVU)
  • Semester: Spring 2016
  • Airline: Jet Airways and Etihad
  • Port of Entry: Abu Dhabi
  • Status: Denied Entry into U.S.A. ( Issued Application for Withdrawl )

You must be aware of  Indian students deported from U.S.A. due to Blacklisted Universities.  In this interview, you can get deeper insights into what happened at the Port of Entry when a student travelling to the USA to attend SVU.

Watch and Listen to the Interview

Interview Summary:

  • Multiple CBP officers interview this student traveller on F1 Visa in Abu Dhabi Airport.
  • They later denied entry into USA.
  • She was asked to voluntarily withdraw the application to enter into U.S.A.
  • Waited for over 24 hours to book the return Flight to India.
  • Return flight to India on 3rd day after landing in Abu Dhabi
  • Student’s passport was returned to them (18 students) only in Hyderabad.

Questions Asked at Port of Entry to Students

Here’s list of questions CBP officer’s asked her at the port of entry.

  • Where are you going to stay in the U.SA?
  • Which University?
  • Why did you apply to Silicon Valley University?
  • What do you know about SVU?
  • Did you know SVU is “not a good university”?
  • How much money do you have with you?
  • What’s your Tuition  Fee?
  • Which consultancy did use to apply for Admission?
  • Can you show the bank transactions (not the bank statement)?

Here’s some frequently asked questions surrounding this interview.

1. Do CBP Officers have the right to search the mobile phone?

CBP have the authority to search your belongings including electronics items and their contents. CBP officers can search every person ( including full pat down), baggage and merchandise arriving in the Customs territory of the United States from places outside thereof are liable to inspection by a CBP officer.

We are especially aware of how inconvenient and stressful the inspection process may be to those selected for inspection. In such cases we rely heavily on the patience, understanding, and cooperation of the traveler.

2. Why do DBP denied entry without a valid reason?

CBP officers decide who steps into U.S. soil. For students entering America on F-1 visa, they are making sure you are going to an established college or university (DHS approved) and have to travel for the intended reason as per the approved visa.

CBP Search Authority (Source:

CBP Search Authority (Source:

3. Why now, how did they let thousands of students go to SVU and NPU in the past?

I spoke to a couple of students at NPU.  Some students were caught working illegally at off-campus. My guess is that they would have thought that most of them coming to SVU and NPU:

  • Can’t afford to pay to for their education expenses
  • Intention is to work and earn than education

Now, if you are DHS, what will you be thinking? What would you do?

CBP officers are doing their job. They think this student (among others) weren’t qualified and they denied entry into USA.

4. Looks like this student answered all the questions, why did they deny entry?

Here’s few possible reasons (posted by commenter in YouTube)

The Problem here is with the student.

  1. Can’t speak English correctly.
  2. Not carrying documents for convincing proof of Funds.
  3. Evidence of family background and financial worthiness.
  4. Proof of enough credit cards and debit cards.
  5. Proof of hiring of the intended place of residence.

Do you want to share your experience?

Were you denied entry into U.S.A. I like to hear from you and interview you. Your experience should help create awareness and future students should know what to expect when they travel. Please leave a comment in this blog (below). I will get back to schedule an interview.

Next >> Interview with Students going to Wright State University 


  1. Edie Castaneda on April 18, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    Useful piece – I am thankful for the specifics ! Does anyone know where I can get access to a template IRS 943 version to use ?

  2. Abhinav on February 21, 2016 at 2:08 AM

    what is online transaction? Is it the bank loan that we are paying as the fees to the university?

  3. Gauri on February 10, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    Hello Mr.Raghuram, Do you have similar articles written on H1B and B1/B2 visa holders getting deported?
    If yes , would you please share the links?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on February 10, 2016 at 4:20 PM

      I have about 4 articles.. they are all tagged. See the Tag at bottom of the blog post.

  4. krishna on February 1, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    I got my f1 visa approved spring 2016 for SVU. Now iam planning to go H4 dependent visa, and recently my wife went to us by H1b visa. please anybody can help me in this. now i can attend for H4 visa already i have f1 ?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on February 1, 2016 at 3:29 PM

      You can schedule H4 Visa interview ( just like F1). Attend interview. If you need strategy on how to best study on H4, I have a course on that.

  5. Pruthvi Vikram on January 14, 2016 at 4:14 PM


    I am a graduate from Northwest Missouri State University, currently in my OPT working for a very good reputed company as a contractor. My OPT ends on May 22 2015. I already started collecting documents for applying STEM extension. Due to family concerns and emergencies, i am flying to INDIA on Feb 1 and will be returning back on Mar 7. This is high level information.

    My questions:
    1. How can i check whether my university is black listed or not?
    2. I am currently carrying all I20s, latest I94, EAD(+EAC), Employer & client letter, passport and visa, major utility bills, Home lease agreement. Suggest me if i have to gather any other documents for travelling to and fro safely.
    3. If i get deported for any reason(Knock wood, i dont want it to happen), what are the next steps i have to take.
    4. People keeps saying “Don’t travel to INDIA when you are on OPT or after applying STEM”. Is that real and what precautions should i need to take?
    5. What could be the possible CBP officer questions?
    6. Currently my I94 possess my last entry into US as Jan of 2015. If i travel to India i am sure it will get updated. Is it going to affect my STEM application?
    7. My employer started applying for my Labor in Sep 2015. Does my travel affect it?
    8. Is there any student who got deported back to INDIA while he is on OPT and returning back after a vacation from INDIA?

    Current things that are happening to Indian students makes me think like i am BUMMER to plan a vacation at this time. Is there any way to be safe in all the scenarios that i mention in the form of questions? Please let me know and help me sort these things.

    Thanks in advance.

  6. ujwal on January 13, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    How about H1B candidates ?

  7. neha on January 13, 2016 at 4:04 AM

    I entered US thru abu dhabi on january 8th . I am on student visa for my MS at RIT Rochester Ny.
    My experience was very good. No trouble whatsoever. Officer asked me 4 questions,
    1 . What school? asked for i20
    2. Why selected this school? I told him about coursework and some financial aid.
    3 . How long do you intend to stay? I answered that I intend to go back to my home country after my education
    4. Do you know your rights while studying in Usa ? I answered Yes sir.

    All good. He said welcome to USA and stay warm in winter.

    Stamped admitted in my passport.

    Very nice experience indeed. i guess they will not trouble if you are genuine and your university is reputed. I have personally seen so many indian students going to bad universities and all they do is spoil market with their fake resumes, they work illegally and on cash. Good thing that DHS is incorporating some strich measures

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 13, 2016 at 7:05 AM

      Thanks for sharing.

  8. dilipkumar on January 12, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    This is really ridiculous that CBP officer are stealing the money, i mean got experienced from this kind of situation and creating all these kinds of false rumours and telling the wrong reasons. CBP officer are investigating and checking the people who are entering the USA should be socially,financially,physically as well as mentally fit .they have to be genuine while answering the CBP’s questions, going for the right university.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 13, 2016 at 7:03 AM

      There’s two sides to the story all you are hearing is from students, not from CBP. Did you read other folks who are posting their good experiences. I have entered USA many times in last 15 years. I never had such experience as described. So, without knowing the other side of the story, you can’t say they are not fit to do their jobs.

  9. no racism on January 9, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    I got through the immigration today at LAX. As some were complaining, there is “no” racial profiling of Indian students. I saw them taking some Chinese students for further questioning along with some other Indian students. Two guys in front of me are new F1 students at Arizona State University. Both of them passed through the immigration just in 1-2 minutes. I don’t see racism anywhere, in fact they were really friendly. In my 6 years stay in USA , I have never encountered any racism. I don’t think any other country will be as welcoming as America to Indians.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 9, 2016 at 10:44 PM

      Thanks for sharing.

      • No racism on January 9, 2016 at 10:49 PM

        I wonder people who were complaining about racism are actually defensive about themselves or were they really some isolated incidents.

  10. Vevemundo on January 9, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    Hello Raghu! Good site and I’m enjoying to read about all. Hope each one can study wherever they want and be focus on study. I’m from Brazil and all visa process it’s similar comparing India too. Did you know any information about what the person did got stamp f1 visa and didn’t go to school to start the term? In my case, it is happening this. I got f1 with I-20 stamped but changed my mind not start class in October 2015. My f1 visa is valid until 2019. And I want start at the same school and course. I know the embassy around India laws and Brazil almost the same… Thanks for your help! And wish success for all

    • Vevemundo on January 9, 2016 at 12:34 PM

      Oh! I’m telling this because talking about POE I would like to explain the reason and I avoid any problems or be Nervous there.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 9, 2016 at 3:32 PM

      There is a person similar to your case. After deferred the admit up to 1 year, he went for stamping again to enter USA.

      But I think stamping is not required to enter USA at later time, but you need new I20.

  11. Shiva on January 8, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Raghu I appreciate your interview and want to tell you my experience in 2012 which I replied to above…
    1. I came to USA on 2012 AUGUST and the CBP officer asked me to show money online.
    2. I took loan from bank and I had entire money in two travel cards(HDFC and ICICI). I have online access too.. He asked me to show me Online Transactions and I showed him genuinely. He said Good and U ARE IN …
    3. By the way there is no way CBP officer can steal the money because when I was in INDIA I tried to transfer from Travel Cards to normal bank but it was no where possible for me.
    4. So Take money – show them – be Genuine.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 8, 2016 at 10:18 PM

      Thanks for sharing your experience. This is helpful.

      • ploti on May 24, 2016 at 9:17 AM

        Hi Raghuram,
        I have been admitted to Arizona State University(ASU) for MS in Computer Science. My program start date on my I20 is mentioned as 18th August 2016. I am travelling from Bangalore in AIR India to San Francisco on 19th July. From SF I have a connecting flight to San Diego where my uncle lives. I wish to spend a few days staying at their place and then travel to Phoenix(city where ASU is located) by road. Do you see any possible issues at port of entry(SF) as I am travelling to San Diego first and not to Phoenix direct?

        • Raghuram Sukumar on May 24, 2016 at 11:39 AM

          Get access to Pre-Departure Orientation course ( you are bot going to get such information) in any PDO you would attend in India. I will share the links in top menu page.

    • Swapneel Mehta on January 8, 2016 at 11:49 PM

      Thanks for the guidance. 🙂

  12. raja on January 8, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    I got Through immigration yesterday. There is nothing to worry just be genuine and don’t lie to officers

    officers are very friendly and done whole process in 30mts

    • VAMSI on January 9, 2016 at 3:09 PM

      Hey raja where did your immigration done and for which university did you go to is it NPU ?

  13. Rahul Sharma on January 5, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    What exactly is meant by “Can you show the bank transactions (not the bank statement)?”. If we have taken a bank loan or money from some other sources ,we can probably only show bank statements from 2/3 months max.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 5, 2016 at 1:56 PM

      They know how students use agents to get bank balance. If you have bank loan, then show you are taking money in the form of DD in the name of the university.

  14. anil thatikonda on January 5, 2016 at 1:27 AM

    sir..wht answer shd i give for no deportating…? im admitted 4 ms in cs in svu in fall batch…my senoir said de visa oficer wil steal money if i tel him real amt i carry…my parents r afrd…

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 5, 2016 at 8:24 AM

      1. Ridiculous as it sounds, your friend is giving all the wrong reasons.
      2. CBP don’t steal the money 🙂 Are you crazy?

      • anil thatikonda on January 5, 2016 at 9:30 AM wat ans shd i give..? my senior frnd s saying tht te ppl who wer deportated said 1dolar, 4 dolar etc bcoz if no then de oficer wl tak money nd den deportate…

        • Alluri on January 9, 2016 at 10:19 AM

          Anil. I know you are confused at this time. But trust us, nobody is going to take your money. and please do not use ‘chat language’ in the comments. It is hard for anyone to read.

    • DesiInVidesh on January 5, 2016 at 8:14 PM

      Lol Bro visa officer stealing money !! haha your senior is more likely to steal money from you 😉 Stop taking to that senior.
      You still have time for fall, try to apply to a “Reputed” university.Research the univ before applying.
      If i were you i wont go to these universities which are under US radar.

  15. CSS on January 4, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    Don’t travel through Abu Dhabi and New York airports.
    The immigration officers at Abu Dhabi are racists. They treat Indians like slaves. This is from my own experience.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 4, 2016 at 5:19 PM

      Which university did you travel to attend?

      • CSS on January 5, 2016 at 2:51 PM

        Not for study, but to work on H1B for a reputed US company.

        • Shiva on January 8, 2016 at 5:44 PM

          I the company is reputed why cant name it?

        • zubair on January 12, 2016 at 3:08 PM

          Hey Can we talk offline ..

  16. Iqbal on January 3, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    Sir i want to talk to you… Where should i contact … Your mail id???

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 3, 2016 at 8:55 PM

      Use the contact form ( scroll below) to find it.

  17. ganapathyg on December 30, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    If the university has been under ‘investigation’ or ‘watch’ could not have DHS/CBP alert ttheir own embassies and have warned the students at F1 time itself and even do not grant it so that the ‘innocent’ students do not have to spend heavily on preparation by buying tickets, items and also the ‘trauma’ of getting deported?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on December 30, 2015 at 10:00 PM

      They are not innocent students. They know exactly why they applied to those schools.

      • Dhruvit on December 31, 2015 at 2:30 AM

        But they did not buy tickets to get deported!!! Every student buying tickets after getting visa is innocent enough!!!

      • Dhruvit on December 31, 2015 at 2:30 AM

        But they did not buy tickets to get deported!!! Every student buying tickets after getting visa is innocent enough!!!

        • Raghuram Sukumar on December 31, 2015 at 11:55 AM

          Everyone entering US go through the same screening. We are not hearing news from students going to good schools are denied entry in Huge numbers. If you are applying for schools like NPU after tri valley, then denied of entry to RFE on USCIS applications is part of the package. This was long time coming.

        • DesiInVidesh on January 5, 2016 at 8:23 PM

          Dude Visa does not guarantee entry into a country. This rule applies world over. I am sure India does not allow entry to a lot of folks at immigration check. Secondly these students are not innocent they knew what they were getting into,I do feel sorry for them.

  18. Simran Preet Singh Narang on December 30, 2015 at 12:27 AM

    1. Its as simple as that carry all the document you carried during the Visa Interview with you in flight as well. I carried all the document financial document with me in flight as well.
    2. Do not work illegally in US on student Visa
    3. Get good scores and get admission in a proper public or private university. Bad universities will not lead to good future in India or in U.S.A.
    4. Prepare, prepare and prepare for all kinds of questions.
    5. Do all the process yourself, do not go to consultancies, they just know how to earn money not help you. Its hard but its better you do everything yourself.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on December 30, 2015 at 9:25 AM

      Good to see you. Unfortunately, consultants are not going anywhere and there’s always going to be a set of students who wants to take shortcuts. This was coming for longtime. This should strike fear for long time to come. Just like how we still talk about Tri valley University raid.

      • Simran Preet Singh Narang on December 30, 2015 at 10:23 AM

        And if people try to take shortcuts they should treated the same way.

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