Just wanted to share my experience of J1 visa with my fellow readers of the Happy school blog, please don’t share my identity for some official reasons.

My interview for J1 Visa was fixed for July 26 at 11 in the morning at the US embassy in New Delhi.

I did a mistake that I went there too early so had to wait outside for few hours in the heat.

Another blunder was that I has not taken any water with me.

But anyhow when they displayed that the candidates with appointment at 11 Am were allowed to enter i proceeded to the gate.

After they checked the appointment letter I was allowed in, where there was a thorough security screening, later inside my documents my DS2019 and SEVIS receipt and HDFC bank receipt were attached to my passport and given a token and again asked to wait.

Later when my serial came I Entered into another room where they first checked my credentials from across a window, the person inside asked me to verify my DOD address father’s name and occupation. Later I was asked to go for biometric scanning of the fingers and thumbs of my both the hands.

Later I was made to wait for sometime then I was asked to wait in a queue, the Visa for two people in front of me was rejected I don’t know the reason but I saw they being handed back their passports

When my number came I handed over my documents attached to the passport to the Visa officer from beneath the window. The Visa officer who was a white male seemed to be a good officer.

J1 Visa Experience

Me: Good morning sir,
VO: A very good morning to you too

VO: SO what is the purpose of your visit to the United States
Me: Scholar Exchange visitor, to pursue my higher studies there.

VO: What do you do
Me: I am a journalist with XYZ group of newspapers

VO: Where are you posted and what all do you cover
Me: I am posted in Kashmir and i mostly cover the conflict, defence and politics there.

VO: Might be really a tough job—how did you get this assignment
Me: I had been working there for the past many years so my this assignment was given to me because of my prior experience.

VO: So what do you want to study in US?
Me: I want to do a MS in journalism

VO: Which school and which university?
ME: ABC Journlaism school of DEF university

VO: Why this university?
Me: My sponsors arranged for my admission in this university

VO: This is a very prestigious fellowship and one of the best Journalism School in the United States, many congratulations for getting into it
Me: Thank you very much Sir,

VO: Your visa is approved and you will get it in next three to four days
Me: But i want to collect it by hand

VO: Oh so let me give you the paper containing the details as how you can get it by hand
Me: Thank you very much and it was really so nice of you.

VO: Pleasure was mine serving you. Bye.

I faced no problem, he even did not ask me to show any other documents or any other details, this was all that i went through during my J1 Visa interview today.


  1. Prabhakar reddy on August 5, 2011 at 10:51 PM

    @nancy ……Yes they’ll have your previous answers.

  2. Anand Venkatraman on July 30, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Hi… very useful stuff here.. I was curious what questions are asked when you apply for a J visa.. I too will be applying for a J1 sometime soon.. I was wondering whether there were any differences in the terms of the visa depending on whether you were going there for research related work or clinical training or something.. I graduated from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and I know they have a separate category called Alien physician, but I am currently interested in going there for research related training.. so i assume my category will be different..

  3. Jakhongir on July 28, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Congragulations ! Great work ! Good luck in studys in US

  4. Prabhakar reddy on July 28, 2011 at 3:17 AM

    Congrats…….and how to collect the passport on the same day?? Let us know please.

  5. MUNIR YAHYA-IMAM on July 27, 2011 at 1:14 PM


  6. Testing on July 27, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Hey did you get your visa same day? Is this possible for H1B visa anyone?Thanks.

  7. sq115 on July 27, 2011 at 4:28 AM

    Congratulations! What university will you be attending?

  8. Hritik on July 27, 2011 at 2:13 AM

    Many congrtulations for getting the Visa so quickly

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