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.