Question: If I have an H4 visa and I am going to get an F1 visa by going to India. What happens in the worst case my F-1 Visa is rejected? Would they cancel my H4 Visa as well?
For any US Visa denials, applicants have to identify the reasons for visa rejection. If those reasons were not addressed in the second interview, then visa approval in second of future interviews would become difficult.
H4 to F1 Visa Interview Experience
VO: Good Morning
Me: Good Morning, Sir.
Vo: Pass me your I-20 and passport
Me: Sure, here it is.
Vo: Why this university (he didn’t even take a look at my I-20)
Me: NJIT is a public research university. The course BIS that I have chosen has a great profile and the professors are very well experienced. In NJIR faculty to student ratio is good. The curriculum in BIS course has both business and data analytics courses which suit my interests. The VO kept typing, so I continued. Apart from this NJIT has business analytics and data and knowledge engineering lab … VO interrupted
VO: You are on H4 Visa, why H4 to F1 Visa?
Me: Sir, I have already completed 2 semesters with a current GPA of 3.94/4.00 and I wish to gain some practicle experinece as a part of my course. Also one of my professors has offered me research assistant opportunity under him and that opportunity will certainly add value to my profile. So, I wish to convert to F1 Visa.
VO: Who is sponsering you?
Me: My husband, Sir.
VO: What he is working as?
Me: He is working as a business analyst and image right developer.
VO: What is his earning?
ME: 75k USD/yr sir
Vo: Asked again, is it 75k?
Me: Yes, sir.
Vo: Typed something for 20 secs and told sorry your F1 Visa can’t be approved today and gave the 214b slip
Me: May I know the reason, sir?
Vo: Please read the slip. It seems to be 214b . You can reapply if you want, but today it can’t be approved and it will not have any effect on your H4 Visa and you can travel on H4 Visa.
Me: Thank you, sir.
I was expecting him to ask my plans for the return back to India or show my financial documents or my husband’s paystubs.
H4 to F1 Visa Interview Analysis
Every interview is unique and adjudicated based on your circumstances, sponsors, courses, etc.
Maybe Visa officer thought that $75,000 in Annual salary for the husband wouldn’t be sufficient to pay for Education while living in expensive NJ area.
Maybe, the applicant was not comfortable with the interview and wasn’t confident with the answers.
Maybe the answers to Why NJIT wasn’t convincing enough for the VO.
If you are reading an experience for H4 to F1 is denied, doesn’t mean your H4 Visa to F1 Visa would also be denied.
But, VO in this case specifically said that H4 visa wouldn’t be impacted and the applicant and travel back on H4 Visa.