F1 Visa Interview Experiences

A Farmer Son’s Guide for F1 Visa Interview

Hi friends this is my student visa for USA interview experience at US Chennai consulate.

My appointment was at 8:15 AM.

I got a bit tensed while entering into the consulate but everything went so calm and cool.

My F1 Visa Interview went like this

Me: Very Good Morning Madam, how are you?
VO: Hey I am fine what about you?
Me: I am fine thank you.

Then comes to the actual part of interview.
VO: Why USA?
Me: To pursue my Masters at NJIT.

VO: when did you complete your degree?
Me: August 2010.

VO: Then what did you do from then?
Me: I did so and so etc… Here I would like to suggest you that do get tensed.First of all be planned to answer this question in a clear and coherent manner.
when I answered this question she did not even ask the experience documents.

VO: What is your aggregate?
Me: said

VO: Any Backlogs?
Me: No madam

VO: Who is sponsoring you?
Me: My parents and cousin

VO: What is your father?
Me: He is a Farmer

VO: How much land you are possessing and what will be grown there?
Me: Said

VO: Are you availing back loan?
Me: Yes

VO: How much and what is the collateral for that?
Me: Said

She uttered the sentence what I was anticipating for

VO: You will get your visa in a weeks time
Me: Thank you thanks a lot and have a nice day

F1 Visa Interview Tips

That’s all I got my visa. Here I would like to give few suggestions which I have got from my experience.

  1. Leave a smile and greet the consular officer at first.
  2. Do not be tensed be calm and cool.
  3. Just maintain eye contact and there is no need of smile or other things.
  4. No need of smiling when you are answering (I have read in some blogs that you need to keep smiling. It is not possible to smile and how could we get a smile when the atmosphere is such serious. So even if you don’t smile in between it won’t leave any impact on the decision
  5. Be yourself and do not try to get into others shoes by listening to the conversations of some others interview there.
  6. Even if something goes wrong like in sentence framing you can say sorry and proceed.(This has been happened in my Case)
  7. Do not be tensed about your slang every one is unique and they will have their conversation style. So you need not to worry about the accent.

So guys all the best do not listen to rumours that rejection rate is more here or other stuff..

Last but not the least your interview is different from others. Read F-1 student visa stories shared by other students.

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  1. Hello HSB
    I’m going to visa on National University in San Diego.Please let me know that how are rejections and acceptance rate for this university.I have other choice as well,Bridgeport University.

  2. Hii ra…me too going for ms in lehigh university…just contact me once ….and Congrats for your visa….

  3. @Pravin

    Hi Pravin. Im sad to hear ur situation. I had a similar xperience.
    I think ur scores r pretty good to get an admit from the mentioned univ’s. But whats the point in applying to all univ’s with high tution?
    However dont lose heart. For the spring sem apply to the univ’s in south and mid american states like Illinois, Texas etc. This will also help while ur stay in USA in terms of cost of living, climatic conditions etc. Final point, u have to apply to 1 or 2 two low profile univ’s and to whatever univ u applied, keep continuous follow up through emails until u receive a decision frm univ. So that in worst case u dont need to waste a semester if u dont get admit frm ur desired univ’s.
    All the best.

  4. Hello Peer,
    Nice Posting!!
    Congrats for getting U.S. visa and all the best for your future endeavours!

  5. Hey Pal!
    This is highly appreciated and Congrats. You’re star & you gonna be star! so when did you start working for US!

  6. congrats for your visa approval.
    will you please tell me your gre, toefl scores and where your visa interview has been held……

  7. Hi HSB..,
    I’m a Pharmacy graduate from Manipal University..
    I have a GRE of 1420, (750 quant and 670 verbal) 3.5 AWA
    TOEFL of 109
    GPA 7.3..
    I have applied to 8univ for fall 2011 admissions. All MS pharmaceutics..
    1. Univ of sciences in philadelphia
    2. Texas southern university
    3. Duquesne
    4. SUNY Buffalo
    5. Univ of Cincinnati
    6. Missiccippi university
    7. Rutgers
    8. Virginia Common Wealth University
    I am presently distraught to know that i have been rejected by every university!!I do not understand if there is any college accepting pharmacy students .., except for the average colleges like Long Island, St Jhons, NJIT and North Eastern University.., which obviously are exorbitantly priced and do not give any scholarships to students.
    I have an excellent GRE score and a decent GPA.., even a lot of my friends with good GPA have been rejected by all the universities, except the above mentioned.!!! Dear HSB, it is my humble plea to throw some light on this issue…, i.e. if any colleges other than the above mentioned is worth applying..!!!!! For me, it seemed like a sheer waste of about 1 lakh rupees in applying for all these colleges!!!!!Had i known that no other colleges accepted students, i would have just dropped the idea of goin abroad!! Who would want to spend 30 lakhs fr masters by going to “LONG ISLAND”!! Actually u can go into that with just a score of 900..!! i know many with a 1000 who have gone into that college.!!! I would have atleast not prepared for GRE all that strenuously and get a 1400..!!! I mean.., what is the use..?? PLz HSB Plz do write on this.., there are many students like me out there who really need to know this, so that they can make an informed decission before preparing for studying abroad and during the application process..!! Like.., they can skip all the pain of preparing fr GRE and get a 1200 or1400.., instead they can save their energies and time and concentrate on curriculum..!!!

    Hoping earnestly that you will elaborate on this…

    1. Hello Praveen,
      You have a nice GRE score. So apply to much better universities and you will be surprised to get admission. I and one of my friends had a similar experience. With a GRE of 1330, I got in UW-Madison but not in the Virginia Tech! My friend (GRE score: 1470) got in Carnegie Mellon but not in SUNY Buffalo or Texas A&M University! Seems like these universities think that you have applied to to your ‘safety schools’ where you may not go if you get a better place. Why would they waste their seat? (it is just like we don’t waste our money by applying to the best universities if we have got a lower score) Even if you want a scholarship, I think, you apply to somewhat better places as you have got a 1420.

  8. congrats for the visa approval. can you plz tell me your gre score and in which stream you are going to do your masters.

  9. Congrats. I suppose you are the first farmer’s son I’ve read about in HSB.I would like to know how well are the chances for a farmer’s son to study in US considering the financial situation, bank loan etc. ?

    1. HI, Cold i know your aggregates and GRE Score. My father is working as a security guard..I was really worried about my financial status..

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