Had my F-1 Student Visa interview on 5th Dec at Chennai.
- Result: Reject
- Univ: MS-CS @ New Jersey Institute of Technology
- Background: academics are 59.4% and 4 backlogs.
- GRE 1250, TOEFL 102
VO – About 30 year old guy, dull chap, no expression.
Visa Interview at Chennai
Me: Hi, Good morning sir!
VO: (dull) Hi, how are you?
Me: I’m good, thank you. How about you sir?
(I pass him the folder of primary documents. He goes to I20 and reads it, then flips through to the end, which is my provisional degree certificate – It says ‘Second Class’)
VO: What is your UG percentage?
Me: 59.4%, sir.
VO: And do you have any backlogs?
VO: How many?
(He doesn’t say anything, just looking at me for like 2 secs. I assume he wants me to explain about them)
Me: I found electronics related subjects to be difficult; but I did cope up and cleared them in following semesters sir; The subjects are all electronics based, and I am going for masters in computer science……
VO: I understand; What are the four courses?
Me: (Listed the subjects)
Me: Any other documents you will need sir?
(VO doesn’t say anything, types something and returns all my documents. Takes a sheet and marks it and passes that with my passport)
VO: I cannot grant you a visa today. The details are in this sheet.
Me: But why sir? Could I have a reason?
VO: Based on your academic profile, I denied you the visa. You can apply again.
(I just blink dumbly and nod)
VO: Good luck next time.
(I just stagger out, saying nothing)
Almost all VI experiences I have read, or heard, they all seem to start with the standard questions like which univ, why this university, etc.
This VO starts off with my academics (my visa application’s only weak point) directly and end it there – hardly a minute!
I’ll be applying again for around Dec 14th. Any suggestions?
What is the best possible way to approach weak acads? Can’t say particular semester was bad – coz 2 backs in 3rd sem and 2 in 6th sem.
Student US Visa Rejection
I can think of possible reasons for your visa rejection.
- Low Academics
- Backlogs – Student F-1 Visa Approved for Spring 2012 with 11 Backlogs
- Mayne not strong answers and confident answers (hard to say this just with text content)