F1 Visa Interview Experiences

F1 Visa Deined Under 214(b) – Potential Immigrant

Following reader posted a comment about F1 Student Visa denied due to Section 214(b).  So far I have posted about F-1 Visa Interview experience.

Most of them were about successful visa stamping, but this student couldn’t get F1 Visa.

F1 visa rejected under 214(b)

I had my interview at 9:30 today…

VO- When did you pass out
ME- i completed in 2009, following which i did 1 year rotatory internship

VO- what in bachelors
ME- Bachelors of Homeopathic Medicine and surgery

VO- Why Psychology
ME- It was one of my subjects during bachelor’s and since then i found that it is very related to my stream and we utilize the concepts of psychology knowingly and unknowingly

VO- How
ME- We lay alot of stress on mental symptoms and use psychotherapies like free association type &c

VO- But i feel psychology is more related to Diagnostics rather than counselling
ME- Yeah, but there is a seperate stream of clinical psychology, which i will be opting in my electives in second year, so that i can relate it to my stream

VO- how many universities you applied to
ME- 4 Universities- Suny Binghamton, Texas A&M, Western Kentucky and Marywood University

VO- Why XXX as first preference
ME- Actually my first preference was Suny Binghamton but since i didn’t manage to get an admit from that, i have selected this XXX

VO- Why Binghamton as first preference
ME- because of higher ranking and better infrastructure

VO- did you get an admit from Texas A&M
ME- No

VO- your parents sponsoring you
ME- Yes, they have XXX in liquid assets and XX crores in immovable Properties

VO- What do they do
ME- told

VO- sorry, i can’t give you a visa today, i am not convinced

Please tell me where did i went wrong, what was the reason of 214(b). Can i stand any chance if i apply again. what shall i do, please guide me


Section 214(b) is part of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). It states:

Every alien shall be presumed to be an immigrant until he establishes to the satisfaction of the consular officer, at the time of application for admission, that he is entitled to a nonimmigrant status…


Strong ties differ from country to country, city to city, individual to individual. Some examples of ties can be a job, a house, a family, a bank account. “Ties” are the various aspects of your life that bind you to your country of residence: your possessions, employment, social and family relationships.

Related : F1 Visa Rejected Twice 214(b)

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  1. Hello sir/Madam

    i have applied for usa f1 visa for 3 times and got rejected
    1st visa interview experience was in mumbai nov14 2016

    me:gm sir

    vo:why this university
    me:this university appealled most to me

    vo:what appealled you
    me:started giving fumble answers got stucked blank in my mind

    very next moment handed 214b form better luck next time
    the thing is i haven’t prepared for visa interview i know that it was my mistake

    2nd visa interview was in hyderabad dec8 2016

    vo lady :she is so harsh to me while questioning but i showed a positive attitude to her

    me:hello mam good morning
    vo:no reply

    vo:why this university
    me:this university having a good course curriculum and …….vo interrupted me saying
    please don’t read the script what you prepared and again i followed the same answer

    vo:what’s your ielts score

    vo:what’s your gre score

    vo:do u have any backlogs
    me:yes i do have 2 backlogs in my graduation and to the very next attempt i have cleared it

    vo:what’s your curriculum
    me:blank i don’t know what to answer i haven’t prepared for this question she repeatedly asking me
    whats your curriculum… i thought is she asking about my graduation curriculum or masters curriculum
    bc’z i have done my graduation in eee and applied for information technology

    vo:with a smile sorry sir better luck next time
    me:thank you mam with a smile

    3rd visa interview experience march8 2018
    vo:good morning sir
    me:very good morning sir

    vo:have you seen me
    me:no sir

    vo:so masters in computer’s science
    me:no masters in information technology

    vo:so u have done your graduation in eee r8

    vo:what are the elements used in semiconductor devices
    me:it’s been 4 years i could’t remember what to say but i have given some false answers to him

    vo:what where are you doing
    me:here i am working for an organization for the client xxx as a network admin as a team mem my
    responsibilties is to monitoring the bad traffic network bla bla…

    vo:214b kept my in my hand sorry sir
    me:sir this is my 3rd visa interview please i want to know the reason i do have 3yrs of experience in
    order to have a exposure into my carrier masters is the only one platform for me to build a strong
    carrier path in an industry

    vo: yes sir i can understand your problem the reason is you are looking young and dynamic make
    learn in india and expeerience in india for another 2 years and apply for H1b from your
    me:thak you sir left the consulate with tears

    that’s my case i don’t know what is really happening with me please suggest me some answers and questions i have sheduled an appointment on
    april 2nd please help me out from this situation this gonna be my 4th visa interview

    thanks in advance

    uma maheshwar

  2. hi ; my name is Jaskaran singh
    US v.o rejected my visa today in under section 214 (B)
    V.O was a young boy
    I’m said gud morning officer
    v.o please your passpor and i20

    he tape something and said V.O who is sponsoring you
    me – My father and my brother
    V.O whatt is your brother occupation
    me – he have is own restaurant in australia
    he is p.r in australia

    after that he was type something and gave me my refusal
    Reason is in under section 214(B)
    visa officer didn’t gave me time for explained my self

    sir how i will convene to v.o next time
    my purpose is study
    please give me best things and answer and suggest me best way

  3. Hi,

    I have been denied visa for school ‘A’ during my first attempt. just a day after my visa being denied, i got an acceptance from school ‘B’ which is a much better reputed school than the former for which my visa was being denied. I want to go for the visa interview for the second time around, as i was a bit nervous during the first time and could not properly answer the questions posed at me. I am pretty much confident now ..but my concern is as to what if i change to school ‘B’ as it is a much reputed school. My gut feeling says that i stick to school ‘A’,take the risk and go for it. But,what if i am asked about my other admits..and school ‘B’ being a better reputed one, i did not choose it even after being admited?? What are my chances of getting visa if i go with either school ‘A’ or school ‘B’??

  4. i have received the I20 from Rochester Institute of Technology but i think there is a error in my I20 as it is mentioned in the 3rd point of my I20 that reprint reason damaged, as I'm deferred for fall 2011 from spring 2011, as sevis no is same which was mentioned on my previous I20 but why it is mentioned reprint reason damaged I'm bit worried about it as one of my friend also get the I20 from the same university but there is no such thing like Reprint reason on his I20 as we both are deferred.. can anyone please help me why the reprint reason damaged is mentioned on my I20.

  5. Me to got rejctd on Jaan4th

    Lady VO:Gud mng sir,

    me: Gud mng Madm.

    VO:Y dis XXX univ.

    Me: I expld abt the univ.

    Vo:wat s Ur passed out batch?


    Vo:Wat u hav been?

    me:Wrnkng as an Asst Prof. XXX college.

    Vo:did u apld fr anyother School.?

    Me: Lttle bit confused [School r Prgrm]..n den explained.

    Vo: Do u hav any Backlogs.

    Me:8 Backlogs i hav cleard den in an adv supply only.

    Vo: Sorry sir…..!

    She kept a 214(B)

    I m fully upset abt dis…

    I dont even know the reason …

    Pls Suggest me can i apply fr 2nd tim again…?

    Is dere any Probblity of gettng visa fr the 2nd tym….

    pls help me out…….

  6. i was rejected under section 214(b) for F-1 visa here in the Gambia

    here goes my interview:

    Offer: good morning?

    me: good morning sir

    Offer: who is sponsoring you?

    my uncle

    Offer: uncle! your mother side or father side?

    my mother

    Offer: how many school do u apply?

    me: only one

    Offer: what do u know about the school?

    well its a good school, they have excellent learning facilities with well experience professors

    Offer: oh thats good, how do u know that? you know anyone there?

    yes i have friends there

    Offer: wow who are they?

    xxxx( he check in his computer) and ask again who who else?

    i said yyyy ( he ckeck in his computer again)

    officer: well xxx and yyy are no more going to school and u said they are u friend, so if u go u will also quite schooling, am sorry i cannot issue you a visa due to section 214(b)

    and that was the end

    i want to reapply, now am seeking for advise, what prove can i show or say to him in order to convince him that i have ties in my home country??? please help me

  7. @ankit kumar :— First of all feels sorry for getting visa rejected.

    By the way u explained in ur interview process it doesnot seems tht u have enough & proper preparation for visa interview. You must explain thm properly, correctly & cleverly. You u should be smart enogh but not too smart….. as VO are much more experienced thy catch hold of us easily for whom visa should be given or not.

    Plz get thoroughly prepared for ur second Visa attempt. VO may ask wy u get rejected in first attempt, one thng is sure u must not lie before thm. Explain thm clearly why tht particular university & specilization like research, assistanship u u got any.

    Regarding orientation u must confirm with ur university, as some universities allow thm after orientation also & for some u need to pay as a fine.

    so be careful, inform to the head of the orientaion concerned person well in advance so tht afterwards u must not land in trouble.

    All the Best for second attempt

  8. i got rejected on 19th july for my B.S.BUSINESS….

    QUESTIONS ASKED:1)why dis univ????

    2)why only dis univ.?????

    3)how many skuls u applied & hw many acceptence u got?

    4)the guy told me that why u applied to a smaller univ. and only few students go in dis univ.????

    after dis he told me we cant grant u visa dis tym try nxt tym….

    now i have re-applied to a bigger and better univ. from previous one……

    nw my visa date is 11th august………

    what are the chances of getting my visa dis tym????????

    will i get visa on dis date????

    is it too late????????

    my orientation is on 17th august?????

    and what shld i do so that i get visa this tym………

    plz give ur suggestions and tips A.S.A.P

    plz help me


    1. ankit i think you are also facing same difficulties while answering question of university & course selection. plz don't make diffrence that, some universities are bigger and some are smaller.plz always treat every university as equal reputation though we know that they don't.when answerng to question like why u chose this university and why not that other one always say that,"this is my most prefered university and as i got offer letter in first attempt in very short time i chose this one and not wait for others".don't make diffrence between university reputation ,stuck with single one.this will show that you are one who has stable attitude and thinking.

      always make sure that you are showing stable thinking while selecting course and university and u will complete your study without thnking other matters.

  9. i thnk you were little bit jumbled with answering question of university &course selecton(why & mostly why).you should be prepared for question like why —– university & —–course prefered?.

    asking person did not satisfied with your answer of university & course selection & why you didn't able to find admission to other universities. you should be clear with your reasons behind rejecting offers or admmissions of other universities so that ,asking person will satisfied with your view of selecting & sticking with single university.

    this clear mirror like reason to rejecting other universities can provide confidence to asking person that, you will remain with one universities which you select & you will complete your study without running from it(stable). as you mention that you worked in rotory internship which indicate that you are not person with stable thinking or psychology and you are not one who will confidently stick with one thing that is university or course.- —– so be confident with clear reasons to each and every thing.

    ===================best luck will wait for reply.

  10. Hi,

    First of all very sorry about your reject dont lose hope apply again and you will get it for sure , it has happened to couple of my friends. Ok now from what I think there could be 2 reasons for your rejection.

    1. I think you should have gone for a bank loan , even my parents where against taking bank loan as they said they were capable of funding my education but upon asking lot of people I forced them into applying a bank loan because loans will shorten the work of VO cause bank manager would have accessed your credentials before granting you the loan like ur degree percentage , property valuation and etc etc by not taking a loan you have taken the easier route and will cause doubts in the mind of VO .

    2. I think you went a little wrong in answering your top priority University question rather than saying SUNY was your top choice you should have been diplomatic and positive in saying all the Universities that you applied were of top priority and there was no as such single favorite University this would make the VO feel ur not forcing your self into ur University atleast thats what I feel I maybe wrong.

  11. Another point I have is that I am the only child of my parents and we have property here in India, so I am bound to come back here.. Should I mention about fiance in Canada, or should i state that my parents are in India (in order to prove that under any circusmtance i won't stay in the U.S.)???

  12. I find few areas you went wrong in giving Answers for following questions of VO:

    Why this University is your first preference?

    You need to stick for the University you are carrying to Visa i.e.

    This University is my first priority while i am applying to Universities, now i got it, No need to wait for other I-20's. Even though that University is you second or third preference.

    You are going to the University, where you are not Interested i.e. Contradiction to DS-160 Form you filled

    Why Psychology?

    All Visa Officers (V.O.) did their Diploma / Masters in Psycology, i.e. Minimum Qualification required to apply for V.O. positions.

    That is the reason, V.O. Concentrate more on Psycology, but you failed there in giving proper answer.

    Next time try to prepare well about you Specialization & Courses & Jobs Positions after Mastes & Roles in those positions etc.,

    For Next time, All the Best.


    Venkat, Team WWEC

  13. Hi,

    I want to add another point to whatever said above.. If possible get a loan sanction letter from a recognised bank. That will not only boost your financial situation but also it says that you are a recognised person. They know that bank will not give loan to all persons. This will also indicate that you have root in India.

    I too experienced the same problem in my first attempt. Hope you clear in the second …………

  14. rajeev what ever u have given suggestions & commented are absolutely true. One should have thorough preparation & way to answer logically & cleverly in visa interview.

    Hope the above person gets his visa in second attempt.

  15. The above Comment is cool. The Blog helped me so much and I could not read this and fail to leave a comment it is still instrumental to my graduate school life.

    To start with, You would have related your area of study to future career prospects in your home country/ how it suits in the needs of your country.

    So, have courage I hope when you reapply you will get the visa.

    I hope the following will help you a great deal, I was in the same boat but on second application I was granted the visa;

    Evidence of sufficient ties to your home country is most important. Under U.S. law, all applicants for non-immigrant visas (like F-1 or J-1) are viewed as intending immigrants unless they can convince the consular officer that they are not. Therefore, you must be able to show that you have reasons for returning to your home country that are stronger than those for remaining in the United States. “Ties” to your home country are the things that bind you to your hometown, homeland or current place of residence: job, family, financial prospects that you own or will inherit, investments, etc. You may be asked about your specific intentions or promise of future employment, family or other relationships, educational objectives, grades, long-range plans and career prospects in your home country. Each person’s situation is different, and there is no magic explanation or single document, certificate or letter that can guarantee visa issuance.

    The visa interview will be the most important part of the process. Remember that the person who interviews you does not have a lot of time, so the more organized you are, the better the process will go. NAFSA: Association of International Educators put together a list of tips for your interview. You should take the following points into consideration:

    Academics: Know the academic program to which you have been admitted and how it fits into your career plans. If you are not able to give reasons why you will study in a particular program at XXXX, you may not succeed in convincing the U.S. consular officer that you are planning to study, rather than to immigrate. You should be able to explain how studying in the U.S. relates to your future professional career when you return home.

    Be concise and honest: Because of the volume of applications received, all consular officers are under considerable pressure to conduct a quick and efficient interview. For the most part, they make decisions on the impressions they form during the first moments of the interview. Consequently, what you say first and the initial impression you create are critical to your success. Keep your answers to the officer’s questions short and to the point and be honest.

    Be prepared and organized: Make sure that you have all your documents in order and that all information is clearly visible and understandable. It should be clear at a glance to the consular officer what written documents you are presenting and what they signify. Lengthy written explanations cannot be quickly read or evaluated. Remember that you will have 2-3 minutes of interview time at best.

    Not all countries are the same: Applicants from countries suffering economic problems or from countries where many students have remained in the U.S. as immigrants will have more difficulty getting visas. Statistically, applicants from those countries are more likely to be intending immigrants. They are also more likely to be asked about job opportunities at home after their study in the U.S.

    Financial documentation: If your financial support is coming from personal or family funds, bank statements alone are seldom considered credible enough evidence to demonstrate sufficient finances. Only when coupled with highly credible documentation which can substantiate the source (such as job contracts, letters from an employer, tax documents, pay stubs or deposit slips) will a bank statement be accepted. Bank statements are most credible if they are a series of reliable, computer-generated, monthly bank account statements. If you are receiving funding from outside sources (XXXX, your home university, employer, or the government), be prepared to present the appropriate letters or documents which verify this funding.

    Employment: You must understand that your purpose for coming to the U.S. is to study, not for the chance of work before or after graduation. While many students may work part-time during their studies, such employment is incidental to their studies. You must be able to clearly articulate your plan to return home at the end of your program. If your spouse is applying for an F-2 visa, be aware that F-2 dependents cannot, under any circumstances, be employed in the U.S. If asked, you will need to explain what your spouse intends to do with his/her time while in the United States.

    Maintain a positive attitude: Do not argue with the consular official. If you are denied a student visa, ask the officer for a list of documents he or she would suggest you bring in order to overcome the refusal, and obtain (in writing) an explanation of the reason you were denied.

    Lastly, Keep in touch with the international students Office in XXX university they have pretty advice.


  16. Your answers were not convincing to me, so i would except the same with the visa officer.

    First thing you looked as overconfident to the visa officer. The reason is you have given answers which he did not want to know.

    For example: When did you pass out? You just need to tell ur pass date and that is what he is expecting. You need not tell any additional things.

    Why Pyscology? You did not give the proper answer. It does not matter whether it is related to your field or some other field. What matters is how much you are intrested in doing that. You should have told that during your bachelors you were having subjects in that and u found yourself pretty comfortable with those courses and would like yourself to see with a master degree in that field.

    Your answers about university selection shows that you were ready to choose any uiniversity, actually u should not have told him u preferred some other university. You should have told some good things about the univ u choose. Dont try to tell answers which you think are correct, there is a way to answer visa interview questions, read that and go to visa interview. No one is talented. Your answers shows that u had a very less or no preparation for the visa interview questions.

    I am sorry if u think i blame you but if u really want to come usa take my advice positively.



    1. Well Said Rajeev ,

      Be as simple as u can , Try to be as exact as u can , and there are mock interview questions and articles related to interview ques, and for you ,i believe strongly that u must prepare for a question regarding " Potential Immigrant" , that might be a barrier ahead in ur next interview .. Please check the blog u will find the Article.

      Hope u fill lot of smile when u r back from the Interview ,All the very Best !

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