I Left the USA Consulate With My Heart Filled With Happiness

Raghuram Sukumar F1 Visa Interview Experiences 16 Comments

First of all, I would like to thank you for all the help that you have rendered me for the past 2 years, starting from preparing for GRE to the visa interview. I and all my fellow US aspirants are highly grateful to you.

I am happy to inform you that my visa was approved at the US Consulate – Chennai on 29th June. I would like to share my interview experience, which was a cool one, with you so that it will be useful for others.

First up, this is my profile.
1. UG – BE in Mechanical Engineering – 9.222
2. GRE – Q780 + V420 + AWA 3.0
3. TOEFL – R26 + L24 + S24 + W27
4. No international papers or publications

My interview slot was at 11.30am. I reached the consulate at 10.45 and joined the queue for interview at 12.05pm.

Me: Good Afternoon sir.
VO: Good Afternoon. Give me your papers.

(Gave. He started typing something)

VO: So, why do you want to go to US?
Me: I wish to pursue my Masters in Industrial Engineering at Texas A&M University.

VO: What all Universities did you apply to?

VO: How many admits?
Me: I got admits in all of them.

VO: So, why TAMU?
Me: The coursework at Texas A&M is very impressive and it is more close to my field of interest which is Supply Chain Management.

VO: Interesting. Who is sponsoring you?
Me: I have an education loan from Central Bank of India for Rs.XXXXXXX and my parents are also willing to sponsor me.

VO: What do your parents do?
Me: My father worked at YYYYYY and now he has retired. My mother works for the Indian Postal Department which is under the Central Govt. of India.

(Again started typing something for a long time)

VO: Do you have any brothers or sisters?
Me: Yes, I have a brother.

VO: Where is he?
Me: He is here at Chennai and works for Tata Consultancy Services.

VO: I am happy to inform you that “YOUR VISA HAS BEEN APPROVED” and you should receive it in a week.
Me: Thank you sir.

A few minutes later I left the consulate with my head held high and my heart filled with happiness. I hope this is just the beginning of a long arduous but fruitful journey ahead in my life.
I would again thank you HSB and everyone who has helped me to reach this state. I would also like to wish “ALL THE VERY BEST” for everyone who are aspiring for Studies Abroad. Hope everyone’s dreams come true.

Vignesh Muralidharan.


  1. Congratulations, BRO…………….., HAPPY JOURNEY……………….

  2. [This is a repost]

    I scored around 1500 in my SAT, but I still got into a SUNY as they dont require the SAT scores for international students and consider my highschool transcripts and my TOEFL.

    I am going to have an interview this week, and the first question VO will ask is what’s my SAT score, what should I tell?
    Should I tell him I didn’t give SAT and went using my transcripts, or tell him my SAT score and tell him I didn’t use it, or should I simply tell him SAT score, that’s it.

    My SAT score is too low, I didn’t go prepares and this is why I am reluctant to show it off as he might think I am not a capable person…
    My TOEFL was 94.

  3. waoh u are indeed a luck guy.mine is on the 29th august how i wish am favour more than u do.am hapi 4 u.

  4. congo bro…great luck u have…i have one question that which subject is suitable for master who have completed B.E.(INSTRUMENTATION & CONTROL) in usa?? give me answer if anybody know??

  5. Did VO check any of your documents like GRE?TOEFL/Bank statements etc.

  6. Congrats bro….really u r a lucky guy…all the best to u nd thnx for sharing.

    1. Initially before we move to the building where interview takes place, they collect 6 documents (i20, Sevis fee receipt, DS160, GRE, TOEFL, Interview appointment letter) and bundle it and give it to us. Before the interview starts, we should give the VO this docs and he will randomly see it and return it to us. This happens at Chennai Consulate.

    1. Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, Sriperumbudur affiliated to Anna University, Chennai.

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