You should have heard about Administrative Processing on F1 Visa if the area of study falls under the Technology Alert List.
Here’s one student who got F1 Visa to Study Masters in Biotechnology without Administrative Processing. And be warned about trying these tactics.
I said Biotechnology Business Management as my field of my specialization instead of Bioechnology. Five of my friends got 221(g) pink slip saying Cell Biology, Cancer biology, Immunology as their field of specialization.
Before getting into the F1 Visa interview. Here’s is the confirmation letter from the University:
I am writing to ask if you are still interested in attending the PSM in Biotechnology program at the University of Northern Iowa in Fall 2011? I wanted to let you know that the Department of Biology has *recommended* that you be offered a assistantship for the program which will reduce your tuition costs significantly. The Graduate College is responsible for notifying you officially that you have been selected, however, we have made this recommendation. You should hear by email from the Graduate College regarding the decision — make sure you check your email.
With the assistantship, you will be charged in-state tuition which is over $8500 less compared to out of state tuition and you will receive $4322 for the year. What this means is that normally, international students would have to pay $15,628/year for tuition, however, you would now be paying $7120/year. Additionallly, you would receive the financial award listed above. Thus, your actual savings would be$12,830 for the year. Along with the assistantship, you would be required to work in a professor’s research lab for 10 hours per week.
I realize that the decision regarding financial support was made late. We hope that you are still considering the PSM in Biotechnology at University Name Removed!
Now, let’s look into the F1 Visa Interview Experience.
F1 Visa Interview for Masters in Biotechnology
Me : Good morning
VO: Good Morning
VO: Can I have a look at your doc?
Me: sure pls!
VO: what kind of univ is <univ name>?
Me: It’s a nationalised public university.
VO: What is your field of specialization?
Me: Biotechnology Business Management
VO: What’s that?
me: I explained about courses and why I wanted to switch from Bachelors in Biotehnology to Biotech Business Management.
VO: What is your dad s annual income?
ME: 18 Lakhs Indian Rupeen per year.
ME: She manages our family.
VO: What is your undergrad marks?
ME: Overall 74%
VO: Your visa is granted . collect it next week
ME: Thank you!
This student was able to use the PSM program in Biotechnology to specify Biotech Business Management as specialization and this may not apply to someone planning to apply for Molecular Biology with lab work.