Following F1 Visa interview experience and view about US Visa was submitted by Aditya. You will understand why he’s frustrated, only if you read the F1 visa Interview.
My profile: TOEFL iBT- 112
- SAT I- 2380
- SAT II Physics- 800
- SAT II Mathematics (Level I)- 800
- SAT II Mathematics (Level II)- 790.
- Passed senior school in 2012.
- Interview date- 16/05/2013
F1 Visa Interview for Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering
Me- Good morning sir! How are you doing today?
Consular Officer- Morning. I’m doing well. Pass me your documents. *passed the documents*
Consular Officer- Which course are you planning to pursue?
Me- BS in Mechanical Engineering.
Consular Officer- What’s the name of the school?
Me- School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania.
Consular Officer- Did you apply to other universities?
Me- Yes, I did.
Consular Officer- Which ones?
Me- Cornell University, Brown University, Dartmouth College, Duke University and Georgia Institute of Technology.
Consular Officer- Ah! I see. So did you have a look at the research department of your school.
Me- Yes, I did sir.
USA Visa Officer- Tell me something about it and what made you think of taking up mechanical engineering as a major?
Me- Sir, mechanical engineering is one of those professions in which knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences is gained by study, experience and practice is applied with judgement to develop ways to utilize, economically, the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of mankind. So this happens to be the reason of my inclination to take up Mechanical Engineering as a calling.
As far as the research department is concerned, a wide variety of research and technical service projects are being carried out by the faculty. Current projects include- Applications of new materials and fabrication techniques, state-of-the-art materials testing systems, bio-fuels production processes and bio-fuel properties and Computational fluid dynamics.
Consular Officer- You seem to have done loads of R&D I must say. You’ve applied before as well for the F1 Visa. Am I right?
Me- Yes sir.
Officer types on the computer for 2-3 minutes.
Consular Officer- Well Aditya… I’m afraid I cannot issue you a F-1 Visa this time despite the fact there are some phenomenal changes in your profile.
Me- But what’s the reason, sir?
Consular Officer- I’m really sorry but the US Embassy or Consulates do not give any reasons for it’s approval or rejections of the visa applications.
Me- Sir, one year of my career has already gone awry because of the earlier denial and now my two years of my career will be spoiled for no good reason. Moreover no university will accept me now because of this 2 year gap. I implore you sir please approve my application.
Consular Officer- Well I’m really sorry for the incommodiousness and discomfort but there’s nothing really I can do about this. I’ve to work in accordance with the rules and regulations set up by the U.S. Department of State.
Me- I really cannot see an eye-to-eye with this preposterous US visa system, sir.. Your adjudications are utterly biased and least concerned with the ordeals and hardships a person has to suffer.
US Visa Officer- You really seem to be frustrated at the moment. You may leave. Thank you and good luck.
Me- Thank you so much.
US Visa Officer to Blame?
Always, almost always, when USA visa rejected, students find fault with US Visa officers. I understand that, its a long, hard process just to get to F1 Visa stage.
Think about your body language, answers to your questions and try to understand what could have been went wrong. Also, think from visa officers perspective.
Think several times before blaming US visa officer for F1 Visa rejections. They are doing their job. Its their job to admit only qualified students. During that process, they might reject qualified students as well. But, only the visa officer can decide what was wrong with your interview.