F1 Visa Experiences – Visa Interview Questions
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I was looking through my documentation that I collected when I attended F1 Visa Interview. Here are a few real visa experiences that I collected for guidance. These are from 2003 and 2004, they are old but they can give you some general idea. Hopefully it may help some of you. These are experiences written by someone who attended the visa stamping and they have given their word of advice at the end. NOTHING is written by ME in this POST. It is just a collection. All credit to those who wrote these. I am just posting their experiences here. If you would like to share your Visa stamping experience, please feel free to email me. You may also read these visa experiencs shared by our users :
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F1 Visa Interview Questions (actual Visa Experiences)
VO: Good morning.
Me: Good morning sir.
VO: Why r u going to US?
Me: Sir I have been working for the past 3 years now. I always wanted to do research and I think this is the best time
to pursue my goals as I have the valuable industry experience and good academic background to support me as well.
VO: Hmmm. but why only this university.
Me: Infact sir I have got admits to other universities as well and….
VO: Which are the other universities.
ME: (I told him the list)
VO: Ok. So what’s special about this university U R going to.
Me: Sir, I have interacted with quite a few graduate students at all the universities and I realize that this university
I am going to has state of the art research facilities.
VO: Ok. So who is going to sponser ur education.
Me: My parents sir.
VO: Whats ur dad’s annual income.
I thought he said family….
Me: Sir X Lakhs.
VO: Thats ur dad’s income?
Me: Oh No sir. Thats my parents income. My dad’s income is YLakhs/PA.
He gives me a stare. Looks at me in disbelief.
Looks thru my papers….
Me: I point out the various documents in proof of Y lakhs/PA.
VO: Where is ur bank transaction statement.
Me: I show him the printout which has the transactions.
Finds a letter which states that I work for Tata Infotech Limited.
VO: Oh. U work for Tata’s?
Me: Yes sir. For the past 3 years.
VO: So Tatas is sponsoring ur education?
Me: No sir. Tata’s dont sponser higher education.
VO: But Tata’s are very very rich.
Me: (just laughed).
Just passes all the documents below the window and says go and pay the visa fees at the counter.
1] Dont put all your documents in the folder given by the tts people because that we will be giving it to counsellor
he will not see the docs completely. This was the problem faced by me. if i would have kept some of my financial
docs with me I would have shown him as soon as he asked me.
2] He [counsellor] asked me about my dad’s annual income i told him he is earning about X lakhs per annum …
then he asked me that how much he will be providing you in that X lakhs.. i told him that he will be providing me
X-1 lakhs for my education.
3] Counselor after seeing my I-20 where it is mentioned my course duration as 3years including 1 year as grace .
he kept hanging to it saying that my course duration is 3 years and u dont have sufficient funds to pay for it .
i told him that only 2 years is the course duration and 1 year is grace he not even tried to listen my words.
so any one going for counselling keep that in mind what to answer if this question is being posed to you.
Another F1 Visa Interview Experience . F1 Visa interview Questions
The interview was like this.
Con. Officer: Hiii!!! (with a broad smile)
Me: Hello sir (Smiling)
Gave him my folder.
CO: Louisiana State University.
Me: Yes sir.
CO: Why this univ?
Me: My area of interest is VLSI and advanced research work is going on over there in this area.
CO: Look, the annual expenses are 16,000 USD and ur course duration is 2.5 years as per ur i-20, it comes
to 50,000 USD. How will u meet these expenses?
Me: Sir, I am having a bank balance of 14.6 lacs and Fixed deposits of 2 lacs.
CO: what is your father?
Me: My father is ——– (told his occupation)
CO: What is his income?
Me: 4.5 lacs per annum sir.
CO: It is not sufficient I think.
Me: Sir, my brother is also sponsoring me for my education.
CO: What is he doing?
Me: He is working as ——— (told his occupation).
Me: In Bangalore sir.
CO: What is his income?
Me: 1.8 lacs per annum sir.
Co: So, He can also support you for ur studies.
Me: Yes sir.
CO: what is ur mother?
Me: My mother is a house wife and she is having property,
Con. Officer interrupted and said, property selling and all won’t happen…
Me: She gets rents of about 1.3 lacs per annum through her property sir.
CO: OK. So what will u do with ur electrical engineering degree.
Me: I will return to India and work in a big company.
CO: Why not in US?
Me: Usual sir, family ties and all our property is located in India.
CO: Take all your documents.
CO: Goto the last counter and pay the DD.
He didn’t check even one document of mine.
So be confident and tense free.
Another F1 Visa Stamping experience.
hi friends my visa appl was rejected on nov 15 the mistake i did was when he first asked me my dads
annual income which i told was 5.26 lacs which was ok. But i got confused when he asked my fathers monthly
income after asking what does he do i told him his salary only thats 25000 nd not the other incomes this
where i got caught. And as told by rajesh fridays really r not advisable
this is how my interview went
vo: hi Mr. ali how r u
ali: i am fine sir good morning
vo: do u know anyone in the US
ali: my senior friends are in the US
vo: why do u want to go to US?
ali: for master of sciences in Inustrial & system engg
vo: Which university u r planning to go?
ali: the university of memphis
vo: why univ of memphis?
ali: the industrial prog in the univ of memphis consist of topics like operation research and forecasting techniques
which r of my interest
vo: ( interrupts ) but these subj are taught in other univ also but why only memphis
ali: sir i thorougly studied the website of univ of mempphis and i am satisfied by the facilities being provided there
also i had some conversation with the grad advisor michel racer
vo: but Mr ali will u be able the high fees , who is sponsoring u?
ali: my father
vo: what does he do
ali: he is a telecom engineer with the dept of telecommunication
vo: What’s his annual income?
vo: how hes going to support ur education tell me his monthly income
ali: 25000 also he has a steady agricultural income
vo: i dont think he can support U
ali: sir he is working for the past 27 years with the dept. He has sufficient bank balance to support to me
vo: show me ur bank docs
( i gave me my bank statement)
vo: not this one show me the transactions
(i gave him my passbook he sees all the pages of passbook)
vo: so do u think he is going to spend all his hard earned money on u (nodding his head
ali: yes sir
(i try to speak he interupts)
vo: mr ali i am sorry according to me(speaks a long sentence which they do while marking the 214B)