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 :

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).

Co: where?

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.

Me: OK

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: oh

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?

ali: 5.26lakhs

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)

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Comments ( 135 )

  1. bhargavi

    hi i hav been rejected for the first time i no as it was totally my silly mistake about my financial amount . He asked about my sponsors i told him about my father he asked me how much will b left for his savings from his income i said its 3lakhs and his income is 15lakhs. So he said im sorry and rejected my visa. Well , i want to b well prepared with second time visa and my another prob is that now my classes commences on jan 11th and my orientation is on 6th jan but i have my visa on 8th jan 2016 and im really confused whether to differ or tell him that i have taken permission from the university to land before 11th of jan 2016. i jus need a convincing answer so that vo should get completly convinced with my answer. i dont have to undergo any rejection this time. Pls any good suggestions.

    1. administrator

      It can be tricky situation to have the stamping date close to your orientation date. Usually the passport takes 3 days to a week to arrive to your home….You will be cutting very close on the dates.
      If you can get official email from the school telling that they will give you exception with the dates and let you start after a 10 days, then it will be convincing. You should carry the email print out from the admissions or schools indicating the same. If not, you will have hard time…Alternatively, you can defer admission to summer and attend visa interview for summer sometime later. Put all things in perspective and make a decision.

  2. sunilgavaskar burla

    chennai consulate around 9:30

    vo: come forward
    me: good morning sir
    vo: what course are you taking
    me : cs
    vo:what is your undergraduation major
    me: ece
    vo: why choose this course
    me : when i was doing undergraduation poject i got interest in programing languages so i choose
    vo: tell me about project
    me :iexplained
    vo:which university are you going
    me: silicon valley university
    vo: why this university
    me: the course curriculum what i was looking it is wel designed in this university
    vo : what is carrer goal
    me: i want to do a job in well reputed company( visa officer ask me repate again)
    vo: how this course is relevant to your previous studies
    me: some of subjects are relevant to my previous studies( i understand my situation i said wrong answers)

    1. sunilgavaskar burla

      after my rejection of chennai, i book the slot in hyderabad at 17/12/2015 around 12:30 but my bad luck it is also rejected

      me : good morning mam
      vo: what course are u going to take
      me: cs
      vo: how much % u got
      me: 64
      vo: how are u improve your language proficiency
      me : by taking esl program
      vo: can u tell me the 6 subjects of ur masters
      me:cn,cn-2,design and algorith,ca os,oops
      vo: which is your interest subject
      vo: why
      me: cn is interconnection of computers and sharing information………..
      vo:what will u do after completing ur masters
      me:my state was divided we have the big opportunities i come back to my home country and i do a job
      vo:what job
      me: as a software
      vo:how will you fund ur tution fee
      me :my father had annual income of XX and i have savings account xx
      vo:what does ur father
      me : exports in fishing mainly prawns
      vo : give me ur financial documents
      me :given
      vo: ur rejected
      me:i got angry i ask may i know the reason
      vo: for ever and whole fake documents

      but it was genuine if i argue there it go to my carrer loss so i acme back with greedy face and eyes was in tears mode

      visa is all about your luck

      in hyderabad 9th counter 3 of the people who are rejected before my rejection
      she never give approval to students

  3. Madhura

    I need ur help. I have got M.Eng in Cornell University. My husband is pursuing his Phd in the same university since last 1 and half years. Will that affect my chances of getting F1 VISA ?


  4. Mariya

    They rejected me for one mistake can any one tell me that if I reapply they can give me a visa or not

  5. Ricky

    Sir i have completed my undergrduate in 2015 fresh agregate of 66 i have one backlog that have completed that 1year semister only cse i have not attempted gre but ielts exam is in the month of july 25 but but i got an i20 there is any problem for ielts and gre score

  6. hazard

    i need help from u guys
    i got admitted to north carolina A&T state university with 97% assistanship covering tution and living worth over 28000USD. i have bank statement of 6500USD. any help for me?

  7. surya

    Work study Program USA f-1 Visa Eligilbity

    I need a little clarification?
    i just need a straight answer, do i get visa or not? how much chances?

    i have done My B.tech ECE 60% jntu-hyd 2011 Passout
    12th 95% 2007 passout
    10th 80% 2005 passout
    GRE old-950-289
    Ietls validity expired 6.0 Bands going to retake if u suggest

    Coming to me, i have few negative impacts?
    1. I dont have any work experience after my B.Tech 2011, so its a Gap after my education? This is due to i have tried for Us in 2012 and got rejected twice in dec 2012 for low gre score they suggested..
    Then i have worked for some small company for 10months but the thing is the company has been removed unfortunately so i cant provide u any details letters or anything., then after i have done few courses and trying for job, suddenly i had interest to do Masters so thought of doing work study MS program as consultants suggested, and they guaranteed for i-20 without any gre and ietls, as they said there is no need to take gre and ietls for this work study program and they guarantee my i-20 for Ms in computer science in some average university may be a low ranked..
    My question is with out any prior experience showing a gap of 3.5 years after my B.Tech and without any ietls and Gre score of 289, can i get visa, is there any chances?
    if how much percent can i expect?
    the conusltancy says of having 90% chances but i would like to know form you, because you can suggest without expecting anything from me?
    i will be glad if you sugggest me and help me further..

    1. Navdeep

      no need to worry just tell him truely wt u do after ur btech..my friend have 4 years of gap after graduation and he tells truth so be comfident at the time of interview nd say truth always. u will definiately get visa….best of luck bro

  8. mahantesh

    Hi friends I need answer for this question. Why did u choose this university only? Why backlogs in engineering?

    1. Navdeep

      u can say this …when i was searching on internet a best college for me then i found this its have high ratings than others nd this college have very flexible time schedule and small classes nd i personaly conversate with student of this college and they all gave me positive views abt this so i chose this.

  9. urvesh patel

    i want to ask that my mother and father is in usa right now
    and for applying student visa i need to have affidavit of support of father.
    so should i take the affidavit of support of my dad from usa
    or india s one?
    bank balance should i show from usa s bank?
    or indian banks
    because my father is not citizen over there he is a green card holder
    so he is having account in india also.

  10. aravind

    Date 24th nov
    Time 9:00 AM
    Status: approved
    Counsulate: Chennai
    Counter Number: 22 ( Old lady with nice smile and beautiful )
    University : silicon valley university
    Engineering pass out: 2006
    Experience : 8 years

    Me:- Good morning maam
    VO:- Good morning passport please
    VO:- when did you pass out ?
    ME:- 2006
    Vo:- what did you do after that?
    ME:- Working from past 8 years in multiple companies. Right now i am working for ABC company
    VO:- What is your role?
    Me:- Network Engineer
    Vo:- Why now ?
    Me:- I have realized that having a master degree is plus point and also this is my correct age for higher studies.
    Vo:- Please give me your I-20?
    Me:- here it is maam
    Vo:- why silicon valley university?
    Me:- the course is related to my work experience and also they implement cloud computing concept in there campus.Cloud computing is the future of network world. intrep..
    Vo:- In which manner it is related?
    Me:- told about the subjected which are related to my work exp.. and interrupted
    Vo:- how many univ.. have you applied and how many admit.
    Me:- told 3 univ..
    Vo:- this university is very small
    Me:- yes maam , but they have implemented the latest techno.. like cloud computing in there campus network
    Vo:- How do you know about this university?
    Me:- My frd have completed masters in this university and also via social network i got know about that and more over i communicated with prof.. said there names
    VO:- who will sponsor ur education?
    Me:- myself and father
    Vo:- what your father do?
    Me:- retired scientist and now taking care of super market.
    Vo:- ok ur visa has been approved.
    Me:- thanks maam. have nice day.
    Vo:- you too.

  11. jerry

    i am trying for student visa to the texas southern university, and my dad’s brother who is a citizen of america will be taken my tuition fees and other expenses. Am i able to get it?

  12. jaspreet singh

    first of all thank u for helping students
    my question is I got rejected my f1 us visa because I was nervous there I wish to know that can I applied in next time by same university but on another i20

  13. Riti

    My Visa Interview experience Aug 2014 for Fall sem 2014.

    VO: Hello, Riti.
    Me: Hello Sir, Good morning.
    VO: Which university are you applying to?
    Me: SUNY, Technology institute at Delhi
    VO: Do you know where in New York is Dehi located?
    Me: Yes, sir. Its in the northern part of New York.
    VO: What do your parents do?
    Me: My step father ( who is sponsoring me) is an architect and my Mom own a line of cafes in the Dubai metro, Both live in Dubai.
    VO: Whats your Step fathers income?
    Me: 96000 USD
    VO: Your visa…
    (There was an announcement which interrupted our interview, nerve wracking interruption I must say)
    VO: Your visa has been approved,you’ll receive your passport within 3 days enjoy your stay in the US. Best of luck.
    Me: (Phew) Thank you sir.

    P.S -He did not ask me for any of my documents.

    Enjoy your interview, if you seem to be nervous to them they might interrogate you more.
    Be yourself. Be confident. DON’T LET THEM TEST YOUR CONFIDENCE :)

  14. Monday

    Please me I am a undergraduate and I want to attend one university in America to pursue higher education in computer science. But I attend attended vocational for three years. I want you to please tell me the entire process.


  15. karthik

    I got admission from Lawrence technological university and Bradley uni… MS in Mechanical Engg
    I submitted a bank document of $42,989 which I got from my agent.
    But for My visa interview..i want to show my parents fund and also i got 10 laks of student loan from Andhra bank
    will it be a problem?
    my IELTS score – 6 band
    gre- 275, 282
    but i already got admit with previous score 275(quants -140, verbal- 135 , AWA-2.5)
    BE-62.25% (4 backlogs)
    Zero work experience

  16. Justine Jose

    Me.. Good Mng Sir..(wid a pleasant smile:))
    Int.. Very Good mng.. Wid a cute smile:)Ua passport please..?
    Me..gave ma passport and i20..
    Int..so u are a student. Ua sevis fee receipt? Have you taken GRE?
    Me..yes Sir, gave ma score sheet and sevis fee receipt.
    Int.. Ohh..Santa clara univ..how many univs u applied?
    Me..just two..sanjose and santaclara and i got admit for both:);) int..flaat..:)
    Int.. Y not sanjose?
    Me.. Santa clara is the best option that i can get accordin to ma Gre score. Moreover..EE dept has got good ratings among the universities in US. And topics are quite advanced compared to the topics offered by state univ..
    Int.. U completed Btech ryt?
    Int..when did u completed ua graduation..?
    Int..smiled..then wots ua Btech %?
    Me ..70%..And i got 3.93 US gpa when WES converted ma % into US
    Equivalent GPA. Started to take the docs issued by WES..
    Int..It’s ok..wid a smile:)
    Then I heard the Golden Words..
    Ua visa has been processed..all the best.. C u at US..:)
    Me..Thanq Sir..thanks a loot:)

  17. kimgsley o

    Please am going for Us visa interview by December 2013 for spring 2014.
    got admission at Harrisburg university for my ms in Data analysis . No tofel
    Friends please advice me

    1. Sonam

      Did you get your F1 visa stamped from Harrisburg University ?


  18. Dr,Ramesh Kamath

    My son Vikas who is working with CISCO got I20 for his MS studies from The University of Southern California, popularly known as USC which is one of the world’s leading research universities in Los Angele’s ,USA. Getting I 20 itself is not only the criteria for entry into US. You have to face VISA interview which is most unpredictable.

    Now a days the rejection rate of Student VISA is very high . So my son was little bit nervous. We went to Chennai to procure F-1 student VISA from Consulate General of the United States.VISA procurement is a two day affair. First day they will do Fingerprinting and Biometrics Process. Second day the crucial VISA personal Interview.

    We reached consulate which is near Gemini Flyover at 6.30 am since he opted the 1st slot which was at 7.30am. By that time itself – around 300 students were in the Q.He entered inside US consulate at 7.30 am. All parents waited outside anxiously.

    Here is the first hand information about my Son’s interview for the benefit of future aspirants who wants to pursue their studies in US.

    VISA INTERVIEW AT CHENNAI on May 23 rd 2013:

    Following documents is a must to carry while attending interview :

    Valid Passport ,VISA Appointment Letter, Application confirmation page (with bar code),Visa application fee (MVR fee) Receipt , SEVIS fee Proof, I20-Letter of admission from the University.

    Better to carry All Educational Qualification Certificates in Originals , TOEFL & GRE test Scores ,CA statement for Financial supporting and Bank Loan approval Letter.

    As soon as I enteerd inside , one person checked my Valid Passport ,VISA Appointment Letter, Application confirmation page (with bar code),Visa application fee (MVR fee) Receipt, SEVIS fee Proof, I20-Letter of admission from the University . After verification he was sending students to different counters for interview. I was sent to counter number ten where already few students were standing. An american lady who was around the age of 25 was taking interview .She was asking so many questions to my earlier applicants. On the spot she used to tell the results whether SELECTED or REJECTED. I was little bit nervous .

    When my turn came – I sat in front of her with a Big Smile:

    US Lady Intrvwr( Seeing my face ) : Good morning .
    Me: very good morning mam .
    US Lady Intrvwr: What’s your plan after completing MS ?
    Me : Come back to india and work for the same company which now I am working.
    US Lady Intrvwr:Which company you are working now..?
    Me : CISCO
    US Lady Intrvwr: From how many years you are working there ?
    Me : Two years…
    US Lady Intrvwr: Any assurance given by your company for taking back..
    me : My manager has given assurance..
    US Lady Intrvwr: Who is going to Sponsor for your studies ?
    me : I got the loan from the Bank and also my parents are sponsoring..
    US Lady Intrvwr: What is your family income ?
    Me : It is around…….lakhs
    US Lady Intrvwr:( she hold my passport and started typing something on computer )
    I was getting tense , heart beat was increased, I was so much scared by the thought that in a few second my future is going to be decided.
    US Lady Intrvwr:I am approving your VISA, enjoy your stay in US. All the Best
    Me ( With lots of relief ) :Thank you Mam..Thank you sooo much

    My interview was over within one minute. I got my VISA approved.

    I went to another counter and paid Rs 300 and submitted a form to receive my PASSPORT to be delivered to my residence.

    My version for VISA Success : Select universities that have solid reputations, Be confident while answering and be Frank in all aspects. Maintain the smile on your face throughout. Never ever tell that you are going to settle in US after your studies !


    I was happy to see my son coming out around 10 am – with smiling face.
    CONGRATS VIKAS ..All the Best in your higher studies.

    1. Gopi

      Congrats :) …Even I am planning to go to USC.. yet to give my VISA interview..

  19. Methor

    Getting an F1 Visa is more than just knowing the questions and answers for the interview; you actually have to know the right way to package your whole application, and the interview part is just a piece of cake. f1visasolutions-com shares the truth about f1 visa. A must for all f1 visa applicants.

  20. Riya

    I got admission from wayne state and NJit
    Ms In industrial Engineering.
    I submitted a bank document of $45000 which I got from my agent.
    But for My visa interview..i want to show my parents fund and also i got 10 lakhs of student loan from SBI.
    will it be a problem?
    my toefl score -80
    gre- 287
    2 years of work ex

    1. Anish Reddy

      Evn i too got admit frm wayne state n m applying my visa with wayne state on 12th june 2013.
      If ua done wid ua visa interview.?with wch unv did u applied.?
      If u applied wid wayne state i wana knw sum info abt that unv
      Plz reply n all d best.!!!

  21. ogboye benjamin

    hey friends,i’ll be attending a visa interview here in nigeria with the following details :sat score 1800,scholarship:full ride 100%,sponsor :university.ill like to get an advice on how i’ll have to answer questions during my interview

  22. syed sazid

    Hai iam sazid i had a doubt that iam absented for 10 exams including labs because of an accident in my 2nd year of study can they treated as backlogs and my profile is 71% in btech n 97% in 12th and 92% in 10th hw can i explain that to visa officer of usa

  23. ranzy

    Hi pals I am to appear for an intrview at the US embassey here in Nigria,and I have just got only a sat score of 58,I am actually applying to a community college in virginia.Please I am scared of visa denial.I need advise from you all

  24. vishweshwar reddy

    hiiiiiiiiiiii friends . my academics is 61.7% and my gre score is 287 and planning to take ielts the very next month. can anyone help me out of the tension that ll i get rejected for f1 visa because of my low academic scores or % whatever shit it is? planing for spring 2013. guys please help me out. am very much tensed about future

  25. Divyansh

    I’m appearing for my visa interview next to next week and I was just wondering if they can reject my application on any grounds given the following details.
    Sat score: 1950
    Toefl score: 111/120
    Sat subject tests:
    Mathematics: 790
    Financial Information
    Total estimated expense as mentioned on the sponsor statement: USD 45,800
    Scholarship received :USD 6,000
    Current Bank Balance :USD 41,300
    Other non liquid assets: USD 160,000
    And does the VO consider non liquid assets while considering the application?
    PS: My dad is currently working as Chief Project Manager in a public sector and my mum owns an online tutoring firm.
    Also, both have done their grad. and post grad. from IIT’s.
    PPS: I scored an 80.5 in my 12th boards after messing up maths (62/100)
    Any help will be sincerely appreciated.

    1. Mohammad

      all the best

      can you share your toefl material with me please


      hafizj @ gmail . com

    2. Joe

      For non liquid assets, the Dept of State probably follows the same guideline as the USCIS, which is 1/5 of the value. The asset has to be something that can be converted to cash within 1 year and will not cause hardship (so you can’t sell the only house you own and have no place to live). So for example say your father has stock or mutual funds worth $10,000 USD, they might consider that as $2000 income.

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