Ramesh had F1 visa interview at Hyderabad on October 25th, 2010. He is gracious to share his F1 visa stamping experience with our readers. Congrats to Ramesh on getting visa and Thanks to him for taking time to write his experience ! You can also share your visa experience with our readers, it will help others get some perspective. If you would like to share your visa experience either F1, H1B or L1, please email to redbus2us (at) gmail.com.
F1 Visa stamping experience at Hyderabad, India
First Steps : Security Check, Biometrics, Verification
Well, my visa procedure was in funny way then conventional.
My visa appointment was 10:15AM. I have reached there by 9AM. As usually, initially security check then went inside the general visa counters. In the first counter, they will take our passport, interview confirmation letter, SEVIS fees paid receipt, HDFC visa appointment receipt and I20 (guys don’t forget to sign in I20). He does some entries in the system and said me to go to the next counter besides this; there is another counter where they are taking (biometric system) finger prints. But, I thought the guy sought me to go to the next room and directly went to the interview room. The situation is like there are three counters in Hyderabad U.S consulate for interviews (2 girls and one guy). I went to the second counter VO there is only one girl standing in line. Now it’s my time to take interview.
I was little bit tensed and nervous, but I didn’t express on my face.
Visa interview with Consular or Visa officer (VO)
Visa conversation was as follows.
Me(Ram): Good morning mam, how are you? (With Smiling face 🙂 )
VO(visa officer): Good morning with nice smile.
Me(Ram): handed the passport with documents.
VO: which university?
Me: said Southern Illinois University at Carbondale SIUC
VO: which state?
VO: any other admits?
Me: said SUNY New Paltz, Louisiana Tech university, University of North Texas( waiting for department review)
VO: why SIUC?
Me: said that depending on the university ranking, department profile and faculty in the university made me to select the university.
VO: what are your grades?
Me: so, I said ours undergraduate is percentage system not grading system. I got overall 75% aggregate.
VO: any backlogs?
VO: show your certificates
Me: Shown the certificates
Given back the certificates
VO: Who is going to sponsor you ?
Me: said my family
VO: What is your father?
Me: Faculty of science in XXXXXXX school. (Actually government teacher, made it as higher level look)
VO: What is your mother?
Me: House wife or Home maker
VO: How is he going to pay for education?
Me: my father has total savings XXXX Rs in the form of savings bank account, fixed deposits and having number of assets while continuing.. interrupting me.. ok.
VO: OK. Visa approved.
Here funny thing happened, checking my details in the system. She didn’t get the details of finger printing. So, she said to go back and give the finger prints and come back. Taken passport with document again to other counter where biometric finger printing is taking. On my passport and document observed that written A with round mark on A. thought approved (that are precious moments of my life).
Now, finished with biometric finger printing. Went back to the VO.
VO: (taken back the passport with documents) said VISA approved with smile, you will receive passport back in a week.
Me: Thanks a lot.. Thanks a ton.
Funny Thing is:
Actual procedure :
- Initially visa entry in first counter (documents are arranged and stapled).
- Then go to finger print check.
- Then go to waiting hall and wait here for your turn with the token given. Listen your token number go to the interview room and attend interview. That’s it.
But, In my case I went directly to the interview room and attend the interview (simply, shortcut.)
After coming outside the visa consulate, I hugged my father. I felt really happy. This is my dream come true day.
Visa Officers are really kind of us. I am really thankful to her. (Visa officer didn’t argue with me why did you come here directly without fingerprinting).
So, I am really glad for that.
Guyz, see you at Southern Illinois university, Carbondale
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