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F1 Visa Experiences – November 2021

Below are experiences from November 9th, 2021 for F1 Visa Stamping.


Experience 1 : F1 at New Delhi

Biometrics:8th Nov(time:10:00)

Consulate appointment:9th nov
Visa status: Approved✅

University: Suny buffalo(university at Buffalo)

Course: Ms in CS(spring 2022)

Slot time:9:20am

In time:8:30 am

Out time :9:05-9:10 didn’t remember exactly

I20 amount:45055
*He approved two guys before me
Counter:17
VO: American middle age between 29-35 years old

Me:Good morning sir, how is your day sir
VO: Good morning, Iam good
VO:please give me your passport and i20 please
Me : here you go sir!!!
VO: where are you going ?
Me: sorry, I can’t get you sir!!
VO: where you going??
Me: Iam going to do my masters at university at Buffalo
VO: how many universities you applied
Me: 5 universities such as Uncc, Syracuse, Stevens institute, university of Michigan Dearborn!!
VO: Any rejections
Me: No sir
VO: why this univ?
Me: university at Buffalo is top research institute. Furthermore, it have courses that aligned with my career goals.During my third year, I posed few questions to solve in my career.1) how to reduce the ever growing data storage problems.2) how to achieve sustainable technological development 3) to start my own company to solve this problems at this time he interrupted….
VO:any loan ??
Me :yes sir
VO:please place your hand on the scanner??
Me : ok sir, which hand sir!!
Vo: right hand!!
At this time, he placed my passport in the tray
Finally VO: Iam approving your visa
Me : thank you sir, have a nice day!!

I thought he would ask financials and all he only asked, do I have any loan that’s it..
Have a nice day to all!!!


Experience 2: F1 at Kolkata

Date – biometric 05 Nov 2021
Interview- 8 Nov 2021
Counter no 6
VO was a American guy
University- University of Texas at Arlington
Course- Masters in Computer science
Status- Approved ✅
Interview time- 8:45 (early slot I prefered)
Interview time- 30 seconds

Kolkata consulate had a good number of applicants that day including F1 and H1B visa. After a long waiting in three different areas finally I was directed to the waiting room. The arrangement is like it’s a common line and the 3 counters are right beside the line. So whoever finishes their interview from any of the counters the guy waiting goes for the interview.

VO- Gave me a gesture to come.
Good morning
Me- Good morning Sir
VO- Pass me your i20 and passport.
VO- which university are you going for?
Me- University of Texas at Arlington for Masters in computer science.
V0- (While checking my i20) Which specialization?
Me- Cloud computing Sir.
VO- Why this Specialization?

Me- I had few courses related to my specialization during my undergrad and after completing the projects I was more interested about it. I completed my internship working on AWS and python. So I am looking forward to have a career in this specialization. I was also saying about my work experience.
VO- (Cuts me) Ok I am approving your visa and he returned my i20.
Me- I thought there is something more to do and was shocked if anything went wrong.
So I asked Sir, could you please repeat.
VO- (With a big smile) Your visa is approved.🤩

While waiting in the line what I observed was the Chinese guy in the 5 th counter was already interviewing someone and he approved his visa. Then came another person to the Chinese guy and he pointed something wrong in the i20 and made some wierd faces and that was a reject.
My suggestion would be whichever counter you go be patient and maintain a smile while talking.


Experience 3: F1 at Chennai (2nd Attempt)

Date :-8 Nov 2021
Slot Time :-11:30
In Time :-10:45
OUT time :-12:10
Status :- Approved
University:-University of Findlay
Course :-Health Informatics
VO:-35 to 40
American Male Guy

VO:- Come Forward
Me:- Good Morning Officer
VO:-pass me your i20 and passport
Me:- passed
Vo:- Typing For One Minute
VO:- What did your parents do?
Me:- My Father is a Doctor working in xxx Hospital and my mother is a house wife she is taking care of our Rental Properties
VO:- What’s their combine income in a month
Me:- 2.8 Lakhs per months
VO:- When you have completed your Graduation?
Me:- i completed in 2017
VO:- What are you doing since 4 years
Me:- Told My Work Experience
VO:- Have you travelled before to any other Country like Pakistan?
Me:-No I have not Travelled to any other Country before.
VO:-Do you have any Siblings?
Me:-Told
VO:- How this course Is going to help in your Future?
Me:-Told
VO:- What kind of job you are looking in India after completion of your Masters?
Me:-Told
VO:- How much Salary you are Expecting?
Me:-After completing my master’s I will agree as per the company norms.
VO:- How much Salary you are expecting?
Me:-8 to 10 lakhs per annum
VO:- What is your current Salary?
Me:-4 lakhs per annum
VO: Typing For 2 minutes

He kept the passport in the Tray

Finally Golden Words your visa is Approved😊
Me:- Thank you Officer Have a Nice Day

Moral:- Be confident ,Don’t panic Just be Confident what you are saying. I have seen lot of approvals at the same time Rejections also. 30% Rejections but 70%Approvals.
Best of luck 👍


Experience 4: F1 at Hyderabad

Date: 09-11-2021
Time: 8:00AM
Finger prints: Delhi
Interview Place: Hyderabad consulate
University: Texas A&M University, Commerce.
Status: APPROVED 👍💯
Interviewer is a middle aged American lady.
Me: Good morning Officer. How are you doing?
VO: I am doing great. Pass me your passport?
Me: Please take it officer.
VO: when did you complete your background?
Me: I completed my under graduation in 2018.
VO: asked something (But I don’t understand)
Me: Sorry officer. Repeat the question again.
VO: again I don’t understand her question?
Me: pardone me officer. Then he looked seriouly at me but I didn’t even stressed. I am with smile expression. Then she asked …
VO: what you are doing since then?
Me: I have been working as program analyst in XYZ company.
VO: where are you going?
Me: I am going to Texas A&M University at Commerce.
VO: which course?
Me: To pursue masters in Computer and Information Sciences with Data Science as specialisation.
VO: Data Science?
Me: yes. Data science officer.
VO: How do you manage your studies?
Me: My father is my primary sponser with his savings of 30Lakhs and secured education loan amount of 35Lakhs. Apart from it, we have immovable assets of 3.41Crores.
VO: what is your father?
Me: My father is a dealer of Electronics and home appliances.
VO: Don’t rush repeat what’s your father occupation?
Me: Dealer of Electronics and home appliances.
VO: what’s his annual income?
Me: 16Lakhs per Annum.
VO: What’s your mother?
Me: my mother is a home maker.
VO: I am approving your Visa. Have a nice stay in US.
Me: Thank you so much officer. You made my day.

Note: Be confident and make eye contact even if you stuck in some questions. Eye contact is important than answering.

All The Best all. 👍👍👍👍👍


Experience 5: F1 at Hyderabad

Date:- November 9th 2021
Slot time:10:45
In time:10:50
Out time:12:10
VO:- American men around in his 30’s
Counter Number:14
Status:- Approved ✅🤟

Interview Duration:approximately 1 min

Before me he rejected 2members.
It’s my turn!!..
Me:- Good morning officer
VO:- Good Morning.Pass me your documents.
Me:- Passed(Passport,I-20,Sevis)

VO:- Which University??
Me:- I am going pittsburg state university to pursue my masters in information technology

VO:- why this university
Me:- told

VO:- Any specialisation your taking?
Me: yes sir, told about my courses

VO: Why usa?
Me: told about my work experience and i want to gain more knowledge

VO:Do you have experience?
me. Yes sir

VO: any loan?
Me: yes sir i have XX amount of laon
Vo: any savings?
Me: yes sir i have 15lakhs of savings
Vo:- what about your father?
Me: my father is a businessmen. He is into xx business
Vo: what is the annual income?
Me: 9lpa
Vo: your visa is approved
Me: thankyou so much sir
Vo: you are welcome

I fumbled a lot because he rejected 2members before me but i conveyed my answers.

VO is chill and friendly!!..She is listening to every word,what I were speaking.She is looking into eyes.I spoke loud and with confident(In backend I were feeling little bit nervous but it’s common).

Thank you so much!!.. Hoping all you Guys will


Experience 6: F1 at New Delhi

Status : APPROVED✅
1st attempt.
Date – 9thNov 2021
Slot time : 10:00 AM
In time : 09:05 AM
Out time : 10:05AM
University : University of Bridgeport
( Vo was Chinese American male, and he was too serious Good morning sir no reply ) 2 rejections in front of me

Vo : please give me your passport and I20
Me : Here it is
Vo: Why university of Bridgeport
Me:university of Bridgeport is one of the top diverse (interrupted✋)
Vo: Why top diverse
Me:told
Vo:what is your age
Me:told
Vo:place your 4fingerprints
Me:placed
Vo: I am approving your visa


Experience 7: F1 at Hyderabad

Status : Approved✅
Date – 9 November 2021
2022 Spring intake
In time : 9.10
Out time : 10.30
Slot time : 9.30
Bald head VO
Vo : Good morning
Me : Good morning officer
Vo : Pass me passport and i20
Me : passed( scanned and typing for 20-30secs)
Vo : Which University ?
Me : University of North Texas, Denton(Then he said to place your right hand four fingers on scanner)
Vo : Which course ?
Me : Masters in information systems and technologies
Vo : specialization?
Me : Information security management
Vo : Why this specialization?
Me : During my UG i had done project related to information security…(interrupted)
Vo : How many universities did you apply?
Me : Applied for 5 universities and got all 5 admits.
Vo : What are they?
Me : UNT, UTA, Lewis, Rowan, University of Alabama at Birmingham (named with full forms)
Vo : who is sponsoring?
Me : My parents are sponsoring for my higher education.
Vo : what does u r father do ?
Me : He is a state government employee works in a revenue department as a junior assistant.
Vo : what does u r mother do ?
Me : She does saree design works.
Vo : Any savings ?
Me : savings of 27 lacs and having education loan of 36 lacs and my parents annual income is 17 lacs per annum
Vo : I’m approving U r visa
Me : Thank you sir.


Experience 8: F1 at Hyderabad

Date-09/11/2021
Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi
In time-9.00am
Out time-11.30 not sure
Counter no-12 (VO American bald head in his 30’s)I see this guy gave more approvals was praying to his counter😀
Interview time less than one minute
Only four counters were operating and upto 100 students waited for almost two hours

Me- Good morning Officer, how are you?
VO- Good morning and fine. Pass ur passport
Me- Passed
VO- Pass ur i20
Me- Passed
Meanwhile VO asked me to scan my left hand four fingers
Me- scanned
VO- ohh!!Texas A&M?
ME- Yes, Corpus Christi
VO- Why Masters?
Me- I am working as an software associate engineer at xyz company and recent projects has brought me a challenge to face in coding which I think to pursue my masters (machine learning) interrupted
VO- What challenges?
Me- coding
VO- What coding?
Me- Python
VO- What is ur father?(I have mentioned my mother is my sponsor in ds form)
Me- Central govt. retired employee
VO- Face expression was like woh!
I continued to tell abt my mother- She owes a botique and has savings of xx lakhs and I also have a secured loan of rupees 25 lakhs. VO dint see me whole time he was looking into the screen and hearing me..I even have mentioned about my sister in usa(non immigrant) he dint ask about it either…he typed for a moment here I was worried fr a bit as he was typing continuously..
VO dropped my passport saying “okay your visa is approved”
Me- thanks officer and took my i20

I feel that he is more happy to hear about our parents solid profession-govt employee though retired…person infront of me told the same to the Vo and she got approved too..then I got confident as earlier I was hesitating to inform about my father retirement status..earlier in this group I saw people who mentioned like parents profession central/State govt employee has got approvals too…

Out of 10-12 students I saw only two were carrying green slips.
Formal dress, confidence & eye contact and speaking loud is important

Thanks and all the best to everyone


Experience 9: F1 at Hyderabad

Date: 9th November, 2021
Slot time: 8:30
In-Time: 7:45
Out-Time: 9:00
Counter: 14
VO: Bald guy in his late 30’s I guess
University: University Clemson University
Course: Masters in Computer Science
Status: APPROVED✅
Time : Approx 1 min
Me: Good morning officer. How are you doing?

VO: Good morning. Can you please pass me your passport and I-20?

Me: Yeah sure. Here’s my passport and I-20.

VO typed something for about 15 seconds.

VO: Let us take your fingerprints. Please place your right hand fingers on the scanner.
Me: Yeah sure. placed

After 5 seconds

VO: So, South Carolina, Clemson University?
Me: No, it’s Clemson University in South Carolina.
[I haven’t heard the name of the state properly as I was a bit nervous.]

VO: Why Clemson University?
Me: Answered about the course curriculum and about to speak about professors, interrupted

VO: What specialization?
Me: I’d like to specialise in Software Engineering.

VO: What is software engineering?
Me: [Have expected this so, answered accordingly ]

VO: Who is sponsoring you?
Me: I have been sanctioned an education loan of XX lakhs from State bank of India and also, my father will be sponsoring me.

VO: What does your father do?
Me: He’s a Central Government Officer.

VO: Government Officer?
Me: Central Government Officer [Stressed “Central”]

VO: Congratulations! Your visa is approved.
Me: Thankyou!

Suggestions: Confidence is the key factor. The guy in front of me was low in confidence and was rejected. Wear formals. DO NOT wear sport shoes. Look straight into VO’s eyes no matter what. Do your ground work about the university and the course.

No worries you’ll get your visa soon. Looking forward to hearing your approval news in this group. All the very best!


Experience 10: F1 at Hyderabad

Slot time : 10:45
In time : Around 11
Wait time : 1 hr
Interview : less than a minute
Out time : 12:10
Status : Approved
VO was a blonde lady in 30s
Counter 16
Only 6 counters were being operated 11-16

Me : Good Morning Officer
VO : Pass me your passport
Me : Did
VO : Which University?
Me : University of Texas at Dallas
VO : Which Course?
Me : I am going to pursue my Masters in Business Analytics ma’am
VO : What did you do in your undergrad?
Me : Mechanical Engineering ma’am
VO : Show me your i20 through the glass properly
Me : Did….5 sec silence
VO : Do you have a B1 Visa
Me : Yes Ma’am
VO : What did you apply it for Business or Visit?
Me : For a vacation ma’am me and my family were on a vacation then…. 5 sec silence typing
VO : Who is sponsoring you your father?
Me : Yes ma’am my parents are sponsoring my father is my primary sponsor
VO : What does he do?
Me : He is into business
VO : What business?
Me : He owns a company which leases computers and logistics to IT companies and software startups in Hyderabad
VO : What is his annual income?
Me : About 20-25 lakhs…She was typing 5 sec and I pitched in telling that my mother also gets an income of about 10-12 lakhs
VO : What does she do?
Me : She is a housewife ma’am
VO : Then how does she get the money?
Me : We do have properties from which my mother gets rent
VO : was typing more than 5 sec silence
Me : We also have saving of lakhs and fixed deposits of 3-4 secs getting myslef calm couldn’t remember.. immovable assets of upto ** and also got myself sanctioned an education loan
VO : types for 5 more secs and asked me to place my left hand 4 fingers on the scanner
Me : moved to my right to scan my left hand and couldn’t hear properly
VO : Said thanks after my scan and probably told me Congratulations your Visa has been approved and called for the next applicant
Me : Stood there for 2 secs
VO : Next applicant please
Me understanding that my Visa got approved scooted away from there.


Experience 11: F1 at Hyderabad

Date – 09/11/2021
Slot – 9:30Am
In time – 9Am
Out time – 10:30Am
Counter – 16 (last counter)
Vo was American women, mid aged around 30-40 yrs

Me: Good Morning mam
VO: Good Morning, pass your passport for scanning
Me: sure mam.. (droped the passport in the tray)
VO: Which University
Me: Purdue University Northwest
VO: which course
Me: i want to pursue my masters in Computer science
VO: Tell me about your under grad
Me: i have completed my BTech in the year 2017
VO: In which stream
Me : mechanical Engineering
VO: Ohh mechanical (surprised)
Me: yes mam
VO: What were you doing since then
Me: i have been working as software engineer for the last 3.5yrs my current role is senior systems Engineer and i work on big data technologies where we develop end to end business solutions for our client.
VO: Show me the I20 throught this glass
Me: showed
VO: who is your sponser
Me: My father is my main sponsor
VO: what does your father do
Me: He is a permanent employee in an private organisation, he works as a quality Engineer and has been working there for last 26years, his annual income is 10lakhs per annum
VO: So your overall family income is 10L
Me: No, i have a Sister working and her annual income is 6.5L per annum so overall 16.5L
VO: what does your sister work on
Me: she is currently working as a software engineer at Accenture.
VO: Do you have any loan.
Me: Yes, i have a secured loan of 30L from BOB.
VO: SO why you want to Pursue masters now
Me: currently most of the new projects in my organization require knowledge on new technologies such as data science and machine learning i got involved in these projects but i have faced few challanges and were also interesting at the same time so i decided to upgrade my skill and with masters….. (She stoped me here)
VO: I am approving your visa place your right hand on the scanner
Me: Placed left hand (out of excitement got lost)
VO: I said right hand
Me: Sorry mam… And place left hand
VO: You can collect your passport after 3-4 working days.
Me: Thank you mam (and i left the place with joy)


Experience 12: F1 at Mumbai

Status : APPROVED✅
Profile- I had a partial tution waiver and assistantship mentioned in my i20.

Date – 9th Nov 2021
Slot time : 09:40 AM
In time : 08:30 AM
Out time : 10:00 AM
University : Georgia State University- MS-IS
Counter Number- 33 (Vo was a chill american guy, age mid 30s)
Interview Duration- 1 min approx.

Me: Good Morning Officer
Vo : Good Morning, Pass me your i20 and passport.
Me : Yeah, sure.

Vo : Why are you going to US?
Me : I am going to US, to pursue Master’s of Science in Information Systems from Georgia State University.

Vo : Tell me about your Funding.
Me : My father is my primary sponsor and he is funding me with his xx lakhs of savings. Along with that, I have an education loan sanctioned from HDFC Credila.

Vo : What does your Father do?
Me : My father has a Restaurant Business in Mumbai and his annual income is xx lakhs.

Vo : Can you tell me the name of the restaurant?
(I told him the name- he started Typing- he was googling it)

Vo: Can you spell it for me?
Me: Sure, I told him the exact location too.

I think he found alot of them with same name, so he asked me- do you have it in Multiple location.
Me: No, We just have one.

Vo: Congratulations I am approving your Visa.
Me : Oh Great, Thanks alot.. Have a good day.

For all the Mumbai Folks, I didn’t see any rejections while I was waiting.

Three counters are working
American Lady, Chill American Guy and the so-called dangerous Chinese guy(he is asking 1-2 extra questions but I didn’t see him rejecting any visa).

All the best!


Experience 13: F1 at Chennai

Status : APPROVED✅, 1st attempt.
Date – 8th November, 2021
Slot time : 11 :00 Am
In time :10:25 Am
Out time :10:45Am
University : Sacared Heart University
( Vo was Old Americo Indian male, and he was really good,cool, friendly and polite guy )
Vo: Place your right hand.
Me: Good morning officer ,how is your day today ?(while speaking I placed my right hand and its not clear so asked to place again.)
Vo : Good morning, it’s great.
Vo : Pass your passport
Me: Given
Vo : Which university?
Me : Officer, I am going with the sacred heart university, Fairfield
Vo : From which school you completed undergraduate course and which stream?
Me : Officer, I done my undergraduate course into electrical and electronics engineering from gitam university.
Vo: What is your Cgpa?
Me: 6 out of 10 scale sir.
Vo : who is funding you ?
Me : sir, my parents are funding me and have secured loan for 20 lacs .
Vo : what are your parents do ?
Me : sir, my father works in electrical department.
( I think he couldn’t hear properly)
Vo : What is your father into ?
Me : Again I repeated that he works in electrical department.
Vo : By seeing my Ds160 he asked you have work experience right?
Me :Yes Officer, i have work experience around 10 months .
Vo : With great smiles 😃 your visa is approved! CONGRATULATIONS 🎊
Me : Thank you sir ,made my day .
VO : Gave me green slip.
Me: Thank you sir.


Experience 14: F1 at Chennai

Date: 08 November 2021
Slot time : 8:30 AM
Counter number : 24
Duration: 1 min
Northern Arizona University
Status: Approved ✅ (1st attempt)
VO was an African in his 30’s
VO:Good Morning.Please pass me your i20, sevis and passport.
Me: Good morning officer! passed the documents.

VO: soo..Arizona?
Me: Yes..Northern Arizona University

VO: masters specialization?
Me: Masters in Computer Science with Data Scienece specialization

VO: So, you will be working as a data scientist in future?
Me: Yes.

VO: Are you a working professional?
Me: Yes.. I have been working at xxx as xxx for the past 2 years

VO: Will you be coming back and joining the same company?
Me: Yes..I will be joining as xx in xx in India.

VO: who is funding your education?
Me: My father is sponsoring my education with his savings of xx lakhs and a bank loan of xx lakhs

VO: What is your father?
Me: He is a businessman and owns a cement brick industry

VO: for construction?
Me: Yes, for construction purposes.

VO: There are too many constructions going on now..is the business good?
Me: It is good officer. Thank you

VO: Ok! I am approving your visa. Good luck for your future.
Me: Thank you officer! You made my day.

He smiled back and said thank you again.


Experience 15: F1 at New Delhi

Date : Nov 9th

Going on double masters, first masters in computer science from london.

University : sacred heart University

Course : masters in Business Analytics

Slot time : 10:10
In time : 8:45
Out time : 9:20

Counter no. 12

Status: Approved ✅

American lady with black short hair age around 35

Me : Good morning mam, how are you doing?

Vo : Good morning, pass me your passport and i20

Me : passed passport and i20

Vo : by seeing on computer she asked me you already did masters in computer science from london now your going on which course (she looked into my i20) and asked me why business statistics

Me : Well mam, I want to set up IOT product manufacturing unit in my hometown. So to start that business I need real-time work-experience, technical skills and business skills. To pursue double masters is the best option to gain international subject knowledge and exposure. I have completed my masters in computer science from london in which I have gained technical knowledge. and I have applied masters in Business statistics to gain business skills.

Vo : what kind of business?

Me : as I already told you it’s IOT product manufacturing unit. My products transforms simple home to smart home for example : automation of cooking, cleaning, water purifying etc. In future I want to expand my business all over the India not only in my hometown.

Vo : your not going to work there right?

Me : no no I’m not going to work there. I’m going there to gain business knowledge.

Vo : how you are going to pay for your education?

Me : I didn’t understand her question. I heard only education word.. I asked her again that did you ask me about funds?

Vo : yes yes

Me : my father is sponsoring for my education with his savings 30lakhs and I have educational loan of 25lakhs apart from that I have immovable assets worth around 4crs

Vo : place your right hand four fingers

Me : did

Vo: I’m keeping your passport

Me : thank you so much, have a great day.

Build confidence while going to interview, say loud and make eye contact with smile face. They won’t see your smile on your face but they can notice in your eyes.. All d best you’ll..


Experience 16: F1 at Hyderabad

09-11-2021
Slot time: 10.30
In time : 10.15
Out time: 11.45
Status: Approved 👍🏻
Sacred heart University
MS in business analytics
Vo: hello good morning
Me: good morning mam
Vo: when did you graduate
Me: 2019
Vo: what were you doing since then
Me: i have been working as financial analyst in ***company
Vo: which course?
Me: masters in business analytics
Vo: why masters now?
Me: after working for 2 years to engage and to gain some knowledge and to reach to the superior and management level i need masters
Vo: who is your sponsor?
Me: my father
Vo: what is your father?
Me: He is govt employee works in state police department
Vo: how is he funding
Me: my father has a savings of 38 lakhs and we are having immovable assets worth of 3crs
Vo: do u have any loan?
Me: no mam we have sufficient funds so we havent took any loan
Took my passport in hand and typed for 10secs and “please place your left hand four fingers”
Congratulations your visa is approved
*Maintain eye contact
*Speak loudly with smiled face, Be confident


Experience 17: F1 at Kolkata

Status: Approved ✔️
Date: 09th November 2021
Slot Time : 09:45 AM
In Time 9:30
Out Time: 10:05
University: University of Central Missouri
(VO was American male looks like his late 30’s, with a positive attitude & calm)
Counter No: Middle one, (3 are operating)
VO: Good Morning
Me: Good Morning Officer,
VO: Pass me your i20 and passport
Me: (Passed)
VO: Place your left hand four fingers?
Me: (placed)
VO: where are you planning to do?
Me: I am going to do my master’s in Information Technology at UCM.
VO: What is the course u are going to specialize in?
Me: Mobile application development.
VO: Why you have chosen this one over others?
Me: 4 Years exp. in web development, knowing mobile application development will make me a hybrid developer.
where can I find number of opportunities once I returned to India, Hybrid development has bra ight future.
Vo: what are the works u are doing in o theffice?
Me: told
Vo: what are tools using for development?
Me: told
Vo: what are the courses u are going to learn in masters?
Me: told
Vo: what is the tool using for particular course like IDE?(He haven’t said these questions clearly, but I got it that he is expecting tool name)
(Moreover he is googling whether what we spoke is correct or not)
Me: I spoke about Andriod studio, Visual Studio etc.,(seems like he is expecting more and thought like he will reject)
VO: enough, your visa is approved and I am placing your passport u can collect in 4 working days.
Me: Thank you Officer, You made my day
VO: (Hmmmmm…, bye)

Note: Be confident, ignore your surroundings


Experience 18: F1 at Kolkata

Date: 9 November 2021
Slot time: 8.45 AM
In time: 8.15 AM
Out time: 9.10 AM
Duration: Around 1 minute.
(VO was American with positive attitude)

University: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (computer science)
Status : Approved ✅

VO: Good Morning.
Me: Good morning officer.

VO: Please pass your i20 and Passport.
Me: (passed)

VO: Please scan Left hand four fingers.
Me: (did)

VO: So, which program you’re going for?
Me: I’m going to pursue my masters in computer science with machine learning as specialization.

VO: What is machine learning?
Me: told

VO: Why machine learning?
Me: Told answer which I prepared for why course? (Here, I have included my company’s name TOSHIBA)

VO: Are you working on machine learning in your company TOSHIBA currently?
Me: No sir, machine learning projects are in design phase now, will be working on it in near future. As of now I have done few online courses related to Machine learning.

VO: How Machine learning is used in TOSHIBA projects?
Me: We are using Machine learning concepts for operating TOSHIBA printers with voice commands. (Honestly, I don’t know anything regarding this. Just told something)

VO: difference between structured and unstructured learning? (Googled this question)
Me: Don’t know anything, but spoke something instead of being silent.

VO: Tell me about your scholarship?
Me: I got scholarship of around $8000 per year which is merit based.
(VO was silent, so continued as below)
I got 82% in my bachelors and based on my overall profile I got scholarship.

VO: OK good. I’m approving your VISA and keeping your passport. You will receive it in few days.
Me: Thank you sir.

Note:

  1. Got scared little bit, but I was confident throughout the interview.
  2. I have asked VO to repeat the question once.
  3. Those who are going to attend in Kolkata, please prepare few technical questions regarding your specialization.

Experience 19: F1 at New Delhi

Biometrics: 5-Nov-21
Date : 09-Nov-21
Slot time 11:10
In time : 9:20
Out time: 10:00
Status:Approved✅
Counter:17
Course : MS in computer science
University: Middle Tennessee state university
Visa interview duration: maximum 2 minutes.
VO was american bald guy and was very friendly.

Me: Good morning Officer
VO: Good morning with smile
VO: Passed me your I20 and passport
Me: (Passed my documents)
VO:where this university is located?
Me : told name of city and state
VO:why this university?
Me: Told prepared answer about university, course curriculum and told about professor’s research.
VO:How many universities you applied to?
Me:3. Middle Tennessee state university, pace University and new york institute of technology.
VO:How are you sponsoring your education?
Me:My family is sponsoring with liquid assets of 77L in which my father has 39L rupees in his savings account and gold of rupees 25L and my grandfather is also sponsoring me with 13L rupees from his savings.
VO: Have you took any loan?
ME: No officer, i have enough fund for my education.
VO:What does your father do?
Me:He has poultry farm and does farming with my grandfather
VO: What does your grandfather do?
ME: My grandfather does farming with my father.
VO: How much land do you have?
Me: 4.5 acres
VO:How much chickens do you have in your poultry farm?
ME: 50,000
VO:ohh! 50,000 chickens.
ME.Yes sir
VO:How it smells?(he was smiling and asked friendly)
ME:Very bad( I too smiled with him)
VO:Do you have any brother or sister?
ME: told
(My maternal uncle have filed petition on behalf of my mother and i have mentioned that in my DS160 form. My maternal uncle lives near to my university)
VO:Vo was surprised when he saw about my immigrant petition and asked me Do you have immigrant petition?
ME: Yes sir on behalf of my mother.
VO:Do you have any relatives in USA?
ME:Yes sir my maternal uncle lives in usa.

VO was typing continuously and told VO: Congratulations your visa is approved.
ME: Thank you very much sir.

VO was very friendly.

Just be confident with your answers, your visa will be approved definitely…
All the best to Everyone.


Experience 20: F1 at Hyderabad

Status : APPROVED✅
1st attempt.
Counter : 15
Date – 9th Nov 2021
Slot time : 08:15 AM
In time : 7:45 AM
Out time : 8:50AM
University : University of Missouri – Kansas City.
( Vo was American male in his 35-40 and he was very friendly and polite guy )

Me : Good Morning Officer, how are you doing today.
Vo : Good Morning, I am doing good.
Vo : please give me your passport.
Me : Sure officer, gave it
Vo : Place your right hand four fingers.
Me : Placed.
Vo : show your i20 through glass
Me : Placed it on the glass
Vo : He has seen course as Computer Science on I-20 and asked so computer science it is ?
Me : Yeah right .
Vo : How is CS linked to you .
Me : I have been working as an Application development Analyst in Accenture from past 2.5 years with my role as SAP ABAP Developer.
Vo : Okay. Who are your sponsors?
Me : My Parents are my Sponsors. They have savings of 30 Lakhs.
Vo : Whats your Mother?
Me : My mother is a government Employee in education department working as Teacher.
Vo : Whats your Father.
Me : My father is into Textile Business as a wholesale cloth merchant and he is into real estate as well.
Vo : Do you have any education loan?
Me : Yes officer, i have a secured education loan.
Vo : How much ?
Me : 33.9 Lakhs
Vo : Whats the combined annual income of your parents?
Me : 16 Lakhs
Vo : Okay, i am approving your visa.
Me : Thank you !!!

Acceptance rate was good.
All the best for your upcoming appointments.


Experience 21: F1 at Hyderabad

Date: 09/11/2021
Slot time: 9:15 am
Status: Approved
University: Cleveland State university
Intime: 9:00
Outtime: 10:00

Me: good morning mam, how are you?
Vo: pass me your passport and show me your i20 through the glass.

Vo: when did you graduate.
Me: 2016.

Vo : what have you done after your graduation?
Me: I went to australia to do masters( I don’t want her to ask a question why you are here I continued) before the pandamic had started I came to visit my parents due to the COVID I am stranded.

Vo: did you complete your masters?
Me: no

Vo: which school are you going?
Me: Cleveland State University.

Vo: who is funding ?
Me: my parents.

Vo: what does your father do?
Me: he is a business man, we have functionhall (her face expression is like what are those) marriage halls.

Vo: what is his annual income?
Me: 13l per annum

Vo: it is not enough to pay your tution fees.
Me: I have a 25lakhs of loan sanctioned from state bank of india.

Vo: as in australia students are not allowed to work do you know about that.
Me: yes mam I know about that info..

Vo: place your left hand 4 fingers on the scanner.

Vo: congrats your visa has been approved.
Me: thank you, thank you mam have a nice day.

Be confident and have eye contact with the counselor.


Experience 22: F1 at new Delhi

Date : 09-Nov-21
Slot time 9:30
In time : 8:30
Out time: 09:15
Status:Approved✅🥳☺️😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁
Conter:21, vo was an American lady.
Course : Masters in public health
University: University of massachusetts Lowell
Me: Good morning ! How you doing today
VO: Good morning! I’m good
VO: Pass me ur pass port and i20
Me: Sure
VO:what is your plan
Me : I’m going for Masters in public health at university of massachusetts Lowell
VO:oh! So what you did in your under graduation?
Me: Well I have done my under graduation and post graduation in microbiology and now I’m moving a step ahead in public health.
VO: So how would this degree help you?
Me: actually microbiology is a subset of public health. Now I’m specializing the course from the community perspective. The degree help me hone my skills and would lay a professional foundation and give me advanced and transferable skills to promote, improve and implement health care services in Central India
Vo:when you graduated?
Me: I graduated my masters degree in 2019 after that I worked as covid volunteer in the department of microbiology at an eye care centre and later I joined the centre of community ophthalmology for my public health training.
Vo:- oh great! So how you are going to fund your education?
Me :- well my father is going to sponsor my education. He is a doctor and has savings of xx lakhs, apart from that I’ve taken loan of xx lakhs from Indian Bank and we have immovable assets of xx crs.
VO: typing typing…. Well now pack your bags for Massachusetts. I’m taking your passport.Your Visa is Approved!!
Me: Thank you so much Ma’am! Have a great day ahead!

Note: seriously believe me confidence is the key!! Just be confident and prepare well and smartly draft your answers.
Please try not to talk to anyone at the embassy, because you are always under observation and they do notice you.
I was worried about formal dressing, but it’s not mandatory. Smart sober casuals go well. All you need to carry is your confidence!!
Tip: try to book morning slots. I think the mood of officers is cool in the morning 😅😂

All the best to Everyone.


Experience 23: F1 at New Delhi

Status : Approved✅
Date – 9 November 2021
2022 Spring intake
In time : 8.20
Out time : 8.40
Slot time : 8.30
American in his 20’s
Vo : Good morning
Me : Good morning officer
Vo : Pass me passport and i20
Me : passed( scanned and typing for 20-30secs)
Vo : Why are you going to us?
Me : To pursue my masters in computer science in Northwest Missouri State University
Vo : how are you funding your education?
Me : my father is funding my education
Vo : what he does?
Me : he work in xxxx country for xx to xx years and now he has rice mill in my home town(vo was staring at me and I even I to did the same😄)
Vo : How many universities did you apply?
Me : Applied for 4 universities.
Vo : What are they?
Me : UNT, UHCL, Northwest Missouri State university, and southern Illinois edwarswille.
Vo : place your left hand fingers
Me : placed
Vo : I’m approving U r visa
Me : Thank you so much officer

Note : just be very confident and make eye contact .


Experience 24: F1 at Chennai

9th November 2021
Time: 9:30 am
In time: 8:50 am
Out time : 9:30 am
Status: Approved✅
Counter no. 24(3 counters were open)
VO was in her 30’s (American)
College : University of Texas at Dallas
Course : MSCS

Vo: Hi welcome
Me : Good Morning officer
Vo: Good morning!!
Vo : Please pass me your i20 and passport please
Me : Here you go ma’am
VO : Tell me about your undergrad
Me : i have completed bachelor’s in computer science from xxx college

VO: which year?
Me: sept 2020

VO: Are you working now?
Me : yes

VO : What is your role?
Me : I am working as a software engineer at xxx.

VO : In which role you would like to see you after completing masters?
Me : i would like to return to india and work here as data scientist

VO : Do you have any education loan
Me : yes, i have an educational loan approved of 41L

VO: please scan your left hand 4 fingers
Me : ok Mam(scanned)

VO : ok, I’m approving your Visa, Thank you
Me : Thank you Mam


Experience 25: F1 at new Delhi

Biometrics: 5-Nov-21
Date : 09-Nov-21
Slot time 11:10
In time : 9:20
Out time: 10:00
Status:Approved✅
Conter:17
Course : MS in computer science
University: Middle Tennessee state university
Visa interview duration: maximum 2 minutes.
VO was american bald guy and was very friendly.

Me: Good morning Officer
VO: Good morning with smile
VO: Passed me your I20 and passport
Me: (Passed my documents)
VO:where this university is located?
Me : told name of city and state
VO:why this university?
Me: Told prepared answer about university, course curriculum and told about professor’s research.
VO:How many universities you applied to?
Me:3. Middle Tennessee state university, pace University and new york institute of technology.
VO:How are you sponsoring your education?
Me:My family is sponsoring with liquid assets of 77L in which my father has 39L rupees in his savings account and gold of rupees 25L and my grandfather is also sponsoring me with 13L rupees from his savings.
VO: Have you took any loan?
ME: No officer, i have enough fund for my education.
VO:What does your father do?
Me:He has poultry farm and does farming with my grandfather
VO: What does your grandfather do?
ME: My grandfather does farming with my father.
VO: How much land do you have?
Me: 4.5 acres
VO:How much chickens do you have in your poultry farm?
ME: 50,000
VO:ohh! 50,000 chickens.
ME.Yes sir
VO:How it smells?(he was smiling and asked friendly)
ME:Very bad( I too smiled with him)
VO:Do you have any brother or sister?
ME: told
(My maternal uncle have filed petition on behalf of my mother and i have mentioned that in my DS160 form. My maternal uncle lives near to my university)
VO:Vo was surprised when he saw about my immigrant petition and asked me Do you have immigrant petition?
ME: Yes sir on behalf of my mother.
VO:Do you have any relatives in USA?
ME:Yes sir my maternal uncle lives in usa.

VO was typing continuously and told VO: Congratulations your visa is approved.
ME: Thank you very much sir.

VO was very friendly.

Just be confident with your answers, your visa will be approved definitely…
All the best to Everyone.


   

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