> Part 2 of Strange and Shaky 3 Hour F1 visa Interview Experience shared by Pavan.
Thing #1 – All the VISA officers are pleasant and nice. They make you feel comfortable. They start every interview with a smile.
Hello again! This part outlines my observations of the VISA interview process.
I guess everyone is familiar with my long VISA interview. As you know, I was asked to wait for an awful lot of time.
After the first hour i.e., when they made it clear the only problem is my TOEFL score, I was happy and sure that I will make it through.
So, when they asked me to wait again, all I did is to stare at the pretty VO in the counter no. 22 and look how people are doing.
My F1 Visa Interview Observations
- First things first, all the VISA officers are pleasant and nice. They make you feel comfortable.
- They start every interview with a smile. Honestly, after a few interviews I felt it is the most boring job ever. But, they never let their smile go. They started every interview with a clear mind. (Of course they take breaks after every 3/4 interviews, still not an easy job).
- Every applicant gets a genuine, fair chance to make their case. They (VOs) have no prejudice what so ever.
- While standing in line everyone gets to listen to at least two interviews before their turn. Interestingly, the first few questions does not change (This should calm your nerves).
- I have seen an interview in which the girl is pretty nervous and her posture says it all. She has her hands joined behind, and stuttering and stammering all through her interview. The VO actually asked her not to be nervous and answer clearly. Still, no luck.
- There is another gentleman who wouldn’t leave even after his interview is done and dusted. He is so persistent and kept pleading the VO. She called the VFS volunteers to show the guy his way out. (It did not look good).
- People actually rehearse their answers so well that when there is a twist in the tale they falter so bad. Even though you rehearse please try to maintain an open mind. I was totally out of my wits when the VO asked about my TOEFL passage.
- People talk too much, more importantly women talk. While waiting to get in the consulate there is a girl who freaked everyone about F1 quota being full at Chennai and everyone is getting rejected. There is another girl who worried because she misplaced her photograph. (There is actually a photographer available inside the security building).
- This may be funny but almost all the couples who got their kids (small ones) along got their VISA done in few minutes. The VO’s (Women) were all so happy to see kids.
This one interview stands out:-There are some general questions. The guy is going to UIC (not so sure)
VO: You’re GRE seems to be low.
Guy: Yes, Madam but the test isn’t the only indicator of my intelligence. I have good academics.
VO: Oh! So, Can you tell me what VISA stands for?
(Done and Dusted! Be careful of how you answer the questions. The answer may be wrong but don’t show your attitude)
I want to leave with a quote “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out”.
Good luck people.
I will write another post explaining how I got 98 percentile in my GRE verbal.
Till then Adieu!!