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I had a my first F-1 VISA interview on 5th July, 2012 and it was rejected.
- University: Montclair State University, New Jersey
- Course: Master of Business Administration
- GMAT: 380
- TOEFL: Waived off as I hold an American Bachelors Degree
- Visa Type: Renewal
- Status: Rejected.
214 b Rejection – Straight to the F1 interview:
The VO was a American Lady in her forties.
VO: Hi, Good Morning, How are you?
ME: Good How are you? (smile)
VO: Which university?
Me: Montclair State University
VO: Why MSU?
Me: MBA curriculum, accomplished professors, ranked among the 100 best business schools in USA
VO: How many universities you applied? Which all?
Me: Applied to three Universities. Montclair State University, Western Michigan University, Oakland University
VO: Admit and Rejects?
Me: 1 admits
VO: What does your father do?
Me: He is into business
VO: What business?
Me: Textile Manufacturing business
VO: When did you graduate?
Me: December 2010
VO: (She looked at my passport and in a conforming tone, asked me if my undergraduate college was the same as shown on the visa granted earlier)
Me: I confirmed yes
VO: So what have you been doing since graduation?
Me: I have been working with my father in his business
VO: What work did you do?
Me: I worked with my father as a trainee where my duties included communicating with clients, keeping a track of the ongoing production orders, marketing new designs and styles, etc.
VO: Why MBA when you are in Business? (THIS IS WHERE I WENT WRONG)
Me: Ma’am I think MBA will not help me enhance my knowledge but will also help me polish my skills as I plan to work in my fathers business after my Masters.
VO: I’m Sorry I am not convinced
Me: OK Thankyou
Second time I applied on 16th July,2012 and this time it was young man.
After passing my documents, the VO stared at the screen for around 2 minutes, reading the previous comments and then started on
VO: Ok, so I see you were interviewed by my colleague last week
Me: Yes Sir
VO: So, what went wrong?
Me: I could not convince the VO that I was a credible F1 Student
VO: How many universities you applied to?
Me: Five universities
VO: Ok, but you said three universities in your previous interview?
Me: I mean I applied to three universities only, but Ive sent my GMAT scores to five universities
VO: Why Montclair State?
Me: Told the same as earlier
VO: What was your GRE?
Me: Sir, I have GMAT as I am going for MBA
VO: How much on GMAT?
VO: Why MBA now when your are in business?
Me: During my work in these 1.5 years here, I realized that I lack the wisdom needed to take up much competitive roles in business. I also realized that my undergrad education was not enough to compete with the skill sets demanded by my position. Hence, to furnish myself with this wisdom, have decided to pursue MBA at this point of time.
VO: I’m sorry I cannot issue you a visa, I do not see any change in your profile
Me: Ok Thankyou
Please suggest, What changes I should make before going for the third attempt. Comments appreciated.