It’s always helpful when someone posts their US Visa interview experience. Here is full version of the comment posted by TSE at F1 US Student Visa Interview . Thanks for posting detailed interview experience.
I was asked the same question on 15th of July and I had gone all prepared for my interview. My true reason for having chosen University of Houston was that my sister was there but since I was asked by one and all not to mention that as my reason, at that point, I did hesitate a little. I told her that it was because of their research facilities and some of the professors have the same research interests as mine.
Now, this lead to the 2nd question which was “what are your research interests?” and that was another thing that I was uncertain of answering as I had moved from Metallurgical Engineering to Software Engineering during my professional life and then I wished to get back to Materials Engineering. I faltered with the answer but did mention a few areas as my interests.
At this point I noticed her writing my name on some green-form. Along with that she started asking me other straightforward questions as “Who will be funding?”, “What does your father/sister do?”, “Where does your father/sister work?”, “How long has your father been with the company?”. I was confident about these answers but the green-form was already on its way.
At the end of the interview she asked me to wait saying that some more information would be required for the processing of my visa. I thanked her and waited till my name was called from the first counter that had verified my visa forms earlier. Here, I was told that my ‘visa was APPROVED but was DELAYED’ and it can take a MAXIMUM period of 2 months for its processing. They needed details regarding my research/work experience, my areas of interests, my past projects and publication details, plan of research I wish to pursue in US.
I submitted the documents over email on that every evening. I have my classes beginning on 24th of August and if I do not get my visa by 21st of August, I would have to get my admission deferred. I have no clue as to how to expedite the process(as there is no option for that). Only thing that I can do is to check my visa’s status online. I had inquired at the visa collection center the following day and one of them informed me that it can take a week or 15 days but the exact time cannot be said. When I mentioned about the maximum period of 2 months that was told to me, he said that generally for student’s visa it happens faster. Things are so very uncertain right now for me and I feel more and more anxious everyday.
I just wished to share this experience with Happy Schools Blog so, that other students can learn from it and avoid making the same mistake. If any of you have had a similar situation, kindly tell me how long had the visa processing taken in your case.
H1B Delayed at US Consulates
Listen to the interview on where H1B stamping is delayed due to security clearance based on research work. Some are delayed over 2 months.