Thanks to Venkat for sending his Student Visa experience at US Consulate in Chennai. Previously Deepak and Jeevan had shared their F2 Visa stamping experience.
Deepak – F1 Visa Stamping Experience.
F1 Student Visa Interview – Chennai Consulate
Hello sir.. This is about my Visa interview from the chennai consulate on 21st June 2010.
VO: So, You are going to University of Cincinnati?
VO: How many Admits did you get?
VO: Which was the other admit?
Me: UMass Amherst
VO: Oh.. But y did you choose this university?
Me: It is basically because of the UGS award that covers 85% of my tuition fee
VO: What r u specializing in?
VO: What r ur parents?
Me: I answered.
VO: What is ur undergraduste percentage?
Me: We have a Cumulative Grade point Average at our university and mine is
around a 9.7/10.
VO: Oh.. I am convinced but lets see whether there are some more questions to
you.. She gave me my passport and a pink slip.. asked me to go to another
I found this strange because my friends never had such an experience.
I moved to counter F it was an Indian. He checked my paper and the pink slip
that the VO gave me. He gave me a 3 page questionnaire. The questions were like
- Anybody accompanying you?
- planned itenary
-any research background.
-plans after coming back ( I said I want to join my university here in India as
-Write your CV/Resume with all the paper publications
-Who will be guiding you once you are there?
- Where will you stay
I filled it up. I gave it back.
VO2: So u have some Research publications.
Me: Yes I have.
VO2: Can you give me a copy of ur resume ?
Me: Sir, I dont have it now.
He tore the first pink slip and took a new one. he wrote some number and striked out many things. He told me I have to e-mail my CV as soon as possible for further processing. I didnt understand. Then I asked “Am I issued a visa?” he replied ” Yes, but it has to be processed”. He kept my passport with him.
Only when I looked at it I understood it was a “Pink slip” 221(g) form. I sent my CV to the e-mail ID they gave me. It has been mentioned in the slip it will take around 4 to 6 weeks for processing. From some websites I understand It can take more than that. I know wat 221(g) is. But y me? VLSI doesnot come under TAL subjects. What is the problem basically??
What is 221(g) that I got all about? How many weeks will they take to process? Will I get back the passport by next month atleast?