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I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the guidance you have been providing to a large number of students who are planning to study in the US.
I started my journey to apply to US universities in 2010 and am still awaiting the green signal from the visa authorities.
My Background -
I have done my b.arch. from India and applying for a m.arch. in US.
I completed all the required formalities including TOEFL, GRE and for m.arch.
You need to prepare a portfolio for admission too, and applied first time for Fall 2011.
I got admitted to one university of the 7 I applied and waitlisted on two others.
My I-20 arrived and I was as happy that I am going to US, as I had not heard from anyone about the so called ‘visa rejection’.
As luck would have it my visa was rejected 3 times over a period of 2 months July and August 2011 (Mumbai Consulate and once in Gulf).
This was a nightmare as all my friends who applied with me got through and I was left out.
I was also the topper of my batch and have an excellent academic profile.
Even though utterly dejected at first, I did not give up.
It was on google search that I found HSB and saw how big this issue really is.
Nonetheless, I went through the whole application process again, including a painful remake of portfolio and applied for Fall 2012.
I have been admitted to all the universities I applied to – three in total.
I gave my visa interview overseas, as my family is settled in Gulf.
In June, was my first interview where I was rejected and the VO told me that I can reapply (No white slip of 214(b) given to me).
I reapplied in 10 days time and this time got through!
The VO told me “Your visa is approved” BUT ” It requires additional processing, I am giving you a case no. and you can check back on the website”.
This administrative processing is based on common names in the passport and he said “should be over well before your travel date on I-20″
(I asked him specifically that I would like to travel in Aug first week).
Its been more than 5 weeks and still nothing has been updated on the consulate website.
I promised myself to share my experiences in detail when I get the visa, but its taking time and I thought of sharing with others in the same situation.
I will be writing in detail about my visa interviews, experiences in the different consulates and few mistakes that I rectified thanks to HSB once I get the visa.
Please advise me what you think of my case and my options.
There’s a graduate introduction program which starts from 30th July which I have registered for and my course starts on 20th Aug.
I am beginning to get anxious…its been a lot of hard work and patience and I really want it to work this time….I have even got offers from colleges in UK and Canada which will be the last resort this year, as in architecture there are no deferrals.
I really hope it works out. Is there any other way to check whats holding up the admin process?
Thats power of perseverance. Hope you will get your visa approval soon.
Read this experience – F1 Visa – 221g with White Slip.