I got my visa interview on 5th may at 9 o’clock. I reached Diplomatic shuttle service area at 8:10 and in the US Embassy, Islamabad at 8:35. But after the initial process my interview starts at about 11:45 or 12:00. There i was asked the following questions.
I said Hi at start but my voice just stuck due to confusion and fear. But i prayed a lot to Allah to help me and the visa officer starts like this. (i am sharing exact complete F1 Visa interview experience with you)
F1 Visa Interview – Pakistan
VO: Hi, How are you
Vo: Whats your B.A. in
Me: Mam My B.S. was in Mathematics
VO: So where did you completed your bachelors
Me: From COMSATS institute of information technology Islamabad :
VO: Where you have applied in USA
Me: University of Arkansas
VO: Why this university
Me: It is a public research university which offers the degree in my intended field XXX (i was speaking very very fast and i have no control over what i was saying)
Vo: XXX what?
Me: said again
Vo: So have you ever traveled abroad.
Me: No mam i never traveled abroad.
Vo: which university you applied other than this one.
Me: i said XXX. (I applied in only two universities and told so)
Me: I said XXX university which…. ()
without listening the complete answer she turned to the VO in the next window who was also female and talked to her and then returned
Vo: were you accepted.
Me: No mam i got rejected in XXX. Actually i got a very low undergrad GPA.
VO: Oh, whats that?
Me: i got 2.68 GPA with 71.07 Percentage but got very good 750/800 quantitative GRE score that results in my admission (exact words said)
then she again turned the mic off or something and talked to her other fellow.
then she returned and asked me
Vo: whats you father do?
Me: he is working as XXX in XXX from the past 25 years i said.
Vo: so who i sponsoring your education.
Me i said my father is sponsoring me.
Vo: Ok. so how much is he financing.
Me. said so
she went back to other VO the one she was talking before, talked to her and then turned back to me and said.
Vo: so where did you said your father works?
Me: said again XXX university.
Vo then she said something and i asked her, sorry mam i really cannot hear what you said and she replied
Vo: you are not selected.
i totally have no words to say and then she smiled and said i am just kidding. then she said something again in a very very low voice and i heard the only last part that you can get you passport in 4 to 6 weeks from American express bank. they will call you when its there. Then she put a band on my passport and my application documents and just put them in the basket.
Me: i said thank you very much and she just smiled and moved her head… i just went out from there after that….
I was not given any slip nor was the VO having any slip. She was continuously typing on the computer faced opposite to me.
I was told that usually students get visa in 4 weeks to 8 months, depending on the security clearance and i received mine after 10 days. Also i need to request my Pakistani fellows to share their experience as i couldn’t find any single post about US embassies experience of students in Pakistan anywhere on the web.
Thanks for sharing your experience. Hope more students will post their experience.