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I read many F1- Visa articles from HSB and now its my turn to repay it… and thanks to all those who posted their experience on this site…
- Date:- 8th of June, 2012
- Appointment Time:- 7:45am
- Mumbai consulate
I reached there at 6:50am as i was told to be there before half an hour… There was a huge crowd… The other slot was at 9:00am. Then one of the security told all of us to make a line with I-20, appointment letter and passport and at approximatly 7:20 i was taken in.
I passed through security checks, gave token number and took finger impressions… and i saw it was raining i thought the whole 9:00am slot is wet…
I hardly got seat and that was in front row at extreme left… token numbers were given from N200 and mine was N364… I think that day was somewhat different because i had never heard such before almost all girls before me was given visa none of the girl was rejected and some of the boys were rejected but almost 80% were getting it…
I think God with both hands showered us with LUCK… Rejection was maximum at counter number 25… And on 24 only till my number came 1 was rejected that was also a boy and also the speaker was quite more audible than 25,,, on 25 it was hardly audible… i thought if my number comes on 24 then probability of getting visa will increase…
On screen N363 number blinked and a boy sitting next to me shaked me and told your number came( I think he was more desperate then me for my interview, i showed my number)… as my number blinked guess what its counter number 25… i stood in line for interview before me there were 2, 1 giving interview and 1 in line, the person giving interview got the visa and before me got rejected now its my turn… interviewer was a lady and with her gestures she called me…
F1 Visa Interview in Mumbai 2012
VO:blah blah( i really didn’t heard what she spoke)
Me: Good morning.
VO: Pass me your documents.
Me: I passed my I-20 and passport.( now my right ear is less than a cm from the speaker,,, none of us was interested in eye contact)
VO: What in US?
Me: To pursue MS in Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialization power system.
VO: What is power system?
Me: It deals with generating, transmitting and distributing electric power and also electric devices connected to them.
VO: Why power system?
Me: During my undergraduate i had studied number of power system subjects and also had done number of site visits so i got more interested in this.
VO: What kind of site visits?
Me: Power Generating Plant.(At this stage she looked into my eyes and i don’t know what she was typing in her computer)
VO: Why University of Texas at dallas?
Me: Because of its flexible curriculum and research is going on, which is of my interest.
VO: What kind of research?
Me: They are doing more research on Smart Grids.
VO: What is Smart Grid?
Me: It is a Digital enabled electric grid that gathers, distributes and acts on information about the behaviour of all supplier and consumer.(still i have much to speak about but i stopped i don’t know what really i spoke)
VO: Why you want to study Smart Grid?
Me: Because India has already planned to implant Smart Grid so before this Technology comes to India i want to learn this Technology.(Here i stammered at implant word and she looked but i pushed myself)
VO: How many universities did you applied?
Me: University of Texas at dallas, California state university – Northridge, Northeastern university, University of Texas arlington.
VO: What after 2 years of studies?
ME: I will do OPT.
VO: What if you wont get OPT? (Now this is the question something i never thought about)
Me: I will try my best or else i dont know.
VO: Why its necessary for you to do OPT?
Me: It will give me better experience in my field.
VO: Where you would like to work in future?
Me: Suzlon or Enercon.(Actually i was supposed to speak Essar but i dont know where enercon came from)
VO: What is your GRE score?
VO: DO you have any siblings?
Me: Yes, 1 sister.
VO: What is she doing?
Me: she is a housewife.
VO: Where is she?
VO: What is she doing?
Me: she is a housewife.(Now she looked at me and took my I-20 into her hands and was having a glance over it and stopped typing, i thought now i’m fired because she won’t be expecting me to repeat the answer, but none of the security guard nor officer told me you can’t repeat answer for the same question nor i have read before in any rule book or brochure)
VO: Who is going to fund you?
Me: My parents.
VO: What is your father doing?
Me: He is doing Business in Chemical Dyes and also has Agricultural income.
VO: What is your father’s income?
Me: XXXX. (Told)
VO: How will you fund yourself? (looking into my I-20)
Me: We have a total Bank Balance of XXXX(Told). (She was not happy with that and keeping her hand on her forehead(i thought now i’m finally finished) asked another one)
VO: Do you have anything else?
Me: Yes, we have a total assests of XXXX(Told).
VO: What is that in US dollars?
Me: 1 minite (i took out a page in which i had made all the total expenses against total assets in INR and US$) and handled her. (she looked it and spoke something)
VO: You will get your passport in 3 to 5 days.(giving back my I-20 and that page)
Me: Thank you have a nice day.
Through out my interview i was leaning toward the speaker and microphone and have to also do lip reading but whenever she looked at me i was looking directly into her eyes with confidence.
I think it was the luck that helped me to get this visa or else i would have been fired quite early only because i dont find myself reasonable at some places but she might be satisfied but the thing is i got visa and now i’m going.
All you need is be confident. I was sitting there for an hour till my number came for interview and i was just thinking let me rush out( because i was not confident) but i then have to give confidence to myself just give the interview before rushing out though rejected doesn’t matters. And yes luck is the major factor in this.
I hope this might help you in preparing your interview… and before going for Visa Interview practice as much as possible,,, minimum 10 times with all the questions that you have made with answers…
Best of luck guys… Have a bright future…