> Following post was shared by Suneeta Agarwal on Son’s journey from India to UK to USA.
Dear all, I have been reading all of HSB inputs and comments for the last almost 2 years. Mostly about F1 visa interviews. Some of the comments and blogs are informative and some just want to share their desperation with others who are in the same boat.
Here I’m writing my son’s story.
My son is a graduate from IIT Mumbai 2010 batch . In march 2010 he had confirmed admission to Masters in 3 Universities in USA. We decided on Purdue as our first choice and asked for the necessary documents from International student office.
The I 20 was delivered in Mid may 2010. He enthusiastically filed for his F1 visa in end May and got an early interview date. Now comes the hiccup, he was put in administrative processing 221(g) ….
We waited and waited no response came except a very polite statement saying that the procedure can take upto 6 months so ask for deferment.
My son got the deferred date till Spring. We had never heard of anyone being held up for so long and he started applying to UK and other European Universities.
In OCTOBER2012 he got offered a Masters by Research MSR at Cranfield University . He asked for his passport back and applied for UK visa. He joined there in Jan 2011 and completed his degree in Jan 2012. Meanwhile we had received a refusal from US embassy in Feb 2011 under section 212G.
I am telling all this because I want all of you kids to keep options open. Do not get stuck on USA and get depressed.
While he was doing his Masters my son got 2 papers published in International Journals. He also applied for PhD in various US universities again. He was offered full tuition fee waiver with Fellowship from 2 universities in April 2012. Around this time he was on post study work visa in the UK.
He got a job with a multinational company as Software developer and started working there in May 2012. He now applied for US visa from UK after getting I 20 in July 2012.
Now the visa issue raised its head again. He was interviewed twice for 40 min each on the same day. His documents checked and rechecked…….and again put under Administrative processing.!!!
No visa for Fall came . He asked for another I 20 for Spring semester.That was submitted in early November with the new Itinerary, No reply, no update came.
My son then decided this visa is never going to come and traveled to India for Christmas holidays.On 5th Jan he just checked his F1 visa status by chance and lo and behold…. Send Passport was written on 3rd of Jan!!
Now this guy is in Delhi and passport needs to go to London asap. He flew out of India immediately and couriered his passport to US embassy on 8th.
With great pleasure I want to share with you all that he has received his passport with F1 visa today and though late he will be flying to the US this weekend.
I am writing so as to reassure one and all that administrative processing does occur…. I had started thinking that it was just an easier way to say NO to visa. Please do not say things like I want to die as my visa got rejected twice! That shook me up.
As a parent we want the best for our kids but not at the cost of their mental or physical health.
Also remember a refusal is not the end of the world. My son is a better and more mature person now. Every setback can also be a learning experience!
Enjoy the ride …….there are many destinations in life. God Bless you All.
I think is he first ever article shared by a Parent in HSB. Thanks to Suneeta Agarwal for sharing a parent’s perspective and son’s journey.