Yocket Editorial Team
on 14 August, 2017

Fall 2017 – F1 Student Visa Experience: (Chennai Consulate | Illinois Institute of Technology | Information Technology - Approved)





Profile Details:
 

University: Illinois Institute of Technology
Course: MS in Information Technology

First Attempt
Chennai Consulate
Date:
June 2017
Status: Rejected
Counter No: 20
 

Visa Interview Experience:

This is going to be a lengthy post, I hope it will help people who tried and got rejects, again and again, may be once or twice or even if you have got rejects 5 times please don't worry, this visa process is purely based on your luck. And please do not waste money on consultants, Instead, use that money for some good purpose, when I got reject In the beginning I approached a consultancy, they were very rude and told me directly I will never get a visa if am showing my uncle as sponsorer.

I am 2013 graduate worked till 2015 left job, I wanted to give a try for UPSC, so wasted one year and realised wasting time on it, then I started with GRE and IELTS and application process and another year went like this. So I was jobless for 2 years, so this consultancy people told me to get fake work experience and all, but I told I will never do that even if I get rejected it's fine. And I felt like I simply wasted 18k, didn’t take any help from them.

After third rejection, I was depressed, I was not understanding what was wrong with my profile that I am getting rejected, I was feeling like left alone, there was no one to support me and help me, meanwhile few people on FB suggested a guy's name, he is again consultant and charges some 6k and gives solutions on phone seems. I tried to contact him, but he never cared to reply, I shared all my experiences and was begging him to help me. I was ready to pay money but he acted like he is prime minister and didn't respond to my calls or messages. Then I am like it's okay, I will try until I get my visa.

VO: Pass your passport.
ME:
I passed my Passport. Good morning Ma’am, how are you?

VO: Good, which college you going?
ME:
Illinois Institute of Technology.

VO: How many colleges you got admitted?
ME:
3 and told the names also.

VO: What's your GRE score?
ME:
296.

VO: When did you graduate in?
ME:
2013.

VO: What were you doing since then?
ME:
I was working in French company called Societe Generale as software engineer then was helping my uncle with his business meanwhile was preparing for my masters.

VO: Pass me your i20.
ME:
Passed.

VO: Who is going to sponsor your education?
ME:
My uncle along with parents (forgot to mention about loan) because she started with next question

VO: What does your parents do?
ME:
Father is into agriculture and my mom takes private tuitions for class 10th and 12th, but my primary sponsorer is my uncle

VO : So your mom works?
ME:
Yes takes private tuition but my uncle is the sponsorer (I had mentioned same in DS 160)

VO: Any backlogs.
ME:
No.

VO: Your undergraduate course
ME:
Computer Science.

VO: Sorry can't approve visa at this time reason is mentioned in this slip (gave 214b with second Check Box ticked).
ME:
 Thanks.

I was very confident but still got reject. The other guy who was in front of me was very nervous. And he had backlogs and GRE of 290 (4 times he has given GRE seems) and he was not very clear. He mentioned about savings of 1.2 crores. And he got reject too.



Second Attempt

Chennai Consulate
Date:
June 2017
Status: Rejected
Counter No: 30


ME: Good morning sir
VO:
Pass your I20 SEVIS passport
ME: Sure sir.

VO: You are going to IITC?
ME:
Yes sir.

VO: Oh it's your second time?
ME:
Yes sir.

VO: How many colleges applied
ME:
4.

VO: You got into all??
ME:
Got into 3 and named them.

VO: What's your GRE?
ME:
296.

VO: Pass me score card.
ME:
Passed.

VO: What is your father? (I didn’t expect this because I thought he will ask about my sponsorer)
ME:
He was Mananger in APMC Karnataka State Government now into agriculture.

VO: What is your mom?
ME:
Takes private tuitions.

VO: Told something.. Like she is studying?
ME:
No she teaches.

VO: I am returning back your documents and passport.
ME:
Sir I can explain about my funding, I have secured education loan. Secured one.

VO: If you want apply again sir.
ME:
Thanks sir.

Guys last time in 214b slip VO had marked second check box. And this time first check box (which says no strong ties).
Many people suggested to go for Mumbai, Even I thought it is good idea so I went for Mumbai this time.


 

Third Attempt

Mumbai Consulate
Date:
June 2017
Status: Rejected
Counter No: 37


Visa officer (VO) was very young with neat beard was not smiling much, but he was cool.
My I-20 and passport was already passed to him.

VO: Good morning.
ME:
Good morning sir.

VO: Which course?
ME:
Information Technology, management and information system as specialization.

VO: You have already applied twice in Chennai then why Mumbai now?
ME:
Got the earliest slot and also visiting my relatives in Pune.

VO: When did you graduate?
ME:
2013.

VO: What you were doing since?
ME:
Was working in French company called Societe Generale and I am a freelance web developer (I changed this in DS 160 also from not employed to self employed). Also I have offer now from start up called Dollarbird.

VO: What's your GRE?
ME:
296.

VO: Why IITC?
ME:
Told IITC is AITU Certified college only 21 college in US have got this prestigious certificate and Bob Carlson who is research was under data base design. Had conversation with him and he was really impressed with my academics and assured me for best course work. And I am looking forward work under him.

VO: What changes you made from last time?
ME:
Despite of having good admit and good academics because of nervousness I couldn't talk about my future plan and about my primary sponsor last time.

VO: Who is your sponsorer?
ME:
My primary sponsor is my education loan from SBI and family savings of 13.5 lacks. And my uncle who is my guardian from my childhood will also be my primary sponsor (messed up here I Guess)

VO: What does he do?
ME:
He was Central Government employee and before that 15 years he was in Indian Airforce. His annual income is 10.25 lacks.

VO: Was looking at my passport and keep on typing for more than a minute.
ME:
I was praying to God that hope he will say approved.

VO: Sorry sir can't approve this time?
ME:
Sir any negative point?

VO: Need changes.
ME:
 Should I apply again.

VO: Yes yes you can apply anytime.
ME:
OK sir

But I still didn’t want to give up so again booked slot for Chennai.


 

Fourth Attempt

Chennai Consulate
Date:
July 2017
Status: Rejected
Counter No: 20

Previous reject was in Mumbai but no questions were asked on changing consulate.

VO: What is your masters plan?
ME:
I am going to pursue masters in information technology with specialization in MIS. Which will help me achieve my goal here in India. Like management skills are very necessary along with technical knowledge here in India to have career growth. Otherwise need to work 8 to 10 years in organization to reach management level.

VO: What is your GRE.
ME:
296 with Quant 154.

VO: When did you graduate.
ME:
2013.

VO: What you were doing since then?
ME:
Was working in French company Societe Generale which is actually financial institution. And then was doing freelancing and meanwhile was preparing for GRE and IELTS. After my third rejection I started working in Tecmatrix Global. As software engineer.

VO: What's your plan after graduation?
ME:
I will complete my master and come back and become IAS officer so I need to write UPSC exam (fumbled little bit). Because our country needs technocrats than bureaucrats.. So I can contribute my country with digital India and make in India with my skills.

VO: Who is your sponsorer?
ME:
I have education loan of 45 lac which we took it on our house in Bangalore. And have family savings that will be enough for my 2 years of education. And also my two families will support me financially. My uncle and aunt. Because I am brought up by them since they don't have any other children. And my father will also sponsor if needed.
Then he is like he has to go with others decisions so can't approve.

ME: Any changes I need to make sir
VO:
I can't tell you specific reason sir..
ME: OK thank you sir.

I was not sad, I was feeling like I am used to It now, But I thought okay now it's done let's plan for spring, if I don’t get in spring also for US, Australia was in my mind because I already had admit from Australia so I was like whatever happens it's for good reason.
Came home, all my friends were flying, I was happy for them but I was feeling sad because I couldn't make it, I cancelled my flight ticket which I had already booked. People suggested me to go to visa Balaji Temple in Hyderabad and few guys really helped me in FB and motivated me and told not to lose hope. But I didn’t want to give up so easily I just wanted to try one last time for fall 2017, so I booked visa slot again.
Here is my Fifth and final attempt


 

Fifth Attempt

Chennai Consulate
Date:
August 2017
Status: Approved
Counter No: 25
 

Visa officer(VO) was calm and composed was not smiling.
Asked my passport and i20.

ME: Good morning sir.
VO:
Good morning.

VO: You are going for IITC?
ME:
Yes sir.

VO: What's your academic score?
ME:
73 percent with distinction in all semesters (this was not asked in my previous attempts).

VO: Any backlogs?
ME:
No sir I have distinction all semesters.

VO: What’s your GRE
ME:
296 v 142 q 154 and Awa 3(I think this is how we need to answer).

VO: Who is your sponsor?
ME:
My uncle is my sponsor because I am adopted by him and gave Pause and told I have approved education loan, again gave pause and told for 45 lacks.
Then I Only asked him if he wants to take a look at my loan sanction letter and CA cirtificate but he told No.

VO: What does he do?
ME:
He was Deputy Manager at SBI and before that he was in defence now he is land lord and annual income is 10.25 lacks

VO: Your father also supporting??
ME
: Actually he wanted to but we have enough funding so no need of his support.

VO: But if you need he will support right?
ME:
Yes definitely sir.

Was typing for long time. I was smiling even though I was nervous inside. And was observing what he is typing. He typed my father's name. Only that I could figure out. They are too fast with fingers actually.

VO: Okay, what was your undergraduate subject?
ME:
Computer Science.

VO: He asked something related to variable.
ME:
I didn't understand. Actually I was in shock to hear technical questions. Because at that moment even if we know answers we will not be able to tell properly. So blabbered something.

Then he made me feel comfortable asked which was my favourite subject in undergraduate I told immediately object oriented programming language.

VO: Which language in object oriented programming?
ME:
C++.

VO: What are different types of variables in c++?
ME:
Sir int float double etc.

VO: Sir I am returning your documents.
ME:
Okay (I thought I will never get visa for USA).

VO: Never let me down sir. I am keeping your passport.
ME:
I was like what. OMG I still can't believe. Thank you so much sir. I will never let you down I promise. And I didn't see back again, Ran and came out of consulate

Finally I did it by myself, It was a really hard time But my family supported me a lot, now I feel I am more strong and I can face any challenges in my life. Don’t lose hope and don’t give up on your dreams.


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