Naresh- () • 12/28/2012 13:38:56 PM
Online forums at Immihelp and elsewhere were really helpful to understand and train my wife on possible questions that would be asked during the all her attempts.
I finished Masters in Geography in Dec 2011 and since then I've been working on regular OPT-EAD which expires in Dec 2012. It is a regular firm that I am working with but not a consultancy. When I sent my wife for a F-2 visa interview in November 2012, my OPT was expiring in Dec 2012 and also STEM OPT extension was under process but not confirmed. The officer just looked at her I-20 and asked for a copy of MY visa. He denied her a visa(under section 214(b) immigrant intent) in a heartbeat. NO Questions asked. Lasted for a Minute. Re-applied again on Dec 2012 but now with a confirmed STEM OPT extension. Officer asked her passport, I-20 and MY I-20 and a copy of STEM OPT card.
Asked a few questions like When did your husband graduate, Where is he staying now, Why din't you go with your husband. Answered with enough confidence. She has a visa now. This is an experience at Hyderabad consulate.
Few things that I learned:
1. Please try to be confident while answering questions.
2. You should rather wait until you have an OPT extension card and then schedule for an interview should you be in my situation.
3. Don't stop trying until you succeed. Don't change visa categories during visa appointments unless required.
4. Look for a nearest consulate from your home. Don't struggle to schedule an appointment elsewhere thinking it would rather be easy. Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi, etc...all are the same. Places don't matter.