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mitali- ()     06/09/2006 10:05 AM


this is dhaval

my student visa refused 3times.
so next appointment is after 1 month.now what to say 2 the VO?

 PLZ help

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Tulip- ()     05/26/2006 06:04 AM

hi friends,
the days before my F1 interview were i guess one of the most tensed days in my life...so thought of sharing my experiences with you, in case it might help anyone. I had myself gone through this site before my interview and it did help. I read about people appearing for the 9th time for their student visa interview and finally getting success. So i was mentally prepared myself for going through 10 rounds of interview if needed be :)
I have recenlty got married, and my husband is in US on a work permit. I applied for a F1 visa in US.
Before the interview, I made sure I had all the documents, speacially the funding documents. I also went throught the university web site, faculty details, course curriculum. I kept all the documents in a folder with named tags written over the various flaps, so that I didnt have to fumble while showing the documents to the Visa Officer.
On the day of the interview, i went half an hour early. My interview was at 8:15 am. At 8 o clock, the guard in front of the consulate asked for 8:15 scheduled candidates to form a queue. They checked my passport, my appointment letter, and let me in. Next I was led in a room where a security guard checked my belongings(you are not allowed to carry any sealed envelopes, staplers, glues, cells etc). Next I was asked to enter the embassy building. We had to stand in a queue, where a person collected our bank drafts, passport, I-20, letter of admission and the DS forms. If they find some of the columns are not correctly filled up, they ask you to make the changes and resubmit them the forms. Next I was asked to wait for my turn. I waited patiently for my turn to come, million thoughts were running through my head, but I did my best to keep them at bay. Next I heard my name getting called.
I went to the interview booth. Behind the booth, the Visa Officer smiled and asked me how are you doing? I said fine. Good Morning. He wished me back. He asked me to take my finger prints and then started looking through my documents. I could hear my heart beat, but I managed to keep my smile. He told me you already have a master's degree, why do you want to get one more? I told him, it was a generalized course, and there are certain topics which I want to delve upon further, so my desire to study. I find the college I am applying to offering those courses. Next he asked me does your husband stay in US? Yes sir. Where does he stay. ____. next where is he working. ____. Next he asked me for my funding docs. He asked me abt my family. What my parents do, details about that. Also about my sibling. Finally he took out a paper and was scribblign something, and then he told me, you might be aware that you cant travel 30 days before your date of admission. I said yes sir. The date of travel you have mentioned is coming to be 31 days. So I would suggest you consider a date atleast one day after. By that time, I was jumping with joy, I felt like saying I can travel on any date you tell me sir. I told him fine sir. Then he told me you will get your visa in 3 days time...Gave me back all my documents...Enjoy your study in the US. I gave him a broad smile, thanked him and left.
I think the key to success in the visa interview is to be truthful to the officer, to lay down all the facts, and to be confidant. Although the interview might last for a couple of minutes, but one needs to prepare well ahead in advance. If you are well prepared, you will be confidant during the interview, and its the confidence level which matters during those couple of minutes.
And above all keep the faith in God. He will sail you through. All the best!

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Nirmala- ()     04/20/2006 04:42 AM

Hi all,
I have applied for VISA and my VISA date is on AUG 1st
Please tell me any suggestions for preparing for VISA.

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xavier Luscan- ()     04/11/2006 09:16 AM

Hello everyone!

I currently have a j-1 visa valid for three years and not subject to the two year rule. I have been working as a research cholar at the University of Michigan State and am now looking to transfer to an academy to conduct the same type of work but the company in question does not have a j-1 program and therefore cannot issue a new DS 2019 form. I am looking for an independent agency or organization able to play this part and issue a DS 2019 form in agreement with the employer willing to have me.

All the company I have reached only issue j-1 for camp counselor while I need a research scholar or professor type of status.

I would greatrly appreciate any name you can throw out there to help me with my problem.

Best regards and best of luck to everyone with their search.


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Tamu- ()     04/10/2006 15:59 PM

Last week, I successfully renewed my F-1 visa at the US consulate in Matamoros,Mexico.

My F1 visa was expiring in June 2006. In December 2005, I decided I will renew it. Because of time constraints, I did not want to renew it in my home country. For the purposes of renewing in a 3rd country, I had to decide between Mexico and Canada. I decided I will renew it at a US consulate border post in Mexico. There are 5 US consulate border posts in Mexico where TCNs [third country nationals] can get a new visa:
1. Matamoros (Brownsville in Texas being the closest US town)
2. Nuevo Laredo (Laredo in Texas being the closest US town)
3. Ciudad Juarez (El Paso in Texas being the closest US town)
4. Nogales (Nogales in Arizona being the closest US town)
5. Tijuana (San Diego in California being the closest US town)

I looked up different forums and found that Matamoros had the best results [low rejection rates for any visa type]. Keep in mind that F1 is a discretionary visa - so irrespective of however strong your case is, it is upto the Visa Officer to issue/reject your visa.

So, I decided I will go to Matamoros to renew my F1 visa. What next??
1. Schedule an appointment by using the internet based system. The url is: https://www.visa-usa.com.mx/default.aspx
2. One first needs to register at the website and get a username-password. You would have to purchase a 10$ PIN within 10 days of registration, otherwise your username-password will expire.
3. The PIN will expire 10 days after your appointment date. If you do not schedule an appointment, your PIN will expire 90 days after purchase. This PIN will give you 3 scheduling opportunities so that you can schedule an appointment and reschedule it up to 2 additional times if you need to.
4. Please note that you may not change or cancel your appointment within 5 business days of the appointment date
5. WHEN DO the Interview Slots OPEN on the Internet based system???
• Appointment dates for the ENTIRE month [which is 3 months away from the present month] OPEN up ANYTIME on the last 2 business days of the present month. To elaborate, the appointment slots for the ENTIRE month of May became available on Feb27th late evening. Appointment slots for the entire month of June became available sometime on March 31st.
• Keep in mind that appointment slots get filled up within a day or so
6. PREFERABLY, do NOT use the phone based system for reservation unless you do not mind an exorbitant bill on your credit card.
• most telephone operators are Spanish & it is hell of a lot difficult to spell out names that are UNCOMMON to them. You often end up spelling out all details forever and ever.
• even after you spell it out, there is NO guarantee that all the info. that they enter on the appointment site is correct.
• Keep in mind that the telephone OPERATORS also use the same internet based appointment system...this was told to me when I called up once as I was not getting slots on the Internet based system.
• SO, if SOMEONE states that there is a better chance of getting an appointment confirmation by USING the TELEPHONE system of booking, then it is a myth.
7. The MOST IMPORTANT thing.....with a given username and password, you CAN HOLD only 1 appointment.
• Keep in mind that, just like you, there are hundreds of people wanting to get an appointment date using the INTERNET based system. So, there is every chance that an AVAILABLE appointment slot would BECOME UNAVAILABLE within a matter of seconds.
• With your present USERNAME PASSWORD, You would have to cancel your present appointment before you can reschedule a new appointment.
• If you want to reschedule [because you saw a date that suits your needs], it is best to purchase a new PIN [new username-password] and then schedule an appointment.

OK, I have now scheduled an appointment at the US Consulate in Matamoros, Mexico. What next??
1. You need to obtain a legal document to enter Mexico. You can either get a Mexican Permit or Mexican Visa. The difference between the two is explained here: http://www.mexico-assistance.com/AMexicanPermit.html A news flash on the website http://www.mexico-assistance.com/AN...esMexImmig.html states that “Starting June 20th 2006, anyone visiting Mexico who is NOT a US or Canadian citizen will need to apply for a Mexican Visa at a Mexican Consulate in the US for legal entry into US”.
2. You need to prepay your Visa application fee [105 USD] before you enter the consulate. Since you are going to a US consulate in Mexico, it is required that you must pay the fee only at one of the different “Banamex” bank locations.
3. I decided that I will avail the services of an agent to accomplish the above two tasks [instead of wasting valuable time by going to one of the Mexican consulates in the US to apply for the necessary Mexican entry document & again wasting more time by trying to find out a Banamex location in the US to prepay the visa application fee]. “Starting June 20th 2006, one can enter Mexico only with a Mexican Visa which has to be obtained by the applicant by applying at one of the Mexican Consulates in USA. The processing time is 3-5 weeks. So prepare ahead”.
4. I decided I will avail the services of Mark Lehmann of Mexico Assistance Services (MAS). His contact info is:
• 956-455-3628
[email protected], http://www.mexico-assistance.com/AContactUs.html
5. MAS helped me (a) obtain Mexican Entry Permit (b) Prepaid the US Visa Application fee (c) provided a free shuttle/van service from Brownsville to the US Consulate in Matamoros and back to Brownsville. Not just that, MAS is equipped with wireless broadband internet access and fax service straight from their van. This fax number is a US toll-free number & hence when somebody is faxing a document from the US, it does NOT entail long distance charges. This FAX facility came in very handy when one of my friends had to get some documents (within few hours) upon request by the Visa Officer. This friend of mine [also for F1 extension/renewal] had the interview at 10AM, whereupon the Visa Officer asked for some supporting documents and asked to come back by 3PM. My friend called up the University and had all the documents faxed to the MAS toll-free fax number. By 1PM, she had all the documents. Without MAS, she would have had to find a business (like Kinkos) that could receive faxes in Matamoros, Mexico & faxing from US to Mexico would have also entailed long distance charges. With MAS, she did NOT have to worry about all that.
6. There is a document checklist on the website http://www.mexico-assistance.com/AD...quirements.html that tells what documents you need to send to Mark so that he can arrange for necessary paperwork for your trip in and out of Matamoros, Mexico.

Once inside the consulate, they take your photograph & fingerprint your right and left index fingers. Make sure that you do not have any injury on these fingers, because if you have one, then they will not scan it & then you cannot attend the Visa Interview.

As regards the Visa Interview with the Visa Officer, I carried the following documents:
1. An updated I-20 reflecting my most recent finances from the University.
2. A letter from the funding department in my university giving a breakup of all the earnings I receive [assistantship, tuition waiver, insurance benefits, etc]. Make sure that the numbers in the I-20 and the department letter match up exactly. If there is any discrepancy whatsoever, then it is going to open up a barrage of questions. This discrepancy [different numbers in I-20 and department letter] happened to my friend (mentioned above) and she had to get new/updated documents within an hour.
3. A letter from my research advisor which mentions my research in layman’s terms, how vital I am for the lab, etc. If there any publications (even forthcoming), make sure it gets mentioned in the letter.
4. A letter from my bank stating the current balance in the different accounts I have with the bank. Most banks provide a “balance letter” which states the average balance in the last 6 months.
5. One set of official transcript(s) from the different Universities attended.
6. One copy of the tax returns from the last 3 years.

The questions asked by the Visa Officer:
1. What course are you studying?
2. How long will it be before you complete?
3. What is your project on?
4. Why are you applying for an extension in Mexico and not in your home country?
5. I see that the University has given you an extension in the I-20. So why is it taking this long?

Well, that was it. I answered the different questions in a calm and collected manner. I was brief and to the point. The Visa Officer then said she is issuing the visa and asked me to collect my passport later on in the day. I got my passport with the F1 visa stamped.

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Ratan- ()     04/08/2006 09:29 AM


I am applying for undergraduation. I graduated from +2 last year.
DS 156 Requires us to state the current school -> Name and Address..
I have been taking private tutions for appearing to AIEE.. Hence i am not a regular student...in any college and cant provide details
Can anyone help me with this..
is it okay to say that I am not a student/employee ..?
I m really stuck and need help regarding this... Pls help

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desi- ()     12/30/2005 00:02 AM

I wanted to share my experience of getting F1 visa stamping in India this month after I had earlier changed my status from H4 to F1 within the US.

I carried with me all the required documents and the officer checked everything, including my GRE and TOEFL scores, financial support documents (bank balance, property documents etc).

One thing I felt helped my cause was that I had already done one semester at the university and I had taken an unofficial transcript showing that I had maintained full-time status and was also registered full-time for Spring 2006. I also took a letter from the Dean stating that I had been studying there etc, lending an air of authenticity.

Best of Luck to all those in a similar situation. Just make sure you take all the proper documents with you, as they can ask for anything. Btw, my visa is valid till Dec 2010..although the I-20 is valid till Mar 2008.

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shalini- ()     12/23/2005 00:52 AM

Hi All..Mine was a very normal and cool visa experience....until my visa date i was given all the instruction by various people as to be confident, try to wear normal wear, don't get panic etc etc..... the days went on and finally the my visa date has come.... i went in an hr before my normal appointment timing.... as usual i completed my fingerprint session.... took the token.... and stood in the Q... several thoughts were running in my mind whether i'll be getting my visa or not... wht should i do if i don't... etc etc...then atlast my turn... so i jus went stood before him....
he asked me to handover the Under Graduate Degree... i jus kept it He asked me whether i have any backlogs ...i said no....he asked me to wait for sometime and went somewhere...(u know at tht moment i wud have remembered all the possible gods and goddesses) then he came back and said "ur visa is approved... u can go ".... the was tthe time i felt i was on the top of the world... thank god that was turned out to be a cool day... so guyz be confident in answering him and try reading ur CA statement and annual income details.... the college details and ur course details while going..thts all.....

All the Best

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pankil shah- ()     12/08/2005 05:44 AM

   my visa is refused on 221(g) section and by this term i dont hav to take another date and just go to us embassy with the remaining document they needed. so can anyone tell me wts the chances in this type of situation?
  Actually i hav completed my batchelors in april'05 and i hav got my provisional degree certificate only and the consolute officer wants original so now i will go second time with original.
  so can anyone tell me wts my chances in this ?since thre are no such cases as mine.

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devanand- ()     12/08/2005 01:59 AM

hi friends

i have applied for the F1 can any one tell as there are no dates in chennai can we apply to delhi

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