This is regarding 214(b) rejection doubt. I had an interview today for F1 in US consulate in Chennai (India). Firstly I would like to give some details regarding myself, I got married in 2017 and moved to the US in an F2 visa. Recently my husband got his H1b approved and was reflected from Oct 1st, 2018, due to some miscommunication they didn't file an H4 visa for me. And meanwhile, I wanted to do my Masters here and got the admission(Acceptance Letter and I-20). Since the company didn't file for my H4, I decided to come to India for F1 visa interview. Following was the conversation between me and the consulate.
Me: Good Morning Maam
VO: Good Morning
VO: Can you please pass your passport? (Take a look at my passport and sees F2 visa)
Me: Yes Maam
VO: Can I have your I-20? (Doesn't look at it much)
Me: Sure, ma'am
VO: Is your husband studying or working?
Me: He is currently working
Vo: Does he travel often?
Me: Yes he does travel often, the last was on Nov 2017 for the wedding.
VO: (looks at the screen) Is your husband on H1b?
Me: Yes ma'am, he got is H1b in Oct 2018.
VO: Gives me the form 214(b)
I am not sure what was wrong here. I and my husband don't intend to stay in the US, as we are both the only child for our parents. just because I wanted to do my masters here and the duration of the course and my husband's visa end date are almost matching, we decided that I shall go for an F1 visa interview. But dint go well. Can you please give us your suggestion, will it be ok if I go for F1 again with valid documents (Property, bank balance) or should I get H4 Visa?
I have a situation with my I94 which shows no records available when i try to download.
Recently i moved my SEVIS to University of the cumberlands with Day1 CPT.
I used my OPT 3 years and my F1 visa was expired on 27th Dec 2018.
Can i work here with active SEVIS or do i need to go back for stamping?
I contacted DHS regarding same, they send me document to correct my i94, can DHS resolve issue or is there any place I need to go?, will day 1 cpt cause issued with my i94 correction/update
U.S. F1 Student Visa Interview, U.S. Consulate General, Karachi
The post is just of how was my expreience and please suggest/comments for further process/steps for the solution of success in Visa.
Visa Interview First attempt in February 2019. U.S. Consulate General Karachi.
Visa Status: Denied (Without any reason)
The interview was just 5 minutes long and dialogue during the interview between me and the Consular Officer are given below in the email. Consular Officer is a man around the age of 37 years old and Interview held in U.S. Consulate General, Karachi, Pakistan.
When I reached in Consulate General, Security officer told me around 200 people daily came for an interview. During the queue, I observed and listened that 98% of persons are Visa denied. This is true that according to my observation approx. 95% Visa was denied. Even whatever of Visa type such as Visitor, Student, meeting with a family, F1, F2, B1, B2, H1 etc.
VO: Good morning. ME: Good morning.
VO: Give me your passport. ME: passed the passport.
VO: Which program are you going to study? ME: Master's in Computer Science in the field of Data Science Track.
VO: When the classes will start? ME: May 6, 2019.
VO: He was wondering in May 2019. (It is my view that normally most of the U.S. Universities semester begins in September Intake.) ME: I explained that there are four Entries for International students and I have chosen MAY, 2019 entry for admission
VO: No, another admission letter. ME: I asked I-20? and passed to VO.
VO: He checked I-20 and tell there is \\\\\\\$25,130 and \\\\\\\$25,130 around total \\\\\\\$50,000. ME: Yes.
VO: Who is paying your Fee? ME: Myself.
VO: Give me your bank statement. ME: Given and Explain. There are \\\\\\\$6,000 Initial Fee that mentioned on I-20 Form and after this University given me extensive financial aid through CPT.
VO: Have you paid Fee? ME: I said not.
VO: Can you explain to me, I didn't understand? ME: Explain again, CPT is Curricular practical training that is part of the degree program. VO was not understood Curricular practical training then further, I explained Curricular Practical training is an internship and University will help using Bank lown to tuition Fee, I will pay monthly-basis Financial Aid Fee.
VO: Bank statement and Bank letter. He didn't check and see anything after passing him. ME: I was just looking at him.
VO: He was typing on Computer. ME: You are not eligible.
VO: He given me the white paper slip. ME: I asked did you mentioned the reason and I left the counter.
One point I want to add here, I have previously Schengen Visa and good travel history record in Europe and they didn't ask anything.
After this, I have talked with a consultant. He told me they are not accepting Visas from our country and some of the students also denied for Visa even they got admission. He told me they will reject again. I think their policy is just rejecting and Consular Officer mentally prepare for Visa rejecting, However, you completed everything and all documents :). If there is some other country then maybe they will accept.
I've been so upset owing to the delay in my J-1 visa due to 221g. I am a postdoctoral fellow at the NIH and have been in India since September 28th, 2018 with no intimation on when my case will be updated. I have lost my paycheck and my experiments are at a standstill. To make matters worse, my apartment is still under a lease and my savings have run dry as I am paying rent on a zero income salary. This has been the worst phase of my life.
Here are some details about my case
Case created: October 1st, 2018
Interview date: October 3rd, 2018 in Mumbai
Case last updated: October 4th, 2018.
On October 5th, 2018 I sent supplemental documents namely details about my 15 year employment history, residential addresses, family and social media presence. In the past 4.5 months, I have contacted the state senator, and also contacted the US consulate in Mumbai several times, but haven't received anything but a generic response.
I know that a lot of US visa applicants share in my anxiety and stress and I wanted to share my experience with the community. I have just been asked to "hang in there"and that is what I am doing right now.
I will be forever grateful for any advice from community members. I wish everyone all the very best and lots of strength if you are going through visa issues.
Hey guys I’m an F1 student, and I just got my associate degree in Fall 2018... So I decided not to take any classes this SP19 and work under the OPT program before pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Engineering. It’s now been 61 days since I applied for an EAD card as an F1 student (OPT). I actually applied for that on dec 7 2018. The processing time for Potomac Service Center is 3.5 through 5.5 months.
Since I should start working by March and knowing that my application would possibly not get approved by then, I am wondering WHAT I SHOULD DO IN ORDER NOT TO LOSE MY F1 STATUS. Any ideas will be welcome.
I was ready and my VAC appointment was done the previous day.
"Keep a very calm mind before your interview ! ".
I rehearsed and practiced all my possible expected interview questions and answers. This gave me a lot of confidence.
DO NOT BE AFFECTED BY REJECTIONS HAPPENING RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES.
So at sharp 12:00 pm they let me go inside the US Consulate after collecting my mobile and performing all security checks right outside the entry to the US Consulate.
Then all of us were lead to the hall where the visa interviews were taking place.
Here we can actually see more than 10 visa interview booths. Here we can see people being interviewed and Approved/Rejected right in front of us.
Although I had prepared my mind to NOT be affected by any rejections happening once I am inside, a few of the rejections slightly panicked me.
But to my surprise, one other F2 visa was approved.
I waited for my turn and I was called for the interview after over 30 minutes.
PRACTICE helped me a lot to get through the interview with CONFIDENCE and POISE and SMILE ON THE FACE.
Greeted the VO with a smile and wished him "Good Afternoon" :)
VO : When did you get married ?
Me : told the date of my marriage.
VO: Can you please hand over your I-20 ?
Me: "Here you go" . Gave him my I-20
VO: What does your husband do in the United States?
Me: He works as an xyz
VO: Yours is an Arranged marriage or Love Marriage?
Me: Love Marriage sir. I have known my husband for around five years of which over two years has been a long distance relationship.
(VO gets happy and has a smile on his faces and says, "Wow.! Good for you. :)"
VO: What are you planning to do in the United States?
Me: As we are newly married, I want to go and stay with my husband during the initial time of our marriage and focus on my marriage. I also want to support and take care of my husband.
VO: Can I please see your Marriage Certificate? And in case IF you have any pictures....?
Me: Sure sir. Here you go . You can take a look at my Marriage Certificate, Wedding Album as well as the invitation.
(He seemed pretty impressed by then. He had a smile on his face and again kept saying 'Good for you!')
VO: Till when is your Husband's Initial OPT valid?
Me: His Initial OPT is valid until July this year.
(This is a very crucial Question. This question can give you approval or can get you straight away rejected. So the trick here is to NOT STOP BY JUST SAYING YOUR HUSBAND’S OPT END DATE. Continue to give the VO a reason and explanation as to why you want to be with him even though his OPT end date is only few days away)
VO: That is 6 months from now.....**And he thinks...**
Me: I understand that its 6 months now. But we are newly married and I really want to go and stay with my husband during the initial time of our marriage. I want to focus and work on my marriage during my stay.
VO: When are you planning to travel to the United States ?
Me: In the next couple of weeks I will be travelling to the US. I need to wrap up all my work here and finish my pending projects at office. After which I will be travelling to the US.
VO: **Smiles** I am approving your Visa. Please collect your passport from the designated place.
Me: Sure. Thank You..
ME: When can I expect to get my Passport?
VO: Within the next 7 days you will be receiving your passport. Please take your documents *Hands me over my wedding album , invitation and my marriage certificate*.
He then Hands me a GREEN Slip.
GOT my Visa Stamped Passport within 5 days time.
After the interview, I was extremely happy and I immediately called my husband to let him know the good news.
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