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F2 Visa approved in 3rd attempt- Chennai Cosulate - During STEM OPT
I would like to share my Wife's F2 Visa Experience

We got married in February, Attempted for F2 Visa Thrice
1st Attempt - 28th Feb 2018
2nd Attempt - 27th Mar 2018
3rd Attempt - 4th Oct 2018

1st two attempts I was on F1 Initial OPT, so there is not much time left on my OPT so it got rejected. Both the times they gave 214(b)

[B]1st Attempt Interview:[/B]
28th Feb 2018
VO: Good Morning, What's your purpose of Visit
Wife: I got married recently, so I am going to be with my husband to support him
VO: What is he doing?
Wife: He completed his Master's and started Working in so and so company
VO: Can I see your spouse's I-94?
Wife: she gave I-94 along with Travel history, They started asking more questions on travel history which she couldn't explain.

They sent her to a different counter, there the VO asked few questions like what does your husband like and what is your dream destination, how do you know each other and refused the Visa by giving 214(b)

In this attempt I was there in India and in I-94 it reflected that I am not in USA, so that's the reason I believe they rejected.

[B]2nd attempt[/B]
Not much change in my status with OPT expiring on Aug 2nd,We never should have tried without my STEM-Extension approved
VO: Good Morning, What's your purpose
Wife: Going to support my husband in F2 Visa
VO: Can I see your Husband's OPT card?
Wife: Shown the documents
VO: Can I see your Marriage Certificate?
Wife: Shown the Document

VO: Sorry we cannot approve your visa this time, Your status did not change much after your first attempt
the interviewer gave the 214(b)
Wife: Can you say what home ties I'm missing, I have all the supporting documents. Or which Visa should I try?
VO: Sorry mam, I cannot share all those details with you, You can try next time

[B]3rd Attempt[/B]
This time we waited long, Did lot of preparation.
1)Adding spouse name in Passport
2)Waited for my OPT Extension to be approved
3)Changed to a better job.
4)Got help from an Immigration attorney called Murthy Immigration Services.

Took care in filing all the details perfectly in the DS-160, In the refusals section fill in with all the details needed - In what way your status is different from the previous attempts.
In my first two attempts DS-160 I did not fill the sponsor section properly. I left it as self sponsor which means herself sponsoring her trip,
She do not have a job and they would have decided that she can't afford for the trip

She had a couple of Mock Interviews given by the attorney which helped a lot I believe.

The interview went like this
VO: Good Morning, Mam
Wife: Good Morning Nice to meet you
VO: Whats the purpose of your visit
Wife: <This time she elaborated the answer> I going on F2 visa to support my husband who is pursuing his OPT in SO and so Company, He got two more years left on the OPT which ends on Aug 2020
VO: What is his salary?
WIfe: Told the salary
VO: Oh that's nice, Can I see your Husband's EAD copies
Wife: Yes Sure, <Gave the both EAD copies?
VO: Can I see the Employer verification Letter?
Wife: Gave the document
VO: Fine, When did you get married?
Wife: told the date
VO: How many guests attended your marriage?
Wife: Told the approximate count
VO: So what are your plans after your husband's OPT expire, are you planning to stay in US?
Wife: We will come back to India and plan our family because apart from us no one is in USA.
VO: So you have some properties in your name?
Wife: No, we don't have properties on our name but my father-in-law have many properties, I can show the documents if you need to see
VO: No that's fine, I am approving your Visa enjoy your stay, We will mail your passport in 2 days. <She ran out happy from the place after collecting the I20>

So that's our experience guys. Hope it will help someone
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Damaged visa
Hello All,

I am from India, I did my Masters in US and graduated in the year 2017 May. Current status is F1 and work authorization is EAD-OPT(Stem Extension). Unfortunately my F1-visa and passport is damaged. I re-applied for passport here at Chicago Indian Embassy. I got a new passport. I would need to go to INDIA for stamping.

Could some one please help me on this situation. What should I do now?

If I go to India, what are the chances on Visa getting Approved?

I am currently working as a full time employee for an American company, and my EAD-OPT is valid until 2020 May. .

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F2 visa status showing different in every link

My wife applied for F2 visa.

Interview date: 23 Aug

Visa status : Administrative processing
Passport tracker status: There is no status update available for the passport number submitted
Status in site: Your passport is still with US embassy
Status while email at [email protected] : Delivered to post

Why the status are completely different in each place? I don't know what does that mean. Please help
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F2 visa approval chance while on F1 STEM OPT

I'm currently on F1 STEM OPT and expires in May 2020. My wifi has an F2 visa interview in Dec 2018. What are the chances of getting the visa? I read through a couple of posts and got to know that the visa officer straight away rejects visa if the F1 candidate is on STEM OPT. So there is no way to get a spouse on F2 while I am on STEM OPT?
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Please Help

Currently I'm in OPT status(valid till 02/02/2019). My H1B got approved and it wont take effect until 10/01/2018. But I want to remain in OPT status because I got a job offer from one of the company and I'll get my Marriage based EAD with in 2-3 months.

My current employer agreed to cancel my H1B. If I cancel my H1B will I go back to my OPT status?

Please help
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M1 visa
Good day Sir/ma
Please I intend to apply for M1 Visa, I need your help and advice on what I need to do and what documents I would need to put together...

Hope to read from you soonest, thanks.
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Delay in visa
I applied for the F1 visa and had my visa interview on 5th July and the consulate didn't ask for any documents and said that the visa is approved.
However, its 30 July today and the site still says that it is under administrative processing and the last updated date also remains the same as that of the interview i.e 5th July.
I have booked my flight tickets for 8th August and have tried every means to get in touch with them but nothing positive is coming out of it.
Please let me know if any of you have faced a similar issue and in case there is any possible way to do something
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F1 Visa interview Experience after abandoning COS from H4 to F1
Hi all, I recently attended F1 visa interview at chennai consulate by travelling back to India. I am currently in H4 status and applied for COS to change to F1 in US but unfortunately decided to abandon it due to slow processing times.

I went to the consulate expecting many questions on why F1, Why did you abandon COS, Plans post graduation etc etc. I was very very nervous when I saw the VO in the counter I was sent to just rejected a guy for F1 and called the applicant before me to the counter. After a very long 15 minute interview she rejected ever her. At this point I was literally super nervous and all I could do was to pray that it will go through fine for me.

VO: Good morning ma'am.
Me: Hi, Very Good morning ma'am.
VO: Pass me the passport and documents
Me: Here is my I20 SEVIS and passport
VO: Just the I20 would do with passport please
Me: Okay
VO: So you are going to XX college??
Me: Yes Ma'am. that is correct
VO: Why this college??
Me: Maam , this college has provided me a good GRA funding which will cover significant portion of my tution fees. Also I completed my undergrad from a very reputed college in India and wanted to pursue masters from equally reputed university US. Thats why.
VO: okay. So how are you funding the rest of the fees
Me: Ma'am my husband will sponsor for rest of the tution fees
VO: Your scores ma'am
VO: Plans post MBA??
Me: Ma'am , ,my husbands visa is expiring around the same time of my graduation so we are both coming back to India once I complete my course.
VO: Sounds good! I'm keeping your passport ma'am, your visa is approved!!!

I was like thats all?? Yayyy!!!! I ran out of the consulate with a huge smile on my face. I was very surprised that she had no questions on my COS, why F1, or anything else. Its important to apply to a good reputed college and also score well in your entrance exams. Beyond this unless you have filed for PERM or GC or have been out of status anytime in US, It should generally go fine.
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J1 Visa administrative processing
Hi guys i had my visa interview on 20th of June 2018 in Mumbai.
Everything went good the visa officer Had asked me few questions like:-
1) what you do for leaving
2) When did you complete you graduation in Hotel Management.
3) The Duration of the course.

Then he asked me to show him the documents for the same i showed him my final year results and degree along with that i also gave him my DS-160 and DS-2019.
He checked everything and then he started typing something in the computer after few minutes he gave a Green slip with a tick mark on the column where it was mentioned that your application needs further administrative processing.

The Visa officer also kept my passport and informed me that within a week i will be receiving a mail from the consulate on the update of my visa application but till now I haven’t received any update its been 3 weeks now.

Any idea or suggestions what I should do.
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F2 Visa Rejected for my wife
I came to US in the year 2015 July. I completed my masters from ACCT in march 2017 and I got my opt in May 2017. I got married in 2017 OCT. I came into US without any issues in immigration. and in December my schools got shutdown, so I have joined in second masters in “Campbells university” and then transfer to UC because in near to me, and started working on my (Day1) CPT. By here the first half of my story was completed.

Coming to the 2nd half, July 2018 my wife went for F2 Visa interview and got rejected by giving 214(b) and they said, she is not eligible to apply. Visa Officer asked my Visa and I20's, by the way my i20 valid till Dec 2019 visa will expire on june 2020. Please check the below conversation between my wife and VO.

VO: Why are you going to US

To stay with my husband

Vo: Can I have your husband I20

Vo: when did you married


Vo: since how long your husband is in US

3 years

Vo: how many schools did he changed till now

3 schools

VO: Why didn’t you go with your husband
To complete my studies, I stayed back

Vo: Sorry you are not eligible to apply for this visa.

He gave 214(b) and rejected.

Do I need to send her again to Visa interview or Do she need to apply for visiting visa?

Can you guys please give your suggestions on this. Ans also how to answer on the second masters with day1 CPT if the question arises.

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