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Renewing F-1 as a PhD student
I first received an F-1 visa in Aug 2013, to enter the US as a PhD student. I
had interviewed in Chennai. I received a 221(g), and the visa was issued in 8

The F-1 expired in Jul 2017. Since I had received a 221(g), I could not use the
dropbox option, and had to interview for a renewal. I interviewed in Dec 2017,
in Chennai. The interview was brief. I was asked to show my I-20, expired F-1
visa, SEVIS I-901 fee receipt. I showed the receipt from my payment in 2013. I
was asked for a resume. I was asked the approximate monthly stipend I received,
aside from tuition support. I was asked how much longer my PhD was going to
take. My answer was 1 year.

I received a 221(g) again. The visa was issued in 3.5 weeks. I was tracking the
status of the visa online (at Once created, my
case was not updated for about 3 weeks. Once the status was updated to say that
the visa was under processing (I forget the exact term displayed), it was issued
the next day. The visa was renewed till Dec 2021.
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F1 restamping in Vancouver
Time to give back to the forum.
Interview date: December 6, 2017
Appointment time: 8:00 am
Visa type: F1 (re-stamping, MS-> PhD)
In the interview, asked for resume and detailed letter of research. I was given the 221 g yellow form, and asked to email these two documents. I emailed the documents on the same day (December 6) at 12:00pm.
December 6 Status: Admin Processing
Until January 3 Status: Admin Processing
On January 4: Last status update date changed to January 4 @ 2:30pm Canada time.
On January 5: Status changed to Issued @ 8:30 am.
On January 5: 9:00 am received email from consulate with tracking number.
On January 6: 9:00 am received email from Canada post that passport is available for pickup.
On January 6: 6 pm flew back to US. Immigration happened at Vancouver, very smooth, no questions asked. Also, I got a security clearance date on my visa: Date: December 29, 2017.
Thank you to all those who helped me with my questions.
Good luck to others with the interview and AP.
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F1 Visa status Administrative Processing
I had applied for my F1 visa for Spring 2018, on December 14th 2017. I was told my Visa is approved.
Today after 4 working days the status still shows Administrative processing. Someone else who had applied after me has received their Visa.
I have googled for answers and they seem to all say it could take 60 days.
I am really on tender hooks and want to know how and if I will be given a visa.
If someone has had a similar experience or has any knowledge on the matter please do respond
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limitations for a holder of a J2 Research fellowship visa to the USA
I have a question regarding limitations for a holder of a J2 Research fellowship visa to the USA.
My friend just got a 1 year extension for the visa (after been 1 year in the state).
We have a very important reunion in Amsterdam this coming January.
He said that his visa has some limitations and he can not attend the reunion in Amsterdam as he will not be able to enter the USA and the only way is to pass through the US embassy in the country of his Origin.
Is this correct?
How can we solve this issue and have him come for the reunion in Amsterdam without having problems going back to the USA after the weekend.
Thanks in advance for your help.
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I received 221g at delhi consulate on 12th dec.I was given a slip and asked to upload the documents ticked in the white slip(resume, research, work exp, travel history, purpose of visit). I have submitted them and received an automated mail saying it would take 4-6 weeks for additional processing. I would like to know the processing time for this as my college starts on January 8th. Can I go to my college this Spring? Thank you, for your time.
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f1 visa approved at hyderabad consultate
Got a token number of 16 >> (1 + 6 ==7 ) its my lucky number
VO: Hello Sir !.. How are you doing today ?
Me : Fine Sir
VO : Can you pass me on your i20 and passport
Me : Yes sir , sure
VO : Which university Sir ?
Me : Valparaiso university
VO : Why this university?
Me : This university has got the specialization relating to my work experience . And also the courses mobile computing and cyber security are related to my experience .
     They also have a 3D virtual education system ,where students are taught virtually in a 3D virtual world.
VO : When did you graduate ?
Me : 2009
VO : What you have been doing all these years?
Me : I worked in few companies and currently working in TCS
VO : Since how many years have you been working
Me : 1.8 years sir
VO : Whats your previous company prior to TCS
Me : told the company name
VO : What all universities you applied
Me : Harrisburg , Longisland brooklyn, Concordia university and Valapraiso
VO : Whats your GPA
Me : 64 %
VO : Whats your GRE?
Me : 297
VO : How many backlogs?
Me : 8
VO : How are you sponsoring your education?
Me : Through bank loan from syndicate bank and my father would be sponsoring my living expenses
VO : Whats your father ?
Me : He works in state organization as supervisor
VO : Whats his income?
Me : told XXX lacks
VO : What about savings ?
Me : He has XX lacs in form of FDs and XX lacs in his PF account .
VO : What kind of work would you like to work ,once you come back.
Me : I would like to work on mobile application development relating to augmented and virtual reality technolgy.
VO : OK sir ..thank you . your visa is issued.
Me : thank you sir , thank you.

Left the counter with lots of joy and enthusiasm. Was on the top of the world as that VO made my day.
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rejection of f2 visa under section 214(b)
Hi my name is Sahithi. i was rejected for f2 visa on 13th november, 2017.. the visa counslate asked me 4 question as follows
VC: hi, Goodmorning
Me: Hi, good morning
VC: What is your spouse name?
Me: told.
VC: he completed his studies ?
Me: Yes,he completed his studies .Now he is in OPT.
VC: when he completed his studies?
VC: When did you get married?
Me: told date.
VC:where he is working?
Me:told company name.
VC:where he is living?
Me:told place.
VC: when is his OPT getting valid upto?
ME: his OPT is valid upto Febryary,2017.
VC: M sorry you do not qualify for this visa, thanks

He gave me one paper which states that my visa is rejected under section 214(b) but he didn't explain me the reason why did he rejected my visa, he didn't even bothered to see my marriage certificate or any kind of marriage proof. i want to know what reason made him reject the visa. i want to reapply so wat care shud i take frm now onwards........
thnks in advance.
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F1 visa stamping in Canada
Does anyone get F1 visa stamp done from Canada. visa status changed from B1/B2 to F1.
Need heip--- TIA
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See below my J1 waiver based on hardship application timeline. The length was almost exactly a year.

Background of our case:

2009 :J-1 visa obtained with US funds for a 2 month program

2010: Came to the US for grad school with a F-1 visa

2014 - 2017: Used OPT and OPT STEM extension to work

2016: South American and American Citizen marry

Late 2016: With the help of a team of experienced lawyers in J1 waivers we applied to the hardship waiver based on: medical and psychological hardship, career disruption, economic disruption, and severe political and social conditions in the home country

Couple has no kids

I know how hard and painful this process is. But believe it or not one day it will be over! I can't believe I no longer have to check the j1waiver website everyday. I promise myself that once our case was finalized and I would share our case with other J1 waiver fellows.

Wish you the best, stay positive, stay busy!

Office Item Action Date
USCIS Form I-612 Received October 19 2016
DOS Fee Received November 02 2016
DOS Form DS-3035 Received November 02 2016
DOS Form DS-2019 Received November 02 2016
DOS Passport Data Page Received November 02 2016
DOS Form G-28 Received November 02 2016
DOS Statement of Reason Received November 02 2016
USCIS Non-USCIS advisory opinion March 31 2017
DOS Form I-612 Received April 04 2017
DOS Form I-613 Received April 04 2017
DOS Request for Sponsor Views Sent April 05 2017
DOS Sponsor Views Received September 11 2017
DOS Recommendation Sent October 10 2017
USCIS Approval October 17 2017
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F1 Visa Decline at USA Consulate in Dubai, UAE
Here is my F1 interview at US consulate in Dubai
Date : Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 at 8:30am

Why Associate degree? I answered that I had my bachelor of Science since 2001 and have been a while from studying as I was devoting my time to work. I believe that Associate degree can provide the flexible curriculums to refresh the memory, besides, I can transfer the credit to a 4 year bachelor degree and then I can proceed with Master.

Married ? Yes

Why spouse not accompany you? Due to her work commitments and kids's school. However, they have valid US visit visa and they will not stay longer than a month to accompany me.

End of the Interview with rejection.

Please assist...elaborate the mistakes I have undergone to avoid in the second attempt.
Will you advise for second attempt as Community College for associate degree? Shall I have my family with me F2.

Please advise.
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