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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 YYYY 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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F1 visa denied

I'm originally from Congo DR, but I have been living in South Africa for few years now. I was lucky enough to receive a soccer scholarship from a college in Kansas McPherson. The college sent me the acceptance letter and the I-20 form. It was my first time applying and doing everything by myself. I paid the SEVIS fee and everything that was required from the school. I applied twice for an F1 visa at the US consulate general in Johannesburg and both times they denied me a visa.
The first time, the officer told me he wanted to see a bank statement that shows the amount written on my I-20, which was $24000, like I said before it was my first time applying so I didn't know which bank statement to show, that day i only brought a bank statement that matches the amount on my scholarship, which was $4000. I got denied for that.
The second time, I came with a bank statement that matches the amount on the I-20 but that officer denied me a visa as well, he said he needs to see original bank statements and an original scholarship letter from the school.
Now I'm kind of scared to go back an reapply again because every time they ask for something else, it's really tiring and it's not like the application fee is refundable. The first officer didn't say anything about the original bank statement, and now the second doesn't wanna only see that but he also needs an original scholarship letter. I don't know what the third will ask at this point.

Can somebody please tell me what I need to do to get pass through this process? which documents I need from my side and what I need to ask the school to send me so that I don't have problems next time I apply.

Thank you!
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F1 visa

I got my visa rejected twice the first interview was on July 24 time 9:30 in the morning and it went on like this...

Me: Good morning mam
VO:which was your passed out year?
Me:this year 2017
VO: what is your percentage?
Me: 70% with zero backlogs
VO: what is your gre score?
VO:who is sponsoring you?
Me:my father
VO: what does he do?
Me: he is an agriculturist
VO: what is his annual income?
Me: 12 Lakhs per annum
VO: what does he grow?
Me: paddy
VO: how many acres?
VO: can you show me your passbook?
Me: first passed on the fixed deposit bonds and savings bank statements then she again asked for passbook then I passed the passbook looked at it for a while...
VO: sorry sir this time you are not getting ur visa and gave me letter containing 214b and told me this form will explain you why...

I thought that since I don't have educational loan and may be I am not financially strong enough so she rejected I planned to go with my educational loan next time...

Got my educational loan sanctioned for 20 lakhs took the letter Along with other FD bonds and statements and went for the interview

Second interview on august 10 morning 11:30

Again got the same VO the second time so she sent me to the other counter where a male VO is taking the interview I was waiting for my turn..

VO: hello sir
Me:good morning sir, how are you?
VO:fine,how do you do?
Me:fine sir
VO: have you attend your visa interview before?
Me: yes sir
VO:which was your passed out year?
VO:what was your gpa or percentage?
Me:70% with zero backlogs
VO: saw my i 20 why fdu?
Me: talked about university...
VO: stopped me in the middle and asked how you are going to manage your expenses?
Me: I have an educational loan of 20 lakhs and my sponsors got liquid cash of 15 lakhs 9lakhs in the form of FDs and 6 Lakhs in my sisters account as she is also working in TCS as a software developer...
VO:what does your parents do?
Me: my father is an agriculturist and my mother is a homemaker
VO: what is his annual income?
Me:12 Lakhs
VO: how many acres?
Me:26 acres

Thought for a while told me unfortunately you are not getting your visa this time and gave me the 214b section letter...

I was in shock that what might me the reason for my rejection I couldn't sort it out...can anyone please suggest me the changes I need to make to get my visa approved I am planning to go my third interview next week...

Thank you.
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complicated case but VISA aproved.
Hi all,

I'm writing in today to just tell you if you are reading this - just stay positive. Everything will fall in to place.
Here is my profile:

- Visited USA on Visitor Visa B2 Aug 2013
- Did COS to F-1 Nov 2013. Joined a community college who luckily gave me admission.
- Went out of F-1 status in December 2015.
- College was not informing me, I found out and I decided to just leave.

That was the biggest mistake. Never leave. Just take help. Go to Mexico for stamping. Bigger lesson learnt is never screw up immigration issues. Always be a lawful resident.

- Returned to India Jan 2016
- Re-appeared for F-1 interview July 2016 - REJECTED. Informed me I clearly violated all the rules and to re-apply for next year. He luckily did not revoke/cancel my B2 VISA.
- I struggled to manage in India, but I stayed persistent and applied for F-1 again in March 2017 (not giving up so soon :-) )

GUESS? My VISA went into Administrative Processing. i was pretty sure that I came in their database records regarding overstay/violation/previous refusal.

But I guess things had to fall in place. I got my VISA issued. Can't believe that I'm writing this. All those sleepless nights of ambition have come true. Just stay persistent. I went with an approach that USA is not the only country on the earth left, so don't be disheartened - and I got it :-)

- Greet the officer. You set the tone of the interview
- Be confident. I know that it is overrated, but it is true.
- Speak good english. I see many students stammering and that's not a confident sign .
- Have faith. Everything is going to be okay.

I know that it is easy to say, but I've been in your position - trust me, when it has to happen, it will.

Good Luck all!

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