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H1b to F1 change of status
I am living in USA for 8 years, came here to do Masters and am settled here since then.

- My H1b expires on Dec 5th 2014, would have completed 6 years on his H1b visa on Dec 5th 2014.
- I am currently employed with a consulting company and am working with a financial firm as a consultant. My Perm is in process but it could take a few months for approval.
- In the meanwhile, I have obtained an admit MBA program and have an I-20 and applied for change of status to F1 on 11/25/2014 so I can continue to work on F1 using CPT.

I am hoping to get my F1 done by the time the semester starts i.e 10th Jan to get the CPT, otherwise I would have to wait for one semester for CPT and quit my job. My employer is asking me to quit my job until I get my CPT or perm approval. Is there a way I can continue to work ? Can obtaining F1 be expedited ?

Thank you!
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Applied for only one university and got admission.Will it create problem in F1 visa interview? help
I applied for UCLA Extension to join a Certificate course in Web Analytics and Social Media. I got I20 few weeks back from the university.
I applied for only UCLA Extension.

I did not apply for any other universities for 3 reasons
1. No other university in USA offer this course which I wanted and also the package of subjects I wanted to study.
2. The course I have chosen in UCLA Extension is completely related to my 3 years work experience.
2. When it comes to continuing education programs/certificate programs UCLA Extension is the world best so no thinking twice.

Are the above explanations enough to convince the Visa Officer to get my F1 visa approved?
I finished my post graduation in Business Management with 70% and 3 years work experience in Analytics and Social Media field.
My TOEFL score is 79 and I was about to retake but I contacted the Co-Founder of UCLA Extension through mail he replied me back saying that my score is enough and no need to retake and later he helped me through out the application process.

How to convince Visa Officer about my low TOEFL score and how to give a strong reasonable explanation for applying for only one university. Pls help
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F1 and F2 visa granted
After a long time I am posting my experience.As recently my wife got F2 visa.I searched through web and I didn't find as many visa experience for F2.So this might be helpful to others.
I got my visa in second trial.My wife got visa in first trial after 1 and half year.
Her experience is as below.
My wife was saying that VO was a lady and so beautiful and so soft speaker.She was so positive in attitude.

My wife : Good morning mam.

VO:Good morning.What visa are you applying for?

My wife : F2 visa

VO : Who is studying in USA?

My wife : My husband.

VO: Can I see your husband I-20 and Visa?

My wife passed copy of my I-20 and visa.

VO: How long your husband has been studying ?

My wife : 1 and half year.
VO: May I see your I-20?

 My wife passed her I-20.

VO: How long have you been married ?

My wife: 1.5 years.

VO : How long had you been with each other ?

My wife : 1 month.

VO: How did you meet? is this love or arranged marriage?Who arranged your meeting? How your parents know each other? May i see marriage photographs? how many people were invited in marriage?

My wife :answered all this questions in best of knowledge and show her marriage photos.

VO: (while looking at pictures, she got a big smile )OK,congratulations.Your visa has been approved.
  
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B2 visa for 21 year old unmarried son
Hello, I'm new to this forum. I'm currently a J-1 visa holder under the Teacher Exchange Program and I'm from the Philippines. I've been in the USA for just about 4 months. My question is can I invite my 21 year old unmarried son to come visit me here in the US in the winter holidays maybe. He's still in college and in his 3rd year already. It would be the first time for him to apply for a visa. I will be sponsoring his trip and he'll be staying at my apartment. Is there be chance for him to be approved a tourist visa? What are the other documents he needs to bring on his embassy interview aside an Invitation Letter from me and an Itinary? Does he need to show a proof of funds? If so, how much would it be, if he's gonna stay for about 30-60 Days? I would like to ask for your opinions/suggestions regarding this matter. Thank you very much and hope to hear from you soon!

Additional info:
My husband and two minor children (ages 14 and 17) will be applying for J-2 dependent visas this coming October or November.
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B2 visa for 21 year old unmarried son
Hello, I'm new to this forum. I'm currently a J-1 visa holder under the Teacher Exchange Program and I'm from the Philippines. I've been in the USA for just about 4 months. My question is can I invite my 21 year old unmarried son to come visit me here in the US in the winter holidays maybe. He's still in college and in his 3rd year already. It would be the first time for him to apply for a visa. I will be sponsoring his trip and he'll be staying at my apartment. Is there be chance for him to be approved a tourist visa? What are the other documents he needs to bring on his embassy interview aside an Invitation Letter from me and an Itinerary? Does he need to show a proof of funds? If so, how much would it be, if he's gonna stay for about 30-60 Days? I would like to ask for your opinions/suggestions regarding this matter. Thank you very much and hope to hear from you soon!

Additional info:
My husband and two minor children (ages 14 and 17) will be applying for J-2 dependent visas this coming October or November.
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Request for help
Hi,
    My Husband is on f1 visa and is about to complete his graduation in december 2014. Am planning to apply for f2 visa in october 2014 and even my in-laws are applying for visiting visa in the same month. It would be of great help if anybody would suggest us, whether my in-laws and i can apply at the same time or else who should apply first.

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H-4 to F-1 Visa Transfer Experience
I am happy to share this experience as I feel this would benefit more people.

I was pleasantly surprised by the interview experience, cordial talk and the methodical approach by people at Mumbai consulate.
An interview which was faster than I thought it would be and I had the stamp confirmation by the end of 15 minutes.

Very specific questions that I was asked:
1. Why are you doing a second Masters and what is your plan after that.
2. Why are you converting from H-4 to F-1.
3. How do you plan to pay for your tuition.
4. Show the financial documents to support the same.
5. How long would you be on OPT and what are your plans after that.
6. What does your husband do and company he works for.

The gentleman interviewing me was always smiling and welcoming. Treated the anxious moments with patience especially when
I was trying to find required documentation.

I would say 3 things to keep in mind:
1. Smile and tell them the truth.
2. Do not attempt to hide any information and say stuff that can catch you later on.
3. Fill in documentation correctly and clarify if you have any gaps etc. on your visa/ related issues. In short don't lie, and you should
 be all good.

I hope this helps!
Thank you!
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B1/B2 - Saudi Arabia Consulate
Thanks immihelp for flourishing with valuable information about B1/B2 visa interview, My elder brother’s VISA got approved today (19-8-2014) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, he just follow this website and read various case scenarios. He applied for B1/B2 visa as he wanted to attend an event related to his field in US.

Manuscript as follows:-

Bro: Good morning Sir. ( I handed over the passport along with the employment letter and bank statement in a white plastic folder these documents were arranged by another officer who took finger scan)
VO: Good morning.

VO: Do you want to visit this YYYY event ? (While looking into the computer)
Bro: Yes

VO: How long you are in Saudi Arabia?
Bro: X years

VO: Are you working for full time with this company?
Bro: Yes

VO: How did u know about this event, who advised you?
Bro: last year one of my team member have attended YYYY event in Chicago and he said it was a remarkable experience and it's a must visit.

VO: Who is sponsoring your visit?
Bro: Self sponsored (VO officer looked at bank statements and bank certificate)

VO: What is your annual salary?
Bro: ZZZ

VO: How is this event helpful to you ?
Bro: Answered (exact to the point)

After this VO was continuously typing something for 15-20 seconds.

Then he said your "VISA IS APPROVED" and you will receive the pp within 5 working days.

I said THANK YOU Sir and left.

Tips:
1. Keep calm and relax, answer only what is asked.
2. Your confidence is the key factor and the decider of the interview outcome.
3. Just go with the flow and be natural.
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H4 to F1 w/o COS
Hi,

I was very much benefitted from these forums and thought I'd share my experience to help others.

Background:

I have been to USA before on f2 visa and h4 visa when my husband was on f1 visa (opt) and h1 visa respectively. My husband hasn't applied for green card yet.

After one year of my stay in USA I applied to two universities to pursue masters in management information systems and I received admits from both. I completed two semesters(online) from xxx university on h4 visa.

I didn't apply for COS from h4 to f1 in USA. I was in India for a month in July 2014 and attended my visa interview at Hyderabad consulate.

Education profile:
BS in Biotech 80%
MBA 78%
GRE : 299
TOEFL: 103
CGPA ( current masters): 4.0

Interview (8:30 am)

VO: hello
Me: hi
VO: please give me your i20 and passport?
Me: ( gave)
VO: what's your under-graduation % ?
Me: xx percent
VO: when did you undergraduate ?
Me : told year
VO: what's your MBA % ?
Me : xx percent
VO: are you currently on h4?
Me: yes
VO: when will it expire?
Me: told year
VO: what visa is your husband on?
Me: h1b
VO: when will it expire?
Me. Same. Xxx month and xxxx year.
VO: where does he work?
Me: xxxx company
VO: looks like you are already a student at xxx university?
Me: yup. I completed two semesters from xxx university.
VO: how far is this university from where you currently stay?
Me: three hours
VO: how do you plan to commute?
Me: I am planning to move to university housing once I am back in USA
VO: what's your current CGPA ?
Me: 4.0

That's great. All the very best for the rest of your semesters. Your visa is approved.

( VO didn't ask me to show any docs. I only gave him my I-20 and passport in the beginning when asked)

Thank you,
Patty
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F1 visa rejected and then approved in 2nd attempt
Hello,
My F1 visa got reject on 1st attempt.
VO: which Univ?
Me: said the univ's name
VO: Who is sponsoring you?
me: Myself
VO: what is your savings?
me: said whatever savings I had
VO: sorry we cannot process your visa.

Never say "self" as sponsor. Always show your parents, father or father + you. By saying self you are saying that you do not have any ties to your home country

2nd INterview:
VO: Why Univ of cincinnati
me: replied
VO: who is sponsoring?
me: father and myself
VO: is this your second time?
me: yes
VO: why did your father did not sponsor before and now he is?
me: I am very independent and i thought since the course is of 1 year my savings would be sufficient and i had enough liquid money for my 1 year stay. But since my visa got rejected last time, my father decided to sponsor me and he will bear any kind of expenses, whenever needed.
VO: Oh, i it a 1 year course?
me: yes
VO: what does you father do?
me: He owns housing construction business since last 25 years
VO: smiled and started writing something
VO:what were you doing till now?
me: working with software company till last month. then i resigned and started assisting my dad in his business
VO:started writing again
VO: she gave me my I20 back, smiled and said "Ok, your visa is approved. Please collect in 2-3 business days"
Me: Thank you !

I was very very happy. Make sure that you show ties to home country by showing sponsor as father or parents and even when not asked about future plans, say that you will be coming back as you have some plans to come back and do. It gives them assurance that the applicant will be back

Hope this helps !!!
 
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