I had an interesting experience in getting my F1 visa on the second time. I had my first interview on 3rd June (for F1 visa to join Univ of houston for PhD in chemical engineering in fall 2004). When the officer asked me about the specific area of interest, i told him an area and just named an Indian professor working in the same area (unfortunately, the professor is also the director of admissions and has signed my admission letter which the officer was looking when i named the professor). The next question the officer asked was how many students are going to join. I told him that, as far as i know four more Indian students are going to join. what the officer thought that all the Indian guys are going to join the same indian professor (the fact is that even i am not going to be certain to jion that professor) and in fact the Indian professor is responsible for just bringing all indians into the US. So, he rejected me saying that i would not return. No chance was given to clarify what i said. I was dejected on that day. I was so lucky that when i went to internet centre to book another appointment, I got an appointment on the very next day (4th june 2004). I made up my mind and went the next day. This time different officer, asked me what happened the first time. I told that the officer mistook what i said. This officer just asked what is my future plan and just gave me the visa.
Hi , when i found that website i realized that i am not the only one whit the problem i have.I got rejected two times for F1 visa.I don't know why but i am going the the third time hoping for something.I was at school in the US for two anda half years and i have jusnt one year and a half left, i don't know what to do.I just want to finish my school and have a degree.Now i have nothing and i am stuck.Can any one from you give me some advise what should i say when i go there the third time?
I will appreciate every pice of advice.Thanks.
My F1 VISA was rejected yesterday at chennai consulate & the reason for the deniel was that the officer didn't think of me coming back after my study course(M.S) ? Suprising fator is that he didn't even look at my documentation inside the file?
When asked, the answer to his question was that I plan on joining & maintaining the software firm that my DAD owes after completing my M.S & apparently he did not buy that & rejected my Visa.
I'm very shaky & depressed now, just completed my B.E & don't know what to do. The job market is too tight & donot hire any freshers & Didn't inquire much of educational prospects in other countries.
Q) Does anyone know of any other countries than U.S, for pursuing higher studies 7 are good in issuing visas?
Q) Is there any forum or Link that discusses frequent F1 VISA questions asked? Please post your reasons for rejections.
Q)How long do you guys think one should wait before appearing for a second interview?
Q) Do they normally ask for the same questions in the second interview too? Please post your experiences
Guys your help is truly appreciated & would help me go in a proper direction!
gotta tell you. Visa interiew is all folk. I had beeb hearing that it is very difficult to get visa. But in my interview, i was only asked by birthdate and was given visa. Thats unbelievable for me and completely it redicules.
Its all on your luck more than meeting the necessities.
I went to Halifax Consulate in Canada to change my F-1 VISA to J-1 in December 2003. Although my VISA application was immediately approved by the Consulate General, I had to wait to get a security clearence from US State department. I was told by the Consulate General to wait until I got the secutiry clearence. They couldn't tell me how long I had to wait. After calling the US-VISA helpline in Washington DC, I was told that security clearence can take from 2 months to 18 months and each case is handled differently. Since my F-1 VISA was already expired, I couldn't travel back into US. According to the new VISA regulations, one must possess a valid VISA to re-enter US.
After 43 days, I was called back to the Halifax consulate to get my VISA.
Even though I was a student in US for 6 years and was already in a post doctoral position for almost a year at a US Federal Government research institute, I had to wait for a month and half to get the security clearence.
I would advise others in similar situations to read all the bulletin board messages on the US immigration web sites and also the warnings posted on the individual US consulate websites before making travel plans outside USA.
When I went to mumbai consulate for the first time for F1, I got rejection. And in second effort the officer asked me almost same questions with very little change and I was granted VISA. SO DONT GET NERVOUS IF YOU ARE REJECTED ONCE.
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