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Name:- Sidharth Aggarwal
Qualifications:- 12th in Commerce in 2017
University:- NYIT
COURSE:- BBM(Major in Finance)
Scanning date:- 2 may 2018 at trade centre
Interview date:- 3 rd may 2018 at US EMBASSY MUMBAI at 9:30 am

Hello Guys,
I got visa first time visa approved for fall 2018. No single document checked other than I-20 and Passport. 

I reached Mumbai US consulate at 9:00 AM ON 3rd of may. Waited in long Q outside the consulate then allowed to enter inside. After taking fingerprints again had to wait in Q. Then I was directed to stand in front of a counter  where a male of 30-35 years was taking a interview for visitor visa of a family and annoyingly rejected their visa. I was nervous that he is angry and he  is definately going to reject my visa. Then he gestured me to come near counter. Then the interview started..
ME: Good Morning Sir 
VO : Pass me your Passport and I-20 please. 
ME: (Given) 
VO: Where in USA?
VO: In which University?
VO: Which Course?
ME: Bachelor's in business management (Major in finance)
VO: Who is going to sponsor you?
ME: My Parents.
(Then he started typing he constantly typed for maybe 50-60 secs)
(P.S.:- I applied for visa interview 120 days prior to the course start date almost 125 days 125 days before)
VO: You have applied 120 days prior to Your course start date..........(I interupted him) 
ME: But sir i contacted one of your ambessy officer and he said it wouldn't be an problem.(P.S.:- I didnt knew about this rule before i applied for interview so i called in ambessy to get guidence)
VO: (Annoyingly) You didnt let me complete my sentence..
ME: (Nervously) I am sorry sir.. really sorry
VO: I am approving your visa. You just need to submit your passport after 8th may to get visa stemped. (He gave me a form along with passport on which he writed to submit passport after 8 may)
ME: (Happily) Thank you so much sir thank you much. You are the bestest person i have ever seen.(then i ran out of the embassy to tell my parents about this great news and all people in the embassy were shocked like i was getting out of the embassy with my passport and i was happy)
(On 10th of may i went back to mumbai to Trade centre BKC for the submission of my passport they asked me the form the interviewer gave me along with photo copy of i20 and passport)
(On 16 th of may i got my passport stemped with 5 years student visa)

Just be confident And make eye contact during the whole interview. If you lie he will catch you by your facial expression. 
Try to interact with other applicant during waiting period for relaxation. You dont have to ware special clothes to impress them they will be impressed by the way of your talking.
(At last thanks to everyone especially my family  who had faith in me that sooner or later i am going to achieve my desired objective and supported me in my every decision)


F1 Visa approved at Mumbai for healthcare administration at stratford university. 
Academics: 50.6 % BBA 
MS in healthcare administration 
stratford university , Virginia 
US-consulate Mumbai- 8.00 am Slot 
date- 06/10/2014 

Visa approved for Stratford University

Hello Guys, 
I got visa approved for spring 2015. No single document checked other than I-20 and Passport. 

I reached Mumbai US consulate at 7.15am. It was heavily showering.Waited in long Q outside the consulate then allowed to enter inside. After taking fingerprints again had to wait in Q. Then I was directed to stand in front of a counter where a male of 40-45 years was taking a interview for F1 and finally rejected him. Then She gestured me to come near counter.This is how it went.... 
ME: Good Morning Sir 
VO : Good Morning, Pass me your Passport and I-20 please. 
ME: (Given) 
VO: Which Course you are going for? 
ME: I am going to pursue Masters In healthcare administration. 
VO: OK. What is your Acedemic background ? 
ME: I Had Completed my Bachelors in Bussiness Administration. 
VO: Why did you change your field ? 
ME: I worked in a hospital for 10 mnths. 
VO: When did you completed your bachelors? 
ME: April 2014. 
VO: Then When did you started to working? 
ME: I worked during my bachelors. 
VO: OK, Where did you hear about this university? 
ME: I have a friend studying there and he recommended that faculty and atmosphere for learning is very good at stratford university. 
VO: How will you pay your fees? 
ME: My father is sponsoring me and I took bank loan from BOI. 
VO: What does your father do ? 
ME: He is a doctor. 
VO: Doctor of What ? 
ME: Homeopathy. 
VO: OK, I am approving your VISA. 
ME: Thank you sir, Thank you so much. 

Just be confident And make eye contact during the whole interview. If you lie he will catch you by your facial expression. 
Try to interact with other applicant during waiting period for relaxation. Wear Formal dress with tie it will make strong impression on VO.


Here is my visa interview exprience for Fairfield University. Don’t get annoyed by seeing this long post but at *** you will like my experience. 
A Small Story about My visa experience for Fairfield University 

Profile: 280/6.5/65%/2.6 Yrs of Exp 
Slot :8:00am Consulate: Hyderabad Date: 17 July,2014 
Counter 11, Token E- 139 

Visa Interview for Fairfield University

Me: Good Mam 
VO: Good mrng, pls pass me ur i20 & passport 
Me: passed the both 
VO: Which year Passed Out? 
Me: 2011. 
VO: What were you doing since then? 
Me: I have been working for the past 2.5 years as Software Engineer and I always wanted to do research in my area of interest and I think this is the best time to pursue my goals as I have the valuable industry experience and good academic background to support me as well. (bit of a smile in her face & said hmmm) 
VO: Do have any B1, B2, H1/H2? 
Me: I am fresh applicant and first time for Visa. 
VO: What your academics? 
Me: Actually Its good mam, 65% 
VO: It’s really not that much good… huh 
VO: Ok, How many university you’ve applied? 
Me: Said 
Me: 280 (all of a sudden one guy came & tried to give his I20 & Passport but VO scolded him and asked to stand in queue) 
Me: 280 ( I started explain, mam as I’m used to work for….Interrupted and said don’t talk) 
Typed for 30seconds and kept my passport in left side tray & waved for next guy. VISA approved,


Cleared in First Attempt - F1 Visa Interview

It's my turn to post experience... 
Visa approved.. Thanks to all of you ..posting your experience..  
My visa experience... 
Mumbai Consulate 
Time :- 11.00 am 
Spring 2015 
1st attempt

After completing all procedures for finger prints waiting for my turn.. 
Vo: gives the signal come. 
Me: good morning sir.how are you ? 
Vo: fine...Good morning, give me your passport 
Me:sure sir. 
Vo: which university ? 
Me: San Jose State University 
Vo: How did u come to know about this University ? 
Me:Via internet and also attended some of US Education fairs.. 
V0: which other colleges have you applied ? and what are your admits ? 
Me: told 
Vo: who is sponsor 
Me: my parent's 
Vo: what does your father do ? 
Me: Actually sir my mom and Dad both work. My father is*** and my mother is *** 
Vo:OK your Visa is approved ...Collect it after 2...3 days 
Me : thank Q sir..

Guyz have a eye contact with V.O. and have confidence while speaking & the ball is in your court


NOV 14th 
counter 15 

I wished him Good morning sir and he wished the same 
VI: pass your documents 
ME: passed i20 
VI: No i dont need this give me passport thats enough 
ME: passed passport( I20 is on the table) 
VI:(scanned my Barcode and he got my  DS form Info on his screen and asked these questions) what course your going to take? 
Me: Electrical and Computer Engineering( interrupted in middle) 
VI: why ??( Very bold look into my eyes) 
ME:(smiled and said) My undergraduate course is related to this course thats it. 
VI:Which year passed out?? 
ME: 2014 
VI:What you will do after MS? 
ME: I can see my place in TOP MNC in india 
VI: which university?? 
ME: Fairfield university 
VI: where it is located?? 
ME: It is located in connecticut state, fairfield city 
Vi:( Searched in google i think and asked) So you are going to this university because of cool site view ??( he knows its located near Beach because he searched in google for sure) 
ME: No sir, Course work is very flexible, i can enhance my knowledge in both my core subjects and computer science subjects,  i will get benfited 
VI: Oh yeah ok ok , am taking your passport with me and you can take your other documents , Study hard youg man 
ME: Thanks sir 
VI: its ok 

Total interview i peeped in his eyes with confident, smile , infact he stared at me with bold look


Consulate : Hyderabad 
Slot : 14th nov, 8:30 AM 
University: Northwest Missouri State University 
Status: Approved 
Window :10 

ME: Good morning Sir, how are you? 
VO: Good mornig,great give me ur passport,I20 and sevis 
ME: gave 
VO: How did you know about this university? 
ME: Internet then verified the results with friends,seniors and professors 
VO: What all the subjects r u gng to take? 
ME: told 
VO: Who’s sponsoring ur education? 
ME: My Father. 
VO: What is he doing? 
ME: He is doing his own business from past 25 yrs.... 
VO: Okay collect it within 2-3 business days 

And yes CONFIDENCE,EYE CONTACT are the keys.Also speak loudly.


GRE: V-147 Q-155 AWA-3.0 Total-302 
TOEFL: 97 
Acads: 75 % 
University: Purdue University, Calumet 
Course: Engineering/Industrial Management 
Term: Spring 2014 

My visa interview was scheduled on November 6th at 10am. Went to consulate at 9:30, stood outside for atleast half an hour and waited inside for another 30min. My number was called and I went 

Me: Hi, How are you? 
VO: I'm good. Give me your Passport and I20 
Me: Given 
VO: Oh Purude so why Purdue University? 
Me: Purdue is a very reputed University as every one knows and it has a very flexible course curriculum, I can choose 3 interdisciplinary courses along with fixed core courses to get in-depth knowledge in my specialization. 
VO: When did you Pass-out? 
Me: 2012 
VO: Whats your Percentage? 
Me: 74.46 % 
VO: Whats your GRE score? 
Me: 302 
VO: Your visa is approved have a nice day! 
Me: Thank you, Have a nice day! 

Every thing was done in 30 seconds span and he didn't even check a single document except for passport and I20. I was worried if he asks for siblings cause I have one in US under OPT. Be confident. The more level of confidence the less time of interview. Also please remember to have a look at your 1st year subjects cause I saw one officer asking that question having CMM in her hand. All The Best ! 


Sorry for late update of my visa experience. Here is my Visa Interview experience at Hyderabad Consulate. Visa Officer asked about consultancy. - Aaron Kantepudi 

Date:-2nd DEC,2013 
Time:-8.00 a.m 
Counter No:-16 
Profile:GRE:-283;IELTS:6.0;U.G:70%(7 BL). 

Me:-Good Morning Mam. How are you today? 
Vo:-I am good.How are you? 
Me:-I am good mam. 
Vo:-when did you pass out? 
Me:-May 2013 mam. 
Vo:-What are you percentages? 
MeThought rejected aniiiiii...) 7 mam. 
Vo:-What 70 % with 7 backlogs? 
Me:-Yes mam. 
Vo:-Can I see your transcripts. 
Me:- Surely mam.(I gave my transcripts). 
Observing every single transcripts. 
Vo:-I think your 2-2 was bad. I think its a girl!!!!!!!!! 
Me:-No mam.... I participated in many national level events & State level too. 
Vo:-Ok. How many universities did you apply? 
Me:- 2 mam.University Of Michigan-Flint & California State Univerity. 
Vo:-How did you know about this universities? 
Me:-I have attended a education fair.... 
Vo:-That was hosted by the consultancy? 
Me:-No mam. 
Vo:-Thats not a problem.If you go with consultancy. 
Me:-No mam. I didnt go to any consultancy. 
Vo:-How old are you? 
Me:-21 mam. 
Vo:-place your fingers on the scanner. 
Me:-Yes mam. 
Vo:-What is your father? 
Me:-Central gvt Employee and works for ....... 
Vo:-You were having backlogs in Your U.G. Give me a strong reason that how can you do well in your masters. 
Me-My backlogs were upto my 3-1 mam. I was not able to balance my education and extra curclr activities. But after 3-1 I succeded from 3-2 and maintained very good pecentages. In my final semester got 82.5% mam. 
Vo:-ok... Why only this university? 
ME:-This university..... 
Vo:-Don't tell me the answers what all you prepared.As a human being why you want to go to this university? 
Me:-(Aypoindi ika gt rejected ankuna) I got a very good public university and doing masters from university of michigan gives me a good *** back in india.  
Vo:- You are killing me man.... 
Me:- Thank you mam. You have made my day. 


counter no:16 

Here is interview goes on 
Vo:Good Morning. 
Me:gudmrng mam... 
Vo:npu clg.. 
Me:yes mam 
Vo:when did u passedout? 
she asked something but i didnt hear anything.. 
i asked pardon..she reapeted again...i asked again what is??? 
Meercentage aa??? 
Vo: yes... 
Me: 78%with distinction 
Vo: Any backlogs?? 
Me: no backlogs 
Vo:Any other univs?? 
Vo:Any addimissions?? 
Me:i got a mail..but i didnt get i20 yet..  
Vo: Which subjects are u taken in frst sem?? 
Me :blahhh blahhhh....i told the subjcts which r in my mind.. 
Vo:ur visa approved 
Me:thanku mam...hav a nice dayy... 
but i was shocked...i didnt see back to the VO at dat time... 
By *** grace i got visa...


F1 Visa approved in 1 minute at Mumbai for Information System Department of California State University. 
Academics: 58 % 
MS in Information System 
California State University, Los Angeles. 
US-consulate Mumbai- 10.00 am Slot 

Hello Guys, 
I got visa approved for fall 2014. No single document checked other than I-20 and Passport.It was just really about being confident and Positive vibes which you throw. 

I reached Mumbai US consulate at 9.30 am. It was heavily showering.Waited till 9.45 am in long Q outside the consulate then allowed to enter inside. After taking fingerprints again had to wait in Q. Then I was directed to stand in front of a counter where a lady of 40-45 years was taking a interview for F1 and finally rejected him because he was not able to understand the american accent. Then She gestured me to come near counter.This is how it went.... 

VO : Good Morning, Pass me your Passport and I-20 please. 
ME: (Given) 
VO: Which Course you are going for? 
ME: I am going to pursue Masters In Information System. 
VO: OK. Why have you chosen this University ? 
ME: Information System Department of California State University, LA is one of the best departments in the Industry. Based on my research professors are doing great research in their research field. Prof. JongWook Woo....(She Interrupted and asked). 
VO: which specialization you are looking for? 
ME: SAP is my area of specialization.This university has alliance with SAP where I will be getting a certification from SAP which will help me in my career. (She nodded her head the way which meant she is impressed and agreed) 
VO: Who is going to pay your tuition fees? 
ME: My father is will pay my tuition fees. 
VO: What does he do? 
ME: He is a General Manager at a Bank. 
ME:  Thank you so much ma'm. You made my day!!!!. 

Your Confidence level matters allot. Be confident and bold enough. Americans like that. Best of luck !!


Token No. : E212 
Window No: 16 
VO was a beautiful short haired brunette woman in her early 30's and she rejected two people before me. I was a little nervous but I smiled it out nd approached with confidence. 
ME: Gud morning ma'am 
VO : Goo mornimg (she murmured) 
Hand over your passport nd put your left hand fingers over der 
*I did so...but she asked to do it again* 
VO : sir, your right hand please 
*i did it but she asked me to do dat again fr 2 more times..she was animating her hand to show me how to do it* 
ME : Sorry Ma'am  
VO : *big sigh* why r u gng to US? 
ME : to study MS in Mechanical Engineering 
VO : how many universities have you applied? How many admits did you get? Name all the universities. 
ME : University of Akron, Cleveland State University,Wayne state nd univ of texas and arlington. I got admits in UTa nd WSU 
VO: whats your GRE score? 
ME : 296 
VO : *gave a wide eyed expression with smile* okey 
VO : specialisation? 
ME : Machine Design 
VO : What courses have you registered for first sem 
*I said the related subjects to my course* 
VO: Who is going to fund ur fees for graduation? 
ME : my father is going to pay the expenses and I took a bank loan for grad fees 
VO : whts your father? 
ME : Professor in XXXX in XX dept 
VO :Congrats..your visa is approved 
ME : *with a big smile* Thank you ma'am


My Student Visa Interview Experience for Masters program in SDSU. I got it on Oct 10th 2014.

Student Visa totally Depends on Luck

Visa interview : 
Sorry for uploading my VI after 5 Day's of my Visa Interview. 
Date: 10-10-2014 
Consolate: Hyderabad 
Slot time:9:30 

Entered embassy around 9 and they said to sit in a chair where they said they will call one by one but Some thing went wrong inside the consulate as people who have 8:30,10:00,10:30 slot's are also still sitting with me. where there is no protocol at that time they are sending people as their wish. Done with my checkups Token no: E182 and waiting for my interview, But the thing is VO's was late or some thing happen as people who have 8 o clock are also waiting, on that day people who have come for visiting visa was high and met 3 people over there.i think there were around 100 people waiting for interview at that particular time it, after half an hour my token was displayed Counter 11.He is asking so many question  
VO: Gud morning please pass ur passport. 
ME: Passed 
VO: Which university. 
VO: What Project have u done at the time of your final year. 
ME: Vice tool ( Didnt expected that question but said what i have done in mini project ) 
VO: Vice tool is that a project ?? ( Thought Uskak iga intiki poyi bisthar vesukoni padukundham ani ) 
ME: Sir actually i have done 2 project where i have done one project in XX and done live Project where its automatic gear system. ( MANAGED ) 
VO: Tell me about ur project. 
ME: Said. 
VO: Backlogs ? 
ME: 10  
VO: Reason ? 
ME: said  
VO:Whats ur father? 
ME: He is an Govt employee Sir. 
VO: where. 
Me: Central GOVT sir. 
VO: which company. 
VO: IS he and army person. 
ME: NO sir he works in a small company which supply small small parts. 
VO: what Subjects Your Going to take in 1st sem. 
ME: i was tensed at that time and got stammered. 
VO: Y are u tensed man COOL  
Me: said what am going to study. 
VO: what are You going to do after MS 
ME: After my Masters planning to come back and see my self in an Good position. 
VO: UR VISA IS approved u can collect your passport with in 3 days. 
ME: Thank you sir. once again thank you sir. 

See guys dnt expect Your questions. and people say that be Confident at the time interview but no problem how u are they can understand but say what u know and what have u done. Actually VISA totally Depend on your LUCK. thats it. 
thanks for the group. 


Visa Interview for Electrical Engineering at Bradly University

Consulate : Hyderabad, 
Time Slot : 08.00 AM, 
Status : Approved, 
University : Bradley University,Illinois., 
Major : EE 
Profile : 294(GRE)-81(Toefl)-77%(No backlogs) in ECE-JNTUK-2014. 

Waited for this day for many long years ..Took millions of suggestions from seniors and friends and many more..... 
I was well prepared and made myself ready to face it.... 

Waked up early in the morning and prepared one last tym in front of mirror and went to face it. 

Security checks were done and given a token number. 
I was tensed but trying to make myself laugh and stubborn.... 

In front of me ...Interview was going to somebody ...Some answers were heard but i felt in my heart that ..I have my own and there is no need to panic. 

At last ..My token num was called .... 

Vo:Asked me to come frwrd with the hand gesture ....... 
Me : Good morning sir.(With a huge smile on my face ) 
Vo : Good morning . Pass me your Passport . 
Me : Yeah ..Sure Sir,(passed it ) 
Vo:Your I20 please. 
Me:Passed it. 
VO : So ..U are heading to Bradley University? 
Me:Yes sir.Bradley University  
Vo:Y bradley University?? 
Me : The course curriculum provided here was very close to my area of interest and It was providing great research work opportunities to the students .Prof Xx and Prof Xx are very good at Solid state devices and Field programmable gate arrays .Learning under such personalities will enhance my career opportunities. 
Vo:What are subjects you are going to take in your masters? 
Me:Advanced topics in EE, 
Matlab Course . 
Digital signal Processing . 
Vo : What all the universities u applied and how many admits? 
Me : I applied to 3 more univ and got approved from all of them. UMKC,UTT,Suny New Paltz 
Vo: Who is Sponsoring U?? 
Me:My father. 
Vo:Ok....Raised his Eyebrows and said 
"""" Your VISA is Approved""""". 
Me : Thank you sir. 
****" It was all over .... Fear,Tension,Dreaming to fly ,*** 
"" It's Party Tym "  
Thnq for all your love and support ...It was all because u ppl ..U had cleared my doubts and made me strong to reach the destination.... 
So happy 


My Visa Interview Experience for Fall 2014. I don't know that one can get visa in 15 seconds until i attend for my visa interview.

Got visa for SEMO in 15 seconds

Status : Approved  
Term : Fall 2014 
Consulate : Hyderabad Slot :8AM 
Token : E120 
Counter :16 
VO was american in the middle age of 30-35 

Me: Good Morning Mam  
VO: Good Morning Pass me your I20 & Passport 
Me: Sure mam Passed my I20 & Passport 
VO:Why this Univ(SEMO)? 
Me: Told about University 
VO:What research have you done on univ,who suggested it,how may students from India are movig to this univ? 
Me:Answered first two questions but Third surprised me answered in may be hundreds mam VO looked at me seriously and questioned me you dont know this (In my mind thought Rejected) 
VO: place your right hand four fingers , Then come the Golden word your VISA is approved have a good stay in US 
ME: Thank you mam,You made my day 
My Interview lasted for 15sec only 

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