Student VISA

Fall 2017 - F1 Student Visa Experience: (Mumbai Consulate | University of Florida, Gainesville | Electrical and Computer Engineering - Approved)

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Profile Details:

University: University of Florida, Gainesville
Course: MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Attempt
Mumbai Consulate
June 2017
Status: Approved
Counter No: 34

Visa Interview Experience:

July: Offsite Facilitation Center (OFC)
It does not matter if you are late by 15 minutes because they still allow you in the line but I will advise everybody to be on time.

- They take your fingerprints and photo and you are done for the day.
- Remember to take only your docs, wallet(no coins) and an umbrella if needed because they won't allow anything else.
- Bags, electronics, storage devices and metals are not allowed.

Visa interview:

-Carry documents and umbrella

-Arrive well before time I arrived an hour early. It was a busy day at the consulate so I had to wait in
line and at the waiting hall for about 2 and a half hours.

-Keep your passport, I-20 and sevis fee receipt handy.

Documents asked were I-20, Passport and Sevis fee.

What I gained from the experience is that the interview lasts for about a minute or so and it gets over in a flash. Take a deep breath before approaching the counter and speak calmly. Always smile!

The VO just wanted to know whether I had sufficient funds to sustain my education and life over there. Explain your financials accurately and without hesitation. I had taken an education loan and I told about that only at the end. Never give any unnecessary information just answer to the point.

She also asked me about the other universities that I applied to and how many acceptances I got.
That's it! All the best!

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