University: Texas A&M University
Course: MS in Industrial Engineering
Date: May 2018
Counter No: 12
Visa Interview Experience:
The whole process is very smooth. There are people at every step to guide you. They take your biometrics and stick a bar code sticker on your passport.
Docs needed- Passport, DS-160, Appointment confirmation
Next Day- Visa interview
I went in at 10:00 am and was out by 11:30 am.
1 approval and 2 rejections in front of me. VO was in her late 20s. One official had already taken my I-20 and passport and submitted to her before my turn even came.
VO: (busy typing on her PC) I cannot see your SEVIS receipt. Give me a second. (Murmuring stuff)
VO: So I see you are working at XYZ Ltd. What is your salary?
ME: When I joined XYZ Ltd., my starting salary was ×××/annum. I got an increment last year. So now it is ××××/annum.
VO: When did you finish your graduation?
VO: What have you been doing since then?
ME: I have been working at XYZ Ltd. as an Assistant Manager since then.
VO: So I see you are going to Texas A &M University? Which other colleges did you apply to?
ME: OSU, NEU and NCSU (Told the full names)
VO: Why does Texas win?
ME: My long term career goal is to design an industrial process which is completely autonomous and works without human intervention. And the course curriculum at TAMU perfectly aligns (VO interfered)
VO: How does that work?
ME: It is basically an integration of traditional ways of manufacturing and, automation and digitisation.
VO: What's your GRE Score?
VO: Undergrad score?
VO: Did you top your class then?
ME: No ma'am. We had different batches in our college. I topped my batch of Mechanical Engineering students. 9.8 was the highest CGPA in our college.
VO: Tell me about your savings.
ME: I have personal savings of $8000 and family savings of $24k.
VO: Can you tell in lacs?
ME: (I had remembered everything in dollars. I quickly multiplied by 60, took my time) Personal savings of around 5 lacs and family savings of 13 lacs approx.
VO: Have you taken any loan?
ME: Yes ma'am. I have taken a loan of $33k, which is equivalent to my I-20 amount.
VO: Can I see your loan letter and bank transaction statements?
ME: (Handed over the docs to her)
VO: Is this loan confirmed?
ME: Yes ma'am.
(She went inside with the letter to confirm, I guess. She came back after 5 minutes or so)
VO: (puts on her microphones, taking her time) Congratulations! Your visa has been issued.
ME: Wow! Thank you ma'am.
VO: Study hard and please bring your I-20 at your port of entry. You will need it.