University: University of Cincinnati
Course: MS in Public Health
Date: May 2018
Counter No: 14
Visa Interview Experience:
I reached the consulate by 9:30 and was allowed inside. Had to deposit my mobile phone in one of the paid lockers outside for 100/- was allowed to carry my wallet inside. Once you are inside the consulate, your belongings are to be placed into a plastic tray and they will be scanned and physically checked. You are will not be physically frisked usually. On completion, you will be led to the waiting area after which your fingerprints will be scanned once again. After another round of waiting, you will be allotted windows for your actual visa interview. The officer allotted to me was a Caucasian male in his 40's in a suit. Most people around me were anxious about their interview but I was anxious about my stomach growling as I was really really hungry. My passport was collected and passed onto the consular officer by one of the volunteers.
ME: Good morning
VO: Please pass me your I20
*slipped it through the counter*
VO: What was your GRE score?
ME: 313 sir
*VO was typing for a while*
VO: When did you graduate?
ME: August of 2016.
VO: What have you done since?
ME: I've done my internship as a house surgeon from November of 2016 to November of 2017 and I've volunteered with Colgate, lion's club and dente nova to conduct oral health screening camps throughout the city.
VO: What was your bachelor's degree?
ME: Bachelor's of Dental surgery sir.
VO: How did you get interested in public health?
ME: During my internship, we were posted in the public health dentistry for a month and during this month, we conducted oral health camps and educated people on the importance of maintaining oral health, I realised if I pursued clinical subjects, I would be treating one person at a time but in public health, I can educate communities at a large.
VO: What financial assets do you plan on use for your studies?
ME: My father will be sponsoring my education he has liquid assets of 1.1 crores.
VO: What does your father do?
ME: He's a doctor.
VO: How do you plan on using your masters in the future?
ME: I plan to work with the ministry of health and family welfare of India and work to reduce the impact of communicable and non communicable diseases in India.
VO: congratulations, your visa has been approved.
ME: Thank you very much.
Throughout the interview, I must have smiled twice. Once while greeting him and next after thanking him. I wasn't comfortable to have a smile plastered on my face throughout the interview but I wasn't grumpy or frustrated either. I just paid attention to the officer. If you're comfortable smiling throughout, by all means do that. Try and be as comfortable during those couple of minutes as you can.