Date: May 2018
Visa Interview Experience:
VO: Pass me your i20 and passport.
ME: Good Morning. (Passed the i20 and passport).
VO: What is your highest education qualification?
ME: Ma'am, B.Tech in Civil Engineering.
VO: So, you are going to Buffalo for the same?
ME: Yes ma'am.
VO: Any Concentration?
ME: Yes ma'am, with a concentration in Structural and Earthquake engineering.
VO: How many colleges have you applied to?
ME: 6, I got admits from 5.
VO: What was your second choice?
ME: ma'am, Arizona State University.
VO: How are you planning to fund your education?
ME: ma'am, I have an educational loan from HDFC Credila of 35lakhs INR, and my parents..(I was cut off here, my parents are also funding me, with their savings.)
VO: And the loan is with or without collateral?
ME: Without collateral. Also both my parents will sponsor me, they have savings of 25lakhs.
VO: Good, what do your parents do?
ME: My father is an architect by profession, he is working at Kothari and Associates, Kolkata for the last 28years. He is also into doing freelancing in his free time. My mother, she's a tutor.
VO: Your visa is approved. Thank you. (Kept my passport back).
ME: Ma'am, I attended your USIEF seminar on Visa interviews as well.
VO: (While smiling) There will be more programs at USIEF. Do come. (She signed a USIEF invitation card with my name and gave it to me).
My Tips- Do be confident while answering.. DO NOT STUTTER. No documents were asked other than i20,ds160 confirmation and passport. Try smiling.
I Saw 3 F1 Visas get rejected, because they were taking time while answering, and were getting stuck while doing so.