Date: May 2018
Counter No: 36
Visa Interview Experience:
I was assigned my respective counter for the interview by a staff member. There was a guy in front of me at the same counter. Presumably, there was some issue with his work related documentation. The Visa Officer was meticulously checking his documents. Took around 15- 20 minutes. He got his visa approved, after which I was called.
VO: Hi, please come. Thank you for patiently waiting. Well, if you are going to work in US, you got to have proper documents or that’s how long it’s going to take for your visa.
ME: No problem, sir. I understand.
VO: All right, please pass your passport and I-20.
VO: Will you be applying for H1B visa after completing your Masters?
ME: No, sir. However, if I do get an opportunity, I would love to work in US for a couple of years with the top companies in my field before returning to India.
VO: Great! So, why Industrial Engineering?
ME: Well, my personal experience with this field came in during a field trip to Toyota Kirloskar Motor in the second year of my Bachelor’s degree where I was introduced to various principles imbibed by Toyota in their manufacturing process to reduce wastes and inconsistencies and maximize the performance. That’s when I started evaluating the possibility to take Industrial Engineering as a career. We also had courses like ‘Industrial Engineering and Management’ and ‘Project Management’ as a part of the curriculum which piqued my interest in this field.
VO: Ah, good! Which all universities have you applied to?
ME: (Told the complete names of all the universities I applied to)
VO: Who’s sponsoring your education?
ME: My parents would be sponsoring my education (Was going to speak about the loan but VO interrupted)
VO: What do your parents do?
ME: My father works as a XYZ at ABC and my mother is a housewife.
VO: Do you have any friends studying at Clemson?
ME: No, sir.
VO: Have you ever been to South Carolina?
ME: No, sir.
VO: Well, here’s your chance. I’m approving your visa. Have a good stay at US!
ME: Thank you, sir!