Date: December 2017
Counter No: 20
Visa Interview Experience:
VO: Good morning. Pass your passport and I20 and Sevis please.
ME: Good morning ma’am (passed the documents).
VO: So, when did you complete your bachelor's?
ME: I completed my bachelor's in Production Engineering in 2016.
VO: What did you do since then?
ME: I was working as an intern for a period of 8 months.
VO: What kind of work did you do?
ME: I was able to work in projects like design and analysis of Conveyor system, Six sigma and Inventory management and control.
VO: Why are you going to this University?
ME: The program offered me core industrial courses like TQM, Six Sigma, SCM. Also the research work going on in the University in the field of integrated design and mfg is in sync with my areas of interest and specialisation. (Interrupted in between).
VO: Don't read me the University website, tell me why are you going to this University?
ME: It's purely based on the courses I liked and the research work of the prof. Apart from that I've been granted scholarship also.
VO: Wow, that's great, can you show me?
ME: (passing on the scholarship mail I had received from the University).
VO: What's your GRE score?
ME: 298 ma'am.
VO: Don't you think that's a bit low?
ME: No, I think it's a decent score, the fact that I've received admits from good Universities.
VO: Which other admits did you receive?
ME: Apart from UmD, I received admits from Northern Illinois University and Illinois Institute of Technology.
VO: Do you have any friends, family in Michigan?
ME: No ma'am.
VO: Who is covering your expenses?
ME: My father, mother and my uncle are sponsoring me.
VO: What do they do?
ME: My father works as a superintending Engineer and is a government employee, mother is a home maker and uncle is a retired government employee.
VO: Is your uncle in US?
VO: Okay, winter is really really going to be cold now.
ME: Yes I am aware of it.
VO: I'm approving your Visa.
ME: Thank you ma'am Thanks a lot.
Tips (talking about my experience)
1. Visa interviews are really hyped.
2. You will feel the tension till the day, even while waiting outside in the queue, but once you go inside, it's pretty chilled and casual, all your stress will go away.
3. Visa officers are very friendly and linenat, don't take too much stress, it's okay if you fumble a bit while speaking.