Fall 2017 – F1 Student Visa Experience: (Chennai Consulate | University of Texas - Dallas | Electrical Engineering - Rejected)

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Profile Details:
 

University: University of Texas - Dallas
Course: MS in Electrical Engineering

First Attempt
Chennai Consulate
Date:
July 2017
Status: Rejected
 

 Visa Interview Experience:
 

ME: Good morning sir.
VO:
Good morning, give me your Passport and I20 (passed them)

VO: Which college?
ME:
University of Texas at Dallas

VO: So, Electrical Engineering?
ME:
Yes sir.

VO: Why Electrical Engineering?
ME:
In my undergraduate I have done 3 projects and 1 internship based on Embedded and Automation Systems. Also, post masters I want to return back to India and work here as Embedded Systems Engineer.

VO: Which Schools Did you apply to?
ME:
University of Texas at Dallas, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Southern California and Northeastern University Boston

VO: What admits?
ME:
Apart from UT Dallas, I have got from University of Illinois at Chicago.

VO: What is your undergrad GPA?
ME:
It's 8.79 GPA.

VO: Any backlogs?
ME:
No backlogs sir.

VO: When did you graduate?
ME:
I graduated in June, 2013.

VO: What were you doing since then?
ME:
I am working as Software Engineer in XYZ Pvt. Ltd also known as XYZ.

VO: Ok, who is sponsoring your education?
ME:
I have a secured education loan of 28.8 Lacs, additionally my parents are also sponsoring for my education. They have saving worth 7 lacs in savings bank account and Fixed Deposits worth 11 lacs.

VO: What do they do?
ME:
Both my parents are entrepreneurs. They are Wholesale Distributors for Stationary.

VO: What is their Annual Income?
ME:
It's 6 lacs per annum.

(typing for 20 seconds).

VO: Cannot approve your VISA (gave me 214(b) blue slip with first box checked)



Second Attempt

Consulate: Chennai
Date:
25th July 9:00 am
Status: Rejected

VO: Good morning, pass me your passport, i20 and sevis
ME:
(Passing) Good Morning sir.

VO: So, why UT Dallas?
ME:
My area of interest is Embedded and Automation Systems. In UT Dallas, there is specific research which is going in this field by Prof. XYZ, which I want to take up.

VO: What other schools did you apply to?
ME:
Apart from UT Dallas, Applied to University of Illinois Chicago, Northeastern University Boston and University of Southern California.

VO: Which admits?
ME:
Apart from this, I have admit from Illinois Chicago.

VO: Show me your Test score cards.
ME:
Both GRE and TOEFL sir?

VO: Yes.
ME:
(Thanked him and Passed the documents without delay -- My GRE score is 306 (158q,148v,3.0awa), TOEFL is 90 (r23,l23,s22,w22) -- GRE third attempt)
(no questions asked on GRE or TOEFL scores)

VO: Do you have any backlogs?
ME:
No backlogs sir.

VO: You have any brothers and sisters?
ME:
Yes sir, I have a brother and a sister. (answered confidently)

VO: What are their ages?
ME:
My sister is 28, she is married and my brother is 26 (later realized told their ages 2 years less than actually they are!!! )

VO: Who is sponsoring your education?
ME:
I have a secured education loan of 28.8 lacs. Besides, my parents have saved 18 lacs in form of savings and fixed deposits. We also have properties worth 65 lacs.

VO: What are your parents? (reading something on screen, might be my last attempts remarks)
ME:
Both my parents are entrepreneurs. They are Wholesale Distributors for Stationary.

VO: Sorry, They are what?? (I think didn't listen it properly)
ME:
They are Wholesale Distributors for Stationary. (with a clearly voice)

VO: What is their annual income?
ME:
Sir, They make 6L from the stationary business, additonally we get 3.45 lacs rental income from our properties. So, totally 9.45 lacs. (confidently)
(Typing for sometime.!)
ME: (in between) My brother is also working sir, he is a bank manager. (I think he didn't bother listening)(typing..)

VO: Sorry, I have to agree with the previous decision. Cannot approve your VISA.(gave me 214(b) blue slip with first box checked)
ME:
What is the reason for rejection sir?

VO: Sorry, I cannot tell that as per US laws!
ME:
Thank you sir (took documents and left the counter)

My Profile:
GRE: 306 ( Q-158,V-148, AWA-3) previous attempts: 303, 299
TOEFL: 90 ( R&L-23 / S&W - 22 )
GPA: 8.79/10
Undergrad: Electronics and Communication Engineering

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