Fall 2017 Visa Experience: (Chennai Consulate | University of Washington | Electrical Engineering)

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Updated on Apr 30, 2021

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Profile Details:

University: University of Washington
Course: MS in Electrical Engineering

First Attempt
Chennai Consulate
Date:
July 2017
Status: Approved
Counter No: 30


Visa interview Experience:

VO: Good Morning! Passport and i20 please!
Me:
Hello and good morning. *passes the docs*

VO: So, which university are you going to?
Me:
University of Washington, Seattle for an MS in electrical and electronics engineering specializing in robotics and control.

VO: How will you be funding your study?
Me:
My father is my prime sponsor, additionally I have a secured loan of 40L from hdfc credila and a fixed deposit in my name for 15L.

VO: What does your father do?
Me:
Told.

VO: How many universities did you apply to?
Me:
11.

VO: Eleven??! *raising eyebrows* How many did you get accepted to??
Me:
Just one.

VO: *gives disconcerted look and stares at the i20* Then what all schools did you get rejected at??!!
Me:
CMU RI, UCSD etc . But I did get waitlisted at Johns Hopkins and Oregon State University’s PhD programme.

VO: *confused now* PhD?? But it says MS for this case!?
Me:
*A plain and firm* Yes!

VO: *Starts shaking his head and typing away, lets out a heavy sigh and continues typing for a while*
Me:
*standing there in awkward silence expecting a reject any second.

VO: So, when did you graduate?
Me:
2016.

VO: What have you been doing since then?
Me:
I worked for Reliance Industries Ltd as an instrumentation engineer from July to February and then joined IISc Bangalore and worked there from February to now.

VO: But you seem to be taking up and quitting jobs pretty fast, especially this one!
Me:
Well, I want to pursue a career in academics and research and hence. It is my dream to become a professor in IISc…*cut me off with a seemingly “stfu” hand gesture!*

VO: *continues typing* So what is your father’s exact designation?
Me:
Told.

VO: Ok! Your visa is approved! *Gives me a nod*
Me:
*nodded back* Thank you.

Just be confident and honest guys! That’s very important! As you can see, I had quite a few things stacked against me but it all came through right in the first attempt! Honestly, I think they look at “how” you say things rather than “what” you say.


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