Updated on Apr 30, 2021
Date: July 2017
Visa Interview Experience:
There was a correction I had to make in my DS-160 form with Place of Birth.
While filling the DS-160, you could happen to just oversee the field for Place of Birth. I must have presumed it to be current residence. It might be more common because there is a utility shop besides the Visa center with a hoarding DS-160 correction done here.
This generates a new DS-160 number and you do not have to update this anywhere else. Just take the confirmation page and get back to business.
Rest of the process is very smooth.
At least at Mumbai, if you have an early appointment and cannot reach on time for some reason (mine was form correction), do not panic, you can get in any time before 04:30 PM on the appointment day.
Once you reach the consulate, it only takes about 90 mins maximum to be done with all formalities.
VO: Hello, your I-20 and Passport please.
Me: Yes Ma’am. Passed the documents.
VO: Why higher education in US?
Me: US has well established universities and a huge research presence.
VO: Where all have you been admitted?
Me: WSU Pullman; OSU Stillwater and SUNY Binghamton
VO: Why Washington State University?
Me: (I had prepared to answer with 3 points. Academic curriculum, research environment, and professors) As soon as I said, WSU has a good academic curriculum and..
VO: Every university has a good academic curriculum, why this university?
Me: (Do not feel nervous at all, it’s just another question. Here, I knew she was not interested in rehearsed answers)
Spoke about a new research grant that the university got which will boost the research opportunities to work with and help align my academic interests with newer research focus.
VO: (now seemingly convinced) GRE score?
Me: 309. 157 in Quant.
VO: When did you graduate?
VO: What have you been doing since then?
Me: Working with XX, which is an IT company, since 5 years.
VO: Who is sponsoring you?
Me: My father will be my primary sponsor and I also have some savings of my own.
VO: What does your father do?
Me: He is working with the state government under road development department.
VO: She asked again, Sir this does not explain what he does?
Me: I said he manages and supervises road development projects in the state.
VO: Yeah, that’s better. Education loan?
Me: Yes, XX Lacs.
VO: Interest rate?
VO: Okay, I am approving your Visa. Thank you!
Me: Thank you Ma’am.
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