Sunday, June 02, 2019

Do scores and scholarships matter for visa acceptance? F1 visa interview experience from Nepal.

This is an F1 visa interview experience of Bipal Goyal from Nepal. He was selected within a minute because of his scores, scholarships and confident. Following is the conversation between Visa Officer and Bipal.
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Visa Experience (28th May '19 - 8:50 am)

University of Cincinnati
Major: Information Science

Status: I will mention it at the end, but it'd be a little bit interesting if you yourself try to determine what it may be.

Scholarship: 25 k + 2 k Housing Grant for 1st year
Tuition: 27 k (Almost)
C.O.A in Form I-20: 20.5 k (Not Including Housing Grant though)

12th Grade Marks: 94% in CBSE (V.O asked for latest transcript and this is what I gave)

Let us get started, shall we? 😁

V.O: Namaste! Pass me your documents
Me: Hello Sir! *Passed him I-20, Passport & 12th result*
V.O: So I see you want to study Information Science. Tell me why?
Me: Umm sir, I have actually always been interested in computers and math since my childhood. However, it was only after learning to code in C++ and learning other stuffs such as HTML that I had decided that it would be an ideal career for me. Furthermore, as you may already know, IT has been one of the most rapidly growing sector in Nepal, so a degree in this field would lead to an ideal career for me. 
(To be entirely honest, my preparation was sub par at beat and this is "literally" the most cliche answer one could give for this question) 
V.O: How many universities did you apply to?
Me: *smiling* 18
V.O: List the ones that you were accepted into.
Me: Umm, there's University of Cincinnati, University at Arizona, Drexel University, Juniata College, & umm, University at Buffalo, sorry, SUNY Buffalo.

(According to you, do you think he would issue me a student visa based on our interaction so far?)


V.O: Okay, you have met the requirements for an F1 Visa. *Hands me my stuff back along with a green paper*
Me: *Frankly, a little bit shocked* Okay!

The entire interview lasted for around 40-45s.

My other details:

The scholarship is the maximum amount this University provides to an international student.

SAT : 1470 (EBRW - 690 & Maths - 780)
SAT Subject Tests: 2300
TOEFL: 113

Grade 9 & 10: 10/10 CGPA 
Grade 11: 83%

If you'd like to hear a tip for your interview, then here it is: be as honest and confident as you possibly can. They have years of experience of interacting with all sorts of individuals, so they'd probably find it out when you're not being honest or hiding something from them.

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