Fall 19’ - Syracuse University | Visa Interview Experience - Rejected (214b)
Visa is the final step in the process of Master's application and getting rejected here is very saddening for anyone. I had a similar experience and i am sharing this with you all. Do read and don't repeat the mistakes I've done.
Consulate: New Delhi
Date: May 15, 2019
Interview Appointment Time: 9:15am
University: Syracuse University MS CS
Status: Rejected - 214(b) refusal
It was a rainy day but somehow managed to reach embassy around 8:50am. By that time, many applicants already passed the passport check.
I advised you all to reach the embassy at least 1 hour before the appointment time because the staff will let you enter sometime when the crowd is less
There will be a line at the entrance of embassy for the passport check where they will cross check your OFC slip behind your passport and asked you to join a new line to enter the embassy.
That second line leads you to the entrance of embassy where you will have to pass the security check. They will check for any electronic device and you have to put your folder and everything else you have including belt and wallet to pass through the x-ray machine.
Then you will be redirected to sit on the chair in different rows. You'll have to sit here for sometime and you can use restroom there or can drink water also. Then the staff will send applicants inside the consulate row by row.
After entering the consulate. A staff member will collect the passport of each person standing there for tourist visa but not collect the passport for F-1 and advised you to go to a counter for bio metric verification. There you will have your fingers checked on the machine and allow you to join the line for visa interview.
This line is a long one and might take some time for you. It took almost 30-40 mins for me to reach to my interview counter. When standing in this queue, You can clearly see people giving interviews and can listen to their conversation also and make yourself prepare for the interview mentally.
The biggest eye opener for me is, they will not let you sit on any chair or it's not like any interview i attended in my life. The Visa Officer will be behind a glass and let you stand up on the other side. It's like a movie ticket counter. VO will ask you some questions and tell you whether your visa is approved or not.
Visa Interview Experience
VO was a bald young guy and approved one tourist visa before me. The interview before me took almost 8-10 mins to complete. I was standing there waiting for my turn and finally he called me in front. My interview took 2-3 mins. Here is my conversation with Visa Officer:
VO: Pass me your i20 and passport?
(Already in my hand) Here it is.
VO: What are you going to study?
I'm going for master's in computer and information sciences (Major mentioned in i20)
VO: Why are you thinking now to do your master?
I've done my bachelor's in the same field, computer science and I want to study deeper in this field only.
VO: What do you do?
I am working as a Software Engineer in ****** Company.
VO: What is your salary?
My CTC is 11 LPA
VO: So, Syracuse? What other universities did you apply to?
I've applied to UNCC, IITC, NJIT and UTD
VO: Why this university?
Syracuse is my better and best ranked admit among all of my other Admits. We can choose courses which lie across various domain so we have the option to choose any of them as a career. International student community there is very strong too.
VO: Who is sponsoring you?
My parents and grandparents are sponsoring me.
VO: And what do they do?
My father is a govt. teacher in a primary school and my grandparents are farmers. My mother is a housewife.
Typing... Typing... Typing...
Waiting for the decision like hell. And then he said
VO: Sorry I can't approve your visa at this time. And handed me a paper of 214(b)
I: Can you please reconsider?
VO: No, You can try again. Have a good day!
So this is it and here are some tips where I thought I did wrong.
- Do not rely on the last time preparation. Start preparing for your interview at least a week or 10 days before the interview. You already know the questions, just be prepared. Very less chances to be a exception in the questions.
- Don't put a forced smile on your face. However, that might not change the VO decision but still they can sense it.
- Take your passport and i20 out of your folder before your turn comes. That is the first things VO will ask you for.
- Take deep breath while standing in the interview queue and try to avoid listening to other's interviews.
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All the best.