Check out the Visa Interview Experiences of students who will be attending California State University Los Angeles (CSU) in this Fall 2015. The Visa Experiences have been shared by the Students on facebook groups which have been collected and shown in US Graduates Blog. The experiences shared entirely belong to the students.
This is just for the info. Hope the experiences would be useful for you all. Please do share your experiences too in the comment box.
Date: 8 June 2015, 9 am Slot.
Consulate: Mumbai (BKC)
Uni: California State University, Los Angeles.
Course: MS in Computer Science
Visa Status: APPROVED
Profile: 292/84/58% (Pune University)
At the ASC:
Reach 30 mins before your allotted time slot to Trade Centre, BKC. Inquire with the guards at the gate in which queue you should stand. You’ll need only 3 documents here. 1. Your passport. 2. Visa/ASC Appointment letter, 3. DS 160 confirmation page.
You can carry at the max a plastic bag/folder to carry these docs, most prefer carrying them in hand. Once you are inside the building, it’ll take 5 to 10 mins for the process to be done. A sticker with a barcode and your name will be pasted on the back side of ur passport. Check whether your name is correctly printed and it’s the same as it’s on your passport. You will be allotted a respective counter and go to d respective window, ur fingerprints and a photograph will be taken.Also they will ask you about your personal details like your name, DOB and place of birth. That’s it, before you leave the building, make sure ur passport has the correct sticker and ur DS 160 page is stamped by them. Also make sure you are carrying back all the documents u had while entering.
Next, The Visa Interview day.
Slot 9 am. US Consulate, BKC, Mumbai.
Make sure u have a good sleep the night before. This isn’t an Engg exam where you’ll pull off a night out and pass. Get ready and reach the consulate an hour before your appointment time, in a fresh mood. Spray deodorants generously and carry two handkerchiefs, its Mumbai and its damn humid. You are gonna sweat a lot. When outside the consulate, go to the guards there and inquire about what time and what queue u sud stand in. Do NOT ask any of the fellow applicants’ ul meet outside. They are as ignorant about things there as u are. Always consult proper authorized people.
Before you stand in the queue, make sure you got every essential document in your folder. As usual NO cell phones, electronic devices, Car keys, etc are allowed. You can carry some cash (100 rupees or so, as ders a small food stall inside where you cud purchase some soft drinks and light snacks) Once you enter the building, you’ll be frisked. Okay, before that, ur attire, there is no compulsion as such. Look decent, that’s it. It’s very hot n humid so wear light coloured clothes. Boys – formal wear preferred, Shirt and pant, leather shoes (Please don’t wear sandals, chappals or sports shoes on formal trousers) If no leather shoes, go for a Collared t shirt and casual trouser or Jeans. Girls – anything u feel comfortable in. Again DECENT is the key word.
No need for Ties, bows, suits and coats. You’ll be exhausted in those till you get to your VI.
After ur Security check ul be told to go n sit in an open area inside the compound. Around 100 people will be in front of you waiting for their turn. The queue moves slowly and gradually. There is no special queue for Students. All applicants (student, working, tourists) stand in the same queue. Calm yourself when you are there. You can go to washroom and drinking water is available. After all the wait, your batch will be called inside. You line up again inside. Some guys will collect ur passports and pass on to the counter. Once u reach the counter the sticker on ur passport will be scanned, your left hand finger prints will be taken. Make sure you collect ur passport back from the counter(and recheck if its urs only). Then u head towards the Visa Interview counters. There are 8 to 10 counters. Your turn will come in about 10 mins. You are allotted a counter number and go and stand, 8 to 10 feet behind the current applicant being interviewed. You can hear his interview clearly, but I’d suggest don’t pay much attention, and stay focus on urs. VO signalled me to come forward and here it goes.
I was allotted Counter number 33 and VO was probably a Chinese guy (age around 26-30)
Me: Good Morning Sir.
(No response from VO)
VO: (Looking at me), pass me your I-20, SEVIS and Passport?
Me: Sure sir (Passed..)
VO: (Looking at my I-20) Why California State University, Los Angeles?
Me: Sir, California State University provides specialization in Database Management System which matches my interest, Also the course work is flexible and is a perfect blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Another major reason is that Prof. xxx is been working on database optimization that drawn me to study under him.
VO was typing something for around 10 seconds
VO: What does your father do?
ME: (Didn’t heard properly) What Sir?
VO: What does your father do?
ME: My father is an electrical engineer and is working as a XYZ in ABC Company.
VO: Okay. Your Visa is approved. Collect your passport in…. (I was so happy that forgot to listen to VO tongue emoticon )
Me: Thank You so much Sir. (Smiled)
Collect your i20 and sevis back. He’ll keep the passport.
And then..RUN…RUN outside and greet your family n friends waiting outside in that scorching heat to break them the news.
Hope this helps, I wish all of u all the best and good luck. smile emoticon
my visa experince
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vit 4 backlogs
vo was 30+ young jentelmen like hollywood hero
me: ya…good morning officer(vit little smile)
vo:ya good morning please pass ur passport nd i20
vo:wch yer ur passed out
vo:wt iz ur %ge
vo:wtz ur father
vo:wtz ur fathers annual income
vo:do u hav car
me:ya… i hav
vo:hav u any brthrs nd sisters
me:ya ihav one sister
vo:wt iz she
vo:hw many rooms do u hv in ur hme
me:yes sir jst 2 bed rooms only
vo:ok man am approving ur visa vit big smile
me:thanku sir u made my day very happy thanku somuch
nd run fastly frm there bcz my best frnds r waiting fr me in out side
nd finally i’ll check again in my file in that file my passport wsa missing thn i relize my visa approveeeeeeeeed