Question from User:
Hi guys! I have a query regarding DS-160 and visa process. Since my graduation in August 2014, I gave my GRE and did all the application. From Jan to April, I did java classes, and will join another class soon. In short, I didn’t take a job and am not currently doing one. So, in my DS-160, should I mention primary occupation as ‘student’ or ‘not employed’? Kindly help me.
Answer from Admin:
Many students had this query. Students took a year off after they completed Undergraduation. In that year they prepared for GRE, TOEFL and did work towards applying to the Universities. Students also took courses to prepare themselves for the Masters program.If you are one of those students and you are confused as to what needs to be written as a primary occupation in DS 160 form, you need to write Unemployed.
The reason behind this answer is pretty simple, you are not currently a student since you graduated. So even though you are taking courses or studying for the exams and applying for Universities, it doesn’t make you a student officially. You have to write the primary occupation as Unemployed.
Will it cause any problem during Application Process and F-1 Visa Interview?
It won’t affect your application process if you took a break after Undergraduation. You need to specify in the SOP as to what you have been doing after your Engineering. If your GRE, TOEFL Scores are good, you have a good Undergrads percentage and have a good SOP and LOR’s then certainly you will get into a good University.
With respect to the F-1 Visa Interview, if the officer asks you as to what you have been doing after your Undergraduation, you need to specify that you were working hard towards studying for exams, applying for Universities and making your concepts string by taking courses before going to MS.
I hope this post was useful.