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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.

DS 160 Form Primary Occupation: Student or Unemployed

12 thoughts on “DS 160 Form Primary Occupation: Student or Unemployed

  • January 19, 2016 at 9:01 am

    l have a quari for my ds 160..i was completed my b.com 2013 and after do i have to show my work experince or not because i also given ielts so tell me somthing what should i do

  • February 17, 2016 at 11:17 am

    hi guys,
    I have completed my Post graduation in march 2014.after that i am trying to find a job.I also get registered my self on different job oriented sites.as well as i also appeared in a different job interview.but i can not find a suitable job.now the question is that,what i am going to write in that field of primary occupation?If i choose that i am not employed,than what are the questions they will going to ask me at the time of interview.we are trying to fill the family application for me,my sister and my father.my mother already have a us visa. we want to attend a marriage function in us.and this is our intention to visit usa.


    • March 6, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      They would focus on how you used your time after Graduation. Which Visa are you are referring to B1 or F1

  • March 5, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    on the primary occupation, i am a teacher, will i choose education or other as in teaching

  • April 3, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    My name is Vaidehi Patel. My profile is as below.
    B.E EC with 8.55 CGPA in june 2015
    GRE 307 IELTS 6.5
    I have applied for my visa at mumbai for MS in CS in Florida international university for summer 2016,but I got rejected. So what is the reason for this? Also my question is that what I have to write in my primary occupation because if I write unemployed then they want its specification, so what should i write there?

    • May 16, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      Hi Vaidehi. Can you elaborate your visa interview? What do you think could be the reason based on your interaction with VO during your interview experience ?

  • May 10, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    I worked in TCS initially and then went on to work in an NGO currently. What should I choose in my primary occupation. I am taking up MS in CS. Need urgent help!
    Thanks in advance.

  • June 15, 2016 at 6:27 am

    I completed my high school and took a gap year after. So what do i fill in the present employment option? I filled in unemployed for now. Please tell me.

  • November 27, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    HI, I am salaried employee (CA) in India. What should i select in “Primary Occupation”.
    Legal Profession ???

  • June 8, 2017 at 6:09 am

    I worked for 4 and a half months, and now I am relieved from the college. What should I choose in the primary occupation?
    And if I choose unemployed, what is the reason that I should write?
    Will it be a problem to go with this option?


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