Student Visa Interview – How To Get The US Consulate on Your Side

by neville

Many students who visit US Embassies report varying outcomes from their Student Visa Interview. On a given day, in the same embassy, two persons, one with a solid financial structure, the other with some contrived documents, approach the same counselor seeking a student visa. The well grounded person is denied, but the imposter gets a five-year student visa.

It happens all the time and everywhere. Why? It is an inexact science. The counselor is making a subjective decision based on some cues that he is trained to observe. It is those subjective nuances that can affect your outcome, and we will attempt to address them here.

The student visa interview is two human beings interacting with each other face to face. Therefore, human factors will intervene regardless of the presence or absence of objective criteria. So how do you combat that? Simple, apply what you know about basic human behavior. Use your interpersonal skills to your advantage.

How You Look at the Student Visa Interview…

First thing is appearance. Dress neatly but not in a pretentious fashion. Don’t wear too much makeup; don’t wear an earring if you are male; don’t wear large or multiple earrings if you are female; don’t have an exotic hairstyle; don’t use artificial hair color if that is obvious; don’t chew gum; don’t wear revealing clothing. These are just some of the obvious things that can hurt your case. What are the positives?

How You Say, What You Say at the Student Visa Interview…

Speak clearly! If you have an accent or are not 100% comfortable in English, speak slowly. Answer questions politely in short sentences. Add information for clarification but do not argue. If things appear to be going badly, then listen to the counselor’s concerns.

It is better to address those concerns and return a few days later, rather than get an outright visa denial from trying to argue. If he is expressing doubts, unless you have the items that can clarify or satisfy his doubt, you are better advised to return another day better armed. Often, you will get that chance to correct the problem without paying another fee.

Likability is the key. If the officer conducting the student visa interview likes you, there is a greater chance he will give you a positive result. Smile, be pleasant, explain yourself clearly, provide answers in a non-combative tone, and be ready to think quickly on your feet.

The 214 B Reality and the Student Visa Interview…

Section 214(b) is part of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). It states:

Every alien shall be presumed to be an immigrant until he establishes to the satisfaction of the consular officer, at the time of application for admission, that he is entitled to a non immigrant status…

Normally if you are denied a Student Visa the consular officer might say something like:

“Your student visa application is refused. You are not qualified under Section 214(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.”

The 214 B reality is there. You might have to answer some hypothetical questions about your intentions that could get you in trouble. Remember the burden of proof that you must withstand and answer those questions to the best of your ability in that light.

If you are really an intended immigrant or plans to remain in the USA, then legally you do not qualify for a student visa. The reality is that a significant percentage of prospective international students, particularly from the developing world are in fact intended immigrants–meaning they have no intentions of returning home after their studies. Most counselors and their bosses know this.

Telling the truth would not per se disqualify you from getting the visa if everything else is in order, especially if your proposed field of study is something that will benefit the USA. So in reality, even the 214B burden might be overcome with an honest answer.

If you are really an intended immigrant or plan to remain in the USA, then legally you do not qualify for a student visa.

The key issue remaining to be resolved is whether or not you are a legitimate student likely to complete this degree in the time frame allowed? If yes, and if the funding is sufficient, the visa will likely be granted! Then you are on your way to Studying in America.

Many perceive this topic of Student Visa Interview to be complex because of rumors and anecdotes that are in circulation. But as you can see following the three sections above that this topic is not actually complex. Never buy into rumors and hearsay. When in doubt use your best judgment based on facts you have gathered from reputable sources.

{ 435 comments… read them below or add one }

edga miendgo April 9, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Hello,
My visa was denied 5years due to a gap of 3 years after high school.
This is how the interview went;
VO: Good morning, how are u doing
ME; fine Madam
VO: why south alabama university
ME:; Gave the reason
VO: when did you do your KCSE exam
ME: 2005
VO: What have u been doing since that time
ME: I have been working
VO: Which post
ME: Said
VO: Where
ME: Said
VO: How much do earn
ME: Said
VO: Who is ur sponsor
ME: Brother in-law
VO: which work does ur brother in-law do?(as she types)
ME: Said
VO: Sorry i cannot issue u a visa at the moment try next time and the result will be successful
ME: Thank u madam.
From there i went back to school and did a diploma in Information Technology and later enrolled for Bachelor Science in Information Technology i have now completed my degree in BscIT, I got admission at the Wichita state University to Pursue Master degree in Networking Engineering, and my sponsor is my dad what are the chances this time as i have scheduled the interview is next week please help.

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BrandonL March 19, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Hi,

Just want to check, when do I schedule my visa interview? 120 days before semester starts or 90 days before?

Thank you!

Regards.

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stella March 17, 2014 at 8:53 pm

sir,my son is a USA citizen,he went to india to do his diploma in nursing and midwifery,what exam he has to do in usa to work as a nurse

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zeal March 11, 2014 at 12:24 pm

I got a Student F1 visa scholarship i20 to US. But i was dont like the environment of the school so i decide to go to another state to school.. but right now my location in my student visa is different from where i am.. so what do i do to change my visa location in my passport.. beacuse am kind of worried..

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Suraj February 13, 2014 at 3:59 pm

I have a few questions regarding H1B

Background :

My name is Suraj Menon, I got a MBA degree from US and prior to that I worked for 5 years with Big companies and also hold a Masters degree and a bachelor degree from India.

Now I am working in OPT with a company. They are applying my H1B this year and just for my information they informed me that have a 90% chance of getting a H1B and 10 % of not getting.

I asked them the reason, they said because its a lottery system since last year for selecting visa’s and I hold a MBA degree and you don’t come under STEM so there is a slight chance of not getting the visa. And I feel that’s not the reason.

I feel that applies to all the people regardless of MS or MBA degree from the US. And the lottery does not differentiate whether you have a MS or a MBA degree. And I also understand that the chances of getting my status approved depends on the way you represent/file your application.

Can you throw some light on this and help me clear the confusion.

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tamir January 13, 2014 at 5:33 am

Is it problem if I stayed in the US for 15years I was only 3, now 18. My parents came to canada now. I want to continue studying in the U.S and I am a Canadian PR. Also I wanted to add in that my. E2 Visa expired when I was 17, during my senior year of highschool. I turned 18 day after my graduation. And left for canada after 20 days. I was dependent on my parents. Now I want a f1

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bilal January 12, 2014 at 1:22 am

Hi

I am form Pakistan I am considering to apply in U.S community colleges.My aggregated TOEFL score is 74.I am confused that will I be getting a student visa on the basis of community colleges are there any strong chances?

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Tarun January 10, 2014 at 10:48 am

GRE: 333
TOEFL: 114
CGPA: 6.58/10 up to 6th sem
MS Fall 2014
What are chances of admits and more importantly VISA due to less CGPA.
Applied in UCSD, UCI, UTD, SJSU, UMich, UMin, USC, NEU, NCSU, BU, ASU, GATech, UFL

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Kalyan singh January 9, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Hi Sir,
My name is kalyan. I did GNM(general nursing and midwifery) of 3.6yr and having 1.6 yr experience. A visa consultancy offer me mba in healthcare (cpt) and told me there is so demand of nurses in USA and even u can aoply without IELTS but I appeared in IELTS and got 5 bands in academic module. Is that true..how much chances to get visa on the basis…..

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leonard January 3, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Pls Prof/Pals I hve an appointmnt @d embassy for a student visa interview in 4 days time 8th of jan,I’m 27yrs of age, I finished university hre in Nigeria 2009 graduated with a B.eng in chemical enggineering, I did my compulsory 1yr youth service , after which I worked in ma Dads company till now, I got admission into Virginia International University Fairfax Virginia for Master of Business Administration,after the 2yrs program I’m coming bck to Nigeria to nae a top post in my Dads company. My Dad is my sole sponsor, my mum is a head teacher in a schl here. I have all papers ready for my interview and strong ties here I have brothers and a kid sis here.afta Pls hw do I prepare for the interview. Thanks and God bless

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tamir December 31, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Is it problem if I stayed in the US for 15years legally. I was only 3, now 18. My parents came to canada now. I want to continue studying in the U.S and I am a Canadian PR.

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sara December 31, 2013 at 2:59 am

If I lied on my visa profile, would they know that I have lied?

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tamira December 31, 2013 at 2:55 am

I am going to be applying for a student visa. I have noticed in the applicantion it asks if I have stayed n the U.S before. Would that be a problem if I have? Some information.

I am 19
PR in canada
Stayed in the U.S for 15 years since the age of 3. Because my parents worked there, but didnt have our greencard so we decided to come to canada.
I did not over stay my time there.

What are my chances? My family will not be coming with me when I go for my studies in the U.S.

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vu tran December 24, 2013 at 10:38 am

Hello, professor B!
I am from Vietnam! I have apply for a college in US. Honestly, I had an interview on dec 2 2013 and I failed because of my speaking ( my toefl ibt is 80 with speaking skill 17). Now I will get another interview dec 30 2013 because my course will start Jan 10 2014 and I don’t want to wait for next semester in August. Should I take this interview or wait next semester to do everything again?

I hear that people who do 2 interviews within a month usually cannot get VISA in second interview if the first interview failed! I am really worried now!

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Abimbola December 22, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Dear Prof,

My name is Abimbola and I’m a Nigerian. I’m having an F-1 visa interview second week of January but I’m concerned about some issue.
I applied to Simon Fraser University in Canada and 2 Universities(Saint Joseph’s University and Grand Valley State University precisely) for M.S Criminal Justice for Spring 2014 intake.
My GVSU application was unsuccessful but I’m offered an admission by SJU. My concern is that I didn’t take the GRE because both schools didn’t request for it but took the TOEFL IBT and scored 85.
I have an undergraduate degree in Philosophy with a CGPA of 3.67/5.00 equivalent to 2.96 on a 4point scale and I’ve also completed the mandatory a year Youth Service. I have no scholarship because I applied few days to Spring 2014 semester application closing date. My estimated tuition,room,books and other fees is $27,000 though my dad is my sponsor with a bank account of over $100,000 and I also have almost $17,000 in my personal account. I’m 28 years old and still single but I’m engaged to my longtime girlfriend. I’ve never travel out of Nigeria because all of my family are based here in Nigeria and never have any reason to travel out until I decided to study M.S. Criminal Justice but no University offers the program in Nigeria.
I hope I have enough ties to my home country and didn’t plan on staying back in the US after my studies. There’s already a plan on ground to marry my fiancee December 2014.
I hope I stand a 50/50 chance of getting the visa?

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Abimbola December 22, 2013 at 7:46 pm

I forgot to state in my previous message that I’m offered a provisional admission.

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uche ukoha December 19, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Hello, I had an interview at the US embassy and after the interview i was issued the visa 3 to 4 hours later i received a call saying is from the embassy i should come and collect my passport. Getting there i receive a blue letter from someonelse stating that my visa has been denied for lack of home ties to my home country. First of all i was not asked that particular question initially by the Visa Interviewer and secondly i should have been denied the visa from the beginning rather than issuing the visa and calling it back.

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shola December 7, 2013 at 4:23 pm

hello prof,
please whats the chance of visa issuance for a 30 years old Nigerian seeking for undergraduate admission with HND(Associate Degree) into a US school?

Regards

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shola December 7, 2013 at 4:04 pm

hello prof,
whats the chance of visa issuance for a 30 years old Nigerian seeking for undergraduate admission with HND(Associate Degree) into a US school?

Regards

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uju December 5, 2013 at 9:32 am

Hello Professor B,

I have an issue, I got accepted into the university of houston for the january 2014 semester and my I-20 has been sent. However, I would like to change my financial sponsor and was told by the school that it is too late to change the I-20 now but on arrival at the university, I can make the change. Kindly advice me on what to do

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tamir February 11, 2014 at 1:26 am

Hey, did you get the visa?
and How long did U of H take to process your application? And what was your gpa if you dont mind me asking? I have applied there also.

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Tiego November 27, 2013 at 11:11 am

Good Day

Please advise.My niece was recently denied an F1 visa in South Africa. She unfortunately was not told why she was denied a visa, but I have sent an email to the Consular General to find out the reason, so that we know how to proceed. I suspect the rejection may be due to 214 (b), as that is what her tourist visa was rejected for.

Her and her mom were initially denied a tourist visa in 2007 when because their surnames did not match (mother was still using maiden name at that stage), so they did not know the nature of their relationship. They were convinced she would not return to South Africa. In her interview for the F1 visa, she was asked why she was denied a tourist visa in 2007 and she responded that she thought it was because she was young. Her mother has since changed her surname to her married name and was successful in obtaining a 10 year visa for herself in 2008.

My niece finished high school in 2012, but was not accepted to any technikon or university in South Africa as her marks were too low. She spent 2013 improving her matric (Grade 12) marks and going for lessons in preparation for the TOEFL exam. The matric exam marks in South Africa will only be released end of December, so we will only find out then if she is be eligible to apply for local tertiary institutions. She passed her TOEFL exam and scored 78. She was recently accepted to Fullerton College for Spring 2014 for an Associate Degree in Accounting and was sent the necessary supporting documents (I-20 and confirmation letter). She took those documents and the mother’s statements from the bank showing that they can afford the fees of approximately $20,000 (includes boarding). Her father’s banking details were not included, only the mother’s.

At the interview, she was asked about her immediate family in South Africa and siblings and responded accordingly. The mother is a teacher and the father is self-employed. The brother has a professional job in South Africa. She indicated on her visa application that her aunt stays in the Orange County. The aunt has been in the USA since 1989 and is married. When asked when her aunt went to the USA, she told them she was not sure, but it was before she was born.

I would like to book for another appointment, but will not do so until I know the reason the visa was denied. Please advise what you think the problem may be. My niece is 19 and does not have any property or children. The only ties she has in South Africa is her family. After her Associate Degree she would like to transfer to a university to complete a Bachelors Degree. In 2011, she went to France on a school trip and returned. Her older brother travelled extensively during his school days to USA, Europe, Australia and around Africa and is still based in South Africa.

I think I have provided all the relevant information you may require to assess my niece’s case. Please advise what you think may have gone wrong and what documents may assist in acquiring an F1 visa.

Apologies, for the long message, but I wanted to enusre that all the relevant information is included. I hope to book for an interview for her next week.

Thanking you in advance.

Regards,

Tiego

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??? ??? November 24, 2013 at 12:51 am

Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular article!
It is the little changes which will make the
most important changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!

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Fatemah November 21, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Hey. Had my interview tody at the US embassy. I applied for a student visa and i presented all my documents icluding my i20 but they want me to prove it that i have the intention to come back to my home town. Any idea on how to prove?

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Sufiyan November 19, 2013 at 6:24 pm

I was refused student visa yesterday based on my GPA which is 2.7. Any solution for this problem so i can reapply?

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ramya November 18, 2013 at 2:04 pm

i have visa at nov 27th 2013. but i have a small problem, i attend TOEFL but my scores are low (61marks), second time i attend this exam at 17th nov 2013 the results will obtain at the same day when i have visa. I got the conditional admission from one of the universities in USA. The problem is a have a little doubt about my resent exam results in case if i don’t get sufficient score is this going to be a problem. Please give me some suggestions, i am afraid of it . please urgent.

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kurumburi November 15, 2013 at 3:22 pm

dear prof b
i have an interview after 2 days. i am an Eritrean applying in Khartoum Sudan consulate of America. i came here to help my brother who have a grocery here 3 months ago and because the internet connection here in sudan is better than eritrea , i got an admission from national university of california sandiego. because i am not applying from my country can it be a problem.
i have a sponser from america, my uncle. i have good academic records. i am going to study computer science (undergraduate). i haven’t taken TOEFL because i am going to enroll in the english program first. i have a prepared work in my homeland.
i give my gratitude in advance you respond me soon

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Alina October 30, 2013 at 2:23 am

Hello!
I will be applying for a student visa! I need good advice, because this will be my first time. Some information.
I am 18 years old
I am a Canadian PR
I will be going to a undergrad program
I do npt require any English proficiency test because I am fluent
A U.S citizen Relative will be sponsoring me
And My parents are living in Canada

Please comment of any questions I should prepare myself of and do I have a fair chance of getting my Student Visa.

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Professor_B November 12, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Not a problem. As a Canadian Resident you are virtually assured of a US student visa without much of the 214B presumption. Just have a solid admission, a solid financial statement, and a clear purpose and you will be fine.

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noah October 25, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Hello,
I wanted some advice.. ill be applying for a student visa soon!! And my parents are canadian PR here and so am I. I am a Undergraduate Student and I have a U.S sponser which is my uncle. Do I need a GRE/TOEFL? I come from a english speaking part of Canada which is Toronto. And I have studied in Texas my entire life just that I was a temporary visitor. Then I came to Canada. I am still very young so the ties I have is my family in Canada and also have a bank account open.
I Need To prepare myself on what the V.O might ask me.

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Professor_B November 12, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Most schools will NOT require a TOEFL. Are you going to grad school? If so, you WILL need a GRE in all likelihood.

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leena October 10, 2013 at 6:01 am

Hi Sir / Madam as i am going to attend my visa interview i have a question as i took long time to complete my graduation nearly seven years so what reply can i give the visa officer if he asks me why did it take so long to complete my graduation

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Professor_B November 12, 2013 at 6:35 pm

How about this novel concept—-THE TRUTH???? Why did you not go to school for seven years? If you are an undergrad, it can hurt. If you are a grad and was working between degrees, then no issue.

Depending on which country you are in…the time to complete your graduation may be due to strikes or other factors. There is a story and a reason. Just give it directly.

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Maureen August 16, 2013 at 5:08 am

Hell prof,
I was denied a visitor visa early this month under 214B. I have been to the US four times and never violated my visa or I-94. I was supposed to go for a musical tour for three months then come back home and leave as a student. My admission is for 2014 Spring and I have admission from like 4schools that i visited while I was there and event auditioned to be considered for a music major. I have a US sponsor who’ve been sponsoring me even in my university here. I have a 3year recording music contract with a local label and a job offer from one local recording studio when I’m done with my studies in Music Technology in the US after some years and they have promised good pay. I have my transcript from my local university with a GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0. I did mass communication for my associates but now going to major in music production and we do not have any school with that in my country.What do you advice so I do not get a denial this time? I sincerely just want to go study and return home to be of great impact in the industry.

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Professor_B November 12, 2013 at 6:36 pm

You must not have represented yourself very well. If you have not violated your B-Visa…not stayed for a particularly long time…not worked while there….and traveled in an out four times, then that is baffling. There has to be more to the story. What is your age? What degree are you seeking. Something is not adding up here. Clarify some more please.

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Prince July 28, 2013 at 11:30 am

Hello Proof,
I got accepted to a community college in the USA for fall semester to come pursue an associate degree in computer science and i went for my interview on the 15th of july 2013 but i got my visa denied. The VO checked my I – 20 and sevis fees only and asked me about 4 questions and he said i did not qualify for a student visa.I felt bad but i said ” Thank you Sir ” and i took the sheet he game me (21B document) and i came home.I have contacted the school and i have had them defer my admission to spring 2014 because i really want to continue my education at the school and get the degree.I want to know if i will be denied a visa again if i go for a second interview?
Thank you very much and waiting patiently for your reply to me.

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uju December 5, 2013 at 11:32 am

Dear Prince,

Please can you kindly state the questions that were asked and your response. I am having a bit of an issue with my I-20 as well and your questions may help. Thank you

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lala December 24, 2013 at 9:50 am

please give us some clue what they asked u and ur response

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L July 24, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Hello Prof,
My name is Lucy with Chinese citizenship but a permanent resident in Canada. I went to college and worked in Canada. I got an offer from a top 5 MBA program in the Unites and I have also received a fellowship from a U.S. Bank worth $40,000 per year with the condition that I have to do my summer intern with the bank after my first year MBA. The Fellowship is also listed as one of the means of my financial support on I-20 form. My question is that would the fellowship give VO wrong impression that I want to stay in the US after my graduation?? The truth is that I have no intention to stay in the US since my husband and I bought a house in Canada already and he lives there permanently. We have enough funds ourselves to support my MBA in the States. Would you please advise whether I should list my Fellowship on I-20. Would the fellowship hurt my F1 application.
Thank you very much in advance for answering my question.
L

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Professor_B November 12, 2013 at 6:37 pm

It will actually help. Hope it worked out.

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Charles July 21, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Hi Prof
Am preparing for my student visa interview , first week of august .I graduated from High school in 2006, and haven’t gone to any other higher institution other than computer school , i applied for computer science in ETSU university and was granted admission ,presently i work for a company outside my country in Haiti, the company is relevant to my course of study.Where my contract just expired and i wanted to further my education , .my school doesn’t require TOEFL just my high school certificate and high school transcript , i was denied a tourist visa in 2010 and in January this year i wanted to represent the company i work for in a training program but i was denied also because i didnt go with my contract letter,(thats was i thought ,because it was the question he asked me last), my contract is almost over is why i decided to continue my education , will the denial and lack of TOEFL that wasnt required affect my result at the interview . the school states in my I-120 that i have English proficiency required.My father is my sponsor with enough funds.

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Yetunde July 12, 2013 at 10:32 am

Hello Prof B. Please Sir, I need your advice. My interview is in a few days and I have a mistake on my i-20 as regards the course I will major in. I have reported this to the school and I was told go ahead with the i-20 I have with me. That they won’t be able to get the new one to me. I was sent a copy of the scanned copy. I was asked to explain the mistake to the visa officer. I have the mail of the conversations with the school printed out as well as the corrected i-20. My question is,hope all these wnt hurt my chances and what do you advice me to do. I am to major in accounting and finance was put on d i-20. That’s the only mistake. Every other thing is correct. Thank you Sir.

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mimi July 3, 2013 at 11:56 pm

hi professor b thank you for all you are doing for international students. i am a young woman of 24 from benin, west africa and i got admitted to a master degree in science of professional writinf and technical communication at the university of houston downtown tx. as educational background i graduated at the university of benin for my bachelor degree in english and i major in american studies, i then went to ghana for the english courses and i successfully have the proficiency, i then started a diploma in bus mgt and administration but i didn’t completed it. i passed the GRE, the toefl (89), and a gpa of 3.69, my uncle is financing my studies. i will meet the VO next week but i am a little bit confused. i thaught in a school for 2 years. people said i should not mention my work experience but as a graduate student i think i should. what should i bring to convince with my work experience? i also applied at only one university. what are your advices to me?

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Anna June 14, 2013 at 12:41 am

Hi,

I am from the Philippines and I have a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communications engineering . I am a licensed electronics engineer(in the top 10 during the board exam) and my work right now is in the field of IT – quality assurance. Most of my relatives are in the US but both of my parents still live here and have no intentions of migrating to the US. I’m thinking of taking a master’s degree in computer science but I’m not sure if I still want to be in the field of technology anymore. What are the chances of an f1 visa being approved if I decide to take a physical therapy assistant associate degree in the US? Btw, I currently hold a 10 year multiple entry tourist visa.

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Doris May 31, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Dear sir,

My sister just got accepted at Wesleyan College is GA with 50% scholarship. The rest of the cost amounts to ~$16000 per year. Unfortunately, my father is only able to sponsor ~$6000. Hence, I agreed to contribute the remaining amount to her education. I usually can save ~$12000 every year from my stipend money. However, since I myself am on an F1 visa (pursuing a PhD degree), I cannot officially be her sponsor. Is there any way in which I can show that I am giving the money to my dad to fund the rest of my sister’s education. Will that be a reason for rejection by the visa officials? Please advise.

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Professor_B November 12, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Doris, the only issue is…will there be ACTUAL MONEY there for the student when it is time to pay fees. A lot of student manipulate paper to show themselves qualified, but unfortunately when it is time to produce money they cannot. As long as you are CERTAIN that actual money will be there when it needs to be there, then it is fine to shuffle papers around.

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Sarah M May 20, 2013 at 6:43 am

Hello

I’m 24 year old female and am interested to continue my studies in USA, i am currently preparing my application to the university.
While I was at the bank to get a financial garantee letter from my father’s saving account, i discovered that the bank closed the account for some months because they required some updated documents, and opened a completley new account with zero history after the documents they required was submitted.

The bank explained to me that I only require a financial garentee stating the current amount in the account for my embassy interview, but I’m afraid that the embassy will think that I just created the account for this pourpose, please let me know your thoughts in this, and meanwhile i will try to get a document from the bank that shows the previous accounts accosiation with the new account.

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Professor_B November 12, 2013 at 6:30 pm

The question with finance is simple. IS THERE REAL MONEY AVAILABLE? There is a preoccupation with SHOWING the money on paper. Focus on HAVING the money. Do you have the money that is necessary? If yes, proceed. If not, be very careful.

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Tsering Dhondhen April 30, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Dear Professor,
While going through this site, I found some really helpful tips. So I wanna ask my doubts.
I have my appointment made in 3 week’s period. I am ready with all the documents except for myTOEFL score report. I ordered twice and still I haven’t received it. When I called the helpline, other voice told me there is nothing they can do except order another one free of cost. In any case it will take another 5-6 weeks which I don’t have the time. Will it work against me if I bring the printouts of my TOEFL score from the internet?
Secondly, I am among 30 international students who are given admission and full scholarship of 4 years course (tuition+board+food+stationary) in Berea College. I have good high school academic report and my TOEFL is 100. The problem is I don’t have family or relatives in my home country and I too don’t have relatives or family members in States as well. If ever they ask me about my family and relatives in home country, will it work against me? All my family lives in Nepal. I am applying from and permanent resident if India.
I would really appreciate your advice and guidance.

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James April 22, 2013 at 5:16 pm

F1-VISA DENIAL

Hello Prof,

I am 22 years old and from the United Kingdom. I went to my visa interview in London about 2 weeks ago. I have been accepted to Kennesaw State University, in the state of Georgia, in the United States. I have currently completed one year of studies at the University of Greenwich, in the United Kingdom and I hold a 3.0 GPA. When I went to my interview the officer asked me why I want to study in the United States and I told him “to receive a business degree from the United States would help me when I return to the UK because job competition is so high here that I think if I have a degree from the US than I will get a job easier than someone with a UK degree.” He nodded and then asked for me to show him my i20. He then asked me if I will be a freshman, and I said no I would start as a sophomore this May, in the summer semester. He nodded and then said who is sponsoring you(it says who on my i20) I told him the names of the 2 U.S citizen sponsors and told him that they are old family friends from my dads side and they live in Atlanta, Georgia. I told him that I flew 3 times to visit them in order for them to talk to me and decide to sponsor me and do paperwork with me.(I was hoping this would show him that I have always come back to the UK every time I have flown.) I showed him their bank statements but I was unprepared and did not have their citizenship proof. This was my fault and he wanted more papers on them. I also showed him my dad’s bank statements, work papers, house tax, passport, and my bank statements and he was upset that I did not have my mums or sisters information. He then denied me on 214b and said that I do not have enough on my family and he does not believe my story of how I know my sponsors? (I obviously know them though because I went to Kennesaw with them multiple times and they agreed to sponsor me. I think he said this because I did not bring enough paperwork on them.)

My question to you is,
If I bring
1)my sponsor’s citizenship paperwork, house tax paper, employment paper(they are both in the medical field and earn a lot of money and the i20 shows that I have enough funds), and a real affidavit of support( last time it was just a sentence saying that they sponsor me with their signatures)
2) Like last time: my dad’s bank statements, work paper, house tax, passport
3) My mum’s work paper, house tax, bank statements, passport copy
4) My sister’s work paper, house tax bank statements, passport copy
5) Like last time: my bank statements

Will this be enough proof to show that my sponsors are able to support and help me and that I have family ties to the UK? I am just a student so I am not married or anything, my whole life is school so the only ties I can show are my family and my bank statements. I thought all students only have this amount of ties?

I would greatly appreciate you response as I think I will reschedule an interview for next week or the week after. Sorry if I typed a lot.

And if anyone else has a comment, please do not hesitate to tell me anything! Thanks!

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James April 22, 2013 at 5:21 pm

*my dad does not make enough to sponsor me and my parents are divorced for many years now but we all live in the same area. I don’t know if this makes a difference?

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ikenna April 10, 2013 at 5:30 am

Hi prof.
I am citizen of Nigeria with permanent residency status in the country of Belize as i had arrived here for studies 2 years ago. I’m gonna be 20 years of age by May. And i’ll be finishing my associates degree in Information Technology in 2 semesters. I want a computer science degree and that isn’t offered in my school where i currently maintain a GPA of 3.89 on a 4 point scale. So i was wondering if i’d have better chance of getting my student visa application approved if i apply for January admissions or wait till i’m done with my associates or just finish the bachelors up there and apply for more studies in the states. I’ve never taken TOEFL or SAT but most schools in the states that I’ve talked to say i’d be considered as a transfer student (note: I’ve got over 60 credits of school work including “A”-passed college English courses). Also, i graduated from high school with excellent results as well. My parents are my sponsors and their collective-financial status is OK. I have my whole family back in Nigeria and no family members in the states. Considering the attitude of VOs to West African countries’ citizens (probably our fault) and the fact that i virtually have no travel history (except for my BELIZE travel history), what is your advice and what are my chances. PS: I’m DEFINITELY going back home after studies although convincing VOs would be difficult.

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KIRUBEL April 9, 2013 at 4:24 pm

HELLO PROFF,
I WAS ACCEPTED TO A HIGH SCHOOL TO ATTEND GRADE 11 IN THE USA,THEI -20 HAS BEEN SENT AND MY GRADES ARE NOT SO GOOD ALTHOUGH MY GRADES IN ENGLISH ARE VERY GOOD AND I DONT HAVE A TOFEL BUT I HAVE IELTS,MY INTERVIEW IS CAMING UP SOON,AND AND I WILL BE 18 YEARS OLD,WILL I HAVE ANY PROBLEM WITH THE VO BECAUSE OF THIS THINGS.PLEASE LET ME KNOW FAST.THANKS

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Rammy saeed April 9, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I have a visa appointment in a week time, I graduated from college this year and currently serving as a teaching assistant at the university I graduated from, I have gained an admission to study masters programme in educational leadership and foundations at the university of Texas el paso. I have a letter from the human resource department stating that I will be accepted to work in the university after my return from The USA. my brother is sponsoring my education and I have some documents to prove ties to Ghana. I want to know my chances. Thank you!

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MICHAEL April 8, 2013 at 10:32 am

I attended an F1 visa interview this month got rejected on the basis of 214(b) i do not know the changes i should make to my profile , i have a BA in stats & computer science and applied to study MS Information system at Strayer University in Philadelphia, I’ve been married for about two years and my father-in law is sponsoring me, no scholarship and I’ve been working four years . GRE Scores are as follows
Quaint- 149, Verb – 145, .AW- 3.5 I must concede that i was unable to convince the VO, was too tensed. I m planning to go in two months time with more confidence n better answers, Please your advice is very much welcomed. Thanks

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edga miendgo April 9, 2014 at 9:41 am

The visa was denied because of the father in law sponsoring you. Other things are fine but ur father in-law is not a close relative, the USA understands that what if ur wife divorce u in the process of ur study who will pay ur school fee. your sponsor should be a blood relative.
Thank u.

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Adwoa March 19, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Hello
I have applied for visa for three times and each occassion have been refused.i was asked if i had written any standard test and i told the consular that it was not a requirement for getting admission to the graduate school and after saying that was refused the visa.please i would like to apply for the fourth time and would like to know am suppose to do before i go for the interview

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Malik March 16, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Dear Professor B,
I’m a 31 yr old married African with 4 years of working experience. I’m currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Saudi Arabia and got admitted into a PhD program in the US (STEM course).

I was offered a generous fellowship worth $45,000(tuition waiver+insurance+stipend), while the cost of attendance from i20 states $34,000(tuition+insurance+cost of living+dependent expenses)

My concern is based on the fact that I’m appearing for the interview with my wife (her i20 was also issued) away from my home country. Does any of these points hurt my chances of f1 visa approval?
Thank you for doing a great job!

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james biney March 14, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Hi professor,
GOD bless you for the help you have been given to students on this platform. Sir, my visa interview is in March and would like you to look through my situation and offer me some advice. I have been offered admission from a community college and l also receive a conditional admission letter from a university (university of Washington in WA) that has a direct transfer agreement with the community college, they are offering me a full admission once I complete my associate degree and also obtained the required GPA of 3.00 to complete my bachelors degree in the university. My reason for starting my bachelor’s degree from the community college is because of the low tuition it offers compared to the 4year university and also it small class size. My uncle is my sponsor; he is a US citizen and lives there. I perused a 2year diploma program from a university which I study maritime mgt and graduated last year with a GPA of 3.57.
Age 23
Completed high school in 2008
Have a 2year diploma in maritime mgt
Program I want to study: business mgt
Money in my uncle’s account: $90,000
Tuition per year: $17,000
I live with my parents and siblings in Ghana.

Prof looking at all these do I have a chance?

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Farhad Batmanghelich March 10, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Hi,

I have been admitted to a PhD program in materials engineering program at a US university with full funding (GRA). However, I am very nervous about the clearance of my visa because of my Iranian nationality. My project is going to be about batteries and electrochemical energy conversion. Do you think I might be rejected or uncleared because of the fields of my research in US?

Best

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kwame March 6, 2013 at 7:14 pm

hello prof,
I am kwame from Ghana.in no time i would be going for visa interview .have had my i20 from Lewis clark state college in idaho with 3500 scholarship and the total expenses is also 25401 and had my sevis receipt. i am 21 and completed high school last year which is may 2012.i would like to know my chances of getting the visa and if you you could help ,if i am missing something.thank you
sat,1310
course,pre-med(biological and biomedical science
wassce,grade(13)5b2 ,3b3
sponsor; my father he is sponsoring me with his company and have all the business certificate and tax clearance certificate

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Jen March 2, 2013 at 2:17 am

Hi. I’m applying for an F1 visa in the Philippines. I have been accepted in a university in Illinois for masters in health care program. I have the financial documents, I-20, notarized sponsorship letter, IELTS exam, criterion exam results (assessment for english) and documents from the university. I was able to pass the IELTS results to the university before they expired last Dec 2012 and they accepted it. The school also required me to have a credentials assessment with an accredited US agency and the results were already forwarded to the university. My sponsor is a long time close family friend who runs a business here. My concern is both of my parents are in the US on an F1 visa but they will be coming home in June. I previously applied for a visa (tourist) but was denied. What are my chances of getting a visa when I apply?

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Samuel February 7, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Hi, i’m a 20yrs old 4.0 CGPA American Degree Transfer Program student in Malaysia and I’ve got admitted as a transfer student into Western Michigan University for Biomedical Science program with a $16000 scholarship. My sponsor is my dad whose a U.S permanent resident and my aunt back home in Nigeria.My parents are separated, my mum has a house and stocks with me as next of kin and i have two sibling back home too. I intend to go back home for the visa application and interview – please i would like to know if my dad being a permanent resident would have negative effect on visa decision. I’m very passionate about my program.Thanks

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danielle January 30, 2013 at 4:38 pm

hi im from israel… im now leaving the states after 4 months staying and id like to apply for a student visa in order to come back and study dance in may..
I was wondering if there are any advices you could give me for the interview or for documents i should be showing in order to get the student visa plus i was wondering if there is a period of time after i finish studying that my visa is still valid and i can use it to transfer a different school.
beside that while having a student visa visiting my homeland would be possible without getting sent back on the border?..

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Nege January 14, 2013 at 6:12 am

Sir.. I m in us rite now i applied for visa they request me more evidence like
Explning when you decide to study?and how you conclude your dtudies here in us and whats my plan after that?

What is the better way to reply sir?

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Meloin December 26, 2012 at 8:56 am

Hello Everyone,

I need a quick response since my visa interview is just in two days on the 28th.
I have been surfing the net for quality F1 visa information and thank God i found this one, but little time. I hope it doesn’t matter.

I was denied Visa twice and i had not paid my SEVIS fee in both instances.

I am a BSc Geological Engineering holder with 3.86/4 GPA from Ghana,
Applied and got Admits at North Carolina A&T State Univ to study MS CS
I was given a full scholarship and later they narrowed it to out of state tuition remission and a 3000 dollar stipend per semester, RAship.
I have no GRE but My proficiency in English was accepted by the School.

I have full finances, my father’s bank acc. holds over USD200,000
cost per year is USD22,500 and Daddy showed a USD23,000 a year commitment aside my USD8715 scholarship a sem.
I am married and 26. My daddy adviced me to marry my long term rel partner, so that i wouldn’t have to be stranded upon return from school when i would be much older and she might have married someone else.
I have a 1 year working experience in 2 mining companies, 1 in Ghana and the other in Burkina Faso.
1. My question is, would it hurt that my father is sponsoring me even though i’m married?
2. I am changing my major completely even though in same engineering discipline but Geology to Computer Science without GRE.

A Company Here in Ghana which showed interest in my research area of Biometrics, offered me a job cover letter.

Thank you for your innumerable responses well constructed below.

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Meloin December 26, 2012 at 9:04 am

my 1st interview. SEVIS fee not paid, I20 did not have scholarship stated 30th Nov.

me: good morning sir
VO: how are you? Pass me your i20 and passport
VO: why north Carolina
Me: to pursue MS
Vo: why MS
me: to add value to my BS and also become competitive
VO: who is sponsoring you? (at this point, my i20 had my father as sole sponsor)
ME: the school, sir the school has offered me a sponsorship but my father is stated on i20
VO: which other schools you applied to? (i had forgotten about app i did to further in Colorado School of Mines late last year)
ME: Sir, this is the only school.
VO: makes long speech, i’m sorry i would have to refuse you visa
ME: interupts, sir please i have docs to prove my scholarship, i’m not lying,
VO: i know
ME: please what is the problem with my application?
VO: it is stated on the paper
ME: thank you can i reapply?
VO: yes!
ME: thank you very much sir!(sooo sour and cut)

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Meloin December 26, 2012 at 9:12 am

2nd interview, 5th Dec, no change in circumstances (because i didn’t understand reasons for denial i thought there was nothing wrong with me)

VO: have i interviewed you
me: yes sir,
VO: (made a comment like i’ve returned sooner than he’d expect) please sit down my colleague would interview you.
ME: ok sir! thank you!

VO2: (calls my name to window)
ME: Good morning ma’am
VO2: why the school? (sounded harsh and disapproving)
ME: ma’am there is an ongoing research in Biometrics i want to take part in
VO2: (interrupts like she couldn’t hear, with same question)
ME: ma’am the school has the state of the art facility in my area of study
VO2: what state of the arts facility?
ME: the center for advance studies..(VO2: interrupts, with same question)
ME: (tried answering)
VO2: what is your GRE
ME: ma’am please the school did not require GRE

VO2: talks in inaudible sequence and denies me
ME: quite grieved tried to ask for explanation (VO2: next , sir please step aside)
ME: thank you ma’am!

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Meloin December 26, 2012 at 9:18 am

My third VI scheduled 28th, new I20 captures Research assistantship scholarship, Department issued a letter of sponsorship stating the offer.
I have a job cover letter for my program from a Ghana club 100 company worth over USD10 – 20million.

Please how do i construct myself, since my long term goal is to advance my self in computing thoroughly but now my main interest is in Biometrics to help my country win the interest of the populace into electronic voting within the next couple of elections to come.

I have fear over the GRE test. and fact that i have to register for 3 undergrad courses in CS.

Thanks in advance and i hope my request would be met in urgency.
God bless you so much for helping.

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MICHAEL April 18, 2013 at 11:10 pm

What was the outcome of your third interview, hope it was successful

Adeola December 8, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Hi Professor,
Am a Nigerian and I got admission to the University of Indianapolis to study Bachelor in Information System. My situation is quite different from most I see in this page and I was wondering if you could advice me in some way.
I studied Diploma in Information Technology in MALAYSIA and has a very strong GPA which made me eligible for some scholarship. I got admission and now my interview is in a week’s time. I have all the required documents but the only thing I see as a challenge is the fact that am applying from Malaysia. I discussed this with my International Student Adviser at the University of Indianapolis and she advised that it would save me time to apply from Malaysia. I took her advice and did apply in Malaysia which the interview is next week. Do you think not applying from my home country will be a disturbing factor? Thanks for your help…

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Surj November 29, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Respcd prof.

I have intrview the nxt week. And my toefl score is low i.e 61/120 ,
sat score :1360/2400 and highschool % 68,
i’m applyng for biological science @ ECU with i20 amount $9800 with $6000 scholrsp.

Does the lower toefl score effects my chances of getting visa? Should i retake my exam?
And the truth is that i really suffered a technical problem during my toefl exam.

Please help me…

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Kevin November 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm

“Is Dependent: False”. This is an exact comment in my appointment history. I am supposed to attend a student visa interview on the 22nd of January 2013, but i plan to apply for an emergency rescheduling since my school resumes on the 7th of January 2013 and I should be there, latest, one day to the resumption date. I am 29yrs old, and have been accepted to study Mechanical Engineering at Masters level at the University of North Dakota. I haven’t got any assistanstship, but I my parents are providing me with sufficient funds. My GRE and TOEFL totals are 308 and 105 respectively. I have worked, for one year, as a Graduate Engineering Trainee at an integrated steel plant, now I work as a technical assistant at my father’s firm. Please, can you explain what the comment on my appointment could mean, and advise me on my chances.

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Nabila November 11, 2012 at 9:00 am

Sir,
im a student from Bangladesh. i have passed my secondary education at 1997, after that i have admitted in a university but after 3 semester i got australian visa and i went for it. but some personal and family issue i couldn’t finished my study their and came back in bangladesh at 2009. but now im interested to go USA for my higher study. what is the possibility to get Visa for me.. plz inform me. thnx

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noel November 8, 2012 at 2:09 am

im planning to study in u.s im undergraduate of bs. nursing here in philippines. but i already have a denied last 2008 i take up a toursit visa… what process in taking up u.s student visa…

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Frank November 8, 2012 at 12:06 am

I haven’t gone for a visa interview before and mine is scheduled for the 27th of November. Initially, i got an admission to Texas Tech for the fall this Year(2012) but it was too close to the date on which i was required to be in the US ( 21st August). I applied for a visa interview and i could only secure one on the 27th of November. I then tried to apply for an emergency student visa (this was careless on my part) but I was denied. I then decided to wait for the Spring semester, so I had the admission deferred. I was also granted a scholarship which granted me in-state tuition.
My interview is coming up in some weeks and I would like to know if my initial action (applying for an emergency visa) will affect my chances of obtaining a visa this time around. Also, I have a brother who is currently in his final year in the same school and an aunt who lives in the same state. Will these immediate ties affect my chances ? I would also like to know if there are any other financial documents to present besides bank statements.
Sponsors – Parents
Age – 17
IGCSE – 6 A*’s
SAT – 1930
TOEFL – 107

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Frank November 28, 2012 at 8:50 pm

My interview went well. The fact that i had applied for an emergency interview wasn’t even brought up. The interview was something like this:
VO: Good Morning. How are you ?
me: Fine, good morning too.
VO: Please pass your passport and receipts(my I-20 was together with it)
(she looks at them then types stuff on her computer)
VO: How old are you ?
me: 17
VO: So of all the countries in the world, why did you choose the US.
me: bla bla bla…. (provide a reasonable answer)
VO: How many schools did you apply to ?
me: 4
VO: Which ones ?
me: MIT, texas tech, midwestern, texas a&m
(she smiled when i said MIT)
VO: So, how many were you admitted to ?
me: 3(except MIT)
VO: Have you been outside Nigeria before ?
me: No.
VO: Do you know anyone in the US ?
me: Yes, an aunty and a brother.
VO: What is your brother doing there ?
me: He’s going to graduate from the same school next year
VO: What will he do when he graduates ?
me: bla bla bla…. (provide a reasonable answer)
VO: So what are your plans in this school ?
me: i want to study computer engineering.
VO: What will you do when you graduate ?
me: bla bla bla…. (provide a reasonable answer)
VO: What does your father do ?
me: bla bla bla…. (provide a reasonable answer)
VO: So who is going to support you while in school ?
me: my dad.
VO: Let me see your financial documents
(i pass my dad’s bank statements)
VO: (looks at me for a few seconds then says)
You have been granted your visa. You are to pick…….
(She prints a paper and gives me to enable collect the docs)
VO: Have a nice day !
me: (Smiling) Thank you very much.

I’m led to believe that all you need is good composure. Then when asked to explain anything, explain completely. Also, the interview is not something to worry yourself about. Also be completely truthful. Lying would not help you out. You can also ask God for favour. It helped me. I have seven siblings. But, i was lucky in the sense that i wasn’t asked anything concerning that.

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I Am An Asian Student November 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Hi, I just finished my degree in B.S. Entrepreneurship in my hometown (a 3rd world country) and I am planning to get an associate degree next year at a community college in Tennessee where my mom lives with my step dad who will support for my school. My mom and step dad will be here for a vacation after 2 weeks, they already got me an application form from the college. I hope you could give me tips so that I’d be granted a student visa.

1. Is my mom living in the USA an advantage or not, she just re-married there for like 3 years.
2. I applied for tourist visa 6 months ago, and got denied.
3. I was planning to take an Associate Degree in Nursing, but I don’t think it will help because we know that in a 3rd world country, nurses aren’t paid well. Or should I get another degree like Concentration in Finance or Human Resources? Or perhaps an MBA? Are they going to ask me about the course I will take? So, what should I choose?
4. Is it necessary to take GMAT even if the college only requires TOEFL?
5. Is it okay that I am applying for one school only or application in many schools will help?
6. Will a less than one year work experience help or work is irrelevant?
7. My grades in college were pretty much average, how will I defend that I can still get high grades in the college I’m applying for, or this is not an important issue?

How will these affect my application? Thank you so much! Your reply will help my future plans.

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swanzy November 3, 2012 at 8:46 am

hello. i just completed with my bachelor’s degree program and have applied for a 2nd bachelor’s in the united states. This is because my first bachelor’s is an integrated program hence no specialization. i have gained admission into the second bachelor’s and will have major this time. i intend to transfer certain courses to reduce the number of years to about 2 years when i arrive at the school. I have all necessary documents, and i am due for interview soon. What are my chances of getting a visa? will they think is absurd to pursue a 2nd bachelor’s degree and deny me a visa? I need Your advise. Thank You

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professor_b November 4, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Quite likely they might…but it depends on several other factors. If the new program is a sci and tech program that is better in the USA, then it has a chance. If you have been in school continuously and are still early twenties, that helps; if you can show a clear intent to return and your country has an infrastructure to accommodate that degree, that also helps. But it helps to list your nationality. Frankly, that matters. Also, the source of your funding and the quality and quantity of it matters. I need a lot more information to give an assessment. Please provide it.

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Sara October 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Hi pro
I am 30 yrs ol and I am studying.english in Iranian university. I want to come to USA for intensive English program. My sister who lives in Florida is sponsoring me and she n her huzband have a very good financial situation . But she just applied for one university (fsu) Oslo I have above average bank statement ( money) and I own one house in Iran is this helping my situation ? For iep I don’t need toefel test or Gre . I am very nervouse , I am currently working as a teacher in small daycare teaching English . What can I do to improve my situation ? I I have a chance ? Should I get a 2 years degree from my colleg? Please some advice

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professor_b November 4, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Your nervousness is fair on three grounds. First your age; Second your country of origin; and third your choice to seek an ESL program. Age is what it is, and you cannot do anything about it. Same goes for your nationality! So with that, you can consider obtaining a degree and continuing to work on your English in IRAN…then apply for a graduate school in the USA. I believe that has a better chance especially if you can present a GRE and TOEFL. Alternatively, if you must do an undergrad visa, seek admission on condition to the university instead of just the ESL program. That will help.

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Sara November 5, 2012 at 3:01 am

Thank you very much for your response , I will work more on my situation .

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favour October 14, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Hi Prof,
I have been given a student visa appointment date for next week, I have all the documents listed on the website but the one thing that concerns me is the fact that I am not being sponsored by my parents because they are both dead and I have their death certificates to that effect. I am instead being sponsored by my late father’s best friend whom has seen me through high school and the University. Please does the fact that he is not a relative affect me in any way?

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professor_b October 19, 2012 at 10:12 am

Under the circumstances, that would not hurt you. He has a proven history of supporting your education. Make sure that your documents reflect that history. You won’t be punished for being an orphan, but have the evidence with you. As long as the sponsor has the means, you were admitted into an accredited and reputable institution, you can provide evidence that you are academically well prepared, and most importantly, you are traditional age, not having had a long period OUT of school, and finally, that you can represent your goals well in an interview, you will get the visa. Have a clear sense of your plans. What MIGHT be a problem is no real ties to bring you back to your home country. As an orphan, if you were not raised by a sibling or relative, you may have a hard time establishing that. But that is not the most critical factor for an 18 year old. My gut, however, tells me you might be quite a bit older. If so, you may have some hurdles to overcome.

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abba lawal September 22, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Hello prof..am a student from nigeria applied for undergraduate in Us got admitted to southern arkansas university toefl score:87 transcript is incredible, best graduating student..but i was denied twice at the embassy all those times my i-20 and financial docs was the one collected from me and finances was not my problem..anyway now i applied again but i want an immigration lawyer to handle my visa issue please advice me how authentic immigration lawyers are especially those based in the states

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professor_b October 3, 2012 at 11:12 pm

As indicated in a prior answer, an immigration lawyer has no role in that particular non immigrant process. OUTside of the USA, the lawyer really no place, and you have no standing, from foreign soil, to take a mandamus approach to any action from the embassy. In short, there is no right to a visa. There is no right of appeal to a visa denial. There is no third party input that has formal bearing on the student visa process.

Essentially, the Embassy is equivalent to God Almighty in that process. There is no injustice even if a person who on paper, appears to qualify for a visa, but is denied. There is no “right” to be a non immigrant in the USA. The essential theory governing here is that if you are indeed a non-immigrant, then you really have no urgency to be in the USA that is binding on the USA.

This is a tricky proposition often misconstrued by non residents. The fact that you have a strong desire to get to the USA, actually telegraphs a mechanism that renders you ineligible to get to the USA. As I read through the various concerns about denials, I am more likely to understand the perspective of the US Embassy. Why? It is because I am looking from the inside out, and I have seen so many bright aspiring students like yourself, particularly from Africa, who I know are in fact text book visa violators.

The truth is that you will likely come to the USA, remain here for the long term, and will be a law abiding person who harms no one. However comforting that may be, it is still contrary to both the letter and spirit of the non immigrant law. Frankly, if I see a prospective case show up at my window with a lawyer, if that were an option, my first instinct would be to deny. If you have a legitimate case to represent, and your life does not depend on being in the USA, then you can make that case in two minutes with truthful words, genuine documents, and simple answers.

This rather complex answer simply says that it is important to first understand the student visa process, the laws governing the students visa process, and the reason for those laws, FROM THE US GOVERNMENT PERSPECTIVE, prior to going to the embassy. After all, that is the perspective that will govern your outcome. So naturally it is in your best interest to understand it.

I feel sorry for every young person wanting to get out of a country with limited opportunities to harvest their enormous talents. I feel particularly sympathy for youngsters in Africa where the most challenges exist. But I also understand that the US government has limits…..and cannot open the doors for all. I am comforted that it does for some. But even with the apparent high denials, more than 75% of my students from the African continent violated their visa in some way with the first year. So what is the solution?

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james kenndy September 11, 2012 at 9:18 pm

sir,i am in a situation that i would love if u can help me with an advice.my sponsor is a u.s citizen(my uncle) . he told me that i should apply and start from a community college before transferring to a 4year university to obtain a degree. the reasoning being that universities in America is very expensive especially for international students and in order for him to help me i should start from a ommunity college which will reduce the cost and also for him to be in a better position to support me gain my degree at the university. that is his final stand. but my problem is that getting a u.s visa with a community college can be slim. i have complete my high school and i also perused a diploma in maritime mgt and graduated this year. am hoping to peruse my b.degree in the U.S. i will love to start from university but is like i have no choice but to start from a community college since my uncle is the one paying. am 23 pls help me with this as i have no choice . thank you.

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professor_b September 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Why not use the funds from your uncle that is enough for the community college, and get is bachelor’s degree in YOUR country, where it will be infinitely cheaper. Do well, and then seek the master’s degree in the US. Then you can realistically expect to get financial help and less trauma in the visa process. I agree. The community college theoretically gives a lower probability of success given that your stated academic point is well beyond that level.

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hannah September 6, 2012 at 12:32 am

Hello!. I am in state already 4years still F1 visa,and my company sponsor me for first year in state the i have to go back which is i did not. my brother was here illegal for 10 year, but now he has green card in Virginia. I want to ask about F 1 visa for 18years old my sister. Is there any chance she can approve? my friend can sponsor my sister to come in state, but they are not related to each other. how can I help her to bring here. First step apply school and financial doc. second the interview? for me it is lil rare. i dont know how to start and help her. please help me give some advice.

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professor_b September 23, 2012 at 5:25 pm

This is the purview of an immigration lawyer….we cant pretend to be a substitute for professional advice in these specific circumstances. We are equipped for more general and external advice.

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TARIQ MIAN September 1, 2012 at 4:40 am

can my child who is only 10 years old, can get F visa? for schooling

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professor_b September 23, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Yes…once the school is qualified and the finances are in order.

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Dom October 17, 2012 at 9:06 pm

My son, who is 12 is denied f-1 visa just by me being a single mother and with no other children. I do not work as my late husband was an American company employee and lost his life in Iraq. So we are both receiving high benefits for my husbands death. And we can not provide strong or any ties to our home country. It’s unbelievable for them that I will let my son to go In the US for study without me going after him. Is there any chance he can get his visa approved

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Arriane_Philippines August 30, 2012 at 11:29 pm

hi..i read all your tips and i find them very useful
im 25 yrs old and am working as a nurse here in the Phils. i am applying for a higher position here but they told me it would require an MBA degree.i looked up MBA Healthcare Admin here and i found none. so i applied at Coleman Univ in San Diego and I was accepted. I have 2.25GPA (phil. based) and i do not have ielts since the univ did not require one (i have a letter saying that the medium of instruction was in english).

My aunt(us citizen) will primarily sponsor my studies together with my dad. can you please tell me my chances in getting a us visa?any tips?my interview will be on sept 7.

appreciate it..thanks very much!

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professor_b September 23, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I am guessing this one did not work. The scores and the school…lack of tests…all signal a lower end program. Given your country of origin, I would be surprised if you pulled this off.

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yogi August 30, 2012 at 10:36 am

HI
I AM FROM ISRAEL WE TALKED BEFORE MY INTERVIEW AND YOU SAID THAT EVERY THING WILL PASS AND IT DID AT THE INTERVIEW THEY SAD
THAT MY VISA IS APPROVED AND IN A WEEK I WILL RECEIVE IT
BUT THIS IS THE PROBLEM YESTERDAY WITH IS THE DAY IT WAS SPOUSED TO ARRIVE I GOT A MAIL FOR A”FULLOW UP INTERVIEW”
DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT THIS MEANS????
THANKS FOR ANY HELP
YOGI

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professor_b September 23, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Likely just a security check. If is typically a G-220. But if there are no security concerns you should be OK>

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Paresh August 23, 2012 at 7:29 am

I am applying for 11th grade in a high school in US. i am 16 and will be attending the interview soon. an tips on that?

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professor_b September 1, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Well several factors apply. First, are you parents in your home country? Are they the sponsors? Will they be appearing with you at the Consulate? Do they have sufficient financial means? Are you going to a highly reputed private school in the USA? Do they have a valid reason for sending you there.

There is almost no 214B or home country ties needed from you. The burden is pretty light. If there is a good and favorable answer to all of the above questions, you will be fine.

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RICHARD August 17, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Hi, I had my visa interview denied yesterday. The interview went quite well till it got to my financial documents. I gave the first document to the VO and she said it was a photocopy, I then gave her another which was a statement (original) from a UK account (sponsor- father), she claimed it wasn’t a statement and looked at it again and said she couldn’t see any activity on it so she wouldn’t take it. I asked to show her my dad’s income history but she insisted on a financial statement and told me she didn’t think I could afford the rest of my fee and handed me the 214b. Well she actually lifted my GRE score and scrutinized it; she even looked at the back- very strange and she was giving denials all day. From Ghana.. Will be going again next week with an ‘active’ statement. Pls what do you suggest? Class starts on 27th Aug..

Finished school in 2011, am 23yrs
School- Florida State Uni, MS transp eng
Tuition waivers/Stipend- $26000
Remainder- $8700 (both statements were well above this)
HIGH GRE and GPA

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professor_b September 1, 2012 at 9:18 pm

UTTER nonsense. The only thing I can suggest (unless u had some prior history with the Embassy or u misrepresented a fact on your DS-160) is that your home country is a problem. You are going to a STEM program at a credible and well known institution, with a commitment from that school, and you have very little out of pocket. This is what i tell students to do. And frankly, you have done it right. You EARNED that. There is no reason for a whimsical VO to just deny you.

YES return with credible statements. Even better; return with a check for the amount payable to the university….if you really do have it, and that should put the question to rest. You should not be denied. This one is totally ridiculous.

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RICHARD September 2, 2012 at 5:14 am

Thanks a lot Prof! I actually got my visa on the second attempt. I met the same VO and I greeted her with a smile and told her that I was back again. She then looked at me and asked if she had interviewed me before, I said Yes and she asked me to sit and said that another VO will interview me… I was called by the other VO, she typed for almost 5 minutes and began to ask questions about myself, family, what my siblings were doing, test scores, etc.. She was consistently looking at my scores (almost as if she was wondering why I wasn’t given the visa the first time).. She asked for my financial docs, I gave them to her- she returned my documents to me and asked me to come for my visa 2 days later, ie Friday. I left for school that same night and I am currently in grad school in FSU..

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professor_b September 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Thank God! Finally! A common sense VO. Sometimes they just get it WRONG…both ways. In your case, I am convinced that finally got it RIGHT. Good luck at FSU. And chase the American dream!

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Carbi August 14, 2012 at 7:14 pm

I am going for my F1 Visa in 2 weeks. I got accepted in Morgan State University MBA program. I also got my undergrad degree, BS in Accounting from the same school. I received a tuition scholarship from the school as well. I will be sponsored by my aunt in England as well as myself since I was working ( did part of my OPT before returning home because I missed my family). Whenever I have vacation I normally leave the U.S. the day after my final exam. Currently I have my bank statement, I-20, scholarship email, admission letter. Do I still need a copy of my aunt bank statement and what is the likelihood of my getting denied.

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professor_b September 1, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Having had a previous visa and a clean SEVIS history (per your assertion) you should be fine. there is no reason not to give you the visa since you have a track record of compliance.

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ERIC August 14, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I am from Cameroon 27 years . I had a bachelors degree in accounting .after i picked up a job as an accounting teacher.i work presently for a private accounting firm in cameroon. I got an i-20 for Masters in business administrtion and management from southern new hampshire university in new hampshire state. I am sponsored by my uncle because my father is of late.
I’d like to know my chances of getting the visa and the sort of questions I should expect.
Thanks in advance
GPA:2.5/4

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professor_b September 1, 2012 at 9:46 pm

GPA is weak; you did not mention a GMAT or TOEFL score; Not sure if that school’s MBA program is fully accredited by the primary body or not. But I suspect that you have an uphill climb, especially coming from Cameroon. I think I need more information to be able to fully comment or suggest anything. Look at the issues I raised and please address them.

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Riya August 14, 2012 at 8:53 am

Hello Sir,

I applied for student visa last month and was denied.
I have an Admit in Portland State University in BS(Computer Engineering)
Applied to Only Portland State University.
My TOEFL is 114/120 and I secured 95.8% in Grade 12.
I have one of my cousin brothers living in US in Portland itself and is on work permit. He was sponsoring me too. I wasn’t short of funds and had applied for no loans, etc.
The VO asked me about why I had applied to just one university and I told him that my cousin brother had recommended that PSU is the best for me.

I am again for the visa with admit in Oregon State University(fall 2012). This time I have also applied to SUNY- Pottsdam and Purdue University for the winter session. My cousin brother isn’t sponsoring me this time.
Kindly suggest me on how to proceed in order to avoid rejection. Also, suggest any changes I can make to make my application better.

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professor_b September 1, 2012 at 9:02 pm

You will have to explain why the change. Always best to just state COUSIN as opposed to Cousin-brother. I know in many societies that is the terminology used. But in the American context, a COUSIN is not able to sponsor you and it does not create any possibility of confusion (although the VO should be trained to recognize that cultural nuance).

There did not appear to be a clear reason for the rejection except you did not mention having done the SAT or having A ‘levels or similar. So consider that as a possible reason. Having more schools will not necessarily fix this. I would have attended university in the home country for one semester and then return to the Embassy for January.

As a general rule, it is BETTER for undergrads who insist on going to the USA to at least attend school in their home country for ONE year after being rejected and returning to the embassy one year later…unless there was a specified reason for the rejection, and you were able to correct it and return with different circumstances.

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Pritesh Shah August 12, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Dear Sir,

My profile appears as follow
Gre :303
Quant:160
Verbal:143

Toefl:100

Gpa:3.6/4

universities applied:

New York Poly
North Carolina Charlotte
Texas Tech

Sir the only problem i am facing is poor financial support.The least i can do is show a savings in bank of around 22 lac for the first year,we had a shares costing around 25 lac on the the name of my mom and dad and our single home as asset.The financial income statement states the combine income of my mom and dad is 4 lac,2 lac each..Are there any chances of getting visas..Based on the profile evaluation i am eligibble to get admit from all the above universities.Also i am getting a scholarship as financial aid from institute

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professor_b September 1, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Pritesh, everything looks OK except it would have been useful to have some more info on the funding from the university to aid the financial equation discussion. If they have committed an assistantship or a fellowship, not only does this solve most of the financial dilemma but it demonstrates a commitment to you and a recognition of your value and potential. So that is something to highlight in your interview. If you do not have personal impediments like family ties in the USA or previous rejections, you should be OK.

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Ayub August 11, 2012 at 11:44 am

Hello Professor my name is Ayub and i got rejected for my f1 visa twice in this year. However, for the first attempt i can still remember the visa officer told me I am sorry I am not convinced with you statement because i was literally nervous and confused so that’s why i couldn’t do any thing.
On the second attempt i simply went with the same profile without any changes in it. The reason i was denied this time probably their was no significant changes in my profile that could be the reason i guess. Nevertheless, the 80% of the interview went very smooth but in the end he started asking me have you got any change in my profile as there was no changes done in my profile i had to say the same to the VO. Also, she asked me about my GRE i said my uni doesn’t require that, however i have got IELTS the moment i said this she asked me what’s your IELTS i was little disappointed with my scorecard i said 5.5 band once again what course you have chosen? I said Well! It is MBA i have opted for.
Once again she asked me the question you mean you don’t have anychanges in your profile correct i said well yes mam…
she was typing something on computer and waited for a while…..
She said me very politely I am sorry you do not qualify for the student visa and got rejected undersection 214b onceagain..
Could you please help me professor what i must do???I am planning to go for the third attempt as well……Kindly suggest me what are the significant changes i must bring into my profile……

Thank you all!!!!!!!!!

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professor_b September 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Well what you have to do is take a hint, my friend. She CANNOT overturn a decision made by a colleague on the same information. That can only foster bad working relationsh. Students, be practical. Before going to that window, put yourself in the VO’s position and try to see yourself as they see you. There is an old poetic quote, paraphrased here…it says roughly, oh what great a gift to give us, to see ourselves as others see us. If you can get that insight, then you can shape yourself to bee seen favorably.

YOUR ONLY chance are as follows. RETAKE the IELTS. Score a 6.5 band or higher. APPLY to a credible university that REQUIRES the GMAT for the MBA. No AACSB recognized program will waive the MBA. Then present yourself to the Embassy with strong financials, a GMAT score of 500 or higher, and a credible language test score. That paints you as a SERIOUS graduate student.

As of now, you just look like a person trying to use the path of least resistance to get into the USA with no plans to study and return home…..that’s how you look in my eyes…so imagine how you look in their eyes….and oh what great a gift…………

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Ayub September 3, 2012 at 4:36 am

Thanks for you reply professor!!
I have recently appeared for the GMAT test and also changed the university this time. However, i was planning to retake my IELTS once again but i don’t think i have sufficient time to retake the IELTS once more. What do you suggest me? Shall i go with these significant changes what the VO asked me last time?
Professor Could you please tell me one thing what impact will occur if i don’t change my IELTS?”
Please help me with your suggestion!!!
Thanks!!!

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rana August 11, 2012 at 9:07 am

i was rejected last week in f1 visa … i was given 214b …
i just finished my IGCSE in well known school and i took SAT and i am an A student . i was accepted in county college of morris to major biology and it was the only college that i addmitted to . my father is a permenant resident there and my step mother is sponsoring me she has citizenship. I am my mother only girl and i swear i’ll be back . another thing i travlled twice before for tourist visa to france and turkey .i’ll reapply next week plz i need any help i really need it that was my dream . here IT IS my interview last time that didn’t last even 1 minute
me: good morning
vo:hi.. plz pass ur passport
me:i passed it
vo:do you have relatives in the us?
me:yes my father and step mother
vo: are you married ?
me: no
vo: sorry you are not applicable for a tourist visa
me:i am not applying for a tourist visa
vo:(opened my passport) oh sorry student
i was about to tell her i have relatives here she pressed the button for the next person … what really made me upset that she wasn’t concentrating she found me small i don’t know
PLEASE I NEED HELP MY INTERVIEW WILL BE NEXT WEEK WHAT CAN I DO

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professor_b September 1, 2012 at 8:49 pm

See previous answer.

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rana August 11, 2012 at 9:02 am

i was rejected last week in f1 visa … i was given 214b …
i just finished my IGCSE in well known school and i took SAT and i am an A student . i was accepted in county college of morris to major biology and it was the only college that i addmitted to . my father is a permenant resident there and my step mother is sponsoring me she has citizenship. I am my mother only girl and i swear i’ll be back . i’ll reapply next week plz i need any help i really need it that was my dream . here it my interview last time that didn’t last even 1 minute
me: good morning
vo:hi.. plz pass ur passport
me:i passed it
vo:do you have relatives in the us?
me:yes my father and step mother
vo: are you married ?
me: no
vo: sorry you are not applicable for a tourist visa
me:i am not applying for a tourist visa
vo:(opened my passport) oh sorry student
i was about to tell her i have relatives here she pressed the button for the next person … what really made me upset that she wasn’t concentrating she found me small i don’t know
PLEASE I NEED HELP MY INTERVIEW WILL BE NEXT WEEK WHAT CAN I DO

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professor_b September 1, 2012 at 8:13 pm

What she did was determine that you structured circumstances—parent who is permanently in the US and has the ability to file for you—and NO DEFINITIVE TIE to your home country such as a spouse, render you ineligible for a visa regardless of the circumstances that may mitigate in your favor. In effect, they may have made a decision to deny all persons with an “immediate” family tie any non immigrant visa.

Sadly, the VO is really doing her job. That you believe you plan to return may well be sincere. But she has data that suggests you will not. I can give you a genuine case and point. In my student group, almost 90% swear an intent to return DURING THEIR FIRST YEAR AT UNIVERSITY. And most of the ones I am speaking of come from a region where almost 100% of student visas are granted. Yet, more than 70% actually have not returned, if I look at the last ten years or so. They have all settled into the USA, legally for the most part. Circumstances change and outlook changes during the second or third years.
I send you are doomed. A second interview without substantially different evidence will likely have the same result. Your best bet is to have your stepmother and father file on your behalf. If they have been married three years, he is eligible for citizenship. If you are unmarried it should take less than three years.

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Dave August 9, 2012 at 3:31 am

Dear Professor,

I have found myself in a little bit of an awkward situation. Upon graduating from teacher’s college in Canada, I took a year off from school and decided to travel around in the U.S. I ended up staying in the U.S. for 6 months and returning to Canada for a month, and then returning to travel some more. While I was there, I got information on schools and became interested in applying for a masters program. Both my parents moved to the States as well, and both havea green card. My brother and I live in Canada. My mother has applied for my green card, but we were told it will take about 10 years to be processed. Personally, I have no desire to live in the States since I completed my studies in Canada and it cannot be transferred over. I would have to redo my year of teacher’s college and all that hard work to obtain a 4.0 GPA would go to waste.
Now upon my travels to the U.S., the customs officer DENIED me entry to the states, because I could not prove that I was in fact living in Canada. He saw that my parents live in the states and assumed the worst of course!!! I can’t believe it. I was not prepared obviously! I don’t carry around pay stubs from work since I had not worked in months. I should have at least had bank statements, but again, who carries that to the airport if they are just travelling?

Anyway, my issue now. I have an interview next week to obtain my student visa. I was accepted to the great masters program that I was interested in and they sent me my forms. I have two employment letters stating that I will be employed once I return from completing my visa, I have my bank accounts open and active, as well as a official letter from the bank stating that I am a customer since 2006, I also have an employment letter stating that I was employed by my part time job during my travels. I have my revenue tax papers which I filed in 2011 to prove that I am yes..STILL CANADIAN! What are my chances for approval? I really want to do this program because it will help me in my future studies. I want to be a principal in the future and this program is about organizational leadership! I don’t want my green card application or my parents living in the states to be detrimental to my acceptance! I have ample proof of my return. I also traveled and lived in Japan for school so I’m the type of person to study abroad!
Sorry for the details, but I think it must be done! Some advice please! Thank you in advance!

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professor_b September 1, 2012 at 7:58 pm

That is unusual. First of all, the teaching degree is applicable to most states in conjunction with a state certification. That can be done in-service while working through what is called an alternative certification program. Pretty standard. So don’t dismiss the “transferability” of your credential as long as it was obtained from an accredited institution.
Are u a natural born Canadian, or Naturalized or just a permanent resident in Canada? It is unusual for a Canadian to be denied entry at the border into the USA even though you have relatives living here. As a legal adult, your fortunes are not necessarily tied to where your parents reside.
Often, 214B is not applied to Canadians unless there is some clear evidence that they have no intention to repatriate. (Garnered from an Immigration source)….”Canadians are LEAST LIKELY to be subjected to 214B.” I tend to believe that.
My advice is that you demonstrate your TIES to Canada. The job guarantee is good. The master’s in the USA is going to have to be justified economically. Why not in Canada? Be prepared to answer that. If you have an assistantship or some commitment from the university here, that would help. It is good that your parents have NOT filed for you. But the fact that you have looked into it, hints at some intent to consider living in the USA. Ten years is true since the only practical way for them to file for you is to first get their citizenship.
You should be fine next time if you have the proper documentation. You actually do NOT have to go for a visa interview if you are a Canadian. You simply present your I-20 and other documents, (financial statement, acceptance letters, test scores etc) when you reach the POE. With those in order, you will be fine.

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OPENE PATRICK August 7, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Hello professor,
I utter and acknowledge your great job, you advices are very factual and helpful to those that follows them.
I went for my interview this Monday, not because I doubted your words but wanted to give a try and why not some good experience?
The visa was denied exactly as you mention in you previous reply.
This is how the interview went on:

Me: Good morning Madam
Vo: How are you doing?
Me: I am doing Great
Vo: are you married?
Me: no
Vo: do you have children?
Me: no
Vo: do you have bac?
Me: please come again?
Vo: do you have bac?
Me: yes I have bac (shot form of “baccalaureate” in French language) in theyear 2007
Vo: what have you been doing with your life since 2007
Me: I studied English for two years and a diploma course in networking Engineering in Ghana.
Vo: that is BTS?
Me: yes it is equivalent to BTS ( a well known university certificate in French speaking countries )
Vo: she shook her head affirmatively.
Vo: why are you going to US?
Me: I am going to the USA to further my studies in the same field
Vo: who is sponsoring you?
Me: my mother and myself, I will pay for the English training myself and my mum, the University bills.
Vo: what work is your mum doing?
Me: she is an international trader, she travels to Dubai and china to buy good and sell here.
Vo: she shook her heard affirmatively.
Me:(I was convince of getting the Visa)
Vo: what course will you study?
Me: bachelor degree in computer science.
Vo: she looked on my I20, why English training in your I20?
Me: as a freelance interpreter, I had the opportunity to work under 10days contract for the US’ embassy in Ghana as a freelance interpreter; I am therefore going to the school of language to be more proficient in English before my degree.
Vo: did you take Toefl exam?
Me: no
Vo: the same question again, di you take any Toefl exam?
Me: no
Vo: what I can sincerely advice is; you are very fluent in English I don’t see any reason of going through a training school, take the Toefl exam, apply and get admitted to a university, and come for the visa.
Me: thank you very much
Vo: have a nice day, she gave me my passport and a paper

That is it; I was denied a visa with 214b.
Please prof what are my chances of getting it the nex time?
What will you advice me at side the Toefl?
And please what are the steps for reaplying.
Thank you very much.

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professor_b September 1, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Thanks for acknowledging the validity of the advice I gave you. Kind words indeed. However, it may have been more to your benefit to heed them, rather than thinking of visa appointments as a lottery that one chances. You are now going back with a strike against you. Fortunately, you have a clear path to return with DIFFERENT circumstances. My advice, if you are a bona fide student, show that you are by not running away from exams while trying to convince a VO you want to go face exams….did it not occur to you that school means more exams? Then take the TOEFL….show and validate your fluency with a high score. The TAKE the SAT. These are the two indicators and your only slim chance of getting to the USA on a student visa. They are aware of the high level of visa violations in your country. So you will have a double uphill battle next time. I would advise that you get these two components done while ATTENDING school in Cameroon this school year….THEN going as a transfer student. Attending this year will validate your case that you are indeed a REAL student.

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RICHARD August 7, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Hi Professor,

Thank you for your detailed reply and advice to my post.
First I would like say “I am a real student and a credible one and also eligible for a student’s visa”.
Initially, I wanted to reapply after I was denied but on a second thought I stopped.
I have already thought of getting a degree in Telecommunication Engineering here in Ghana first, work in a Telecom. company to gain some working experience and then apply for a master’s degree in the USA later. At the moment, am working on going back to school here in Ghana at Ghana Telecom University next year for an undergraduate degree.

Secondly I would like to say you are doing a great job, keep it up.

Once again thank you for your advice, I hope you will visit Ghana again one of these days.

Thank you

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professor_b September 1, 2012 at 6:58 pm

OK…given that scenario, I would say KEEP IN TOUCH. Once you get your degree, I pledge to help you get into a graduate school in the USA. Here is what you need now. You need a very high GPA. You need to have a sense of what you wish to do post grad—and get some research experience while in school. You also need to be aware of an exam called the GRE, and become familiar with it as soon as possible. Make sure that your degree is at least a bachelor’s and not an HND, and make sure it is a four year degree. That is all within your control. Do your part, and you will be OK.

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Sophy August 2, 2012 at 9:23 am

Am going for an interview on 6th Aug and I need to write a cover letter. Kindly help me with a sample

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Professor-B August 13, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Unfortunately the lack of response makes this moot. I am not sure of the need for a cover letter per a visa interview. It is mainly an oral exchange.

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Havit July 27, 2012 at 10:27 pm

I am from Cameroon (27 years), and I have 2 brothers in the US; one has US citizenship and the other has permanent residence. I had an MBA in Asia came back to my country last year and have been working since then. I got an i20 for a Masters in Accounting in Kennesaw State University, this will help me gain auditing expertise to fulfill my lifelong dream of opening a consultancy firm in my home country. I am self sponsored thanks to savings from stipend and salaries.
I’d like to know my chances of getting the visa and the sort of questions I should expect.
Thanks in advance
GMAT: 570, TOEFL:100, GPA:3.20/4

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Professor-B July 31, 2012 at 6:55 pm

You are not returning and they know it. Excellent credentials. School not strong. Too much USA ties. Best shot is to work for seven years in Cameroon while your US citizen brother sponsors you. In all likelihood they will see right through this one. Do not try to hid info on your siblings. Really difficult to convince me of an intent to return…would be harder to convince them. I don’t like the reason. Can it pay you back? Likely not. So try to get that clarified before going.

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Jadoo July 27, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Sir I have been refused visa twice. During my last interview after rejection when i asked the reason, the visa officer said there is no reason for rejection and smiled at me. On asking for any improvement to be done, he said no improvement to be done. So now I am going for third and last time. Please give me valuable guidance ASAP.
Details:
Applied to : 5 universities
Accepted: 1
In : Long Island University
Course: Msc in Pharmacology and toxicology.
Gre:1110
Toefl:101
Course completed: B.Pharm
Year of completion: june 2012
College aggregate: 8.1/10

In both of the interview i was formally dressed, conversed with V.O. in polite and confident manner and fluently. I dont know what went wrong. Please advice me ASAP.

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Professor-B July 31, 2012 at 6:47 pm

This is strange. DON’T go back for this school year. PLEASE resist. It will not change. They do not reverse each other unless something substantial happens. Your program is great; your credentials are great; However, they may have insight that there was testing fraud at your TOEFL or GRE location. If that is the case, then you are doomed. Look within. You may have tried to apply before for some other purpose. Something is not right. All the indicators favor you. Also, what is your ethnicity or region within your country? Something is not right. Give me a bit more details. But DO NOT go back unless we can assess this. The outcome will be the same.

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will July 26, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Hi Prof,
I completed high school 5 yrs now and am 24yrs of age..actually i just had couple of ict certificates but i think its not enough to convince and also i want applied to a community college b’cos of cost mgt and basically for academic preparations..what are my chances prof.

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Professor-B July 31, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Will my boy, I think you know the answer. Not enough info. Where are you from? Who is providing the financials? Where is the college? What will you be studying? Have you been to the embassy before? Give me a bit more to work with and I can help.

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elikem July 24, 2012 at 11:20 pm

great work prof, thumbs up. i will be going for my f1 visa interview next month. completed the university of ghana in 2009 with 2nd class lower in BA psychology, have an admit from middlesex community college to pursue an associate degree in criminal justice. i have been working with the ministry of food and agric in elmina for about a year now ( after my mandatory national service) as an HR officer. my dad is a cocoa farmer and is funding the course. i really wanna work in ghana as a crime scene investigator with the police force after graduation. PLEASE, do i have any loop holes in my profile to warrant any rejection? no relatives in the state. please advice me. am 26

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Professor-B July 31, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I would say that you took the path to a denial by doing what a lot of West African students do wrong….jump at the option to migrate rather than the option to excel and migrate. You will get denied. Why? There is nothing unique to that program in that school that you cannot get in Ghana. No need to go to the USA with that ambition. Sorry! If you are a serous student, then you would take a couple leveling classes in criminology in Ghana; then you would study and do the GRE; then you would get admitted to a master’s program in the USA that does not negate your undergraduate education.

With that profile, your chances of getting a visa elevates or escalates twenty fold. That path shows a student; the path you chosen shows (in my eyes) another desperate person from West Africa grabbing the first available train to take a long shot at a visa….the proverbial invitation letter.

Now I am only assessing. And I KNOW that you will go there and will be evaluated on much more variables than you have been able to outline here. But based on what you have provided, I see a denial without much hope.

Since you will go, be prepared to explain what is special about that program in that school that made you choose it. Who will pay? How you intend to recoup that money as the CSI man in Ghana given how little a policeman earns. Good luck.

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RICHARD July 24, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Hi Professor,

F1 VISA REFUSED

Please Prof. I need your urgent advice, my F1 visa was refused on Monday 23rd July. Can I reapply by the end of this week? I was been frustrated by the VO because she kept on interrupting me anytime I try to give an answer to a question that demands an explanation. In the end she said I was not able to convince her and she gave me a white paper and passport and said, “the reason for my refusal is on that white paper. She did not look at any of my documents apart from my receipt. Below is how the interview went:

ME: Good morning
VO: your receipts and passport
ME: I gave her my receipt, I -20, and passport
VO: Where are you going?
ME: The university of Texas at Dallas
VO: Why UT Dallas?
ME: The University of Texas at Dallas provides research opportunities…………….. she did not let me complete my answer and she interrupted me
VO: Sir don’t tell me what you have already rehearsed, I want to hear your own reasons
ME: The Electrical Engineering programs at UT Dallas provides a solid………………….. she did not let me complete and she interrupted me again
VO: Sir don’t tell me what you have already rehearsed, you are pissing me off, give me your own reasons.
VO: How many schools did you apply?
ME: Only UT Dallas
VO: When did you complete High School?
ME: 2005
VO: What have you been doing with your life for the past seven years?
ME: I furthered my education at Sunyani Polytechnic and obtained an HND in Electrical/Electronic Engineering
VO: Who is your sponsor?
ME: My uncle
VO: What does your uncle do?
ME: I explained
VO: Did you take the SAT test?
ME: No, I took the TOEFL
VO: what do you plan to do with your degree?
ME: I plan to come back to my……………. She did let me complete my answer
VO: Please Sir this is what I have been telling you, don’t tell me what you have already rehearsed.
VO: Have you traveled outside your country before?
ME: No

The VO typed something on her computer and told me, ” you have not been able to convince me, the reason for your refusal is explained on this paper”. And she gave me a white sheet and my passport.

Please why did she interrupted me frequently?

Please where did I go wrong?

Was my approach on how I answered the questions not the best?

I hope to hear from you because I want to reapply by the end of this week

Thank you

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Professor-B July 31, 2012 at 6:31 pm

In a previous answer (we have it as an answer of the week) I told you that your case spells 214B…and that was the VO’s determination. I am afraid she got it spot on correct. I must elaborate that we are not here to help anyone beat the system. Some people are ineligible for a student visa or any visa because they are misrepresenting their intentions. And when the VO get’s it right, it is a credit to them. As a person in the Academy, I am totally frustrated by non-students who abuse the student visa system or even real students who DO NOT and know that they DO NOT have the means to study in the USA but are coming in only to become statistical dropouts and end around immigrants.

Here is my suggestion. If you are a REAL student, get a degree in Ghana. With a field like engineering, you will, after you get a degree in Ghana—where it is much cheaper—be eligible for all kinds of great options in the USA. In fact, your visa worries will all but go away if you show up next time with an admission at the graduate level, some funding from the institution, and a clear plan. I would love to help you in THAT regard.

This line from your mails stands out: VO: Sir don’t tell me what you have already rehearsed, I want to hear your own reasons!

That is exactly correct. And it is a lesson to all. The so called correct answer does not exist. They want to hear YOUR story. A REAL answer. NOT a canned and packaged answer. They dont want you to audition for a visa. They want you to show you are eligible for one. You are not. From the first read on, that was obvious. But you CAN BE–in the future—if you demonstrate to them that you are a REAL student. Do that. Get a degree—just two years in Ghana, do well, do the GRE and THAT my friend, impresses at the embassy. They would let you walk in then. Why? You have shown them to be wrong by proving you are a student when you completed your education in Ghana.

But my experience tells me you wont follow my formula. Why? Because your urgency is to get to the USA. So you would take a chance on the lottery…the long shot of changing the embassy’s mind or getting a sympathetic person….well some folks do win the lottery…so good luck. But those are your odds…long as the lottery.

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tmartins August 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm

i think you have to be yourself when you are having any interview ,,,,there are some common words ,the vo are familiar with all these words , be calm and look straight into their eyes ,tell them the truth and fact ……gain confidence and be yourself GOD WILL HELP EVERYONE

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RICHARD August 7, 2012 at 6:12 pm

tmartins, thanks for your advice

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yogev July 23, 2012 at 11:08 am

HI
I’m applying from Israel to study in Boston i was accepted by a community college
i would like to know if it matters that it is a community college? because i also got accepted from Monroe college in NYC.
2-second thing is that the sponsor is family friends is that a problem ?does it hurt my chance???
thank u for any help u can provide

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Professor-B July 31, 2012 at 6:19 pm

I think a lot more can fly from Israel than from a developing country. A family friend with substantial resources will be fine and seen as fine. I am assuming that you are of European background. Why should that matter? Well it should not, but it does! Monroe would be better, but while the CC tends to raise a red flag, it depends on the program, your age, and your explanation. If your entire family is in Israel, and you can demonstrate an intent to return, I think you should be fine with the CC but better with Monroe.

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YOGEV August 7, 2012 at 1:36 pm

THANK YOU VERY MUCH I WILL GO FOR MONROE AND UPDATE YOU

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KORBLAH July 22, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Hi Professor,
Could you please help me with advices on my coming Student visa interview?
I am 23 and I was denied a USA visa during my recent interview in Ghana for a high school ;grade 12 diploma in the USA in order to continue.
I could not graduate from high and for that matter, applied with my academic transcripts in getting an admition in a private high school in the USA , and based on my good performances, I had a scholarship.
I know at this age (23) , it is not allowed to be admitted into a public high school in the state but my school is a private high school
Secondly, I was given a scholarship of 50% .
Moreover, my sponsor is a friend and i think it was one major reason why I was denied.
The professor did not even looked at my financial documents etc but only gave me the denial paper and asked me to reapply if I think I can convinced them well.
I was asked of my age which I said 23, why still in high school ? which I said due to financial difficulties I face earlier.whether I have traveled outside before? which i said yes , to Togo. who is my sponsor? which i said a friend
Could you please give me advices which will help my case this time around? i really don’t don’t know where i got it wrong.

but i am trying to reapply again.

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Professor-B July 31, 2012 at 6:16 pm

That is a correct and obvious denial. The fact that you did not complete high school on schedule in your country, where it is widely available and infinitely cheaper, clearly and unequivocally speaks to an intent to go to the USA and remain in the USA. We have to give the VO’s some credit. They are trained to see through disguises. If you were a serious student, they would reason, you had plenty of time to complete secondary school in Ghana. AND, that sponsor can easily send you that money to go to school in Ghana, where a 23 year old in high school is not all that unusual. Nothing I can do to help other than to tell you to save that money you are about to spend at the embassy. That will just be a donation to a rich country because you will not see a visa under those circumstances. Better advice is to get on Facebook, make friends, fall in love genuinely with an American, and that will fulfill your true ambition. Hope you are OK with me being blunt! But don’t waste your money to return. Don’t delude yourself. Unless you graduate from a Ghana high school; do your SAT; get admitted to a US university, preferably with the same 50% scholarship, you won’t get a student visa.

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the August 7, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Thanks for your advice Prof.
I will like to know whether I could be granted a visa after graduating from high school and applying to a school and getting a scholarship as you said.
Will i be considered when my sponsor a friend?

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Brendan July 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Hi Professor,

I’ve posted before and still have some questions which I hope you can help me with. :)

As mentioned in the earlier question of mine, I have been told and read a lot that one of the most common questions would be the question on “what would you do after graduation?”.

I intend to continue on my o.p.t after graduation. So by saying “I would like to do my o.p.t before coming back”, what is your opinion on this? Would it make the counselor think that I harbor an immigrant intent?

Thank you again!

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Professor-B July 31, 2012 at 6:11 pm

That is not a good answer. That speaks to an intent to be in the USA. While OPT is a legal privilege, the spirit of that question is to gauge your long term plans. It is better to state and elaborate on what you plan to do in YOUR country after you have obtained the credential. The use of the credential in your country is the best way to convince a VO of your intent.

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barris July 18, 2012 at 2:02 pm

dear professor,
Im 25 years old and I hold a master degree in finance from hassan 2 university in casablanca
I apllied for another master in finance at sanfrancisco , I have been accepted with 6,5 ielts score
my sponsor is my father , but I have used my bank’s statement (my father gives me the money and put it in my account) I don’t know if this is a problem, my interview is next week, i know eactly what I want to do in the futur , an investment manager or trader,
please I don’t know how can I proove my attach to the my country

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professor_b July 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm

With a father as a sponsor, I am guessing you are not married or otherwise entangled. So your ties to your country would be your parents. But in the eyes of an American, a 25 year old rarely can claim parents as legit ties. You are an adult. Is there a possible job to return to? Do you have a fiancee? Do you have a business? Ties are not the stringent requirement. Why a second masters? Why not do that course in your country? What would benefit you and justify this expensive undertaking on return? Why San Francisco? If he infers that you are inclined to the notable social amenities in San Francisco, that can hurt. So have honest answers to these. Have your academic and financial info handy and in good structure; answer questions slowly and clearly, and you should be fine.

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Sa'ed July 17, 2012 at 4:36 am

hello professor , i told you at 21-jun that the VO approved about my F1 visa , and she told me that my application need to administrative processing , my interview was at 16-jun , but till now i didn’t get any thing from the embassy , on the other hand , according to my I-20 visa i can’t enter the US after 16-aug and i scare that my visa will not issue at the time .
my questions are :1- can i send them E-mail to make my procedure faster ?2- my passport which i made the interview by it will not be available for 6 months, so is their any problem if i send them a new passport to print the visa on it ( i will send the old passport which i made the interview by it with it ) 3- in case they told me to stay to the next session , i will start from the begging with the embassy to give me a new visa ?

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professor_b July 21, 2012 at 7:41 pm

You did not state, but in all likelihood you got a G-221. In essence, they are likely to grant you the visa pending clarification of certain things. It may be that your name is similar to someone on a watch list of some sort, or your finances need to be verified. The truth is that you CANNOT speed up the process. They will get back to you when it is complete. Given that you are unlikely to report to school for another month or so, I would say it is legit to send in inquiry in on July 31, indicating that you need to know so that you can decide whether or not to defer your admission. It is possible this can take several months and cause you to attend school one semester later. I have seen it happen. So be prepared.

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Professor_B July 17, 2012 at 12:47 am

Apologies Richard! I was in a recruiting session in the Caribbean. Definitely fell behind on answers. See it in your later post!

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Anonymous July 16, 2012 at 12:40 am

Hey prof,
I’m going for my student VISA at the end of the month and I want to know my chances.
My stepdad is my sponsor and I have received a few scholarships from the school and granted in-state tuition. I have no way to prove that I have ties back home. I will be studying at The University of South Florida at their business school. I want to become an auditor in the future. Plz is there any advice?

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Professor_B July 17, 2012 at 1:34 am

If you are a young person, and if you have all the requisite materials in place like SAT, TOEFL and other requirements at an acceptable level, then the sponsorship from your stepdad is fine. If your mom is alive, best to have them do it jointly. Much more convincing that way when it is two parents. The school is fine. The reason for choosing the school is fine—in state tuition and scholarships are significant winning reasons. You know what you want to be. And every country needs auditors (some more than others); so have a clear story about why you want to be an auditor in YOUR country, and how having that degree gives you an edge and a good financial payoff. Then speak slowly; dress properly; be pleasant; don’t try to make up answers but just represent yourself genuinely; and you shoudl be fine.

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Girl August 1, 2012 at 5:37 am

Hey :)
I’m going to the embassy on the tenth of this month. My only issue is that my two god fathers are my sponsors..will that pose a problem? I was also denied a visitors visa last year will that affect my chances of getting one..I’m a Jamaican.

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Tony July 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Dear Neville, great post but unfortunately I did not read it before I flunked in my first attempt. Here is my little story: I am from India and was admitted into a good MBA school figuring in top 50 in the world. Had all the documents ready.Of course I-20 and also bank documents covering my full fees and expected stay cost. Also I was carrying all the property documents myself and parents had.So everything was in order. Had my interview a three weeks back . I was just asked which University and why that University? And i think I gave pretty pathetic reply to those. And I was told in the harshest words ” I don’t think you are a credible student” oouch. It was more than hurt I was totally dazed. I had even resigned from my company for my MBA! so what went wrong? I have a few excuses. I had the start of a terrible cold, also I had a little fight with junior embassy staff earlier( completely their fault:) )And that particular vo was really strict.And thats not a post failure assessment I remember chatting with a girl next to me we wish we are not interviewed by him.I think there were 5 vo’s that day. both of us got interviewed by him. she passed I failed. Though success rate at his counter was like 1 in 6-7. But major thing I was under prepared.Not for me the fancy reasons for studying in a particular school: ‘Oh Sir the school specialises in xyz or they have a world class research program on this and that and that I can use when I come to India. Or that xyz professor is really outstanding and I want to study under him/her. NO SIR a good MBA school is good for me and I just intend to specialise in whatever strikes my fancy later on.I mean if I have all the answer already why do I need MBA degree in the first place? But I realise thats just not the right answers. So I will prepare better this time. But trouble is the little clause that comes along with sec 214(B). have your circumstances changed significantly? I am not sure but on web searching it seems most second timers get asked this question. So you got any insight as to what should my reply to that question be?My circumstances have not changed a zilt btw. Just that I will be better tutored on the art of convincing vo’s this time.Can I say I did not have documents before which I now have?(They did not see my documents at all) But will that be attempt to mislead as I was denied for not being a “credible student” Really clueless, help will be in-valuable. Thanks a lot.

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neville July 18, 2012 at 11:10 am

Hi Tony,
Thank you for sharing your experience at the embassy with all of us. Detailed comments I yours deserve an in kind response. I’ll coordinate with Prof_B and post a reply shortly. Thanks again for taking the time to share.

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RICHARD July 14, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Please Professor B, I need your urgent assistance. I will be going for my F1 Visa interview on 23rd July. This is my second post, I did not get a reply for my initial post dated on July 1. Below is my question:

My academics:

Matriculating university: The University of Texas at Dallas
Course: BS Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Formal School: Sunyani Polytechnic, Ghana
Course: HND Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Year of graduation: 2010
CGPA: 3.28/5 ( Second class upper division)
TOEFL Score: 79/120
Work experience: Have been working as a teacher in a private school for the past two years
Total cost per year ( including tuition, living expenses and health insurance) : $38,475
Bank statement: I have a good statement from a company who is my sponsor .

Aside this, I have an invitation letter signed from a relative who is a staff of the university I will be attending, to cater for room and board and also will be my legal guardian. How will this invitation letter contribute for me getting the F1 visa?

If I am asked by the VO why I applied to only school, what will be the ideal answer?

In my country, HND is not equivalent to a bachelor’s degree. If the VO ask me, “why I applied for a BS degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and not Master’s since I already hold an HND in EEE, what will be the ideal answer?

What are my chances of getting the F1 visa? Please I would be glad if you could reply as soon as possible.

Thank you

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neville July 18, 2012 at 2:00 am

Hi Richard,
Go to the link below to find a detailed reply from Professor_B , and if you have any follow up questions please leave a comment on that post. Good Luck.

Please find your response here: http://www.myamericandegree.com/question-of-week/ghana

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FRANK OFORI-ADDO July 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm

I have an acceptance into CONCORD UNIV with a cost of attendance of $4900 after two major scholarships. I am a ghanaian and i have applied for my F-1 visa and it is later this month but i want some resource materials like websites about VISA INTERVIEW tips that i can visit to get myself more abreast and prepared before the interview

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Professor_B July 17, 2012 at 1:24 am

Well you have just read the best one on the internet. What tips do you need? Speak the truth. Speak it clearly and articulately. Know why you chose your school. With that much in scholarship assistance, you have very little explaining to do. That answers the question by itself. How old are you? If you are standard college age, then make sure that you have evidence of parental support. Much better than having a distant relative as the sponsor. Be sure you have some idea of what you can do with your program of study in your home country. Hopefully it is not something mundane that is available in Ghana. You may be asked for your SAT or TOEFL scores. Dont hesitate to carry those and all financial information as well as all correspondences about your scholarships fromt he University.

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Fhemie July 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Dear Professor,
Please I went for visa interview today and was denied based on 214B. I attend Suffolk University, it is an american university in dakar Senegal whereby you spend 2years in dakar and the remaining 2years in US. I am through with dakar senegal but the dakar campus was closed down last year after 12years, remaining the campus in spain and the main campus in US. My Managing Director is my sponsor in her individual name, now can I reapply and change the sponsor to the company instead of the individual. I presented my transcript but the consular officer asked if i am related to the sponsor and i said no but that she is my employer and sponsor and he concluded that i didnt have ties to my home country even with a solid bank statement in dollars, pounds and naira. What can i do sir?

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Professor_B July 17, 2012 at 1:29 am

Fhemie–you may not be aware of this, but particularly in West Africa, unless there is a PARENT who is the sponsor, the embassies are rightfully being harsh. Many schools, including my own, have been burned by these phantom uncles and non relative sponsors. The basic premise is that a parent is less likely to leave her child stranded in the US than a third party sponsor. I would bet willingly that the sponsorship is only on paper. The reality, in even a rich country like the USA, is that most parents can barely afford to send their own kids to college. Even in the rich USA very few kids go to school paid for by ordinary citizens as third party benefactors. Foundations are an exception to this rule. I believe that the embassy got this right. So if you do have a parent or relatives with the means, they will have to step up and show it. Problem is that the bell has already rung at the embassy. The initial sound is still resonating. It may be difficult to convince them on the second attempt that a parent always existed with the means.

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Karthik July 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm

I got admit for MS Aerospace engineering in Embry riddle aero university Florida for the Fall-2012.
I was rejected F-1 student visa twice and this is the third time I am going to apply for the interview on 27th July 2012.

I did my BE Aeronautical Engineering with 73% aggregate.

Last two times I was given the 214B form with the conditions regarding my intention to coming back to home,being not satisfied.
They asked me whats my plan after completing MS?
I told that I would come back to India and join in research organisation.
But I feel may be that’s where the problem is situated.
So I want any better way of replying to that question.I mean how to start and how to arrange my answer in a convincing way,and how to attract his interest.

Pls help!!!

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Professor_B July 17, 2012 at 1:21 am

Why not start by doing the research in your area on what companies in India would hire someone with that credential. Pay that company a visit and see if you can solicit a letter indicating that they would hire you on return if you complete the degree successfully. Ask your professors at your former university to assist you. Having a vague or unclear vision of your future spells trouble and makes you a 214B designate. Carrying a job offer or conditional job offer letter puts you in a better standing. The letter speaks to the intent and answers the question. Of course, I would advise strongly against manufacturing a letter on your own. Make sure that whatever you give to the Embassy is REAL or it can permanently disqualify you.

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Pooja July 4, 2012 at 9:47 am

Hi Professor :)

I have a very urgent query regarding my F-1 visa.
Here is a little background on me:
I went to Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago in 2006 for my masters in Information Technology and Management, and then I worked in Chicago for 2 years. I came back for good in 2010.
Now again, I wish to go to the US for my MBA in environmental management and sustainability. I appeared for my first Visa interview in May, and it got rejected. My second interview is in the 2nd week of July and I am freaking out as my situation hasn’t changed a bit.
Honestly, I have no intentions of staying in the US…if I would have, i wouldn’t have come back. It’s just that I am very close to this professor at IIT who knows this course would be very good for me. I also got 30% scholarship, so it’s a bit easy on my pocket as well.

Please suggest what I should do to ensure I get my visa this time.
Thanks a ton for all your help!!

Pooja

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neville July 4, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Hi Pooja,
I’ll let Professor_B render the final response but a couple things seems missing\unexplained in your comments.
First, what was the reason given for your visa rejection?

Second, how is it you were able to work 2 years in Chicago? Post graduation, Optional Practical Training (OPT) is for 1 year, then you would have fell out of status. Unless of course you had Curricular Practical Training (CPT) prior to graduation. CPT + OPT could account for 2 years of legal US employment while on F1 Visa. Did you have either CPT or OPT?

I doubt H1-B came into the equation, because you probably would not have returned home if you had an H1-B in hand.

So the question is did you violate the terms of your F1 Visa by either working without proper authorization or overstaying, or some other reason?

If you did then this could be a possible reason why you were rejected for the visa. While it is a good thing that you returned home (voluntary I assume), if you did fall out of status it can be used against you. I’m sure Prof_B will have some deeper insights to help you, but if you can reply with some more details on the reasons for your rejection and your post graduations\working years in US that will help us better help you.

No need to freak out there is always a solution, just have to find it.

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Professor_B July 17, 2012 at 1:00 am

Pooja, I am going to assume that with a STEM degree you likely had a year of OPT, then pursuant to working with an E-verified company, you got a STEM extension. If that is the case, and if you properly executed your extension and kept up your SEVIS record, then you would not have had a violation. Here is a potential problem—multiple degrees on the same level. That often triggers a red flag. Some folks would trade a year in an MBA program for a year of work. And Consular Officers are aware of that. The fact that you subsequently left the USA, presumably in good standing, ought to mitigate in your favor.

It is perfectly legitimate to ask a VO to give you a reason why you are being turned down. Here is a good way to ask:

I understand and respect your decision sir, but for my own benefit, in case I have to file a subsequent application, would you please tell me the specific concern that led to your decision?

Although they would just hand you the standard 214B notifcation, often times there is an underlying reason that they can communicate. Knowing that would have been useful.

If your circumstances were different than the assumption I made, let me know. It is likely the reason for the denial. If I guessed correctly, then it may be prudent to get a letter from that professor; have him explain that he has developed a mentor interest and encouraged you to get that supplemental degree; then you be prepared to explain how an MBA would help you in INDIA, above and beyond that degree that you already earned…and why you are not choosing to do it in India.

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biscus11 July 4, 2012 at 6:25 am

hi, i am a nurse from indonesia, i have a 10 years tourist visa to usa. I am interested in applying for a family nurse practitioner program in the us, and have found great schools that offer post bsn to doctor in nursing program and would love to apply there. I am just wondering what are the odds that I will be successful in applying nd being granted a student visa with this Course in mind? thank you!

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Professor_B July 17, 2012 at 1:17 am

Although nursing does face significant scrutiny, graduate and research degrees do enjoy a bit more success. If you are a senior degreed nurse, and you have done the NCLEX successfully, have a solid GRE score, and a solid TOEFL score, can enter and pass a state board exam in a US state, and can attract some form of assistantship, then you will likely get an F-1 student visa. If you have not spent long periods of time in the USA on your B-1 visa, then you are not likely to be deemed a 214B risk. In this case, the study plan, intent to return home, and the financial wherewithal to get it done are most important. At your age, it would be helpful if you have a family remaining in Indonesia. But keep in mind that it is difficult for any nurse, especially a FNP, to show that she will leave almost $100,000 a year ion potential salary and return to a developing country. As one VO once candidly told me, “if someone tries to convince me that they will return to their home country for 10% of the salary they can earn in the USA, I will deny them just for being stupid.” That was said as a joke, but I have to believe it feeds the mindset.

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biscus11 September 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Thank u professor B for your reply, well, at this moment I am reviewing for the Gre and hope to get a high score. My ielts I done already and I got 7 obs. Btw, I am 24 years old. With 2 years work experience. I am an nclex passer in chicago. I have been in the us twice for the past 2 years and my longest stay was 3 months. I have a follow-up question. The person who will sponsor me is my aunt who is a doctor in chicago,she’s a us citizen and also my dad will provide additional income because we also have a busiiness in our country. My concern is that I have a brother who was born in the us he is staying wid my aunt now. I want to know will this be a point aggainst me? I am scared that I will get rejected. After graduating I will go back here in indonesia and work in the rural area near our business in hometown. I am planning to practice with the community doctors here. Do you think I have a good chance of getting appproved? Thank you for your time.

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Tris July 2, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I’m going for my visa interview in a few weeks. I’m 18 and so I dont have any ‘strong ties’ such as a job, property or any of that to my country. Is there any other way I could avoid being rejected because of section 214b?? Please help!

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Anilesh July 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm

at 18 years of age one rarely has any property or business on his/her name. just try to show that you can easily get a job back in your country when you are done with MS and that you’ll prefer to come back instead of staying in US.

and don’t look for how not to get rejected. look for how to get through 214(b). easiest way is to have prepared answers for what you will do after MS.

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Professor_B July 17, 2012 at 1:12 am

Tris

At 18 you are likely going for an undergraduate degree. If your parents are sponsoring you, then you will not have a severe 214B hurdle to overcome. It will be more a function of the course of study, quality of the finances, academic readiness, and forthrightedness in answering the questions. The package must make sense. Frankly, if you are from a poorer country, it will help if you are from the financially elite sector. Provide mor information. But generically, 214B is not your primary worry. Having the other ducks lined up properly, and being able to answer questions HONESTLY (disagree with Anilesh on the concept of pre-packaged answers), will get you a positive response.

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Anilesh July 18, 2012 at 5:06 am

By ‘prepared answers’ I did not mean to tell you to write some good answers to tell the officer. I meant that you make yourself clear about your long term goal, because the US is not at all willing to take in a student who is haywire. This thing clearly came out in my first interview. My answers in first interview weren’t like from a clear and well-thinking student and the VO gave me the booklet of 214(b) rejection. Be truthful. Being truthful will make you confident. But be prepared as well, because a VO can ask you anything… from your hobbies to your college.

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OPENE PATRICK July 2, 2012 at 10:14 pm

HELLO SIR,
PLEASE I WANT YOU TO ASSIST ME IN THIS:
I AM AN IVORIAN WHO CAME TO STUDY A DIPLOMA COURSE IN GHANA AFTER MY HIGH SCHOOL, I HAVE ALSO STUDIED ENGLISH LANGUAGE FOR YEARS, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO EVEN WORK ON SEVERAL CONTRACT WITH US EMBASSY AS A FREELANCE INTERPRETER, I WAS EVEN GIVEN SEVERAL CERTIFICATES OF MERIT.
A HAVE APPLIED AND GOT AN I20 FROM A SCHOOL OF LANGUAGES AND A PROVISIONAL ADMISSION LETTER IN A US UNIVERSITY, I DID NOT SIT FOR TOEFL,
1. CAN I APPLY FOR VISA INTERVIEW WITHOUT HAVING A TOEFL SCORE???
2. I HAVE SUFFICIENT FUNDS IN MY BANK ACCOUNT BUT MY MUM IS ALSO HELPING IN FUNDING MY FEES, SHOULD I TAKE BOTH ACCOUNT DOCUMENTS TO THE EMBASSY OR MY MUM’S OWN IS ENOUGH?
3. WILL IT BE IN MY FAVOR IF I SHOW CERTIFICATES ISSUED BY THE EMBASSY?

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GREAT JOB.

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Professor_B July 17, 2012 at 1:08 am

I understand your issue very well. You may not like my advice. CLEARLY you have significant English Language ability. It is so much easier to get a visa if you are going directly into a university program, fully admitted, rather than a language contingent conditional admission. The embassy will wonder why you would not meet the language requirements in Ghana, where you are already established and it is infinitely cheaper. My advice is to sit for the TOEFL; submit the scores; remove the condition from your admission; and be prepared to enter the USA language ready for university. That enhances your chances of getting a visa.

Second advice is to bring as much evidence of available financial resources as you possibly can. It is better to have too much than too little. You will have to show how you earned all that money by yourself, especially if you are a young person. I am guessing you a a more mature student byt he tone of your inquiry.

Show certificates from the Embassy. That you have served them cannot hurt your chances. But dont have any illusion that it will necessarily get you over any observed hurdle either.

Good luck!—But DON’T go for a visa with the language contingency if you can help it. We do those all the time for students, and it often works in China. But the difference in your case is that you ARE in an English speaking country already and in the enviromnent to get what you need. So if you choose to go, be prepared to explain why not Ghana?

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Anilesh July 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Sir:

Need your help for presenting my case in second interview for F1 after being rejected once. My academic profile is quite good and it is never a reason for reject if VO sees it once. I have 8.6/10 CPI. My B Tech is in CSE from Indian Institute of Information Technology. I have been awarded Director’s Gold Medal for the Best All round performance & Director’s Silver Medal for the Most Outstanding Performance in Games and Sports from my batch. I have an Academic Excellence Award and I was the first semester batch and branch topper. I don’t have any backlogs. After graduation I had two job offers: one from InfoSys and other from Indian Army. But I declined both of them and took a deliberate drop for self study. I have GRE score as 314/370 and 4.0 in AWA. My TOEFL is 111/120.

My first interview was an example of bad luck as the VO was very strict. He rejected 3 people in front of me. He was speaking exceptionally fast and I could not even get his question properly. I got nervous and answered all just the opposite of what it should have been.

After exchanging the greetings the interview went like this…

VO: Why US?
Me: Sir established research groups, diverse cultural input, high spending on education are the primary reasons.

VO: ok. Why SUNY Buffalo?
Me: Sir, my friends and teachers suggested me SUNY. I have some friend studying there presently. Some of my teachers are alumni of SUNY And also SUNY has excellent research groups.

VO: How many other admits you have?
Me: Sir, SUNY was my second choice and after getting an admit from SUNY, I did not check about others.

VO: Which other universities you applied to?
Me: Sir, I applied to 4 more universities in US and 1 in Germany. I applied to UIC, Rutgers, Virginia Polytech and Carnegie Mellon University.

[He typed things on computer and from this point onwards he got totally disinterested in my application]

VO: What research are you going to do there?
Me: Sir, currently they are working on a ‘top-k query problem’ and I am willing to work on it.

VO: What is this?
Me: I explained the thing…

VO: So, it’s a method of searching…
Me: Yes sir.

VO: But then how are you going to improve it?
Me: [I started fumbling here] Sir, we try to improve some parameters and improve…

VO: [interrupts me in between] yes i know this. [And he said something which I could not understand totally. I thought that's a question and I tried answering it again. He was speaking at the speed of light.]
Me: Sir, let me tell…

VO: [gets angry] No, don’t tell me. I know this already.
Me: [I stopped and said nothing]

VO: When did you course conclude?
Me: April last year sir.

VO: When did you get the degree?
Me: Sir, 29th July 2011. [I remember the dates because I got my Director's Gold and Silver medals that day in convocation]

[He probably mentally calculated about the year drop I had]

VO: So what did you do in this year?
Me: Sir I read about Human Values, Professional Ethics and studied the material by Anthony Robbins.

VO: What does your father do?
Me: Sir my father works in ….. and he’s a government employee. [I didn't elaborate about the post on which he worked etc.]

VO: Sorry sir, I can’t grant you the VISA under section 214(b). [and hands me the booklet of rejection]

I can see by myself the grave mistakes I have committed in my interview. But the main reason was that I had seen that VO rejecting 3 people in front of me and that got me. I got extremely nervous.

I am going to give the interview again. I need your urgent help to overcome the mistakes I have committed in my first interview. I am going to attempt again for the VISA on this same I20 from SUNY Buffalo.

Kindly help.

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Anilesh July 12, 2012 at 9:56 am

Don’t reply to this post now. I got my visa in second attempt. :)

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neville July 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Congrats!! You’re on your way.

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Zac July 16, 2012 at 7:57 am

Hi Anilesh, I’m going for my interview soon. Could you be kind enough to help me by providing me with some of the questions that the VO asked you and how was the process like?

Thank you!

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Tony July 16, 2012 at 9:30 am

Hello Anilesh, I too am going for my second visa interview under F1 category? I was not prepared well earlier. Now I am better prepared and hopefully will be more confident this time. My main worry is my circumstances have not changed significantly- something the 214(B) booklet they gave at the time of rejection insists. I was told I am being denied as I was not a “credible” student,though the official reason was just 214(B) So tell me were you asked such a question- and if yes what reply you gave? which city you were interviewed and what was the gap between your two interviews? I will be grateful for your help. And congrats!! Are you going near Boston area?

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Professor_B July 17, 2012 at 12:50 am

Sorry about this! Unusual summer downtime in the Caribbean. Delighted that it worked out. Glad and very instructive that you picked up on the errors. Great analysis. Very Useful. Thanks for posting. It will help others. Good luck in Buffalo. The weather is VERY challenging in the winter. Can get cold very quickly. Bring as much warm clothing and particularly warm, closed, shoes.

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Adwait N. June 28, 2012 at 5:04 am

Dear Sir,

I have gotten into the Masters in Art+Design program of North Carolina State University, USA. The program is highly ranked, and accepts students from all backgrounds(even non-arts). I have a BSc in IT, and I’ve completed my MBA in India this year. I’ve done this at my father’s insistance of having another degree to fall back on before I get full time into Arts.

Though I have no formal education in arts, I have been informally pursuing arts for the last 12 years, and I have a good portfolio to back it up. I have enough funds to pay for the degree.
The reason for not doing a masters in India is that there are no programs which allow you to do a masters without a bachelors in fine arts in India, whereas my work is already at par with bachelors level work (as suggested by getting admitted into NC State, in the nation’s top 50 art schools).

Will my educational background be a problem as far as my visa is concerned?
Thanks!
Adwait

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Professor_B July 17, 2012 at 12:46 am

Your educational background, per se, will not be a hindrance. You have CLEARLY, and articulately presented the reason why you DO need to come to the USA to further your academic ambitions. The program, though available, will not be immediately available to you due to the lack of the underlying degree. A well spoken answer to the VO will allay that particular concern.

However, you then will need to show the efficacy of that particular program in INDIA, if there is a concern about what your plans are. Have a clear path to outline for your POST studies period.

NOTE, you should also make sure that your finances are adequate and that the cost of the program makes sense for its payoff in INDIA.

Watch for questions about your family ties. Have something ready to show in your answers that will be construed as a COMPELLING reason to return to India. Chances are you wont have too much of this–especially if you can get into the top program of the kind here.

Good luck. Give us feedback.

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Emma June 28, 2012 at 12:50 am

Hi,pls help me. Am going for visa interview that is my first time.have been admitted to study nursing in one of US university,but the school does not required TOEFL or any profensional english exam.am 22year,finish my secondray school year 20 09.my uncle is the one funding me,i have no family in usa so there is nothing to stay there after finishing my education in usa.pls advise me.

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neville July 4, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Hi Emma,
Thank you for your comment. You and other Nursing Majors can find a response from Professor_B here:
http://www.myamericandegree.com/question-of-week/nursing-majors-214b-visa-rejection/

Please leave a comment on that page if you have further questions on that topic.

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Emma July 31, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I went 4 d interview,it went on smothly.but d vo said my i av nt pay my sevis,i told her that i have paid it but it as not reflet.she gave me a form and said i should come back in next 7 working days.pls my qustions is that if i will be going next week am i going to pay another visa fee.pls reply.

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hannah ramirez September 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm

hi emma, i just want to ask if by this time, have you been able to get a student visa? how was your interview?

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kunzo June 27, 2012 at 4:31 pm

hello
prof plz i ve interview on 3rd of july…am goin on professional course,flight training in the U S A.I have been given admission.i have not flew plane before neither travel out of Nigeria before.plz what are my chances?thanks.

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professor_b July 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Well generically speaking it is difficult to assess your chances based on such limited information. I would urge students to present a total synopsis of themselves, their circumstances, and their program so that we can intelligently assess. Based on what you gave me, if you have never been to the embassy before, and if you have had a consistent education channel that would predict a likely pilot, and if you have complete and verifiable funds, and the school is reputable, and there is a plausible plan to return, then you are 50/50, given your location. But there are too many missing variables for me to be able to give you a credible answer.

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Loma Linda - Physical Therapy June 25, 2012 at 6:29 am

Dear Professor,
I have booked my Visa interview for the first week of July. I had applied only to Loma Linda university (CA) and got admitted there for the Doctorate program. The Doctorate program for foreign educated Physical Therapist without license to practice in the US is only available in 2 universities. NYU is the other one, which i was not interested.
My program requires only TOEFL score and no GRE.
TOEFL score: 106/120
My Bachelors degree aggregate was 67% with 2 backlogs, all cleared before the final year.
My parents are expatriates in the Gulf (Not permanent residents) and most of the savings are in that country’s bank or as USD deposits in an Indian Bank (Canara). We also have some Indian rupee deposits. We have our houses, 4 different plots of land and my aged grand mother living in India.
Kindly let me know what should i do to improve the visa officers impression of my application.
I am little worried about
-the two backlogs till my pre-final year.
- Lack of GRE score
- Parents living in gulf as non resident indians.
Sir, should I show any land evaluation report to show the worth of the land and prove ties with home land? I was thinking of just taking my original land deeds to show as proof.
How do i deal with parents working as expatriates abroad, no GRE, 2 backlogs and choice of only applying to Loma Linda University.
Kindly take some time to reply my queries.
Thank you

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Loma Linda - Physical Therapy June 25, 2012 at 7:03 am

Sir, just to add to my previous post, I have nearly 3 years of work experience in India. My GPA is 3.5/4

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neville July 4, 2012 at 5:39 pm

HI Loma Linda,
Thanks for your comment. We selected your questions for our Question of the Week blog post. You will find the answers to your questions and general advice when you click this link:

http://www.myamericandegree.com/student-visa/improve-visa-officer-application/

Go read the response there and leave a comment on that page if you have further questions on that topic.

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Neel Shah June 24, 2012 at 12:16 pm

dear sir,
I have completed my bachelors in Information Technology
My visa interview is been scheduled on 12/07/2012.My academics are as follow

B.Tech 8.07/10 cpi
Gre 302/340 Quant-127 Verbal-145
Toefl 102
Admits:
New york Poly
Cal State Los Angles
North Carolina Charlotte

What are my chances of getting visa..My dad has a very low income ITR 2 lakh..My mom earning with ITR 1.8 lakh .But have sufficient savings in bank for the funding for my Masters..Please let me know soon .I am afraid .Would i get visa or not.And will the issues of low financing support would create problem?

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professor_b June 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Based on the school selected, lack of finances can be a problem. Also, not having an assistantship or scholarship from the school is not in your favor. If funding is low, why not display these great admissions but seek a smaller, more affordable school willing to offer you some funding. Often, you can find a gem of a program in such schools that will set your path right.

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Neel Shah July 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Sir , i have gone through all these universities where funding is not exorbitantly high and condusive to my savings in my bank account..Dear sir,just let me know do i eligible to apply for student visa..

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Purnima June 24, 2012 at 5:11 am

Hi, I am from Bangladesh. My visa interview is scheduled next week. I got into Master’s program in a public university with graduate assistantship. With this assistantship, my tuition gets covered, and I get paid which would cover my living expense. I just need an extra $500 from my personal fund. That’s what my I-20 says.
But I have some issues that I need to address:
1. Five years back, when I applied for my undergrad, my visa was refused under 241b section.
2. My family’s income is very low and I don’t have any property or any valued possession. I can only show my mother’s bank statement which would say that I have the additional $500 and a little bit more for my air ticket and stuff.
3. Although my grad school will be funding for my tuition and I also get paid for assistantship, my GRE score was pretty low.

What are the chances of me getting the visa? Please reply as soon as possible. Thank you.

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professor_b June 26, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Well the circumstances are profoundly different from five years ago. Keep your information consistent with your application of five years ago so that there are no conflicts in substance. But I see no reason why you should not get the visa. The school has determined that the low GRE is not a hindrance to your admission or funding. The embassy has to respect that. It is within your right to politely point that out to the VO should he use that as a basis of denial. They are not academic officers. Your suitability for the award was rightfully determined by the school. If there is a clear path to return…enough money to cover your residual difference…and a good, articulate presentation at the embassy, you should be successful. SPEAK SLOWLY and listen attentively so that you are not asking for repeats when he/she speaks to you.

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Purnima July 4, 2012 at 4:01 am

Dear Professor
I just had my interview. The VO returned my passport and gave me PIN ID and asked me to check online for update. It says my application is pending. How long does it usually take? I have to report to my university by the end of next month. Is there any chance of my case getting refused? Please help!!

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Saby.. June 22, 2012 at 4:23 am

Dear Professor,

Thank you for your assistance, Sir I am enrolled for an post graduate program in NewHaven Uni…and all of my previous education was in English, Sir please suggest me something which actually helps me in interview, I’ll enroll for ELP first , and then start my main course… I need your invaluable advice to get a VISA, As some of my friends got the VISA in same scenario…
Please reply at your earliest.
Thank you.
Regards,
Saby.

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professor_b June 26, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I, nor anyone responsible, will not undertake coaching around our embassy. The fact is that you need to present yourself truthfully and completely. That said, simple things like speaking slowly; knowing your plans and knowing your subject matter; know why you selected your school; know where your funds are coming from and why it is reliable; state your plans to return carefully. Be pleasant, be polite and be HONEST.

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Fazal June 21, 2012 at 7:58 pm

HI I am from Pakistan.
I got admission in California State University Fresno for undergrad civil engineering. I applied 4 times for F1 visa and got refused all 4 times. in my first interview I don’t have any idea why I was refused. In my second and third interview visa officer asked me why I haven’t taken any calculus classes. I called University and they sent me letter saying that I have full filled all admission requirements and calculus is not university requirement as the student will study calculus once he joins university. In my forth attempt for F1 visa visa officer said OK I am not gonna ask you about calculus. he said I have done my O’levels in 2007 and my A’levels in 2009. Then what was I doing after 2009 up to 2011. I told him i was helping out my father in our business. I had prof of that but he didnt had a look at the documents. I improved my O’levels grades in December 2010 to get admission in CSU fresno as the university asked my and in february 2011 i got my Olevels result with improved grades. i gave ielts in the same year and got 7 band. but the VO is not looking at my transcripts and is refusing me without no reason.

Can you guys help me out what should i do

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professor_b June 26, 2012 at 4:51 pm

You wont like the answer. STOP going for any more interviews unless you have a discernible change in circumstance. THEN get your undergrad degree in India. It is cheaper, just as good, awesome schools for that program. DO WELL. Then you can pick any school you want and get a FREE master’s in the USA and probably will get a visa in four years. Right now, you look more interested in going to the USA than in going to school. Make school your priority and make it in India. You are young. The USA, clearly your aim, will be waiting to welcome you in four years time….

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chetan jindal June 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Hi,
My Visa has been rejected twice last year. I am going to Canada for a one year program. I want to know that when I am in Canada, would I be eligible to apply for a student visa and give my visa interview from there only, instead of coming back to my India.

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professor_b June 26, 2012 at 4:48 pm

It may not change the outcome unless what you do in Canada has an effect on your standing. However, being in Canada, and getting a Canadian visa, can signal a VO that you are not a wanton prospective immigrant. If so, you could abscond in Canada. I think it would help if it shows you completed a program that furthers your academic standing and can assist in your plans in the USA…but with a valid circumstance and answer for your likelihood of return to India.

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Sa'ed June 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm

hello , i applied for F-1 visa and the VO told me that my visa approved but it need for administrative process , my question is : is there any probability to reject my visa after the VO approved to give it to me ?
1-i refused 2 times before , the first one was B1 visa and the second time was F1 for 214″b” reason .
2-i have no problems or any criminal records at my country or any other countries which i visited .

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professor_b June 26, 2012 at 4:45 pm

It may be that you have a name similar to someone on a watch list. If you have no personal issues, it should be OK.

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scotish boy June 20, 2012 at 4:23 am

I Will be going to the US Embassy for my interview,In my I-20 Form the school, said i have the student has the required English proficiency, do i need to sit for toefl? Then in my ds160 form should i put the date the school is resuming and the date i will be graduating too, because i want to use a different day?

How can you prove that you will come back after finishing your studies?
How many university did you apply for and why did you choose this one?

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professor_b June 26, 2012 at 4:44 pm

You know the answer to the second question. But it is not REQUIRED that you apply to a lot of schools if you have a plausible reason for selecting only one. The proof in your return lies in your intention. Relate them truthfully. There is no canned answer to any question. The truth is the realm in which they reside.

School date on the I-20 is the program start date…you can use this for your DS-160 or an earlier date up to sixty days to get your visa.

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Neha Sharma June 16, 2012 at 1:39 am

Hi… I am planning to go for masters in engineering management from US. I have applied for visa before as i got the acceptance for spring 2012 from FIT but because of my visa rejection I requested the university to defer my offer to fall 2012. Now I am going for my visa interview again. First time my visa got rejected under 214(b) as the VO told me that my GRE score was not sufficient and he suggested me to give the exam again and apply for visa once more. I took GRE again and got a good score this time. So pls give me some tips for visa interview and can u pls tell what are the chances getting the visa approved this time?

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Professor-B June 20, 2012 at 9:05 pm

What I fail to understand (not from you) from this VO is the correlation between your GRE score and your likelihood of defecting. If you are a 214 risk, then having a stronger GRE score does not in any way mitigate that? 214B is just a generic catchall…that handout does not pertain to why you are rejected every time. I am guessing, by what he said, that he was not convinced you were a serious student. Unfortunately, unless he notated the record, when you get this SECOND interview with this new person, you will have to start all over again answering the questions showing clarity of purpose, use of the degree in your home country, a coherent plan to study, and ties to your country. If you have a fellowship from your school, and FIT is a good school, that should be enough. Be prepared to reference what you were told last time…introduce it in the conversation with the VO and show the difference.

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Anonymous June 21, 2012 at 3:11 am

Professor, Same case happens with me too. Now, I have to write exam again and get new university or same with different score :( …..i hope policy and evaluation criteria needs to be changed.

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keshav June 22, 2012 at 7:16 am

hi neha.. mine was too same situation as yours. is your visa issued in the second attempt?

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Olanrewaju June 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Dear Prof B
i’m a Nigerian as I graduated from a federal university here in Nigeria in october 2010 and completeted my National Youth service corps in october 2011. I obtained my B.Sc in Plant Biology with 76percent as my grade. My uncle living in US in connecticut told me to apply to the university(CCSU) there in US and I have been addmitted to the university in General bioscience/ Biology as my major for my masters degree and they have sent me addmission pack with medical form and form I-20. My mother here in Nigeria will be my sponsor with sufficient funding. I sat for TOEFL and scored 78/120 ibt. The school informed me that I dont need to sit for GRE as it is not required.
I scheduled an appointment to meet with the lagos embassy on 8th of august 2012 and i’m about to go for my medical test and pay my 200dollars SEVIS fee before the interview.
My questions are what is my chance of a successful interview?, hope the VO wont put much concentration on GRE and the low Toefl score? What other document should i take along to the embassy? What are the likely questions the VO might ask and what my response should be? Hope the gap between oct 2011 and August 2012 is not too much as i donot have any working experience but I gained admission for my masters in University here in Nigeria(which I ignore) and in UK but I will prefer US because of my uncle there. Should I tell the VO about this if asked? Please I will be expecting to hear from you soon with your suggestions. Thanks.

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Professor-B June 14, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Several concerns….1. Why is a graduate, from an English medium education country, getting a low TOEFL score?

Why avoid the GRE? Doing the GRE if you are a serious student, and if you have a serious research agenda as you should for such a program, would get you funded for sure in just about any institution. Most serious students do not PAY to do such programs. This institution would surely have the low standards because they are not investing in you. They are simply willing to take your tuition. I can’t imagine a credible master’s program in the sciences admitting you with no validation of your institution with a standardized test. I am aware of the Federal University…likely Abuja I am guessing. Credible school. Yet the only standardized test you were subjected to yielded shaky results.

Generally, a serious student for this program, having presented a GRE score, credible TOEFL, good academic record, would definitely have an assistantship or at least a tuition waiver or partial waiver. That sends a very positive message to the VO. With these factors, if you are willing to seek and earn them, I like your chances of getting a visa.

As you approach, since it is a grad program and you have an admission, I would still say you have a better than 50-50 chance if you don’t have any adverse personal factors or history with the Embassy. But that can easily be a 75% chance if you upgrade your record, apply to some more schools, earn an assistantship, and think about being a scholar rather than a student.

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Kc October 1, 2012 at 1:19 am

Hi,
I have a 2:1 degree in French. And I gained admission to study Health Systems Management in Texas Womans University. The only requirement for this program is a GPA of 3.0 and above and of course I made a 3.9, also Toefl of which I had 607/670PBT. I’ll soon go for my interview and I’m a little concerned about the link between my undergraduate and my MBA. I aspire to be a healthcare manager in my home country with an international body especially french.
Also note that this program is not offered here in Nigeria and I only applied to TWU.
My parents are my sponsors and all of my family members are based here in Nigeria.
I could’ve gone to France or maybe any other french speaking place however, I prefer the US Education system to any other.
Please tell me what you think about this.

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Saby.. June 12, 2012 at 5:48 am

Dear Sir,

Sir please Advice as em going to apply for an F1 Visa next week,I did my Matriculation in 2003 after 1 year gap did my I.com(Intermediate),in that 1 year gap I started doing Diploma in Computer Science ryt after the Matriculation, and after completing my I.com I got busy in my Job an all as I wasn’t much interested in Studies but after working 3 years I realize that studies is really important to get a position in a reputed Firm anyways so I got enrolled in a University for B.A with majors(Economics & I.R) and I just got my Bachelors result, Now em planning to apply for F1 to do PG and Masters From US. my consultant told me that I don’t need to do IELTS or TOEFL as I got the i-20. so would U please suggest me anything considering my whole scenario …
I really appreciate your swift response.
Thank you.
Regards,
Saby

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Professor-B June 14, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Coming from a foreign language background without an IELTS or TOEFL unless you were educated in an English medium, can present a problem. I actually had problems following the logic of your question….so it suggests a language impediment. If you got into a master’s program without a GRE and without a TOEFL, chances are your institution might be a diploma mill or an institution with a shaky accreditation regime….that is a red flag for the embassy. You did not mention the school. While that should not matter, it does if the school is perceived to be a diploma mill.

The implication of getting an I-20, an immigration document, is crucial since it come with an acceptance letter, an academic document. The school’s admission standards are clearly lax. Comp-sci has to require some kind of test for an econ major to get into a master’s program. I would say you are on shaky ground based on what you have presented.

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Saby.. June 15, 2012 at 5:29 am

Dear Professor,

Thank you for your assistance, Sir I am enrolled for an post graduate program in NewHaven Uni…and all of my previous education was in English, Sir please suggest me something which actually helps me in interview, I’ll enroll for ELP first , and then start my main course… I need your invaluable advice to get a VISA, As some of my friends got the VISA in same scenario…
Please reply at your earliest.
Thank you.
Regards,
Saby.

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white hope June 11, 2012 at 11:36 am

please i dont have toefl or gre cos my school did not require that for admission. i have a Bsc(ed) and going for Bsc economics now……….. can i submit my education degree cert to the VO or i should not… please need an urgent response. my interview is friday

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Professor-B June 14, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I need more info. If your country of origin is an English speaking country, the lack of a TOEFL is nto a problem. GRE is not a requirement because you are not applying to a graduate program. This now leaves you to explain why you are seeking a second bachelor’s degree. have a good reason for that. I anticipate no problems unless you have personal negative history.

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Sam June 11, 2012 at 11:25 am

i had my visa rejected on 7th July 2012 from Mumbai. I have been admitted by Bentley University for its MSIT and MBA program. On the I20 only MBA is mentioned. My GMAT is 640 and TOEFL is 105. I have 2.5 years in a MNC IT consulting firm as a SAP consultant. I even have partial funding from the University and the rest will be funded by my family.The VO asked me very few questions and rejected me. Just asked about the University, my acads and what do i do here that is it and returned my passport with 214b. Certain points that i felt might have cause my rejection was i asked the VO to repeat the question a lot of time as the VO was inaudible(some problem with the speaker or mic) the environment was very noisy. I fumbled in my 1st question which was “What is Bentley University?” as i couldn’t figure out exactly what answer the VO was expecting for such a weird question. I intend to reapply again in a week’s time. Help needed.

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Professor-B June 14, 2012 at 10:24 pm

I understand very well. At times, sadly, and wrongly, a VO’s lack of familiarity with an institution does create a subjective prejudice. That said, we should not all let them dictate the choice of institution to gain a visa. Rather, have a good answer about the merits of the institution you chose. What is Bentley University is a fair question. You should have knocked it out of the cricket stadium for six. You should have had a great answer to that as it relates to why you selected the university. You should have mentioned to him that you are not hearing due to the noise, rather than have him think you are not understanding him.

In returning, have a letter from Bentley indicating why they want you and why they have chosen to invest in you. Have the DSO also do a letter about the school’s reputation and international programs. I frequently do that. In effect, educate the embassy about the school and its merits.

Then speak clearly, slowly, and articulately. Listen carefully and follow the theme of the question and offer an answer rather than constantly asking for repeats. Answer based on what you think he asked.

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Dr Rajneesh June 11, 2012 at 7:30 am

I have my Visa scheduled soon for USA. I am a dentist from Maulana Azad medical College. My GRE score is 1390. Toefl 101, GPA 3.71/4
I applied to M.S. in healthcare technology and got admitted in Marquette University(Rank 33)
I applied to only University and got the admit in 2 weeks time based on my credentials. So I dint even apply to any other university. Now I am in a fix without any back up Universities to show up in the visa interview. I applied to Healthcare technology to pursue my research and do electives in the Medical school of Wisconsin. Moreover the same course with the exact electives are not available in many schools.
I also have a Tourist Visa Rejection on 3rd January 2012 (I wanted to accompany my mother during her visit to my cousin in Florida). We both have a tourist visa rejection.
The fees structure is $15000, same is the living expenses. I am a male/24 with financial coverage. I have about $22000 in my dad’s account, and have a back up of about $40000 as sanctioned bank loans and property over 200 thousand dollars. However, my dad’s present earning income is low.(ITR<2 lakhs/annum)
1. How will the counsellor react to my paying back capacity when I take the loan
2.How to justify the sole university I applied
3. I am dentist. Will he raise doubts over my intentions to do to non conventional course?
4. Should I get a job cover in India that states my acceptance post my course in USA…Will it Help?
Please reply.

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Professor-B June 14, 2012 at 8:46 pm

First of all, you needed a back up school in case you did not get ADMITTED to Marquette. Back up schools are for the admission phase not the visa phase. Visas are NOT given based on how many I-20′s you present. That is a largely Indian myth that causes tremendous inconvenience to many schools who end up processing phantom students seeking only to gather I-20′s for the purpose of showing to a VO. Total nonsense.

An admission to Marquette by itself is enough. It would have been helpful if Marquette had offered you some kind of funding…an assistantship or partial scholarship. I am surprised that you did not even attempt to pursue that or at least pursue the same program at other schools more likely to offer it.

Being a Dentist (or Physician for that matter) is problematic. It does send a message of a likely immigrant. If you pass the boards in the USA the rewards far outweigh what you can get returning to India—generically speaking. You will have to do a very good job explaining that you are spending all that money to do a course that will not necessarily enhance your earning potential in India. If you can make that connection then that will alleviate the concern.

Biggest problem? That 214-B finding in a recent NIV interview is too fresh…it is a really difficult burden to overcome. If you had real plans to go to school in a few months it was totally ill advised to even attempt that visitor visa interview.

All told, I suspect you will have a lot of explaining to do. This is an uphill battle. The odds are against you. But F- visas are not B- Visas. So speak slowly. Have a clear explanation of your plans and show how it benefits you in India, to take on that program. Good luck. I think you will really need it.

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Dr Rajneesh June 16, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Dear Sir
Thank you so much for the detailed reply. I have applied for a scholarship from India(TATA Funding and would be decided in 2 week’s time). I did apply for the scholarship to the University. However many courses which have electives in Business schools do not offer any scholarships. I did enquire about it for over a year and did a thorough research but could not short list the schools based on the electives I need. Most of the schools offer M.S. in Healthcare management. Only Stony Brook offers a similar program but does not take dentists.
I have been involved in a research from over 2.5 years . It is a dental technology through which we can hear through an appliance over a molar tooth. I have already presented it and working over it for a time now. I need better information and refinement over my technical skills(Engineering part). This is the whole plans. I do not wish to pursue my role as a doctor/dentist and more concerned over the research in the long run. The same has already been accepted by American Dental Association, offering me lifetime membership of the scholar research group of ADA.
My main concern is 214-B on January 3rd. However isnt it better if I apply after 6 months(July 3rd in that case), to make myself appear better and as a fresh candidate(atleast to some extent). Please help, I am really confused, scared and wish to have the visa without much hassles.

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Matt June 11, 2012 at 12:12 am

Hello, i have my visa interview on june 18th. i’m afraid i will most likely get rejected and not be able to go to the USA. I think as for showing i have no intent of living in the USA shouldn’t be tooo hard, i’ll just talk about how i just want a US Degree because i find it will give me an edge when coming back to my home country or something like that. I’m only 17 so i have no official things to tie me down.

However i come from a poor family. My dad got a job recently about 2 months ago, yet the money has already gone to a surgery for my mom and to pay for the expenses just to go to this visa interview. We don’t have the 40,000 BRL that would be needed in a bank, but would I get away with showing we have an ability to finance just by showing the I-20 and maybe a letter from my dads boss saying he gets paid 10,000 brl a month? Because besides this, we really have nothing to show. Or do you know of anything else I could use? Please answer quickly, i’m very stressed out about this.

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Professor-B June 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm

My responsible answer to the circumstance you indicate is that you are the ideal candidate NOT to go to the USA for an undergraduate degree. You are young. So if your family had the means you would not have to show ties to Brazil because you have not had time to establish those independently. All you would have needed to show is the academic capacity and the strong parental sponsorship.

I have had numerous students with your circumstance force their way into the USA without means only to end up with considerable hardship, fall out of status, get into immigration trouble etc.

Here is my advice for a bright young man in your situation. GO TO UNIVERSITY IN BRAZIL. It will be much more affordable for your family. While there working on your undergraduate degree, spend considerable time on your English. Work really hard to excel. Make the best grades possible while working on your English skills simultaneously.

THEN, come to the USA for the master’s degree or higher. Using your great grades, and your English skills, it would be highly probable that you can attract a fully funded scholarship at that level. Much easier. Depending on your field, schools might even be bidding for you. I have advised many young persons to go that route. But impatience governs youth. And they often do not listen to their detriment. Be the exception.

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Matt June 30, 2012 at 12:04 am

You were a bit late for any help, But just letting you know, I did get approved and will be in the USA in a month.

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neville July 3, 2012 at 2:49 am

Matt,
Congrats, you’re on your way. Do you care to share with us anything that stood out in your interview with the visa officer?

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Tunji July 14, 2012 at 6:28 am

Hi, my visa was rejected july 2 in lagos under section 214 due to no any travel expirience and no relative in us, i want to change school status from college to university and i want to book another appointment what are my chance of having visa in second appearance

Brendan June 10, 2012 at 7:24 am

Hi, I am Brendan from Singapore. I would like to know my chances of getting the visa. Does the country’s reputation and development play a part in the decision? Because Singapore is one of the most developed countries in the world.

Also, I would like to know what is the “ideal” answer to a question like “what do you intend to do after graduating?”

Thank you,
Brendan

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Professor-B June 14, 2012 at 8:26 pm

A more developed country, such as Singapore, does matter. There is a default greater chance a person will return home if the home circumstances are more appealing. Therefore, the answer is an unequivocal yes. Your chances are better, all factors being equal, if you are from Singapore.

There is NO IDEAL answer to any question. It is not a quiz but rather an inquisition…and in an inquisition, truth trumps all. So the “ideal” answer to that question lies in your plans, and only you know that answer.

We are not here to tell anyone how to “beat” the embassy or the interview. Rather we are guiding you on the path to success and providing information on what is likely to succeed. A clear articulation of a plan to remain in the USA would not get you a visa.

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Brendan June 15, 2012 at 11:00 am

Good day Professor B,

Thanks for your reply. I appreciate it.

With regards to the later part of your reply, I intend to mention the fact that after graduation, I would stay to continue my o.p.t before returning back to Singapore as doing so would greatly enhance my chances of landing a job in my own country. What is your opinion on this thought that I have? Is it presentable to the counselors?

Thank you again!

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Anonymous June 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm

i got my visa rejected under 214(b). I completed my btech scoring 8.12 cgpa(no backlogs) and have 3 years of experience in one of the IT company. My gre score is 1010 and toefl is 84. I got only 2 admits but one admit which i got is from good university and other university is not that reputed. I have 5 rejects. Some of the question being asked by VO surrounds these only. Questions are:
1) why CS? 2) no of admits/rejects 3) which all univ applied 4) which univ accpeted u 5) undergraduate score 6) any no. of backlogs
and then she rejected me.

Here, can you please guide me where can i improve upon as in do i need to give justification for my gre score(quanititative 155/170 and 138/170) . Did i got rejected because of my gre score and limited number of admits and got rejected from very good univ i applied? any help or suggestion is welcomed so that when i apply for the second time, i can make my case very strong.

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Professor-B June 14, 2012 at 8:21 pm

There is a misconception that there exists a direct correlation between the number of acceptances and a visa. One can get the visa with one acceptance into one school if one has a clear and logical answer to all questions that appertain thereto.

In other words, focus on yourself. YOU are getting the visa. Not your choices. It is based on you the individual, having a clear study plan, having the finances to accomplish that goal, and having no bad history with the Embassy, and a clearly articulated road map to repatriation.

I think that the totality of the circumstances led to your withdrawal. It is a good idea to ask WHY? Not in an argumentative way, but to garner information for a second interview. I would guess you had a previous denial. Nothing about the information you provided would predict a denial…so it has to be in the nuance of your presentation or your personal circumstances.

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Anonymous June 15, 2012 at 8:29 am

Thanks for reply Professor. Same is done from my end. I have analysed it thoroughly as where i might went wrong. Based on that, I have gathered all information and support to put my case strong for the second time. I will update this forum again if I will get visa.

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venkatesh June 7, 2012 at 7:19 pm

hi all,
i am going to attend US Visa interview on monday(11/06/12).actually i have written GRE three times. i got 980 three times,can any one suggest me how to face this problem in interview ,what answer should i need to give if interviewr asks me why i have written 3 times GRE?

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Professor_B June 11, 2012 at 12:07 am

Your answer is that you are trying to get a higher score. There are no better answers than the truth. Don’t look to finesse…try to represent…. Clearly, a school thought your GRE strong enough for admission…and that is the only reason you have an I-20. Frankly, our school will also have given you admission with that score…as would many others. So politely explain to the VO that your score was suitable for that school. You might have applied to other schools if you were able to score higher on the exam. Frankly, I don’t believe it is up to any VO to determine what an acceptable GRE should be. That is the sole purview of the academic institution. Schools cannot tell the embassy who should or should not get a visa. So the academic decision should be made by the school. The many GRE attempts should not be a determining factor if all other aspects are in order.

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Karan June 6, 2012 at 9:21 am

Hi ,

This is Karan. My VISA interview is scheduled on 20th of June. I would like to know my prospects in getting the VISA

below is my profile :

Metriculating Univ : Univ of rochester ( Simon Grad School of Business)
Course : MBA , 2years.
Other Admits : CSU, Hult Intl business school, UC – Irvine & Boston Univ
GMAT Score : 700/800
TOEFL : 109/120
Work Experience : Have been working in an MNC for the last six years.
Total cost per year ( Including Dependent’s cost , housing, insurance & other Misc. expenses such as flight charges etc ) : $80,000 { Tution : $ 55,000+ $17000 for other expenses + $8000 for dependent)
Funding : Received partial funding which amounts to $15000 per year.

I have an approved bank loan for 18 lacs.
I am going to show the remaining amount, about 25 lacs, in my savings bank account.

I request you guys to please let me know my prospects of getting a VISA

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Professor_B June 8, 2012 at 12:45 am

High end school…rather expensive….you have a top TOEFL and GMAT score so all indications of academic readiness is top notch; You are applying for a program that has use, scope, resonance and value in India so good; you have school funding and input, also good; you have strong finances, great. One red flag is the tag along dependents….sometimes it is just better to bring those along after one semester or year…..it may suggest that the ties that bring you back to India, are coming along with you….so it hurts your case….wish you did not have them along. All other factors look really strong….so if you can find compelling ties to India, then you will be in good shape. From the clear presentation of you question, I am confident you will represent yourself well as an MBA should………so absent that one issue, I would think your chances are excellent….but even with the dependents, I would say they are at least good….

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mangesh June 3, 2012 at 6:36 pm

I got my vi on 13th june..
I got I 20 from Pittsburg State Uni for associates degree in Automotive engg.
My IELTS score is 6.0. I have done 3 yrs diploma in civil.
Please guide me for my Visa interview..!!

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Professor_B June 8, 2012 at 12:41 am

Wow….IELTS score is just average. So I will say SPEAK SLOWLY. Pronounce each word separately. If you believe you might be speaking too slowly, then slow down even more…
Explain why after three years of study you are going to do a two year program. Be prepared to explain how this helps you in India, where it places you, and why you chose it. Again, these circumstances are up hill…while they do not dictate the outcome, they do have an effect…mostly adverse because they do not necessarily make good economic sense in the eyes of the VO. How does this pay you back IN YOUR COUNTRY? And why not do it there? These logical questions have to be resolved in order for him not to assume, as law requires him to, that you intend to get your payoff in the USA.

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ABBAS ABDALLAH June 3, 2012 at 10:22 am

hello. I have student visa interview on June 06,2012. my Q is: I have applied for visa in 2007 and I got REJECTED, Do I have to mention it in my application or should I ignore it …. and if I ignore it, will they be able to know that I lied in my application ? please help.. someone reply to me

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Hephzibah June 5, 2012 at 4:51 am

yes abbas..they know that ur application is already rejected.. so ,,just be frank and say the truth

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Professor_B June 8, 2012 at 12:37 am

Never omit info on the assumption that you can get away with it. They have the previous data.

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Prerna June 2, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Hi,
I was denied an F1 visa stating 214(b) as a reason. I have been accepted into the Heller school of social policy and also awarded a scholarship. I have been a bright student throughout and have relevant experience in the field of social policy. I already have a masters in International politics but would like to specialise in sustainable development. I have a cousin who is a prof in the same university but a different department. I have enough funds for the course and intend to work in the development sector in India. Please let me know what are the chances of getting the visa in the second interview? DO they reconsider your application or have already made up their mind regarding the same. please advice.

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Professor_B June 8, 2012 at 12:36 am

214 B, although it is a catchall and sometimes generic ground for denial, when it is meant or delivered as the actual reason….you INTEND to be an immigrant, then you have a double burden of proof resting on you. A second shot only give a different outcome if you present completely different information. So it depends. What NEW information can you present that you did not have the first time? What exactly did the VO say in giving the denial? Do you have a fiance or a family circumstance or a job offer on return? Do you have a travel history? Could it be that another master’s is suspicious? I think your lot might be better to wait a year, qualify for a PhD program in sustainable development if that fits your plans and aspiration…it would enhance your visa probabilities….especially if it is funded.

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Prerna June 18, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Thank you prof,
But I did not mention any relevant information in the first interview. I presumed he has all the information so did not tell him about my scholarship of $ 29,000, that no university in India and very few schools in Us offer this course, about the fact that I am the only child of my parents and that my father has a serious heart ailment. Also my course requires mandatory work experience and the school is ranked among the top ten in the US.

I have rescheduled my interview for 25th June. Please guide me how should I tackle the question regarding my cousin? She is also funding me for $12000. But my focus will be on proving ties to my country. How can I strengthen my case? Jobs in India after the course are abundant and well paying. Also the course is structured in a way that I am required to spend 9 months in the US and 6-8 months in India for fieldwork. Please guide me.

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Lester June 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Hi guys
would you please help me, am a Malawian nation going for my US study visa interview in two weeks time am fully prepared in terms of all the neccesary documents but now my only worry is I have once stayed irregaly in South Africa after overstaying my visiting period on that side ,and so my question is; at the interview here in Malawi do I have to tell the truth to the consular that I once overstayed in South Africa or not.
please help.
thnx in anticipation.
LESTER

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Professor_B June 8, 2012 at 12:28 am

If you were not arrested, detained, or deported from South Africa, there is no question on your visa form that would require you to disclose that information. However, if asked about your previous travel, you do have an obligation to reveal it and to be truthful. One like is an automatic disqualification from a visa. It does not necessarily disqualify you to have had a problem in South Africa. Just be prepared to explain it.

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pherrari June 2, 2012 at 7:33 am

Hi.. i am from nigeria and i have an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering .. i want to go to the US for a masters degree in engineering management.. my father is my sponsor with sufficient funds.. i am 25 years old.. the major problem i have is that i have no working experience .. i got my undergraduate degree in 2009… my visa interview is in three days time, what are my chances of being given a visa? Please i need a response from you. Thank you.

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Professor_B June 8, 2012 at 12:25 am

If you had a decent GRE score, chances are you should have gotten some funding from the university in question. Surprise that students think they need to pay for advanced degrees in highly desirable and highly technical fields rather than allowing the brain power to earn it. But you have decided to pay and your funds are adequate. Your lack of work experience should not be a factor. You are still in the education process. It is perfectly natural for student to have a two year gap between levels of education. What you have done may not necessarily come up in the interview. If what you presented is legit, and if your documents are in order, and you can acquit yourself well, you should be successful. Speak slowly and know why you chose that vocation and how it will fit into your plans on return to Nigeria.

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valentine June 1, 2012 at 8:41 am

i got admitted into a community college and my documents are intact, but i left secondary school since 2006 and have been attending to extra moral university class, i hv a diploma certificate in safty and security training, also a certificate on computer training, my toefl score is 110 ibt. And i hv strong family ties and good sponsorship, my major in u.s is computer technology am just scared of what my vo will be like. Pls help me. Tanks

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Professor_B June 8, 2012 at 12:22 am

You have a problem—community college for an older person might be a stretch. If you are about 23 or so, then it is actually not much older than many first time international students…and you did have some school attendance so that is good also. But starting at community college could be a problem. If you can conjure up some reason why you need a shorter and more specified training that gets you back home faster, then that is a good thing…be ready to explain it to the VO. No set of circumstances should be presumptive disqualifications. However, probabilities of success vary and the choice of school or other circumstances are variables that do affect the probability of a successful outcome.

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Has May 30, 2012 at 7:52 am

Hi. Dear proffessor-b please can you say me which kind of documents should I provide to embassy from my sponsor (he is not my relative). Please list all required ones so that all documents be complete. One more question: if my sponsor is American and is not relative but just friend, can it be disadvantage for me?

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Professor_B June 8, 2012 at 12:17 am

American sponsor who is not a parent is a mixed bag. You may have to convince an American that a friend is kind enough to sponsor an American education. That is a stretch. Most Americans or American residents can barely afford the cost of their own child’s education, let alone a stranger. So yes. That will be one to explain. And if this person appears to be a prospective spouse, then even more of a problem with 214B.

The best evidence to produce is the one that got you the I-20 in the first place. A bank statement showing a progression for the past year if possible…and showing a solid banking history. A job letter showing the source of the income. Evidence of actual property owned or business owned by the sponsor.

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Ahmad ALJulani May 27, 2012 at 11:08 pm

hello. I have visa interview on 3 of June ,2012. I have been admitted to the college degree program in Accountant. this year in USA. I am from Jordan and have a BA from Jordan three years ago. There has been three years gap and I have gained work experience . Now, my question is what are my chances of getting student visa when all my documents are intact.
can you also give me any advice on the interview.
note: my ankle will finance my study, I have his bank statement for the last 6 month and it more than enough to cover my first year of study and living expenses.
should I bring a copy on my C.V and my last job certificate
please replay and tel me if i need any other doc. from my ankle other the bank statement ???

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Professor_B June 3, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Jordan (does the embassy really open on Sunday’s there?) is a challenge. The circumstances you describe are challenging. Speak clearly. If your English is not up to par, (and it may not be), that can hurt. So speak slowly as well. Present the documents and try to make sure that they are the focus rather than the conversation. When asked questions, try to present the answer in conjunction with the supporting document. My guess is you will have an uphill task based on the circumstances.

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phoenix May 26, 2012 at 6:29 pm

To Proffesor_B,

I have attended my visa interview 2 days before and it got rejected under 214b. I am going for my PHD fully funded to UTEP (EL PASO). I am from india. i have BE from India MS from UK. I have 2 years of research assistant experience in reputed places in India. The counseler asked me what u like in EL PASO, and when i said its non happening nature would help me concentrate on my studies and focus in my research, he debated like so u mean u don like Newyork or washington.. I replied no i dint mean tat way, but dint help it its gone… I am planning to reapply in a weeks time again.. What is your say on my ended visa interview and also on the idea of taking one more chance immediately..

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Professor_B June 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm

That is strange. Often they make up their mind on something as unscientific as an “impression.” Based on what you described, if all documents are in order, then the VO has arbitrarily determined that you are an intended immigrant. There is no appeal, nor is there a “right” to a visa from any country. Unfortunately, there is no science that can predict subjective outcomes….In your case, try again; ask your intended research professor to write a letter on your behalf explaining why they want you in the program; ask the DSO at your school to also write a letter stating you met all conditions for admission and issuance of your I-20 and you are desired by the department. And be a PERSON–I suspect a warm, friendly, and intelligent answer to that question he asked might have made the difference. You may have tried to hard too get the “right” answer rather than just giving a human response.

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phoenix June 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I have a letter from my professor stating my qualifications and the reasons based on what they are giving me this opportunity. Also a letter from Graduate school department about the qualifications of the university and how i satisfy also those.. But he dint look at any of those documents either he dint even ask it from me… Anyways may be i spoke too naively, i have scheduled my visa interview in 2 days time… Please give your suggestions on how to approach this time?

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Professor-B June 14, 2012 at 10:40 pm

How did it turn out? Seeming too determined to get a visa creates an aura of desperation. That is a red flag trigger for a rejection. I hope you did not appear to be desperate.

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phoenix June 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm

My another doubt is so what if i tried too hard?? The student visa which they gonna give me is going to be valid only till the time i finish my course after which i have return back anyway. So where is the point of becoming an immigrant here? If i have to be rejected a visa it is not now when i am going to be a student, it should be when i try to become an immigrant on the next visa i apply after my student visa expires. Moreover immigration is possible only if it is legally permitted by US law. So if they want to stop immigration they have to checkpoint that law and not carry out an arbitrary approach like this, which creates problems for genuine applicants. Paying visa fees is fine, but why should i pay my SEVIS fee even before getting my visa?

Strange but true!!

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neville June 3, 2012 at 6:44 pm

The VO is quiet aware that several students do violate their status and remain in the US after their visa expires. Some do not even wait until after their visa expires to violate their status. That’s the illegal route to becoming an immigrant and it is very real. The 214b is their provision to guard against this, it’s in effect a preemptive strike. There are many things about the process and system that are frustrating, but it’s better to try to work within it, than argue about what should or should not be. If you want to study in the US you have to play by their rules. Everyday good applicants will be rejected, but everyday good applicants also get visa approved. Focus on how to be part of the latter group.

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bala May 26, 2012 at 6:40 am

hello sir,
my GRE scoe is only 780 is that a big matter for my visa rejection.and i have got admission from 3 university. and have got all proper documents.plz help me.

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Professor_B June 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm

It should not be….really it is up to the university to determine your suitability for admission. The embassy determines your suitability to enter the country…and your admission to three schools suggest your GRE is adequate FOR THEM. Doubt it would be your problem outside of other factors.

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mahima May 21, 2012 at 7:51 am

hello. I have visa interview on 29th may,2012. I have been admitted to the doctoral degree program in computer sc. this year in USA. I am from India and have done my b.tech from here last year. There has been one yr gap and I have gained work experience too. Now, my question is what are my chances of getting student visa when all my doucments are intact. pleasse reply..

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kus May 28, 2012 at 2:25 pm

ur funding?
ur grades, gres, ur university?
n ur intent to return to india??
these thing will determine ur chances as far as i kno.
me too have interview on may 29 :)
so all d best for u n me…

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Professor_B May 29, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Hope this response gets to you in time. With a good GRE—With an Assistantship—the gap year will not be consequent to the outcome. If you have had no previous bad history with the embassy…if you represented all your documents truthfully, financial statement, TOEFL, etc….and if you are clearly qualified for the offer, answer questions like an educated person, and speak slowly and clearly, you should be fine….Good Luck today.

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ahmed saimon May 21, 2012 at 7:10 am

sir ,
i am a student ,i want to complete tourism and hotel managment course,in usa,so give me some information ,how can i go to usa for complete my course…………..!

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neville May 22, 2012 at 10:21 am

Hi Ahmed,
Take some time and review the content on this site. It’s impossible for us to provide tailor made answers for every individual question. We try to answer general questions through the articles posted on the site. Also spend some time researching universities that offer your degree program interest. At the end of the day the university that offers the program will be best source to answer specific questions about requirements for that university and program. And I think you will find them very helpful and open walking you through the process.

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Venla May 20, 2012 at 8:44 am

Hi!
I’m planning on applying for a student visa to the US, and I think my case is kind of… weird.
I do not plan to come home again. But by no means am I going to stay illegally in the States. I was thinking of staying there for five years and then apply for US citizenship (because five years is the time you have to reside in the US in order to be able to apply for citizenship). I just need to know how or if I should tell this to the counselor.
Also, does studying in the US count as “residing”?

Thank you in advance for answers. :)

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nik June 13, 2012 at 12:11 pm

YOu need to read the immigration websites. You have to be resident in the U.s. with a green card for 5 years before you can apply for citizenship! to get a green card is another problem in and of itself if you are already here on a visa etc. it’s not that simple to come here and get citizenship!

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Professor-B June 14, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Venla

Like most immigrant aspirants, which you clearly are, you have a case of what I called Immigrantitis….false hope, skewing the law to fit your aspirations and your dreams. You could not be more wrong and misinformed. Totally incorrect. One has to live in the USA as a LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENT for five years in order to then become eligible to be a US citizen. As a student, you would not be a legal permanent resident. So you are not accruing any time towards citizenship. If citizenship were that easy, the population of the USA would be higher than China. Since you CLEARLY are an intended immigrant, your are automatically ineligible for a student visa. Find a US spouse, fall in love, and that will fulfill your ambition.

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Venla June 18, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Thanks for answering, Professor-B!

I sure did think it was easier than it actually is to become a citizen, but not because I want it to be easy. It’s just really hard to get information, and understanding is another issue when English isn’t your first language. I wouldn’t ask if I thought I knew.
If it’s not too much trouble, I’ve got some more questions:
Why does being an intended immigrant make you ineligible for a student visa? And if I did find a US spouse, I wouldn’t become a citizen just like that, now would I? So what does the law say about that business?

Still thankful for help :)

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Nik June 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm

An intended immigrant is someone who the immigration service believes has the ability to stay on in the U.s. beyond the completion of studies. However, marrying an American would enable you to apply for a green card based on marriage (permanent residence) and eventually accrue years of residence toward U.S. citizenship

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d. Helen May 19, 2012 at 11:08 am

My daughter has been selected to study in New York. My husband and I are wirking in Ghana for an Indian school. She is going to face interviw for visa in about 10 days in India. Will there be a problem in our working in Ghana ?

D. Helen

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Professor_B May 29, 2012 at 8:00 pm

It makes it difficult for her to show attachments to India as a home country. However, being in Ghana is better than being in the USA on one hand because it is not a red flag. You income in Ghana would have to be substantial if you are going to stand as sponsors; that might be a challenge. If she is an undergrad with good grades, good SAT, and strong bank statement ask her to SPEAK SLOWLY, speak CLEARLY, give a clear explanation of her situation without waiting for questions to that effect. She may have to say WHY she chose that school if similar programs are available in India.

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Moazzam May 18, 2012 at 10:02 am

Hi,
I am currently doing my B.E (civil engineering) in Pakistan which will be completed this December.
I am looking for MS from USA and I am eyeing at few State universities there. I want to know how much money I need to have in my Bank account to complete my entire study.
Also tell me about the assistant-ship and criteria for getting it.
Thanx

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Professor_B May 29, 2012 at 8:03 pm

The specific amount depends on the school you select. Your prospects for lower tuition are typically better with state schools. I think if your GRE is strong you should EXPECT an assistantship for that field of study. DO NOT pay tuition to study engineering. MOST schools will fund (assistantships) well qualified students. Give me some more specifics and I can guide you or help place you into a program.

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muhammad ashfaq May 17, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Dear sir,
I had applied to US visa last year twice but refused despite fully funded scholarship for MS in biotechnology.
these were the questions he asked me.
VO: To how many schools do u have applied
me: to this
VO: why to this school
me: becuase I have my senior studying there and also because of my interest area
VO: what are you doing currently
ME: i m doing masters here
VO: do have any transcript
ME: sorry sir, I have no transcript because I my first semester exam has just finished.
VO: Can I see you BS transcript
ME: I showed my BS transcript.
He then refused. sir, I want to apply again this year to the same schoolfor the MS in biotechnology(full scholarship this time as well) but my one MS has just been completed in my home country. Should I apply to US visa or not.
please guide me. thanks

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Professor_B May 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Bring a completion certificate from your current program; bring evidence of your transcripts and GRE score; bring your scholarship offer from your American school; ask them to give you a supplemental letter indicating why you were offered the scholarship; if you plan to go on to a phd program or enhance your research skills, these are good things to let the VO know. If you have family circumstance like a pending spouse or job offer on completion, highlight these things. I think you should return. Nothing wrong with doing a second master’s to get a new perspective. Would have been nice if it were a PhD. That would have helped. If you can get into a PhD program, go that route. Bring evidence of any published research you have done. Speak slowly and clearly. Dress nicely; Make sure you have a good TOEFL score and that it is not from a center known for fraud. If so, you should be fine.

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muhammad ashfaq May 21, 2012 at 10:26 am

currently I am research assistant in university.

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Nima Rohani May 17, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Hi,
I have an admission for Masters of financial engineering at the University of Michigan which I have to attend by June 29th. I had an interview last week on Tuesday and I got rejected; The counselor told me that I am denied for the visa under section 214(b) because I already have a masters degree in civil engineering and a MBA, therefore studying for another masters degree would not add anything to benefit my career. He also suggested if I have an admission for PhD degree I would be a much better candidate for the visa.
I tried to convince the VO that financial engineering is totally a different field from what I had studied before; also a PhD degree would make me overqualified when applying for a job which I don’t want…
Anyway it didn’t work and I was denied for the visa.
Now I’m willing to apply again ASAP (may be in a week) so I need to know:
Can I apply in a US Embassy in a different country?
Do they have the details of my first interview to ask me the same questions?
Isn’t it too early for applying again?
Thank you

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eniff May 17, 2012 at 11:25 am

hello professor B.

lol. its really funny going thru all this my friend’s experience. its scares me more. and make me to be nervous even b4 the counselor. uhmmm, i concluded, God is the only one who grants the US visa, not even the counselor. my fear now is, i have a family situation…and i need your advice. my interview is close. will appreciate your quick respond. i finished sec. sch. 2000. and went for a diploma in computer science. i was issued a certificate 2001. while i pursue further study in the university. i wrote the first jamb buh didnt make it in. i registered for the next buh after registering, i lost my mom. and after my mum died, things changed drastically. she is frm a royal home, and my dad is a noble chief also from his town. there were arguments btw the 2 families. and this lasted for a very long time. when i saw how things were going, i had to put it upon myself to start something, like working and earning and sponsoring myself. i have ever since been working. and finally, the family issue is resolved just last year and am back to my father. he is sponsoring me out to study in the states. my fear now is, wont the counselor feel, 2001 till till 2012 is too long. and am 29 now pursuing a degree. i believe, no time is too late to get a degree buh i wish, the spirit of God make the counselor understand this.
i need your advice on what to do. i wanna come back here to share good testimony of what God has done.

eniff

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Professor_B May 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm

You may well need God on your side. These circumstances are challenging. When one is turned down for a visa, then subsequently goes to school in his country, completes his first degree, then re-enters for a visa for a master’s degree, that set of circumstances prove to be compelling. They tell the consul that you were serious about school and not migrating. Your life and plans continued in a place where education is more cost effective. My take is you appear like an immigrant in waiting. Nothing speaks to a clear conviction for educational advancement. Best shot at this time is to have dad sponsor you as a permanent resident. That might take about five years, but you already wasted a decade. The embassy will, in all likelihood, conclude that you are an intended immigrant…and as much as you may not like it, they might actually be right. Glad you reconnected with dad. Let him step up for you with the immigrant visa.

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nawall May 16, 2012 at 9:39 pm

hi . im moroccan. was accepted to study liberal arts in community college in kansas.i m 36 .my sponsor will be my brother in law there.please do i have any chance at all to get the visa ?will my age and the fact that i have a family there be disadvanteges?thank you very much in advance

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Professor_B May 19, 2012 at 4:14 pm

YES–location is tough to start with. But age is a second obstacle. Junior college is the third red flag. And brother in law means that there could be a sister resident in Kansas? Unless you are married to his sister, in which case, wife in Morocco is good. This will no doubt be a challenge. It would be more so if you have to enroll in ESL first. I say have ALL documents in order; a compelling set of ties to Morocco; a serious justification for the program you are doing…and a really strong reason to guarantee your return to Morocco. Also, speak clearly.

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Genis Thorne May 15, 2012 at 11:10 pm

.I have been accepted to MWSU to pursue an undergraduate degree in Special Education. My interview would be in July of this year. Would there be any problems at the Embassy for me to obtain a student visa if I was denied a regular visa in June of 2011? During that time, I was a Graduate 11 English Language teacher in a secondary school. The contract was for one teaching year September 2010-August 2011.

I am sort of scared I may be denied again if I were to go for another interview. Am afraid of what he/she may say to me this time; the last time the officer told me that I didn’t use it because i didn’t want it.

You see I was allowed five years visa between the years 2001-2006 which expired without I ever traveling on it. The reason is that I have been caught up with summer school and other training programs such as cooking, creating arts and crafts etc during school vacation. “My grand-parents-who I grew up with–thought these programs were important for a young woman, hence today, I am so versatile.

The yellow slip that was given to me implied that I hadn’t sufficient proof to convince the officer that I would return to Grenada; I have nothing really to come back for–well I applied for both me and my one year old son; we both were denied.

Am scared now that there is this possibility that I may have to go through this denial again and my dreams of obtaining a US education would be crushed and also because I am getting a loan for this study. I am scared that the officer/s may think my next interview is too sudden from the last–well the last attempt was for vacation now it is for studies. Lord.

Also, I have a seventy something year old grand aunt in Brooklyn who is now retired, I am not certain she is going to pose a threat to me.

And finally, what would the officer say when he or she realizes that I already have a graduate degree in English Language? what would I say if I am asked my reason for redoing another Undergraduate program? lord. I would be denied.

Please help.
Solo

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Vans May 14, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Hi,
I’m a tahitian student about to study in California and went to New Zealand to get my visa. They denied it. The counselor insisted on who is sponsorising me. My parents live in French Polynesia (Tahiti) and my brother who’s born in California lives in Boston. We thought it would be easier for everyone to choose my brother as my sponsor. Once there, the counselor thought my parents were unable to pay and did not understand why my brother was the one who pay for my studies. So I’m about to get a second appointment in Fidji this time, and put my mom’s name as sponsor on my docs.
Is that a good solution?

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professor_b May 15, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Unfortunately, having a brother who is a US citizen (and therefore able to sponsor you for an immigran visa) is a discernible disadvantable. If he shows the finance, that should not disqualify you….but without mor information, I doubt that parents suddenly becoming the sponsors would change the outcome. This is too easy to manipulate. I am going to guess you are going to have to explain why your ties are to Tahiti (easy to do as beautiful as it is) and that you have a clear plan or job or spouse or fiance to return to….and highlight the return home aspect, if that is true, to offset any concern about your brother being American.

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SN May 14, 2012 at 11:30 am

Dear Professors,

I’m a writer/editor from India with around 8 years’ experience in online content and over 15 years’ work ex in various fields (retail, primarily). I hold a Bachelor’s in Science that I completed in the first attempt with 70% aggregate, with high scores in mandatory English in the first two years 15 years ago. I’ve gotten accepted into the MFA in Creative Writing program at USF. I haven’t received funding and there is no mention of a TAship in my I-20, though I’ve received assurance from my professors of being granted one by Fall 2012.

My questions: 1. I’m funding myself for the first year for the most part and am showing enough funds in my father’s name to cover the duration of the course. My I-20 mentions the primary source of funding as my father, who is retired. However, I’m able to demonstrate availability of funds of my own to cover the first year’s expenses. My GRE and TOEFL scores are 311/340 and 109/120, respectively. Will this be enough?

2. I have no immediate family in the US. Everyone’s here. Just a distant cousin I haven’t spoken to in 10 years. I have no intention of immigrating – my family is everything to me. My concern? I’m single. Will that come in my way? Please note I have a quasi offer of employment from my current employer (the letter shows support and encouragement and states this program will be a great value add to the team I work with and that I will be considered for a suitable position upon my return.)

3. Will my education (bachelor’s) be cause for concern, as the field I’ve now opted for is far removed from it?

4. The name/surname combination in the I-20 does not correspond with my passport. I’ve written to the DHS requesting corrections, with required photocopies of my documents as also the International Students office. How do I explain this to the VO?

I have been in touch with my professors and some of the faculty are writers I admire. I must confess that there is nothing more I want to do right now than to complete the program and use the time to dedicate to honing my craft.

I look forward to your advice and appreciate your taking the time to reply to my concerns.

Thank you.

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professor_b May 15, 2012 at 10:11 pm

At a mature age, coming from India for a bachelor’s degree program, you will have challenges since such a degree is likely available in India, just as good, and at a fraction of the cost. The other challenges and nuances only complicate what is already a very low probability enterprise. I see potential immigrant all over in beneath your questions and I think the visa officer will see the same. If you genuinely want to advance yourself academically, get your first degree in India, and then prepare yourself to enter graduate school in the USA as a well qualified student for which your probability of getting a visa would be much higher.

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SN May 16, 2012 at 3:44 am

Thanks for your reply. I’m sorry if I wasn’t clear, but I’m going for a Master’s degree. I already hold a bachelor’s from India, along with work experience in content. Yes, there are writing workshops here, but not a full-fledged master’s program that gives you the time, space and atmosphere to hone your craft. There are a few PG diplomas and certificate courses that are springing up now, but these are mostly boutique and from my experiences and research, I can safely there aren’t many recognized courses that are available here in India, save for the 2-month workshop by the British council.

But thanks anyway.

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Has May 13, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Hi. I really need your advise. Please help me. I have conditional admission at CSUSB for my MBA degree. Conditional because first I will attend American Culture and Language program a quarter after I can have my MBA full admission. My classes on 18 June, I was denied for my F1 visa
(by 214b) , My financial statement was not sufficient for whole program, can it be the reason for denying? now I’ve got sponsorship and I want to reapply, please tell me if I have a chance to get it or no. I want to mention that except sponsorship I don’t have any document concerning hometown ties to provide. I was striving for this education so long time and it is so important for me, I’m afraid to think that I can lose my dream. I don’t want to give up from this first failing but anyway I want to know if I have a chance to get F1 the second time.

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professor_b May 15, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Depending on your family circumstances and your job or future job, you will need to probably highlight it. Strengthening the finances help, but I doubt that is the reason for your initial denial. I would also suggest you would have a better chance if you would work on your language in your home country, pass the GMAT, get full and unconditional admission, then go for a visa….the language impediment is a red flag…I bet it is your problem much more than your funding, unless there was a revelation of a family tie to the USA that you did not disclose.

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Has May 18, 2012 at 9:06 am

Thank you for reply dear professor-b. I’m sorry it wasn’t so clear, one more question, . I have passed GMAT (score 560) and TOEFL with 537 score, could it still be a red card for me?

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George May 12, 2012 at 11:14 pm

What shall i say again to get the visa? All my docs are intact. Yet begging for visa.

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professor_b May 15, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Say the truth. If all your documents are in order, logic will prevail and you should be successful.

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samia May 12, 2012 at 7:56 am

hi
im a student . three months ago my sister and i went to afghanistan to get the student visa .we both applied for english classes in seattle and we were accepted by the language school. we are from afghanistan but we live in iran . i am a student in iranian university and im majoring in english . its my thierd semester .my sister is a student too and she is studing at engineering .when we went to afganistan the consouler denied our visa and told us that u dont have the condition to go uss and study there . she told us that the reason is that u dont have enough money to support urself there although , we showed her the financials documents to her but after that she told us the only reason is that u couldnt dimostrated that after studing u come back ur country .we were in bad condition and the weather was bad and we took appoimtment the first time but we couldnt arrived at time coz the weather was bad and the fly was cancled.and now we ask u to help us that if for the second time we go for giving visa what should we do?

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Professor-B May 12, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Based on the two countries you listed, there can be many dynamics involved. I think it may be just a tad beyond my expertise to attempt to analyze all the variables that might have led to your denial. An Afghan, domiciled in Iran, would, by my opinion, command a lot of scrutiny for security reasons alone. But if he focused on your finances, then by all means, revamp the evidence of such and make another attempt.

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samia May 14, 2012 at 7:42 am

hi
i knew that the only reason is my financ documents. so do u think by changing the docments we can get another chance to get the visa?i dont like to make an appointment with my sister id like to go for interview alone?do u think its important to go alone?

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neha May 12, 2012 at 6:23 am

hi,

my visa has been rejected under 214b section.
the vo asked me ”who is sponsoring your education?”
i said: my father (i have written the same in DS-160 form)
but later i realised after interview that on my i-20 it is written Family Funds as the source of my funds.

Is the answer i gave was wrong? if yes then what should i write as the name of person sponsoring my trip as?

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Professor-B May 12, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Family funds is a default option that the DSO has whenever a parent or other relative is sponsoring the student. That would not be the reason you were denied. 214B is a broad interpretation, based on judgment, that you have not established a compelling case to demonstrate your likelihood of return…therefore, since the consular officer must assume, a priori, that you are a presumptive immigrant, you did not meet the burden of proof to convince him otherwise. You can, with additional evidence, try again next year. But ATTEND SCHOOL in your country during that year. That helps to establish and solidify your claim that you are a legitimate student.

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Nima May 7, 2012 at 8:27 am

Hi.. I am applyin fo this fall. My documents are strong enough but i have 3 yrs gap after +2.
Will this be a problem?? What will be my chance of gettin visa?? HELP PLEASE..

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ramesh May 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm

i also have same problem but in that time u can put work experience bcoz u r having 3 years education gap don’t put any health reasons or something

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Professor-B May 12, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Ramesh—the correct answer is ALWAYS the truth—not some contrived answer. To lie to the consular officer makes you ineligible for a visa.

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Professor-B May 10, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Not necessarily if there is a plausible explanation. If the explanation is you were getting the finances in order or getting some work experience, or had a health problem, or your parents wanted you to mature a bit before you travel…and if your age is still reasonably young, then there is no problem that you cannot truthfully explain to the consulate.

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merna talaat May 1, 2012 at 1:11 am

hiii
could anyone plz help me i got accepted to participate in a summer scholarship in the USA this scholarship had been announced by the us .embassy so what is my chance to get the visa specially that they chose only 10 from all over egypt .

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Professor-B May 9, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Unless there is something in your individual record or your personal history that would trigger a concern, your chances for a visa on such a program are actually fairly high. I am guessing it is a summer guest program of sorts with a J-Visa. If you are not a security risk, and if your circumstances are such that you are deemed unlikely to abscond while in the USA, then you will get the visa.

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Tessy April 30, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Hey!hv been to d u.s embassy n was deniel for so many reasons.first she said she dont tink i can study der,second she said bank statement is not sufficent,third she complain bout ma resuld.am tinking of reapplying dont know if i should go aheard with it.plzz i need ur advice plzzzz

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Professor-B May 9, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Sorry to hear that! Seems like there are too many hurdles to overcome in a short time without addressing and remedying those concerns. From which country are you applying? Which university did you select? What program? What are your specific shortcomings? With that information, I might be able to guide you to a solution more aptly.

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Claunel April 25, 2012 at 2:13 am

Hi there, i just want some advice about soliciting a US student visa to take the preparation for the TOEFL test. I don’t know how long it last, but i just want to get a better fluency in this language and I’ll get back quickly after the course in my Country. That’s just the reason i want to take preparation for the toefl test there in US. I wonder what kind of docs I’ll be obliged to get to present at the consulate.

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Professor-B May 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm

You are unlikely to get a visa for that purpose. That would be a B-2 visa with no real compelling need. You can, like millions of other students, prepare for the TOEFL quite adequately in your own country. To seek such a visa might only serve to hurt your inevitable student visa. I will advise against it.

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Ayoola Lawrence April 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm

I am a HND holder in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at The Federal Polytechnic Ado – Ekit, Nigeria. I graduated on November, 2003 and completed my youth Corp Service on March 2005. Since then I have been working at a bank.
I have been given an admission Electrical Engineering at Youngstown State University (YSU), Ohio as an undergraduate tranfer student.

Iam offered part three (3) (Seniors year) of an undergraduate transfer student at (YSU) so that I can complete my Bachelor degree of Science (BSc) in Electrical in two years duration at (YSU).

I am preparing for my interview in Lagos around June, 2012.

Kindly advise me on any suggerstions / questions from the Visa Officer that can be of any help regarding my successful interview and US student Visa Collection.

I thank you in anticipation.

Warmly regards

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Professor-B May 9, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Great question—Well formulated–complete information. The HND gives you an edge because you could matriculate as a transfer student. Chances are you were not asked to do SAT (you would not be at my school–nor TOEFL because English is your native language)… but often times, the consular officer will ask for the SAT not understanding that is was not necessary. Be prepared to explain that you are a transfer student.

Ultimately it will hinge on two things. First, have you ever been turned down for a visa before/ If yes, have your circumstances changed dramatically enough to address the concerns raised the first time? If not, do you have the appropriate finances? Who is paying for school? How much money is showing? Does the person have a job or business that would reasonably suggest that they have that much disposable income? Is that person a relative, or better still, a parent?

What is your age? What are your family circumstances? A younger person does not have a heavy burden to show strong attachments and ties to the home country because frankly, there was not enough time to establish such. But there have to be some attachment that can reasonably predict your return. More importantly, the factors that predict your plausibility of success in your program and financial readiness will determine your status.
Speak slowly, and clearly, and articulate your position. Don’t react to questions and don’t wait for the next question to answer. Elaborate, but do so concisely. Tell your story and your situation as well as your plans…present yourself as a human being. There are no model questions and no answers. But truthful answers are the essence of a good model.

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Akinlolu October 3, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Dear Profesor B,

I Thank you for your prompt and initial response.

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musique April 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Hi. I just had my interview. I dont know what I did wrong. I got accepted and all then the officer denied me a student visa. It went like this.

O: Why do u want to go to the US?
Me: To study.
O: Where are u going to study?
Me: In Virginia
O: Why in Virginia?
Me: Because it’s near to my aunt’s and I could stay while I’m there.
O: It’s weird for you to get this degree. Why?
Me: So I could get pre requisites to transfer to another university.
O: Do u have relatives in the US?
Me: Yes. My aunt.
O: What does ur aunt do?
Me: Real Estate Agent and an educator
O: Who’s sponsoring u?
Me: My dad
O: I’m sorry we couldnt grant u a visa right now.

I just answered truthfully. And I dont have plans on staying after I study. I just want to make a good resume.

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Professor-B June 14, 2012 at 10:45 pm

You did not have a clear study path….an aspiration to enter one university with intent to transfer to another…while asserting that you are in the first university for strategic family reasons is too much convolution….by your answers, i would also have denied. I hope you see the convolution. Glaring.

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alisha April 3, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Hi,
i am 28yrs old from India.
i am accepted for bachelors in fashion design program at FIT,NYC for fall 2012.
I have done my Diploma in Fashion Design after my 10+2.
I will have my visa interview soon.
I want advise and guidelines to make it a successful interview and to get a granted visa.
Passing out from this college is my dream and i can’t afford to miss it.
Please guide me through and help me!
Thank You !

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mfa ndah john April 26, 2012 at 3:51 pm

The advices i can give to you my sister is to be truthful ,honest,and bring out concrete projects ,learning more from what you have or not in your country and don’t always put the presents of your parents during the interview prouve to them that you are an ambitiouse and independent person.

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danielle March 21, 2012 at 8:11 am

i am concerned now just by reading all your experiences
please advice me if many filipinos are rejected for a student visa
we’re not rich at all and my parents are retired and we’re just renting
i have a sponsor though, my relative…
is this still possible?

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Professor-B May 9, 2012 at 9:00 pm

I would say that Filipinos are going to be evaluated objectively and fairly just like any other citizens. If they US government did not want Filipino students, they would shut down the facility rather than discriminate. That said, since there is a high migration number from the Philippines along with a high default rate on non immigrant visas, expect to have an understandable greater burden of proof of your intent to return home. Good luck.

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Lee March 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Hi,
I am about to book my 3rd interview appointment for a US f1 visa, I have been denied twice on the grounds of 214b, however I am a previous visitor of the US, firstly on a J1 visa in 09, in 2010 and 2011 I got granted a H2b visa both times! Since I left high school in 2003 it was a dream of mine to go the US to study and play soccer but due to my dad being diagnosed with an illness and being given just 2 years to live I turned down an opportunity. As a family we put everything on hold and traveled and did the fun things my dad wanted to do, however thankfully 2,3 even 4 years went by and my dad was still fighting strong, I took up the opportunity to work a summer in 2009 coaching soccer and enjoyed it immensely! I returned home to the UK and a few months later got offered another temporary position to return and my dad being as supportive as he is pushed me in to doing so. Having the opportunity to travel the US and coach soccer put me in a good position to get in contact with colleges and coaches and look at pursuing my dream. Now being given the opportunity and getting it taken away is so disappointing! My previous interviews didn’t last too long, i have also changed my school of choice after a coach got in touch and offered me a spot on their roster, will this effect me getting accepted?
i’m just looking for some advice on how I can overcome this and prove to the Vo that I have a extremely strong tie here in UK and once I finish my studies i want to return home to the Uk and get a sports teaching position at a High school and help care for my family!
My Dad is still fighting his motor neurons disease after 7 years and he is my inspiration to succeed in life and achieve my goals.

Hope to hear your reply,
God bless

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Lee March 20, 2012 at 8:47 am

Professor_B please could you advise me on this, my interview is in a few days, much appreciated!
Thanks

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neville March 20, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Hi Lee,
The potential problem might well be the application of an H2B immediately following a J. Often the J-Visa comes with a 2 year home country return requirement. If it is not stipulated on the DS-2019, it may still carry some restriction in terms of other immigration benefits. Persons on J are typically expected to repatriate and reestablish firm ties to their homeland before seeking any other benefit. It is unusual for someone with your travel history to be denied a student visa. I am thinking the counselors are reading intent from your post J-actions. Be prepared to explain away that circumstance with a plausible, believable, and reasonable story. Know that the odds are strictly against you. My advice is to NOT seek an F visa for this level but rather COMPLETE this level in the UK and then seek it for the next level. Given your country of origin, one denial is enough. You are in the books. It is so unlikely for students from the UK to be denied, that there must be a compelling reason. Hope this helps.

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temmyatstars February 22, 2012 at 11:36 am

got admission into a university in nevada to study comp. engr & sci., had 92 in TOEFL, WAEC, transcripts good & in place. i was at US embassy jan 2012 for my f-l visa with all docs required e.g my sponsors’ bank statement, land doc & other docs to convince VO of my ties to home country in place. my docs were not checked at all. waited for 5 hrs but d interview was like 2 Mins. was asked 2 questions which was well responded to but i was refused visa on d ground of no strong ties. its quite very painful.

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neville February 23, 2012 at 2:27 am

Charles,
Quite unfortunate. It’s always sad when someone gets a rejection especially when it appears like that person had all the correct requirements in place. But you must NOT give up. US universities are filled with students just like yourself that were rejected on their first, or second or third attempt. If they had given up on their dreams they won’t now be in the US. So never never never give up. Dust off yourself and spend sometime looking at your documents, thinking through how the interaction went and doing some more research. There must be something that turned the visa officer off. Without knowing your case first hand it’s hard to offer specific advise, but reread this page, read other comments, and pay closer attention to the 214b.

Good luck on the next run.

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temmie maywoyehcar February 14, 2012 at 2:44 am

hi everyone, i ave a relative in usa, he is helping with my admission over there. Can i be grant student visa at the us embassy and cn i send my neco result to him?. Will b acceptable over there?. Thanx

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Drey....... April 16, 2012 at 10:47 am

y not……it is SSCE….brace up bro and get ur result sent ASAP.All the best buddy!!

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rizzy February 4, 2012 at 3:18 pm

please am a student presently studying biochemistry in nigeria and would like to study medicine and surgery in the united state.I’ll like to know what the important requirement are and a suitable school.Plz do contact me with this add righteousnessakpaetuk@yahoo.com

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Professor-B June 14, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Stay in Nigeria. Medical school will not happen in the USA. Consider the Caribbean also.

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Raghul January 30, 2012 at 8:29 am

Sir,
I’m Raghul from India and i’m aspiring to do my undergrad in US.. the thing is that i don’t want to end up with a rejected visa and the doubt i’m facing right now is that my parents aren’t that financially sound and are taking a bank loan for my education and i’m having my aunt (Mom’s sister) willing to sponsor me for what so ever college i get in US.. so since my aunt being my sponsor going to hinder my chances of getting a VISA? and moreover is it really necessary that i should convince the counselor that i’ll be returning back after my 4 years? cos i’m soo willing to take up my grad PG and Doctorate there and then come back to india.. so is it safe to tell them this? and one last thing.. why would the officers want my transcripts and is it okay that i submit my nationalised exam reports alone like my 10th and 12th CBSE Marksheet or should i submit the entire 9th 10th 11th and 12th marksheets? i got my 9th marksheet written new cos it was too old and untidy.. so will it lead to unwanted suspicion? I’m taking my education seriously and i dont want these small things to ruin it…

thanks

-Raghul

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paul m January 25, 2012 at 7:01 am

Prof. B
my brother has gone for the visa interview twice, and reused twice i have some questions.

1. what effect does having a relative in the US have on the visa interview outcome
2.does having na 1-20 from a community college, reduce ur chances of getting a Visa
3. He’s thinking of re-applying for the summer 2012 semester, does that sound like a good idea or do you recommend he waits for a major semseter (fall/spring)

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prince modesty January 22, 2012 at 6:45 pm

I got an admission in richland college dalas in texas u.s,when I went for interview in u.s embasy in abuja nigeria,the v.o just denied my visa not even asking me a question and taged me potential imigrant which was not justified because am a prince from a royal home,and has a community to take care of after my dad and had a letter from my dad but the vo refused to look at my documents.I have booked another interview on the 14th of febuary,lovers day.just hope they would show me love

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Azeez Akeem Ayodeji January 17, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Please i need your help ya’ll. I want to aply for sudent visa to going to usa,can someone help me out? Because i like to schooling in america and tell me all the neccesary thing to do including interview,please ya’ll help me out of this,may God help and bless ya’ll.,much love..! You can contact me on this E-mail:aakeemoladimeji@yahoo.com OR Azeezakeem1@live.com

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Professor_B January 24, 2012 at 11:41 pm

As someone with 20+ years as a counselor, the best advice is to grasp the concept that YOU do not apply for a student visa without first applying to and getting to a university. Make the first search an affordable and suitable college, get all the qualification credentials in order, and then the visa aspect comes via documentation provided by the university.

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khushboo kumari March 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm

i khushboo from class 12 th curently studyng and now my board xam ara on the way starting from 1st march 2012….i too want to join us university ..plz help me…

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Krislot December 21, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Hi,
My F1 visa was denied the second time, today. The consular said, my bankstatement could not prove that my Dad would be able to sponsor my education in U.S. Apparently, my bankstatement truly shows that my Dad can pay my fees for two or probably three years at least because of the scholarship I received from my institution(Wartburg College, Iowa).
How could over or a year’s dream, effort, and goal shatter within 3 minutes right in our faces, and even the wasted money?
What should I do now?, because my chances of procuring the visa run slimmer, as my denials run more, I think.
I still wish, this(consular’s quick decision which is stated final) is not an advantage over a developing nation which seeks development.
Nigeria
Friends help me, look through this status:
Wartburg College, Iowa
Total estimated fee- $42,500
Scholarship- $16,000
My total est. fee- $26,500
Bankstatement shows approx. $54,500
TOEFL iBT- 77
SAT- 1520
WAEC and official transcripts are good.

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kingsley January 24, 2012 at 12:58 am

getting a visa from nigeria is difficult, but i can help get a college in belarus and from there you can apply for american student visa which is easier and fast.my mail is ######. write me if you are intrested and i will give you my phone number moreover i based in lithuania europe

thank you

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Laura March 2, 2012 at 9:01 am

Hi Kingsley,
I am Laura from Cameroon.I am 22 Just had my Bachelor degree in law.I am interested in your proposal.Is it still available.Please can i get the tips.
Regards.

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Professor_B January 25, 2012 at 12:11 am

Clearly you are a credible student and the finances as reported seems adequate. There are some nuances that may be contributory. First, the school is on the higher end of the cost spectrum. This might give the consular officer pause to consider what might happen if you lose the scholarship, for example. The underlying finances show enough to cover two years if the scholarship holds up. That is usually enough. Second consideration, sadly would be ovserved trends in your point of origin. There is a high tuition default rate among students from Nigeria despite the numbers on the statement. The embassy may not necessarily take the figures represented on a statement as an accurate representation of actual funds available. It won’t be prudent to return to the embassy with the I-20 for that same school. Consdier a less expensive school, and also consider STARTING school in Nigeria in the interim. It shows a commitment to education rather than a commitment to going to the USA.

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aminat December 7, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Pls I would be facing the consular very soon and I beg any of u dat has had d experience before shld pls give me some of d frequently asked questions by the d consular..may God help me bcos I put my trust in him.

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Professor_B January 25, 2012 at 12:11 am

How did you do?

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festus November 22, 2011 at 2:05 pm

i went for interview in us embassy,the consulate asked up to like nine questions and it got to a time he was even thinking of what to ask again with which i answered all the question perfectly fine but the last quetion was that who is going to sponsor my program and what did they do with which i also answered.the next thing i heard is that he is sorry and ask me to come back next time.i dont know what to do. This has to turn to extortion from advance country to developin countries. I pray my country so good to the extend of not going to other country to study.

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Umadullah November 22, 2011 at 5:23 am

Dear Sir
I had applied for F1 Visa for admission (Under Graduate Program) in Rockland Community College, New York, US. I completed all the legal formalities and ont he basis of that I was issued I-20 by the College authorities. subsequently I appeared before the consulate for grant of visa on 17/11/2011. I answered all the questions with confidence and my interview was continued for about 30 minutes. But at the end of the interview I was asked to re-apply for the same without quoting any reasons. Really it was a shocking news for me. Could you please advise me what should I do now.
Umadullah
0322-8446221

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Professor_B January 25, 2012 at 12:12 am

Surprised you got a 30 minute interview. It would help to know the actual questions you were asked.

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Spikekid November 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Pls nigerians i would like u gys to help me with d information on d fees if there‘s any and the TOEFL test cos i want to apply for a scholarship at hawaii pacific university against next year and am only 16. Pls what are the possibilities of getting a visa and an admission

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damola November 11, 2011 at 4:21 pm

will b going 2d embassy soon.pls tell me d questions they wil ask.and am also going 4 sociology as a course.

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blaesius norman November 11, 2011 at 10:05 am

guys my sister was totally disqualified by the requirements but even then she had a visa…this stuff is not magic its just trusting in God if it’s yours he’ll give it to you…i’m trying to book an interview before christmas leave i know God will help me and if i don’t get it,then its his will i’ll do with it…just hope and take your shot,follow what they said up here and leave it all in God’s hands!!!

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Olalekan November 10, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Kansas state university issued me i-20 twice this year for the term of FALL & SPRING 2011 ,i wants to book another appointment again for me to meet up with resumptn date in Jan. 2012 as i must go to d school because the school refused to send my original O’level result back to nigeria ,pls any advice as this is d third time i wanna try again this year.

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TemiTope January 21, 2012 at 11:24 am

TO YOU OLALEKAN APPLICANT OF KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY:
I’m very sorry to tell that you cant get your Original “O” level result back.
Reason: All Applicants are expected to send photocopies of their documents to the School they are applying for. EXCEPT for original bank statement. Any colleges or uni will never return any documents sent by applicant back to them.
This is a general rule of all school in the US. I’m sorry forget about the result. You can e-mail me for more details … topsyne4uall@yahoo.com

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Professor_B January 25, 2012 at 12:13 am

Start school in Nigeria…apply to schools in other countries. If you do go back to the Embassy, show evidence of attendance in a Nigerian university and acceptances in other schools in other counties…In other words, show that you are engaged in the process of education and not immigration.

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sudeep November 4, 2011 at 7:27 am

my Visa interview ll be in couple of days… actually i had a year back in my BE due to surgery and lost one year… will that be a problem to get Visa… please help me….

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peter November 19, 2011 at 11:36 am

wat later happened?plz my own interview is on the corner…..

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Henry October 22, 2011 at 12:05 am

I have an interview in American Embassy in a couple of days and i need some tip’s like what question or interviewer they will ask me and what should be the answer!Please someone should help me please

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osland darkoh October 20, 2011 at 3:27 pm

please sir,i have applied for school at the u.s and very soon i will be going for the interview.but my problem is i didn’t submit my university transcript to the school and i have been given admission.meanwhile i want to pursue my masters.so in view of this will i be denied of visa.again what are some of the possible question the consular will ask me.the school i choose is Dickinson state university at north Dakota USA

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elizabeth October 18, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Guys, this visa process is quite an easy one. Fifty of my friends who applied for their visa all got accepted, none of them got rejected and I am a member of the Educational Advicing centre. I am going to Stetson university in deland, Florida. I think if you can convince the consular that you are going to come back then you have no problem. you need to show proof of ties you have to ur country lik lands, houses, cars, shares, buisnesses and so on. Good luck guys.

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Swaroop May 30, 2012 at 12:20 am

I have a brother who is a citizen of US. So I was rejected twice for B1 visa. So now I have applied for immigration. So if I apply for f1 visa will I succeed?

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bankole October 14, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I am going for student interview next month and i want you to assist me by giving me the likely question and answer for the interview. please

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Sheriffo November 15, 2011 at 12:12 am

I am peparing to apply 4 a student visa at the us embassy next month,can u plz tel me some expected questions 4 d inteview and d documents i sud take along wit me

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Rosemary October 12, 2011 at 5:33 pm

I am a French student, and would like to further my education in a US or Canadian University. Pls can someone give me some tips on how to go about applying for the study and work sclarship programs abroad? I would also like to know the school i can tender my applications to. Pls i need this imformations in ernest. Thanks so much in anticipation of ur reply. U can reach me on 07039512173.

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Professor-B June 14, 2012 at 10:48 pm

WE covered that in one section on selecting schools. Read through the site.

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Michael September 22, 2011 at 3:54 pm

There is my interview with in a couple of day’s and i need some tip’s like what question the interviewer will ask me pls help me my interview is around the corner…

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sunnery September 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm

i know that i will never be a victim of refusal by the counscellor i will surely obtain my visa because i have the confidence and the belive that all is well my date is near help me Lord

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GNANVEL November 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm

hi wat happened to your visa did you got it what kind of question you have got help me i am going to interview in few weeks

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sidoqalone August 22, 2011 at 6:00 am

i went for my studentvisa interw @ lagos after been answerd all d questn to d consular. She just said am not qualify.so what can i do cos wanna repply for anothr trimester

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Gazanfer August 11, 2011 at 11:23 am

salam,Tomorrow would be a judgment day for me,U.S embassy call me for interview,1. 20 ,student visa.
Hope for the better,
result will be announced on AUG 12,2011.
See you .

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abiola August 5, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Please can i know interview question for student.

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habib July 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm

i very near to face interview in usa embassy. when i applied for admission and I20 i gave my father,s sponsor papers. now question is can i show the sponsor papers when i will apply for visa finally? please give me some tips about the fact
thanks

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sukh gil July 19, 2011 at 6:41 am

hey guys just dont go for usa its useless ……..its all abt luck and they take fees from the students and deney it simply without giving any reason ………..and we are given no right against it………..it humble request dont waste your money ……………..i had 104 in toefl and 83 % in my +2 nd had scholarship of $15000 ….still visa was rejected and when asked or reason ……..the stupid simply smiled and asked me to leave so……..and its not just my story but of many guys………one out of ten gets the visa ..nd for that one dont need good scores but better luck………….i am going to give second attempt ……i knw its waste of money ………….but my parents who have spent money on me have hopes still……….these guys are too egoist …….and one day when we INDIAN will lead ……………………nyways for now…gud luck everyone nd take care :) and keep a smile …..

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Professor_B January 25, 2012 at 12:16 am

I feel your frustration. However, there are some underlying dynamics that are not fairly indicated. The visa officer is naturally cognizant of the high rate of immigration conversion among Indian students. The would have mitigated against you. The rejection rate from Indian students is actually much lower than then 90% you alluded to. And you may have come up against another issue last summer—massive fraud with the TOEFL scores in Southern India. If you still plan to go back post another message and let me guide you properly.

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Noman Shaheer March 13, 2014 at 11:38 pm

Hi,

What happened on your second attampt? did you get Visa?

By the way, May I know the program and university? May be it is program (Masters, PhD etc.) and University that matters most

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collins June 22, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Have been turned out four times in the US embassy for student visa, but so resolute to make my dream a reality, hence, I am going again for the interview. What do I need to know about my dressing, etc? All those time I have been going there didn’t pay the SEVIS fee anyway, but I still think that something could be wrong. Help me. The interview is very close.

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Bharat June 22, 2011 at 11:26 am

I m planning for visa interview.AS the time comes nearer, i would be more exciting?may palanchok mata favour me to fulfill my aim……..

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OsaMa June 20, 2011 at 7:32 am

hello
can some one help me how to find the confirmation letter. i didn’t have my confirmation letter and thz is neccassary. have any one know that how to get thz papr plzzzzzzzzzzz inform me…
thanksss

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koo June 13, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I need to know what major questions does the USA consuler will ask for F1 interview . Thank you

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ramya June 12, 2011 at 10:36 am

is a chudidhar preferable to attend f1 visa.pls reply me.

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DESMOND NGOBIDI May 18, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Please i am Ngobidi Desmond from Nigeria i will be going for my interview next 2 weeks at the u.s embassy here in Nigeria please i need to know what are the question i will be asked and also i need you to help me out with the answers cos i don’t want them to denies me the Student visa..

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dan gold May 17, 2011 at 9:46 am

pls i need help my visa interview is by d corner i need some help.

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mohamad amine April 8, 2011 at 8:25 am

hi ! i need visa 4 going 2 usa or any state 2 finish my study ! plz help coz my destinie `s going 2 america ^_^ and thank you

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wahab akeem olawale April 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm

i have an appointment with the america consular very very soon, and i needed so tips of question for the visa interview and how to answer them cause have never exprience anything called interview in my life. And is not as if i am scared but just need to be prepared for the day.

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janijaha March 30, 2011 at 11:49 am

hi everyone…….. i am going to complete my b-tech, i wanna to study ms in USA i have written TOEFL also …… but i don’t no how i have to attend the interview
if you guys have any idea please send me some tips to my email id
janijaha3@gmail.com
janijaha1@gmail.com

i always thanks to everyone those helped me

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shevy January 29, 2011 at 12:55 pm

i am one of the winner of the 2011 dv lottery and am haven my interview by febuary 4th 2011. kind assist on how to overcome the the interviewer

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shevy January 29, 2011 at 12:53 pm

i am one the winner of the 2011 dv lottery and am haven my by febuary 4th 2011. kind assist on how to overcome the the interviewer

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Precious January 19, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Pls i need too know how too get in touch with those who do this America student visa stuff, without going too the embassy Co’s my home is very from there, and i just finished with my secondary school i.e college, pleaseeeeeeeeee if there’s anyone who can help you can reach me on 07025935298 and +23408059154510. Thanks a lot to whosoever can help.

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navia Johnson January 10, 2011 at 8:42 pm

well i will like to visit america for christmas . I am only 15 years old an i really wanna go i really need some information and some advice on what to do because i really doh wanna loose my money

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vasant patel January 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm

5 jan my visa interviwe for student visa i dont no what about quesation they ask me ? i am very confused this is my first interviwe so pls help me about my interviwe

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Alao Abiodun December 31, 2010 at 2:42 am

I went for interview on dec 2nd 2010 and i passed my interview but dont know why the consular just denied me so am going for the 2nd interview please tell me what plans should i make so i can get my visa am bored…I think payer will solve it but i really prayed the first time and not get my visa tell me what i should do please i really wanna start my career..

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ayuub December 20, 2010 at 6:43 am

i am a student i wana to visit in a univertsy

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SURESHGOUD December 11, 2010 at 7:09 am

hi friends …i rejected us visa..for two times..under us immigration law214(b)..2nd time the visa officer…..jst ask 3 questions..1).why us
2.whays ur accads
3..why only usa
she said sir your not qualify for the visa have a nice day….am very much dossapointed….what can i do…..plz help me…then i want apply visa on fall 2011 .(gap of 5 months).is there any chance to get visa on 3rd attempt…plz…gv reply…..more over 2 of my friends got visa on first attempt even they have 30 back lacks….plz help me guys

regards

suresh goud.

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vigis December 11, 2010 at 12:05 am

I want you G to pray for your home because I will be going for my f1 visa interview this month 29dec 2010.

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NEHA November 24, 2010 at 6:08 am

I GOT REJECTION IN US VISA AND I NEED TO JOIN MY COLLEGE IN JAN ANYONE CAN HELP ME PLEASE I TOOK ANOTHER DATE ALSO BUT GOD KNOWS WHAT WILL HAPPEN PLEASE HELP ME OUT

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ck November 21, 2010 at 4:01 pm

am ck ive received my i-20 for materst programmes in the states this is the first time am going for an interview with the us embassy can some one help me with the common questions and the procedures at the consulate and possible convincing answers

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jassimran October 31, 2010 at 3:13 am

Plz tell me hw to get studnt visa, I hav cmpltd my gradutn, an wnt 2 do furthr studies in america, my dream country. Plz suggest

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hacene October 29, 2010 at 8:15 pm

hey every body…l’m a student in algerian university of translation and this year will be my last befor l got my diploma , l really need some helps from some one in the usa ,cause l want countinue my study in america and work there;thanks a lot for all of u

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saikou October 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm

please can someone help me for the question the consular ask student please!!bcoz i have to face u.s consular this month please i need your help please!!

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joe September 18, 2010 at 12:16 pm

i am going to the embassy very soon and i need some good advice on how to compose myself,cus i donnot wanna lost this opportunity.i am thinking of putting on a shirt should i put on a tie.waiting for a reply.thanks

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frank coulter August 25, 2010 at 4:19 pm

i have won a us visa lottery and i will be attending the interview on 14th september 2010. so plsssssssssssssssss help me cos it is ma dream i beg u

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syed sahil August 4, 2010 at 5:09 am

There is my interview with in a couple of day’s and i need some tip’s like what question the interviewer will ask me and what should be the answer!

Wish to get responce with full of service thank you !

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ngima sherpa July 31, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I’m going to face interview on 6th August. Does physical fitness effect during interview. and what sort of dress is prefeble during interview for girl.

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Brenda July 23, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I have an appointment for a student visa at the US embassy on the 29 of july, please
i need some little tips for sample interview questions coz right now i’m confused.

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clarisse July 19, 2010 at 3:11 pm

please i want somebody to give me an advice how to do now,because i was asking for a non immigrant visa i wanted to go to study in dallas at CFNI.they refused to give me a visa without cause,that man who had interviewed me didn’t ask me any paper so and he didn’t ask the question like they used to ask.he just said that he’s sorry but he can’t give me a visa without tell me why.i was very sad and i didn’t knew what to do,i cried too mush.it was 16 july 2010.and my school begin 10 august 2010.please tell me whet to do because i’m in emmergency.

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Karma July 17, 2010 at 3:01 am

I got interview in June 17 th 2009 dis is ma 2nd interview ,i was rejected on ma first interview ,i hope i get it nxt time pls gib me some tips…

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Purple July 14, 2010 at 11:14 am

Please e-mail me if u know how to get an American Student Visa for seven years!

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nnamdi July 13, 2010 at 12:28 am

i am to face consular on 22 july 2010,help with the likely questions to be asked.things required to bring along as a scholarship student for us student visa intreview.

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monsura July 11, 2010 at 5:39 pm

hello,am going for my student interview on the 22 of july , i need help

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deee July 9, 2010 at 12:23 am

I wish to know the total amont paid after a successful visa interview . I wish to know the amount of money needed to carry along for a us student visa interview. what sort of question did visa counsular ask in a student visa interview as i am trying for IT.

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goutham June 30, 2010 at 1:18 am

I have been refused F-1 visa twice last year, i don’t know how i had been refused but this time i need to get, can any body got visa on their third attempt. give me some important sugestions.

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alpha June 20, 2010 at 9:48 pm

hello,
i have got an i-20 from Nassau community college of NY for fall. I’ll be having my interview soon, can anyone help with questions asked by the VO and their possible answers………
thanks in advance.

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aakash June 4, 2010 at 1:43 pm

I want to apply for post graduate diploma/master degree in information technology.what is the requirement for this program???is it necessary to give GRE for this program???

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kingsley May 29, 2010 at 4:13 pm

need free tuition schorlarship schools in canada and USA in2010-2011

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irfan masood February 22, 2010 at 10:31 am

helloooooooooo anybody can help me i am dying here i need american visa if somene helps me i wiuld be really thankful please help me i am in danger please someone help me i appeal for the governament on america to help me please mister governament please help me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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irfan masood February 22, 2010 at 10:26 am

i have searching for the uk visa but i have not found anything that how i should get uk visa i really want to get the visa but unfortunatly now one is helping me i need help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
please someone help i would be really thank ful to you please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Abiodun February 15, 2010 at 11:54 am

It was a terible experience for me that day, i went to the embassy on 31st of decmber 2009, i was asked few questions which i think was properly answered, like why did i choose d school i applied to? av i been to usa b4? do i know any body there?why do i choose computer with math?what av i been doing after my diploma program?and ended it by checking my financial statment and all to see that my visa was denied, help me out i will be going back to the consulate soon wat will i do.

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Nino Korkelia January 16, 2010 at 8:37 pm

To whome it might concern,
I am the Georgian citizen , who has been refused three times to get the f1 visa FOR US (GREENSBORO) ..while i have provided every supplementary documents and acceptance from the UNCG.
I have been working to get this acceptance arround one year, and fortunately i have got the scholarship from one of the american company.. US consular officers not issue a visa to me because i am young and might have no strong ties to my hometown,while i have no intend to stay abroad. My arrival to the Greensboro is for the purpose of further education to support my professional growth. All experience recieved abroad would be used for the prosperity and welfare of my homeland.

PLEASE KINDLY ADVISE ME HOW TO GAIN THE TRUST FROM US EMBASSY IN GEORGIA TO GET THIS EDUCATION…
I AM SURE THERE MUST BE SOME WAY TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

THANKS IN ADVANCE

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Poul Emes October 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm

I wish to know the total amont paid after a successful visa interview . I wish to know the amount of money needed to carry along for a us student visa interview

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onyedika October 2, 2009 at 11:05 am

i want u to pls help me with some of the major questions the consolar might possibly ask me on that day b/c my appointment date is at the coner

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Wariz kazeem September 28, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Write now am studying for my sat on november 7 2009.and after my exam i will be planning to apply for an american student visa.i pray in the name of Allah that i will be granted,cuz i want to get a degree in oklahoma state university stillwater,then come back to nigeria to get a very good job.good luck to me and every body who is planning to get a visa to america.

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Dids August 15, 2009 at 7:09 am

I’m to face the consular on 19th, I’m courageous and pray that its successful, Its the final way of pursuing my dreams

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hasan August 7, 2009 at 4:25 am

i was refused toa us visa. she said wasn’t repared well something like that. she asked me about my college and she said she wasn’t satisfied and she refused me.

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Krystal July 26, 2009 at 6:40 pm

I did my interview Friday 24, July 2009 and they ask me a few questions like: who will b sponsorin me, do I have any relatives in the u.s.a, what will my major be, etc. He asked me for my transcripts & I told him I didn’t bring any. He then give me a paper which allowed my to carry in my transcripts for farther evaluation of my student visa application. I really hope I get on Thursday.

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Atem June 27, 2009 at 9:52 pm

just fade up with the consular officers,I think its just some sort of business to extort money from young students.I was refused a student visa on no grounds but I feel studying home is even less costly especially with the global financial recession.

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ramathan May 19, 2009 at 8:17 pm

hi i am yet to hand in my application for a study permit at the canadian high commission.what exactly do the consulars want to learn that could lead to acceptence of my visa rather study permit.
thank you

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tongwa quentin May 6, 2009 at 3:03 pm

i begging you to help me answer this questions
i want to study aerospace engineering in America.
-what are your commitment to education
-my career plans in Cameroon concerning aerospace engineering

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BESSEM April 21, 2009 at 7:22 pm

well,my experience with the consular officer I would say was so funny.She asked three questions,I responded very well cos I even talk to others who have been through it and they said my responses were just perfect.Only for her to turn around and say i am sorry I cannot give you visa at this time and I asked why,she said I should live and that the next person should come in.I was so angry cos I really wanted to have a reason for my visa denial but she asked me to go.I left never to come back and will never advise a friend to go there to seek for a visa.They should try elsewhere.I just do not like them,the consular officers.

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ETA RENE May 5, 2012 at 7:05 am

WELL BESSEM, REMEMBER THERE ARE MANY STUDENTS CURRENTLY STUDYING IN U.S WHO WERE EVEN DENIED THREE TIMES. SO, U JUST NEED TO BE OPTIMISTIC.

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lydiah April 18, 2009 at 10:24 am

Am Kenyan I had visited the embassy in December I was denied a visa on the base of financial statements. I still feel I should pursue my degree there in <USA. Please give me tips on how to go about it.

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Nformi Voilet April 13, 2009 at 5:13 pm

Thanks for this info.I have been admitted @ M.S.U TEXAS this fall August 2009.I rely want to go further in what I am doing now ie, Radiological Sciences.I do not want miss this opportunity. What do I do in order not to miss obtaining my VISA?
Please I also need some clarification on the issue of Financial Statement.Do you rely need to have a kind of heavy amount in your account before granted a VISA @ the embassy?.I need your help in this case.Thanks

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vikram March 27, 2009 at 3:22 am

i gave my us visa interview they didn’t ask anything just denied my visa man whats wrong with them not mine we all 9 friends what the hell is goin in we lost our $1675 US. Can anybody help me regarding this……. please vikram singhal.

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idowu February 3, 2009 at 3:51 pm

i have gone for the interveiw but i was refused and it was pain full.

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monik baria December 4, 2008 at 2:21 pm

i give the interview in january 2008 for B.B.A. study and at that time i was rejected because of not given any enterance exam and at that time my graduation also running but i didn’t show them it . now i want to go for the M.B.A. so that pls help me by give some tips for visa interview.

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neville July 14, 2012 at 11:59 am

Hi Tunji,
Don’t despair, always a way if you are truly qualified to receive visa. Not sure I understand your question about changing from college to university, maybe this link will help you:

http://www.myamericandegree.com/selecting-us-university/understanding-the-different-types-of-us-universities-and-colleges/

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