2015 usa visa interview

Dear Altruists,Those who have got visa for 2015 (Spring, Summer, Fall) please fill-up your details here.Your little effort will help your fellow Bangladeshi students a lot. Congratulations for your success on behalf of entire HSA family. Best of luck for your future endeavor. (Please follow this format and try to fill-up all the information)

1. Name: Sumon Datta
Intended university: NDSU
Interview Date:
Interview Time: 0700 Hours
Reached Embassy (Time): 0447
Entered Embassy (Time): 0758
Fingerprint scanning time: 0815
Counter No: 6
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): Very Cute Japanese-American Lady with fantastic Bengali Accent
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Rejected 1 lecturer before me and 1 lady before him. (they had explanation problems)
Interview started: 0835
Duration of interview: 3-5 Minutes
Visa Approved date: Got visa after 4 working days
Interview with VO: (She smiled through the whole interview)
I: Good morning
VO: Good morning, ভালো আছেন?
I: I am fine.
VO: Please pass me your papers.
(passed I-20, DS 160 Confirmation page, SEVIS Fee receipt and passport)
VO: (Looking at my I-20) So, you are going to ….
I: North Dakota State University, Yes.
VO: You are going for masters?
I: Yes, to study master of science in Agricultural engineering.
VO: So, your undergraduate study was in the same field?
I: Yes.
VO: Where did you study that?
I: Bangladesh Agricultural University
VO: (Found a bit reassurance, Smiling) When did you pass out?
I: January, 2014
VO: What have you been doing since then?
I: I assisted my undergraduate thesis supervisor on his government funded project on wastewater quality assessment used for irrigation.
VO: Aha. How many universities did you apply to?
I: Two only. University of Guelph and NDSU.
VO: What happened at the first one?
I: They refused me because of insufficient funding.
VO: (Looking at I-20 again) Oh you have got full scholarship.
I: Yes, Madam.
VO: Do you know what you will be working on?
I: Yes, I will be working on application of nanoparticles in waste management and environmental quality control.
VO: Ok, I am approving your visa, but today, we have some problems on our computer. You can collect the confirmation page later. (mumbling, I didn’t hear totally)
I: Excuse me, Madam?
VO: No, actually, I am gonna give it to you now. (Sealed my DS 160 and gave a list of pickup locations of passport)
VO: Congratulation
I: Thank you very much.
Came out like a robot.
Advice for upcoming aspirants: They are eager to give visa. But you have to make coherent points why you want to go to USA and tell truth on DS 160. No false information is advised. Complete information will make your case easier.
2. Name: Md Mahbubur Rahman
Intended university: MST
Interview Date:
Interview Time: 0800 Hours (1st December,14)
Reached Embassy (Time): 0700
Entered Embassy (Time): 0900
Fingerprint scanning time: 0930
Counter No: 8
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): Cute American 30+ White Lady with little bit curli hair
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Approved one H1, Rejected one Visitor
Interview started: 1030
Duration of interview: 3-5 Minutes
Visa Approved date: Got visa after 2 working days
Interview with VO: (No facial expression)
Me: Good morning.
VO: Good morning, pass your documents.
Me: passed DS 160 confirmation page, I-20 , SEVIS payment confirmation.
VO: (Looking at my i-20) o, you are going for PhD ! Tell me about your research interest .
Me: Yes going for PhD and … (told my research interest)
VO: You got full funding I see, oh wait .. full or Half funding? (I guess she looked at the I-20 funding remarks : 50% GRA assistantship ).
Me: Full funding Madam
VO: Great ! Are you from BUET?
Me: Yes.
Vo: Did you apply anywhere else/outside USA?
Me: Yes, In UNSW at Australia, got admission as well. In UAlberta in Canada, got rejected !
(The next question was unexpected for me !)
VO: Have you ever been to Seria ?
Me: No mam, I have only been to south korea once back in 2012.
(searching something in the computer for a while )
VO: Are you born in Bangladesh? Have you ever been to Middle East?
Me: I am born in Bangladesh. No, never been to Middle East.
(She looked at me without any facial expression)
Vo: (typing something in computer, next sealed my ds 160). Congratulations, Your visa applicaion has been approved. Please follow the attached document for passport pick up.
Me: Thank you Mam (I thought my visa was gone with seria and middle east )
VO: Enjoy your time in Missouri (a smile).
3. Name: Mohammad Jobayer Hossain
Intended university: Tennessee Tech. University
Interview Date:
Interview Time: 09:00 am, 30 October,2014 (Thursday)
Reached Embassy (Time): 08:00
Entered Embassy (Time): 08:15
Fingerprint scanning time:
Counter No: 5
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): Cute American young lady
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.):
Interview started: 10:30
Duration of interview: 2-3 Minutes
Visa Approved date: 4 November
Interview with VO: (No facial expression)
Me: Good morning.
VO: Apni keno USA jete chan? (in Bengali)
Me: To pursue my higher study in Tennessee Technological University.
VO: Please give me your papers (I gave…she was carefully checking my papers..)
(and suddenly with great delight) Oh, you have got full scholarship! Congratulations!
Me: Thank you.
VO: Which institution have you attended in your undergrad?
Me: Khulna University of Engineering and Technology.
VO: (typing something in her computer…) Have you ever visited E-RAN (Iran)? (I do not know why she asked this)
Me: No! I haven’t…..This will be my first time outside Bangladesh.
VO: Are you excited about that? (smile)
Me: Yes, I am excited (smile)
VO: Where will you stay in USA, in a dorm? or..
Me: I want to live in a dormatory but I haven’t applied for a seat yet. I shall apply after I get my visa.
VO: Okay, I am approving your visa, Congratulations! (putting the red seal in my DS-160)
Me: Thank you very much (smile)
VO: Chech your email for pick up date (smile, returning my papers, except the passport)
Me: When shall I get it?
VO: I don’t know. Check your email and pick up your visa when it is ready.
Me: From Saimon Centre?
Vo: Yes.
Me: Okay, thank you. Have a good day.
The confirmation email came on 4 November,and I coollected it on 5 November.
4. Name: Iqbal Nouyed
Intended university: WVU
Interview Date: 4 Dec 2014
Interview Time: 0900 Hours
Reached Embassy (Time): 0745
Entered Embassy (Time): 0815 (approx.)
Fingerprint scanning time: 0830
Counter No: Don’t remember sorry
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): Male, middle aged, serious face ( maybe because I also had a serious face)
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Didn’t notice
Interview started: Lost track of time, I was sleepy
Duration of interview: 2-3 Minutes
Visa Approved date: 2 days from approval
Interview with VO:
I: Good morning
VO: (No answer)
VO: Please pass me your papers.
(passed I-20, DS 160 Confirmation page, SEVIS Fee receipt, offer letter and passport)
VO: Why are you going to West Virginia University
I: To do my PhD
VO: (Glancing at my i20) Oh you got full funding. Congratulations.
I: Thanks.
VO: Where did you do your undergrad?
I: Independent university..here in Bangladesh.
VO: (typed somethings for a while) Ok I am approving your visa. As you seem not surprised. Pick it after 2 days.
VO: Take a coat with you it’s COLD over there now!
I: I will! Thank you very much.
Advice for upcoming aspirants: If you got full funding, you don’t need to worry much.
5. Arifa Nasrin Hoque & Kawsher Ahmed Roxy:
Intended university: University of South Florida
Interview Date: 1 Dec 2014
Interview Time: 0930 Hours
Reached Embassy (Time): 0900
Entered Embassy (Time): 0915 (approx.)
Fingerprint scanning time: 1030
Counter No: 10
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): Female, Young aged, Asian type
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Approved two Applicants ( one H-1 and not sure about the other)
Duration of interview: 3-4 Minutes
Interview with VO:
VO: Ashen apnara. How are you?
We: We are good. What about you?
VO: Ami valo asi. Apnader somporko ki?
My wife: We are husband wife.
VO: Please give your DS confirmation and passport.
(both gave DS 160 Confirmation page, and passport)
VO: So apnara america porte jassen. Apnader I20 ar SEVIS fee receipt den.
WE: gave these.
VO: Both of you wanna doctorate in Electrical Engineering. WOW. you guys met at school?
My wife: (replied)
VO: I am so happy about you. Maam(looking at my wife) Your husband has full coverage. You got assistantship but have to pay some dollar (My Wife got tuition waiver and 70% funding). Who will pay this?
My wife: My father and Father in law.
VO: tara ki koren?
meanwhile My wife was going to show bank statement..but VO didn’t want to see that rather said ogulo lagbe na. mukhe bolen,,
She replied.
VO: Apnar babar yearly income koto.
she replied.
VO: why spring? why not Fall?
ME: We applied for FALL 2014 but we together did not get funding at the same university.
VO: what is your undergrad university?
WE: BUET.
VO: ooo duijoni,,, i am happy about you guys.When you get married?
my wife: 07 November this year.
VO: newly married (smiling),, show me some pics?
we gave her,,
VO:Gave approved seal and said Apnader VISA aj ready hobe na,,ready hole apnader janano hobe
WE: thank you.
VO: Thank you Sir and Maam. Valo thakben,
We collected our passport on December 3.
6. Name: Khan, Mohammad Salman
Intended university: UIC
Interview Date: 7/12/14
Interview Time: 8:00 Hours
Reached Embassy (Time): 7:00 am
Entered Embassy (Time): 8:30 am
Fingerprint scanning time: 9:20 am
Counter No: 7
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): an indian american young lady with cat like eyes.
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): approved 3 F1 visa, 2 B visas before me, rejected 2 H1 visa (he couldn’t even talk well in bengali)
Interview started: 10:20 am
Duration of interview: 3-5 Minutes
Visa Approved date: Got visa on the next day.
VO: hello, how are you?
Me: I am fine mam, how about you?
VO: I am fine too, so, which university?
Me: UIC mam.
VO: any other university you applied?
Me: (trying to tell all the names at a time, had nervous breakdown actually)
VO: (with a smile) heyy don’t get nervous I am not gonna eat you, keep calm, take a long breath.
Me: (with a long breath) I applied in four universities and got accepted and funded by all of them.
VO: great!! you are also fully funded here?
Me: yes mam.
VO: okey, (typed something in the computer with double I and U and the again I).
Me: anything wrong mam?
Vo: nop, do you know anyone named Hajjaj bin Musa?
Me: no mam!!! never heard of him.
VO: are you sure?
Me: 100% mam.
VO: anyone filed an immigrant pitition for you? any of your uncle or cousin?
Me: no mam, i have actually no one living in US and I am the only son of my parents.
VO: oh yeah? what is your father’s name?
Me: told
Vo: and mother’s?
Me: told.
(she typed something again pressing U and I)
VO: did you take any help from any of the consultancy agency or broker?
Me: no mam, I hate them they are fake.
(she again typed something, now i was getting curious, i was nearly sweating, it was actually my third attempt.)
VO: congratulations sir!! you got your visa, have a nice time in US.
Me: you mean I got visa? (actually i thought i heard it wrong)
VO: yes, (she returned my ds 160 with a red seal and kept my passport, she didn’t even took my i20)
Me: there is nothing right? i should be going then?
VO: (with a long smile now) yes sir, there is nothing else, you can go now.
Advice for upcoming aspirants: I was in there about 2 or 3 hrs, from my experience the two young ladies are safe for students, they approved most of the student visas. but the other two male VO’s are quite dangerous. I saw 3 full funded student got refused from them. make sure you have your intend to return logic ready. best of luck .
7. Name: Maliha Maisha Rahman
Intended university: University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee
Interview Date: 07.12.2014
Interview Time:09:00
Reached Embassy (Time): 08:30
Entered Embassy (Time): 10:00
Fingerprint scanning time: 11:00
Counter No:9
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): Cute Fat guy wearing specs- looks tough but he is really sweet
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Accepted one student and a family before me
Interview started: 11:15
Duration of interview: 10-15 Minutes
Visa Approved date: Got visa after 1 working day
Interview with VO:
VO: hey..how are you?
me: fine. How you doing?
VO dint reply
me: are you not fine? (lol..i was being over friendly)
VO: did you ask how i am! sorry I dint quite catch it..I’m fine (Smiling) So can you pass your I-20?
me: sure (passed them)
VO: Why did you chose UWM?
me: ‘Cuz for mechanical engineering they have good research opportunities.
VO: and full funding is another reason ryt? (laughing)
me: yeh but I got funding in two other universities as well
VO: really? (looking impressed)
me: yeh NDSU and Umass dartmouth
VO: ohh I prefer you to go to UWM as well..I dont like north dakota that much (giving me cheeky smile..i think he has some story involved) So buy a pouch…You will need it to carry your I-20 and passport…wherever you go..take them and buy shoes that gribs in the snows (that time I knew he is gonna approve my visa )
me: (smiling) Sure!!
VO: Congratulation!! I’m approving your visa ..Please pick it up in two days from Saimon center
me: thank you soo much
Advice for upcoming aspirants: theres this girl with curly hair…try to avoid her..she refused all the visas the whole time I was there…!!! and try to be friendly…they like it..best of luck !!
8. Name: A B M Najmul Karim
Intended university: California State University, Chico
Interview Date: November 3
Interview Time: 0900 Hours
Reached Embassy (Time): 0700
Entered Embassy (Time): 0745
Fingerprint scanning time: 0820
Counter No: 8
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): Very Beautiful and Cute Young American Lady aged below 30
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Rejected 1 student (F-1) before me and 1family (husband and wife) before him.
Interview started: 0855
Duration of interview: around 2 Minutes
Visa Approved date: Got visa after 2 working days
Interview with VO: (She smiled through the whole interview)
I: Hello, Good morning ma’am.
VO: Hello. Good morning, কেমন আছেন?
I: আমি ভালো আছি। আপনি কেমন আছেন?
VO: I’m fine. Please pass me your DS-160 and Sevis fee receipt.
(passed DS 160 Confirmation page and SEVIS Fee receipt)
VO: So where are you going?
I: California State University.
VO: Where did you do your undergrad?
I: In North South University.
VO: Good. What was your undergrad subject?
I: Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
VO: And when did you graduated?
I: September 2013.
VO: Last year? What have you been doing since then?
I: I am working as a RA in North South University under the dept chairman.
VO: OK. Pass me your I-20 and passport.
(passed I-20 and passport)
VO: Why you are going to usa?
I: To pursue MS in electrical and electronic engineering.
VO: Why did you choose this university?
I: Because of their updated curriculum. Also, I got tuition waiver and TA-ship.
(She looked at my I-20 and said)
VO: There is nothing in your I-20 which indicates your Fund. Do you have any proof?
I: The dept chairman confirmed me through mail and said that, I will get the official confirmation latter in January.
(passed the print out of the conversation with the dept chairman and grad coordinator. She just looked a bit on the papers)
VO: Why you applied in Spring? Not in Fall.
I: Actually I had applied in Fall and got the fund. But I had to defer my admission due to a severe road accident.
VO: Oh, I am sorry.
I: (with a smile) It’s ok.
VO: So, in how many universities have you been accepted?
I: 6. Purdue uni, Uni of Colorado, Illinois institute of Technology Chicago, North Dakot…
VO: (with a smile) Ok I got it.
VO: আপনার পুরো নামটা বলুন তো?
I: ………
VO: Ok. I am accepting your visa. Collect your passport from here (pointing to the address of Saimon Center). Congratulation
I: Thank you ma’am.
VO: (Passed my DS-160, I-20 and said with a smile) Enjoy your teaching.
Advice for upcoming aspirants: Do not provide any false info. Be confident.
9. Name: Adib Nahiyan
Intended university: UCONN
Interview Date: 17/12/2015
Interview Time: 0700 Hours
Reached Embassy (Time): 0645
Entered Embassy (Time): 0720
Fingerprint scanning time: around 8
Counter No:-
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.):
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Rejected 1 F1 student. He was arguing with the officer.
Interview started: 0820
Duration of interview: Less than 1 Minutes
Visa Approved date: Got visa after 2 working days
Interview with VO:
VO: Good morning.
I: Good morning, passed the I-20, DS-160 and SEVIS fee pages
VO: Congratulation on your scholarship. Why do you want to go to UCONN?
I: My research interest is hardware security and the group working on this topic in UCONN is renowned for their research.
VO: (put a red approval seal in my DS-160) take a coat with you, its cold there.
I: Thank you, so much.
10.Name: Asaduzzaman Nur
Interview Date:18/dec/2014
Interview Time: 9:00 am
Reached Embassy (Time): 7:30 am
Entered Embassy (Time): 8:15 am
Fingerprint scanning time: 8:35
Counter No: 8
Physical description of VO (For example, Male,fantastic Bengali Accent)
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview; all rejected
Interview started: 9:05am
Duration of interview: 1.5 Minutes
Visa Approved date: Got visa after 2 working days
I: Good morning
VO: Good morning, ভালো আছেন?
I: fine.
VO: Please pass your papers.
(passed I-20, DS 160 Confirmation page, SEVIS Fee receipt and passport)
VO: where are you going?
I: Told
VO: You are going for masters?
I: Yes, to study master of science in A subject.
VO: Where did you study that?
I: Jahangirnagar University
VO: (Found a bit reassurance, Smiling) When did you pass out?
I: june 2013
VO: (Looking at I-20 again) Oh you have got funding.
I: Yes.
vo: who will u reccomend u?
I: told my recommender
vo: Congratulation
I: Thank you very much.
11. Name: Sheikh H. Litu
Intended university: Monroe Community College(1 semester),University of Rochester
Interview Date: 04/12/2015
Interview Time: 0800 Hours
Reached Embassy (Time): 08:15
Entered Embassy (Time): 08:25
Fingerprint scanning time: around 9
Counter No:- 05
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.):Name of the interviewer : মোহিনী, ঈন্দিয়ান-আমেরিকান,মহিলা, কোঁকড়া চুল, ধুসর চোখের রং, সব সময় মেজাজ খারাপ।
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): আমি যতক্ষণ বেঞ্চ এ বসে অপেক্ষা করছিলাম,সব F1 visa reject করেছে,এমনকি একজন Full-Funding Phd Applicant কে ও reject করল।
আমি মুলত তার কাছে না যাওয়ার চেষ্টা করছিলাম কিন্তু শেষে যেতেই হোল। আমি যখন লাইন এ দাঁড়ালাম তখন একজন H1 এর interview নিলো পরিস্কার বাংলায় , আমার সামনে একজন F1 applicant ছিল। H1 rejected, F1 ঢুকামাত্র অন্য একটি window তে পাঠিয়ে দিলো, কারন তাকে সে আগেও একবার reject করেছে।
Interview started: 09:20
Duration of interview: 10-15 Minutes
Interview with VO:
VO: আমার দিকে তাকিয়ে হাত দিয়ে ইশারা করে ভিতরে যেতে ইঙ্গিত দিলো ।
ME: Oh hello, How are you?
VO: (কোন উত্তর দিলো না) papers !
ME: আমি আমার কাগজ গুলা তার দিকে এগিয়ে দিলাম।
VO: টাইপ করতে করতে,You already been to a University,Right?
ME: Yes, That right ! (উল্লেখ্য , আমি ২০১৩ এর April e Tourist ভিসা এর জন্য apply করে reject হয়েছিলাম)
VO: Which One?
ME: Khulna University .
VO: Unnnnh, What did you Studied ?
ME: Architecture.
VO: What did you earn?
ME: (আমি মনে করছি সে আমার grade/ % জানতে চেয়েছে) I cant tell you in Numbers, we get grade in scale out of 4.
VO: no,your degree. Are you even listening to me?
ME: Bachelor . Ummmm … I amm Sorry…didnt …hear yo..u……..
VO: and what you gonna study in US?
ME: Digital Media .
VO: I dont see any connection,you have a architecture background and now you wanna move to different…(আমি … এই প্রশ্নের জন্য তৈরি ছিলাম,এই জন্য তার কথা শেষ হওয়ার আগেই বলা শুরু করলাম)
ME: I want to be a Video Gaming Production designer,video gaming company always hire archi…….bla bla bla…
VO: Hmm Hmm (আমার দিকে তাকিয়ে কথা শুনছিল, তারপর computer এ টাইপ করা শুরু করল। Tell me more about your course. What you gonna ……
ME: I am already skilled in 4-5 modeling software. All I need to learn about cameras and technique…bla bla bla.
VO: So when did you graduated?
ME: Last year.
VO: How long did it take?
ME: 5 years and two months.(এই সময় ডেস্ক থেকে উঠে কি যেন একটা খুজতেছিল)
VO: woooh…Khulna University is a very good school.why it took that long. You failed or something?
ME:OH No no no. It is a 5 years Bachelor course.
VO: Oh , so how long does it take in BUET with their Political drama?
ME: 6 or more , I am not sure (এই সময় আমি চিন্তা করলাম,এই মহিলা এত কিছু জানে কি করে)
VO: so,buet is first then Khulna university, why not BUET(এখনো খুজতেসে, কোন কিছু টাইপ করছে না)
ME: ( আসল কথা, Achitecture এ chance পাইনি) All of my family lives in Khulna ..i didn’t wanted to live in Dhaka with ou…..t…
VO: Mama’s boy.. ! you been out of country recently?
ME: Yes,Kenya, Malaysia, Nepal ,Ind….
VO: What was you doing in Kenya?
ME: I did my thesis on United Nation’s Country office. got invited in Nairobi by an NGO for a slum development programme who works with UN.. . bla bla bla ..
VO: Interesting! (আমি একটা শুষ্ক হাসি দিলাম,মনেমনে বললাম ভিসাটা দিয়ে মাফ কর মা)so why community college?
ME: Actually I applied in University of Rochester, they advised me to do preparation course first……
VO: hmm hmm( typing typing ) how long is this preparation course?
ME: One semester !
VO: who is paying ? (আমার I20 এর দিকে তাকিয়ে)
ME: University of Rochester admission office agreed to..( খুবই সহজ কথা,কিন্তু ভয়ে আবল তাবল বলা শুরু করলাম, সবসময় চেষ্টা করেও confident থাকার অভিনয় করা যায় না)
VO: (ভ্রু কুঁচকে আমার দিকে তাকিয়ে ) why?
ME: they expressed their interest to take…..( বলতে বলতে admission office এর letter কাঁচের নিচ দিয়ে দিলাম।
VO: (কিছুক্ষণ letter এর দিকে তাকিয়ে থেকে আবার টাইপ করা শুরু করল।)tell me, What is a Community College?
ME: (আমি এই প্রশ্নের জন্য মোটেও প্রস্তুত ছিলাম না, হা করে তার দিকে কিছুক্ষণ তার দিকে তাকিয়ে থাকলাম) ohhh bugger …I really don’t have any answer for that !
VO: what? You are going to a community college and you don’t know what it is?
ME: (ভাবলাম এইবার পাক্কা reject, মুখ খুলতেই হবে)you go to after your high school and th….bla bla bla
VO: Yeah,that’s what a community college is. You did well. Where did you get your British accent?
ME: (উঃ হুউ)….মুখ খোলার আগেই
VO: so how much they are paying you
ME: they are willing to bear all my expenses..
VO: I don’t see written in here..
ME: Mam, mam… third paragraph second line, third para 2nd line..
VO: (মনোযোগ দিয়ে আবার লাইন গুলা পড়ে আবার টাইপ করা শুরু করল)its doesn’t say any amount . do you have any other documents from University you can show me?
ME: Naah, those are the two I got from them.(ভাবলাম,এইবার আবার নতুন কি বিপদ এ পড়লাম) Mam,I think ,in my I20 they mentioned the amount they gonna give.
VO: (I20 এর দিকে তাকিয়ে টাইপ করতে করতে)that’s on office account,office has billions of doller, that dosnt mean they will give it you all.(basically, I20 তে আমার মূল টিউশন এর থেকে দুই হাজার বেশি amount mention করা ছিল)
ME: আমি বুঝলাম আমার interview শেষ, এখনই 214(b) form হাতে ধরিয়ে দেবে।
VO: Do you have any other source of funding ? other bank accounts may be….
ME: আমি বোকার মত হা করে তাকিয়ে থাকলাম, ভাবছিলাম কি বলা যায় ।
VO: I guess you weren’t prepared for this. Hunh?
ME: Yeah .( এর মধ্যে দেখি security ধরন এর একটি লোক আমার পিছনে এসে দাঁড়িয়েছে,সম্ভবত আমাকে বের করার জন্য, already 10-14 min এর বেশি হয়ে গিয়েছে।)
VO: (তার দিকে চলে যাওয়ার ইশারা করল।আমার পাসপোর্ট খুলে কি একটা দেখল, তারপর উপর থেকে একটা সাদা কাগজ নিয়ে লেখা শুরু করল) okay , you ate half of my day already. Listen carefully : bring documents from university of Rochester ,what you need is written on this paper.Submit this paper, your University funding documents and passport to simon center. You don’t have to come back here again.(এরপর বিদ্যুৎ বেগে আমার কাগজ পত্র ফিরিয়ে দিলো)
ME: oh okay, so I don’t have to re-apply again right?
VO: NOOOOOOOOO…
ME: how much time do I have ?
VO: soon as you can, if you want to go US. Now move…(এই বলে হাত দিয়ে ধুলা পরিস্কার করার মত করে আমাকে দ্রুত বের হয়ে যেতে বলল।
ME: ( আমি আমার তল্পিতল্পা গোছাতে গোছাতে)Oh thank you very much…Merry Christmas.
VO: কোন উত্তর না দিয়ে আমার দিকে সরু চোখে বিরক্তিকর ভঙ্গিতে তাকিয়ে থাকল।আমি জান নিয়ে হাসিমুখে এলাকা ছেড়ে ভাগলাম।
বাসাই এসেই University তে মেইল করলাম। 7 দিন পরে Documents submit করলাম। 2 দিন পরে Issued দেখাল। পরের দিন বিকাল এ পাসপোর্ট নিয়ে আসলাম। গতকাল প্লেন টিকেট কিনে ফেল্লাম।দোয়া করবেন এই শীতে যেন জমে না যাই।(22/12/14)
Advise for new applicants : There is no common recipe for visa interview, Just because someone else similar to your case got refused doesn’t mean you won’t get visa and same is true other way around. Going inside American embassy is a terrible experience, its looks like a red brick prison, its Judgment days in there, everyone is scared and after interview most of them are ….you know what I mean ! So be prepared for worst case scenarios, its not Disney world in there. And plz plz plz do not lie or provide fake documents to get visa immediately ,Everyone gets nervous with their honest answers, so chances are you might get caught and will banned getting US for life time.
12. Name: Rupesh Chandra Das
Intended university: SIUE
Interview Date: Lucky 7th December, 2014
Interview Time: 0800 Hours
Reached Embassy (Time): 0700
Entered Embassy (Time): 0800
Fingerprint scanning time: 0840
Counter No: I cann’n remember
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): Cute American guy around 30+ white guy with brown hair
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Approved one may be I was not sure
Interview started: 1008
Duration of interview: 2-3 Minutes
Visa Approved date: Got visa after 1 working days
Interview with VO: (No facial expression)
Me: Good morning.
VO: Good morning, pass your documents.
Me: passed DS 160 confirmation page, I-20 , SEVIS payment confirmation.
VO: (Looking at my i-20) o, you got GA but your I-20 showed that it lacks about $18000, how you will pay this money
Me: Actually I got full tuition waiver as well as $395 monthly stipend which will cover about 60 % of my expenses.
VO: You got full tuition waiver?
Me: Yes, But on the i-20 it showed only for spring rather than the whole year.
VO: have you any letter from your university?
Me: yes sir. You can take a look on my GA offer letter.
VO: searching something in the computer may he was checking the email address. then typed something.
VO: Are going for MS on economics and finance
Me: Yes.
VO: what is your research interest?
Me: asset pricing in stock market in asia
Vo: Yes. your visa is approved. collect it on the assigned day. sealed on the interview facing schedule paper.
Me: Okay, thank you. Have a good day.
The confirmation email came on 8th december,and I coollected it on 10the december.
13. Name: S.M.A.Bin Al Islam
Intended university: Washington State University
Interview Date: 8/01/15
Interview Time: 1000 Hours
Reached Embassy (Time): 0845
Entered Embassy (Time): 0900
Fingerprint scanning time: 0920
Counter No: 8
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): Very Cute Japanese-American Lady with fantastic Bengali Accent
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Rejected 1 businessman before me and 1 lady before him. (they had explanation problems)
Interview started: 0940
Duration of interview: 3-5 Minutes
Visa Approved date: Got visa after 1 working days
Interview with VO: (She smiled through the whole interview)
Me: Good morning
VO: Good morning, How are you?
Me: I am fine and you?
VO: fine and why do you want to go USA?
Me: Higher studies.
VO- So you are going to pursue…………
Me: PhD in transportation Engineeing.
VO- Where did you complete your masters?
Me- I am going to a masters+PhD dual program.
VO- Where did you complete your bachelor?
Me-from BUET.
VO- Okay.Pass me your papers please
(passed I-20, DS 160 Confirmation page, SEVIS Fee receipt and passport)
VO: (Looking at my I-20) So, you are going to ….
I: Washington State University.
VO: That’s nice. I am from University of Washington. So you are going to my place. (me smiled like a fool). You are full funded and do you have any assistantship offer letter?
Me- (I passed it to her with a recommendation letter that was sent by advisor)
VO: (She checked the paper)But, see in your I-20(show me my I-20), you should be present in your university before 1/1/15 but it’s already January 8. Do you have any late arrival approval letter?
I: Yes (I passed it to her)
VO: So good luck for your PhD (she stamped my DS-160) and collect your VISA after two days
VO: Congratulation
I: Thank you very much.
Advice for upcoming aspirants: Always appear in Visa interview with all your related papers
14. Name: Nabil Rahman
Intended university: Virginia International University
Interview Date : Wednesday
Interview Time: 09:00 am
Reached Embassy (Time): 07:10
Entered Embassy (Time): 08:50
Fingerprint scanning time : 09:00
Counter No: 09
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): 30-35 aged very polite American lady . She was smiling through the whole interview .
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.) : Approved one lady before me ( may be she was asking for tourist visa )
Interview started: 9:40
Duration of interview: 8-10 Minutes
Visa Approved date: Thursday
Me: Good morning . How are you mam ?
VO: with a gentle smile , I’m fine . Please pass me your I 20
VO: I took your last interview ? ( Because i was refused before )
Me: No Mam VO: Oh ok…… Okay , any other university you applied ? Me: No mam , only one ( VIU )
VO: Why in only one ?
Me: Told
VO: Who will pay your tution fees ?
Me: ToldVO: Please pass me your financial documents
Me: Passed
VO: So you’re going to stay in your relatives house…… do they have any children ?
Me: Told their children’s name and age .VO: Did you take SAT ?Me: No mam ?VO : Why ?Me: Told ( i didn’t applied for any scholarship and it wasn’t required for my admission )
VO: Okay congratulation , your visa has been approved . Please give me your DS-160
Me: Passed my DS-160 . She put a red seal on it . And told me to check my email frequently and to see the attached .
Me: Thank you mam , thanks a lot .VO: Have a good day and study hard…………Me: Thanks her again .
Advice for upcoming aspirants: Always bring all the necessary papers with you to face the interview . Try to stay calm and relaxed though it’s little bit tough in this type of situation . Don’t give any false info and yes you shouldn’t be over confident as well . Good Luck
The confirmation email came on Friday , and I coollected it on Saturday .Pray for me everyone
15. Tahrima Mustafa & Sabbir Hassan
Intended university: TTU
Interview Date: 26 April 2015
Interview Time: 0900 Hours
Reached Embassy (Time): 0845
Entered Embassy (Time): 0940 (approx.)
Fingerprint scanning time: 1000
Counter No: 10
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): Male, middle aged, serious face , dark brown hair, wearing glasses of dark brown frame
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): rejected one family and a F1 candidate before us.
Interview started: 10:15 (approx)
Duration of interview: 2-3 Minutes
Visa Approved date: Told they will send an email
Interview with VO:
VO: Hello! How are you?
Me & My Husband Sabbir: Hello…We are fine (smiling)
VO: Please pass me your passports and i20 please.
(passed I-20, passports)
VO: So are you both going as students?
I: No, I am going as a student.
VO: So you have got partial funding. Who is going to pay the rest?
I: My mother and my father-in-law & mother-in-law
VO: What do they do?
I: My mother looks after my father’s business who passed away in 2012. & my in-laws are both govt. officials.
VO: What kind of business your father had?
I: Told
VO: (Pointing to Sabbir showing a triangular seal in his Passport) What is this?
Sabbir: I went to Netherlands. And When you check out from a city before leaving NL they give a clearance stamp on passport.
(VO showed thumbs up hearing this, smiling. We both also smiled)
VO: (typed something for 1.5/2 minutes) I am approving your visa. An email will be sent to you when it’s ready for pick up.
Me & Sabbir: Thank you very much.
16.
Name: Md Muktadir Talukder
Intended university: The University of Texas at Dallas
Interview Date: 04/05/2015
Interview Time: 0900 Hours
Reached Embassy (Time): 0700
Entered Embassy (Time): 0830
Fingerprint scanning time: around 10 am
Counter No: – 06
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): Cute American guy around 30+ white guy with brown hair
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Accepted 1 F1 student for MS with self-funded
Interview started: 11.20 am
Duration of interview: Less than 1 Minutes
VO: Hello, how are you
I: I’m fine. Passed the I-20 with passport
VO: Congratulation on your scholarship for attending UT Dallas. Why PhD in Chemistry in this univ?
I: Told
VO: Sir, have you any question for me?????
I: No, Thank you, so much.
VO: Your visa is approved, welcome to USA.
Advice for upcoming aspirants: PhD with full funding= 100% visa approved with in few minutes.
17.
Name: Sudipta Romen Biswas
Intended University: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Interview Date: 30/04/2015
Interview Time: 0800 Hours
Reached Embassy (Time): 0630
Entered Embassy (Time): 0750
Fingerprint scanning time: around 9.15 am
Counter No: – 05
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): Middle aged American guy with french cut beard.
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Rejected 2 F1 students, most probably self-funded
Interview started: 10.05 am
Duration of Interview: Around 30~40 seconds
VO: Hello, how are you?
I: I’m fine. How are you?
VO: (Did not reply. Didn’t hear may be.) Pass me your passport.
I: (Passed)
VO: Pass me your I-20 please.
I: (Passed)
VO: (After perusing through my I-20 for a few seconds) Excellent!!(started typing something on the keyboard)
VO: Why did you choose University of Minnesota?
I: (Told)[It is a top ranked varsity for EE, I contacted prof first then applied and got funding etc.]
VO: (Nodding his head with appreciation beaming on his face) Excellent!!. (took one from the pile of visa approval forms) Ok Sir your visa is issued. (Put THE seal of approval on that and circled the location of saimon center on it). Please collect the your passport from this location after you receive the email when it is ready.I: (Smiling)Thank you sir!
VO: And do take a coat with you. Its pretty cold out there in Minnesota!
I: Okay Sir. Thank you.
Picked up my passport from saimon center today(05.05.2015).[you have to take DS-160 confirmation page and photocopy of passport for picking up the passport. I didn’t know but luckily had them ready with me]
Advice for upcoming aspirants: If you are fully funded, then no worries. If you are self funded, then have your papers bonafide and may God be with you!
18. Name: Hasan Iqbal
Intended university: University of Illinois at Chicago
Interview Date: April 30, 2015
Interview Time: 9:00 AM
Reached Embassy (Time): 8:30 AM
Entered Embassy (Time): Around 9:15 AM
Fingerprint scanning time: Around 10:40 AM
Counter No: 5
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): Male, Shaved head, French cut, Middle aged
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Rejected 1 tourist visa( visiting childhood friend in new york), before that probably 1 spouse visa (showing wedding album, lots of explanation didn’t help)
Interview started: Around 11:40 AM
Duration of interview: Less than 40 seconds
Visa Approved date: Confirmation mail – May 4, Collected passport May 7
Interview with VO: (didn’t smile at all, previous two applicants must have angered him)
I: Hello sir, good morning
VO: Please pass me your passport and i-20
(passed those two, i had many other documents, didn’t ask for them)
VO: (Looking at my I-20) oookee.. so this is gonna be very easy for both of us..
I: (tried to smile smartly, but failed, i was very very tensed)
VO: Why this university?
I: This university has one of the best schools of Natural Language Processing. Also, Professor A is one of the world’s foremost scientists in BCD analysis along with Professor E from F University, and that is the line of research I’m interested in…
(he was typing something while I was practicing mukhostobidda. As he didn’t say anything, I continued….) I have applied to six US universities for PhD, got 5 admissions, three of which were funded.
VO: (Looked up, signed and put an approval seal, kept my passport and told me something about an email)
I: Thank you very much sir.
Advice for upcoming aspirants: I saw most of the applicants were rejected today, except for the students. I saw an apu(student) got rejected, she was like crying from the first sentence while answering VO’s questions as if she knew that she is not going to get it. Don’t think like that. And it’s not booth specific. It’s very much ok to be tensed, but answer properly.
19. Name: Rudrakshi Biswas
Intended university: University of Minnesota, Duluth
Interview Date: 30/04/2015
Interview Time: 0800 Hours
Reached Embassy (Time): 7.00 am
Entered Embassy (Time): 8.00 am
Fingerprint scanning time: 9.10 am
Counter No:8
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.) : Middle aged American guy.
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Rejected one F1.
Interview started: 10.15 am
Duration of interview: 40 sec
Visa Approved date: Got visa after 4 working days
Interview with VO:
VO: Please pass me your passport and I-20
(passed my passport and I 20)
VO: (Looking at my I-20) Congratualtions you are fully funded. Why University of Minnesota?
I: I am interested in the reaserch work of Dr. Eil kwon on ITS.
VO: From which university you graduated?
I: BUET.
VO: Oh! Congratualtions. Yourvisa has been approved.
I: thanks.
Advice for upcoming aspirants: Try to give to the point answer and be confident.
20. Name: Saroj Chakraborty
Intended university: University of Toledo, Ohio
Interview Date: 26/04/2015
Interview Time: 0900 Hours
Reached Embassy (Time): 7.30 am
Entered Embassy (Time): 9.00 am
Fingerprint scanning time: 9.30 am
Counter No:5
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.) : Very good looking tall guy with long hair.
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): He seems to approve everyone. I noticed one H1-B for wallmert, a self funded F1 approved.
Interview started: 10.15 am
Duration of interview: 1min.
Visa Approved date: Got visa after 3 working days
Interview with VO:
VO: Good morning.
I: Good morning, Sir.
VO: How are you?
I: I am fine. How are you?
VO: I am fine.Please pass me your passport.
(passed my passport).
VO: (Typed something) Please pass me your I-20.
I: Passed my Offer letter and I20.
VO: You are going to Ohio. I am also from Ohio.
I: Where exactly are you from?
VO: I am from Columbus.
I: From the capital.
VO: Yup. You already know that. When u are in Toledo, u will definitely visit Columbus. It is a very lovely place to pass funtime.
I: Definitely Sir.
VO: The zoo in Columbus is famous in USA.
I: Then I will definitely visit the zoo.
VO: (Looking at my I-20) Congratualtions you are fully funded. What is the major? Neurobiology?
I: Yes Sir.
VO: Very good. So you are a smart people then.
I: (Smiled).
VO: From which university you graduated?
I: University of Dhaka.
VO: Oh! Congratualtions. Your visa has been approved.
I: thank you, Sir. I would definitely visit Columbus.
VO: Dont forget to pack your coat.The weather would be cold.
I: Ofcourse Sir. Thanks again.
Advice for upcoming aspirants: He is the best VO in town (100% approval ensured for full funded student). Try to make a conversation with the VO. I had attended a seminar on Visa interview at EMK center that definitely help. There is another visa seminar upcoming please attend that. For self funded student, confidence is the main thing. They judge them on their confidence.And please dont say any word in Bengali.
21. Name: Bipul Kumar Setu
Intended university: Saint Louis University, Missouri
Interview Date: 26/04/2015
Interview Time: 0900 Hours
Reached Embassy (Time): 7.30 am
Entered Embassy (Time): 9.00 am
Fingerprint scanning time: 9.30 am
Counter No: 4
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): Fat, tall, short hair, scar marks on right hand
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): approved 2 full funded and 1 self funded F1 before me.
Interview started: 10.25 am
Duration of interview: 2/3 min.
Visa Approved date: Got visa after 3 working days
Interview with VO:
VO: How are you?
I: Fine and You?
VO: Good, Pass your passport please.
I: Here it is.
VO: (taken and typed something in his PC)
VO: Please pass me your I-20.
I: Passed It.
VO: So you are going to Saint Louis University?
I: Yes, Sir
VO: Why do you interested in this University?
I: Because It’s a very good University. I am from biological science and came to know that there is huge research opportunity……..(VO stopped me)
VO: Wow, They also are going to pay for you, congratulations.
I: Thank you, Sir.
VO: Ok. From which University you completed your graduation?
I: University of Dhaka, Sir.
VO: Oh, I see, Dhaka University. (Someone called) Excuse me, I have to receive this call.
I: Of course, sir
VO: (He took a page from the rack) Ok, I am approving your visa, please collect your passport from the designated picking center I marked in this page. Stamped(RED). Congratulations. (Give my I 20 back)
I: Thank You Very much, Sir.
Advice for upcoming aspirants: Nothing to get nervous for fully funded students I think, just answer confidently and truthfully. For self funded students, please, be careful with your papers; especially with funding source (If possible get help from EMK center). I saw several self funded students got their visa and the questions they were asked mostly about the source of funding. Cheers.
22. Name: S Chowdhury
Intended university: UTA
Interview Date: 6 May, 2015
Interview Time: 8 AM
Reached Embassy (Time): 7 AM
Entered Embassy (Time): 8 AM
Fingerprint scanning time: 9 AM
Counter No: 10
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): Male, Round face, beard, wear glasses, friendly appearance.
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Can’t remember. This VO was in another counter. Just before our interview, the VO moved to a separate counter and we were the first ones to face him in that counter.
Interview started: After 9:30. Can’t remember the exact time.
Duration of interview: 5-7 minutes
Visa Approved date: Got visa after 1 working days
Interview with VO:
VO: Good morning. How are you?I: We are fine, Thanks. How are you?VO: Not bad… My wife submitted her F1 visa documents: DS 160, SEVIS payment page, Visa payment receipt, passport, I20, University admission letter and funding offer letter. I only gave my passport and was waiting when he will ask my papers, because I didn’t want our papers to get mixed up). VO was looking at the I20. Then he looked at me but said giving a confused look,VO: Are you also applying for F1? Give me your I20…I handled him my documents. He looked at the I20 and said “Excellent”, in a slow voice. But I caught that anyway and said “Thank you sir!” I was trying to look confident . He put our I20s side by side, and was looking something at the computer. Gave several entries. Looked like he was looking for something. Then he took a draft paper and was writing some symbols in left hand and clicking the mouse with that right hand.This took a while, about 2-3 minutes. He did not ask us a single thing, and at this time I was becoming nervous. He took some more time doing this, not asking a single question to us. Finally, he was mumbling “excellent” again and I got relieved. I was expecting him to ask questions. But he reached for a paper, and put a circle mark around something. This time, I really got nervous and thought he was about to reject. But then he put the red seal mark in that paper!VO: Congratulations. He said something more but that did not reach my ear. We thanked him and took our papers.
Advice for upcoming aspirants: It seamed like the VO was very eager to give visa, he was friendly and literally asked zero questions. Another thing, me and my wife wanted to give our interview together. We registered and paid our visa fee separtely. But at the interview room, we told the management guys and they assured us that we will be able to face inerview together.
23. Name: Minhaj Nur Alam
Intended university: University of Illinois at Chicago
Interview Date: 10/05/2015
Interview Time: 9.00 am
Reached Embassy (Time): 7.50 am
Entered Embassy (Time): 9.10 am
Fingerprint scanning time: 10.00 am
Counter No: 5
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.) : Tall guy with long hair.
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Approved tourist visa to a mother and her daughter but rejected their housemaid stating strict laws for labors. Also approved a business visa to a garments procurement officer although he had information problems in his passport (2 birth-dates in 2 passports!!!).
Interview started: 10.40 am
Duration of interview: 2 mins.
Visa Approved date: Got visa after 1 working day.
Interview with VO:
I was applying for F1 while my wife was applying for F2. We scheduled the visa appointment together.
We went into the booth.
VO: আসেন আসেন আপনারা, কেমন আছেন?
We: Great! How are you? আপনি কেমন আছেন?
VO: I am doing just fine, thank you. Pass me both of your passports please.
We: Gave passport.
VO: Looking at me, also the I 20’s for both of you.
We: Gave I 20’s.
VO: Okay, so you are going for your PhD in Bioengineering (looking at me), Good!. In UIC?
Me: Yes sir.
VO: Great! So you have got assistant-ship and university funds covering both of your costs, that is great!
We: Smiled and nodded.
VO: Did you applied to other schools?
Me: Yes, I applied to 6 schools in total.
VO: Ok great. Looking at my wife, so what do you do Erina?
My wife: Well I am currently working in ABC University.
VO: Ok, so when did you get married?
Me: December 19, 2014 sir.
VO: When did you two meet?
Me: Back in 2009
VO: Wow! And when did he propose you? (He was smiling the whole time)
My wife: Gave answer.
VO: Can I see some pictures from your wedding?
Me: How many do you want? (I took 80 pics from our wedding, reception, engagement, holud, even from our honeymoon!!!)
VO: Wow, so many! Put them here and I will randomly see.
Me: Gave the pics.
VO: Hmm, very nice pics! Did you go to Cox’s Bazaar? (He saw a pic of us in the beach)
We: No, it was Langkawi, Malaysia.
VO: Oh! Very nice. (Then he picked up a family pic) Who are these people?
My wife: Gave answers.
VO: Looking at me, so you did your Bachelors from…?
Me: IUT
VO: In Gazipur? I have been there! It’s very nice, beautiful campus. (He actually came to IUT for a seminar on Visa process few months back and being the faculty coordinator I met him personally, also we had some chat)
Me: Yes, we have actually met before. I am a faculty there.
VO: Ohh! Yes yes!! I remember. We talked for quite some time
Me: Smiled. VO: Congratulations! Your visas has been approved, instructions are given here in this paper.
We: Thank you very much!!!
VO: Good luck to both of you.
Then the VO typed some stuffs for 10 seconds maybe. Took a paper and gave APPROVED seal.
Tips/ Suggestions:
  1. Do not go before 15 mins of your scheduled time. Please don’t. Even if there are people ahead of you they will call you and take you inside.
  2. Be confident. VO’s seemed eager to give you visa. If you are legit, have no fear!
24. Name: Shakhawat Hosen Tanim and Shaheda Akter Urmi
Intended university: University of South Florida
Interview Date: 10 May 2015
Interview Time: 0800 Hours
Reached Embassy (Time): 0715
Entered Embassy (Time): 0745
Fingerprint scanning time: 0920
Counter No: 9
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): Male, Young gentleman
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Did not noticed
Interview started: 0950
Duration of interview: 3 Minutes
Visa Approved date: Got visa after 3 working days
Interview with VO:
(No reply. He was doing something on PC.)
VO: Please pass me your papers.
I passed our passports and I20 s.
(He did not even looked at us. We were confident. But after a minute, he was taking the documents which he takes when he rejects visas. Suddenly, he stopped and looked at our I20s. )
VO: You are going for PHD?
I: Yes, and I have full university funding.
(Then he again stated doing something on the PC for 1 min)
VO: Congratulation, your visa is accepted and you can collect it when you get email.
We: Thank you.
Advice for upcoming aspirants: Be confident.
25. Abdullah-Al Kafi
Intended university: Iowa State University
Interview Date: 13 May 2015
Interview Time: 09.30 am
Reached Embassy (Time): 08.15 am
Entered Embassy (Time): 09.00 am
Fingerprint scanning time: 10.10 am
Counter No: 6 (May be)
Physical description of VO: White Man, middle aged, bulky.
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview: Approve 1 F1 visa. (Didn’t pay attention to previous applicant)
Interview started: 10.50 am
Duration of interview: 1-2 minutes.
Visa Approved date: 13 May 2015.
Interview with VO:
Me: Good morning, Sir.
VO: Good morning.
VO: Please pass your Passport & I-20.
VO: (After reviewing my I-20, with big smile) Congratulations. You got the full scholarship.
Me: Yeah, thank you sir.
VO: So, tell me about your research area.
Me: told
VO: Where did you complete your bachelor’s degree?
Me: From American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB).
VO: Fine, (After typing something) I am approving your visa. You will get confirmation mail when visa will be ready and pick it from your selected pick up location.
VO: Welcome to Iowa state and enjoy.
Me: Thank you very much, Sir.
The confirmation email came on 4.00 pm 13 May 2015, and I collected it on 14 May, 2015.
Advice for upcoming aspirants: Smile (I know which is hard after waiting a long time in line) and try to be friendly with VO. Most importantly be honest.
26. Nobel Chowdhury
Intended university: TAMUC
Interview Date: May 2015
Interview Time: 10:00 Hours
Reached Embassy (Time): 07:45
Entered Embassy (Time): 09:45 (No matter how early you come, they let you enter the consulate just 15 mins prior to your interview time)
Fingerprint scanning time: 10:45
Counter No: 8
Physical description of VO : Handsome American Guy with long brown hair
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Rejected 1 visit visa of an elderly couple who intended to join the graduation ceremony of their son
Duration of interview: 3-4 Minutes
Visa Approved date: Confirmation mail came after 4 working days
Interview with VO:
VO: Hello Sir, How are you?(with a smiling face; and he had a glance at my Education USA student file in my hand)
I: Hello. Good Morning.
VO: Please pass me your I-20.
I: Sure (passed I-20)
VO: (Looking at my I-20) So, you are going to ….
I: ….University for Masters in…..
VO: Oh, You have got assistantship. Excellent.
I: Yes Sir, Full Scholarship (With a big smile).
VO: Where have you done your undergraduate degree?
I: Chittagong Medical College.
VO: That’s great.
I: Have you done O levels, A levels or SSC,HSC ?
VO: SSC,HSC.
VO: Congratulations Sir. Your visa has been approved. Please collect your passport from collection center.
I: Thanks a lot. (I couldn’t believe it ended within the blink of an eye).
Advice: Carry all of your original documents. You never know what they ask for. I have seen one VO was asking to show SSC certificate of an applicant . The applicant didn’t took that with him. Though his visa was approved).
27. Moinul Hossain
Intended university: UNCC
Interview Date: 13th May 2015
Interview Time: 10:00 Hours
Reached Embassy (Time): 08:45
Entered Embassy (Time): 09:45 (No matter how early you come, they let you enter the consulate just 15 mins prior to your interview time)
Fingerprint scanning time: Not sure
Counter No: 5
Physical description of VO : Handsome American Guy with long brown hair
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): 2 F1s
Duration of interview: 2-3 Minutes
Visa Approved date: Confirmation mail came on the same day
Interview with VO:
I: Hey.
VO: Hello, কেমন আছেন ?
I: ভাল! I have never seen any foreigner speaking Bangla so fluently!
VO: (With a smile in his face) Please pass me your passport and I-20
I: Yeah (passed passport and I-20)
VO: (Looking at my I-20) So…. you are going to University of North Carolina Charlotte
I: Yes.
VO: Charlotte is a beautiful city
I: Yeah, I am looking forward to that
VO: My sister lives there
I: Oww
VO: What was your college?
I: Mean, where I completed my undergrad ?!
VO: Yes
I: Khulna University of Engineering and Technology .. KUET
VO: I see.. (Then typing for some while in his PC)
VO: Congratulations Sir. Your visa has been approved. Please collect your passport from collection center.
I: (For a while I was just stunned, wasn’t expecting that much early)Thanks. Thanks a lot.
Advice: When you are waiting in the last queue, carefully observe all the counters. Look for the best VOs (who are approving VISAs and not asking so many questions). I suggest making some changes in your serial in the queue (if you can) and try to go to the best counter. The Long brown hair VO was the best one, so far I observed. Very jolly and friendly. Don’t forget to take all your documents, although VO didn’t ask me for any documents.
28. Tonmoy Sarker
US Embassy: Copenhagen, Denmark
Intended university: University of Central Florida
Interview Date: 06th May 2015
Interview Time: 09:00 Hours
Reached Embassy (Time): 09:45
Entered Embassy (Time): 09:45 (I reached late because of heavy traffic in the way to Copenhagen)
Fingerprint scanning time: 10.00
Counter No: 11
Physical description of VO: Bald ‘angry looking’ American guy
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): No idea
Duration of interview: 10-20 Seconds
Visa Approved date: Confirmation mail came on the same day
Interview with Visa Officer
VO: Hi, Mr. Sarker! You are 45 minutes late!
Me: I am extremely sorry! This is because of the heavy traffic in rush hour!
VO: No problem! Can I please see your paper?
Me: Sure! Here it is!
VO: Ur visa is approved! We will send the confirmation email today in the later part of today and send the travel document within 3days! Have a nice weekend! Bye
Me: Bye
29. Name: Md Esha Khan
Intended university: VU
Interview Date: 10th May
Interview Time: 0800 Hours
Reached Embassy (Time): 7am
Entered Embassy (Time): 8.30am
Fingerprint scanning time: 9.10am
Counter No: 8
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): Very young and gentle white guy.
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Rejected 2 visas before me.
Interview started: 09.30
Duration of interview: 3-5 Minutes
Visa Approved date: Got visa after 1 working days
Interview with VO: (Sometimes smiles and sometimes reserved )
Interview with Visa Officer
Me: Good morning sir!
VO: Hi,good morning. How are you?
Me: I am fine.and you sir?
VO: Fine. Please pass your passport.
Me: Sure! Here it is!
VO: Your I-20 please.
Me: Here it is sir.
VO: How many Universities have you applied?
Me: Sir,I have applied in 3 Universities. They are VU,SVSU and TSU.
VO: Okay,Who is your sponsor?
Me: Sorry sir, my father passed away in 2010,and after my father’s death my cousin looks after my education.
VO: What does your cousin do?
Me: He is a marine engineer.
VO: How old is he?
Me: (I didn’t hear it clearly)could you please repeat the question sir?
VO: Oh sure! How old is he?
Me: Oh he is about 35 years old.
VO. Okay, what is his monthly income?
Me: Told.
VO. Has your cousin paid for your under graduation fees?
Me: Yes sir.
VO: (Typed and after thought then looked at me). Sir!
Me: Yes sir.please tell me.
VO: Thank you very much sir. Your visa has been approved.Please work hard after going to US.
Me: Sure. Please pray for me sir.Thank you very much , You have made my day.
30. Name: Syed Arefinul Haque Intended university: Northeastern UniversityInterview Date: May 21, 2015Interview Time: 0930 Hours Reached Embassy (Time): 0915 Entered Embassy (Time): 0945 Fingerprint scanning time: 1030 Counter No: 3 Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): Young white male. Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Rejected 1 senior citizen, may be he had mistakes in the DS-160Duration of interview: 30 SecondsVisa Approved date: Received passport from Saimon Center on May 26. Interview with VO: VO: Please pass me your I-20. (passed only I-20)VO: (Looking at my I-20) So, you are fully funded.I: Yes.VO: (Checked something in his monitor) Your visa has been approved.
31.
Intended university: Ohio University
Interview Date: 27 May 2015
Interview Time: 09.30 Hours
Reached Embassy (Time): 08.00
Entered Embassy (Time): 09.15 (approx.)
Fingerprint scanning time: 09.30
Counter No: 08
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc. Male handsome, burgundi color hair( maybe because I also had a serious face)
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Didn’t notice
Interview started: 11.30
Duration of interview: 1 Minute
Visa Approved date: 2 days from approval
Interview with VO:
I: Good morning
VO: Good morning
VO: Passport.
passed passport
VO: I-20
passed
VO: Ph.D, full funding.
I:yes sir
VO: your visa approved, you will get an email in 2-3 days
I: Thank you sir
32.
Intended university: CMU
Interview Date: 31 May 2015
Interview Time: 09.00 Hours
Reached Embassy (Time): 08.30
Entered Embassy (Time): 08.45 (approx.)
Fingerprint scanning time: 10.30
Counter No: 08
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc): Young Male handsome serious face, clean shaved
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Approved one student visa
Interview started: 11.00
Duration of interview: 20-25 sec.
Visa Approved date:
Interview with VO:
VO: Passport, DS160, and I20
Me: passed passport, DS160, and I20
VO: full funding.
I:yeaaaa
VO: (looked at the computer screen abount 10-15 sec and typed something) Which language do you speak?
Me: answered
VO: your visa approved, you will get an email in 2-3 days
Me: Thank you
33. Name: Mohammad Mostafa Kamal
Intended university: The University of Louisiana at Monroe
Interview Date: 27/05/15
Interview Time: 1000 Hours
Reached Embassy (Time): 0900
Entered Embassy (Time): 0945
Fingerprint scanning time: Around 11: 00 PM
Counter No: 8
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): Middle aged smart guy with slightly brown hair
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Approved two and rejected one F1 visa before me.
Interview started: After 12 PM
Duration of interview: Around 1 minute
Visa Approved date: Got visa after 2 working days
VO: Good Morning.
Me: Good Morning.
VO: Give me your passport please.
Me: Gave.
VO: Give me you I-20 please.
Me: Gave.
VO: Oh!! You have got almost full funding. (My I-20 showed around 4K self fund). Typing something on Computer. I am approving your visa Sir. You can collect passport when you get confirmation mail.
Me: Thanks. (With smile)
So this was the simplest interview without a single question.
Advice for upcoming aspirants: It seems all funded student got visa. Partially funded and student without fund should prepare convincing logic and documents for the support of financing their education.
34. Name: Md. Navid Unjum
Intended university: University of Toledo, Ohio
Interview Date: 28th May
Interview Time: 0900 Hours
Reached Embassy (Time): 0800
Entered Embassy (Time): 0850
Fingerprint scanning time: 0950
Counter No: 6
Physical description of VO : Female, around 35 years
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview : Rejected 1 student, may be some problem with the status update of his sevis fee
Interview started: 1100
Duration of interview: Approx 2 minutes
Visa Approved date: Got visa after 3 working days
Interview with VO:
I: Good morning mam
VO: Good morning. Please pass me your passport and documents
I: Passed passport along with DS 160, I-20, sevis receipt & appointment confirmation
VO: Did you give GRE?
I: Yes
VO: What was the score?
I: Told
VO: So, why are you going to this university?
I: It offers great research opportunities in computational dynamics. Besides, I have got full tuition waiver from there.
VO: Have you applied to any other universities?
I: Told
VO: Your I 20 says that you need additional $12,000 for your living expense….who is sponsoring you?
I: My father
VO: What does he do?
I: He is a banker
VO: In which bank?
I: Told
VO: What’s his position in the bank?
I: Told
VO: From where you have graduated?
I: Khulna University of Engineering & Technology
VO: I am approving your visa. You will get a mail within 2-3 days. Welcome to Ohio.
I: Thanks a lot mam. Have a good day.
Advice for the upcoming aspirants: Be confident and be smiley. Prepare your answer to all the probable interview questions. If you feel nervous , practice the answer with your friends. It’s about how you present your answer in a convincing and fluent way.
35. Name: Md Kamrul Hoque Ome
Intended university: Washington State University
Interview Date: 28th May
Interview Time: 0900 Hours
Reached Embassy (Time): 0800
Entered Embassy (Time): 0850
Fingerprint scanning time: 0945
Counter No: 9
Physical description of VO : Male, around 40 years, with beard like me
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview : Approved 1 F1 visa
Interview started: 1100
Duration of interview: Approximately 1.5 minutes
Visa Approved date: Got visa after 5 working days
Interview with VO:
VO: Gimme your I-20 & passport.
I: (Gave)
VO: Why do you want to go to this university?
I: Explained.
VO: Who is your ‘advisor’?
I: I explained why currently I don’t have an adviser.
VO: From where have you completed your undergraduate?
I: University of Dhaka!
VO: Your visa is approved. Pick up your passport with 2-3 days.
I: Thank you … … From the Saimon Center?
VO: Yes
I: Can I go now?
VO: (nodded and smiled)
Advice for the upcoming aspirants: কোন উপদেশ নাই। এর চেয়ে বহুত কঠিন ইন্টারভিউ আমরা সবাই ইউনিভার্সিটিতে দিয়ে আসছি!
2. Name: Md Mahbubur Rahman
Intended university: MST
Interview Date:
Interview Time: 0800 Hours (1st December,14)
Reached Embassy (Time): 0700
Entered Embassy (Time): 0900
Fingerprint scanning time: 0930
Counter No: 8
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): Cute American 30+ White Lady with little bit curli hair
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Approved one H1, Rejected one Visitor
Interview started: 1030
Duration of interview: 3-5 Minutes
Visa Approved date: Got visa after 2 working days
Interview with VO: (No facial expression)
Me: Good morning.
VO: Good morning, pass your documents.
Me: passed DS 160 confirmation page, I-20 , SEVIS payment confirmation.
VO: (Looking at my i-20) o, you are going for PhD ! Tell me about your research interest .
Me: Yes going for PhD and … (told my research interest)
VO: You got full funding I see, oh wait .. full or Half funding? (I guess she looked at the I-20 funding remarks : 50% GRA assistantship ).
Me: Full funding Madam
VO: Great ! Are you from BUET?
Me: Yes.
Vo: Did you apply anywhere else/outside USA?
Me: Yes, In UNSW at Australia, got admission as well. In UAlberta in Canada, got rejected !
(The next question was unexpected for me !)
VO: Have you ever been to Seria ?
Me: No mam, I have only been to south korea once back in 2012.
(searching something in the computer for a while )
VO: Are you born in Bangladesh? Have you ever been to Middle East?
Me: I am born in Bangladesh. No, never been to Middle East.
(She looked at me without any facial expression)
Vo: (typing something in computer, next sealed my ds 160). Congratulations, Your visa applicaion has been approved. Please follow the attached document for passport pick up.
Me: Thank you Mam (I thought my visa was gone with seria and middle east )
VO: Enjoy your time in Missouri (a smile).
36. Name: Ishtiak Ahmed
Intended university: NC State University
Interview Date: 16th April, 2015
Interview Time: 0830 Hours
Reached Embassy (Time): 0750
Entered Embassy (Time): 0845
Fingerprint scanning time: 0915
Counter No: 9 (প্রথমে ৮ নম্বর এ দিয়েছিল। আমার সামনের ভদ্রমহিলার সাথে ২০ মিনিট ইন্টারভিউ নেয়ার পর রিজেক্ট করে দেয়। আমার পালা আসলে সে সিকিউরিটি কে বলে আমাকে ৯ নম্বর কাউন্টারে পাঠায় দেয়। তাকে সম্ভবত প্রকৃতি ডাক দিয়েছিল)
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): Fat American with beard. Age 40+
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Could not notice
Interview started: 0940
Duration of interview: 2-3 Minutes
Visa Approved date: Got visa after 3 working days
Interview with VO: (No facial expression)
Me: Good morning.
VO: Good morning, pass your documents.
Me: passed DS 160 confirmation page, I-20 , SEVIS payment confirmation.
VO: (Looking at my i-20) Why you are intending to go US?
Me: To pursue my higher study, I mean, PhD
VO: Have any of your relatives in US applied immigration petition for you?
Me: NO Sir
VO: You sure?
Me: Yes.
Vo: From where did you complete your undergraduate?
Me: BUET
VO: What is going to be your research topic?
Me: Traffic control theory, transportation modeling.
VO: What is your professor’s name?
Me: (Said the name)
VO: Have you ever used these softwares for transportation modeling? (Named 2 softwares I never heard before. I think he was bluffing)
Me: No sir
VO: You sure? They were not taught during your undergraduate study?
Me: No sir. Our study during undergraduate was limited only to the theory of modeling. We did not use these softwares.
VO: Why do you want to study on transportation engineering?
Me: Because…
Vo: (Interrupted) Oh that is a silly question to ask. I am approving your visa. Please follow the instructions in this document for passport pick up.
Me: Thank you Sir. Goodbye
Advice for the upcoming aspirants: Try to be confident and straight forward. Do not tell a single lie
36. Name: Md. Nazmus Sadat
Intended university: University of Cincinnati
Interview Date: 25 June, 2015
Interview Time: 10:30 am
Reached Embassy (Time): 10:00 am
Entered Embassy (Time): 10:40 am
Fingerprint scanning time: 12:10 pm
Counter No: 08
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): Friendly smart American guy. Age 30+
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Two F1 accepted, One F1 rejected (undergrad)
Interview started: 12:35 pm
Duration of interview: Less than 20 seconds
Visa Approved date: Pending till now (1 day passed)
Interview with VO: Neutral…the interview was too short to notice any expression.
VO: I-20 and Passport please.
Me: I passed I-20 , Passport.
VO: After looking at my I-20 for 3-4 seconds, “Ph.D, full fund?”
Me: Yes. (Was very nervous; forgot to say ‘sir’ )
VO: Congratulations, Your visa application has been approved. Please follow the attached document for passport pick up.
Me: Thank you.
Advice for the upcoming aspirants: No problem for fully funded applicants. Focus on your verbal skills, documents are less important.
37. Name: Mohammed Emtiaz Ahmed
Intended university: University of Houston (full fund)
Interview Date: 21 May, 2015
Interview Time:08:30
Reached Embassy (Time): 07:40
Entered Embassy (Time): 08:25
Fingerprint scanning time: 9:10
Counter No:7
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): Fat guy with small hair
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): 1 family,1 partial fund, 1 self fund student VISA Rejected before me
Interview started: 09:40
Duration of interview: 2-3 Minutes
Visa Approved date: Got visa after 1 working day
Interview with VO: (no facial expression , he was angry for family visa applicants attitude )
me: Good morning. How are you?
VO : did not reply
VO: please pass your passport and I-20
me: (passed them)
VO: Why did you chose University of Houston?
me: Because for Computer Science they have good research opportunities.
VO: What is your research topic?
me: Cloud Computing
VO: your undergraduate university?
me: Khulna University of Engineering & Technology (KUET)
then don’t know what VO was typed in his computer more then 1 min
VO: I’m approving your visa ..Please pick it up from Saimon center
me: thank you ..(then leave counter quickly )
Advice for upcoming aspirants: No problem for fully funded applicants. No need to talk much for full funded students ,just replied what they asked. For self fund students prepare urself properly and talk as much as you can say with full confidence.
38. Name: Durjoy Dev
Intended university: North Carolina A&T State University
Interview Date: 25 June, 2015
Interview Time:08:00
Reached Embassy (Time): 06:30
Entered Embassy (Time): 08:00
Fingerprint scanning time: 9:30
Counter No:8
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): Male, Beard Face, Young.
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): He was only concerned about the funding. He approved all (so far I can notice) full funded students without a single question.
Interview started: 10.00
Duration of interview: 1 minute.
Visa Approved date: Got visa after 4 working day.
Interview with VO:
VO : Good morning. please pass your passport and I-20
me: Good morning (passed them)
VO: (looking at my I-20). So you get nearly full funding.
[ At that moment another lady (may be she is also VO) came over there. She wanted to know the name of my inteded university and intended degree form the VO. Answering her, VO checked something in his computer for a while. ]
VO: Congratulation, I am approving your visa, collect your visa after getting the mail. Please attend this seminar ( gave me a leaflet with I-20 and Visa approval letter) to make yourself ready for USA. But don’t get afraid, if you could not attend this seminar you will not miss your visa ( with Smile, Other lady also congratulated me).
me: Thank you.
Advice for upcoming aspirants: Keep Confidence.
39. Name: Naila Bushra and Mehedi Hasan
Intended university: Mississippi State University
Interview Date: 25 June, 2015
Interview Time:08:30
Reached Embassy (Time): 07:30
Entered Embassy (Time): 08:30
Fingerprint scanning time: 09:30
Counter No:8
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): Male, young, tall, brown hair and good looking
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Rejected one F1 (self funded) and approved one F1 (partially funded)
Interview started: 10.00
Duration of interview: 2-3 minutes.
Visa Approved date: Got visa after 3 working days.
Interview with VO:
(He did not ask me a single question, all the questions were for my husband (F2), I felt like I don’t exist 😐 )
US: Hi!
VO : Hello, pass me your i20s and passports
me: (Passed those along with my old passport)
VO: Keep the old passport, I do not need that.
VO: (looking at my I-20 and then to my husband) What are you going to do there while your wife is studying?
MH: Her PhD program is for four years, I don’t want her to be alone for such a long time. I want to give her mental support while she is doing her PhD.
VO: Are you gonna work there?
MH: No, I won’t.
VO: Who is going to pay for your expenses?
MH: My father in law.
VO: And what does he do?
MH: He is a professor in ‘X’ university.
VO: What is his monthly income?
MH: About ‘Y’ taka.
VO: So how can he manage to pay your expenses every month with this money?
MH: He is providing the money from the FDR he made from his personal savings.
VO: Okay…(Went in the back for 1min for I don’t know what reason!)
VO: Can I see some pictures of your wedding album?
Me: Of course (Handed him an album containing 80 pictures, the space for document sharing was very small, had to push the whole album towards him )
VO: (smiled a bit looking at our photos then gave the album back)
VO: Congratulations, your visas have been approved. We are having a seminar in the American center (gave us the seminar leaflet and the visa approval letter), if you have time you can attend this or wait for the email to collect your passports
US: Thank you.
Advice for upcoming aspirants: I was fully funded and carried necessary financial documents to show support for my spouse but did not need to show any of those. One needs to speak very clearly and confidently during the interview. We have seen many applicants (funded) getting rejection because they were stammering for no reason. So practice every possible answer to all possible questions.
40. Name: Md. Abu Shahab Mollah
Intended university: The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Interview Date: 25 June, 2015
Interview Time:08:30
Reached Embassy (Time): 07:30
Entered Embassy (Time): 08:30
Fingerprint scanning time: 10:15
Counter No:5
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): Female, Young.
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Probably he was concerned about the funding. Before me I noticed 2 candidates at that booth and noticed that all of them were approved.
Interview started: 10:45
Duration of interview: Probably around 1 minute.
Visa Approved date: Got visa after 3 working day.
Interview with VO:
VO : Good morning. please pass your passport and I-20
me: Good morning (passed them)
VO: (looking at my I-20). So which university you are going?
Me: University of Alabama
VO: Which department?
Me: Electrical and Computer Engineering
VO: What will be your research area?
Me: Device Fabrication.
VO: Fabrication!! Is it like something nano tube or something like this??
Me: Actually my work will be with lithography…….
VO: Great. So who will provide your fund?
Me: I’ve obtained fellowship from the university.
VO: Congratulation.
Me: Thanks
[ Looked at the computer screen and typed at high speed, saw something for a moment ]
VO: ok, congratulation (smiling), I’ve approved your visa. Collect your visa after getting the mail. Please attend the seminar……….. (Bla bla bla, I could not hear the later words)
Me: Thanks (smiling). You’ve made my day………….
Advice for upcoming aspirants: Take it as a usual conversation and keep yourself relaxed, nothing else….
41. Name: ABM Rezbaul Islam
Intended university: University of North Texas
Interview Date: 9th July, 2015
Interview Time: 8:30 AM
Reached Embassy (Time): 7:30 AM
Entered Embassy (Time): 8:05 AM
Fingerprint scanning time: 9:30 AM
Counter No: 4
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): African-American young lady with long curly hair.
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Rejected one F1 (probably self funded Undergrad), accepted visa for 1 couple (interviewed for a long long time)
Interview started: 11:45 AM
Duration of interview: Around 1 Minute
Interview with VO:
VO: Good afternoon Sir. Your passport and i20 please.
Me:Good afternoon. (I passed my i20 and passport)
VO: Why UNT?
Me: (Answered)
(All the time an American lady and a Bangladeshi guy was present with the VO. Unfortunately the Bengali guy was shaking his head negatively for previous applicants. He was absent at the time of my interview.The American lady took a look at my i20 and VO approved the visa.)
VO: Congratulation, i am approving your visa
Me: Thank YouAdvice for upcoming aspirants: Be presentable in your attitude. I saw a lot of people get nervous and literally shaking in front of VOs. Stay calm, keep eye contact and nail the visa interview.
42. Name: Mostafizur Rahman Topu
Intended university: University of Nevada, Reno
Interview Date: 09/07/2015
Interview Time: 0830 Hours
Reached Embassy (Time): 0800 Hours
Entered Embassy (Time): 0820 Hours
Fingerprint scanning time: around 0945 Hours
Counter No: 4
Physical description of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beard face, middle aged smiley etc.): An American young black lady.
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2 H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): Accepted 2 F1 student before me
Interview started: 1110 Hours
Duration of interview: less than 1 Minute
Visa Approved date: Got visa within 2 working days after interview
Interview with VO:
VO: Good morning. Please pass I-20 & Passport.
ME: Good morning, passed the I-20 & Passport.
VO: Why do you want to go to USA?
ME: (Answered)
VO: Why this University?
ME: (Answered)
VO: Congratulation, I am approving your VISA (put a red approval seal in my DS-160), always keep I-20 and passport together when travelling to USA.
ME: Thank you.
43. Name: Md Abdullah Rasel
Intended University: Ohio University, Athens.
My Visa experience on 16th July.
Scheduled Time- 8:00 AM
Interview Time – 12:10 PM
Counter No- 07
Description of VO- Age: 30-40, handsome young looking guy
Rejected 1 family, they applied for tourist visa;
VO: Asen (in bengali)
Me: Good afternoon Sir.
VO: Good afternoon. Pass your I-20 and Passport.
Me: I gave.
VO: He scanned the barcode of passport and it took 40-50 seconds for technical problem then looked at my I-20 for few seconds and told you are going for MS in Industrial Engineering, right?
Me: Yes sir.
VO:Why not PhD ?
Me: I haven’t completed my MSc yet.
VO: Okay, Okay.
VO: you got almost a full scholarship (I needed to show $4354) who is going to pay $5000?
Me: My Father.
VO: Fine, What does your father do?
Me: He a govt employee.
VO: What does he do for govt.?
Me: He works in a Bnak, Bangladesh krishi Bank.
(Then I was going to show my father’s ID card and employment certificate but the VO laughed and told me “No no I believe you and I will ask you if I need to see something” but he didnt check anything except i-20 and passport. )
VO: What is his monthly income?
Me: 40,000BDT.
VO: Do you have any Brother or sister ?
Me: I have two brothers and one sister.
VO: What do they do?
Me: Answered.
VO: ‘Hold my passport for few seconds and told me “congrats your visa is approved. You can collect you passport after 5-6 days and you will notified over phone or by mail. Welcome to America. He put approval seal on a page and gave it to me with my I-20.
Me: Thank you sir, you have made it my day.
VO: (Laughed) Oh, no problem.
Suggestion: try to avoid that Black young lady, she is so meticulous and she rejected most of her candidates.
44. Name: Rupayan Saha
Intended University: West Virginia University.
Interview Date: 16/07/2015
Scheduled Time- 7:00 AM
Interview Time – 8:20 AM
Duration of interview: less than 1 Minute
Counter No- 07
Description of VO- Age: 30-35, tall handsome young good looking guy.
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview: Rejected 1 family (tourist visa) before me as far I noticed
Me: Good morning Sir. How are you?
VO: Good morning. I am fine. So you can speak in English!!?
Me: Yes, I can.
VO: Ok. That’ll be easy for me.
Then before he asked, I passed my passport and I20. He looked at it and said,
VO: It is the new format of I20 and you are going to West Virginia University. What will be your purpose there?
Me: Attending MS in Civil Engineering.
At this time he started typing something.
VO: Who will be funding you? University?
Me: Yes sir.
VO: Your MS will be by course work or research?
Me: Research.
VO: What will be the research topic?
Me: Sedimentation and Scouring …. Basically part of Water Resources Engineering.
VO: Congratulation, I am approving your VISA. You can collect you passport after 5-6 days and you will be notified by email. Welcome to America. He put approval seal on a page and gave it to me with my I-20.
Me: Thank you sir.
Suggestion: VO has no intention to verify your answer so relax and answer what he asked. If you are full funded student, it will take just a moment to approve visa.
45. Naqib Hossain
Intendeduniversity: North Dakota State University, Fargo
InterviewDate: 8th of November, 2015
InterviewTime: 0930 Hours
ReachedEmbassy (Time): 0905
EnteredEmbassy (Time): 0915
Fingerprintscanning time: Cannot remember
CounterNo: Cannot remember
Physicaldescription of VO (For example, Male/Female, shaved head, beardface, middle aged smiley etc.): 30+ old, looks like white Indian, bold andkind of rigid guy.
Numberof aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview (For example, 2H1-Bs, 2 F1s etc.): I have no idea
Interviewstarted: Cannot remember
Durationof interview: 2-3 Minutes
VisaApproved date: Got visa after 1 working days
Interviewwith VO: (No facial expression)
Me:Good morning.
VO:Good morning, pass your documents.
Me:passed DS 160 confirmation page, I-20, SEVIS payment confirmation and fundingconfirmation paper.
Me: Itold him that though my I-20 shows that I have to pay $17,000. This amount isshowing because it is spring semester I am going. But actually I got fulltuition waiver as well as $500 monthly stipend (Because of TA position) whichwill cover almost 70% of my expenses.
VO:How old are you?
Me: hhmmaround 26…
VO:Around?
Me:Actually it’s 27 (I was wrong!! It is actually 26 and I had birthday just after4 days)
VO:(Looking at paper) have you done Masters here?
Me: Yes,I have done Masters in computer science.
VO: Okay,give your transcripts
Me:(I got afraid and) I told him that I did not bring transcripts with me!!
VO: (Lookedastonished) why didn’t you bring ur transcript?!!
Me: Ididn’t know that I have bring any transcripts!
VO:Everyone brings their transcripts! Did you bring your HSC transcripts?
Me:No, I did not bring any of them.
(Atthis point I thought I am done for this time, I may need to come again!)
VO: Whysoftware engineering?
Me: Ihave done MS in Computer Science which is like more general computer science.After working as a software engineer for almost 5 years I have decided to studymore specific subject; software engineering.
VO:why did you choose this school?
Me:Actually I have applied to 10 Universities and NDSU has offered much fundingmore over they have separate department for Software Engineering.
VO: Who’sgoing to pay for your rest expenses?
Me: Myfather-in-law will pay my rest expenses.
VO:oh! You are married
Me:Yes (with smile)
VO:Do you have kids?
Me:No, not yet (with smile)
VO:what does he do? And how much he ears?
Me:He does “XXXXXXX” and he earns “xxxxxx”/months.
VO: Whyyou are doing your Masters late (as I am 26/27)
Me:Actually I have applied for PhD but the school told me continue with MS firstthen the school with decide. (I lied, actually I have applied MS)
VO:Your visa is approved. Collect it on the assigned day. (And gave me a leafletmentioning how to collect passport.)
Me: Okay,thank you.
Theconfirmation email came on that day at night!!! But I took the passport 2 dayslater.
(Be confident at the interview. That’s the tricks!)
46. Name: Chandan Mostafiz
Intended University: University of Central Florida.
Interview Date: 22/11/2015
Scheduled Time- 9:00 AM
Interview Time – 9:20 AM
Duration of interview: 3-5 minutes
Counter No- 06
Description of VO- Age: Middle aged, big, meaty white guy.
Number of aspirants’ visa VO approved/rejected before your interview: Rejected 1 family (tourist visa) before me.
Me: Good morning Sir.
VO: Good morning. Pass me you passport and I-20.
Me: (Passed them).
VO: So you are going to university of Central Florida. Why did you choose this university?
Me: because of its updates curriculum. It is the 2nd best engineering school in the state of Florida. It ranks 9th among the engineering school in the southern states. Also, according to US News, the rank of civil engineering at UCF is 74 across the nation.
VO: Ok, so who is going to pay for your education? (My I-20 showed self funding at that time)
Me: (Looking right into the eyes of VO) I shall be receiving financial aid from the university. A professor has agreed to include me in his group. I shall be….
VO: ( Interrupts me and points repeatedly on the I-20) It should be mentioned in your I-20.
Me: … (silent)
VO: Where did you graduate from?
Me: I graduated from BUET.
VO: Oh BUET! Ok, can I see your banking statements?
Me: Yes, sure. (Reached my folder for them but for some reason couldn’t find them! Found them at last and passed them. Phew!)
VO: (Looks at them intently. Passes the documents back. Keeps my passport with others.(Woo hoo!) Takes out a white form. Circles the Saimon Center address and signs the form) Collect you passport from here. Your visa is approved.
Me: Thank you sir! Thank you so much!
Came out of the embassy ecstatic and excited.
Suggestion: Have faith in Allah. Be cool, calm and collected. Read the interview experiences posted here. Go to the battlefield prepared and victory is yours!
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