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F1 student Visa interview experience October 2019

Visa type: F-1
Status: Approved
Intended University: Wayne State University
City, State and Country: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Intended Term: Winter 2020 (traditional spring for other universities)
Program: Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering (Major: Environmental Engineering)
Funding: Full tuition waiver+ Graduate Research Assistantship+ 100% Health Insurance with around $27,000 surplus in the I-20.
Date of interview: 16 October, 2019
Scheduled time: 7:30 am
Reached embassy: 6:45 am
Entered embassy: 7:30 am
Interview started at: around 8:20 am
Counter number: 07
VO description: Middle-aged half-bald tall American guy.
Interview duration: Around 1 to 2 minutes.
Conversation:
Me: Good Morning Sir.
VO: Good Morning (smiles). Pass me your passport and I-20.
Me: Here they are.
VO: So you’re from BUET too?
Me: No Sir, I am from KUET.
VO: So, you’re a faculty of KUET too?
Me: No Sir, I am not doing any job right now.
VO: So, Wayne State. You are fully funded huh!
Me: Yes Sir (with a big smile).
VO: Congratulations.
Me: Thank you, Sir.
VO: So why this university?
Me: I am choosing Wayne state cause it’s one of the top public research universities in Michigan and the departmental ranking of my intended department is 113th in the whole US. The on-going research projects of my supervisor attracted me the most and of course, he is providing a good amount of funding which is a crucial factor for the decisions of my higher study.
VO: So, what will you do after completing your study?
Me: (Told about becoming a faculty here) After that, he was writing something on his PC. My heart was pounding and then the moment came!
VO: Congratulations! Your visa is approved. Told some other stuffs about collecting my passport, couldn’t concentrate due to excitement.
Me: Thank you, Sir. You made my day.
VO: Welcome to the US (big smile).
My profile:
Undergrad CGPA: 3.53 (WES: 3.64) (Civil Engg., KUET)
Last 60 Credit Average GPA: 3.65
GRE: 306 (V-151, Q-155, AWA-4)
IELTS: 7.5 (L-7.5, R-8.5, W-6.5, S-6.5)
Publications: 3 Intl. conference papers (published); 3 Peer-reviewed journal papers (accepted)
Job Experience: Worked in a Private university as a lecturer for 7 days. Didn’t mention it anywhere.
Strong SOP, Good LOR & Resume.
Tips: Always be confident from top to bottom of this process. Even if you have a low score in one section, it’ll not affect your whole chance of getting admission and funding as long as you have strong fillers to fill in. Always keep a mind-setup to get to the top of the next/every stage. Don’t narrow down your research interests if you haven’t completed your masters, be flexible about similar research topics. This is a long process and you have to have patience with a bit of good luck. Again, to me, all you have to get is information. I have been receiving tons of information from this group from the very beginning of my university days. I want to thank all of the helping minds of this group and want to help back in my upcoming days.

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