Interview for Visa 15 May, 2018
Location: Islamabad Embassy
Time: 9 am.
I went to the last counter for English interviews. The VO was a middle-aged man probably in late thirties. I mostly observed White slips from the people who were leaving counters. A Pakistani guy who was guiding advised not to look towards the window and not to listen others interviews. They might observe and it would create a bad impression. I was slightly nervous before the interview and praying for visa approval.
VO: Good Morning! How are you?
Me: I am good.
VO: pass me your documents
VO: So why are you going to the US?
Me: To study MS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
VO: What is the name of the school?
Me: University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
VO: What is the program name
Me: MS in Mechanical Engineering
VO: What does your father do.
Me: (I told him) But I have got the assistantship to cover my expenses.
VO: Where did you graduate from?
Me: National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad. The program was Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering.
VO: How did you get the assistantship.
Me: I contacted the professor, she took an interview. Then based on my profile and credentials she gave me funding.
VO: So you will be doing teaching and research stuff.
Me: Yes, It is a combination of TA and RA.
(Then he went back. Talked to one of his colleagues on the other counter.)
VO: (He passed me a blue slip). Your application is approved. We are keeping your passport. You will get in few days.
Me: (with a smile) Thank you, sir.
It was a bit noisy there, or the VO was talking in the low tone. I had to ask him few times to repeat the question. So try to be attentive and vigilant. During the interview, VO was looking at the screen and typing something. He didn’t ask for a single document. Just try to be confident and be yourself. I forgot all the answers that I prepared. You have improvised depending on the situation. Even I slipped a few places. But the end result was good.
I arrived at the embassy by 7:45 and within 5-10 mins was in the shuttle on my way to the embassy. Then the wait began, some people were saying the system is down. Finally, around 10:20 my turn came. VO was a fairly young white male with a light beard. As Qasim mentioned, while waiting in line we were asked not to look towards the interview windows. They were very particular about this and one guy was even scolded in front of me for looking again and again. Saw some white slips and yellow slips, don’t think I saw any blue slip while waiting. Which was actually quite discouraging, but I tried to stay positive and confident before the interview.
VO: How are you doing?
Me: I am fine thank you, how are you?
(Passed the documents: DS-160, Passport, Sevis payment receipt)
VO: Why are you going to the US?
Me: To pursue my Masters in Business Analytics at Duke University
VO: Who is supporting your education?
Me: My father
VO: What does he do?
VO: Have you been to the US before?
Me: No, I have not
VO: So you’re graduating from NUST?
Me: Yes, in June
VO: And your Masters begins in September?
Me: No, it starts in July
VO: Oh right, quite close
VO: What does your father do again?
VO: Your Masters is in…?
Me: Business Analytics
Kept typing for about a minute or so
VO: Congratulations! Your visa has been approved. You can collect it in a week
Me: Thank you Sir! Have a nice day
VO: You too
VO did not ask for any additional document. As previously mentioned by Qasim, confidence and body language is key. Do not prepare answers and present them as if they are memorized. Just be yourself and answer to the point. I was calm and even smiling at some points, VO seemed to be jolly too.