Interview for Visa Date: 15 May, 2018
Time slot: 9:30 am
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 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 documentation. 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.
So my experience went like this.
Counter no 7
vo was a black American middle-aged guy with a french beard.
Me: good morning sir
Vo: pass me ur documents please
Me: sure (passed)
Vo: so tell me why’re u going to US?
Me: I m going to study masters in industrial engineering at university of houston
Vo: why this university
Me: because their curriculum is offering subjects related to additive manufacturing and that’s what I wanna do. Apart from this there are two professors by the name ….. he cut my answer here
Vo: who is sponsoring ur trip?
Me: my dad is paying for my education
Vo: what does he do?
Me : he is a doctor, a general physician. Although he has retired from his govt job this january but he gets his pension and our major source of income is his clinic that he has been doing since 15 years now. Apart from that we have agricultural lands as well.
He typed on for a few mins without asking me anything else and then he asked me so you are the oldest son i said yes I am the eldest and he asked twice how many family members are there in ur family and i said we are 5.
After which he took my passport and i20 and took it to a box in which he placed it. And came back with a white slip. And he said i m sorry we have to do a lil check here. I said okay thank you and he said have a good day