My U.S. Visa Interview Experience
by Abbie Bajaj
I had an interview on September 4, 2009 at 9:00 am, in Mumbai. I arrived at the VFS office by 8:30 and waited in the lounge.
My number was called and I went back to the line near my announced window. There were three students in front of me, I was the last in line, and I saw all the students before me getting their visas and coming out of the interview happily.
Finally, it was my turn to be interviewed.
VO:How are you Today ??
Me:I am good, Thank you
VO:How can I help you today?
Me: I am here to obtain my VISA so that I can pursue my masters in Business Administration in Health Care from Northwest Christian University.
I belong to a small village where the amenities of the hospitals are not good. My Father is a doctor and runs a hospital on a small scale, and I want to complete my masters in Health Care so I can work with my father to develop a large hospital. By doing so, I would be able to provide good amenities for the people.
VO: Why did you Pick this school?
Me: I am a pharmacist and I have enough technical knowledge but I want to learn managerial skills.
I have seen the Course Curriculum of the Northwest Christian University which is very relevant to the area where I want to grow and gain knowledge.
And also Dr. Steve Anderson, who is a professor there, has many years of experience in health care and has worked for a non-profit organization in health care. I want to study under his guidance.
VO: Why do you want to study in the US
Me: I would like to go and get a US masters degree, because I have found that the applicants who do have the US degree and experience are much more likely to get the higher position in a company with an astronomical salary.
Health care is the new booming sector in India and if I have the US degree with some experience it will lead to better life in India.
VO: How will you fund your studies?
Me:My parents and my brother are the major and complete sponsors for me, and are willing to pay for my complete 2 years of education.
VO:What is your father's annual income?
Me: He earns 6 lac per year.
VO:How many siblings do you have?
Me: I have one elder brother, he is a software engineer and he is working in IBM, in Qatar and is earning 24 lac annually.
There was a silence for few seconds while he was typing some of the the information on his computer. Then after a while he returned my i20 and said:
VO: Okay this is your i20 and you will need it while traveling..
Me (slightly confused):I am sorry?
VO (looking shocked): Congratulations you got your VISA
Me (surprised, and excited): Oh! thank you, sir.
I left the office very pleased and happy. I couldn't wait to tell my parents the good news.
Conclusion: Confidence is something which can help you to get your VISA, I was confident and that is the reason he didn't ask me about my GRE/GMATE score and documents.
-Keep eye contact.
-Read the material seriously which HTIR provides you.
Finally, I want to thank Nancy for her guidance and support.
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