• Strange F1 Visa Question - Why did you choose to go for Spring instead of fall

    What do you say if visa officer ask you - why did you prefer spring semester over fall semester? Why didn't you apply for fall?. Here is a spring 2015 visa experience on the question.

    Why did you choose to go for Spring instead of fall

    VISA Approved in 1st attempt
    Counter no.: 20
    Time Slot: 07:30 AM
    Date: 14th October 2014
    Place: US Embassy, Chennai
    University: California State University , Fullerton
    Major: Mechanical Engineering
    (Previous Night)
    I was keep on practicing infront of mirror ..almost 100 times Then was arranging documents till night 2am and slept .Then i woke up at 4am and started practicing again..Then got ready and took the cab and reached the consulate at 6.15 am and i saw 5 persons standing in the queue. i thought whether its too early , Then stood in the queue and we were called inside the embassy.Did my security checkings and i was given a token ''B4'' and sat in the seat. After 5 mins i heard someone saying sorry i cant provide yu visa ..it was a family who applied for visitor visa..i was very tensed hearing it ..then it was my turn... Then the scene started....

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    Me: Very good morning Sir , How are you ?
    Vo : Good morning , fine , thank you , how are you ? ( With strange face )
    VO : Passport please .
    Me : Here sir ..(Gave my passport)
    Vo: Afzzal Why did you chose to go for Spring instead of fall ??
    Me : ( i was very much suprised with the ques ) ..Sir , i was doing my courses that time ..so....( VO interrupted )
    Vo: Even everyone are busy ..what special for you ?
    Me: I was doing courses apart from my academics..but related to my field sir ...
    Vo: What course ?
    Me: Designing courses sir ..
    Vo; ( Thinking and blinking )
    Me; (I confirmed that i will get denied surely )
    Vo; What's your GPA afzzal ?
    Me; 6.39 sir
    ( Vo was typing for about 15 secs ) i thought he is typing his 214b form
    Vo; Your visa has been approved
    Me;( what??????? ) Thanks a lot Sir , you made my day.

    -- Afzzal Afzi
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      GPa 6.39?
    1. MITguy's Avatar
      MITguy -
      Afzzal where u goin for masters or undergrad?
    1. MITguy's Avatar
      MITguy -
      Afzzal,I'm happy for you,congrats, where u goin for masters or undergrad?
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Great.. Congrats
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Im Very Happy for you. That was very short and dirrect
    1. AGBO FRANK's Avatar
      AGBO FRANK -
      happy 4 you dear wish it soon
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Afzzal, it is not a strange question. The U.S. Students predominantly start in the fall, so starting education in the Spring does look odd from the viewpoint of an average educated American sitting behind the embassy glass. Hope this helps.
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