• Student Denied Entry into USA on F1 Visa

    This story of a student who got Denied Entry into U.S.A at the Port of entry. I have seen couple of students who got Entry denied due to talking about some other university which is not listed in their Passport/visa.

    Story of Denied entry of Student into USA

    When Immigration officer at port of entry ask 'Which university you are heading to' ? - You have to say the university listed on Visa. Otherwise Officer may understand that you are not planning to join the university listed on visa he can reject your visa for a valid reason from his end.

    Here is the story of a student who is denied entry to USA on F1 Visa.

    Port of Entry Questions for students travelling on F1 Visa >>

    Things didnít work well for me. I traveled to U.S.A on 11th August as planned. I reached Chicago Airport which was my port of entry for Immigration and Customs.

    CBP officer : Where are you going?
    I : Findlay University.

    But my visa was issued for Oklahoma City University.

    So they cancelled my visa for Oklahoma City University, took my Findlay university I-20 and immediately sent me back to India.

    I called the Findlay University before leaving to USA. I spoke to some one in admission office. It could be ***[Name]. I am not sure but I spoke to a lady about my admission status. I told her that my F1 visa was issued for Oklahoma City University and I asked her how to transfer to Findlay University,She said that, I need to come to Findlay University directly and then apply for University transfer online. I said the same to CBP Officer at Port of Entry in Chicago. He then cancelled my F1 visa.

    Because of one person gave me the wrong information, ,y dream of studying in USA came down crashing.
    I donít know what to do now.I have spent 2 lakhs for all this things and everything is wasted. My career is spoiled here. Iím from Hyderabad, India.

    CBP officer called the Findlay University in front me and came to know that there is no one by name Deborah Vantta or Megan Ehora. They have played with my life.

    This is what was stamped on my visa in my passport, what do they mean by 22 cfr41.122(h)(3)*(4) of the INA.

    Assume a scenario that You got Visa for University X, but you want to join University Y for which you have I-20. You have to Enter into USA with the Visa of University X. Since Immigration officer's records only have University X information on your file, you have to talk about university X only.

    Tip: If you are planning to transfer to a different university, first go to the university that is listed on Visa and then transfer the university.
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      If you change your sevis fees to the university Y from X when you are in India you will not have any problem...
      That's how I did...
      My visa says university X, but I'm studying in Y..
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Well. Until your SEVIS was transfered, you were student of Oklahoma Uni. You should not have made that mistake !!!!!
      Anyway good luck !
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Always use email as evidence
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      It is actually your fault,if you got visa for Oklahoma City University,you have to enter USA with the same university..As port of entry is a security issue they check your sevis id and your admission in the university...And sevis is all for an F1 visa,sevis Id is one id per student which transfers from university to university if you want to transfer to other universities,firstly you should step into USA with f1 visa you got for example Oklahoma City University in your case.Secondly,After your entry you have to communicate with both of your universities regrading transfer and set things up(this is an easy step).If universities approves your request, sevis will be transfered to other university where you want to study (in your case Findlay university).But without sevis transfer university may not accept you as their student..Keep in mind admission is different from sevis..things before entry and after entry will be different..And also remember, try mostly to enter into state in USA where your university is located to avoid questions from immigration....All the best for next time...
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      So your advice is to lie?
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Can I get into the US from a different Port of Entry apart from the one situated in my University?
      For instance, my school is in Boston and my Port of Entry would be New York,is that okay?
    1. gbenga's Avatar
      gbenga -
      What school would you suggest for me with a GRE of 290, TOEFL of 103, I want to study Peace and Conflict Studies or African American Studies. Thanks
    1. gbenga's Avatar
      gbenga -
      Is it okay to come in through JFk while my school is in Boston? JFK has always been my port of entry anytime I am coming to the US.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
      If you change your sevis fees to the university Y from X when you are in India you will not have any problem...
      That's how I did...
      My visa says university X, but I'm studying in Y..
      Are you sure about this? I have the same situation and my university says that I have to transfer fee so I will have no issue in POE. is that correct?
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      I am hepatitis B +ve . Can i get visa for USA?
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