My small little VISA experience
This is going to be really short.
I was quite busy with internship (almost halfway through it) so I applied through an agent . I simply followed his instructions.First he asked me the nature of my visit and the documentation I had to support it. Also he asked me for a photograph which has some standard requirements .
I had a hard time finding a photographer with adequate knowledge and experience in the small town I did my med school in . You may ask the Visa consultant how exactly they want the photograph to be and suggest your photographer to follow them.I had acceptance from a single but reputed university for 2 4-week electives And pending applications for the 3rd month as well. I had applied for CS but my application was rejected and sent back so I had applied again. I checked yes in my step2 CS application where they ask you if you need a visa letter
however I never received it!
The important document for me was the letter from the university stating
that I am required a B1/B2 visa and not a regular student visa.
I didnt know the different visa categories . I had only read a few experiences on umartariq.I simply handed over my documents to the consultant as and when he requuired them. I didnt have to go to HDFC or the consulate or anywhere for that matter.
The list of documents I carried :
-The acceptance letter for both the electives
-The letter that stated B1/B2 requirement.
-The pending applications' photocopy (I didnt know if this could have helped)
-Photocopy of my CS application
-My identification documents like rationcard, Drivers license, college ID , PAN card( again I dont know its value)
-Photocopies of my 10th , 12th marksheet as I had submitted all of the original ones to my med school at the time of my admission. I also carried the original receipt for these documents.
-Financial statement of me and my dad. This job was completely left to him. He took the help of a Chartered accountant for the same. Also I had a handwritten letter saying that my dad would sponsor my trip.
-Also I had 2 sets of photocopies of all the above documents.
-Letter from Dean that I have his permission for the US visit ,
a Bonafide certificate from the college.( I doubt its value)
I had labelled them all and arranged them neatly in a folder so as to find them quickly.
How I prepared the day before my iv:
I looked up on the internet for how the interview is conducted the day before(this is definitely something you dont want to do just a day before the actual interview..a week before the date is advisable)
That gave a general idea. I would strongly recommend this.I hadnt been abroad ever and had not applied for a visa previously. My passport looked clean and clear! Google up and try to find videos on youtube etc where they tell you how to go about it right from the moment you enter the consulate office..the fingerprinting etc. I decided not to carry any metallic objects at all. For those who are shy or nervous about interviews etc I would strongly advise you to practise answers to the most likely questions before the mirror so that you dont fumble for words. I tried to do this when I was driving to the iv! I got so nervous that I gave up the idea totally . I am usually good with communication skills and interviews so I thought I would manage it. But only on the iv day I found out I was playing it too cool.
I went visa-dress-shopping the previous day and bought a simple and decent shirt and trousers
(again I should have done this earlier)
On the day of my IV, my parents drove me to the consulate.The Mumbai office had just shifted to BKC.
And when I called them up, they said the Lounge facility wasnt there then. I reached about an hour before the iv time. My parents stood outside as there were no waiting room facilities there, I dont know about the parking!They guide you throughout and it was all exactly how I had seen on the internet. I was watching how people faced their ivs just to get an idea.When my number appeared on the window, I gathered my documents and stood in the queue.The girl just before me was going for a job and her visa application was rejected. I could see she was very upset with the whole thing. I took my attention off it . After she walked away , the VO did some typing and a minute later instructed me to come forward. I knew I had to be clear and just loud enough.
I smiled and wished her Good morning.
She said : good morning. How are you?
Me: I am good. How about you?
She was looking up at my application on her monitor I imagine.
Vo: I am fine . Can I have your passport please?
I slided it in towards her.
VO: So why are you going to the States?
Me: for clinical electives and for USMLE Step2CS
Vo: where are you doing your electives?
Me: "abc" university and I also have an application pending for "xyz" university
VO:why arent you going with a student visa?
Me: Because its the university's requirement.
VO: Do you have any any documentation to support it?
Me: Yes . Here you go.
This was the only document I was asked for!
VO: are you a doctor?
Me: No I am a student. I havent graduated yet.
She typed something in.
VO: Alright. Thanks. Your Visa is approved!!
Me: thank you so much!
From all that I gathered from people around: its easier to get an approval if you are still a student.
Also the reputation of the university counts! Be confident and smile.
As I mentioned earlier I havent faced many questions so I have litte to write here.
However I hope this helps.
Wish you all the best!
Thank you for sharing your experience...
You have appplied for visa without doing Step 1 and 2 CK..
Which visa u got 10 yr multiple entry ?
Sory I didnt mention clearly
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