November 16, 2011

Visa Interview with Eight freaking backlogs

F-1 Visa interview at Hyderabad

My VI experience 
HYD, 14th November, 8:30AM
Counter: 11 ( VO is the same young guy who gave an interview for THE HINDU EDUCATION PLUS)
VI lasted for nearly 2 min

ME: Very Good morning officer(with a smiling face)
VO: umm good morning
ME: i passed the documents ( passing over the documents i asked him "How r u doing" with a smiling face)

VO: umm im doing #$@#$ when did you complete your under graduation ?
ME: 2011 sir 

VO: what is your percentage ?
ME: First class degree with 64.09 percentage sir 

VO: any backlogs? 

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November 15, 2011

Top 10 USA university Rankings

Top US Universities,2012
U.S.News unveiled the USA top 10 univerisity rankings for the year 2012. This time Harvard University and Princeton universities made their mark with the 1st position.

Top 10 US universities rankings, 2012:

The above all are the top 10 US universities with their official website links. If you wish to find what are interesting with them, click on the university name and take a fine trip.

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November 13, 2011

On-Campus jobs in USA universities

Student jobs in US 
On-campus jobs in USA universities are divided into 2 categories.
1. Federal work study option.(Only for USA citizens)
2. Non-work study option.( For International students ie Non-USA citizens)

So, you international students understood that you are eligible only for the Non-work study job positions. There are mainly four kinds of Non-work study job options available for international students.

November 12, 2011

ETS has cancelled TOEFL scores.

ETS cancelled TOEFL scores
ETS has canceled the scores of many students who took their TOEFL iBT test in a non-prometric test in Andhra pradesh. If you have taken your TOEFL test in one of the non-prometric test centers in Andhra pradesh, immediately check out your TOEFL iBT online account to know your score status.
I am already in USA. Will the cancellation of TOEFL score affect my visa status?
May be not. But you need to check out with your school international student center. Follow their instructions, that may redirect you to retake the TOEFL test or taking some english prerequisite scores in your school.

Where to check, whether my TOEFL score has cancelled or not?
Go to your TOEFL iBT online account and check out if any new updates had come about your TOEFL scores.

My school has cancelled the admission and I am approaching my visa interview date.
In this case I suggest you to retake the TOEFL iBT test by the nearest date available. Go to the visa interview with the new TOEFL iBT test scores. But this time make sure you write the TOEFL at a prometric test center.

My visa has already stamped and I see my scores cancelled now..
If your visa already stamped and if the ETS has cancelled your test scores now, they may cancel your visa status too. If your visa status was not cancelled then you may required to take some pre-requisite english courses in your school or take the TOEFL test again in USA.   

University has cancelled my admission after visa has stamped.
This would be a little pathetic situation. Please dont hurt yourself or dont be panic if your school cancels your admission. The maximum possible loss would be 6 months of your academic life. You may not be having time to write the TOEFL exam again and attend the visa interview for the current semester. But you can retake the TOEFL iBT test from a prometric test center and submit your new TOEFL test scores to your school and ask them to revoke the processing of your admission application. In this case you dont need to pay the application fee again. The chances of getting the admission from your school would almost be maximum. Now attend the visa interview with the new TOEFL score. Here you need to fill out the DS-160 form, pay visa and sevis fee again.

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November 09, 2011

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November 08, 2011

Great News: Unlimited voice, text and data connection in USA @$19/mo

Hot deals on phone in US
Friends today there came a shock wave  all across the USA. A telecom revolution started in the name of Republic wireless in USA. An android phone connection with unlimited voice, text and data at just JUST $19 A MONTH. Unbelievable..!!! In addition it holds NO CONTRACT. The basic deal is like you can grab a LG Optimus android phone for $200 plus taxes. It includes the first month rental and activation charge.

Do you know this? Republic Wireless works on Wi-Fi:

November 06, 2011

At 40,000ft from Earth: pilot announced that a big technical problem arised in flight engine

US flight travel experience
This is the travel experience shared by  Phani kumar. He has travelled from Bangalore to Boston on F-1 student visa. We appreciate his contribution.

Boarded the flight for the 1st time:
Guys this is not to scare you but to make you understand that this could be the worst that can happen to anyone.The statistics says 98% of flight travel would always be pleasant. I'm sure you all will enjoy and remember your first flight journey for a long time!

I boarded the flight at Bangalore international airport. As it was my first flight journey ever, I was nervous. The flight service was Delta Airlines. My travel itinerary was like from Bangalore to Mumbai and from Mumbai to Boston. Two another students going to the same school had boarded at Mumbai Airport. 

Pilot announcement-1: "There is a minor problem with one of the engines..."
The flight made its take off and my pulse rate doubled. I was unconsciously focusing on every little sound around. The fear of flight teaching what the word FOCUS mean. It was around 10 hours after we took off and the flight was at 40,000 feet from earth. Here comes, a SUDDEN JERK**** ooopss and my heart fell to feet with fear. Then came an announcement from pilot to wear the seat belt and informed there was a minor problem with one of the engines. Bang..That scared like and hands started trembling. I started praying all favorite gods in line. I still remember the body started shivering and felt the extreme cold even under strong woolen comforter. 

Pilot announcement-2: " We dont have a runway to land the Airbus and the flight needs immediate landing":  
Ten minutes later one more big jerk******zzzzz. This time the second announcement from pilot," The previous small engine trouble turned big and we are trying to land the flight in xyz." (and I intensified my prayers..). The next announcement was like,"As the next airport runway doesn't have enough room for the air bus, we are making our talks with Dubai Airport authorities". This is when I lost all hope of touching the land safe. I recollected the faces of my parents and unable to stop the cry coming out. 

Pilot announcement-3: We touched the land in Dubai international airport...
Now came the last announcement from pilot, "We were alloted a runway in the Dubai international airport. We will be landing in next 15 minutes". This announcement, this is the one announcement brought a slight hope. I have been counting seconds and looking down all the time with a hope that I can see the land. Exactly after 21 minutes, flight touched the ground. Aahh...Thank god, then came a big sigh of relief. 

It took 2 complete days to reach USA from India:
Later the air services people were not able to arrange an immediate flight, so boarded us in a five star hotel. We waited in our rooms for approximately 11 hours and then made us board the alternative flight. But I realized Dubai climatic conditions are worse for a human to live. I felt an extreme humid in air with a very high temperature. The transit from Dubai to Boston took another 15 hours. Finally I touched the dream American land at Boston Logan International airport. The very first flight travel experience was like a nightmare.

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November 04, 2011

Visa Officer : How did you develop the interest in this field?

F-1 stdent visa interview
The following F-1 visa interview was shared by Raj Ghatge. I took the visa interview at Mumbai USA consulate. My visa interview went like this..
Raj: Hello, good morning.How are you doing?
Vo : Hello good morning. May I have your passport please?
Raj: (passed over the passport)Yes, there you are.

VO : How do you pronounce your name?
Raj: Its Ruturaj Ghatge.

VO : Ok Ruturaj, which university you are going to?
Raj: I got the acceptance from the XXXXX

VO : ok, why this university?
Raj: I am going to XXXX because the current research going on in this university is my area of interest.

VO : Why USA? Why not any other country?
Raj: USA is highly developed in terms of research and technology and it also has a good infrastructure for education so USA.

VO : Which course are  you going for?
Raj: I am going for Mechanical engineering.

VO : Why mechanical engineering?
Raj: Because I have done my Bachelors in Mechanical engineering.

VO : How did you develop the interest in this field?
Raj: My dad works in the same field. Watching him doing his work since childhood, thats how I got inspired and developed my interest in this field.

VO : What are plans after MS?
Raj: After finishing the Masters, I will come back to India and work for a good MNC in the industry.

VO : I am giving you visa and Your passport will be couriered in 3 days.
Raj: Thank you so much and Im glad to hear that. Thanks again.

RutuRaj Ghatge.

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November 03, 2011

USA visa consulates chart for India, China, Canada, Mexico and France

USA visa consulates in India, China
In this post you can find your nearest USA embassy or USA visa consulate offices in your country. This post is precised to few countries like India, China, Canada, Mexico and France. I see students having less knowledge about USA consulate offices near to them in their countries. I hope this would help few candidates. You are welcome to ask or make suggestions on the topics to be written in future.

USA visa consulates in India:
• India: New Delhi
• India: Hyderabad
• India: Kolkata
  India: Chennai
• India: Mumbai
• India: VPP Bangalore

November 02, 2011

Visa interview : VO asked to spell the website name

The following visa interview experience was from Raj kumar at Chennai US consulate, lets appreciate his contribution.
(As I see, two student visas (one for a guy and one for a girl) and one business person visa were approved before me)

Me: Good morning, how are doing?
VO: Which university?


VO: How many universities did you apply for?
Me: 6 universities and I got admits from 4.

VO: How did you make the list of universities?
Me: I browsed few internet websites like XXX and XXX. Should I spell the website names for you?
VO: Please...!

VO: Who is sponsoring your education?
ME: My parents

VO: What is your academics and do you have any backlogs?
Me: I got the distinction and no backlogs

VO: Can I see your transcripts?
Me: Ya sure( Passing over the documents to the VO)

VO: I see that you were passed out in 2010 and what were you doing in this one year gap?
Me: I was working in an MNC,(XXX).

VO: What kind of work you do there?
Me: I provide technical support for the semiconductor equipments.

(Later the VO continued to type something for 10 minutes)

VO: Alright, your visa is approved.
Me: Thank you and you have a nice day.

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November 01, 2011

I have a three year BSc bachelors and got USA visa for Masters Program

This is a unique visa experience shared by Pushkar,Thanks to Pushkar. 
This was my Visa Interview on 14th June 2011 as I remember it.
Me: Hello, Good morning.
Visa Officer: Good morning. Why do you want to go to the United States?
Me: I want to pursue master's degree in computer sciences.

VO: Which University?
Me: University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth

VO: Oh, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth that is nice. But how did you know    about this University?

Me: I have some friends who have just graduated from the same University in the last fall semester. So I got to know about this University, then I collected some information regarding the university, different programs offered, the structure of the courses and the current research that is been carried out there.

          VO: Oh thats great. Where else did you apply?
Me: List the name of Universities.....[cuts off]
          VO: How many Acceptance?

Me: 4
VO: Oh that is great. You have already done your master's then why did you applied for the master's again?

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