September 29, 2012

Cultural Norms of the United States of America


Hello folks. Today I would like to write on an interesting topic. If you are already in U.S or planning to come to U.S, it is very important to know the cultural norms of the United States, so that you won't get into any serious troubles. In fact it helps you understand Americans more quickly and assists in your career growth.

Gender Equity : All people in the United States are to be treated as equals. In other cultures women may fall into what is viewed as "traditional" or may be treated as second-class citizens.

Dating : It is a common place for people in the United States to g through a series of romantic attachments before settling into a marriage. Dating is generally seen as a way to test which type of person you will want to spend the rest of your life with, without committing to do so. In the United States, to assist this process there are companies who provide dating or "matchmaking" services to people seeking partnership. Although these services provide people with partners, arranged marriages are not common in U.S Culture.

Dating in non-western world may be seen as inappropriate because a person should only have on intimate or romantic attachment for their lives.

Body Language : People in the United States on the whole tend to speak with their bodies, such as using their hands when they speak and do not view it as distracting.

In other cultures people tend to do less speaking with their bodies and do not make such dramatic movements.

Physical Contact : Depending on the situation light physical contact such as pats on the back, head or shoulders can be seen as harmless. Touching in inappropriate places or touching a person against their will, even if you think its innocent, is wrong. Physical contact between men is generally reserved for greetings, which may be simply a handshake, or a pound hug. It is not typical for men & men or men & women to kiss on the cheek when greeting.

In other cultures, physical contact may be reserved only for members of the same sex or between spouses in private. Physical contact may be reserved solely for greetings or goodbyes.

Public Displays of Affection : In the United States it is commonplace to see people who are romantically involved hug, hug, hold hands, or have their arms around each other.

Public Displays of Affection in other countries may be considered shameful to do in public or is meant to be private.

Manner of Dress : In the United States people may be more casual(informal) with how they dress, especially in school settings,. Americans have a tendency to be more revealing with their attire but this is not a reflection on their attitudes.

In other cultures a certain dress code may be required in school and may be more conservative (less revealing) in their personal lives.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Culture : In the United States LGBT Culture is widely accepted, in fact some states in the US have passed laws allowing same-sex marriage and civil unions.

In other cultures GLBT Culture may be illegal, taboo, "frowned upon" or simply never spoken of. Then again it may be accepted on the whole.

Hope that helps. See you next time with another interesting post.

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September 24, 2012

Register for Stanford Univeristy Free Online Computer Networking Course



Free Online Course Title: An Introduction to Computer Networks

Start Date: October 8, 2012

About the Course

This is an introductory course on computer networking, specifically the Internet. It focuses on explaining how the Internet works, ranging from how bits are modulated on wires and in wireless to application-level protocols like BitTorrent and HTTP. It also explains the principles of how to design networks and network protocols. Students gain experience reading and understanding RFCs (Internet protocol specifications) as statements of what a system should do. The course grounds many of the concepts in current practice and recent developments, such as net neutrality and DNS security.
You will be awarded a signed certificate from Stanford University after successful completion of the course. Though this online course gets you zero credits, the certificate will help you finding your future endeavors. Watch the following video from course instructors.



So why late. Register for the course here: Signup

Biographies

Nick McKeown has been a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University since 1995. He grew up in the UK and received his BEng from Leeds University in 1986. He moved to the US in 1989 to do an MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of California at Berkeley. His research group works on new Internet architectures, software-defined networks and how to make routers faster. He co-founded several companies based on technology started at Stanford. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and recently received the ACM Sigcomm "Lifetime Achievement" Award.




Philip Levis is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He received his Sc.B. from Brown University in 1999, his M.S. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2001, and his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 2005. In 2008 he received an NSF CAREER award and a Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellowship. He researches the design and implementation of networked systems, including operating systems and protocols for embedded wireless devices, wireless mesh protocols, network infrastructure for virtual worlds, and energy efficient computing. The results of his research, including the TinyOS operating system, nesC language, Trickle algorithm, and the collection tree protocol (CTP), have been adopted by tens of thousands of users and researchers worldwide. He is a co-founder and the President of Kumu Networks. He really likes excellent engineering and has a self-destructive aversion to low-hanging fruit.

Prerequisites

Students need an introductory course in probability, a strong understanding of bits and bytes, and knowledge of how computers lay out data in memory.
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University of Maryland, College Park to Offer Free Online Courses



Four of University of Maryland, College Park’s most popular courses will be available online this spring 2013 for free.

The university is the most recent to offer classes at no charge through Coursera, an online platform that aims to expand access to education by giving users free to access courses from well-known universities, including Stanford, Columbia, Princeton and Johns Hopkins.

Students who take the courses online can not earn credit from the university, but can receive a certificate from Coursera.

The University of Maryland courses that will be available through Coursera are:
  • Developing Innovative Ideas for Real Companies
  • Women and the Civil Rights Movement
  • Exploring Quantum Physics
  • Software Defined Networking
Coursera announced its first university partners in April and now works with 33 schools.
Courtesy: Business Journal

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September 22, 2012

Documents Required to Apply for SSN (Social Security Number)


In my previous post, I explained the eligibility criteria to apply for Social Security Number. You can find the post here: Eligibility Criteria to get your SSN (Social Security Number)

In this post I would like to tell about the necessary documents required to apply for Social Security Number. To start you must fill out an application, FORM SS-5.

You can get the form online at: Social Security Form SS-5 or at the Social Security Office. You must bring this form, in person, to any Social Security Office.

Bring with you all of the following documents to Social Security Office:

  • Passport
  • F-1 or J-1 Visa
  • SEVIS I-20 or DS 2019
  • Signed Employment Offer (F-1) or Letter (J-1) from University position
  • Valid I-94
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Eligibility Criteria to get your SSN (Social Security Number)


If you are in U.S, you may know the importance of SSN(Social Security Number) and if you are planning to come to U.S you should know the importance of SSN. Whether it might be getting a house on lease, getting a credit card, taking the U.S driving license test or want to get a bank loan? Almost every where you will be asked for your SSN. But in order to get your SSN you should know the eligibility criteria.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a valid F-1 or J-1 Visa status student.( Wait for 10-15 days after entering the U.S to ensure your entry information has been processed at the port of entry )
  • F-1 Students must bring to Social Security Office, a special "Offer of employment form" signed by supervisor and an authorized university International Student Center personal.
  • J-1 students must have an authorization letter from the university International Student Center in addition to other documents.
  • F-1 and J-1 students must be registered for a full credit course load and the university Internatinal student center must have reported your registration to SEVIS before you go to the Social Security Office.
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August 06, 2012

Zoe Lofgren Supports Student Visa Reform Act


As two U.S universities knocked down by the U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement in an year's time, brought the loop holes of prestigious U.S Student Visa program into limelight. Hence, a Student Visa Reform Act was proposed by Zoe Lofgren. She spoke in support of this Reform Act in the house. Watch the following video to understand the Reform Act Proposal.



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July 20, 2012

7 Steps to Apply for an Indian Passport


Hope everyone aware that one can apply for an Indian Passport Online now. I personally saw how difficult it would be to get an Indian Passport. However, it's good to know the Ministry of External Affairs finally introduced passport online application system. I would like to show the 7 steps of applying for an Indian Passport online.

1. Log on to the website "www.passportindia.gov.in"
2. Create your User ID, Password and make sure to keep the credentials safe.
3. Fill and Submit the application form online (You can also scan and upload relevant supporting documents) or Download the e-form, fill and upload the same at the website "www.passportindia.gov.in".
4. Note the Application Reference Number (ARN), schedule an appointment and take print out of Appointment Slip.
5. Visit the designated Passport Seva Kendra (PSK).
6. Applicant's presence is mandatory along with all original documents and photocopies as required. Your photograph will be captured at the PSK.
7. You could be able to track the status of your application or get any assistance by calling the call centre at 1800-258-1800 or by logging on to www.passportindia.gov.in

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Scam Alerts: Beware of the Immigration Scams


The American Immigration Lawyers Association ("AILA") has received reports of a new scam potentially victimizing aliens. According to one report, the individual will receive a call purporting to be from a USCIS officer, who will have certain correct information on the individual, including the individual's name and address. The caller will state that there is some discrepancy in USCIS records, and ask for confirmation of data, such as an I-94 number, an "A" number, or a visa control number. The caller will then tell the individual that there is a penalty for not clearing up the discrepancy, and that the individual is to send a sum of money via Western Union, to an address the caller provides. Be on alert if you or any one you know receives such calls, and if they do, report them to appropriate law enforcement authorities, which may include the FBI, and to the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, whose Consumer Sentinel database is accessed by criminal and civil law enforcement authorities worldwide.

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July 18, 2012

US Eases Visa Norms on Visiting and Business Visas

The US has eased visa application norms for Indians wishing to travel to the country for business and leisure.

Children under seven years of age are not required to appear for a non-immigrant visa interview after completed visa form is submitted. An applicant would not have to pay visa fees again if he reapplies after his application had been earlier kept on hold or shown pending for various reasons under section 221g of US visa rules.

In Mumbai, the US consulate has opened over 40 windows. This has reduced the waiting time for a visa interview with a consular officer to one hour as compared to three hours earlier.

The consulate has further upgraded its emergency appointment module for applicants seeking visas in case of unforeseen travel. Such applicants would get an automated email text reply notifying the status of their request made for emergency appointment.

The consulate shared this information at an interactive session held with travel agents, some of who are also members of Visit-USA committee at the consulate office in Bandra Kurla Complex. The session was held to explain relaxed visa norms to travel agents and who in turn can facilitate legitimate travel for their clients.

Though they welcomed the US initiative, many travel agents still had concerns to many visa norms. They pointed out instances of the consulate denying visas to parents if their only son or daughter were residing in US. At times, students were denied visa for further studies though they had earlier visited the country as tourists. Some said there was resentment among travelers due to the interview sessions which tend to be a bit personal.

US consular officials tried to allay fears, saying such instances are stray cases. " We process almost 1,500 applicants a day. So, it depends on how the applicants are able to convince the visa officer the genuineness of his proposed visit. There have been instances where applicants have fudge data," said a consular officer.


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July 15, 2012

New Score Select Option let you report Your Best GRE Score.

The new ScoreSelectSM option will be available, starting in July 2012, for both the GRE General Test and GRE Subject Tests, and can be used by anyone with reportable scores from the last five years.

The new ScoreSelect option lets you decide which GRE scores from your reportable history to send to the institutions you designate. Now you can send the scores that you feel reflect your personal best.

Whether you plan to take the GRE revised General Test or a GRE Subject Test again — or simply wish to send Additional Score Reports to other institutions, you can take advantage of the ScoreSelect option.
Here's how New Score Select Option works:
On test day, when viewing your scores at the test center*, you can select the:
  • ScoreSelect Most Recent option — Send your scores from your current test administration (FREE).
  • ScoreSelect All option — Send your scores from all test administrations in the last five years (FREE).
You can decide which option to use for each of your four free score reports.
After test day, you can send Additional Score Reports for a fee by selecting from the following:
  • ScoreSelect Most Recent option — Send your scores from your most recent test administration.
  • ScoreSelect All option — Send your scores from all test administrations in the last five years.
  • ScoreSelect Any option — Send your scores from one OR many test administrations in the last five years.
Scores for a test administration must be reported in their entirety. Regardless of whether you choose the Most Recent, All or Any option, you will select specific test administration dates so your scores are all from the same testing session. Institutions will receive score reports that show only the scores that you selected to send to them. There will be no special indication if you have taken additional GRE tests.
And, starting July 1, 2012, the policy for retaking a test will also be updated. You will be able to take the GRE revised General Test (computer-based and paper-based) once every 30 days, and up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period. If you are taking only the paper-based GRE revised General Test or a GRE Subject Test, you may take them as often as they are offered.
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June 28, 2012

Timeline to Apply U.S Universities for Fall Semester


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May 21, 2012

Visa Interview Experience for SUNY Buffalo

University   : SUNY Buffalo
Status         : Approved
Consulate   : Mumbai
Date             : 16th May
Time            : 07:45 Am

Reached at around 6:50. There was a long line.

Went inside at around 7:30 and done with the checks and biometrics. My token came at around 8:40. There were atleast 7-8 rejects before my turn is out. But kept my confidence.

Visa officer is a lady.

VO: Good Morning
Me: Good Morning
VO: Give me your Documents (Passed over the documents)
VO: Which University?
ME: SUNY Buffalo  
VO: Which Course?
ME: Industrial Engineering
VO: MS or BS?
ME: MS
VO: Why this university?
Me: They is a great research going on in the field of applications of operations research, like scheduling, routing of materials and inventory managemt.
VO: What is your GRE score?
ME: 1290 (800,490)
VO: what's your plan after completing MS?
ME: I will come back to India as there are many MNC's are coming to India and they require people like us and also..(interrupted)
VO: Who is sponsoring you?
Me: My parents and I was approved an education loan
VO: What does your father do?
Me: Explained
VO: What's his income?
Me: Explained
Looked at the I-20 carefully. I thought she was calculating the total cost. After about 30 seconds, the golden words came out, your visa is approved.

Just one advise to everyone. Read and understand everything about your university and department. It will help build your confidence and just be yourself. Things will be good.

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May 20, 2012

Mandatory Documents Required to Apply for an Education Loan

If you visit a bank to ask questions on an Education loan, the bank managers will explain that these are the essentials required to process a loan for education in U.S.

S.NO Documents Required
1 I-20
2 Two Color Photographs
3 Copy of Sale DD of Mortgaging Property
4 Property Link Document (For 30 Years)
5 Property Tax Receipts
6 Property Approval Plan from Muncipality
7 Property Layout
8 Residential Proof (Could be any utility bills)
9 Copies of All Your Academic Certificates

I know getting an education loan in India is complicated. I understood we need to work more to get a bank loan than scoring a good GRE score. It took almost two and half months to get my U.S education loan approval. You will get to experience how Indian government offices work (especially Revenue offices), how bribe plays a vital role etc. There comes a smile on my face, when I remember that the customers to my loan sanctioned bank thought that I was an employee at bank, as I almost spent most of the time for two and half months at bank.

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Avarage GRE and TOEFL Scores: UTA (University Of Texas, Arlington)


The following are the average GRE, TOEFL, undergraduate scores requirement of University Of Texas , Arlington for various departments:


GRE     TOEFL       UG(% OR GPA)          Admitted Dept.
 314           108                      3.38/4.0                              CIS
 306          100                        74%                                     CIS
1150            90                        65%                                     CIS
1120          106                        65%                                     CIS
1300         104                        66%                                      EE
1280         108                        60%                                      EE
1060          90                        65%                                       EE
                                (2 Yrs Relavant Work-Ex)
 303         100                        58.7%                               MECH
 307         107                         76%                                  MECH
 306         100                     8.0/10.0                          Industrial
1150         104                      7.2/10.0                          Industrial

Official Website: www.uta.edu

DISCLAIMER: The following scores are the information from admitted students to Fall 2012. The admission criteria is solely depends on university and may vary from the scores been stated. The following information is to serve the students with the first hand information, so I strongly recommend Students to visit university websites.

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5 Replies you never want to hear from applied schools

Look at a simple story. You will infer and understand from a student miserable experience, what universities really look while giving admission to students.
 Here is the END of all my admission rejections with the end of dream of going to USA .
Oregon State University > Direct rejection even after sending full documents to make the decision.
NCSU                             > Due to some fault they didn't receive one of my recommendation letters though my professor sent twice. When I asked for a reason, the answer was like "Sorry we had filled our seats".
Suny, Buffalo                  > "You are not so competitive"( May be insufficient extra-curricular activities
Syracuse                        > Though they received my TOEFL score, due to some sort of confusion they didn't mention in application. When I called them, they apologized for confusion and asked one week for decision. After one week they rejected my application.
UIC                                > One of the credentials missing was my original degree which I didn't get at the time of sending application. I sent the packet on 12th may but they mentioned the deadline was 8th may. Reply is again, "Sorry for the denial". That was my experience with USA.
 If you don't want to hear these kind of replies from your favorite schools, you better apply them early, better tailor your resume and statement of purpose(SOP), better keep your regular follow up with schools. Is this ever happened to you? Share it with us.
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May 11, 2012

Visa Officer: I See You already have a US Visa

Consulate: Mumbai
Date: 4-May-2012
Time: 7.45 a.m
University: Oklahoma state university, Stillwater
Program:MS EE
Status: Approved!

I reached the embassy at 6.25am, There were more than 100 people ahead of me. We were taken in given tokens then security check and then finger print scans. Then I was waiting for them to start calling out the numbers they started and rejected 9 visa straight at counter number 35, I was like SHIT!!!!! Then came my number N-266. Counter No. 26!!

VO - Why are you going to US?
Me - For my masters in Electrical and Electronics Engineering

VO - Where are you going?
Me - Oklahoma State University at Stillwater.

VO - Why Masters?
Me - To improve my skills and knowledge, which will eventually help me in my career in the future.

VO - Who is sponsoring you?
Me - My father!!

VO - What is his annual income?Me - xxxxxVO - Where does he work?
Me - Told his position and the name of the company.
VO - What does the company do?
Me - Told them the porfile of the company and the products

VO - Whats your GRE score?
Me - 1020.

VO - Do you think you will be able to succeed in master with such low GRE score.
Me - My academics are excellent though I have a low GRE score. I have also done many projects relavent to my field.

VO - I see you have a US visa?
Me - Yeah! I have a B1/B2.

VO - Have you traveled?
Me - No...

VO - Then why the visa?
Me - I had got the visa to take my grandparents to my Aunt's Place but they fell Ill just before we decided to travel so there was no reason for my visit, so I haven't traveled.

VO - OK

She was typing something for sometime and then gave me my I20 back, I felt it was rejected and then came the decision....
It is "approved"I controlled my smile and said thank you and left the place and smiled all the way till I was out.

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May 06, 2012

100 Most likely asked Visa Interview Questions

Thanks to Varun Shah for writing this post.

1. Why this university?
Ans. Explain the strong points of the univeristy

2. Why do you plan to do MS? Why MS in CS ?
Ans. Having worked for 2 years in an IT company I learnt a lot about software development and I have a good know-how of Computer Science and Software Engineering, but a bit more technical knowledge and research in the field will serve greatly when I come back here and join the company of my choice. Higher qualifications give a better place, a better standard in today's competitive world. I have seen that there is a dearth of persons with greater technical know-how in this field, and whosoever has it will be benefited highly. So I wish to complete my MS and strengthen my knowledge and grasp the opportunity.

3. Why do you wish to study in the US ?
Ans. U.S grad Schools are a way ahead in research in fields like Computer science and Software Engineering when compared to other countries of the world. They emphasize practical knowledge just book learning. A degree from US is globally recognized as the academic standards reputed. USA is the mecca of education.

4. Why Don't you study in India ? (This is the same question as the second but you can answer it in a different way. If 3rd question is asked, stress the strong points of US schools. In both the cases you have to show the positive points of US Universities over Indian universities)
Ans. Masters Education in India lays more emphasis on the theory than practical knowledge, Hence a Masters degree from India does not really help in fulfilling the career goals of a person like me. Indian Universities do not have enough facilities to support students in their research, whereas US Universities have sound infrastructure to support students to gain both the theoretical as well as practical knowledge. Moreover, the courses in India are not flexible as in US.

5. Why MS CS with Software Engineering as specialization ?
Ans. The number of end-user programmers in the world will soon going to be 20 times as many as the number of professional programmers.

6. Where did you get your undergraduate degree? Ans. I did my Bachelors of Engineering in ****** which is affiliated to #### University.

7. How many admits/ rejects?
Ans. [Explain]

8. What is your first choice ?
Ans. Mention your university name.

9. What is your GRE/TOEFL score ?
Ans. [Explain]

10. What are your grades like ?
Ans. Sir, We have a percentage system, and I scored ___ %. [or CGPA]

11. Do you have any backlogs ? [if any]
Ans. Yes Sir, I had # backlogs during ^^^^^ semesters. It was very unfortunate that I was unwell. [Not recommended to say you were involved in sports, hence couldn't concentrate on exams. I Saw 2 students in edulix got reject because of this answer]

12. What was your bachelor's department?
Ans. I completed Bachelors of Engineering in ^^^^^ department.

13. Why did you switch fields from Electrical and Electronics to Computer Science ? Why are you changing your stream?
Ans. During my college days, apart from coursework, I learnt computer languages out of my interest. In this process I completed courses in C, C++, JAVA, J2EE. I became a Sun certified Java Programmer during my 3rd year. The additional interest that I had for Computer Science also made me take up a job as a Software Engineer. I became well trained and gained valuable industry experience during my job. But, I always had it in my mind, that once I strengthen myself in my field, I will go on to enhance my skills in the field of Computers and Software Engineering. Hence I chose to pursue masters in Computer Science.

14. What is the purpose of your trip?
Ans. To pursue my Masters in Computer Science at ^^^^^^ University.

15. Which university are you planning to go?
Ans. ^^^^^ University

16. Who is planning to sponsor you?
Ans. My father going to support my higher education. I also have a bank loan sanctioned for ** lakhs.

17. Your passbooks show that a large amount of money has recently been deposited. How would you explain that?
Ans. [Explain it... whatever may it be.. Convince him you were always rich]

18. What do your parents do ?
Ans. [Explain]

19. Does any of your relative stay in the US?
Ans. No...[If yes... be honest... they are not going to reject for this reason]

20. Your brother/sister is studying too. How will your parents support both of you?
Ans. Yes/ No [If yes, Explain that he has scholarship or less fee etc]

21. Why is your GRE score low ?
Ans. I answered the first few questions incorrectly and I couldn't improve my score later even after performing well. But you can see that the TOEFL score is decent which shows my proficiency in the English language.

22. What are your plans after Graduation?
Ans. Sir, I like the present company I am working for. So I wish to complete MS and strengthen my technical knowledge and get back to India Post-MS and rejoin the same company. [Have some valid reason]

23. What is your parents’ annual income?
Ans. My family’s annual income is *** lakhs. My father’s annual income is &&& lakhs and my mother’s annual income is ### lakhs.

24. Do you intend to come back ? or What if you are offered a job in US ?
Ans. Yes! I really like the company that I am working at present. But, I am planning to return back and re-join the same company after my Masters. I am going to US to upgrade my skills in computer science and update my knowledge in the latest Software Engg practices. This would surely enable me get better results in the competitive field here.

25. Tell me about your University’s location ?
Ans. ______University is in ____location, USA. It is one and half hour drive from ____city and 40 minutes from so and so city.

26. How many times have you attended VISA interview before? Is this your first time?
Ans. Explain if you attended any for the student VISA.

27. What are the courses offered ? or What type of courses are there ?
Ans.Prepare to tell the university courses listing.

28. What do you know about the University ?
Ans. Example: Oregon State University (OSU) is a public research university located in Corvallis, Oregon, United States. The university offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees and a multitude of research opportunities. There are over 200 academic degree programs offered through the university. The University offers around 60 courses to graduates and undergraduates and there are more than 320 full time faculties. There are more than 7000 students in the University. It is located 1.5 hours driving distance from Portland and 40 minutes from Eugene.

29. How did you come to know about your University ?
Ans. I came to know about the University through internet and email exchanges with the seniors.

30. Supposing you meet someone in the US whom you like, would you consider marrying her ? Ans. I am from a very traditional family. I am very much concerned about my career and definite on my goals. I have more important responsibilities to shoulder and am confident not to get carried away or get attracted to people. I have decided to do an MS and am very professional.

31. Do you plan to work in the US supposing on-campus ?
Ans. I have no plans to work while studying. I want to complete the course as early as possible and come back and join the IT industry in India.

32. How many members in a family ?
Ans. [Tell them] 33. Why the entries in the passbook are recent ? Ans. [Explain] 34. Even in this condition of economic recession, you want to go US. Why ? Ans. I am going there for studies and I want to return back after my studies. So, economic recession in US doesn't affect me.

35. Why not University "B"? It is ranked higher than the one you are opting now?
Ans. Example: Oregon State University offers new and advanced courses like Machine Learning, End-User Software Engineering, Functional programming etc. I came to know from my email correspondence with Prof. ***** that we had similar research interests and I wish to join his research group. Besides this, the University has its own Laboratory for Empirical Software Testing Research where students study software testing techniques by empirical means. There is also an Usability Testing Facility which is used as a testbed for systematically evaluating the usability and robustness of software tools and interfaces, across a range of common desktop platforms. All these combined together made me chose Oregon State University over University "B".

36. Name some professors of your University ?
Ans. (add prefix 'Dr' to the professor even if he is not of doctorate level)

37. Why have you not applied to ______ university even though you have sent your GRE score ? Ans. (a) While I took my GRE I was not aware of universities that were best suited for my research interests.Hence I chose top few colleges which I knew at that time. (b) I had done an extensive research over the Universities before applying to any university. I tried to match my requirements with the University's requirement. Some how some things were not matching. So I did not apply to that University.

38. How did they manage to save all that money?
Ans. [Explain]

39. If your dad is a businessman, why you going for Computers?
Ans. I want to follow my own dreams.

40. How many people work under your father ?
Ans. [Explain]

41. What about your second year fees?
Ans. [ Explain it as per your CA statement]

42. What kind of money is he using to fund your studies?
Ans. Money from Bank Saving accounts. [Similar to this]

43. They can’t support you from this income?
Ans. I have got a loan of ** lakh rupees sanctioned from the bank. My family’s annual income is ## lakhs per annum. Other than this we also have enough savings and rental income to support the family. Hence finance will never be a problem.

44. When did your parents start saving for your education?
Ans. For the past # years.

45. How much your parents would be providing you?
Ans. My parents would be paying me around ** lakhs. Remaining amount would be paid from bank loan obtained.

46. Where did all these funds come from suddenly? How do I believe your funds in the passbooks are genuine as the entries are recent and huge?
Ans. These have been maintained for at least 6 months. My father obtained this money by ____. Also, I have the bank certificate issued by the bank manager as an additional proof for the cash balance given in the pass book.

47. Can you tell me how did you get this amount? How did you get this money?
Ans. [Explain]

48. Tell me last three months transaction. How much money is been deposited in three months. How much money have you transferred in your saving in last three months? [VOs have framed this Q as a counter measure to ppl that transfer funds in small chunks in SB accounts for the sake of visa Interview]
Ans. [Explain as per pass book]

49. Why does the passbook have only 1 page filled? How long have you had this account ???
Ans. As this bank is near to my house my father opened an account here. I also got my educational loan sanctioned from this bank. Since all our future transactions for my studies abroad will take place from this bank, my father transferred money from his other accounts to this account.

50. How many universities did you apply to?
Ans. 7

51. What are annual expenses of your course? What’s the tuition fee? Living expenses?
Ans. [Explain]

52. You look like Potential immigrants (OR) I don't think you will come back to India
Ans.
(a) I am from a well-to do family and money is not at all essential for me. The only thing I lack is Masters from a reputed university which will make me a better software professional. As far as opportunity is concerned, because of recession most of the US Companies are turning towards Indian companies for their software solutions. So I am certain that with my degree I will get an equivalent opportunity and pay packet in India.
(b) I am from a well-to do family and money is not at all essential for me. The only thing I lack is Masters from a reputed university which will make me a better software professional. Also, I am highly satisfied with the present company I am working for. So I wish to complete my MS and strengthen my technical knowledge and get back to India Post-MS and rejoin ____.

53. Won’t there be any problems within the family if your father spends most of his savings for your education purpose only? How can you justify this?
Ans. Ours is a close knit and educated family and all member of my family understand the essence of good education for one’s career growth. Besides that I am using only [_]% of their savings in my education.

54. Are you going to use up all your fathers savings? So do you think he is going to spend all his hard earned money?
Ans. No Sir. I would be using only [_]% of my father’s savings. The remaining [_]% of the finance for studies will be taken care by the bank loan.

55. Who is going to pay for such an expensive course? Isn’t this an expensive course to afford? Ans. I have got a bank loan approved for [_]lakhs and my father will sponsor me for the remaining amount from his savings. It’s an affordable course considering my financial background and we look at it as an investment. I can reap rich dividends from this course for rest of my life.

56. Will you repay your sponsor ?
Ans. No. Quote:Why ? My sponsors are financially strong and they do not need funds from me.

57. Do you think you will get the visa
Ans. I have shown sufficient funds required for my MS and I have shown strong intent to return to India so I don’t see a valid reason for my visa gets rejected.

58. Tell me about the current project you are working on ? [For working people obviously]
Ans. [Explain]

59. Have you ever made any trips abroad. Have you ever been to foreign country? Have you ever been outside India anywhere? So you have never been to America? Ans. [Explain]

60. How you will transfer money to US?
Ans. Through wire transfer.

61. Why do you seem so nervous?
Ans. It’s a big day for me, so nervousness is there a bit.

62. How many passports do you have?
Ans. 1

63. Are your parents happy with your decision?
Ans. Yes they are. They are educated and they know very well that a MS from US is very important for my career growth.

64. What will your education abroad bring you in India? Same a 'WHY M.S' ?
Ans. Having worked for 2 years in an IT company I learnt a lot about software development and I have a good know-how of Computer Science and Software Engineering, but a bit more technical knowledge and research in the field will serve greatly when I come back here and join the company of my choice. Higher qualifications give a better place, a better standard in today's competitive world. I have seen that there is a dearth of persons with greater technical know-how in this field, and whosoever has it will be benefited highly. So I wish to complete my MS and strengthen my knowledge and grasp the opportunity.

65. Do you have any relative in US? If so, what are they doing ??
Ans. [Explain]

66. Why did you apply to 2 universities in CA ?
Ans. Location was never in my mind when I chose 5 universities where I have to apply, its just a sheer co-incidence that 2 of these universities were in CA.

67. Do you have any immovable property here? Land? Do u have any lands?
Ans. [Explain]

68. What is your opinion about USA? What is the thing you like best in America? What kind of good things do you know about America?
Ans. USA is the most developed country in the world. People there are very friendly and helping. Education and research is at its best in USA. A degree from an US university is globally recognized as the academic standards are very high there. USA is the mecca of education.

69. How can you adjust with a new environment ? Do you have any problem in language, living there and studying ? Ans. Americans are very friendly and helpful. They will never let you feel that you are a foreigner. It is very easy to adjust with them. So I do not think I will have any problem in mixing with them

70. Have you referred any websites for this visa interview?
Ans. None. Except for the VFS-USA website.

71. How did you prepare yourself for this interview? Did you join any yahoo group to help yourself with the interview preparation? Why did you take help from educational consultants? Did you go to some consultant?
Ans. No preparation. Just collected all my documents as mentioned in VFS site and now I am in front of you.

72. Your answer seem well rehearsed ?
Ans. Really? Do we need preparation for such a simple interview

73. If need arises, do you have anyone in U.S. who could give you US $? [Again a trap]
Ans. No

74. What sort of job will you get here ?
Ans. I will get a jobs as a Software Development Analyst or Software Engineering Manager. [Explain it.. based on your area of specialization]

75. Who is a Software Engineer? [Or whatever profession you are in at present]
Ans. A software engineer is a person who applies the principles of software engineering to the design, development, testing, and evaluation of the softwares and systems that make computers or anything containing software work.

76. What sort of companies will take you? Who is going to hire you? So for what kind of companies do you want to work ? Where all you can work?
Ans. I am looking to come back and work in the same company I am working for now.

78. With which American companies you would like to work with? [again a trap]
Ans. I am open to not only to US MNCs but all MNCs

79. What would be your salary after coming to India? How much salary are you expecting?
Ans. [Explain]

80. With the kind of salaries you are offered there, why will you come back? How much do you expect to get? How much pay are you expecting in INDIA?
Ans. MNCs like ****** are paying [_] lakhs per annum

81. Do you think these companies will hire you for that much money?
Ans. Yes. Software Development Analyst is a highly sophisticated job and compensation package for such jobs is highly rewarding.

82. Do you have plans to take a break from Studies? [again a trap]
Ans. No

83. How can you adjust with the extreme weather (cold ) in US?
Ans. I think weather should not be a problem for me as my body gets accustomed to new climate easily.

84. I don't think you are the same person? [Again a trap]
Ans. Yes. I am the same person [with a smile]

85. Are these documents original?
Ans. Yes [Smile]

86. The documents you have produced are highly questionable. Your documents look like fake.
Ans. Sir all of them are genuine and they have been signed by authorized signatories [Try to maintain a smile]

87. What locations would you see there?
Ans. I am going there for studies, and since my stay in US is for 2 years only so I don’t think I will get time to freak around.

88. What does a computer engineer do ?
Ans. A computer engineer is an engineering professional who not only possesses the training of an electrical engineer, but also has credentials related to the field of computer science.

89. Why don't u shift to #### ? It’s a very good university. Will u shift? [its a trap]
Ans. No. I think my university is better for Software Engineering for someone with profile as mine.

90. Why MS after 3 years since GRE ?
Ans. Having given my GRE during my 3rd year in Engineering I decided to learn more in computer science, software engineering practices and gain enough software production experience before getting involved in research. So I applied for masters 3 years after my GRE.

91. What if I reject you ?
Ans. I have tried my best to fulfill all the requirements to get a visa. With the kind of academic and financial background that I have, I never thought that such a question would ever arise.

92. Why should I allow you a visa ? (here if question91 is asked, don't expect question 92 to be asked as it is one and the same question)
Ans. Sir , In my opinion, I have a strong educational and financial background and a valid reason to go to US. My profile is good enough for pursuing Masters' in USA and an admit from an university like ____ is a testimony to that. I have tried my best to fulfill all the requirements to get a visa. So, I expect a visa from you. IF YOUR SPONSOR IS INVOLVED IN BUSINESS OR OWNS A COMPANY

93. How big is the company ?
94. What’s this company all about ?
95. How many people working ?
96. What business does your father do ?
97. For how long is he involved in this business ? IF SPONSOR IS SOMEONE OTHER THAN YOUR PARENTS [Say for example your uncle is sponsoring you.]
98. How many children your uncle have ?
99. How about your uncle's kids ?
100. Won’t he save money for his children ?

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