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|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Allylic(f): 1:00pm On Jun 12|
Good day everyone..
A friend of mine had her visa interview yesterday at Abuja Embassy and she really gained a lot from Nairaland...I deserve a trophy too because I am her mentor and coach..
Here is her transcripts
VO: Good morning
Me: Good morning
VO: pass me your i-20 and passport
Me: passed it
VO: what is your research interest
Me: Organic synthesis
VO: how did you get the assistantship
Me: I did GRE and TOEFL
Vo: do you have friends and siblings in the US
VO: your visa to us has been approved at this time..I no hear anything after that..
I collected my white paper and left..
She said the interview was not more than 15 seconds..so brief and concise I must say..
Special thanks to all the bosses in the house..you guys are the real MVP
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|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Ogunwandetosin: 1:06pm On Jun 12|
Ok bro.... Big thanks!!! I'll look into that.
|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Ogunwandetosin: 1:13pm On Jun 12|
Yes boss!!! Datz d main thing I'm working on now. Jst need a few reviews. Thanks. @Walspring @Lagosismyhome @fairheart
|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Brown2Green(m): 1:21pm On Jun 12|
This is the trend now for people with funding.
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|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by learner007(m): 1:41pm On Jun 12|
...as in ehn. You are welcome, broda!
|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by pronto543(m): 2:10pm On Jun 12|
Here is the transcript of my visa interview at the General Consulate, Lagos yesterday. I was interviewed by a slim beautiful white lady at Window 2.
She had denied the 2 guys before me and spent almost 7 minutes on each one throwing different questions at them. However, the male VO at Windows 3 was quite congenial and seemed to take less time before making his final decision. The lady he interviewed before it got to my turn had a fully funded offer like me to study PhD Environmental Engineering. I heard her saying she had her Msc in Environmental Engr from UI; I had planned to meet her but simply forgot after escaping the heat of the interview Her interview lasted about 3 minutes. I was praying for such luck given the way the VO I was to face was serious and kept asking loads of questions with denials.
I can't recollect the exact sequence of the questions nor our whole conversation verbatim.
VO: Good Morning
VO: Pass your passport and I-20.
VO: What course are you going to study in the US?
Me: I'm going for my PhD in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources at University of Kansas.
VO: What will be your duty be as GRA?
Me: I am expected to work 20hours/week on research projects that will lead towards to PhD degree.
VO: What types of research will you be doing?
Me: (My response was not great, probably because I wasn't expecting the question at that point). I will assist in collecting water sample and testing in the lab (she cuts in)
VO: See, as a student I could test water samples in the lab. As a PhD student, what specific research projects will you be involved in? I can see you have a fully funded offer here as GRA (I was a slightly nonplussed at this point by her pointed response and directness)
Me: I actually have a phone discussion later in the week with my supervisor where we would discuss the specific project I will work on. (She cuts in and said something like I still need a more convincing response from you. All the while she was typing fast).
Me: At this point I regained my composure and said maybe I should give you a little background about my research experience. I actually did some research on wastewater treatment during my Master's program where I removed dyestuff from textile effluent using activated carbon. (She cuts in again and asked with some kind of smile what I did with wastewater)
Me: I removed dyestuff from the textile wastewater using activated carbon. (She nodded her head like she was enjoying my gist).
VO: How many schools did you apply to?
Me: I applied to 6 schools altogether. North Carolina State University (She cuts in and asked where), Raleigh 'rally' I replied, (she shook her head in approval). It then occurred to me there is there another university named University of North Carolina Charlotte. I continued mentioning the schools: Michigan Tech, University of South Florida. (I almost went blank at this point before mentioning Temple University but she seemed to satisfied with the 3 I had mentioned so far).
VO: How many of them offered you assistantship?
Me: It was only University of Kansas and I was
admitted by 3 and rejected by 3.
VO: Did you write any standardized test?
Me: Yes, I wrote GRE
VO: And what did you score?
Me: 315 (She rolled her eyes and seemed to be impressed by my scores). I scored 160 in Quants and 155 in Verbal.
VO: Are you married?
VO: Do you have any kid?
VO: Are you planning to get married before leaving?
Me: No I said with a smile on my face.
VO: I'm asking to let you know you it's possible to file for her.
VO: What do you plan to do with your degree?
Me: My plan is to return to take up a lecturing job in my alma mata. I have tried to join the department after my Masters but I was told I needed to have a PhD preferably from outside the country. So I believe my chances of being absorbed after completing this degree would be bolstered.
As I was about to finish the statement, she stood up from her seat and left for the direction to her left. At this point, I began to pray silently in my mind that the interview would not end with a pink paper. While I was nursing this thought, she just appeared with a white paper containing Education USA info and circled the
pickup location for my passport. Then, she made the golden remark "I will be approving your visa bla bla bla..." Your document should be ready for pick-up in less than a week time.
Me: Thank you and have a great day.
VO: You're welcome and you too. She passed me my I-20 while she was saying this.
Many thanks to everyone that helped in reviewing my transcript before the interview as well as everyone that has kept this thread alive.
My advice to those appearing for interview soon is to prepare a transcript that would answer most of the questions VOs likely ask. For PhD students, be ready to answer questions about your research. For MSc applicants, try to answer the question on why you chose your school in a unique way that is tailored to your career goals and past/current work experience.
Also, pray for be interviewed by a VO that's understanding and patient.
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|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by fairheart(m): 2:30pm On Jun 12|
You passed every test thrown at you there! Congratulations!
|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by dreambound(m): 2:51pm On Jun 12|
She sounds like my VO from Monday ... White, Slim, Gorgeous, and somewhat inclined to STEM...
|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Chiezzh: 2:56pm On Jun 12|
Fall 2019 ETSU applicant contact me !i am a current here to help I’m any possible way I can
|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by MyAmericandream(f): 3:16pm On Jun 12|
dreambound:Think she was the one that attended to me last year. Very nice and respectful, she will assist you with some of your fabricated answers sef. But village ppl mean me that day ehh. She deny me finish kan still dey pity me.
|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by MyAmericandream(f): 3:21pm On Jun 12|
amb001:You need to check out their past and present transcript. The questions the Vo's asked them are just too soft, Unlike f1 visa applicants here in Nigeria!
|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Brown2Green(m): 3:37pm On Jun 12|
Most Indians return to their country if they don't get OPT .
That alone speaks for them.
|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Wanderlust18: 3:53pm On Jun 12|
Good afternoon to you all.
I currently have admission from SIT NJ, and plan to apply for the visa alongside my husband (F2). He plans to use this visa only for visiting purposes, as he doesn’t plan to leave his job here.
Can we attend the interview together and should we state this at the interview?
|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by fairheart(m): 4:07pm On Jun 12|
Hi, let your husband visits you later, or you will guys will be making impression that you're migrating. Apply for your visa alone, except this is the underlying plan?
It is NOT NECESSARY that he follows you. Go for your visa; husband can come for visit later.
Best of luck!
|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Tecord1(m): 4:29pm On Jun 12|
when u say room and board, what exactly do you mean. Especially BOARD
|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Lontrra: 4:34pm On Jun 12|
Tecord1:Food (To simply put).
|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by MyAmericandream(f): 4:37pm On Jun 12|
Brown2Green:oh really? I see.
|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by dreambound(m): 4:46pm On Jun 12|
|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by dreambound(m): 4:50pm On Jun 12|
ysteph:How would Northeastern University be a red flag school?
Are you trying to boast or you don't know the school you're going to?
|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by MyAmericandream(f): 4:57pm On Jun 12|
Approved visas so far from my colleagues
The first student
VO: pass your passport and I20
VO: what are you going to do in the US
Me: for a masters degree in Cybersecurity and Networks
VO: oh you want to study cybersecurity
VO: how did you hear about the school
Me: searched online and found a couple of schools that had cybersecurity ‘studyusa.com’.
VO: Did you write any exam to get this admission.
Me: Yes GRE
VO: what’s your score
VO: I can see you have a 50% scholarship, who is funding the rest.
Me: my dad.
VO: what does he do
Me: he **
VO: where will you be staying in the US
Me: in the hostel
VO: do you have family in the US
VO: types for a while your visa has been approved, collect at your pickup in 3 working days. hands me the white paper
The second student. (Abuja consulate)
V.O: Passport and I-20
Me: (smiling widely) here it is ma'am
V.O: (didn't even look away from her desk) How did you choose this course?
Me: (at this time my brain almost froze) I searched for schools that run Community Psychology programs through the American Psychology Association website, where I found the professional body for Community Psychology, the Society for Community Research and Action
V.O: What other schools did you apply to
Me: (crying in my mind cos it's just UNH) UMass Lowell and University of brighton, UK
V.O: Why do you want to do this course?
(At this point, my brain was upside down cos my answers were all muddled together).
Me: Can you say that again, please? (Na delay tactics oo, lol. She says it again)
Me: While volunteering for an organisation, I realised their programs had some shortfalls as the community wasn't fully involved in......
V.O: cuts me off shooo, shooo; I'm approving your visa, go.
Na so I pack my kaya dey go my house ooo
The third student
VO: Good Morning
Me: Good Morning
VO: pass me your I-20 and What course are you going for in the US
Me: master’s degree in Dietetics at the University of New Haven Connecticut
VO: Why did you choose this course?
Me: Many experience have inspired me to pursue my master in dietetics. I did my undergraduate internship in a research institute and I presently working as a biomedical scientist.....cuts in
VO: Why did you choose University of New Haven? Me: I chose University of New Haven because it meets my interest in lifestyle diseases and how nutritional requirement can prevent, mitigate or cure chronic disease. The school of health science is ranked top 80 in the USA and the dietetics program is ranked Top 30.Most importantly I was fascinated with( Prof. John Thomas Pinto) Research his focus ; Identifying chemo-preventive strategies for diminishing primary and secondary cancer risks. His particular investigations examine the effects of organosulfur, selenium and polyphenolic compounds on redox responsive metabolic pathways with Human prostrate, breast and colon cancer cells which are prevalent in Nigeria.
VO: what was his findings in the ongoing research
Me: he found out that a Histone deacetylase can prevent or control viral growth like cancer cell
VO: what is the name of the enzyme and spell it
Me: I spelt it....
VO:what it’s function and what is the professor name again
VO: how many schools did you apply too and name them
Me: 2 more schools DSU,Montclair state university
VO: did you write any standardized test
Me: yes,GRE and TOEFL and said my scores
VO: Are you married
VO: do you have any child
VO: how will you be paying
Me: I have 30% scholarship and my uncle will be paying the rest and I also have personal funds
VO: pass me the statement of account
He flipped through and returned
VO: Ok I will be approving our visa
Me: thank you
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|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Neilsdesigners: 5:06pm On Jun 12|
Please can you help vet my transcript interview q/a that’s coming up soon..
What do you plan on studying-
I plan to study information technology with a concentration in data science.
Why do you want to study in the US-
USA is known worldwide for the the quality education and unique curriculum it offers and USA is the center for renowned scientific and innovative research.
Why don’t you want to study in Nigeria-
Same response as above
Who is sponsoring you-
My uncle is sponsoring me
What does he did?
he’s self employed ,He is a major distributor of medical equipment to private and government organization and has been running this business for over 20 years.
Why is he sponsoring you-
My uncle has been supporting me right from undergraduate level at covenant university and he has been impressed with my performance and he support my career prospect in the data science field.
Your plans after graduation -
I plan to bring back the knowledge and skills gained throughout the program back to my country Nigeria and apply to a consulting firm where I can help develop data analytics solution to help advance the strategic goals of the organization.
How many schools did you apply for and why you chose to apply there -
I applied to four schools namely Minnesota State University Mankato,university of Minnesota,UT Dallas and Carnegie Mellon university and my I got admitted into Minnesota State University Mankato.
Why I chose the school?
I picked this school because of how extensive the curriculum is.Ill be taking courses ranging from ,foundation of data science,big data systems,data analytics,machine learning and research methods and it’s all hands on practical oriented ,the capstone project has an internship option which I’ll definitely go for as It will Provide me with opportunity to utilize training in a real-world business environment working under the guidance and direction of a faculty member.
and I’ll have the opportunity to work with Dr Rajeev whose research work aligns with mine which has to do with the design and analysis of big data systems.
Why are you studying the major your chose-
There are few data scientists here in Nigeria,this major will equip me with the technical know and on demand skills needed to extract knowledgeable insights and trends from a raw data set.
Why should a visa be given to you-
This visa should be given to me to enable me get a graduate degree that will equip me professionally for my chosen career path as a data scientist and after completion I’ll come back to put in knowledge and skills learnt in the organization I’ll be working for.
Can you tell me about your program?
My program is a multi disciplinary field that uses scientific methods, processes,algorithms and systems to extract knowledge and insights from a raw data set.
How did you hear about this school/why did I choose the school ?
Upon my decision to study in the US, I made use of academic resources to tailor my searches using Data Analytics as a reference
What are the courses you will be taking?
I’ll be taking a total of 34 credits minimum.courses include-foundations of data science,Research methods,machine learning,Regression analysis ,advanced artificial intelligence and Big Data systems.
What’s your highest degree?
My highest degree is Bachelors of science in management information systems from Bleep university I finished with a gpa of 4.5/5.o
When did you graduate from the university and what have you been doing since then?
I graduated On 20th July,2018 and I work at opl academy as a support intern for about 6months.
|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by femora007(m): 7:07pm On Jun 12|
Brown2Green:"funding" do you mean scholarship or ones personal money?
|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Brown2Green(m): 7:16pm On Jun 12|
|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Olumuyiwalasode(m): 7:20pm On Jun 12|
you keep posting this, and yet as an ETSU fall 2019 applicant, i have tried to reach you severally all to no avail
|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by ysteph: 8:38pm On Jun 12|
My brother you know new things come up everyday so we need to have every information handy. Lol
|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by brainy02: 8:47pm On Jun 12|
I paid my Fee this evening; one I don't know where to retrieve the receipt number to place on the appointment page? I paid via gtbank app.
I tried to log in to my ibanking to download the receipt with an hope I can get the receipt number there, it kept giving me error i download, it is sha not downloading.
And I still don't have a debit email alert yet but I have been debited.
How do I retrieve this receipt? Or is the receipt number same as the reference number
|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Brown2Green(m): 8:59pm On Jun 12|
About 11 digits number.
|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by brainy02: 9:23pm On Jun 12|
How do I now print the receipt as the PDF as refused to download from the transaction log while other transactions are?
|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Brown2Green(m): 9:34pm On Jun 12|
This is not too compulsory tho since you'll print our your Visa Confirmation page which cannot be achieved without paying. I believe it can be resolved in the bank.
Your Sevis receipt is what will be asked for.
|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Nobody: 9:34pm On Jun 12|
Hi guys. Pls can visa interview be rescheduled more than once ?
|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by fairheart(m): 9:40pm On Jun 12|
For those of you wondering if there's early date, as at 09:39pm today, the First Available Appointment Is Friday July 12, 2019 (for LAGOS CONSULATE).
Best of luck
|Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by brainy02: 9:45pm On Jun 12|
Could those number before the name be the receipt number I'm looking for?
Just trying to be careful
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