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Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by ProYouWebsiteUK(f): 5:57am On Jun 09
zeeLady:
My VISA was approved on June 6th, 2019 at Abuja Embassy.

BACKGROUND
I went for the student VISA interview with my baby and previously, I & my family had been denied tourist VISA.
I had used every resource i could lay my hands on to prepare and I came up with my model answers to the usual student VISA questions; I could feel my confidence rise as I prepared. I got an assiatantship that covers my personal cost, however, I had a dependent cost (my baby) hanging there and my husband's bank statement hadn't the needed money to cover the total dependent cost. Well, I prayed that every document that would warrant a denial not be asked and I began listening to motivational speeches to conquer every anxiety.

In addition to that, I arrived at the embassy and met over 100 people there already! Then, it bagan to rain. I tried to wrap my baby in the baby shawl and approached the security officers to allow me do my biometrics and interview. They did! I became one of the first 15 people to be interviewed. I was eventually interviewed by the same VO who had previously interviewed my family and I.

ON THE INTERVIEW DAY

ME: Good morning (with a smile)
VO: Good morning, pass me your Document
ME: Passed our passports, 1-20s and SEVIS payment confirmation
VO: Where do you work?
ME: I am an Bleep working with (I looked exactly into the eyes of the VO and said the acronym for were i work, I instantly realised there was a look of dissatifaction on his face so I immediatly went ahead and said the full name of the acronym. He kind of paused as I spoke and by the time i was done, i could see he was more interested in me).
VO: What degree are you going for?
ME: Bleep
VO: Why are you going with your son? (Honestly, at this point, I could feel the favour of God working. My baby is a girl NOT a boy, but I also have a son and I was looking for the right opportunity to pass the information to the VO so he would know I am leaving behind not just my husband but my son aswell. On the face of it, the VO thought my baby was a boy because of the way i wrapped her due to the rain).

ME: You mean my son (pointing behind me, as if my son was behind) or my daughter (pointing to my baby who i was carrying)?
VO: (Now realising I have a son) Who will take care of your son?
ME: I answered
VO: What are you gonna do to your baby while you studying?
ME: I answered (I had my corrrespondence with some daycares and i was ready to show him if he asked but he never asked)
VO: why are you going with just your baby and not with your son also.
ME: (I hugged my baby a little bit and told him how young and very dependent my baby still is).
VO: How old is your son?
ME: I answered
VO: How long have you been married?
ME: i answered
VO: Are you still married?
ME: (I smilled and then answered)
VO: how are gonna pay fo rthis?
ME: I have an assistantship and the rest will be taken care of by my husband
VO: What does your husband do?
ME: I answered (But not very fluently at this point. I was partly thinking what i was going to do if he says i should show my husband's statement. The money there wasn't even up to half of the dependent cost. I found a way to gain composure somewhere in between my lines).

VO: He kept typing and I was looking intently at him and saying to myself, ''you must grant me VISA''. It looked like forever but he kept typing. I smiled until my smile faded and i kept waiting for him to stop typing. Time stood still!
VO: (Finally what I was waiting for) I have approved your VISAs.
(He brought out the two white papers and began to run down all the pickup and port of entry lecture, I pretended i was listening but my ears were merely physically present).

ME: Thank you.


No single document was asked. Everything worked for my good including the rain! I cant thank God enough for how he answered my prayers .

Nigerians with our selfish attitudes. We don't need to hear the gist on how your Visa was approved, all we want to hear is the useful informations in your story that can help others achieve what you achieved, not these I answered, I answered that you gave us instead of giving us the useful details.

Let's not be selfish here. You gained something from other people's Transcript. Why did you refused to let someone gain something from your own Transcript the same way you gained from someone's.

It won't reduce your your funding or take back your Approval if give your Transcript in details.

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Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Flaame(m): 6:23am On Jun 09
Congrats @skillset
Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Nehemiah77: 6:30am On Jun 09
ProYouWebsiteUK:
Fairheart has not been active here for like weeks now, which is unlike him and no one has ever noticed him or asked after him.

You know, sometimes, those guys deserve some kind of encouragements that will make them want to do more of what they have been doing. No one is paying them to help here, but they are doing it freely from the depth of their hearts and they enjoy doing it.

If we get to know how busy these guys are but still find time from their busy time to attend to our issues here, maybe then, we will learn to appreciate them and stop insulting them even when we are not comfortable with their comments and when we find their comments absurd.

Our Fairheart, where have you been. Hope you are good? We miss your contributions here and we'll love to have you back as soon as possible.

I want to use this opportunity to say a big thank you to all of you guys for the good work you have been doing here.

Bracelum, Fairheart, Brown2Green, Lagosismyhome, Time2win, Shawarma, Agreatman, Walspring and others. You guys are wonderful. You deserve more than just a few words. Thank you for taking out of your busy time to make others succeed as well. I pray the Good God will reward you for your good work and stand for you whenever you need help.

.

Well deserved. Thank you all for all you do here. God bless

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Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Nehemiah77: 7:01am On Jun 09
Good morning. When filling my Ds 160 I filled my work experiences well but i didn't indicate specifically in any of them NYSC. Please would this be a thing of concern?

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Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Ibruks(m): 7:09am On Jun 09
Ibruks:
Hi guys! My interview is less than a week and I just got to notice something on my i20. I got a full funding (full tuition plus monthly stipend) but my i20 shows 8 months (at that part of estimated average cost ) . It is stated in the funding letter that there'd be additional funding for teaching in the summer term so I think they didn't account for summer and I still think it should be 9 months and not 8 months. How can I take this with the VO??

I'd really appreciate your assistance guys!! And also, I applied to just a school because I couldn't pay app fee for others, had a financial issue that time. Should I come out straight to the VO on this? HAPPY SUNDAY
Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by solihp(f): 7:16am On Jun 09
Ibruks:


I'd really appreciate your assistance guys!! And also, I applied to just a school because I couldn't pay app fee for others, had a financial issue that time. Should I come out straight to the VO on this? HAPPY SUNDAY

You do not have power over the duration of the cost estimated on your i20, some schools estimate 12months, others 9months, others 8 months, the 12months only means they estimated the cost of Summer semester too, so I don't think you have anything to worry about cause like it is stated, it is just an estimate. You can as well email the international office to make enquiries

About the school you applied to, be truthful, tell the VO you considered other schools but only applied to one, shikena.

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Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Nobody: 7:27am On Jun 09
Ibruks:


I'd really appreciate your assistance guys!! And also, I applied to just a school because I couldn't pay app fee for others, had a financial issue that time. Should I come out straight to the VO on this? HAPPY SUNDAY

There are standard procedures we always discuss here that help candidates and prevent unnecessary stories during their visa interviews. They include;

- Applying to at least three schools
- Taking standardized tests (GRE/GMAT and TOEFL/IELTS)
- Following a logical study approach (BS to MS to PhD, and not BS to AA or BS to BS)

If you fail to do any of these, you are just giving yourself an unnecessary headache - a headache that should have been clearly avoided.

Your visa can be approved but make sure you tell the VO that you applied to one school - don't lie!. I don't think telling the VO that you had financial problems is important. The VO is not asking you "why did you apply to one school?"

The question is "How many schools did you apply to?" And your response should be "One" with no further story that will complicate things for you.

Regarding the i20, it is normal for schools to fund you for 8 or 9 months. You shouldn't have issues with that.

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Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Brown2Green(m): 7:39am On Jun 09
Nehemiah77:
Good morning. When filling my Ds 160 I filled my work experiences well but i didn't indicate specifically in any of them NYSC. Please would this be a thing of concern?

If the VO is not satisfied with the information provided, you'll be asked. It is better to be brief and know everything you filled than been elaborate without cognizance of what was filled.
Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Ibruks(m): 8:35am On Jun 09
solihp:


You do not have power over the duration of the cost estimated on your i20, some schools estimate 12months, others 9months, others 8 months, the 12months only means they estimated the cost of Summer semester too, so I don't think you have anything to worry about cause like it is stated, it is just an estimate. You can as well email the international office to make enquiries

About the school you applied to, be truthful, tell the VO you considered other schools but only applied to one, shikena.

Thank you so much for this. I really appreciate!!
Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Ibruks(m): 8:36am On Jun 09
bracelum:


There are standard procedures we always discuss here that help candidates and prevent unnecessary stories during their visa interviews. They include;

- Applying to at least three schools
- Taking standardized tests (GRE/GMAT and TOEFL/IELTS)
- Following a logical study approach (BS to MS to PhD, and not BS to AA or BS to BS)

If you fail to do any of these, you are just giving yourself an unnecessary headache - a headache that should have been clearly avoided.

Your visa can be approved but make sure you tell the VO that you applied to one school - don't lie!. I don't think telling the VO that you had financial problems is important. The VO is not asking you "why did you apply to one school?"

The question is "How many schools did you apply to?" And your response should be "One" with no further story that will complicate things for you.

Regarding the i20, it is normal for schools to fund you for 8 or 9 months. You shouldn't have issues with that.

THANKS!!!
Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Chidon40: 9:16am On Jun 09
Good day everyone,

PLEASE, I need you guys assistance in reviewing my complicated transcript (VERY LONG) and providing the best feedback necessary.

PROPOSED TRANSCRIPT

Before I begin, I must state some circumstances surrounding my visa application as I believe my case is a bit different from other proposed transcript posted on this forum so as to receive adequate feedback from GURUS in the house.

Visa interview location : China
Purpose of residence in China: Study on full scholarship (Ending next year; I have completed my coursework and currently preparing for thesis)
Circumstances surrounding my case : I got employed in my alma mata in Nigeria as a Graduate Assistant (Already in China when the official letter came out), My employment letter stated I must obtain a masters degree in my[b] field[/b] (My study in China cannot be used as a substitute for M.Sc. Economics) within 2 years or on a special case, 4 years maximum or it will be terminated. My department is aware of my absence but insisted I must return NOW or start a masters in Economics so they can issue official study leave letter based on the Economics program(Study leave cannot be issued based on my current program in China).
Got assistantship with some deficit [ Using my uncle bank statement from Nigeria{original copy posted to me through DHL}]



VO: Good morning
ME: good morning
VO: where are you going to?
ME: I am going to the New Mexico State University to pursue a master’s degree in Economics with concentration in Econometrics.
V.O: You have a first degree in Nigeria?
Me: Yes sir
V.O: What course
Me: Economics
V.O: Same as what you are going for now?
Me: Yes sir
VO: Why Master’s degree at this time? / Why Master’s degree in Economics at this time?
ME: It’s a requirement for me to be promoted to an assistant Lecturer at my alma mata, ( Federal University)and also safeguard my employment as I am time-bound to obtain a master’s degree in Economics as stipulated in my employment letter.( This is my employment letter)
VO: Tell me about the program you will be going for and why you chose this program?
ME:I will be going for Masters in Economics with concentration in Econometrics at NMSU. I’m required to complete 30 credit hours within 18 months. I will be taking 3 core courses namely; Microeconomic theory, Macroeconomic theory and Econometrics. Some of my electives will comprise mainly of applied statistics such as Application of statistical techniques to estimation of economic relationships, and inferential statistics and so on. I will finally write a thesis towards the end of my program.
Aside the fact that I have a bachelor’s degree in Economics and as a university teaching staff in Economics department, Masters in Economics is the next step in my career development. I want to also obtain the necessary training and essential research skills required for a research and teaching profession. I want to understand how economic theories can be applied to the development of policies. I want ample knowledge of the statistical and econometric modelling techniques used in decision making and analysis. I want to learn how to Use statistical tools, calculus, computers, and economic theory to measure and test economic relationships.
This program at NMSU is very important to me as I have the option to minor in Applied statistics, thus given me the opportunity to perfect my understanding of the application of economic theories to real world issues.
I also want to obtain an in-depth knowledge of recent policies for combating major macroeconomic problems, especially unemployment and inflation, which my country is currently facing. I want to be able to return to Nigeria at the end of my programme with the confidence that I can help my country through my University, which is currently lacking in good economists who want to make a difference both as academics and economists. I strongly believe that New Mexico State University will help me achieve these goals.
VO: What are you doing in China?
ME: I am undergoing an English taught master’s program in contemporary china studies at Silk Road School, Renmin University of China to understand the Chinese development model.
VO: When will your program end?
ME: My program will officially end in June 2020.However; I have completed my coursework and currently writing my thesis. Because of my recent employment with my alma mata, I can only be granted study leave for a master’s program in Economics. Hence, my decision for masters at NMSU
VO: So, you intend to abandon your studies in China?
ME: Not at all Sir, I have discussed with some of my professors about my employment conditions and it was advised I should go for my masters in Economics since am done with coursework and already writing my thesis. Then, I can probably be reaching my supervisor online and finally attend my thesis defense next year.
VO: Do you have a relation in the USA?
ME: No sir
V.O: Where do you work
Me: (Federal university from February, 2019)
V.O: What do you do?
Me: Graduate research and teaching Assistant
V.O: How much do you earn per month?
Me: xxxk
V.O: Are you married?
Me: No sir
V.O: How old are you
Me: 26
VO: WHY USA?
ME: America has well-developed economy and education system. American universities are widely known for the quality of their teaching and research. Also, USA has Opportunity for Research, Teaching and Training through graduate assistantship which will help prepare me for my career as a Lecturer in Nigeria
VO: Why not Nigeria?
ME: Nigeria’s education system is still developing, given the shortcomings of graduate studies in universities in the country, continuing my education in Nigeria will ill-afford me the required skills and knowledge for the kind of impactful career I intend to build.
VO: Why not China?
ME: In as much as China has experienced rapid economic and technological development within the last few decades, its education system cannot still be compared to that of the USA. (This explains why there is a constant increase in the number of Chinese moving to study in the USA). Also, language barrier might have a negative impact on the quality of education delivered. (Since I am from an English speaking country, USA will rank better than China in terms of language variable when English taught courses are involved)
VO: New Mexico State University, Are there Nigerians in this state?
ME: Yes sir, I know of one Nigerian studying there sir.
VO: How?
Me: I checked a Nigerian forum of people studying in the USA known as nairaland after receiving the admission decision and I found one Nigerian there
V.O: Why New Mexico state?
Me: When I was applying for my Master program, I considered states that the cost of living is reasonable for me, that I can afford. The weather in the state is also good, similar to what we have in Nigeria. So adapting will be easy for me.
VO: how did you hear about New Mexico State University?
Me: I first heard about NMSU from my American classmate. She spoke highly of NMSU as a place where you can get quality education at a relatively affordable cost (my major consideration) and I also did research using College Board, master portal and Peterson where NMSU was also recommended considering my area of specialization. I also researched on graduates from Economics department of NMSU on LinkedIn and got connected with a Bangladeshi who equally recommended NMSU. He got his masters from NMSU and currently undergoing his DED( Doctor of Economic development) studies.
VO: What do you know about NMSU?
ME: NMSU is a medium-sized public university located in a small city in a suburban setting. It has more Hispanic than native whites.
Vo: what is your highest degree and what have you been doing after wards?
ME: My highest degree is bachelor’s degree in Economics obtained from (xxxxx) in 2015. After-which I taught high school Economics at Divine Child International School, from Sept 2015 to October 2016 before going for my 1year compulsory NYSC where I taught in a secondary school as an Economics teacher until October 2017. I returned back to my previous employer and taught Economics and Mathematics from January 2018 to August, 2018 before moving to China to study Contemporary china studies, at Silk Road School, Renmin University of China. Then, February 18, 2019, my alma mater employed me as a Lecturer which I’m expected to obtain a master’s degree in Economics within the stipulated time in my contract. Hence, my proposed study in the USA.
VO: What will the program do for you?
ME: I plan to come back to Nigeria and use the knowledge and experience I must have gained in NMSU to contribute my quota to the development of education in my University(Employer) and the economy at large. I intend to use the knowledge I have obtained to equip my students with econometrics skills needed in order to apply economic theories to real world issues as my University is lacking Lecturers in the field of Econometrics/quantitative economics.
VO: what is your study plan?
ME: The study plan involves a minimum of 30 credit program comprising of three core courses namely; Microeconomic Theory, Macroeconomic Theory and Econometrics. Some of my electives will comprise mainly of applied statistics such as Application of statistical techniques to estimation of economic relationships, and inferential statistics.
VO: how many schools did you apply to?
ME: I applied to only NMSU although I started application with 3 schools (NMSU, ASU, and WSU) but had to stop the rest as I got timely feedback from NMSU( with Assistantship) coupled with recommendations I received from friends about the NMSU.
VO: Did you take any test?
ME: No, NMSU advised that it’s not really necessary considering my academic excellence, current job description, and recommendation letters from my University and statement of purpose. Then, I had to drop my plan of taking GRE which I had prepared for but yet to register.
V.O: How do you plan paying your fees?
Me: I was awarded a 10hour Graduate assistantship, by my school with a salary of $4,200 per semester and non-resident tuition waiver.
The deficit will be covered by my uncle. He is the CEO (xxxx). He became my sponsor after the death of my father in 2006, and after graduating as the best student during my bachelor’s studies, He promised to sponsor my master’s studies as well because he encourages/supports academic excellence. This is his bank statement of account. I also have some savings as shown in my Bank of China statement of account here.
VO: How many siblings do you have?
ME: five
VO: Which uncle would be paying for them?
ME: Fortunately, I am the last child
VO: Oh! I see. So how did you secure this funding?
ME: I think the admission committee was impressed. My undergraduate CGPA , academic excellence and current work position were way beyond the requirements. I was the best graduating student with CGPA of 3.8/4 and was retained by the University as a faculty staff (Graduate Assistant).
VO: I will be approving your visa………….


I am very open to any type of feedback (positive or negative)… I am also willing to receive insults provided it’s feedback (I might learn something from it)

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Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Skillset11: 9:42am On Jun 09
Idibia18:
Texas Christian University & Morgan State University. sadly, they offer full funding during fall terms only.
Thank you so much!
Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Pepperoni001: 11:07am On Jun 09
*this is my proposed Transcript*

Your feedback are highly appreciated.

VO: Good Morning, Pass me your I-20 and SEVIS receipt.
ME: Good Morning, handed over the requested docs.

VO: Why are you going to US?
ME: I am going to US for my Graduate Study in Sustainable Energy.

VO: How Many Universities did you apply to?
ME: 4 Universities: Eastern Illinois University, North Eastern Illinois University, Murray State University and Georgia Southern University.

VO: How many accepted you and how many rejected you.
ME: Eastern Illinois University and Murray State University accepted me, NEIU rejected me and I am awaiting decision from GSU.

VO: Why did you Choose EIU.
ME: I came across EIU on usnews.com and that prompted me to carry out research on the school. Everything I found fits both my academic and my career plans. During my research I also discovered that the Renewable Energy Center in EIU is the largest university biomass in the country. The center will afford me the firsthand opportunity to learn how renewable energy is utilized to support the need of a campus or community.

VO: Any standardized test?
ME: GRE: 280 and TOEFL: 80?

V.O: What will the degree do for you?
Me: it will provide me the skills and knowledge to be able to analyse current and future energy needs, and design and implement appropriate solutions, taking into account the social, environmental, technical, regulatory and commercial issues.

VO: Who is paying the school bills?
ME: My dad is footing the bills.

VO: What does he do? Pass me his SOA
ME: He is a lecturer of Law at University of Ibadan, hands her SOA

VO: I can see you are married with Kids, why are you not going with them.
ME: My wife just got started work with XYZ bank and there¡¯s a bond she signed with them that won¡¯t allow her leave her duty post for two years.

VO: You can pick your visa in 3 days.
ME: Alright, have a great day.


Brown2Green:



Why did you choose EIU?

Avoid the temptation of saying the story of your life. You met who?
That waters down your point .

Compare that to ..' The renewable centre in EIU is...'
You're expected to have carried out indepth research on ALL the schools you applied to. Take out that ratio of this to that.. Virtually all schools have an impressive ratio . Go work on that point.

What will the degree do for you?
What benefit has the degree to your career plans?
That is exactly what it means!
Your response is very weak.
In what does he do.. You better respond so you can be put through the best way to present it.

If you're not going with funding, you MUST go with the motive of making a perfect impression and on time.
Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Brown2Green(m): 11:16am On Jun 09
Chidon40:
Good day everyone,

PLEASE, I need you guys assistance in reviewing my complicated transcript (VERY LONG) and providing the best feedback necessary.

PROPOSED TRANSCRIPT

Before I begin, I must state some circumstances surrounding my visa application as I believe my case is a bit different from other proposed transcript posted on this forum so as to receive adequate feedback from GURUS in the house.

Visa interview location : China
Purpose of residence in China: Study on full scholarship (Ending next year; I have completed my coursework and currently preparing for thesis)
Circumstances surrounding my case : I got employed in my alma mata in Nigeria as a Graduate Assistant (Already in China when the official letter came out), My employment letter stated I must obtain a masters degree in my[b] field[/b] (My study in China cannot be used as a substitute for M.Sc. Economics) within 2 years or on a special case, 4 years maximum or it will be terminated. My department is aware of my absence but insisted I must return NOW or start a masters in Economics so they can issue official study leave letter based on the Economics program(Study leave cannot be issued based on my current program in China).
Got assistantship with some deficit [ Using my uncle bank statement from Nigeria{original copy posted to me through DHL}]



VO: Good morning
ME: good morning
VO: where are you going to?
ME: I am going to the New Mexico State University to pursue a master’s degree in Economics with concentration in Econometrics.
V.O: You have a first degree in Nigeria?
Me: Yes sir
V.O: What course
Me: Economics
V.O: Same as what you are going for now?
Me: Yes sir
VO: Why Master’s degree at this time? / Why Master’s degree in Economics at this time?
ME: It’s a requirement for me to be promoted to an assistant Lecturer at my alma mata, ( Federal University)and also safeguard my employment as I am time-bound to obtain a master’s degree in Economics as stipulated in my employment letter.( This is my employment letter)
VO: Tell me about the program you will be going for and why you chose this program?
ME:I will be going for Masters in Economics with concentration in Econometrics at NMSU. I’m required to complete 30 credit hours within 18 months. I will be taking 3 core courses namely; Microeconomic theory, Macroeconomic theory and Econometrics. Some of my electives will comprise mainly of applied statistics such as Application of statistical techniques to estimation of economic relationships, and inferential statistics and so on. I will finally write a thesis towards the end of my program.
Aside the fact that I have a bachelor’s degree in Economics and as a university teaching staff in Economics department, Masters in Economics is the next step in my career development. I want to also obtain the necessary training and essential research skills required for a research and teaching profession. I want to understand how economic theories can be applied to the development of policies. I want ample knowledge of the statistical and econometric modelling techniques used in decision making and analysis. I want to learn how to Use statistical tools, calculus, computers, and economic theory to measure and test economic relationships.
This program at NMSU is very important to me as I have the option to minor in Applied statistics, thus given me the opportunity to perfect my understanding of the application of economic theories to real world issues.
I also want to obtain an in-depth knowledge of recent policies for combating major macroeconomic problems, especially unemployment and inflation, which my country is currently facing. I want to be able to return to Nigeria at the end of my programme with the confidence that I can help my country through my University, which is currently lacking in good economists who want to make a difference both as academics and economists. I strongly believe that New Mexico State University will help me achieve these goals.
VO: What are you doing in China?
ME: I am undergoing an English taught master’s program in contemporary china studies at Silk Road School, Renmin University of China to understand the Chinese development model.
VO: When will your program end?
ME: My program will officially end in June 2020.However; I have completed my coursework and currently writing my thesis. Because of my recent employment with my alma mata, I can only be granted study leave for a master’s program in Economics. Hence, my decision for masters at NMSU
VO: So, you intend to abandon your studies in China?
ME: Not at all Sir, I have discussed with some of my professors about my employment conditions and it was advised I should go for my masters in Economics since am done with coursework and already writing my thesis. Then, I can probably be reaching my supervisor online and finally attend my thesis defense next year.
VO: Do you have a relation in the USA?
ME: No sir
V.O: Where do you work
Me: (Federal university from February, 2019)
V.O: What do you do?
Me: Graduate research and teaching Assistant
V.O: How much do you earn per month?
Me: xxxk
V.O: Are you married?
Me: No sir
V.O: How old are you
Me: 26
VO: WHY USA?
ME: America has well-developed economy and education system. American universities are widely known for the quality of their teaching and research. Also, USA has Opportunity for Research, Teaching and Training through graduate assistantship which will help prepare me for my career as a Lecturer in Nigeria
VO: Why not Nigeria?
ME: Nigeria’s education system is still developing, given the shortcomings of graduate studies in universities in the country, continuing my education in Nigeria will ill-afford me the required skills and knowledge for the kind of impactful career I intend to build.
VO: Why not China?
ME: In as much as China has experienced rapid economic and technological development within the last few decades, its education system cannot still be compared to that of the USA. (This explains why there is a constant increase in the number of Chinese moving to study in the USA). Also, language barrier might have a negative impact on the quality of education delivered. (Since I am from an English speaking country, USA will rank better than China in terms of language variable when English taught courses are involved)
VO: New Mexico State University, Are there Nigerians in this state?
ME: Yes sir, I know of one Nigerian studying there sir.
VO: How?
Me: I checked a Nigerian forum of people studying in the USA known as nairaland after receiving the admission decision and I found one Nigerian there
V.O: Why New Mexico state?
Me: When I was applying for my Master program, I considered states that the cost of living is reasonable for me, that I can afford. The weather in the state is also good, similar to what we have in Nigeria. So adapting will be easy for me.
VO: how did you hear about New Mexico State University?
Me: I first heard about NMSU from my American classmate. She spoke highly of NMSU as a place where you can get quality education at a relatively affordable cost (my major consideration) and I also did research using College Board, master portal and Peterson where NMSU was also recommended considering my area of specialization. I also researched on graduates from Economics department of NMSU on LinkedIn and got connected with a Bangladeshi who equally recommended NMSU. He got his masters from NMSU and currently undergoing his DED( Doctor of Economic development) studies.
VO: What do you know about NMSU?
ME: NMSU is a medium-sized public university located in a small city in a suburban setting. It has more Hispanic than native whites.
Vo: what is your highest degree and what have you been doing after wards?
ME: My highest degree is bachelor’s degree in Economics obtained from (xxxxx) in 2015. After-which I taught high school Economics at Divine Child International School, from Sept 2015 to October 2016 before going for my 1year compulsory NYSC where I taught in a secondary school as an Economics teacher until October 2017. I returned back to my previous employer and taught Economics and Mathematics from January 2018 to August, 2018 before moving to China to study Contemporary china studies, at Silk Road School, Renmin University of China. Then, February 18, 2019, my alma mater employed me as a Lecturer which I’m expected to obtain a master’s degree in Economics within the stipulated time in my contract. Hence, my proposed study in the USA.
VO: What will the program do for you?
ME: I plan to come back to Nigeria and use the knowledge and experience I must have gained in NMSU to contribute my quota to the development of education in my University(Employer) and the economy at large. I intend to use the knowledge I have obtained to equip my students with econometrics skills needed in order to apply economic theories to real world issues as my University is lacking Lecturers in the field of Econometrics/quantitative economics.
VO: what is your study plan?
ME: The study plan involves a minimum of 30 credit program comprising of three core courses namely; Microeconomic Theory, Macroeconomic Theory and Econometrics. Some of my electives will comprise mainly of applied statistics such as Application of statistical techniques to estimation of economic relationships, and inferential statistics.
VO: how many schools did you apply to?
ME: I applied to only NMSU although I started application with 3 schools (NMSU, ASU, and WSU) but had to stop the rest as I got timely feedback from NMSU( with Assistantship) coupled with recommendations I received from friends about the NMSU.
VO: Did you take any test?
ME: No, NMSU advised that it’s not really necessary considering my academic excellence, current job description, and recommendation letters from my University and statement of purpose. Then, I had to drop my plan of taking GRE which I had prepared for but yet to register.
V.O: How do you plan paying your fees?
Me: I was awarded a 10hour Graduate assistantship, by my school with a salary of $4,200 per semester and non-resident tuition waiver.
The deficit will be covered by my uncle. He is the CEO (xxxx). He became my sponsor after the death of my father in 2006, and after graduating as the best student during my bachelor’s studies, He promised to sponsor my master’s studies as well because he encourages/supports academic excellence. This is his bank statement of account. I also have some savings as shown in my Bank of China statement of account here.
VO: How many siblings do you have?
ME: five
VO: Which uncle would be paying for them?
ME: Fortunately, I am the last child
VO: Oh! I see. So how did you secure this funding?
ME: I think the admission committee was impressed. My undergraduate CGPA , academic excellence and current work position were way beyond the requirements. I was the best graduating student with CGPA of 3.8/4 and was retained by the University as a faculty staff (Graduate Assistant).
VO: I will be approving your visa………….


I am very open to any type of feedback (positive or negative)… I am also willing to receive insults provided it’s feedback (I might learn something from it)



First thing I to state is the current trade war between China and America. Even MIT recently informed their students to let go of any research work that had to do with Hawaii. I don't know how far the trade war would go with candidates in China.

Secondly, you need to learn how to answer questions. It is not an essay ..rather an interview.

Kindly don't render any document if you were not asked for it. It could only mean you're either dubious or desperate.

How many school did you apply to?
3 .stop unnecessary story.

How do you plan to pay... It's a 50:50
Going ahead to say why he wants to pay when you weren't asked can make or mar you.
Try to be succinct.

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Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Skillset11: 11:27am On Jun 09
Flaame:
Congrats @skillset
Congrats? I have not even applied to a school yet.
I am still working on the schools suggested to me through the wonderful people on this platform.
However, thank you in advance bro.

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Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by ObodoNaija(f): 11:34am On Jun 09
Brown2Green:


Ok My Royal Majesty

Hi bro, I sent you a mail.
Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Gloryemo(f): 11:35am On Jun 09
Kindly reduce the length of your responses. They are too too too long.
As much as possible carve out the important and strong points and make your responses detailed and straight to those important points.
Also, don't say something that you can't easily proof or back up well.
All the best!



Chidon40:
Good day everyone,

PLEASE, I need you guys assistance in reviewing my complicated transcript (VERY LONG) and providing the best feedback necessary.

PROPOSED TRANSCRIPT

Before I begin, I must state some circumstances surrounding my visa application as I believe my case is a bit different from other proposed transcript posted on this forum so as to receive adequate feedback from GURUS in the house.

Visa interview location : China
Purpose of residence in China: Study on full scholarship (Ending next year; I have completed my coursework and currently preparing for thesis)
Circumstances surrounding my case : I got employed in my alma mata in Nigeria as a Graduate Assistant (Already in China when the official letter came out), My employment letter stated I must obtain a masters degree in my[b] field[/b] (My study in China cannot be used as a substitute for M.Sc. Economics) within 2 years or on a special case, 4 years maximum or it will be terminated. My department is aware of my absence but insisted I must return NOW or start a masters in Economics so they can issue official study leave letter based on the Economics program(Study leave cannot be issued based on my current program in China).
Got assistantship with some deficit [ Using my uncle bank statement from Nigeria{original copy posted to me through DHL}]



VO: Good morning
ME: good morning
VO: where are you going to?
ME: I am going to the New Mexico State University to pursue a master’s degree in Economics with concentration in Econometrics.
V.O: You have a first degree in Nigeria?
Me: Yes sir
V.O: What course
Me: Economics
V.O: Same as what you are going for now?
Me: Yes sir
VO: Why Master’s degree at this time? / Why Master’s degree in Economics at this time?
ME: It’s a requirement for me to be promoted to an assistant Lecturer at my alma mata, ( Federal University)and also safeguard my employment as I am time-bound to obtain a master’s degree in Economics as stipulated in my employment letter.( This is my employment letter)
VO: Tell me about the program you will be going for and why you chose this program?
ME:I will be going for Masters in Economics with concentration in Econometrics at NMSU. I’m required to complete 30 credit hours within 18 months. I will be taking 3 core courses namely; Microeconomic theory, Macroeconomic theory and Econometrics. Some of my electives will comprise mainly of applied statistics such as Application of statistical techniques to estimation of economic relationships, and inferential statistics and so on. I will finally write a thesis towards the end of my program.
Aside the fact that I have a bachelor’s degree in Economics and as a university teaching staff in Economics department, Masters in Economics is the next step in my career development. I want to also obtain the necessary training and essential research skills required for a research and teaching profession. I want to understand how economic theories can be applied to the development of policies. I want ample knowledge of the statistical and econometric modelling techniques used in decision making and analysis. I want to learn how to Use statistical tools, calculus, computers, and economic theory to measure and test economic relationships.
This program at NMSU is very important to me as I have the option to minor in Applied statistics, thus given me the opportunity to perfect my understanding of the application of economic theories to real world issues.
I also want to obtain an in-depth knowledge of recent policies for combating major macroeconomic problems, especially unemployment and inflation, which my country is currently facing. I want to be able to return to Nigeria at the end of my programme with the confidence that I can help my country through my University, which is currently lacking in good economists who want to make a difference both as academics and economists. I strongly believe that New Mexico State University will help me achieve these goals.
VO: What are you doing in China?
ME: I am undergoing an English taught master’s program in contemporary china studies at Silk Road School, Renmin University of China to understand the Chinese development model.
VO: When will your program end?
ME: My program will officially end in June 2020.However; I have completed my coursework and currently writing my thesis. Because of my recent employment with my alma mata, I can only be granted study leave for a master’s program in Economics. Hence, my decision for masters at NMSU
VO: So, you intend to abandon your studies in China?
ME: Not at all Sir, I have discussed with some of my professors about my employment conditions and it was advised I should go for my masters in Economics since am done with coursework and already writing my thesis. Then, I can probably be reaching my supervisor online and finally attend my thesis defense next year.
VO: Do you have a relation in the USA?
ME: No sir
V.O: Where do you work
Me: (Federal university from February, 2019)
V.O: What do you do?
Me: Graduate research and teaching Assistant
V.O: How much do you earn per month?
Me: xxxk
V.O: Are you married?
Me: No sir
V.O: How old are you
Me: 26
VO: WHY USA?
ME: America has well-developed economy and education system. American universities are widely known for the quality of their teaching and research. Also, USA has Opportunity for Research, Teaching and Training through graduate assistantship which will help prepare me for my career as a Lecturer in Nigeria
VO: Why not Nigeria?
ME: Nigeria’s education system is still developing, given the shortcomings of graduate studies in universities in the country, continuing my education in Nigeria will ill-afford me the required skills and knowledge for the kind of impactful career I intend to build.
VO: Why not China?
ME: In as much as China has experienced rapid economic and technological development within the last few decades, its education system cannot still be compared to that of the USA. (This explains why there is a constant increase in the number of Chinese moving to study in the USA). Also, language barrier might have a negative impact on the quality of education delivered. (Since I am from an English speaking country, USA will rank better than China in terms of language variable when English taught courses are involved)
VO: New Mexico State University, Are there Nigerians in this state?
ME: Yes sir, I know of one Nigerian studying there sir.
VO: How?
Me: I checked a Nigerian forum of people studying in the USA known as nairaland after receiving the admission decision and I found one Nigerian there
V.O: Why New Mexico state?
Me: When I was applying for my Master program, I considered states that the cost of living is reasonable for me, that I can afford. The weather in the state is also good, similar to what we have in Nigeria. So adapting will be easy for me.
VO: how did you hear about New Mexico State University?
Me: I first heard about NMSU from my American classmate. She spoke highly of NMSU as a place where you can get quality education at a relatively affordable cost (my major consideration) and I also did research using College Board, master portal and Peterson where NMSU was also recommended considering my area of specialization. I also researched on graduates from Economics department of NMSU on LinkedIn and got connected with a Bangladeshi who equally recommended NMSU. He got his masters from NMSU and currently undergoing his DED( Doctor of Economic development) studies.
VO: What do you know about NMSU?
ME: NMSU is a medium-sized public university located in a small city in a suburban setting. It has more Hispanic than native whites.
Vo: what is your highest degree and what have you been doing after wards?
ME: My highest degree is bachelor’s degree in Economics obtained from (xxxxx) in 2015. After-which I taught high school Economics at Divine Child International School, from Sept 2015 to October 2016 before going for my 1year compulsory NYSC where I taught in a secondary school as an Economics teacher until October 2017. I returned back to my previous employer and taught Economics and Mathematics from January 2018 to August, 2018 before moving to China to study Contemporary china studies, at Silk Road School, Renmin University of China. Then, February 18, 2019, my alma mater employed me as a Lecturer which I’m expected to obtain a master’s degree in Economics within the stipulated time in my contract. Hence, my proposed study in the USA.
VO: What will the program do for you?
ME: I plan to come back to Nigeria and use the knowledge and experience I must have gained in NMSU to contribute my quota to the development of education in my University(Employer) and the economy at large. I intend to use the knowledge I have obtained to equip my students with econometrics skills needed in order to apply economic theories to real world issues as my University is lacking Lecturers in the field of Econometrics/quantitative economics.
VO: what is your study plan?
ME: The study plan involves a minimum of 30 credit program comprising of three core courses namely; Microeconomic Theory, Macroeconomic Theory and Econometrics. Some of my electives will comprise mainly of applied statistics such as Application of statistical techniques to estimation of economic relationships, and inferential statistics.
VO: how many schools did you apply to?
ME: I applied to only NMSU although I started application with 3 schools (NMSU, ASU, and WSU) but had to stop the rest as I got timely feedback from NMSU( with Assistantship) coupled with recommendations I received from friends about the NMSU.
VO: Did you take any test?
ME: No, NMSU advised that it’s not really necessary considering my academic excellence, current job description, and recommendation letters from my University and statement of purpose. Then, I had to drop my plan of taking GRE which I had prepared for but yet to register.
V.O: How do you plan paying your fees?
Me: I was awarded a 10hour Graduate assistantship, by my school with a salary of $4,200 per semester and non-resident tuition waiver.
The deficit will be covered by my uncle. He is the CEO (xxxx). He became my sponsor after the death of my father in 2006, and after graduating as the best student during my bachelor’s studies, He promised to sponsor my master’s studies as well because he encourages/supports academic excellence. This is his bank statement of account. I also have some savings as shown in my Bank of China statement of account here.
VO: How many siblings do you have?
ME: five
VO: Which uncle would be paying for them?
ME: Fortunately, I am the last child
VO: Oh! I see. So how did you secure this funding?
ME: I think the admission committee was impressed. My undergraduate CGPA , academic excellence and current work position were way beyond the requirements. I was the best graduating student with CGPA of 3.8/4 and was retained by the University as a faculty staff (Graduate Assistant).
VO: I will be approving your visa………….


I am very open to any type of feedback (positive or negative)… I am also willing to receive insults provided it’s feedback (I might learn something from it)

Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Chidon40: 11:38am On Jun 09
Brown2Green:



First thing I to state is the current trade war between China and America. Even MIT recently informed their students to let go of any research work that had to do with Hawaii. I don't know how far the trade war would go with candidates in China.

Secondly, you need to learn how to answer questions. It is not an essay ..rather an interview.

Kindly don't render any document if you were not asked for it. It could only mean you're either dubious or desperate.

How many school did you apply to?
3 .stop unnecessary story.

How do you plan to pay... It's a 50:50
Going ahead to say why he wants to pay when you weren't asked can make or mar you.
Try to be succinct.

Thanks a lot for the feedback. Points noted.

Regards to your first point, what do you mean by the current trade war?. How does it affect my proposed study in the US?
Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Nobody: 11:39am On Jun 09
Chidon40:
Good day everyone,

PLEASE, I need you guys assistance in reviewing my complicated transcript (VERY LONG) and providing the best feedback necessary.

PROPOSED TRANSCRIPT

Before I begin, I must state some circumstances surrounding my visa application as I believe my case is a bit different from other proposed transcript posted on this forum so as to receive adequate feedback from GURUS in the house.

Visa interview location : China
Purpose of residence in China: Study on full scholarship (Ending next year; I have completed my coursework and currently preparing for thesis)
Circumstances surrounding my case : I got employed in my alma mata in Nigeria as a Graduate Assistant (Already in China when the official letter came out), My employment letter stated I must obtain a masters degree in my[b] field[/b] (My study in China cannot be used as a substitute for M.Sc. Economics) within 2 years or on a special case, 4 years maximum or it will be terminated. My department is aware of my absence but insisted I must return NOW or start a masters in Economics so they can issue official study leave letter based on the Economics program(Study leave cannot be issued based on my current program in China).
Got assistantship with some deficit [ Using my uncle bank statement from Nigeria{original copy posted to me through DHL}]




Omoh, this your case get as e be o. Here is my advice for you;

1. Relax and complete your MS in China by the stipulated date of June 2020. Telling the VO that you have an agreement with your professors to finish earlier than the stipulated date may not work, except you have an official document from your school to explain the situation.

2. You have a job offer from a Nigerian federal university, which shows that you have either a first-class degree or a 4+ GPA (ceteris paribus). With that GPA and a good GRE score, you can secure a PhD offer in Economics from a solid program in the US. A PhD in Economics, especially with a concentration in Econometrics will open more doors for you. So, I will advice you to abort this mission, study for the GRE, get a solid score (315+) and you'll join a very good Econ PhD program.

3. With an Econ PhD from a solid US college, you can work in academia (in Naija or the US) or enter the industry (tech, finance and consulting). By that time, I don't think you will ever give two f*cks about that GA offer you currently have.

Assuming you haven't forgotten your undergrad economics lessons grin - if we place both options on a Production Possibility Frontier keeping time/payout as the fixed resource, the Pareto efficient outcome is for you to complete your degree in China and head to the US for a PhD in Economics grin grin grin. All you have to do is to ace your test scores and apply before December 1 (good programs have PhD deadlines in December). And yes, fashi that offer from your university. You won't need it grin grin grin grin

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Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Chidon40: 11:41am On Jun 09
Gloryemo:

Kindly reduce the length of your responses. They are too too too long.
As much as possible carve out the important and strong points and make your responses detailed and straight to those important points.
Also, don't say something that you can't easily proof or back up well.
All the best!




Well Noted!
Thanks
Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by ObodoNaija(f): 11:53am On Jun 09
zeeLady:
My VISA was approved on June 6th, 2019 at Abuja Embassy.

BACKGROUND
I went for the student VISA interview with my baby and previously, I & my family had been denied tourist VISA.
I had used every resource i could lay my hands on to prepare and I came up with my model answers to the usual student VISA questions; I could feel my confidence rise as I prepared. I got an assiatantship that covers my personal cost, however, I had a dependent cost (my baby) hanging there and my husband's bank statement hadn't the needed money to cover the total dependent cost. Well, I prayed that every document that would warrant a denial not be asked and I began listening to motivational speeches to conquer every anxiety.

In addition to that, I arrived at the embassy and met over 100 people there already! Then, it bagan to rain. I tried to wrap my baby in the baby shawl and approached the security officers to allow me do my biometrics and interview. They did! I became one of the first 15 people to be interviewed. I was eventually interviewed by the same VO who had previously interviewed my family and I.

ON THE INTERVIEW DAY

ME: Good morning (with a smile)
VO: Good morning, pass me your Document
ME: Passed our passports, 1-20s and SEVIS payment confirmation
VO: Where do you work?
ME: I am an Bleep working with (I looked exactly into the eyes of the VO and said the acronym for were i work, I instantly realised there was a look of dissatifaction on his face so I immediatly went ahead and said the full name of the acronym. He kind of paused as I spoke and by the time i was done, i could see he was more interested in me).
VO: What degree are you going for?
ME: Bleep
VO: Why are you going with your son? (Honestly, at this point, I could feel the favour of God working. My baby is a girl NOT a boy, but I also have a son and I was looking for the right opportunity to pass the information to the VO so he would know I am leaving behind not just my husband but my son aswell. On the face of it, the VO thought my baby was a boy because of the way i wrapped her due to the rain).

ME: You mean my son (pointing behind me, as if my son was behind) or my daughter (pointing to my baby who i was carrying)?
VO: (Now realising I have a son) Who will take care of your son?
ME: I answered
VO: What are you gonna do to your baby while you studying?
ME: I answered (I had my corrrespondence with some daycares and i was ready to show him if he asked but he never asked)
VO: why are you going with just your baby and not with your son also.
ME: (I hugged my baby a little bit and told him how young and very dependent my baby still is).
VO: How old is your son?
ME: I answered
VO: How long have you been married?
ME: i answered
VO: Are you still married?
ME: (I smilled and then answered)
VO: how are gonna pay fo rthis?
ME: I have an assistantship and the rest will be taken care of by my husband
VO: What does your husband do?
ME: I answered (But not very fluently at this point. I was partly thinking what i was going to do if he says i should show my husband's statement. The money there wasn't even up to half of the dependent cost. I found a way to gain composure somewhere in between my lines).

VO: He kept typing and I was looking intently at him and saying to myself, ''you must grant me VISA''. It looked like forever but he kept typing. I smiled until my smile faded and i kept waiting for him to stop typing. Time stood still!
VO: (Finally what I was waiting for) I have approved your VISAs.
(He brought out the two white papers and began to run down all the pickup and port of entry lecture, I pretended i was listening but my ears were merely physically present).

ME: Thank you.


No single document was asked. Everything worked for my good including the rain! I cant thank God enough for how he answered my prayers .

Congrats Sis

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Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Chidon40: 11:53am On Jun 09
bracelum:


Omoh, this your case get as e be o. Here is my advice for you;

1. Relax and complete your MS in China by the stipulated date of June 2020. Telling the VO that you have an agreement with your professors to finish earlier than the stipulated date may not work, except you have an official document from your school to explain the situation.

2. You have a job offer from a Nigerian federal university, which shows that you have either a first-class degree or a 4+ GPA (ceteris paribus). With that GPA and a good GRE score, you can secure a PhD offer in Economics from a solid program in the US. A PhD in Economics, especially with a concentration in Econometrics will open more doors for you. So, I will advice you to abort this mission, study for the GRE, get a solid score (315+) and you'll join a very good Econ PhD program.

3. With an Econ PhD from a solid US college, you can work in academia (in Naija or the US) or enter the industry (tech, finance and consulting). By that time, I don't think you will ever give two f*cks about that GA offer you currently have.

Assuming you haven't forgotten your undergrad economics lessons grin - if we place both options on a Production Possibility Frontier keeping time as the fixed resource, the Pareto efficient outcome is for you to complete your degree in China and head to the US for a PhD in Economics grin grin grin. All you have to do is to ace your test scores and apply before December 1 (good programs have PhD deadlines in December). And yes, fashi that offer from your university. You won't need it grin grin grin grin

Well Noted.
Thanks a lot. I appreciate your honest feedback

I prefer my job in Nigerian University than working outside thereby contributing to another man's economy while mine perish. It's not mainly about the money because I am equally on a good scholarship here and can as well secure a job with a good pay after studies in China. (Its personal though). Honestly, I thought about quitting the employment on the basis that I can secure another university upon my return whenever am done with studies abroad But on a second thought, securing a lecturing job in Nigerian federal university is really difficult considering the corruption in recruitment into federal establishments.

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Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Pepperoni001: 12:03pm On Jun 09
*this is my proposed Transcript*

Your feedback are highly appreciated.

VO: Good Morning, Pass me your I-20 and SEVIS receipt.
ME: Good Morning, handed over the requested docs.

VO: Why are you going to US?
ME: I am going to US for my Graduate Study in Sustainable Energy.

VO: How Many Universities did you apply to?
ME: 4 Universities: Eastern Illinois University, North Eastern Illinois University, Murray State University and Georgia Southern University.

VO: How many accepted you and how many rejected you.
ME: Eastern Illinois University and Murray State University accepted me, NEIU rejected me and I am awaiting decision from GSU.

VO: Why did you Choose EIU.
ME: I came across EIU on usnews.com and that prompted me to carry out research on the school. Everything I found fits both my academic and my career plans. During my research I also discovered that the Renewable Energy Center in EIU is the largest university biomass in the country. The center will afford me the firsthand opportunity to learn how renewable energy is utilized to support the need of a campus or community.

VO: Any standardized test?
ME: GRE: 280 and TOEFL: 80?

V.O: What will the degree do for you?
Me: it will provide me the skills and knowledge to be able to analyse current and future energy needs, and design and implement appropriate solutions, taking into account the social, environmental, technical, regulatory and commercial issues.

VO: Who is paying the school bills?
ME: My dad is footing the bills.

VO: What does he do? Pass me his SOA
ME: He is a lecturer of Law at University of Ibadan, hands her SOA

VO: I can see you are married with Kids, why are you not going with them.
ME: My wife just got started work with XYZ bank and there¡¯s a bond she signed with them that won¡¯t allow her leave her duty post for two years.

VO: You can pick your visa in 3 days.
ME: Alright, have a great day.

Cc:

@sharwama and brown2green
Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Time2win(m): 12:07pm On Jun 09
Chidon40:


Well Noted.
Thanks a lot. I appreciate your honest feedback

I prefer my job in Nigerian University than working outside thereby contributing to another man's economy while mine perish. It's not mainly about the money because I am equally on a good scholarship here and can as well secure a job with a good pay after studies in China. (Its personal though). Honestly, I thought about quitting the employment on the basis that I can secure another university upon my return whenever am done with studies abroad But on a second thought, securing a lecturing job in Nigerian federal university is really difficult considering the corruption in recruitment into federal establishments.

Story that touches. You clearly don't know the doors a PhD from a good US university will open for you when you return back to Nigeria if you want to. You can give it a try and see if you will be approved but @bracelum gave a good advice.

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Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Nobody: 12:10pm On Jun 09
Chidon40:


Well Noted.
Thanks a lot. I appreciate your honest feedback

I prefer my job in Nigerian University than working outside thereby contributing to another man's economy while mine perish. It's not mainly about the money because I am equally on a good scholarship here and can as well secure a job with a good pay after studies in China. (Its personal though). Honestly, I thought about quitting the employment on the basis that I can secure another university upon my return whenever am done with studies abroad But on a second thought, securing a lecturing job in Nigerian federal university is really difficult considering the corruption in recruitment into federal establishments.

Yeah, I understand your point. You should also think long-term. A PhD might give you faster career growth in academia but if you return home with an MS, you will still have to do a PhD while working fulltime as a Lecturer. And you know how long Nigerian PhDs can be.

I still think the PhD from the US will be the optimal strategy. The recruitment process you mentioned is similar in most parts of the world, including the US. The whole thing is still based on networking. I won't call it corruption because networking is the way of success. If you do your PhD in the US, you still have 5 years to make your connections back to a lecturer position in Nigeria (that time is enough). The better part is that you won't still have to worry yourself to complete a parttime PhD while you work as a fulltime Lecturer.

I wish you the best!

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Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Chidon40: 12:24pm On Jun 09
Time2win:


Story that touches. You clearly don't know the doors a PhD from a good US university will open for you when you return back to Nigeria if you want to. You can give it a try and see if you will be approved but @bracelum gave a good advice.

Well noted!.

Thanks
Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Chidon40: 12:26pm On Jun 09
bracelum:


Yeah, I understand your point. You should also think long-term. A PhD might give you faster career growth in academia but if you return home with an MS, you will still have to do a PhD while working fulltime as a Lecturer. And you know how long Nigerian PhDs can be.

I still think the PhD from the US will be the optimal strategy. The recruitment process you mentioned is similar in most parts of the world, including the US. The whole thing is still based on networking. I won't call it corruption because networking is the way of success. If you do your PhD in the US, you still have 5 years to make your connections back to a lecturer position in Nigeria (that time is enough). The better part is that you won't still have to worry yourself to complete a parttime PhD while you work as a fulltime Lecturer.

I wish you the best!

I really appreciate your feedback. I will put your suggestion into consideration. May God bless you abundantly for your selfless efforts in this forum.

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Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by AgreatMan: 12:29pm On Jun 09
Chidon40:
Good day everyone,

PLEASE, I need you guys assistance in reviewing my complicated transcript (VERY LONG) and providing the best feedback necessary.

PROPOSED TRANSCRIPT

Before I begin, I must state some circumstances surrounding my visa application as I believe my case is a bit different from other proposed transcript posted on this forum so as to receive adequate feedback from GURUS in the house.

Visa interview location : China
Purpose of residence in China: Study on full scholarship (Ending next year; I have completed my coursework and currently preparing for thesis)
Circumstances surrounding my case : I got employed in my alma mata in Nigeria as a Graduate Assistant (Already in China when the official letter came out), My employment letter stated I must obtain a masters degree in my[b] field[/b] (My study in China cannot be used as a substitute for M.Sc. Economics) within 2 years or on a special case, 4 years maximum or it will be terminated. My department is aware of my absence but insisted I must return NOW or start a masters in Economics so they can issue official study leave letter based on the Economics program(Study leave cannot be issued based on my current program in China).
Got assistantship with some deficit [ Using my uncle bank statement from Nigeria{original copy posted to me through DHL}]



VO: Good morning
ME: good morning
VO: where are you going to?
ME: I am going to the New Mexico State University to pursue a master’s degree in Economics with concentration in Econometrics.
V.O: You have a first degree in Nigeria?
Me: Yes sir
V.O: What course
Me: Economics
V.O: Same as what you are going for now?
Me: Yes sir
VO: Why Master’s degree at this time? / Why Master’s degree in Economics at this time?
ME: It’s a requirement for me to be promoted to an assistant Lecturer at my alma mata, ( Federal University)and also safeguard my employment as I am time-bound to obtain a master’s degree in Economics as stipulated in my employment letter.( This is my employment letter)
VO: Tell me about the program you will be going for and why you chose this program?
ME:I will be going for Masters in Economics with concentration in Econometrics at NMSU. I’m required to complete 30 credit hours within 18 months. I will be taking 3 core courses namely; Microeconomic theory, Macroeconomic theory and Econometrics. Some of my electives will comprise mainly of applied statistics such as Application of statistical techniques to estimation of economic relationships, and inferential statistics and so on. I will finally write a thesis towards the end of my program.
Aside the fact that I have a bachelor’s degree in Economics and as a university teaching staff in Economics department, Masters in Economics is the next step in my career development. I want to also obtain the necessary training and essential research skills required for a research and teaching profession. I want to understand how economic theories can be applied to the development of policies. I want ample knowledge of the statistical and econometric modelling techniques used in decision making and analysis. I want to learn how to Use statistical tools, calculus, computers, and economic theory to measure and test economic relationships.
This program at NMSU is very important to me as I have the option to minor in Applied statistics, thus given me the opportunity to perfect my understanding of the application of economic theories to real world issues.
I also want to obtain an in-depth knowledge of recent policies for combating major macroeconomic problems, especially unemployment and inflation, which my country is currently facing. I want to be able to return to Nigeria at the end of my programme with the confidence that I can help my country through my University, which is currently lacking in good economists who want to make a difference both as academics and economists. I strongly believe that New Mexico State University will help me achieve these goals.
VO: What are you doing in China?
ME: I am undergoing an English taught master’s program in contemporary china studies at Silk Road School, Renmin University of China to understand the Chinese development model.
VO: When will your program end?
ME: My program will officially end in June 2020.However; I have completed my coursework and currently writing my thesis. Because of my recent employment with my alma mata, I can only be granted study leave for a master’s program in Economics. Hence, my decision for masters at NMSU
VO: So, you intend to abandon your studies in China?
ME: Not at all Sir, I have discussed with some of my professors about my employment conditions and it was advised I should go for my masters in Economics since am done with coursework and already writing my thesis. Then, I can probably be reaching my supervisor online and finally attend my thesis defense next year.
VO: Do you have a relation in the USA?
ME: No sir
V.O: Where do you work
Me: (Federal university from February, 2019)
V.O: What do you do?
Me: Graduate research and teaching Assistant
V.O: How much do you earn per month?
Me: xxxk
V.O: Are you married?
Me: No sir
V.O: How old are you
Me: 26
VO: WHY USA?
ME: America has well-developed economy and education system. American universities are widely known for the quality of their teaching and research. Also, USA has Opportunity for Research, Teaching and Training through graduate assistantship which will help prepare me for my career as a Lecturer in Nigeria
VO: Why not Nigeria?
ME: Nigeria’s education system is still developing, given the shortcomings of graduate studies in universities in the country, continuing my education in Nigeria will ill-afford me the required skills and knowledge for the kind of impactful career I intend to build.
VO: Why not China?
ME: In as much as China has experienced rapid economic and technological development within the last few decades, its education system cannot still be compared to that of the USA. (This explains why there is a constant increase in the number of Chinese moving to study in the USA). Also, language barrier might have a negative impact on the quality of education delivered. (Since I am from an English speaking country, USA will rank better than China in terms of language variable when English taught courses are involved)
VO: New Mexico State University, Are there Nigerians in this state?
ME: Yes sir, I know of one Nigerian studying there sir.
VO: How?
Me: I checked a Nigerian forum of people studying in the USA known as nairaland after receiving the admission decision and I found one Nigerian there
V.O: Why New Mexico state?
Me: When I was applying for my Master program, I considered states that the cost of living is reasonable for me, that I can afford. The weather in the state is also good, similar to what we have in Nigeria. So adapting will be easy for me.
VO: how did you hear about New Mexico State University?
Me: I first heard about NMSU from my American classmate. She spoke highly of NMSU as a place where you can get quality education at a relatively affordable cost (my major consideration) and I also did research using College Board, master portal and Peterson where NMSU was also recommended considering my area of specialization. I also researched on graduates from Economics department of NMSU on LinkedIn and got connected with a Bangladeshi who equally recommended NMSU. He got his masters from NMSU and currently undergoing his DED( Doctor of Economic development) studies.
VO: What do you know about NMSU?
ME: NMSU is a medium-sized public university located in a small city in a suburban setting. It has more Hispanic than native whites.
Vo: what is your highest degree and what have you been doing after wards?
ME: My highest degree is bachelor’s degree in Economics obtained from (xxxxx) in 2015. After-which I taught high school Economics at Divine Child International School, from Sept 2015 to October 2016 before going for my 1year compulsory NYSC where I taught in a secondary school as an Economics teacher until October 2017. I returned back to my previous employer and taught Economics and Mathematics from January 2018 to August, 2018 before moving to China to study Contemporary china studies, at Silk Road School, Renmin University of China. Then, February 18, 2019, my alma mater employed me as a Lecturer which I’m expected to obtain a master’s degree in Economics within the stipulated time in my contract. Hence, my proposed study in the USA.
VO: What will the program do for you?
ME: I plan to come back to Nigeria and use the knowledge and experience I must have gained in NMSU to contribute my quota to the development of education in my University(Employer) and the economy at large. I intend to use the knowledge I have obtained to equip my students with econometrics skills needed in order to apply economic theories to real world issues as my University is lacking Lecturers in the field of Econometrics/quantitative economics.
VO: what is your study plan?
ME: The study plan involves a minimum of 30 credit program comprising of three core courses namely; Microeconomic Theory, Macroeconomic Theory and Econometrics. Some of my electives will comprise mainly of applied statistics such as Application of statistical techniques to estimation of economic relationships, and inferential statistics.
VO: how many schools did you apply to?
ME: I applied to only NMSU although I started application with 3 schools (NMSU, ASU, and WSU) but had to stop the rest as I got timely feedback from NMSU( with Assistantship) coupled with recommendations I received from friends about the NMSU.
VO: Did you take any test?
ME: No, NMSU advised that it’s not really necessary considering my academic excellence, current job description, and recommendation letters from my University and statement of purpose. Then, I had to drop my plan of taking GRE which I had prepared for but yet to register.
V.O: How do you plan paying your fees?
Me: I was awarded a 10hour Graduate assistantship, by my school with a salary of $4,200 per semester and non-resident tuition waiver.
The deficit will be covered by my uncle. He is the CEO (xxxx). He became my sponsor after the death of my father in 2006, and after graduating as the best student during my bachelor’s studies, He promised to sponsor my master’s studies as well because he encourages/supports academic excellence. This is his bank statement of account. I also have some savings as shown in my Bank of China statement of account here.
VO: How many siblings do you have?
ME: five
VO: Which uncle would be paying for them?
ME: Fortunately, I am the last child
VO: Oh! I see. So how did you secure this funding?
ME: I think the admission committee was impressed. My undergraduate CGPA , academic excellence and current work position were way beyond the requirements. I was the best graduating student with CGPA of 3.8/4 and was retained by the University as a faculty staff (Graduate Assistant).
VO: I will be approving your visa………….


I am very open to any type of feedback (positive or negative)… I am also willing to receive insults provided it’s feedback (I might learn something from it)


Em em, I think u need to calm down when explaining this situation to the VO. U r over explaining things n bringing opening up unnecessary line of discussion.

But my main reason for this post is different. A close friend of mine got her Visa from China just last week for an MBA. Her school was not a really known school somewhere in Boston (d name didn't stick to my head). She didn't write GMAT, GRE or TOEFL. She is from a neighboring African country and her official language is more of French than English, but her English is good.

However, she went with a properly loaded bank account and this is how her interview went... Roll your sleeves ladies and gentlemen.....


























































Her: Good morning.
VO: Nice to have u here. let me have your passport. Have this paper. Your Visa will be mailed to u in 3 days. You may leave now.

She went to Chengdu embassy, too many applicants at Beijing embassy she said.

Aside funding, your profile beats hers hands down. Calm down, get your responses across without confusing the VO. You should be fine but it is better to be over-prepared.

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Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Nobody: 12:36pm On Jun 09
Time2win:


Story that touches. You clearly don't know the doors a PhD from a good US university will open for you when you return back to Nigeria if you want to. You can give it a try and see if you will be approved but @bracelum gave a good advice.

If that guy collect PhD in Economics from Cornell, University of Michigan, UC Berkeley, UCLA or UCSD, no be small doors go open for am either from Naija or anywhere in the world.

Na just patience and good planning

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Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by dreambound(m): 12:40pm On Jun 09
AgreatMan:


Em em, I think u need to calm down when explaining this situation to the VO. U r over explaining things n bringing opening up unnecessary line of discussion.

But my main reason for this post is different. A close friend of mine got her Visa from China just last week for an MBA. Her school was not a really known school somewhere in Boston (d name didn't stick to my head). She didn't write GMAT, GRE or TOEFL. She is from a neighboring African country and her official language is more of French than English, but her English is good.

However, she went with a properly loaded bank account and this is how her interview went... Roll your sleeves ladies and gentlemen.....
Her: Good morning.
VO: Nice to have u here. let me have your passport. Have this paper. Your Visa will be mailed to u in 3 days. You may leave now.

She went to Chengdu embassy, too many applicants at Beijing embassy she said.

Aside funding, your profile beats hers hands down. Calm down, get your responses across without confusing the VO. You should be fine but it is better to be over-prepared.

Tchai....
Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Chidon40: 12:41pm On Jun 09
AgreatMan:


Em em, I think u need to calm down when explaining this situation to the VO. U r over explaining things n bringing opening up unnecessary line of discussion.

But my main reason for this post is different. A close friend of mine got her Visa from China just last week for an MBA. Her school was not a really known school somewhere in Boston (d name didn't stick to my head). She didn't write GMAT, GRE or TOEFL. She is from a neighboring African country and her official language is more of French than English, but her English is good.

However, she went with a properly loaded bank account and this is how her interview went... Roll your sleeves ladies and gentlemen.....


























































Her: Good morning.
VO: Nice to have u here. let me have your passport. Have this paper. Your Visa will be mailed to u in 3 days. You may leave now.

She went to Chengdu embassy, too many applicants at Beijing embassy she said.

Aside funding, your profile beats hers hands down. Calm down, get your responses across without confusing the VO. You should be fine but it is better to be over-prepared.

shocked shocked
Wow. Favour and Grace was too much in her life that day.

Thanks for the feedback. Points Noted!.

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