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Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by Shabamola(m): 11:37pm On Jun 01
Anyone knows procedure for applying for BSC?

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Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by richieboy1994: 12:58am On Jun 02
Please I just got admission and the school needs a bank statement to process my I-20. PLEASE can I use my cousin's German bank statement, because he's currently based in Germany?


PLEASE I NEED YOUR SINCERE AND URGENT ANSWERS, SAVE ME PLEASE?
Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by TWoods(m): 1:46am On Jun 02
fdecisive:
Date: 1st June 2021
Status: Approved
Funding: Full Ride

Since last week, I have been watching boxing legend Mohammed Ali and his fights with Frazier and Foreman. So today when I was inside the consulate, I began to get a bit nervous. So I began to warm up (subtly though) just like Ali does, from left to right... smiley smiley . Watch him on YouTube, you'd love it. smiley

While on the queue, I saw several cases being adjudicated. There was a guy who couldn't string two or three sentences without a serious grammatical mistake, he didn't sound like someone who passed English at all. On top of the fact that he was telling obvious lies. But he was speaking forcefully, and in the end, his visa was approved, to everyone's surprise. There was a guy who was practically fidgeting, didn't know where he had worked just a couple of years ago, couldn't say what the degree will do for him. But his visa was approved. In my mind... See grace. There were others who seemingly said everything right, and were calm and confident too, but were still denied. Fear God.
It got to my turn.

VO(Caucasian): Good afternoon
Me: Good afternoon sir.

VO: So tell me, what are you going to do?
Me: I'm going to the university of xxxx to gain knowledge and conduct a research with Dr xxxx and Prof xxxx, on how government policy on internally displaced persons, refugee, and migrants are formed; this study will lead to a masters degree in International Studies, and prepare me to take up a role as Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at xxxx, where I currently work. (I stopped, and VO was still typing and looking through my i-20).

VO: (He kept mute for about 20 seconds. He was checking my I-20 all the while I was speaking and kept typing even after I stopped.) Suddenly, he heaved a sigh, opened his mouth, and said... Alright, I will be giving you this document, and approving your visa. We got a lot of folks in queue and I can see you got a full ride, so let's not waste much time.
So here's your i-20, you can pick up your passport from Monday next week at DHL office, VI... Have a wonderful trip to America.

Me: Already smiling. Thank you so much. Have a nice day!
The whole process took just over a minute.

First of all, I want to appreciate the Almighty God for this. I return all the glory to God. I will share part of my story below to motivate and inspire someone out there. You can make it, if you will try!

As of August last year, I had no clue and no plan to study abroad. I had different plans for my career, which included doing a Masters at UNILAG smiley. That same August, a friend of mine John (not his real name) who won a commonwealth scholarship to the UK visited me. He had travelled to Lagos in order to process his tuberculosis tests at Ikeja. He shared his story with me and challenged me to apply for Chevening, Commonwealth, and any other scholarships I could find, adding that I had exceptional experiences that will make me stand out. I was inspired because this was a guy who grew up with me in Warri, walked the same streets with me, attended the same fellowship (FECA), he was even my junior throughout our days at UNIBEN, and here was he going to UK on a fully-funded Scholarship. I believed I could do it too. I decided to give my applications my best shot. As God would have it, we were working remotely at my workplace, so I could devote a lot of attention to research online. I made up my mind to apply for UK Chevening and Swedish Institute Scholarship (NOT USA - I did not think I could afford their numerous standardized tests, and other fees, etc). The USA was out of it for me.

From late August to November last year, day after day, night after night, I did meticulous research. I got vital help from John and others too. I tried to string a coherent story from a pretty diverse career story spanning journalism, news broadcasting, community development, refugee support, humanitarian aid, corporate communications, etc. I wanted to develop a solid personal statement from my experiences that will always be convincing.
After sleepless nights, and managing my applications with my full-time job, I got admitted to 6 UK schools (Universities of East Anglia, Leicester, Bournemouth, Lancaster, Westminster, & Cardiff). I applied for the Chevening Scholarship. I got favoured by God, and was shortlisted for an interview. Last April I did my interview at the British Consulate, Lagos. It was successful, as the panellists shared their feedback with me that I I was outstanding. I'm confident I will be shortlisted for the award when names will be released this month.

But this is how my US story began. In early February, another younger one of mine from my NCCF (NYSC), with whom I had chatted around Christmas last year, reached out to me. He told me that he was now in the US studying, and told me I could actually apply to schools for PhD and get funding too. I never knew - ignorance ain't good. I immediately modified my personal statement, adjusted my references, and started conducting another massive research on US schools that had my course, and was going to waive the application fee, GRE, TOEFL, etc. I wasn't into these standardized English tests, as my English was excellent as far as I was concerned. But to get the schools that were waiving these was a real work... Night upon night I searched patiently. I was lucky to stumble upon my current school, and applied. I requested that the application fee should be waived, and they did. In fact, at some point it looked as if they were appealing to me to send in my application, after reading my personal statement. Two weeks after applying, I got admitted with full graduate assistantship, health insurance, return flight ticket, tuition and fees waiver. I couldn't believe it! I danced and danced that night, praising God, and I'm sure others in my flat must have heard my loud screams, and tonguings too smiley.

I share all these to inspire someone. I am not from a privileged background. Life has been hard several times. I fought my way through undergraduate studies Uniben. It was hard, but God helped me.
Pick yourself up! Don't give up on your dreams to be the best you can be. Always demand the best from yourself. Set the bar high, and aim for it. Wipe the sweat off your face, and persevere. People will misunderstand you, underrate you, discourage you, and even frustrate you, but by the help God, be determined to press on. You will prevail.
One day, I know I will do my PhD at a prestigious school as Harvard. I believe it's possible and I'm going to put in the "hard and difficult work" it will take, by the grace of God.

Above all, have a God-given vision to improve human life, your community, and your society. God will always back those who are called according to his purpose. You will never lose energy as your vision will energize you to keep going.

I wish everyone reading this success in their endeavours. God bless you.

I am many years past your experience but still, this write-up is one of the best I have seen here in years. You are the epitome of what hard work (and faith), sincerity and dedication can do. Congrats and welcome to the United States!!

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Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by TWoods(m): 1:47am On Jun 02
moyin29:


Congratulations
I really took my time to read through very inspiring. So happy for you, could you please list USA universities that yiu applied too

Are you sure you "took my time to read through"? Re-read his post and do better.
Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by TWoods(m): 1:49am On Jun 02
Pefuele:


This is inspiring. Feel free to make more indelible marks by stating the name of the university. That could inspire more!

I think he already made indelible marks by showing others how it is done... it is up to them to either put in the work or sit here asking for names of universities to copy.

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Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by wascofasco(m): 3:23am On Jun 02
Take that agent name to Guru mara cos the agent don spoil your life.

NigPatriot:


If you want truth, I'll tell you. You're above 20 years, and "an agent" most likely with no qualification, came and told you it's impossible to apply for an F1 visa (schooling), at that age I mean an easy Google search would have given you an idea that your agent is probably more clueless than Nigerias current president. Now you're coming here when the deed has been done saying you're confused. The truth is, you're not actually confused you just need someone here to encourage you in your despicable act.

You might be lucky the VO won't ask/notice of which I highly doubt, or you might be unlucky that the VO finds out and gives you an outright ban (10 years) for falsifying documents. Because at this point I don't know how anyone can assist you, your passport and your i20 contradicts.

You're always advised never to use agents, but some of us have too much to throw to the wind.
Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by wascofasco(m): 3:29am On Jun 02
Congratulations. Lagos or Abuja?
TWoods:


I am many years past your experience but still, this write-up is one of the best I have seen here in years. You are the epitome of what hard work (and faith), sincerity and dedication can do. Congrats and welcome to the United States!!
Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by wascofasco(m): 3:30am On Jun 02
Find a school, Apply to the school, send your ss1-ss3 transcript along with WAEC scratch card. wait for feedback from the school.
Shabamola:
Anyone knows procedure for applying for BSC?

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Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by dheee(f): 3:59am On Jun 02
fantabulous08:
Good evening people!

Please, what do you think about conditional or probational admission with or without funding at the point of visa interview?

I’m scared that the word CONDITIONAL might appear on my I-20 and most likely give the VO a wrong impression, leading to a denial.

The word "conditional" won't appear on your i-20, it only appears on your offer letter.

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Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by Crane1: 4:37am On Jun 02
So I put a call through via the web call to the support person, after asking me all the details, she said the VISA consular will update and change it to Nigeria, but since yesterday I didn't get any update from them.
Please I want to ask if I can use another email different from the one I used initially to fill the DS160 form, so I can proceed to book appointment, coz it is delaying plans.

Please I need replies from the gurus


tunapawizzy:

use the web call option on the contact us page, tell the support person what you want, it will be changed to locations in Nigeria for u
Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by Seemeeoon: 5:06am On Jun 02
I will sure come here with my testimony someday

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Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by bamiDee1(m): 6:23am On Jun 02
Hello all,

Is it bad to state that you applied to 1 school only?
Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by Vankunlex: 7:31am On Jun 02
EmmyteeTosin:
Anyone here recently admitted for Fall2021 in NCAT...let's connect
DM me or mail be please
Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by Shabamola(m): 7:37am On Jun 02
Good day gurus! I have been on process to Germany for a while but due to issues from their embassy I’m considering navigating to USA instead...I’m currently a UI student in 200 level studying food Technology, I finished secondary school 2015... do you know of any site where I can find the list of USA schools so as to apply and find out about their requirements. Currently I do not have IELTS or SAT. What are my chances ? Please help a brother

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Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by shoyinka35(m): 7:56am On Jun 02
Can u please add me to the group please,this is my number 081 6811 40 36
Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by shoyinka35(m): 8:09am On Jun 02
This issue was raised in a group I belong to and it was concluded that even the VOs are aware of the reason for this disparity, that it is not a problem.

I now see that it is a problem


Can you please help to add this number yo the group 08168114036
Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by Khaleemah: 8:36am On Jun 02
G.morning guys,i recently got admission into Georgia state university Atlanta for my MSc although have been to the US b4 with a B1- B2 visa to give birth it was a 2 years Visa and i came back after (5month) after that have been denied Visa twice my husband was a student and i applied for an F2.
We are thinking it because of d baby we had over there (all hospital bills has been cleared and has her green passport) i will like to ask if it necessary to go with her for my student interview since we are travelling back 2gether or let her stay back.
Thank yhu
Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by tunapawizzy: 9:05am On Jun 02
Crane1:
So I put a call through via the web call to the support person, after asking me all the details, she said the VISA consular will update and change it to Nigeria, but since yesterday I didn't get any update from them.
Please I want to ask if I can use another email different from the one I used initially to fill the DS160 form, so I can proceed to book appointment, coz it is delaying plans.

Please I need replies from the gurus
I am not quite sure about using another email for ur DS160. But i know with the US visa application, its better to keep your data uniform across board. Maybe you put a call through again. Mine was done while i was on call with the support person. Immediately i finished with her, it was already effected.
Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by Crane1: 10:22am On Jun 02
Ok thank you, I will put a call through again

tunapawizzy:

I am not quite sure about using another email for ur DS160. But i know with the US visa application, its better to keep your data uniform across board. Maybe you put a call through again. Mine was done while i was on call with the support person. Immediately i finished with her, it was already effected.
Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by Greatajo(m): 10:50am On Jun 02
Good morning. Was at the embassy today but was turned back that my Ds160 number is different from the one programmed for the interview. Guess it was the previous one I filled last year that was transferred. How do I go about it please. I was to book another one in 3 working days
Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by maximilano: 11:09am On Jun 02
osigiepurr:

Oh that's great.... How do we start?
Email me
Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by kbanty22(m): 11:13am On Jun 02
Thank you all for sharing interview ideas as it was quite helpful for us. My wife's F1 and our F2 visa approved today in Berlin Germany. It took less than 2minutes. The questions asked were how long she's been in Germany, what the course will do for her and why USA and not Germany. Thank you all for your valuable inputs.

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Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by fantabulous08: 11:16am On Jun 02
Laurennee:
Hello everyone.
Soo, i got my visa approved today at the Lagos consulate. 9.45am
COA: $58k
Funding: $13k
Deficit: $45k

Ps. This interview was just like a conversation with a "senior colleague" lol.

VO: Good morning! How are you doing?
Me: I'm great, thank you...how are you?
VO: I'm fine (he kept typing seriously)

VO: I can see you are going for your masters in healthcare.
Me: Noo, so, I'm actually going for a masters in public health with a concentration in health policy and management, but the SEVIS code just puts it as health care.
VO: (nodding) okay...please can you repeat the masters degree name again.
Me: I repeated everything.

VO: So, do you have a degree in public health previously?
Me: No, but I'm a physician with a bachelors in Microbiology, so public health has always been something i wanted to do.
VO: (nodding) and typing seriously

Me: Then i added, so i got my bachelors degree in 2010 from Covenant University. Then i went to ukraine for 6 years for my doctor of medicine degree. I came back to Nigeria in 2018 and I've been here since.
V.O: You work at ***** hospital?
Me: yeah, where i work in the ***** unit
V.O: Where's it located?
Me: They have 4 branches, lagos island, VI etc (V.O just kept nodding)

V.O: So you schooled in Lagos?
Me: Yeah, Covenant University which is an elite private university near lagos.
V.O Then you went to ukraine, now US. Why are you jumping around?
Me: ( i laugheddd), then said I'm not jumping around, it's just my quest in the pursuit of knowledge.
V.O: How many schools did you apply to?
Me: 4 schools
V.O: list them
Me: Oxford, Johns hopkins, drexel and georgia southerrn.
V.O: How many gave you admission?
Me: Well, oxford and Johns Hopkins didn't admit me. So, just drexel and georgia southern.
V.O: So why drexel?
Me: Drexel is the only school which gives me the opportunity of having a minor in health economics which will be written on my certificate. Because health economics is a very important aspect, it deals with the equitable distribution and access of healthcare. E.g the covid vaccine, it isn't enough to just create a vaccine, but effective distribution also matters.
Secondly, If you noticed with the schools i applied to, they are top schools...so, i was quite obsessed with going to a top school and drexel's school of public health ranks as number 19 in US.

V. O: (Still typing seriously, paused at my 45k deficit lol) What is your financial plan?
Me: My financial plan?
V.O: nodding
Me: My aunty would be sponsoring me.
V.O: What does she do?
Me: She's a bank manager and is also into real estate, developing and selling properties. Then she has a farm where she does rice production, poultry and fish farming on a large scale.
V.O: nodding (typing again)
Me: Since my dad walked out on my mum and I, my aunt has been responsible for my education. She sponsored me throughout Covenant University, then 6 years in Ukraine. So this won't be different.
V.O: So will you pay your aunty back?
Me: ( I laughed again) and was like nahhh...can't possibly pay her back.
V.O: (jokingly) you should pay her back
Me: Just smiling and praying in my mind.
V.O: How old are you?
Me: I'm 29
V.O: When you return to Nigeria, what's your plan?
Me: I will take up a job with the ministry of health in my state, I'm in communication with one of he directors there. But then that is my short term plan, for the long term i intend expanding the reach of my NGO which i founded last year. It's focused on hypertension and diabetes which are silent killers, since majority of the attention is on HIV, TB, covid et al.
V.O: (Nodding), then typed briefly. Excused himself for about 30seconds while he conferred with the V.O at the next window.
Me: I was just praying in my head, those were the longest 30 seconds of my life. Then he came back and continued typing.
V.O: Have you been to the US before?
Me: No, i havent.
V.O: Okay, so I'll be issuing a visa to continue your studies in the US.
Me: Thank you very much.
V.O: Ensure you do all the things you said you'll do and goodluck.
Me: Thank you...I will
V.O: Here's your I-20, ensure you keep it very well...You'd need it at the port of entry. Have a nice day.
Me: Okay I will, thank you...have a nice day too

Pss. I wasn't asked for account statement, though i carried one with me.

Thank you everyone who shared resources here that have been useful.
Best wishes to people still awaiting their visas.

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Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by fantabulous08: 11:18am On Jun 02
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Thank you for sharing this. It was really helpful, it obvious you were really prepared.
Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by chibertha(f): 11:18am On Jun 02
It is not because of the baby.
You don't need to go to your interview with her.
Khaleemah:
G.morning guys,i recently got admission into Georgia state university Atlanta for my MSc although have been to the US b4 with a B1- B2 visa to give birth it was a 2 years Visa and i came back after (5month) after that have been denied Visa twice my husband was a student and i applied for an F2.
We are thinking it because of d baby we had over there (all hospital bills has been cleared and has her green passport) i will like to ask if it necessary to go with her for my student interview since we are travelling back 2gether or let her stay back.
Thank yhu

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Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by katily2(f): 11:53am On Jun 02
Please guys, could guys advise me about sending my transcript from my I want to have a copy apart from the student copy.
I don't know the one uni-assist usually request for and I want to apply to schools in the US
The person I sent, my school is asking her where do I want to transfer it to.

So where is the right place I can transfer it to in other to have access to it whenever I needed it to apply to schools?
Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by Francangel(f): 11:59am On Jun 02
VISA APPROVED TODAY!!!

It’s God. I am still in awe because I never expected my interview to be so seamless, considering I was rejected on January 6, 2021 at the Lagos embassy. Glory be to God!!

Time: 7:45am
Interview time: 10:10am
Embassy: Abuja
COA: $27000
GA: None
External scholarship: $18000
Deficit: $9000
Second Attempt
Consular cubicle: Box 6 (A male VO)


VO: Good morning.
Me: Good morning sir.
VO: So, what are you going to do in the USA
Me: I am going for my Masters degree program in Journalism at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
VO: Why this school?
Me: I chose the institution because it’s master’s degree in journalism provides the perfect blend of scholarly research writing and journalistic writing with flexible and practical courses such as Investigative News writing and reporting which for me are greatly responsive to the skill-demand of the present age and align with my own investigative journalism career objectives. I was also attracted to the school’s dedication towards community services that are targeted towards children. Additionally, I was awarded a fellowship grant by AAUW to undertake an investigative research on Child trafficking for my graduate study at UALR. This research will explore trafficking activities that occur from Benin Republic, which is the hub for trafficking, to Nigeria, which is the final destination for most trafficked children in West Africa. So I believe getting all these from this university will prepare me appropriately for my career as an Investigative Journalist.
VO: (nods his head and checks my I-20) Oh! That fellowship is AAUW here? (Points to my I-20)
Me: Yes sir.
VO: What is your university degree?
Me: I have a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication.
VO: (nods again)What have you being doing since graduation?
Me: After my graduation in 2018, I interned in major newspapers and magazines in Nigeria as a news writer, investigative reporter and copywriter, such as Bleep, Bleep Magazine and Bleep. I have also worked as a volunteer in Bleep, xxxx, xxxx and Bleep. Currently, I work as a testing specialist for xxxx, a hr software development company and I am looking to transitioning full time into the journalism world.
VO: What does your father do?
Me: He owns acres of land where he operates a commercial fertilizer farm business in Lagos. He develops and distributes organic and inorganic fertilizer and animal feeds to major Agro-businesses in Nigeria. He is also a well-respected real estate developer. He buys, builds and sells landed properties. My dad has also partnered with several organizations to provide land for their employees.
VO: ( Takes the white slip and says the magic words) I would be approving your visa. You would need your I-20 at the point of entry bla bla bla ( I didn’t hear the rest cheesy)
Me: Thank you sir ( and I floated out of the room, I am sure I did not walk cos my legs were not touching the ground cheesy)


I would like to thank @horlahsunbo225, @schrodinger1 and @layez, for not getting fed up with my mock requests, chats and endless questions. God bless you guys real big!

PS: he didn’t ask for any document and trust me, the interview took less than 5 minutes.

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Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by tunapawizzy: 12:04pm On Jun 02
kbanty22:
Thank you all for sharing interview ideas as it was quite helpful for us. My wife's F1 and our F2 visa approved today in Berlin Germany. It took less than 2minutes. The questions asked were how long she's been in Germany, what the course will do for her and why USA and not Germany. Thank you all for your valuable inputs.
Congrats to you and your family. Did you use a Nigerian bank account to establish proof of funds?
Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by Pefuele(m): 12:05pm On Jun 02
TWoods:


I think he already made indelible marks by showing others how it is done... it is up to them to either put in the work or sit here asking for names of universities to copy.

True.No doubt the write up was inspiring and I believe others can take a cue by doing their home work!

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Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by Pefuele(m): 12:11pm On Jun 02
fdecisive:
I'm not helping others if I say it here, sincerely. Besides, you won't be able to defend it effectively at your visa interview.
Someone who good at online research, can get the university by searching for the course at 4icu.org. smiley. That's all I can say.


My broda it is very difficult for you to tell me a top school I don't know in the US,Germany,Canada,the UK and Australia. Nah hustling cause am oooo. I am actually experienced in this stuff. I don tail for here small ���. I should be attending an IVY league or a public Ivy in the US as I finalize on my choice of school.

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Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by NigPatriot(m): 12:12pm On Jun 02
Seemeeoon:
I will sure come here with my testimony someday

may God grant you your heart desires.

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