I was interviewed by a thin chap with a 'budding' frenchie who didn't smile too much. Here's how it went...(S is me, V is the visa man)... took about 5 minutes...
(Looks at I20)
V: Which univ are you going to?
V: Why that particular univ?
S: Good reputation, seniors and Profs said so...
V: So what kinds of work will you are doing there?
S: In Aero (immediately v looks up and starts paying attention).. Will be developing
computer programs to study air-flow past wings and other aircraft surfaces.
V: Does this involve military aircraft?
S: (This qn came as a surprise) Not specifically no,it is more of a theoretical study
V: Theoretical (nodding), how do you plan to fund yourself?
S: I have aid in the form of a research assistantship
V: What are to be your duties as an RA?
S: Along the lines of the work I will be doing
V: Can you be more specific?
S: (I repeated same definition, put slisha jargon)
V: Tell me something about your family.
S: Parents in
V: What do your parents do?
V: Do you own a house in
V: How did you come to Chennai today?
S: By train (I was wondering why he was asking such questions)
V: What are your plans after completing your studies?
S: Come back and teach at one of the IITs (he seemed to be frowning) or IISc which is in
V: Suppose you get an offer to work in NASA to design new space shuttle, will you take it?
S: (Second unexpected question) Right now, what I want to do is to finish my studies then come back and teach (He thought for a couple of seconds.. I was trying to looked 'relaxed' ad 'confident')
V: What was your percentage in college?
S: I am from IIT, we don't get percentages, and my CGPA is
Then he went through my DS forms and said OK, and I asked him if I got it, and he said yes. I hope my friend who was in the line behind me (the same interviewer) also got his visa... he might have had similar questions to tackle.