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Wear Formal Attire and a Confident Smile

Check and Re-Check the Documents Required

Reach the Venue at Least 30 Minutes before Your Appointment

Don’t Take Prohibited Items (Phone, Electronics, Food) into the Consulate

Go Over the Q&A’s in Your Head and Think of a Happy Memory

Follow the A.D.M.I.T. Process

After Your Interview

Alright, you did it! You checked off another critical component in your journey to study abroad.

If your visa was approved, fantastic. We hope this chapter helped you in that process. You just need to wait for your passport to arrive or go pick it up yourself, depending on the option you chose.

However, if your visa was rejected, then it’s OK! It happens more than you think. In fact, the worldwide rejection rate for an F1 visa is 33.4%*, in no way a trivial number. As mentioned earlier, this is not a lottery. If they deny you your visa, they will have to clearly state the reason for doing so, and you can act on it.

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