I am doing my 1st year Master's degree in Biotechnology. I got selected for the Khorana Program for Scholars conducted by Indo-U.S. Science and technology forum, to do a 3 months internship at a U.S. University.

I have enough reasons to come back to India as I have to complete my Master's degree after returning so that I can apply for higher studies. There was a personal fund mentioned in my DS-2019 that is to be provided by my U.S. mentor as scholarship. I explained this in the interview. I didn't get any questions or asked for any documents to show my tie to my home country, although I brought everything with me.

What should I do next time to avoid visa rejection? Should I have provided them all the documents even if they didn't ask for it?

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    Have you ever travelled outside India before? Do you have any other ties to India apart from completing your studies? Don’t reapply on the same basis with the same evidence. Related question travel.stackexchange.com/questions/133508/… – Traveller Mar 17 '19 at 8:17
  • No, I didn't ever travelled outside India. But everyone has a first time. I am traveling because I got scholarship that will cover all my travel and stay expenses otherwise I am not financial sound to travel internationally. As I am unmarried my only tie other than study is that my parents and all my family are staying here and I have a bank account here. And yes I am getting scholarship of 8000 per month for my Master's degree. – Richa Mar 17 '19 at 8:42
  • Indeed, everyone does have a first time to travel. Unfortunately, where travel to the USA is concerned, it’s necessary to overcome their starting assumption of immigrant intent. That can be hard to achieve, if not impossible, for a first time traveller with relatively few strong ties to home. – Traveller Mar 17 '19 at 8:48
  • So, can you help me out regarding how to overcome this.Many other scholars under this scholarship also travelled to USA for the first time. It's just an unfortunate case for me or should I have answered differently in my visa interview – Richa Mar 17 '19 at 8:53
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    "There was a personal fund mentioned in my DS-2019 that is to be provided my U.S. mentor as scholarship." - This is unclear to me. Whose fund is it? Who is your US mentor? Why is a personal fund mentioned at all in your DS-2019, which is supposedly filled out by the university department that will sponsor your visa. What is the currency of the 8000 you mentioned above? My suggestion is to talk to the department that sponsors your visa (J-1 if I'm guessing correctly) and ask them for advice. – mdd Mar 17 '19 at 21:20

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