I had an interview about 2 years back for the student visa for the USA from Nepal. At the time, I trusted the consultancy and it gave me the I-20 telling me that I am admitted to the college and went to the embassy for the interview. There, I found out that the I-20 was fake and they interrogated me and the consular officer told me not to apply again. Does that mean I am permanently banned?
I had not got admitted to the University, the consultant told me I was but in reality I wasn't the I-20 he gave me was the fake one and I found out that at the time of interview and told the security officer everything and gave the cell number of the consultant his mail address and they let me go. At last I asked the consular officer that if I can apply again or not, he said don't
They gave me the paper of refusal, I think everyone gets that after getting rejected. I am planning to try for the ph.d now and its been about two years but worried about the consequences.