Congratulations! You would be going abroad to study and grow in your life. We are sure you would have done all your homework about how to go about this, the documents that you need for the interview and so on. However, when it comes to actually appearing for the interview it can get all your nerves dancing, although it is only natural that you have some anxiety attack.
Hence, to ease your anxiety a bit, we have put together a crisp guidance on how to crack a student Visa interview:
Sort the paper work:
It is always important to sort and put all your paper work together.
When you go for the Visa interview you can be asked to reproduce any documents that you would have submitted earlier; hence, ensure you have all the right documents (preferably original). These would include University admission letter, fees slip, any scholarships, residential proof, educational proofs, etc. Re-run through your list 2-3 times to make sure you are not missing anything.
Be ready to answer commonly asked questions:
There are some common questions that are usually asked in these interviews. It’s good to be prepared for them well in advance.
If possible practice the answers with those who have attended any sort of Visa interview before, especially a student Visa interview. Some of these questions include:
- Why are you going to the US?
- What will be your major?
- Where did you go to school now?
- Who is your current employer? What do you do?
- Why are you planning to continue your education?
- Can you not continue your education in your home country?
- How many colleges did you apply to?
- How many schools did you get admitted to?
- How many schools rejected you?
- What was your previous GPA?
- How will you manage the cultural and educational differences in the US?
- What is your sponsor’s annual income?
- How do you plan to fund the entire duration of your education?
- How much does your school cost?
- How will you meet these expenses?
- Who is going to sponsor your education? (More details about your sponsor would be asked)
- Do you have relatives or friends currently in the US?
- What are your plans post-graduation?
- Do you have a job or career in mind after you graduate
- Do you plan on returning back to your home country? (Tip: Always answer “yes” to this question, as immigration officials do not encourage students to stay back in the US after studies)
You will need to speak correct English comfortably. The fact that you are applying for student visa means and assuming you would have great TOEFL score means that your grasp on English is good. Speak error-free and clear English. Also, be ready to answer how English is important in your home country.
Be relaxed and confident:
Yes, the Visa interviews can seem very intimidating however the more relaxed and confident you are, more smoothly your interview will go. So take few deep breaths before entering the interview room. The interviewers look for signs for odd nervousness and hence, it is important you be confident but not overconfident. Just stay honest and confident.
Don’t give any lengthy or over explaining answers. Just keep your answers to the point and concise. When you get into giving too much information then you will attract suspicion from the interviewer, as it may look like you are trying to cover something up.
We hope the above tips help you breeze through your interview. All the best !!