Are you a student applying for an F-1 visa? Have you prepared for your student visa interview? A Visa interview is a mandatory step before you get your student visa. Here are a few quick steps to prepare for any international student who plans to study in the USA.
Why prepare for the F-1 student visa interview?
Tell the interviewer about your plans to study in the US. Tell your course name, college and university name, and the duration of your course.
State the reason that the USA was your preferred choice more for studying your master’s or graduate program due to their flexible education system, cultural diversity, top-ranked programs and more.
Flesh out the exact plans for studying in the US for the duration of your stay. If the interviewer asks for more details, state them as well.
State your tuition and fees cost, and stay cost, and mention your funding channel which will take care of all your expenses during your stay in the US. For example, if your parents are your sponsors, make sure to mention their names or if it’s another relative then explain your relationship with them.
You can state that the degree program you wanted to pursue is not available in your home country or that you envisaged yourself getting the degree from a University that has a specialised program for that particular course.
This is the time to flex those brain cells and showcase your academic prowess. Tell about your academic strengths in terms of grades during your high school, degree, scholastic achievements, extra-curricular activities, etc. Enunciate your words well and articulate your thoughts in a clear and precise manner. This is where your English speaking skills matter.
Be vocal about your plans for your studies, and offer information that earning a degree from a US college or university will increase the chances of landing a high-paying job in your home country.
You may be asked some probing questions about your sponsor and his profession to understand the income source to fund your academic stint in the US without any hiccups. Be ready with all the answers to state their professional details and attest concrete evidence to outline their intention to fund your studies on international soil.
Your primary focus is studying and you wish to do that foremost but if you receive an opportunity to work on campus you will be happy to take it up adhering to the F-1 student visa guidelines and norms.
You must firmly state that you plan to return to your home country upon completion of your graduate or postgraduate program. Support your answer by stating all reasons and plans post-graduation etc.
Make sure you explain in a clear and concise manner how you planned to work in your home country after completing your studies abroad. Do state factors like you have your family (parents, spouse, children, and relatives), friends, business, and property to go back and take care of. Also that you wish to help build your nation with the knowledge and experience gained through this study program. You are highly motivated to do something for your home country.
You can always mention if you have any close relatives or friends who happen to live in the US.
You are highly motivated to do something for your home country in terms of research or development. You wish to help build your nation with the knowledge and experience gained through this study program. Chalk out your career pathway once you return from the US.
The interview is a mandatory step before you get your student visa. So prepare well in advance, practice and rehearse your answers and schedule your interview. You may receive an interview appointment letter that is needed in the application process.
Get in touch with our visa assist desk to practice answering F-1 visa interview questionsin your own words.