The entire process of obtaining an F1 visa is quite difficult for the students who wish to pursue higher education at the universities of the USA. An aspiring student doesn’t only have to worry about getting admitted into a desired and a competitive program at a US college/ university but also has to convince the government of the USA to grant him/her an F-1 student visa to pursue their education.
After completing the tedious procedure for the F-1 Visa application the overseas students are supposed to go through a visa interview in English, which can be a intimidating task for those who use English as their second dialect. The students appearing for the F1 interview are not only supposed to carry all of the important documents (both original and copies) with them but they also need to be prepared to answer various specific and personal questions in regards to their arrangements for study and stay in the USA.
Comprehending what kind of questions to expect during the interview can be of an advantage. Most of the questions can be categorized broadly into five categories:
* Plans regarding your studies
* College/university you select
* Your academic capacity/ ability
* Your financial status
* Plans related to your higher education (post-graduation/doctoral programs)
Below mentioned are a few examples and tips on how you should answer those questions during your Visa interview.
Questions’ regarding your study plans:
You will find these questions similar to the ones, which are asked at the time of the university/college application essays and interviews. Basically, the interviewer wants to know that why you want to go for higher education in the US instead of getting a job for yourself. They also want to understand your take on why you have a wish to study in the US instead of studying in your own country.
- Why are you heading off to the US?
- What will be the subject in which, you will be doing your specialization in?
- Which subject will you opt as your majors?
- What are you currently specialized in? Where did you study?
- In case you are employed then where do you work and what do you do?
- Why do you want to continue with your studies?
- Why can’t you continue with your studies in your country of origin?
- Is by any means, the program you want to pursue is related with your past work or studies?
Questions’ regarding your university/college choice:
Another aspect that an interviewer may be interested in apart from your study plans is your decision regarding the university/college you decide to study in. These questions help the interviewer to get an insight into your capabilities as a student and a professional.
- How many colleges/universities have you applied to?
- How many colleges/universities did you get admission into?
- Have you been declined admission to any college/university?
- Have you been to the USA earlier?
- Do you know any educators at the university/college? If yes then, what are their names?
- What province of the USA is your school situated in?
Questions’ regarding your academic capacity/ability
To understand how you are going to excel in your university/college the interviewer is going to ask your certain questions related to your test scores, past GPA etc.
- What are your test scores (GRE, GMAT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS)?
- What was your last GPA?
- How are you going to cope up with the cultural and the educational differences in the USA?
- How good is your English (read, write, speak)?
- Why do you want to study in the USA only?
- Why don’t you plan to study in Canada, Australia or the UK?
- What do you about the universities/colleges in the US?
- Show your educational certificates?
Questions’ regarding your financial status
This is the most critical bit of getting your F-1 visa stamped. Despite your scholastic capabilities, you can’t be granted an F-1 student visa without the means to fund your education. The cost of imparting education in the US is much higher than any other nations. It is imperative to investigate and have a strong financial plan.
- How much salary you get per month?
- What is your employer/sponsor’s annual income?
- How do you plan to sustain yourself financially during your studies?
- What will be the fee structure for your college?
- How will you bear the expenses of the education?
- Do you have anyone sponsoring you?
- What does your sponsor do?
- Do you have a duplicate copy of your bank statements?
- Have you ever got a scholarship at your college or school?
- Can I get to see your tax return papers
Questions’ regarding your post-graduation plans
Technically, the F-1 student visa is just conceded to the individuals who plan to return back to their nation of origin after completing their graduation. Despite the fact that it is not difficult to stay in the US after your graduation, through projects but it will be essential for you to prove that you have ties and commitments, including family, property, or an employment offer, that will lead you to return back to your home country
- Do you have any relatives or pals residing in the USA currently?
- Do you have any plans for pursuing your masters?
- Do you have any plans regarding taking an employment or job completing your studies?
- Do you have any plans regarding returning back to your country of origin?
- Do you have any plans after completing your graduation?
- Are you sure that you won’t stay in the USA after completing your graduation?
The essential thing to remember during your F-1 visa interview is to stay calm! Being well prepared is extremely important. Ensure to carry all your original documents and receipts with you. Answer all your questions and be honest while answering them.