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  Visa interview  

Visa interview is a different ball game and drastically differs from any other interview one could face in their life. The most important aspects visa interview that one should keep in their mind before applying is he/she needs to prove to the concerned visa officer that your intension is all about studying abroad rather than staying out there. In other words, the consular officer views the student as a potential immigrant and it is up to the student to prove that this is not the case. On the ground of this, the consular officer would come to conclusion whether he/she is going to stay or pursue his/her higher education there.

The consular's objective is to decide whether to make you a visa offer by evaluating your educational background, your strengths, as well as your level of motivation, attitude, confidence and personality. In other words, to find out if you are the right person for the visa, what is your potential for the visa and whether or not you will fit into their environment.

As a student, your objective is to satisfy the consular's objective, as well as learn those things you need to know about the country, university and the course so that you can give an intelligent answers during interview. Following are certain tips which are outmost important for any students to would to pursue one’s career abroad.

Certain Interview Tips

  1. Learn about the country, university and course in depth.  
  2. Prepare answers to broad questions about yourself. 
  3. Write an essay (statement of purpose) and review it. 
  4. Practice an interview with a friends or relatives. 
  5. Know the exact place and time of the interview. 
  6. Arrive before the scheduled time of your interview. 
  7. Be well groomed. Dress appropriately. Do not chew gum or smoke. 
  8. Be confident. Be smiling. 
  9. The interview should be a two-way conversation. If you do not understand anything ask questions from the interviewers, do not hesitate.

The process of obtaining student visa for particular nation, try to get valid answers for the following questions and prepare appropriately:

  1. Why you choose the specified University? 
  2. Which Universities did you apply to (both admits and rejects)? 
  3. Where did you intermediate from? (For student intending to study Under Graduate level)
  4. Where did you Undergraduates from? (For student intending to study Post Graduate level) 
  5. Who is sponsoring/financing you? 
  6. What do your parents do? 
  7. What is your family's annual income? 
  8. How many brothers and sisters do you have? 
  9. Do you have any relatives in.... (Country you want to go)? 
  10. Why don't  you do this course in your country? 
  11. What will you do after completing your study? 
  12. Did you got Scholarships? 
  13. Have you got any Loans? 
  14. What is your Intermediate GPA/Percentage? (For student intending to study Under Graduate level)
  15. What is your Undergraduate GPA/Percentage? (For student intending to study Post Graduate level) 
  16. If Parents retired? How will they pay? 
  17. Tell about your university. 
  18. Where is your university located? 
  19. Mention some professor names. 
  20. Tell me how can you prove that you are coming back? 
  21. Where your brother/parents did completed their studies? 
  22. Why are you leaving your current job? (For job holders)
  23. Have you ever been to.... (Country you want to go)? 
  24. What will you do after coming back to Home? 
  25. Where do your parents live [If they live in ....? (country you want to go)]? 
  26. Do you know anyone [in .... (country you want to go)] in your University? 
  27. Do you know anyone in .... (country you want to go)? 
  28. What will you do if your Visa is rejected? 
  29. Will you come back to home during summers? 
  30. If you scored less marks in past exams, you may be asked for the reason, why it’s less?

These are the most possible questions asked for every visa candidate during a visa interview. But, these are the most general questions only; therefore you might not be asked any of these questions. But get prepared for the questions mentioned below.
Usually there are two type of visa interview questions, one is general as we had discussed above and other one is more specific or standard questions. Let us discuss the standard format questions that could ask by the consular officer during your visa interview. All standard questions are related to university which u had applied, financial summary, majors, academics, sponsors, communication and your body language at the time of interview. All they need is transparent information about you, which you had to answer with confident. It is well known fact that consular officer usually encourage students during interview and provide visa if the student answer them with full confident.
Following are the most valuable points that one should keep in their mind before going for a visa interview. These points hold immense importance for any aspirants who intend to pursue one’s higher education abroad.


Nonimmigrant visas are viewed as intending immigrants until they can convince the consular officer that they are not. You must therefore be able to show that you have reasons for returning to your home country that are stronger than those for remaining in the country where you had applied to study. "Ties" to your home country are the things that bind you to your hometown, homeland, or current place of residence: job, family, financial prospects that you own or will inherit, investments, etc. If you are a prospective undergraduate, the interviewing officer may ask about your specific intentions or promise of future employment, family or other relationships, educational objectives, grades, long-range plans, and career prospects in your home country. Each person's situation is different, of course, and there is no magic explanation or single document, certificate, or letter, which can guarantee visa issuance.


 Anticipate that the interview will be conducted in English and not in your native language. One suggestion is to practice English conversation with a native speaker before the interview. If you are coming to the USA, UK, IRELAND or AUS solely to study intensive English, be prepared to explain how English will be useful for you in your home country.


Do not bring parents or family members with you to the interview. The consular officer wants to interview you, not your family. A negative impression is created if you are not prepared to speak on your own behalf. If you are a minor applying for a high school program and need your parents there in case there are questions, for example, about funding, they should wait in the waiting room.


 If you are not able to articulate the reasons you will study in a particular program in your preferred study abroad destination, you may not succeed in convincing the consular officer that you are indeed planning to study, rather than to immigrate. You should also be able to explain how studying abroad relates to your future professional career when you return home.


Because of the volume of applications received, all consular officers are under considerable time pressure to conduct a quick and efficient interview. They must make a decision, for the most part, on the impressions they form during the first minute or two of the interview. Consequently, what you say first and the initial impression you create are critical to your success. Keep your answers to the officer questions short and to the point.


It should be clear at a glance to the consular officer what written documents you are presenting and what they signify. Lengthy written explanations cannot be quickly read or evaluated. Remember that you will have 2-3 minutes of interview time, if you are lucky.


 Applicants from countries suffering economic problems or from countries where many students have remained in the United States or other study abroad destinations as immigrants will have more difficulty getting visas. Statistically, applicants from those countries are more likely to be intending immigrants. They are also more likely to be asked about job opportunities at home after they completed their study abroad.


Your main purpose of coming to the USA, UK, IRELAND or AUS should be to study, not for the chance to work before or after graduation. While many students do work off-campus during their studies, such employment is incidental to their main purpose of completing their education abroad. You must be able to clearly articulate your plan to return home at the end of your program. If your spouse is also applying for an accompanying F-2 visa, be aware that F-2 dependents cannot, under any circumstances, be employed in the United States. If asked, be prepared to address what your spouse intends to do with his or her time while in the United States. Volunteer work and attending school part-time are permitted activities.


 If your spouse and children are remaining behind in your country, be prepared to address how they will support themselves in your absence. This can be an especially tricky area if you are the primary source of income for your family. If the consular officer gains the impression that your family members will need you to remit money from the United States in order to support them, your student visa application will almost certainly be denied. If your family does decide to join you at a later time, it is helpful to have them apply at the same post where you applied for your visa.


Do not engage the consular officer in an argument. If you are denied a student visa, ask the officer for a list of documents he or she would suggest you bring in order to overcome the refusal, and try to get the reason you were denied in writing.

All above mentioned points tries to provide you better inside about clearing one’s visa interview, a interview that surely decide about your fate to pursue one’s academic career abroad. We at vingsabroad wants all students to take it seriously and we are sure that you will over come this huddle without any hassle.

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