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F1 Visa Interview Questions

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Moving to the US means you need a Visa. And this means going through a Visa interview. But if the thought of the Visa interview is making you nervous, don't worry. That's why we've put down a list of some of the most commonly asked questions in Visa interviews and tips on answering them.

Remember, the interviewer's goal isn't to thwart your US dreams. They only want to validate the reasons for which you're going to the US.

Visa interviews aren't long (on average, they last 3-4 minutes). And the Visa Officer doesn't ask for all documents. It helps to carry all documents with you to be on the safe side. You don't want to go all the way and come back because you didn't take a document.

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions in Visa interviews according to category:

Education-related questions

Q: Why did you choose this University?

Answer Tip: Tell the interviewer why the University is the best choice for you. Delve into why the finer details such as the faculty, courses, student organizations, alumni etc.

Q: How many different universities did you apply to?

Answer Tip: Odds are, you have applied to multiple universities. You may or may not have been accepted by all. Your best bet is to give an honest answer.

Q: What course will you be pursuing in the US?

Answer Tip: Visa counsellors want to know how passionate you are about the course you're pursuing. Start by talking about why you chose that particular course and how it adds value to your profile. You can talk about the latest in that field or the professor you will be working with.

Academic History Related Questions

Q: What are your test scores?

Answer Tip: You've taken a few tests, based on which you have gained admission into the University of your choice. It can be the TOEFL, GRE, GMAT or SAT. Share the scores you got, honestly.

Q: When did you complete your bachelors and in which field? What is your undergrad GPA?

Answer Tip: Mention all the specifics of your undergraduate program: the course, University, year of graduation, etc. You can also mention how your undergrad course laid the foundation for your masters.

Q. Do you have any experience in the field?

Answer Tip: You can mention any of your relevant internships or work experience. Talk about the projects you worked on and what you learned from them.


Finance Related Questions


Q: Who is sponsoring you?

Answer tip: If you have got a scholarship, mention how much. Suppose your parents or guardians are supporting your education, state that as well. You might also be asked about your tuition fees and costs. It will help if you are ready with the figures.


Q. What is the profession of your sponsor?

Answer tip: This is an extension of the previous question. Explain your sponsor's source of income and how they will sponsor your education. Be prepared with all the relevant details before the interview.

Q: Do you plan on working while you are studying in the US?

Answer tip: As a student on an F1 Visa, you'll be able to work for a maximum of 20 hours a week when your academic term is in session and full time during breaks. You can tell the interviewer that while your main focus is your studies, you'll take a part-time job if you get the opportunity to do so.

Post-Graduation Related Questions


Q: Do you plan to return to your home country after completing your studies?

Answer Tip: Make sure to tell the visa officer that you have strong ties to your home country, such as your relationships with your family, partner and close friends. The visa officer needs to understand that you have solid reasons to return home after completing your studies.

Q: Do you have family, relatives, or friends in the US?

Answer tip: Give an honest and detailed answer. Stick to immediate family and close friends in the US.

Q- Why don't you do this course in your country?

Answer Tip: This is a tricky question, and you need to answer it sensibly.  If the course isn't available in India, let the interviewer know. If the course is available in India, explain the difference between doing it in India and doing it in the US. Broadly, you need to convince them how doing it in the US will add more value.

Q: Do you have a job or career in mind post-graduation?

Answer tip - It helps to be truthful here. If you intend to stay back in the US and work, say that. If you're planning on continuing your education, state that as well. If you're thinking of rejoining your old job in a higher capacity, tell the interviewer that. Through it all, remind the visa officer that your family is in India.

Travel Related Questions

Q. Have you been to the United States before?

Answer Tip: If you have been to the US, tell the Visa Officer the reason for your visit and for how long you were there.

Q. Are you aware of the quarantine/vaccination rules?

Answer Tip: Answer per your university procedure. Also, it helps to have got both doses of your vaccine and have your vaccination certificate handy.

Conclusion

While it's natural to be nervous for your Visa interview, it will be over before you know it. Dress well, answer honestly and confidently, and you'll be home.

All the best!