Top 10 Tips for Passing Your Student Visa Interview

Posted 10 March 2017
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If you are planning on going to a university in North America, you may be wondering about the logistics of getting there. The visa interview is a very important step that could be intimidating to some people. But don’t worry! Below you will find some tips on how to pass your student visa interview.

Step 1: submit your application.

If you are applying to a university in the US, visit the American Embassy in your home country to submit the application for category F-1 student visa. If you are looking to study in Canada, visit the Canadian Consulate in your home country to apply for a study permit. You can also apply for a study permit online.

Step 2: practice your English as often as possible.

This will help you communicate with the officers in the embassy or consulate. This will also be helpful in your future studies. There are many ways you can practice, for example by watching American TV shows, listening and translating your favorite music songs, reading books in English, and many others.

Step 3: gather all the documentation you need to take to the interview.

This is one of the most important steps in your preparation for the interview. During the visa interview you must present enough evidence for you to get a visa. Some of the documents you must present include: your visa application, university acceptance letter, I-20 form in the US or study permit in Canada, as well as evidence that you have enough money to support yourself. You can also include guarantors, like your parents, who will help you support yourself while you are abroad.

Step 4: visualize yourself getting a visa.

Picture yourself successfully completing your interview and getting your visa. This visualization will give you a positive outlook and provide mental support.

Step 5: what to do during the interview.

You should dedicate your full attention to the officer or the translator at the interview. Make sure to listen carefully, think before you answer and keep your answers short and to the point. You can research online the most common questions at the visa interviews to prepare yourself and your answers.

Step 6: prepare an explanation.

It is important to prepare an explanation for some of the most common visa interview questions. Common questions can include: why you want to go to the university you chose, what you are going to study, what your career goal is after you graduate, and others similar to these.

Step 7: talk about ties to your home country.

The officers at the embassy or consulate will often ask about the ties to your home country. This is done to make sure that you have enough things that hold you back and that you will eventually come back to your home country. Typically these include: your job or business, family, property you may own, or anything else you can think of.

Step 8: talk about your family.

If you have a spouse or children, make sure to mention them and explain how they will be supported while you are abroad.

Step 9: be clear that you will return home after graduation.

This is important, so make sure to reiterate this point and illustrate on a few examples that you are planning on coming back to your home country after graduating.

Step 10: stay positive.

Be confident, stay calm and smile. Project a positive and confident image, and you are going to have a successful student visa interview.

Good luck!