F1 Visa Interview – Questions to expect part

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F1 Visa Interview – Questions to expect part

In the previous post, we discussed the steps to apply for F1 student visa. If you have not read the post, read it here.

In this post, I will discuss about one of the toughest visa interviews in a student’s life, the F1 visa interview. After the tedious F1 Visa application process students are put through an intimidating interview process called the F1 Visa Interview.

                In order to obtain the visa all international students need to attend this intimidating interview. The main reason for this interview is to access the student’s intention, plans and communication skill. F1 Visa Interview will ultimately decide if you are eligible to enter one of the greatest places on the planet.

                I also strongly believe whatever your intentions are. It is best to be prepared. In addition, knowing what questions to expect during the F1 visa interview can be a huge advantage.

Therefore, I have come up with this list. Most questions are related to the following sub categories.

  • Choice of University and justification
  • Your academic worth and capability
  • Your academic and future plans
  • Your ability to fund your plans for the next few years

Choice of University and Justification.

  1. Which university are you heading to and why?
  2. Where is your school located?
  3. What will your specialization be?
  4. Why this specialization?
  5. Why are planning to do masters now?
  6. Why are you going to US to pursue masters?
  7. Why are you not pursuing masters in your home country?
  8. What is your past work experience?
  9. How will this study program relate to your past work or studies?
  10. Why did you not pursue under graduation in United States?

Your academic worth and capability

  1. How many schools did you apply?
  2. How many schools admitted you?
  3. Tell me about some professors you have interacted with
  4. Tell me about your undergraduate degree
  5. What was your CGPA in undergrad?
  6. What is your GRE score and TOEFL/ IELTS score?
  7. I do not think we want you study in the US why not go to Germany, Canada, United Kingdom.
  8. I want to see your high school diploma and mark sheet (In fact they can ask any mark sheets)

Your academic and future plans

 (Most students falter and visa is denied due to this trap. Because many students are ill prepared to answer the following questions. Relax! Have you not answered these questions already on your Statement of purpose? So be honest and tell the truth. Do not be desperate and act, as you are an immigrant)

  1. What are your plans after completing masters?
  2. Will you pursue PhD?
  3. So where do you want to work after completing masters?
  4. Do you have a job or career in mind after you graduate?
  5. Will you return to your country after graduation?
  6. I think you are going to work and settle down in United States Am I right.
  7. Are you looking to be placed in Google or Amazon?
  8. So you do you like programming. Are you going to work as a programmer for Google or Amazon?
  9. You are an electrical engineer and you are pursuing information systems? What is the rationale behind this?

Your ability to fund your plans for the next few years

Dress well for the interview. Yes, dress like a king. This gives the first impression to the consulate officer that you are indeed someone who is affluent.  Even though many people say this is the most important part of the visa interview. I genuinely disagree. There is no need to panic or be anxious when the visa officer asks questions related to financial status. You have already submitted all your documents and obtained your I-20. Therefore, stick to the split on who is sponsoring you on I-20

  • What do your parents do for a living?
  • What is your monthly income or annual income?
  • Are you borrowing from a bank?
  • Can I see your bank statements?
  • Can I see your sponsor’s income sheet?
  • Can I see your sponsor’s tax return?
  • Show me your loan offer letter
  • If your parents are not funding your education then expect this question

     Why is your relative funding you?

  • How will you manage your living expenses? Bank only pays for tuition.




11 Comments on "F1 Visa Interview – Questions to expect part"

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    I’m joining a university which is the only 1 I applied for & will be staying at my sister’s place as her family leaves nearby. She is working under the H4. Will this hinder my chances of getting the visa (under 214B)?
    Should I say that I’ll stay with her? My dad is sponsoring BTW.

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