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Interview guide for the US F-1 student visa

Let’s help you gear up for your US student visa

If you have chosen to study in the US, this interview guide is for you! Once you file your application and it’s accepted, your visa interview will be scheduled with the United States consulate or embassy in your country. Given this interview is one of the most important ones you’ll give in your life, it's better to be well prepared in advance for the questions that might come your way. Let’s understand a little about F-1 student visa first: 

F-1 student visa

This is a non-immigrant visa for international students granted for a maximum of five years. It is issued to the students who plan to study in US-based universities, language training programs, colleges, high schools, and other academic institutions.

f1 student visa

Eligibility requirements 

To be eligible for the F-1 student visa, you’ll have to keep these in mind: 

  1. Prove your intentions to return home once the program is completed, any sign of settling in there permanently might increase the chances of rejection.

  2. Ensure that your application is accepted by your desired educational institution in the US.

  3. Be aware that everything you possess ties you to your home country i.e., family assets, bank accounts and other significant likes. 

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Documents for F-1 student visa interview

Though you might not be asked for anything other than your application or appointment letter, it’s wise to keep other important documents ready before the interview. Here’s a list of documents you’ll need to take care of: 

F-1 student visa interview

Interview questions for F-1 student visa 

If you are preparing for your F-1 student visa, that means you’ve come far, and this is the point that can make or break your career. Many students tend to take their visa interview lightly which puts them at risk of rejection. We don’t want this for you, and so here’s a list of probable questions you might get asked. Remember, this is an indicative set of questions as what an interviewer asks you depends on your individual profile.  

  1. Why have you chosen this University in the US?

  2. What are your reasons for choosing this course to study in the US?

  3. Who is sponsoring your education? 

  4. What is your sponsor’s professional background?

  5. What are your career goals once you complete the course?

  6. Why do you prefer to study in the US over other countries?

  7. Do you know someone who’s staying/studying in the US?

  8. Did you get any scholarships?

  9. Why don’t you study in your own country?

  10. Why should we approve your visa?

It’s important for you to have your answers ready beforehand to avoid any nervousness during the interview.

Your F-1 student visa is your gateway to the US and if you meet all the requirements, you can complete your post-secondary education as well as take up a part-time job in the US. Just make sure that you are well-prepared for your interview. If you need to prepare for your interview or have any questions, your IDP counsellor will help you prep up for the same.  

Updated on April 17, 2021

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