Prepare For F-1 Student Visa Stamping – Easy Steps!
Have you ever been to an interview? any kind of interview? Remember the first 45 seconds of getting into the interview room? Looking at the interview panel? The idea that every single person is and will be judging you for the rest of the amount of time you manage to be in there? Will you even come out alive? No one knows! Well, these are some very common feelings associated with any interview.
However, the interview you are currently applying for is completely different! There won’t be hundreds of people staring at you. And you will most probably not be required to perfect your resume the night before.
Most people perceive the visa interview as a gospel truth that is a live or die matter. Truth is, Breathe! What most people don’t know is that unlike a job interview, where the candidates with many years of experience and grey hair are highly preferred. Everyone has an equal opportunity at the visa interview. So long as they have everything that is required of them of course. I would like to believe that your idea to move into a completely foreign person makes you above all, winner! It is never an easy thing to do so, kudos to you for being oh so brave!
I compiled among others my top five (5) tips and guides that will hopefully be helpful to you as you embark on this nerve-racking yet so rewarding journey.
Every embassy requires you to make an appointment ahead of time. I am yet to hear of an embassy that allows walk-in appointments. To avoid the tension that comes with missing an interview just because you felt like the process of making appointments was too long and unnecessary, be sure to schedule an appointment early enough to allow enough time for travel arrangement before school starts assuming you are granted the F1 Visa.
“Time is money” this is a very popular saying where I come from and probably all over the world. There is nothing more attractive and rewarding than keeping time. On the day of your interview, be sure to arrive at the embassy way ahead of the time. Trust me, you do not want to be late unless you caught on fire ? Being on time allows you to familiarize yourself with the environment and the faces around you. And in some cases, make a friend or two! Which helps ease your mind knowing that others are walking in your similar show.
Make sure to bring all the required documents with you when going for the interview. Bring the original copies and sometimes, go the extra mile of making copies too even though they might not be required.
Some of the documents that you should bring include but not limited to.
- A valid passport.
- Form I-20.
- Passport photo.
- Application fee payment receipt.
- Form DS-160
- Official bank statements.
When going for an interview, make sure you have all the necessary information at hand. The interviewer might ask you questions about your school, for instance, the name of the school and where it is located. As well as the reasons, why you chose the given school. Be sure to have a better answer than, “I’m going there because it’s a family tradition” (this was my answer!)
This might sound like a life or death matter but trust me, the worst is yet to come, how comforting right? Well, until the worst comes, enjoy this day and be confident in yourself. Be true to yourself and make yourself proud!
You should also keep in mind that every person’ interview is different, just because hundreds of people have been denied their visas does not mean you will too. Neither does hundreds getting approved mean that yours will be approved as well. Keep an open mind and set yourself apart from the crowd.
Best of wishes.