Top 15 Simple Tips to Ace F1 Student Visa Interview
F1 visa to USA has been a tough nut to crack for students since long. The following tricks will help you to sail through the F1 visa interview so easily that you will thank us for giving you this important piece of information. Here are the tips and tricks which you can put in action:
1. Be confident and maintain a good posture
Confidence is the most important key, as people lose their confidence at the last moment or get nervous due to psychological fear at the back of your mind about the interviews. Take a deep breath and stand up straight. Good posture communicates confidence, passion, and boldness.
2. Keep a smile on your face
Your smile is one of the biggest asset. Having a confident smile throughout an interview shows a positive outlook. It connects you to the interviewer and helps to project that you are enthusiastic for the information you are sharing. Most importantly, a confident smile conveys the counselor you are friendly, open and genuine.
3. Have a good eye contact
Eye contact with the visa officer is extremely crucial. Looking down or sideways gives a negative impression that you are not confident, nervous or rude. Having an eye contact communicates your enthusiasm, passion, and interest.
4. Don’t get carried away and be calm
If the person who attended the interview before you got rejected, don’t get carried away and don’t be nervous. Remember doing this will not do any good for you. Be calm and take a deep breath as each and every case is new and the officers in the consulate are experienced enough to analyze everyone in a fresh way.
5. Give concise answers
Remember, a typical visa interview is less than 5 minutes long. Therefore, you should be concise with your answers. Do not tell stories. Try to keep your answers in 1-2 sentences.
6. Give yes as an answer to the question “Will you come back after studies”?
Don’t give it a second thought, say yes to it. This will be a closed ended answer which will not open doors for further interrogation.
7. Consulate hardly matter
It does not matter, which consulate you are appearing for the interview at. Don’t give a lot of attention to people saying bad things about a specific consulate office because it does not matter at all. However, be ready to answer the question “Why you applied at this consulate?” in case you are not appearing at the consulate closest to you.
8. Visa interview counter number does not matter at all
There is no need to worry about the specific counter number. As soon as you walk towards the counter, just by looking at you, no one will reject the visa. The visa stamping officers not so unfair.
9. Keep basic information of the university/program applied for handy
Keep basic information about the university/program you have mentioned in your application handy, as this will indicate your interest. Further, you should be prepared to tell the interviewer why you chose the program/university and your future goals. Be crisp with the answers when interviewer asks why this university? Please don’t go on explaining with too many technical terms. Explain in words that he can understand easily. The interviewer does not care about a university (unless it is a blacklisted university). All he wants to make sure is that you know why you selected your university or program.
10. Keep your finances ready
You should be ready with the support for finances. It is very common that they will ask how you are going to pay for your degree. Further, you should also be able to prove your ties to the home country. It should be clear at a glance to the consular officer what written documents you are presenting and what they signify.
11. Don’t worry about scores/GPA, you can’t change them anyways
Whatever you scored in GRE/GMAT/TOEFL/IELTS/SAT and your GPA cannot be changed, so better be prepared for reasons to support the score rather than giving false information about the grades. Do not try to fake as the interviewers are very experienced. They hear made-up excuses every day and are very experienced in figuring out who is lying and who is not.
12. Do not lie (However, lying about your relation is sometimes fine)
You should not lie in the interview. Sometime the interviewer will ask cross questions and will reject the visa if he is not satisfied. However, it is okay not to reveal the fact that you have a family member or a relative settled in the U.S. Even if you are lying in the interview make sure you are not lying about things which need to have evidence support.
13. Dress for success
Appearance plays an important role as it supports your image. Appearance isn’t just everything but important enough to consider and make it a priority. You don’t want to walk into the interview looking sloppy. A good, neat and professional attire reflects positive outlook. Please avoid too much makeup. Jewelry should be kept to a minimum. Do not apply too much perfume and refrain from chewing gum. These are just few apparent reasons that can lead to an unexpected outcome.
14. Preparation is a must
You should be able to prove that you have enough skills, background, and ability to advance your studies in the U.S. You should go through the most common and important visa interview questions available online before you go for visa interview. Further, you should have documents folder arranged in a proper manner so that you are not struggling to find a proof when requested by the interviewer.
15. It is okay to ask interviewer to repeat
Please make sure you understand the question before you reply. If you could not understand tell the officer to repeat. It is completely fine!
Good luck for your visa interview! Please do not forget to share your interview experience in the Immigration Forum.