One unnerving question that every Indian student dreaming to study in the USA face is "Will I get the student visa"? Well, a visa interview is a tricky situation that everyone has to go through and it is better to be prepared for that well ahead of the game. Biruda Vikrud of iGrad Global discusses the do’s and don’ts of visa interviews in this video.
Biruda feels that the right kind of attitude can make the visa interview hassle free. Of course an admit card to a good university
always creates the right impression but a confident attitude really helps. When you approach the visa officer it is important that you should sound worthy and deserving of a visa to the US. Another important bit of advice from Biruda is that the visa officers generally are very experienced and knowledgeable so don’t try to impress them with your accent or your general appearance. Just approach the interview in a practical manner and appear confident.
There are three things that you should keep in mind while appearing for a visa interview
and they are:
- Never lie - the visa officers can read you. Be honest and forthright about yourself and your background.
- Do not hide anything – the visa officials have been in the field for quite a long time. So it is easy for them to make out if you hide any information.
- Be very confident in the way you sound and present yourself well.
From a technical aspect, it is important that you carry all necessary documents. These include interview confirmation letter, updated passport, I20 document, admission letter from the university, scholarship letter if any, mark cards, entrance exam score cards, original degree certificates, other admit and reject cards and also the financial statements such as your educational loan documents or your sponsor’s bank statements.
All the above mentioned documents will be used for making a practical decision regarding the visa approval. For example if you have maintained a good academic record, and have got admitted to a good university with a decent test score then you are more likely to get your visa without any issues. On the contrary a poor academic record and an entry into a below average university with a bad test score can lead to a quick rejection.
Last but not the least, you should be able to convince the visa officer that you will return home after your studies and your primary motive of your trip to the US is to study there and not to settle down in the States.
The next video in queue offers information on various visa options available to students after they complete their studies in the USA.