F1 visa interview questions
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A bag of tough F1 visa interview questions!

There are some tough F1 vis interview questions that you should prepare for, if you are interested in studying in the USA and about to attend a visa interview.

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F1 visa interview questions

The visa interview is a big day in your life since it will determine whether you are going to get the big ticket to your dream study destination abroad or not. You can reach out to our counsellors if you have questions on how to apply for a student visa to the U.S.

Let us help you prepare for the interview by listing out some of the possible F1 visa interview questions that you might have to face. We strongly suggest you also check out tips to prepare for a visa interview. We have categorised those questions under 5 different topics for you.

General F1 visa interview questions

Generic F1 visa interview questions are mostly destination specific.

These are some of the general F1 visa interview questions that any student appearing for the interview will have to face. These are mostly specific to the destination and your scores.

  1. Why did you choose the USA – why not any other country?
  2. Why don’t you want to do this course in your country?
  3. What do you know about American culture?
  4. What are your expectations after completing your degree?
  5. Why do you have low scores? ( in IELTS/TOEFL/GRE)
  6. How did you manage to score so high?
  7. Do you plan to come back to India?
  8. Have you been to USA before? If yes, where?
  9. What will you do if your visa is rejected?

F1 visa interview questions about your university and course

F1 visa interview questions might be based on university and course too.

  1. Where did you get admission?
  2. Why did you choose to study at this university?
  3. Why did you choose this course?
  4. Why did you choose an MS course?
  5. Why are you changing your field of study?
  6. Which universities did you apply to? (both admits and rejected ones)
  7. Mention the name of some professors of the university you applied at?
  8. Why did you apply for the fall semester? (vice-versa)
  9. Why did you apply to these (other) universities?
  10. Do you have any plans of PhD?
  11. Though similar courses are offered by other universities, why did you choose this university?

F1 visa interview questions about your finances

Some F1 visa interview questions will be based on finances.

  1. Who is sponsoring your education?
  2. What is your father’s occupation?
  3. What is your sponsor’s (or father’s) annual income?
  4. What is your university’s annual fee?
  5. How will you pay the university fee?
  6. How will you manage the other expenses?
  7. Are you applying for a loan?
  8. Which bank is providing you a loan?
  9. Did you get any scholarship? If yes, why do you think you got it?
  10. Why didn’t you get any scholarship?
  11. Please show me your bank statement.
  12. Why do you have large transactions in the recent days?

F1 visa interview questions related to your family

Some F1 visa interview questions will be based on your family.

  1. How many members are in your family?
  2. Do you know anyone in the USA? If yes, whom?
  3. What is he/she doing there? (on mentioning who works in the USA)
  4. Are you planning to stay with him/her or follow in his/ er footsteps?

F1 visa interview questions related to your work (if any)

Some F1 visa interview questions will be based on your work

  1. Why did you quit your job? (if you left your job to study abroad)
  2. Where were you working earlier?
  3. Could you please show me your experience letter?
  4. What was your annual salary?
  5. What are your current savings?
  6. Are you planning to opt for some part-time jobs in the USA?

That's quite a LOT of F1 visa interview questions! Preparing for these questions will help you stay calm and confident. All the best for your F1 visa interview and make sure you dress up right for the interview.

So what's next? This tough F1 visa interview should not halt you from preparing for it; you can actually master it with some skill and practice. What you need is to interact with experts in this field who deal with thousands of students and help them overcome this fear; so you should get in touch with our experts for smart visa assistance!

Editor's note: This article was originally published in September 2016. We have included up-to-date information and made it comprehensive. 

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